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5 Tips to Safely Exercise Outdoors During Covid-19

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5 Tips to Safely Exercise Outdoors During Covid-19
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There’s no denying that getting exercise is great for your mental and physical health. According to the American Heart Association, adults should be getting at least 2.5 hours of exercise per week to improve heart health, boost immunity, and get a better night’s sleep. Still, exercising safely during a pandemic comes with its challenges, namely that many gyms still have tight restrictions and workout classes are not meeting in person.

Instead of working out at home alone, why not try getting some fresh air outdoors? There are plenty of fun ways to stay fit, including running, jumping rope, kayaking, and biking, to name a few. However, just because you are not in a confined space doesn’t mean you’re safe from Covid-19. There are certainly conditions that should be followed to avoid the spread of the virus if you are around other people while exercising. Lace up your mens or womens supportive sneakers and get ready for a fun and safe way to workout!

Follow the 6-Foot Rule

Wherever you are, inside or outside, be sure to follow the rule of getting at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and other people. If someone around you is breathing very heavily, take even more space from them as an added precaution.

Wash Your Hands Frequently

If you are hiking in the woods, it’s unlikely that you will be touching equipment or other objects that have recently been handled by someone else. However, if you are playing a sport like tennis or using any kind of shared equipment, you should try to wash your hands immediately after your session. The CDC

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recommends washing your hands for 20 seconds, or the length of the “Happy Birthday” song.

Wear a Mask if You’re Close to Others

The CDC also recommends wearing a face mask while around anyone outside your household, but what about when you are outside? According to the Cleveland Clinic, it is safe to exercise outside without a mask as long as you can keep your distance from others or exercise alone.

Don’t Touch Your Face

A study conducted at the University of New South Wales found that participants touched their face 23 times per hour on average. Yikes! Especially when you are working out, your face can get sweaty or itchy and you might be tempted to scratch it. During this pandemic, it’s important to resist the urge. Instead of using your hands, you can bring along a clean towel to wipe away the sweat. Make sure to put the towel down on a clean surface!

Leave Your Shoes Outside

After exercising outside, particularly if you live in a city, go ahead and take off your womens or mens supportive sneakers before you go into the house. This is a normal routine for many people who want to avoid tracking dirt on their carpets, but now with the virus there is even more reason to leave those shoes outside. After a few hours, give them a quick clean with a sanitizing wipe and you will be good to go for your next workout.

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