Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

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Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?
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Today (Wed. March 18) at Goleta Beach we spotted a group of at least 25 led by a local fitness company with students and instructors. There was a lot of hugging and close contact. Is this appropriate given the coronavirus guidelines for social distancing?

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a-1584568963 Mar 18, 2020 03:02 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Only appropriate if everyone drove separately and maintained 6 feet of distance the ENTIRE time. Ideally more space as people are probably sweating. As a whole I'd feel inclined to tell the company this is a bad idea. Post workout videos online that people can do at home or outside alone and stop the social gathering. What is so hard about this??

a-1584568979 Mar 18, 2020 03:02 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

If they stayed 6 feet apart, sure. They are clearly not doing that. Hugging is the worst kind of contact you can have with a person if you are trying not to spread germs. Remember, we are protecting ourselves as individuals, but most importantly we are protecting the older generation (who will literally DIE) by practicing social distancing. Don't be afraid to ***calmly*** tell people what they're doing could kill people indirectly.

a-1584569823 Mar 18, 2020 03:17 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Probably OK, maybe, but why would you risk this right now I mean everyone is all bent out of shape about the possibility of martial law [which I think is coming] yet they continue to disregard common sense practices and putting themselves and others at risk! This virus is HIGHLY contagious and an earlier [since redacted but for unknown reasons] report said that it can actually travel more than 3 feet if someone coughs/sneezes [which means as of the date of that redacted report 6 feet isn't even enough]

sacjon Mar 18, 2020 03:18 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Are people going to start taking photos of groups of people and reporting them? If they're outside and apart from each other, how is it bad? I know this is a difficult time, but people should be able to exercise outdoors if they're maintaining proper distancing without fear of being "reported."

sacjon Mar 18, 2020 03:21 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Missed the part about the hugging..... yeah that is stupid and dangerous. BUT.... people should still be able to be outside in groups ONLY IF they are doing it with appropriate distances.

Minibeast Mar 18, 2020 03:41 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

"But according to research by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it's not just the person next to us we should worry about: coughing spreads droplets as far as six metres, and sneezing as much as eight metres. These droplets stay suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes." (www.sciencefocus.com)
******For those of you who are challenged metrically: 6 meters = nearly 20 feet; 8 meters = over 26 feet.******If people are talking around you, you are breathing in their droplets. I would say "No" to working out with others, for now.

MyHonorStudentB Mar 18, 2020 05:22 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Different levels of social distancing. Six feet is not a guarantee sneezed go 3x as far. Masks, gloves, eye protection makes a difference too. It is a fine line.

a-1584571193 Mar 18, 2020 03:39 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Get the name of the company and call the public health departments emergency # regarding the corona-virus @ 1-833-688-5551. The company needs to be contacted and told what is and is not permissible. They and their clients obviously don't understand how contagious this deadly virus is and someone in authority needs to talk to them. - Frankly all of these people should be ashamed of themselves based on what you've said and what the photo shows.

sacjon Mar 18, 2020 05:07 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

at 3:39 - Please do not encourage this new type of water police activity. The Public Health Dept has WAY more important things to do than wagging their fingers at people who are not breaking any law. Yeah, this is stupid, but people are still allowed to meet in public and, as long as they aren't being careless (which they might have been here), then we do not need people snooping and driving around reporting folks for LEGAL activity. Come on, this is hard enough as it is without "activity police" wasting the Health Dept.s time!

sacjon Mar 18, 2020 05:14 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

PUGLUVER - No, there's a recommendation to avoid groups of 10 or more. A recommendation, not an enforceable ban. And "gatherings like this" are actually the one thing that is somewhat encouraged, however, with more distance and zero contact. There is NOTHING wrong with people exercising outdoors in a group as long as they are 6 feet or more apart and not touching. THIS group sounds like they were, so that's dumb, but not a violation of any law.

MyHonorStudentB Mar 18, 2020 05:25 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Respectfully, the six feet guideline is contemplated for offices and public meetings. If exercising you are panting and just one sneeze could infect several people. Please space out extra if outdoors. Authorities are closing beaches because silly people think that anything goes as long as it is outdoors. 'nuff said.

sacjon Mar 18, 2020 05:33 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Also, the 6 foot rule is for INDOOR activities where droplets are more easily contained in dangerous concentrations. Being outdoors in the wind, I think folks are fine to be at least 6 feet away. And what beaches are being closed?

sacjon Mar 18, 2020 05:39 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

MYHONOR... - You might be confused about the beaches being closed. Here's what the City of Goleta is doing: "The resolution also prohibits access to play structures and exercise equipment in City parks, beaches and open spaces. Signs will be posted to remind users of COVID-19 symptoms and risks and to social distance." --------- They are not closing the beaches, but rather the play structures and equipment. You are still allowed, and SHOULD, go walk on the beach and get some air. ________________https://www.cityofgoleta.org/Home/Components/News/News/9289/1217?backlist=%2f _______________ Also, there is no ban on groups, only an ordered shut down of places where large groups could easily occur indoors, such as bars, clubs, etc. A LOT of bad info being spread here. Please try to relax and get the facts, not hysteria.

