3. Choose Outdoor Walking Over Indoor Walking
If your tendency is to do your walking at the gym or inside other public-use buildings, you’re likely safer from coronavirus walking outdoors instead.
Outside, you’re better able to steer clear of other people. You’re also less likely to get the virus on your hands from contaminated surfaces of treadmills and other exercise equipment.
The good news is most gyms are very diligent in their disinfecting routines during the coronavirus pandemic. Still, you’re probably safer social distancing by walking outdoors more often than not.
2. Disinfect Your Shoes Before Bringing Them Inside
Virus droplets can fall on the ground and be picked up by your shoes, according to the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) at Penn State. Especially when you’ve walked across a non-porous surface like stone or tile.
The CIDD recommends disinfecting your shoes outside after your walk. Ideally, you should wipe down your shoes with a diluted bleach mixture (follow the container instructions) and let them dry.
Or, if disinfecting your shoes isn’t possible, leave them outside or just inside your doorway. Leaving them at the door will prevent possible spread of coronavirus from your shoes throughout your home.
1. Always Follow General Walking Safety Guidelines
We’re all receiving so much changing information about the coronavirus, it’s easy to get distracted and forget the basics. Follow general safety guidelines at all times while on your walks during coronavirus.
First, stick to the sidewalks or areas designated for pedestrians. Stepping into the street to social distance from others could put you in harm’s way.
Wear bright colors that make it easy for drivers and other pedestrians to see you. Wear reflective clothing in the dark.
And remember to protect your mindset, too. Staying safe while walking during coronavirus shouldn’t interfere with the much-needed stress relief this great activity can provide.Related: Benefits of Walking