Exercise is an important key to a strong immune system. However, keeping up with physical fitness during the current coronavirus outbreak could mean some changes to your fitness habits.
We are here to answer some of the common questions that keep popping up relating to fitness routines during the current COVID-19 outbreak.
Is it safe to go to the gym?
The gym poses a high risk for being exposed to other people’s germs. Many states, including Kentucky, Virginia and Maryland, have started closing gym facilities altogether in order to stop COVID-19 from spreading.
The coronavirus can be spread through surfaces when an infected person has touched, coughed or sneezed on them. Items such as free weights, exercise machines and gym mats could be contaminated with germs. Even wiping items down with antibacterial wipes doesn’t guaranteed they are clean.
During this time, it is best to stay home and utilizing your own workout equipment. If you don’t have any, there are many apps and websites loaded with free home exercise tips.
What about working out with others?
Group fitness puts people in close proximity. Thus, you’ll want to opt for working out by yourself over the next couple of weeks. The CDC recommends staying at least six feet apart from other people in order to reduce opportunities to spread infection from person to person. This is also known as social distancing.
If you are missing your group work out mentality, virtual online classes are a great way to still engage with others.
Is it safe to go swimming?
According to the CDC, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. However, the CDC is also currently recommending that gatherings of 50 people or more in the coming weeks should be canceled.
Since you most likely access a pool or hot tub in a public setting, it is best to take a break from swimming at the moment. Instead, take up a new exercise you’ve been wanting to try at home.
Can I get active outdoors?
Yes! Take a run, walk or hike outside. It is a great change of pace for your body to get some fresh area and soak up some vitamin D.
Social distancing is key though. Be sure to avoid areas with lots of people. When outside, avoid touching your eyes, face and month. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly right away when you get home.
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