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Responding to Coronavirus

How to go outside this spring

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We’re all doing our part to slow the spread of coronavirus: working from home if we can, limiting trips to essential needs and practicing social distancing.  To stay sane and reduce stress, going outside daily has become our lifeline.  Spending time in nature has proven health benefits and getting regular exercise is important to building immunity.

Here are a few tips to getting outside in a time of coronavirus:

  • Stay safe. We encourage you to find time each day to get outside but also practice appropriate CDC guidelines, including social distancing.  Know which trails and parks are open, avoid crowded trail parking lots and keep your distance from others outside.  Find places to enjoy nature that less frequented.  Or just get outside in your backyard or neighborhood.
  • Stay informed. Things are changing quickly with guidelines and stay-at-home orders being updated daily.  Stay on top of these changes to ensure that you are following the most recent guidance.  This New York Times article, Exercising During Coronavius is a great resource and has been regularly updated as the situation evolves.
  • Adventure responsibly. According to experts, this is not the time to take that road trip you’ve been planning.  In addition to potentially spreading COVID-19, you want to avoid potentially straining healthcare systems if you have an accident while climbing, mountain biking or hiking.  Read this article from The Outbound Collective for more tips on how to adventure responsibly.

Follow these tips, stay well and get outside!