As the pandemic cases continue rising, causing continued restrictions on various types of exercises, cancellations of races, and gym memberships, thus, running may currently be one of your best options to keep physically and mentally active. As long as you have a pair of running shoes, proper running attire, and mindset, you are good to go.
Regardless, we still have to take precautions and be vigilant during this period of time.
As you might be wondering what you should do for your own personal health during this time and how this could affect your training and your runs, here are a few tips to run safely with a pandemic concern.
1. Safe to run outside?
You may ask “ Is it safe to run outside?” The answer is ‘Yes”. Running alone is the best option to reduce your risk, take this opportunity to go for solo runs, enjoy the outdoors, and try timing your run when you know your usual route or trail is less crowded.
In fact, try virtual running if you miss the feeling of running an actual race, it is much safer and convenient, especially during this period of time.
When you are out running, be sure to know what’s going on in your area and if there are any restrictions. And, if you feel unwell, you shouldn’t go out as you could spread it to those who are at high risk such as the elderly. In short, keep yourself and others safe!
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2. Avoid touching objects
Next, avoid touching objects when you are out, even objects bathed in the wind, sun, or rain can remain contaminated with the virus if someone contagious previously touched, coughed on, or sneezed on it. If you must touch, use a sleeve or elbow.
Hence, once you get home from running, clean your hands and body thoroughly and immediately, as the chances of you touching your face and body when you are out running are high.
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3. Consider wearing a mask
If you are going to be anywhere near people or a crowded route, you should consider wearing a mask. The purpose of wearing a mask outside is not to protect you but to protect others from you.
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4. Personal hygiene and disinfection
Overall, when you’re out the chances of getting infected is higher, be aware of your own personal hygiene and disinfection when you are out, which includes keeping a bottle of sanitizer around you and taking a shower immediately after a run.
A good rule of thumb is to leave your shoes outside before going into the house and take off all dirty clothes and wash them immediately, as we are unsure of how long the virus can survive on fabric.
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Importantly, follow the necessary safety guidelines set by the government, stay safe and healthy. Right now there are plenty of ways for runners and non-runners to enjoy running safely, we hope these pointers encourage you to get outside and enjoy your run with safety measurement.
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