With the coronavirus still a threat to the health of the population, and social distancing rules still in place, we must still be mindful of how we exercise. You may think that because cycling is a solo workout that you don’t need to take extra precautions, but there are still measures we should all be taking when cycling during COVID-19.
Invest in portable training
The best way to stay safe from the coronavirus is to limit the amount of time you spend outside. You can achieve this by investing in a portable training solution, so you can train anywhere. A stationary training product allows you to train with ease, and from the comfort of your own home. Plus, if you have a sporting event, you can get that vital training in without risking your health. If you don’t want to fork out on something brand new, there are second hand options available
Sanitise your equipment
If you do still want to go out for your bike rides, then there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re minimising the risks of spreading or contracting the coronavirus. Hygiene is of the utmost importance during this time, so ensure to give your equipment and workout gear a thorough cleaning each time you use it. Remember to use antibacterial sprays and wipes with a high alcohol content to ensure you can kill any germs that may be on your bike. When washing your workout gear remember to put them on a high temperature wash.
Remember your mask
Even though you won’t be in close contact with other people during your bike ride, you may stop off somewhere to take a rest or even need to pick up a refreshment. So remember to wear a face covering each time you leave the house, including to exercise. Masks work to stop you from spreading germs to others, and while exercising you have a greater chance of spreading germs through sweating or saliva.
As tempting as it may be to go for a bike ride with a loved one, especially one you haven’t seen in a while, the safest option is to ride solo. The risk of spreading germs still remains the same, despite being in an open space. It’s also best to plan your route to try to avoid crowded areas, try to avoid stopping, and riding near other riders if possible. If you do decide to ride with someone from another household. Ensure you keep the recommended 2m distance.
When storing your bike, try not to leave it in communal spaces such as public bike racks. If you do need to do so, be sure to sanitise your bike after use.
Practice good hygiene
As with any activity that involves being outside of your household, maintaining good levels of personal hygiene is crucial in this time. Be sure to wash your hands as frequently as possible, and for a minimum of 20 seconds before rinsing.
Don’t train too hard
Whilst moderate-intensity training is good for your immune system, some reports raise concerns over the potential of high-intensity training which can weaken your immune system. With a virus such as COVID-19 remaining a threat to us all, it’s best to air on the side of caution and not push yourself too hard.
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Author bio – Sarah Lawson is a regular contributor to the Friday-Ad blog. She is an outreach and content professional. Her articles cover a wide range of topics from business advice to health and beauty