How To Exercise Outdoors When Practicing Social Distancing

By Elena Cortesi on May 11 2020 in How to

You can cross the street if you encounter another person while walking. Photo by bantersnaps on Unsplash
You can cross the street if you encounter another person while walking. Photo by bantersnaps on Unsplash
  • Wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds often in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Avoid park equipment and benches when exercising outdoors.
  • Do not touch your face when exercising outdoors in order to minimize potential exposure of the Coronavirus.

During these uncertain times with the Coronavirus Pandemic still in our midst, our day to day living has been impacted and changed significantly over the past several weeks. Physical or social distancing is very much being enforced and recommended by all communities and governments to maintain the safety of everyone and to flatten the curve. With many people either working from home or not working at all, the stress levels are definitely high and physical activity is more important than ever. Not only does exercise keep you healthy, but it also gives you a much-needed break from your daily routine to maintain your sanity. Getting outdoors and enjoying a change of scenery and some fresh air will do wonders for your mood and your mindset.

Go for a Walk

Going for a walk is the simplest form of exercise and it is also something you can either do alone or with your family. When walking through your neighborhood, please be mindful of your surroundings and adhere to social distancing. If passing others on the sidewalk, path, or road, remember to maintain the required minimum distance between people, which is at least six feet. You definitely want to stay safe and vigilant at all times when leaving the comfort of your own home.

Keep Your Hands Clean

Keep some disinfectant wipes on hand when you venture outside for some fresh air. Photo by Christine Sandu on Unsplash

Keeping in line with all the recommendations to be vigilant in stopping the spread of COVID-19, making sure you wash your hands and disinfect them while exercising outdoors is very important. If you're walking, jogging, or running, pop an anti-bacterial container in your pocket and make sure you disinfect your hands often. If you bring your workout equipment outdoors, do not share it with others, and make sure you disinfect it after use. Always remember to avoid touching your face while exercising.

Change Your Clothes

Before you head outdoors to exercise, put on your workout gear, including the appropriate footwear. Once you are done, it is strongly recommended that you take your shoes off outside your door in order to avoid tracking any germs into your home. You should also put your clothes in the wash make sure you wash your hands thoroughly for at least twenty seconds before doing anything else.

Avoid Parks 

Equipment in parks is not clean, so it is best to avoid them altogether. Photo by Jordan Hopkins on Unsplash

When heading outdoors for a walk with the family, it may be tempting to go into a public park or picnic area. Because most public parks are closed by government mandate, you should avoid these areas altogether. The benches, swings, slides, and other equipment are not maintained and cleaned. Even though social distancing is mandated, it is impossible to govern people everywhere at all times. It is very possible that people may have gathered or lingered in these areas before you got there. If people who are sick with COVID-19 have recently visited the park you were at and have used the benches or the equipment, you will potentially expose yourself and your family to the virus.

Stay Close to Home

Stay close to home if you plan to go outside for some exercise. Photo by Arek Adeoye on Unsplash

The best thing to do when venturing outdoors for some fresh air and exercise is to stay close to home. If you live in a house, stick to your own property to do your pushups, weights, and other exercises you may be doing on the spot. If you are walking, jogging, or running, do not venture too far away from home and simply keep your distance from others.

So Many Unknowns

There are still so many unanswered questions as to how long the Coronavirus particles, if at all, linger in the air. In order to be safe, be very cautious when going outdoors to exercise. Follow all the protocols outlined to you by your community governing bodies, and follow these recommendations to the best of your ability. Stay active and safe. 

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