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@ACSEP_ @ESSA_NEWS media release - Boot Camp groups of 10 are not recommended as safe during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Alternate safer exercise options are advised in this media release
Outdoor exercise in groups up to 10 people (such as with “boot camp”) is permitted under Australian Stage 2 restrictions, however, there are good reasons why we should NOT be participating in such activities.
Exercise, indoors or outdoors, remains safe and beneficial during the COVID-19 pandemic unless you are subject to quarantine. Keep a distance of 4 metres between people when walking, running or doing activity where you are puffing hard
•Do not touch outdoor surfaces such as playground equipment or park fitness equipment
•Do not share equipment in outdoor classes including mats and weights
•Do not share sporting equipment such as drink bottles, footballs, racquets, golf clubs
•Wash your hands before and after activity
•Stick with exercise formats that you are familiar with (i.e. do not attempt open water swimming, cycling on city roads, long runs for the first time if you are not used to it)
•Exercise with health in mind during a pandemic (i.e. in moderation), not performance. Injuries will be harder to manage when the health system is shut-down or overly-booked. Consolidate health exercise habits at this time, but do not overtrain. Exercise in safe environments.
Generally for good health, 6000 to 8000 steps per day is all that is required to stay healthy – exercise at this level (or above) is associated with significantly reduced risk of death from all causes compared to not exercising.
During a pandemic, you should aim to get these steps either walking around your own home or outdoors with good space between yourself and others. Do not aim to walk around shopping centres for exercise – you should only be visiting shops for urgent/staple purchases
With this in mind, it is not advisable to participate in boot camp activities involving equipment, mats and people close together. Safe outdoor activity to reduce transmission of COVID-19 means exercising with no more than 2 others and keeping at least 4 metres apart
There are major benefits to exercising now: exercise will improve your psychological well-being, boost your immune system, reduce the impact of chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, reduce the feeling of social isolation and add variety to your day
This, however, needs to be done with some good sense and physical distancing from each other so we reduce the chance of spread of COVID-19 - optimising, not risking, our health. @ACSEP_ @ESSA_NEWS @apaphysio
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