Among the many changes that we have encountered over the past few months, staying active has remained an option. Daily routines have drastically shifted and finding ways to spend some newly discovered free time has given us the opportunity to get moving! While this is the perfect release for the mind, body, and soul, there are some things to keep in mind for the protection of the health and safety of you and your fellow outdoor advocates.
Here are 5 things to keep in mind before you head out for your run/walk:
Keep it Solo
For the time being, running and walking should be spent alone or with someone in your household. Seek out safe areas where you can workout alone or maintain at least six feet between yourself and others, when in passing, to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Group running should be avoided in an effort to protect you and your fellow runners/walkers. Listening to music, podcasts, or an audiobook can be great ways to pass the time and keep you motivated while moving!
The most important thing is still to run alone on routes where you can practice safe physical distancing.Jordan Smith, Runner’s World
Do I Need to Keep My Face Covered While Running/Walking Outside?
CDCguidelines have yet to make a specific recommendation for masks during physical activity. If your physical activity outside means that you might come in contact with others, and the 6ft social distancing protocol might not be possible, it is a good idea to wear a fabric mask. Keep in mind that masks do not mean that you shouldn’t adhere to 6ft social distancing protocol.The CDC has recommended “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) to help reduce the spread of the virus from spreading between people interacting in close proximity.” Matt Ferrari Ph.D., associate professor of biology in the Eberly College of Science, and a researcher with the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Penn State explained that, “these announcements should mean to athletes, and to everyone, is that the situation we are in is very serious. And that we all need to consider the consequences of our individual actions on the community around us.”
Not Feeling Well? Keep Inside & Take A Rest Day
As runners/walkers, it can be hard to slow down! If you are feeling ill in any way, stay indoors. This is a time to prioritize health over fitness. Rest days can be just as important to training than the training, itself. Always take in to consideration any stress or strain affecting your mental and physical health. Plan your activities accordingly. We’re all in this together, give yourself and others kindness and grace.
Keep Moving Anywhere
Options for working out at home are at your finger tips 24/7! If you are unable or not interested in going outdoors to workout, there are endless options to get moving indoors: -Check out your favorite, local gym, or studio and see if they offer online classes. -Several national brands such as lululemon, Core Power Yoga, and Nike Run Club are offering free guide workouts and training plans. -Create your own workout! Jumping jacks, squats with your canine, and salsa dancing are all forms of movement.
Keep Peace of Mind
We are runners and walkers in uncharted times. Doing your part by keeping you and others safe is of utmost importance. Staying informed, staying home, and staying healthy are the best “steps to take” If you feel like taking extra precautions for your own peace of mind, that is always a good thing! For the most up-to-date information, check resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO)regularly.