Tips to Running During a Pandemic

If you had asked anyone on the street what “social distancing” was a month or two ago, they would have likely had no clue what you were talking about. Now, it almost seems like our city has been completely shut down.

As of writing, BC has asked its citizens to stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases are still on the rise, gyms are closed, and for some, there is no way to exercise. According to Runner’s World however, getting 30-60 minutes of brisk activity can help one’s immune system fend off any viruses. Here are some tips if you still plan to lace your runners up.

1. Go Solo
The way the COViD-19 virus spreads is through droplets that land on objects that we touch. We then magnify this problem by touching our faces.

For those who can make it outside, the best way to run is to go solo. Running alone will decrease the chance of being physically close to another person, as long as you observe the 2-meter separation between others around you.

2. Avoid Busy Areas
If possible, try to run in less frequented areas. Although many people are already at home, the aim is to limit the amount of time you spend around other people.

According to CBC News, Dr. Lawrence Loh, the interim medical officer of health at Peel, Ontario also suggests “running earlier in the morning or later in the evening” in an effort to avoid the crowds.

Many city parks and facilities have already been closed in the Lower Mainland so it is advised to run closer to your home.

3. Running Scarves or Bandanas
While it may be difficult to find a clothing store open right now, Dr. Loh also advises using a running scarf during your exercise outdoors. This will prevent micro-droplets from leaving your mouth. A bandana will also work.

4. Try Another Workout
Lastly, if you are stuck in your apartment and there isn’t a way to run, this might be a good time to try other at-home exercises. Bodyweight exercises have become very popular and are a great way to get your heart rate up. Here are some great bodyweight exercises for beginners.

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