A Guide to Getting Outside During a Pandemic

Experts recommend getting outside during the covid-19 outbreak. Here are some tips to stay healthy and active

March 28th, 2020 by | Posted in News, Profiles |

Getting outside is one of the best things you can do during the coronavirus covid-19 outbreak and it’s a great way to get the blood flowing before training on the hangboard.

Experts say that running, walking and hiking are all considered socially responsible exercises and are encouraging getting outside for the mental, as well as physical health benefits.

Here are some tips on how you can make your outdoor time more socially responsible.

Respect Closures

If parks or trails are closed, don’t go. If they’re open, remember they might have limited maintenance. Don’t leave trash, use the bathroom before you head out and check local closures.

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Head Out Alone or With Someone Who Lives With You

Social distancing means limiting contact with people who don’t live with you. Lots of runners are doing their runs solo, but if your roommates, partner or family are looking to get some exercise, encourage them to come with you. If your partner isn’t into running, encourage them to bike slowly alongside you. Please avoid group runs.

Stay Close to Home

Don’t travel to get outside. Stay as close to home as possible. If you can recreate in your neighbourhood then do it.

Stick to Mellow Workouts

Steve Magness is a performance coach and author who reminds people exercising during the pandemic to avoid going “to the well” in training. The “well” describes an extremely hard workout that can leave someone in an immune-depleted state. Magness also reminds us to continue to fuel the calories they burn while working out, as a calorie deficit can also limit recovery.

No Snot Rockets

No snot rockets, instead bring a tissue or wait until you’re home to blow your nose to limit spreading of germs.

Give Everyone Space

There are more people on trails than usual, as it’s one of the few viable forms of exercise right now. With that in mind, try to find quiet trails, and when you see others, give them their space (at least six feet, or two metres).

Avoid Touching Things

The virus can spread via surfaces, like crosswalk buttons and railings. Unless you’re bringing hand sanitizer, try not to touch anything, as the probability of touching your face soon after is high.