COVID-19| Can I run outside during the Corona Virus Pandemic?

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    Mar 18, 2020 6:54 AM GMT
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    Mar 18, 2020 11:35 AM GMT
    I've been... but little differently than 'normal'

    I avoiding crowds as much as i can... avoiding clusters of folks standing at the corners waiting to cross the street, but people are almost non-existent on the streets at the early morning hour I'm running these days. It's actually a little spooky.
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    Mar 18, 2020 2:34 PM GMT
    I read an article authored by doctors that focused mainly on bicycling outdoors during the coronavirus. It said that being outdoors was healthier than remaining indoors, provided you avoided crowds. It claimed that exercise helped to strengthen the immune system, to better resist this new and other viruses.

    It also advised against exercising to exhaustion, which can have weakening effects, recommending instead moderate exercise levels for all activities. I suspect, however, that their bicycle guidance largely envisioned suburban or rural settings, not crowded urban ones. That may in many cases be less crowded now, but you’d still be crossing some paths. I’m only riding on quiet suburban streets, and I’d think that’s all runners should do, also.
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    Mar 18, 2020 3:47 PM GMT
    Same here. I live close to the Foster City trail, with a water levee built on top of it, it is mainly a paved trail for walkers, runners, bicyclists (so some last night) it is pretty good since I can walk 6 miles round trip or run back to my apartment...I am doing the 6 feet separation, but some folks either are ignoring the rule or do not understand what 6 feet is in this new era of social distancing. So usually move very close to the edge of the levee without going into the water or cross the street to avoid someone. Others, folks have been really good of doing the same.
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    Mar 18, 2020 6:36 PM GMT
    I have been running. Since races have been cancelled, I have just been running shorter distances.
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    Mar 28, 2020 11:35 AM GMT
    We continue to get official local guidance here that individual exercise is one of the permissible reasons for venturing outside homes (excluding gyms, all now closed here). Along with allowable grocery shopping, getting gasoline, medical visits, and other “essential” activities as listed. We got an invitation to a private house party with close friends this Sunday, guaranteed to be no more than 10, but we politely declined that.

    But indeed yesterday I did go out for a short bike ride, and saw a fair number of other solo bikers. Some wearing helmets and tight lycra riding shorts, speeding along on serious road bikes, others just out for a casual spin in ordinary clothes. Also some walkers on the sidewalks, not a lot, and a couple of joggers. Not too many cars or trucks, some of them package delivery, including an Amazon Prime van.

    I worked up a little sweat (air temp 82℉ and sunny, good for producing vitamin D, an aid to building natural viral immunity), but not serious exertion that I’ve read from medical sources is not ideal right now. My breathing felt great, chest tightness & labored breathing being what I understand can be early symptoms of COVID-19. I also take our temperatures several times a day, they’re completely normal, slight fever being another early symptom.

  • Apr 07, 2020 8:17 PM GMT
    I've found trails to run but get most of my running from stairs found at park and amphitheater. 110 steps at the park that I wait until it is clear before I make each run. Signs are now place to enforce the 6ft social distance rules. No reason for people to not get a walk or run in if they are physically able.
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    Apr 07, 2020 8:34 PM GMT
    I wouldn't do anything that taxes the lungs. Get air, ride, walk, stretch your legs, but do nothing that makes your lungs work hard. If you caught the bug at the moment your lungs were exhausted, or you already had it but didn't know, you will suffocate until you're dead. Don't be stupid. I miss the gym, too!
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    Apr 09, 2020 8:43 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidI wouldn't do anything that taxes the lungs. Get air, ride, walk, stretch your legs, but do nothing that makes your lungs work hard. If you caught the bug at the moment your lungs were exhausted, or you already had it but didn't know, you will suffocate until you're dead. Don't be stupid. I miss the gym, too!


    The exact opposite is true. The more you exercise your lungs, the better prepared they will be to fight infections. This should be common sense.
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    Apr 09, 2020 9:11 PM GMT
    Radd said
    Destinharbor said
    I wouldn't do anything that taxes the lungs. Get air, ride, walk, stretch your legs, but do nothing that makes your lungs work hard. If you caught the bug at the moment your lungs were exhausted, or you already had it but didn't know, you will suffocate until you're dead. Don't be stupid. I miss the gym, too!


    The exact opposite is true. The more you exercise your lungs, the better prepared they will be to fight infections. This should be common sense.

    The guidance I read from doctors (see the Cycling Forum) suggests moderate aerobic exercise. So perhaps a balance between what you both advise.

    BTW, and I know this will seem OCD (and maybe it is) we have at home some kind of breath gauges here. Several, left over from our surgeries, that the hospital gave us. We were supposed to breathe into them several times a day to check our lung capacity while post-op. I think mainly to make sure the general anesthesia, which depresses respiration, had cleared our systems.

