Running may or may not be your favorite way to exercise. If you already like to run, there is a possibility that the “runner is high”. If you don’t like running, there is the “low runner level”, which can be basically every time you run. But with the COVID-19 coronavirus putting many other types of exercise on hold, running may be one of your best options for staying physically active.
After all, running does not require teammates, a field, a gym, or any special equipment, except perhaps appropriate shoes and clothing. Wearing leather shoes and no clothing will not fly in most places. Otherwise, as long as you have some kind of sneakers and something to wear, you can get going. In any case, you should still take precautions with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2) that continues to spread. Here are 10 of them:
Caution 1: Stay at least 12 feet away from others.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social estrangement means staying at least six feet away from other people. However, six feet is an overall minimum. As I covered earlier for Forbes, a study showed how simply saying the words “stay healthy” could drop drops from your mouth. Generally, you breathe faster and stronger when you are running than when you are standing or sitting, unless, of course, you are seeing images of melted cheese while sitting or standing. Such gasping may mean that you breathe out large amounts of respiratory drops and project them more. Therefore, you may want to at least double your distance when exercising or seeing melted cheese. Two Denzel Washingtons far from each other, measuring 12 feet, assuming Washington is six feet tall, will provide more than one safety damper.
Caution 2: Keep your eyes on the road to anticipate who or what may be coming.
This is not the time to daydream about Gigi Hadid riding a Segway or BTS making pizza. Keep your eyes scanning forward and keep planning exactly where you will be running next. See your career path as if it were a soccer field, where you should avoid getting too close to others. Imagine that you are Lionel Messi or Alex Morgan interweaving the field. If you are running down a narrow road and someone else is coming in the opposite direction, one of you will have to give way and get out of the way early enough to avoid a collision of drops and respiratory faces.
Caution 3: Be very clear in your communication with others.
When you seem to be heading for a direct encounter with another person, this is not the time to play a chicken game. Instead, point out very clearly who should move where. This is usually best done with the voice and hand and arm gestures. After all, the person may not be able to hear you, especially if you wear a mask. Your gestures must be clear. Don’t turn this into charades. Eleven words, the first word rhymes with “sweat”, is not the way to communicate when you want to say: “stay away from the road, although I will come”. Traffic lights or smoke signals are not very practical because then you must carry flags or firewood while running.
Caution 4: Do not wear a face mask or cover that prevents you from breathing.
Running requires oxygen. If you don’t realize this, it shouldn’t be running. In fact, there are many things you shouldn’t be doing. You probably shouldn’t leave your house, at least, until you’ve taken the “Basic Things Needed to Live 101” course. If you are going to wear a mask or face covering, don’t wear one that prevents you from breathing properly like a pair of skinny jeans around your head. Keep in mind that your oxygen needs tend to increase as you strain. So just because you can breathe easily with a mask on while sitting in a chair thinking of puppies doesn’t mean you can do the same thing while running. Before running with your chosen face cover, experiment with trying to breathe progressively faster and harder through the cover first. (To induce you to breathe faster, just imagine a little melted cheese.) If he ends up passing out, that would be a sign that the coverage on his face is not allowing enough air to enter his mouth and nose.
Caution 5: Consider wearing a mask if you are going to be around people.
Do you know when you say “it’s not you, it’s me” when you break up with someone? Well, the purpose of wearing a mask or covering your face outside is not to protect you, but to protect others from you. Unless it is an official N95 mask that is used correctly, a mask will not really protect you from the virus. But a face covering can block at least some of the respiratory drops that can come out of your mouth and nose. Make sure the face cover is dry and not wet. Few things, in general, are better to use wet than dry.
One possibility is to use a benefit. No, he is not an amateur person. That would not be a social distancing. Rather a polish, which is a tube of light, breathable and elastic material that can be easily used on the face.
Check what your community, town or city requires. You may be asked to cover your face in any public area. You don’t want to face a situation where you didn’t realize that your face needs to be covered.
Caution 6: don’t run right away where others just ran.
Outside wind can help disperse respiratory drops so they are less concentrated. This can make virus transmission less likely outdoors. However, virus respiratory droplets can still remain in the air for a time. So treat a person’s exhalation while running like a fart that has been thrown. While there may be times when you should “run into the light,” you should rarely “run into the fart.” Similarly, avoid the areas that people just ran. Of course, don’t be paranoid and overdo it. Throwing himself around muttering, “Oh my gosh, people here, yikes, people there, for God’s sake. what am I going to do, “I might be exaggerating. The probability of transmission to the open air without direct contact with another person is still relatively low.
Caution 7: Avoid touching any shared object.
This is not the time to hug a statue and say, “Someday we will be together, my love.” This is not the movie Manikin. Even objects bathed in wind, sun, or rain can remain contaminated with the virus if someone contagious touched, coughed, sneezed, or gasped for it. (By the way, try not to gasp over statues in public.) If you touch something that may be contaminated, wash your hands thoroughly and immediately. The chances of you accidentally touching your face during the race are very high.
Caution 8: Know when and where to run.
Pay attention to local warnings and regulations and follow them. The yellow tape “The police line does not cross” does not mean “Jump on this” or “Use this as a limbo bar.” Don’t go anywhere that has skull signs. That is usually a bad idea. Even though there are fewer people outside, continue running in areas and during times that are generally not safe. Always keep in mind where you would go if you needed to seek help immediately.
Caution 9: Ease of running.
If you haven’t been running regularly, your body may not be used to it. Don’t think that you can immediately go off the couch to run marathons. Start very slowly. Every day you go out, gradually increase your distance and speed. Listen to your body. If your body says: what are you doing, slow down. Make sure to stretch before and after running.
If you were already a regular runner before the pandemic, New York Highway Runners (NYRR) still recommend reducing the intensity and effort of your career and “cRun for minutes instead of miles so you can keep up with the pace you feel best that day.. “This is because stress, anxiety, and altered schedules can affect your body in many unexpected ways.
Caution 10: Mix it up and have fun.
With fewer options available, it can be more difficult to cross-train, exercise different parts of your body. Constantly hitting the same parts of your body with repetitive movements could lead to injury and overdevelopment of some parts of the body and underdevelopment of others. Instead, you can mix things with different ways of running, such as incorporating high knees, jumping, stepping to the side, and Gangham Style. Consider sandwiching some push-ups, sit-ups, juggling, and other ways to work the rest of your body. Be creative.
This is not the time to be aware of yourself. Heck people have been piling up toilet paper and going weeks and weeks without haircuts. Don’t worry about your appearance while running. As recommended by the NYRR website, “know that not all races will be perfect and that’s fine. It will take time to understand the role it plays in your life now as you learn to balance it with your new routine. ” This is your chance to get out after being cooped up all day at Zoom meetings wondering if everyone else realizes they are not wearing pants.
Even if you can’t run very close to others, you can stay connected with other people. Organizations like NYRR can provide ways to connect with others and the functioning community virtually. This may even be an opportunity to “race” with some of the best riders in the world like Jenny Simpson, former world champion and BRonze medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in the 1500 meters:
Think positively. The current situation is inspiring people to do things differently, which in the long run could be a good thing, a really good thing. So if you want to sing while you run. Do it If you want to dance while running, dance as if no one else was watching. See running as a new way of expressing yourself. This pandemic will continue to change life as we know it. It could also make the changes positive.