sacjon Mar 18, 2020 05:42 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

PUG - yes, they are dangerous, but not banned, so my point remains....do NOT bother the Health dept with "reports" of people exercising at the beach.

a-1584592427 Mar 18, 2020 09:33 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Respectfully, disagree: we DO need watchdogs. This was legal, to exercise in a parking lot, to breathe on those who walk by to get their cars or just walk by --- but it is completely anti-social towards others, especially any others who are in the high risk groups. (And how would the exercisers know, even if they cared?) "Activity police" - actual police or park rangers or whatever- could advise and educate and thereby maybe help save others' health. Having just this evening watched Cottage's webinar and in the high risk group, I feel near terrified and helpless and would welcome knowing others are trying to tamp down behavior that puts others at risk.

ZeroHawk Mar 18, 2020 03:53 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

are you freakin' kidding me? is that where we are at now? secretly photographing people doing something different than what you do, and try to 'snitch' on them? holy crow we are screwed.

you guys need to get a better hobby. this is ridiculous. THEY ARE EXERCISING OUTDOORS. FFS...reading edhat comments make me worry for the human race.

ZeroHawk Mar 18, 2020 03:55 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

yes, hide! don't touch. don't kiss. don't hug. don't go out. listen to the government. go buy as much toilet paper as you can. forget about food. forget about common sense. (this is you)

a-1584575278 Mar 18, 2020 04:47 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Unfortunately Zerohawk, its the same type of people with your attitude about COVID-19 that will keep us in our houses and social distancing for a lot longer. If everyone followed the scientists advice and precautions, we'll get through this much quicker.

sacjon Mar 18, 2020 05:11 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Zero - Why shouldn't we "listen to the government?" Do you think all governments of the planet Earth are connected in some world wide conspiracy? Don't be silly. Be safe, and yeah, don't hug, touch or kiss people outside your household. That is how this thing is spreading! Do you really believe there is no threat from this virus?

ZeroHawk Mar 19, 2020 03:19 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

@272 ok you listen to the "scientists" aka the government, who are actually not scientists. Our own government told us last week it was no big deal. This is why we really should just use common sense.
You're just flat out wrong. The health "officials" have stated exercising outdoors is what we should be doing. lol

ZeroHawk Mar 19, 2020 03:21 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

@Sac, i believe it exists and is being pumped up tremendously by the media and by officials who really don't know much about it. i don't think it's nearly as bad as they say. Look at facts the influenza versus corona virus. the flu has infected and killed more of us this year than this bug has.

Alexblue Mar 18, 2020 04:41 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Yes, exercise outside.

No, don't hug each other, idiots, unless you really hate your parents and grandparents and having a job.

You don't need to be in a group to exercise.

a-1584577018 Mar 18, 2020 05:16 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

I thinks it is just the luck of the draw as to getting sick from this virus or not. If someone needs to excercise in a group, then outdoors would seem to be the logical place. We stopped by KFC for a bucket, and there was no line for once in my life! We saw a woman leaving Smart and Final a couple days ago wuth a 20 lb bag of carrots, a bag of Lays chips, and I think two boxes of Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls. What a feast!!!

mtndriver Mar 18, 2020 06:40 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Wish there was a laugh icon for that 5:16 post about the carrots, chips, and dessert. We need a laugh icon these days for sure!

MyHonorStudentB Mar 18, 2020 05:48 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Beaches closing in Tampa, Clearwater. Miami Beach:partial closure. Florida governor refuses statewide closure. Southbeach,Ft Lauderdale: curfew. Spain - beaches closed. Related Note: Being outdoors does not by any means guarantee safetyl under outdoor exercise six foot rule does not guarantee protection, sneezes extend farther and wind may actually drift cough and breath farther than indoors, for those unlucky enough to be down wind.

sacjon Mar 18, 2020 06:01 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

MYHONORSTUDENT - those beaches are closed as a preventative measure to discourage the thousands of college kids that were planning to go party in those areas for Spring Break. "Because Miami Beach is a hospitality mecca, and during the month of March its public beaches become all-day gathering spots for young spring breakers, the coronavirus pandemic affects the city’s way of life more acutely than most major cities in the state." ------- https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article241296211.html________Again, stop with the false info. Our local beaches ARE NOT closing.

sacjon Mar 18, 2020 06:31 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Pug - if we had beaches were thousands of young, dumb, drunk college students flew from around the world to dance, touch and you know what else, then I would be 100% on board. But that's simply not the situation here.

MyHonorStudentB Mar 18, 2020 06:39 PM
Are Outdoor Workout Classes Appropriate?

Pug never said what you are attributing. I cited three options: closure, curfews, or do nothing. I don't appreciate being called "hysterical" when I happen to know a fact and someone mischaracterizes. Had Pug not come to my defense I would not bother looking on this site for at least another day. The rudest comments seem to come from those with the least research behind them. Good day.

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