The current coronavirus pandemic has changed many lives seemingly overnight. Athletes were hard hit with the suspension of sports leagues around the world. Thousands of athletes who are preparing for the 2020 Summer Olympics might now be training for an event that will not happen. Athletes engaged in sports at every level must consider personal safety when continuing their training. Athletes must charge the way they train, finding ways to maintain their skills and keep toned during this time of quarantines, self-isolation, national shutdowns and social distancing.
Athletes can still train by following the new rules that are meant to stem the tide of the rate of infection. Everyone that contracts the coronavirus will not become symptomatic or necessarily ever get sick, they will, however, provide a healthy host and become a carrier that will infect others.
Don’t Invite the Coronavirus into Your Life
Everyone of every age must go beyond the warnings of the health professionals. Many jurisdictions have been late with mandatory shutdowns and quarantines. Although they have all warned and are aware of the importance of social distancing, many government administrators have failed to act until the spread of this novel virus is beyond containment.
Health professionals, researchers, and scientists around the world continue to gather the knowledge needed to combat this unprecedented pandemic. Each person plays a role in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. It is important as a society that everyone does their part in trying to slow the rate of infection caused by the virus.
As is typical with other viruses that are passed from person to person, the coronavirus is transmitted through the spray cloud of a sneeze or cough. The evidence is still pending about transmission from other bodily fluids such as tears or perspiration. The idea of social distancing is to maintain a safety zone that is beyond the reach of the cough or sneeze spray cloud.
The reason that athletes cannot maintain their regular training routines with other athletes, coaches and trainers is because the rules of containment will be broken, social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantine. Committed athletes on all levels from little league to Olympic contenders are determined to maintain their skills, abilities, and endurance both on and off the field. Even in this new era, training can still be a part of everyday routine, it just needs a different regiment.
Training During the New Normal
Athletes who are no longer able to go to the gym, the track, the fields or courts to train must improvise during this time of change. Many athletes participate in seasonal sports that have off-seasons. Most continue their training throughout the off-season. In that same vain this unusual period should be treated as an offseason.
Ways to train during isolation, quarantine and social distancing:
- Online Training: In the age of technology, athletes that rely on personal trainers and coaches can still maintain this approach to training with video conferencing. Coaches and trainers can also maintain group training sessions just as schools now are by utilizing online programs.
- Cardio Training: Simple repetitive basic warm-up exercising can be done at home alone by anyone. According to medical experts, everyone should be doing cardio-centric home exercising not only during this extraordinary time but all the time. Exercise builds the immune system while toning and shaping the body.
- Home Gym Equipment: Those that already have or can purchase home gym equipment can experience the same training regiment as they do at the gym. Integrated with internet accessibility, today’s home gym equipment offers an amazing selection of workout opportunities with built-in trainers, goal settings, and the intensity that can benefit athletes of every level.
- Outside: You can still jog, bike, walk or exercise in the outdoors if you are at a safe distance from others. You should train by yourself, not with others unless you are using a video conferencing program. Remember when training outdoors, do not touch railings, signposts or other metal or glass objects. Do not touch your face, have clean sanitized wipes with you. When returning home from outdoor training avoid others in your household until you have sanitized. Thoroughly wash your hands and face before and after removing your clothes and securing them to be washed. Shower with an antibacterial soap.
Training on Your Own
When and if the games return is anybody’s guess, it is beyond your control. As an athlete, your conditioning is under your control. You can still stay in shape and hone your skills individually or through video conferencing with personal trainers. The choices of home training equipment coupled with affordable free weights offer many exercise options while you as an athlete maintain the safety of self-isolation and mandatory quarantine.
Athletes can use the outdoors to continue their training especially private yards, driveways or courtyards. When taking your training outdoors, you must use the precautions of social distancing, the rules of sterilization and the guidelines to prevent transferring the virus from inanimate objects.
As a trained athlete you may feel strong and in control, however, this tiny microscopic virus can defeat the strongest people in the world. It is alright and advised to continue a regiment of training that will keep you toned, your skills sharp, and your abilities ready. Considering the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic a commonsense approach to personalized training must be utilized. You must protect yourself and those around you by following the newly established protocols designed to stem the tide of infections by the coronavirus.