We are all under a lot of stress right now. I know I am.
Not only do we all need to adjust to spending most of our time inside, as well as remembering to practice virus prevention measures, but there's also the worry about getting sick, ourselves or our loved ones.
Add to this trying to understand the details of the health order shut-down. (County Health Services has a helpful new COVID-19 hot line, 844-729-8410, open during business hours, and an FAQ that's regularly updated.)
It's more important now to do all we can to take care of our health. Getting exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep all help our immune systems.They're also good for our mental health.
We've gotten a number of questions about whether, under the health order, we're allowed to go outside to exercise--walk, run or bike. The answer is yes!
The health order doesn't prevent outdoor exercise, as long as we practice social distancing. This means don't exercise in groups, and try to stay at least six feet from a walking or running partner. Also, exercising in gyms and playgrounds is not allowed.
We want to clarify that the
East Bay Regional Park District
trails are open to the public. The Park District says while bathrooms, visitor centers, drinking fountains, and other services are closed due to the health order, trails are open. We can all hike!
I've been enjoying daily walks along the San Francisco Bay Trail in Richmond. I encourage you to get a little fresh air exercise as often as you can, in whatever way you choose. It's one of the things that can help us stay healthy and get through this pandemic.