Staying active is a great way to stay on top of both physical and mental health, but safety is important! During times of COVID-19 as well as hot weather in the summer months, take a look at some safety tips to keep in mind while exercising outdoors.
1. Social Distance
When going outdoors to exercise, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others. The CDC recommends wearing a mask in public spaces when it is hard to social distance, but be aware that masks may make it difficult to breathe during more difficult exercises. To play it safe, consider going outside during less crowded and cooler times.
2. Wash Your Hands
Immediately upon returning home from a workout, wash your hands and avoid touching surfaces such as knobs and counters until you have cleaned your hands. Disinfect the surfaces that you have touched if you were in a gym or other public space with others.
3. Avoid Touching Your Face and Eyes
Touching our faces can spread viruses, so it is important to avoid touching our eyes, nose, or mouth until we have washed our hands thoroughly.
4. Stretch and Cool Down Properly
A proper stretch and cool down is an important part of helping get our bodies ready for exercise and recover afterwards. Start out slow especially if you are new to exercise or more prone to certain injuries.
5. Keep Cool in Hot Weather
When exercising during hot days, be sure to drink enough fluids, wear proper clothing and stay out of direct sunlight. Keep a cool wet towel handy, or if possible choose to exercise during cooler times.
For virtual exercise classes you can do right from home, take a look at our Events Calendar for free classes. Stay well and stay safe!