What you need to know about Corona Virus protection when exercising outdoors

Virus protection when exercising outdoors is something you need to know about. Exercise boosts your immune system, so if you’re not already exercising, now is a great time to start. Given that sunshine also boosts immunity, exercising outdoors is a double win. And, in the face of this pandemic, outdoor exercise offers even more benefits. So how to do it safely and happily?

When exercising outdoors, keep yourself, your family, and your community safe by choosing a time and place that supports social distancing

Yes, proximity matters. If you live in a city and sidewalks are narrow or busy, try going to a park instead. Or, if there is not a park nearby, consider exercising in the early morning before most people are out.

Practice the “Way More than 6 Feet” Rule: When you are running or even walking briskly, you are exhaling far more particles than when sitting still. Thus, if you do see people approaching, give them as much space as possible. The goal is to avoid creating a cloud of particles that they could encounter as they continue past you. If you are running on a sidewalk, and you can safely and easily go into the street, consider doing so. And if that’s not practical, move all the way to one side of the walkway and hold your breath as you approach.

Best virus protection when exercising outdoors is getting out on your own

Savor the Blissful Solitude: Exercise alone. If you are spending more time than usual with family or roommates, getting outdoors on your own may be just what you need. And if you are home alone, the change of scenery can do you good. If either of these situations is causing you anxiety, the act of moving will serve as a pleasant distraction while lifting your mood. Your change of mindset can start the moment you lace up your shoes. You can savor the anticipation as well as the actual experience.

Even better Join our virtual walking group this Wednesday and be alone together with Leslie Gold Recovery Marathon trainer and friends across the nation

Connect with the Community: Most likely, you’ll see other people while you are outside exercising. Spending so much time at home and dealing with the stresses of this pandemic may be getting them down too. Say hello. Offer a smile. Watch their eyes light up. You’ll feel good too.

Your exercise session can be a way to boost your immunity, soothe your own soul, and lift the spirits of others, all at the same time. It’s self-care and it’s being of service.

And, if you need someone to keep you motivated to stick to a schedule, we can help. Join one of our virtual walking/running groups. 

Check it out. Invite your friends.

  • Session 1: Wednesdays 2:30pm Pacific / 5:30 pm Eastern
  • Session 2: Wednesdays 5:30pm Pacific / 8:30 pm Eastern
When (click on the session for your Zoom link)

See Leslie’s video about exercise as a solution disturbed sleep, the subject of last week’s virtual walking group.

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Disturbed sleep addressed in our virtual walking group


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Leslie Gold

Leslie Gold, Founder and Executive Director of Strides in Recovery Leslie is an RRCA-certified running coach who specializes in training the newly sober. As a volunteer at a residential addiction treatment program, she has coached hundreds of people in early recovery across the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon, more than any other coach in the country. Years later, many of the participants still credit the group training and life lessons learned as critical to their long-term sobriety. Inspired by these success stories and numerous testimonials about the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual benefits of training for a challenging endurance event with the support of a team, Leslie started Strides in Recovery. The mission of this non-profit is threefold: 1) Bring running/walking-based relapse prevention programs to more recovery communities 2) Strengthen and grow the community of sober runners/walkers 3) Educate addiction treatment providers about the healing power of goal-oriented group training Prior to starting Strides in Recovery in 2018, Leslie spent three decades leading clinical and financial performance improvement projects, implementing decision support solutions, and generating analytics for hospitals and health systems across the US. She holds an MBA from UCLA and a BA from the University of Virginia. She regularly runs 40-50+ miles/week and has joyfully completed a 50K, 9 marathons, and numerous shorter distance events. She is also an avid cyclist.

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