Is It Safe to Combat Cabin Fever with an Outdoor Workout?

Is It Safe to Combat Cabin Fever with an Outdoor Workout?

In this Coronavirus quarantine, getting outside for any reason at all feels like a treasure. Since gyms and yoga studios are closed to maintain social distance (6 feet between you and others), going for walks or runs outdoors seems to be our only option if we want a little vitamin D with our cardio.

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But is it safe to workout outside?

workout outside - man running at night

As long as you’re maintaining the social distancing guidelines, yes, it is safe. Just make smart choices about an area’s population density, advises John Mercer, Professor and Acting Chair of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“If you are alone on a trail hiking, that seems like a great way to exercise outdoors with low risk,” says Mercer. “If you are using a multi-use trail that has a number of people walking, running, biking, and is heavy with people-traffic, that seems to go against the social distance concept, and I would avoid that.”

Stay home with Openfit

workout outside - working out at home

But if you don’t have to be outside, it’s probably best to stay indoors and stream a workout. Openfit has many options, including:

Be mindful of surfaces

If you’d prefer an outdoor workout, just make sure you’re maintaining six feet between yourself and others and wiping down any surfaces you come into contact with.

The World Health Organizations says that the virus can last on surfaces for hours to even days. So if you decide to use playground equipment or park exercise machines, remember to bring disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, or anything else that can keep you and others germ-free. Avoid touching your face while using the equipment!

We know it can be stressful and difficult to feel cooped up. Getting fresh air and sunshine are such mood boosters!

So, if taking that walk around the lake or jogging around the block feels right for you and your health (join a live walking session with Openfit for some company!), go ahead and do it. Just remember to be mindful of the health and wellness of others, too.

Chelsea Frank

About

Chelsea Frank was born and bullied in Los Angeles, CA. When she's not performing stand up comedy or crying while doing squats, Chelsea writes about all things health, beauty, and travel. Her work has been featured in Shape, Uproxx, TripSavvy, The Daily Beast, Thrillist, and Reductress, among others. Fun fact: she's traveled to over 50 countries and has gotten sick in pretty much all of them! Follow her on Twitter.