VALLEY CITY, N.D. (CityCountyHealth) – If you are not sick with coronavirus it is recommended that you would exercise. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when you have a healthy lifestyle and exercise is a key factor. So start today and exercise.

Can I run or walk outside? Yes, people may leave their homes to engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements to keep at least 6 feet from another person. Walking, hiking or jogging is fine.

Can I go to the park? Yes, the park is a great place to take a walk.

Can my kids play on the playground equipment at the park? Science has not yet been able to determine this answer. So, the safest response is to assume that playground equipment might be contaminated. Ultraviolet light does kill organisms, but the coronavirus lives on metal and plastic for up to 72 hours. Kids can wear gloves, but gloves, too, can become contaminated. Defintely avoid using the equipment if other children are there. No matter what, wash hands for at least 20 seconds upon arriving home if your kids play on the playground equipment.

The guidelines for exercise for adults is to do at least 150 minutes or aerobic activity per week.
Children need to get 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

Exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore, a healthy immune system. Exercise will also help you and your family reduce stress during this pandemic. For practical information on exercise—google Staying Active During the Coronavirus Pandemic: https://www.exerciseismedicine.org/support_page.php/stories/?b=892

For more information on COVID-19 go to www.health.nd.gov and click on coronavirus (more information) or contact City County Health District about any concerns or needs that you may have (845-8518).

This article comes to you from City County Health District.