|Exercising Outdoors During COVID-19
Regular physical exercise is good not only for you physically, but also mentally. And during this uncertain time, it can be an anchor to remain grounded, and sane, through the storm.
If your indoor workouts are giving you cabin fever. Conner has these tips to ensure your safety while exercising outdoors:
1. Heed Social Distancing
If you plan to head outdoors for a walk, run or bike ride, maintain your distance – 6 feet between you and others. If you are hiking, choose a less popular trail or go at less crowded times. As exciting as it may be to gather at a park or neighborhood for an outdoor workout, don’t use outdoor exercise as an excuse to ignore social distancing.
2. Avoid Touching Your Face
“Always avoid touching your face unless you know your hands are clean,” Conner said. “A good way to know is imagining the virus as glitter. What would you do to prevent getting glitter in your eyes, nose or mouth? If it was on your hands, you’d wash it off.”
3. Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands before and after your workout with soap for at least 20 seconds
4. Stay Home If You’re Sick
If you have a fever, cough or are having difficulty breathing, stay home away from others to prevent “sharing” germs with others.
5. Don’t Go Overboard
Now is not the time to overdo it in the fitness department. If you aren’t used to a certain kind or amount of exercise, start out slowly to reduce your risk for overuse or repetitive use injuries.
Source: Banner Health