How Do I Stay Safe While Exercising During COVID-19?

Do not exercise if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Stay home and rest, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

If you are able to go for a walk or bicycle ride always practice physical distancing and wash your hands with water and soap before you leave, when you get to where you are going, and as soon as you get home.  If water and soap are not immediately available, use alcohol-based hand rub.

If you go to a park or public open space to walk, run or exercise continue to follow physical distancing guidance and hand washing practices. Follow the directions of your state health authority in regard to any restrictions on the number of people with you and/or restrictions on the use of public outdoor play or exercise equipment.

It is important that you start slowly and with low-intensity activities, like walking and low impact exercises. Start with shorter amounts, like 5-10 minutes, and gradually build up to 30 minutes or more continuously over a few weeks. It is better and safer to be active for short periods more frequently than to try and be active for long periods when you are not used to it.

Choose the right activity so that you reduce the risk of injury and that you enjoy the activity. Choose the right intensity according to your health status and fitness level. You should be able to breathe comfortably and hold a conversation while you do light- and moderate-intensity physical activity.   

Source: World Health Organization