If you’re still going to the gym, whether it be the climbing gym, your local weights gym, or a dance center, you’re doing it wrong. We are amid a pandemic, officially.
Many of you may be annoyed, but this isn’t about you. This is about humanity. It is time to do the right thing, and more than ever, it is a great time to go outside and explore the solitude of nature.

Here’s a shortlist of the best activities you can participate in to stay physically active during this crisis:
1. Go for a hike and explore somewhere new. It is unlikely you’ll run into many people, and you can keep your distance and avoid touching surfaces quite easily.

2. Workout from home, there are a plethora of free workouts, workout videos, and bodyweight exercises you can perform in the comfort of your own home. If you need some suggestions, I’d be happy to share some with you.
3. Go for a bike ride; biking is an excellent way to get your cardio in and explore your town or city. Just remember to wear a helmet.

4. Do yoga, from home! Not sure what you should do? Go on youtube and search: yoga routine. You’ll find a whole boatload of flows you can work through in the comfort and safety of your living room.
5. Go kayaking; if you live somewhere that this is possible, you can quickly get out for a day on the water. You’ll be away from everyone, and you can get yourself a solid nature bath, and a great arm workout.

6. Go rollerblading (or skating). Another great outdoor activity that you can do without having to get close to people.
As you can see, there are lots of ways you can go outside or stay in the comfort of your home and make things happen. You don’t have to stop exercising just because going to the gym is a bad idea right now.

7. Go skiing or snowboarding. At this stage in the season, there are probably very few humans hitting the slopes. This is a wonderful time to get some solid runs in without the crowds.

It is all of our responsibility to do whatever we can to minimize the spread of this virus. Yes, this is inconvenient. Yes, many of you may think this whole thing is blown out of proportion. Yes, every single one of us could quickly become a carrier if we don’t work together to minimize the spread. I am not here to discuss or argue about the media, how this situation is handled by our government or any of those issues, I’m just here to share some ideas for how to continue exercising in a safe, effective way that doesn’t put others at risk.

Whatever you do, be smart, think about other humans, don’t be selfish, stop thinking about protecting yourself, and think about protecting others. The best way to do that is to participate in social distancing. Just because you have a robust immune system doesn’t mean that others around you do. Be kind. Be nice.
Feel free to share other strategies to say athletic during this time in the comments below.

We all have a responsibility to work together to contain this virus.

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