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COVID-19 Advisory Panel Exercise Recommendations

During this time of crisis and behavioral risk mitigation, it is important to pay attention to your health, which includes healthy exercise. Even though winter and spring NCAA championships have been cancelled, exercise, including strength and conditioning, can be maintained with the following guidance considerations:

  • Do not exercise if you are feeling ill. This is especially important when exercising in a shared facility. COVID-19 may manifest in young adults with very mild symptoms of a cold, yet these individuals may be infectious.
  • If you have a chronic medical condition (e.g., diabetes, lung disease), avoid exercising in a shared facility.
  • When exercising in a shared facility, consider the following:
    • Maintain social distancing of six feet. If you are organizing a group workout, the logistics need to be addressed beforehand.
    • Use hand sanitizers regularly, including before and after exercise.
    • Do not touch your face while working out. If you do, sanitize your hands before continuing.
    • Shared equipment should be sanitized with a disinfectant before and after use. This includes free weights, mats, kettlebells, medicine balls, stability balls, bars, etc.
    • Group games with probable contact and a shared ball should be avoided. It is not only difficult to avoid contact, but there is also uncertainty about shared balls and virus transmission.