Maintaining a regular exercise routine is important for physical and mental health, especially while we are spending extra time at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here in Aspen, we are fortunate to have a plethora of activities to do in nature including biking, hiking, running, etc. Here are a few tips on how to social distance while exercising in the mountains.
- Keep a minimum 6-foot distance between yourself and other individuals. For reference, 6 feet is about the same size as one of your skis or a paddle.
- When running or biking, look ahead and pace yourself when necessary so you can work out how to keep a 6-foot distance between yourself and others.
- Think carefully about where you go and prioritize avoiding crowds. If you see a full parking lot or congregating crowds, head to an alternative less crowded area.
- When possible, plan your workouts at a less popular time. Early in the morning or later in the afternoon are good options.
- Instead of planning your activity at more popular Aspen spots such as Smuggler or Hunter Creek, try more isolated trails. Independence Pass, East of Aspen Trail, and Ashcroft are a few good alternatives.
- Avoid activities with higher risk. Hospitals are currently overwhelmed and it's vital for people who don't need emergency care to avoid taxing their resources further.
- Try isolated workouts or limit your group to two outdoor partners. This will help prevent crowding on various Aspen locations. When working out alone, text a friend and let them know where you’ll be and for how long.
- Stay sanitary. Wash your hands before, during, and after you go. Avoid touching rails or any other object during your activity.
- Wear a mask when unable to maintain a 6ft distance from others.
If anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive, stay home and avoid a potential spread.
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