Does COVID-19 Change The Way We Should Exercise?

Does COVID-19 Change The Way We Should Exercise?


What does COVID-19 mean for people who follow an active lifestyle? Do we need to change the way we are doing our exercise? Hi, welcome to another treadmill talk. I’m
going to start this video with a disclaimer. I am NOT a doctor, I am NOT
any kind of medical professional, and I am NOT offering any kind of medical
advice. I am not qualified to do so. If it is medical information that you are
looking for, head on over to Dr. Mike’s channel .He’s got you covered, he is very
good at giving the information without freaking you out, and I kind of think that’s what we really need right now. If you are
pregnant and you’re concerned about COVID-19, then check out a video that
Mama Doctor Jones did that covers that topic. I will link both of those down
below in the comments. So the advice that I am offering you is just something that
I’ve come up with as I’ve been giving this some thought, recognizing that we do
have to take precautions, but also that we need to do our best to stay healthy
as we get through this. So what does COVID-19 mean for people who are
either runners, or they go to the gym, or they participate in team sports? What
does it all mean? Now, the first thing that we all have to be prepared for
event cancellations. They’re going to happen; they’ve already been happening.
The Boston Marathon has been postponed. They’re looking at a date in the fall.
The Toronto St. Patrick’s Day run that was scheduled for this weekend has been
cancelled. I would imagine St. Patrick’s Day runs around the world have
experienced the same fate. And if you are a Parkrunner like myself and my two
kids, be aware that in a lot of countries, the Parkruns have been temporarily
suspended, including in Canada and the United States. Even if an event has not
been canceled, You might want to consider whether you
actually want to go. Yeah, I know – it’s – you know, you’ve paid
your registration fees, and you’ve been excited for it, and you’ve been training for it, but it just may not be worth the risk. That is something that you need to
consider very seriously. Running outside is fine if you’re on your own or with
a friend. Even a small group is okay, as long as everybody is able to maintain a
reasonable distance from everybody else. It’s the larger groups that are tightly
packed that you really want to avoid. Now, a question that a lot of people might be
asking right now is, is it safe to go to a gym? I would suggest that if it is at
all possible, do your workouts at home. If you have home exercise equipment, such as a treadmill like the one I’m using right now, or a stationary bike, or a set of
weights, or you know, even just a yoga mat might be all that you need. And if you
don’t have a yoga mat, you know, you can just lay a towel out on the ground and
look up some exercises that you can do without any equipment. There are a number of great websites that describe exercises that use your own body weight.
I will link a couple of those down below in the comments as well. Now, if you do
continue to use a gym, there are some precautions you should bear in mind.
Number one, avoid handing your membership card to a gym employee. Many gyms have their scanners sitting right out on the counters, so members are able to scan
their own membership cards. But if you do not see a scanner, just ask the gym
employee if you can scan your card yourself. They’re going through this
pandemic just as much as we are, so they’ll understand. No one’s going to get
offended, everybody gets it. The next precaution, and I think this one is
massive, is avoid using the change room facilities in your gym. Go to the gym
dressed in whatever you’re working out in, and when you’re done with your
workout, leave, go home, take your shower there. Gym change rooms have a lot of
surfaces that you may not be able to avoid touching. So if you can avoid it,
just take your shower at home. If you absolutely do have to use
the change room, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. Sing “Happy
Birthday” twice, wash your hands. Next, if you’re going to the gym, avoid
going to the classes. A lot of gyms may actually cancel their classes while this
is all going on. Classes are sometimes very busy. Sometimes they get crowded, you know, sometimes you just cannot maintain the distance that we really need to make
sure everybody stays safe. So avoid going to the classes, do your exercise in other
ways. Using exercise machines and weights carries a higher risk right now,
just because, you know, you never know how many other people have been using those
things. Gyms always provide paper towels and spray bottles with some
cleaning stuff, and they ask that people wipe down the equipment that they have
used when they are done. Don’t assume that people are following the wipe down
rule. A lot of people don’t. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gone to a gym to
use the treadmill, and I have seen it full of other people’s sweat, and that’s
kind of -. So don’t assume that the machine has been wiped down. Even if you cannot see anything on the machine, just wipe it down first before you use it. And
please, please, please be a decent human being and follow the wipe down rule
yourself. When you are done with the machine or you’re done with the
weights, just wipe it down, it only takes a moment, and it’s considerate to the next
person who’s coming in after you. That is just something everybody should be doing anyway, pandemic or no pandemic. It’s just part of being a decent human being. While you are doing your workout with your weights or with the exercise machines,
just avoid touching your face, and wash your hands as soon as you’re done. Now,
what about those who choose swimming as their primary form of exercise? I’m a
swimmer myself. I love to go to the gym to use the pool. The good news is that so
far, as far as I’ve been able to tell – and again, I’m not an expert, so if I’m wrong about this please leave me a comment – but as far as I’ve
been able to tell, there is no evidence that this virus can survive in pool water as
long as the proper filtration and disinfecting guidelines are followed.
When you’re in the pool itself, you should be fine, just stay in your own lane,
don’t get too close to other people. But bear in mind that the surfaces around
the pool might be a very different story, so just to be safe, wear a pair of
flip-flops when you’re walking around on the pool deck. The challenge with
swimming at a gym is getting changed into dry clothing when you’re done. I
would suggest that when you’re done with your swim, just dry yourself off as best
you can, throw on a pair of sweats over your swimsuit, put a dry towel on your
car seat, drive home that way, and then take your shower and get dressed properly
when you’re at home. Now, if you or any member of your family is enrolled in
team sports, check with your coach to find out if it is still continuing. If it
is, once again evaluate whether you still want to take part in that. Social
distancing does not have to mean an end to physical fitness, but it is necessary
to take some precautions. We do have to kind of change the way we’re living a
little bit, not only to keep yourself safe, but to protect members of your
family and your community who might be vulnerable, and who would be at high risk
of developing complications if they do get this illness. Those are my words of
wisdom for today. If you have any other tips for staying healthy through this
pandemic, leave me a comment. In the meantime, stay safe through all of this.
Keep healthy, keep active, live your best life and be kind. Bye!

One thought on “Does COVID-19 Change The Way We Should Exercise?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *