New Exercise Norms
We’ve been told to practice social distancing so we can slow or stop the spread of the coronavirus. Many of us are comfortable to comply, but still want to get some quality exercise. We’ve lost access to our gyms for machine workouts and our recreation centers for pickle ball or badminton games. That leaves walking and cycling as the most available ways for us to get exercise. Both of these activities are out your front door and enable you to practice social distancing without too much problem.
It’s easy to get out and take a walk in the neighborhood or at a local park or recreational area. A comfortable, sturdy pair of shoes and a water bottle can get you off to a great start. Some people like to use a pedometer or a phone app that will measure steps, with 5000 – 7000 steps being the ideal goal. But without a pedometer or phone app, you can increase your heart rate and activate your muscles with a 30 – 60 minute walk. And as you see neighbors or fellow walkers, just remember to keep 6′ between you for social distancing.
If you don’t have a bicycle or trike in ready-to-go condition, take a little time to lubricate the chain and pump up the tires so you can enjoy this mode of outdoor exercise. Cycling gives you a good cardio workout along with increased muscle strength over time. The more you ride, the stronger your heart and other muscles get over time. Cycling has a built-in social distancing aspect, so it doesn’t take much effort to remember to keep a 6′ distance from other riders or walkers. As a good hygienic practice, wipe your handlebars and hands with hand-sanitizer when you return from your ride.
Add An Electric Boost
And, whether now or in the future, if you find that cycling is too hard or isn’t fun, consider adding a motorized boost to your ride. This can be done with conversion kits that change your bike or trike for good, or you can add the Ridekick power trailer. With the Ridekick power trailer, you can put it on when you want it, or take it off when you don’t. In addition, it has space to hold cargo for your extended rides, clothing layers, or a delicious picnic lunch!
Happy riding, and stay safe out there!