Health Advocate Blog

Working out safely outdoors

During the spring months, you’re likely to be more enthusiastic about going outside to do fun healthy activities. Unfortunately, many of the activities you may normally partake in may be modified or off limits due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean that you still can’t enjoy some outdoor exercises. Walking, running, swimming, biking and hiking (if local beaches and trails aren’t off limits) are all activities that you may still be able to enjoy. Keep these safety tips in mind while working out outdoors.

If appropriate for your activity, wear a mask, fabric face covering or bandana to keep your respiratory droplets to yourself and avoid those of others.

Maintain social distancing guidelines. While there is no definitive answer as to how far to stay away from others when working out outside, for your safety and the safety of others, it is best to give a wide berth, much greater than 6 feet.

Avoid walking, running, or biking directly behind others. It is thought that a wake of aerosol droplets may remain behind for distances as much as 30 feet.

Go at off times, in places that aren’t as popular. If you’re able to identify patterns in the manner in which others are exercising, try to go when and where you expect the least amount of people are out. Be sure to let someone know when you’re headed out and where you are in case of emergency. This is especially important if you’re swimming.

Stay in your own outdoor space. Walk or run around your yard or in place on your balcony. If you’re a cyclist, find a stand to turn your bike into a stationary bike.

Switch up your activity. There are many types of activities you can do outside to stay active from the safety of your home. Examples include:

  • Play outdoor games with your pets and children
  • Wash and vacuum your car
  • Clean out your garage
  • Perform a spring cleanup of your landscaping
  • Garden (click here and here for great tips!)

Remember, as the days get warmer, it becomes increasingly important to stay hydrated and keep your body cool. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen!