The pandemic outbreak has forced us all to make major lifestyle changes to match the recommended safety measures and to keep safe. One of the things that were greatly affected was our ability to practice several sports. Some sports put us at a higher risk of catching the virus than others.
Since unwillingly taking some time off physical exercise can be very stressful and frustrating, we decided to put together a list of outdoor sports that can be safe to practice during the pandemic. However, make sure that you take all the necessary precautions to stay safe.
1. Running, Cycling, and Hiking
Running, cycling, and hiking are all pandemic safe sports that can be practiced. They can be carried out individually; this way, you won’t have to worry about social distancing. Any equipment that you will be using also would belong to you. This decreases the chance that they’d get contaminated. To feel less lonely in your exercise, you can play your favorite songs.
These sports are also great ways to explore your city since you can always experiment with taking new routes each time you decide to exercise. Changing up your route will make you less bored and more encouraged to exercise. Plenty of cycling and running applications are available on smartphones. They are a great way to help you track your progress. Some applications can even guide you to an even more effective exercise session.
Golfing is also a great sport that you can practice during the pandemic. Social distancing rules and guidelines can be easily applied to it without having any effect on the nature of the sport and the course of the game. Though, after gripping a golf club, make sure that you have sanitized your hands thoroughly. If you are not using your own golf club, there is a higher chance that it could be contaminated.
Fencing is a sport that rules naturally enforces social distancing most of the time. There is the distance of the extended arms of both players, in addition to the distance that the lengths of each of their weapons create. This makes each player within the range of a safe distance. However, players do come in close contact when trying to score points. With masks, and they often use disinfectants, fencing should be safe.
4. Horseback Riding
There is no medical evidence that animals can spread the virus to humans. Therefore, equestrianism is pandemic safe. It’s just you and the horse; there is no human interaction required. Even if you are still under training and coaching, your instructor will be standing several feet away from you and the horse.
If the reins on the horse do not belong to you, make sure to keep your hands off your face until you properly disinfect them. Make sure not to borrow anyone’s helmet or gloves either.
Although tennis is a multi-player sport, it can still be considered pandemic safe as players do not need to come in close contact with each other. Use your own tennis rackets to avoid any potential harm. The most danger comes from the balls because they would be touched by everyone. So make sure not to touch your face and use a disinfectant during breaks and after the game.
If you live in a snowy area, skiing can be a great option. Make sure to grab your own equipment and glide away. It is a fun sport that can be practiced individually. There are almost no risks of catching the virus while skiing on your own, with your equipment.
Swimming at a secluded beach or at one that doesn’t usually have many visitors can also be pandemic safe. Get your towel to sit on to prevent using any public amenities. Sit and swim as furthest away as possible from anyone there. Do not forget to bring your disinfectant along in case you touch any surfaces.
In an open, empty basketball court, you can practice basketball and still be pandemic safe. Bring your own ball to avoid using one that doesn’t belong to you. It is also better if you play on your own to prevent coming into close contact with anyone. You should also use a disinfectant if you touch any surfaces.
Pandemics limit the amounts of fun and sometimes vital activities that are integral parts of our lifestyles. If you are an active, athletic person, chances are that you are feeling very infuriated by the fact that you are limited to certain physical exercises. This is exactly why we decided to put together a pandemic safe list of fun sports that you can practice. Stay safe, and stay active!
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