“Better a thousand times careful than once dead.” Proverb
Safety doesn’t happen by accident. It takes precaution and knowing the environment around us. Now that it’s starting to get darker earlier, it’s even more important to keep safe. Here are some ideas to keep safe when walking to your car/home at night:
- Don’t Walk Alone. It’s always safer to walk in numbers, whether it’s your burly roommate or the person you chat with by the water cooler.
- Walk in Well Lit Areas and Along Main Pathways. Don’t take that shortcut through the pitch black canyon or the sketchy alley just because it saves you 2 minutes.
- Avoid Large Bushes, Dark Doorways, Etc. We have a lot of these areas in San Diego—be aware because people can be lurking.
- Don’t Use Headphones/Listen to Music. It makes you disconnected from your environment.
- Be Careful Crossing Streets. It’s harder for cars to see you (especially those of us who wear lots of dark colors!).
- Walk with Purpose. Keep your head up and walk like you know what you’re doing.
- Don’t Play with Your Phone, Etc. It’s easier to attack someone who’s distracted and oblivious.
- Keep a Whistle or Something You Can Use As a Weapon Handy. You’ll be prepared to at least scare off any potential attacker.
- Walk on the Side of the Road Opposing Traffic If You Walk Along the Street. This may be pretty obvious but so are a lot of things we all should know…
- If You See Something that Makes You Nervous, Avoid. I’ve walked along the street instead of walking on the sidewalk because of suspicious looking people. Do the same if you sense even a slight potential of danger.
Thursdays will now be wellness Thursdays here on The Wanderer Guides Blog. Why? Because it’s important! We’ll cover wellness happenings, ideas, tips, recipes and more in San Diego and in general.
This week, let’s talk about some fun fitness classes. If you poo-poo on fitness classes because you can’t dance to Zumba tunes and bootcamps feel like torture, you don’t know what you’re missing. There are so many classes to pick from nowadays and there’s something for everyone. Here are 4 fitness classes to try in San Diego:
- SkyZone. I am OBSESSED with trampolines. If I could create a house with trampolines for floors, I would. When SkyZone opened last year, I was the first in line! It’s all trampolines and all fun. Go during the week for less kids and try one of their classes if you so choose. Whether you jump on your own or with a class, you will torch some serious calories.
- Vertical Hold. Rock climbing is a lot of fun. You feel adventurous, sporty and hip without doing anything beyond spending some time in a warehouse. Vertical Hold has some great paid and free clinics, lessons and events for beginners and for experts like me (I wish…). Make sure you aren’t afraid of heights.
- AcroYoga. Whether you were a gymnast in your past life or have never had hopes to be a circus performer, you can take and enjoy this class. AcroYoga incorporates acrobatics, yoga and circus moves to create a fun and interesting class. If you want to try a new style of yoga or impress friends at the next party, try this class.
- Fun Pole Fitness. For those of us coordinated enough, learn to pole dance. You’ll get your exercise on without even realizing it and feel good doing it. Plus, it’s always nice to learn some practical skills and perhaps discover a new career path!