If keeping running while self-isolating is important to you, we have some great tips to help you through these extraordinary and unprecedented times.
We don't really know how long this situation will continue or how confined we will become to our homes, so it is best to have a plan in place to deal with whatever may happen.
For many people, running is as much a part of maintaining their mental and emotional health as it is for maintaining their physical health. It is important to exercise your body whether or not you are permitted to leave your home. In some countries, there is practically a complete lockdown so this is what we need to prepare for.
In the UK last week (17 March), England Athletics has advised that all face-to-face activity including club training sessions, races, running groups should be suspended until at least the end of April. So at this point running outside while maintaining social distancing is an option for running while self-isolating. Some runners are still meeting for runs but keeping a safe distance from each other. Of course, it is important that we follow all the guidelines as advised by our local health organizations to keep our families and ourselves safe, such as the following 7 steps:
If you are used to running with a group, running solo may be a challenge to you, but there are great advantages to running solo. Use this opportunity to challenge yourself to learn how to enjoy solo running and reap the benefits, such as developing confidence as a runner knowing that you can do it on your own. Read more here: Transitioning to Running Solo
If you usually run in the streets, this may be an opportunity for you to explore a new trail or nature park where there usually tends to be less people than in the streets. Running while self-isolating doesn't have to be boring!
If indeed the time comes that we are severely restricted from leaving our homes, running while self-isolating will become more challenging. Try the following tips to maintain your physical fitness and mental well-being:
If you have other suggestions, please share in the comments below and feel free to share your pictures here too!
During these difficult times, be kind to yourself and rest mentally if you can. Worrying will not help in any way. We need to trust that this will pass and to be patient as the time passes. Being mindful of the present moment can help prevent us from worrying too much about the future.
Take care of yourself and please feel free to share with us how you and your running friends are coping in these challenging times.
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Please share your running experiences with us during this difficult time. We would love to hear how you and your friends are managing your runs while adhering to social distancing.
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