Stay Home Stay Empowered: 10 precautions you need to take while going for jogging during coronavirus crisis
New Delhi | Vineet Sharan: After two months of strict restrictions on public movement, the government has eased the restrictions this month and allowed people to move out from their houses in staggered manner. Now people have started doing morning walks, jogging in parks and streets. However, even as the restrictions are eased, the danger of this contagion has not reduced a bit.
In view of the danger this virus possess, taking precautionary measures in day to day life has become a necessity to survive. So, for the people stepping out of their houses for morning walks and jogging, taking precautions is a must. Here 10 such tips to keep yourself safe while enjoying your morning walk.
Maintain a distance of 12 feet from others:
Dr. Vivek Gupta of Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana said that in general, six feet physical distancing is required. But people breathe loudly while running. In such a situation, there is a danger of the mouth droplets going further away. So keep at least 12 to 20 feet of physical distance while jogging or walking.
Always look in front:
Do not think of any other thing while running. You will not be able to be cautious with this. Always look at the front. With this you will know if anything is coming in front of you, which will eventually prevent you from getting close to anyone. Run in a place where no one else is running. If the place is narrow and someone is coming from the front, change the track.
Do not wear a mask that causes difficulty in breathing:
According to America's Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, more oxygen is needed while running. Therefore, wearing a tight mask will cause breathlessness. It is better to wear a mask or face cover of good quality. Dr Vivek Gupta said that the mask should be lose enough so that it should hinder your breathing process.
Wear masks as soon as people come near you:
You can remove your mask while running alone, but stay alert and put the mask on as soon as you notice someone approaching towards you or coming near your track.
Avoid going immediately to places where someone else is there:
If someone else is running in the park where you have to run then stop for a while and wait keeping a safe distance. Otherwise, you can come in contact with his droplet in the air. According to Dr. Vivek Gupta, do not run in crowded places and streets.
Do not touch anything:
Avoid touching anything when you step outside. Do not even touch the gate while entering the park etc. Gates are already being kept open in many places.
When and where to run
You should know the rules of your area. A number of restrictions have been imposed by the local administration at all places. So you should know when you can leave the house and where you can or cannot go.
Run slowly and comfortably
Do not run too often. Run slow on the first day. Your ability will increase day by day. On the other hand, if you used to run before the onset of the pandemic, then also put less emphasis on running. That is to run with less intensity. Pay attention to the minute and do not see how many miles you have ran.
Enjoy your jog and running to the fullest. This will benefit you more. You can also mix races with pushups, jogging and other exercises. You can also join the Virtual Runner group for inspiration. Many such challenges of staying active are running on the Internet.
If someone started talking to you while running, talk to him from a distance. Stand away and talk clearly in such a way that he understands your point and does not have to come close.
Posted By: Talib Khan