    Well, now maybe they can have a new use. To see if our breathing volume isn’t impaired by this virus, which I understand it does. I’m already checking our body temp, all normal. And so is our lung capacity testing normal. No chest pain, no tightness, no coughing, no sneezing, no fever, nothing.

    Of course I know coronavirus can be asymptomatic. But until it becomes symptomatic, and we’re mostly self-isolating already, only seldom going out, wearing masks & surgical gloves for very brief periods, we’re thinking we’ll be OK.
  • wild_sky360

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    Apr 19, 2020 6:00 AM GMT
    I'm walking or riding my wooded path every mild day. I used to have it to myself, but most people are respectful and conscientious. It's nice to see families getting their kids outdoors. I really didn't see that much before.
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    Apr 21, 2020 6:59 AM GMT
    I cycle about a mile only - twice daily - with my Chow Chow running (on leash) to my left. We usually go moderately slowly, and sometimes faster if she wants. We stay away from people and I go down the middle of very lightly traveled roads.
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    Apr 25, 2020 9:02 PM GMT
    Even though I haven’t been cycling much due to lousy chilly wet weather, I do a lot of walking from my apartment to the grocery store, the bank, and sometimes the post office. I also walk one block from my apartment to the bus stop. So I get a lot of cardio in everyday.
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    Apr 26, 2020 12:01 AM GMT
    JonSpringon saidI've been... but little differently than 'normal'

    I avoiding crowds as much as i can... avoiding clusters of folks standing at the corners waiting to cross the street, but people are almost non-existent on the streets at the early morning hour I'm running these days. It's actually a little spooky.

    Just to follow up...

    I'm now running with a mask... which I hate... but I understand the protections it offers, so I do it. Also, I'm running only on weekdays in the early mornings, to minimize interactions with others.

    Running keeps me sane inside all this insanity.
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    Apr 26, 2020 4:39 AM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidI cycle about a mile only - twice daily - with my Chow Chow running (on leash) to my left. We usually go moderately slowly, and sometimes faster if she wants. We stay away from people and I go down the middle of very lightly traveled roads.

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    I miss riding with my dogs. They were both very high energy Labradors. Way ahead of me on the steep climbs and beside me on the long hard braking descents.
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    Apr 26, 2020 4:46 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI read an article authored by doctors that focused mainly on bicycling outdoors during the coronavirus. It said that being outdoors was healthier than remaining indoors, provided you avoided crowds. It claimed that exercise helped to strengthen the immune system, to better resist this new and other viruses.

    It also advised against exercising to exhaustion, which can have weakening effects, recommending instead moderate exercise levels for all activities. I suspect, however, that their bicycle guidance largely envisioned suburban or rural settings, not crowded urban ones. That may in many cases be less crowded now, but you’d still be crossing some paths. I’m only riding on quiet suburban streets, and I’d think that’s all runners should do, also.


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    Good advice.
    Vigorous activity stimulates immune system. Over the fine line that only you know, cortisol can spike and linger afterward. I've experienced that many times and regret the fun but counterproductive activity.
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    May 08, 2020 3:16 AM GMT
    COVID-19| Can I Run Outside During The Corona Virus Pandemic?

    Definitely not allowed. You don't need fresh air and sunshine.
    You need to stay indoors and breath in stale cat hair/air and
    rub your magic stick all day to become slaves to all the righteous things in life.

    #fakenews worthy

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    May 14, 2020 2:00 PM GMT
    Since Idaho is so sparsely populated with tomatoes, it's pretty safe to go for a jog. Well, I'm not in Boise so yeah. Anyhow, I wear masks with filters...but I also suffer from allergies. I jog with a mask, goggles, and backup Zyrtex/Benadryl.
  • FancyDress

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    May 27, 2020 5:58 PM GMT
    I do not wear a mask while outside taking a walk in the local park. It's not crowded and there is very low risk of infection.
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    Aug 16, 2020 5:49 PM GMT
    I love to run shirtless in the summer. To avoid crowds and beat the heat, I run early -- usually before 7am. NYC is so barren these days that I can run in the street, making it easy to avoid others. I'll don my mask if for some reason I must get close to someone.
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    Nov 30, 2020 4:00 AM GMT
    You know, despite all the hassle about Covid-19 closing the gyms in the Spring the silver lining was that I discovered a nearby Athletic field, with a rubberized track and artificial turf so realistic it took me two weeks to figure out it was fake. I started running there maskless and lots of people were doing the same thing albeit politely maintaining social distancing. My gym re-opened but I still go back. I went running last Wednesday even thought it's starting to get crisp outside.

    At my gym lots of people still run on the treadmills but masks are mandatory although you don't have to wear it if you have a legitimate reason not to. I try to wear it just to make other people feel more comfortable even though it definitely impairs my breathing. The weight room manager thinks that masks would be very helpful because cardio makes you breath deeper so she figures you might have a greater chance of sucking in viral particles in an enclose space but no one wears a mask running outside from what I can see.