Maintain Social Distancing
Social distancing doesn’t mean to remain in the house all day and night. Find a local field or outside area with enough space for you to work out, without the risk of coming in close contact with others. Training outside is good for our mental and physical health, and quite effective in fighting off “cabin fever”.
The younger they are, the tougher it is to train effectively alone. But practice makes perfect. As a coach, parent or adult charged with training kids, we all know the challenges of teaching young athletes discipline, focus, and time management. Encouraging them to train alone; without their teammates and buddies, will make them better athletes and teammates later. Help them put together a schedule and encourage them to stick to it.
Training “In Place”
Find a training location at your home and outside. For both areas, make sure you tailor you new training plan to fit the small space you will train in. If your area is only 10′ x 10′, it would be unwise to use a weight sled. Know what your training goals are and look for new exercises to use to accomplish them. For the days you plan to go outside, make sure you pack only what you need to train effectively:
- Water or sports beverages
- Towel, mask, disinfectant spray or wash
- Portable weights or resistance tools
- Space appropriate training tools
- Cleats and sneakers
- Portable Music (yes, this is essential!)
Training with Others
During this pandemic, given the high transmissibility of the virus, it’s simply unsafe to train with those that are not living with your athlete. However, if there is another sibling or adult in the house, consistently practicing social distancing, this may be a safe alternative.
Follow CDC and Government Guidelines.
The CDC has a comprehensive website with information and guideline on Coronavirus-COVAD19 here