If you’re reading this, you’re likely self isolating at home, doing your part to slow the spread of coronavirus in the community. While you know that social distancing saves lives, being home all day is something you're not used to. It’s understandable to be feeling cooped up and restless from being indoors. You're itching to get out, at least for a walk, and that feeling is almost universal right now.
And who could blame us? Getting out and walking is a great way to exercise and relieve stress.
Walking improves your fitness, cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, improves mood, creates less stress on joints and reduces pain, can prevent weight gain, reduce risk for cancer and chronic disease, improve endurance, circulation, and posture, and the list goes on.
Additionally, getting out during the day while the sun is out is a great source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is very important for your body and can help you facilitate normal immune system function.
But wait, is walking outdoors even allowed right now?
For me personally, it felt a bit uncomfortable at first. I didn’t know whether I was breaking the rules or not. It felt like there were no clear guidelines about walking, and outdoor exercise in general. I knew that I had to be at least 2 metres away from others, but was this practical? Even if I kept my distance, I wouldn't be able to control the people around me. Half of my friends were regularly exercising outdoors, while the other half were adamant on staying in. It felt like a lot of information about this topic was contradictory, so I wanted to look deeper into it.