Safe Outdoor Exercise?

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I'm immunocompromised which means I have to be really careful due to COVID-19. Thankfully I'm relatively healthy, outside of my disease, and I miss going to the gym and going on hikes. 

I'm not willing to risk my health on gyms right now, but do edhat readers have suggestions on hikes with very little to no people? A time frame on a specific trail where I can hike or walk without having too many close encounters with other people? Even a neighborhood with a steep hill or two?

Thanks for the help! 

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a-1594202289 Jun 25, 2020 08:08 PM
Safe Outdoor Exercise?

This is a hard problem. Swimming has been my choice for years. Now with the parking closed (i have mobility problems) and the gyms and pools effectively closed it is a really difficult situation. I have not found an answer.

ZeroHawk Jun 25, 2020 09:18 AM
Safe Outdoor Exercise?

this question...confusing that it had to be asked, but here we go... walking, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, kite surfing, fishing (not much exercise but its fun). i've been outdoors exercising for 14 weeks (well most of my life, but the past 14 weeks a lot more). there aren't people coming to hug you when your'e swimming, walking, running, hiking, kayaking, biking, running. i've been all over the beach areas, foot hills, trails front and back, the harbor and sea landing, the breakwater, wilcox property, rocky nook park, alive keck park, my neighborhood...

Hammonds Hound Jun 25, 2020 10:26 AM
Safe Outdoor Exercise?

I was just hoping to find an organized, group workout with an instructor! Arobics, handheld weights etc.!

Hammonds Hound Jun 25, 2020 07:18 AM
Safe Outdoor Exercise?

I would be very interested if anyone had suggestions for outdoor aerobic exercise classes? I too can no longer join my indoor gym classes. Thanks!

EMI Photo Jun 24, 2020 01:42 PM
Safe Outdoor Exercise?

Ellwood Mesa provides pathways that are about 6-10 feet wide but with low terrain on either side (aside from the cliffs) it's easy to anticipate people coming towards you and step as far away as desired. It's realistically possible to maintain a 20+ foot barrier by simply walking off trail when needed. There are a lot of smaller trails through the broad meadow that few people ever make use of. These are narrow (maybe 2 feet at best) but again, if you see someone heading your way, take steps off path to whatever distance makes you feel comfortable. Its also a great place to ride a bike!

CeeS Jun 24, 2020 12:35 PM
Safe Outdoor Exercise?

Look for walking & cycling routes in your neighborhood at Family Walk & Roll website. These routes were selected to be pedestrian and bike friendly and not as crowded as the bike paths. https://www.sbbike.org/explore_your_neighborhood. There are lots of routes to choose from!

a-1594202289 Jun 24, 2020 11:39 AM
Safe Outdoor Exercise?

Go anywhere and walk, or you can walk on the tracks at any high school or SBCC if you want. Unlimited options! I wouldn't suggest hiking because so many are hiking and the trails are crowded and also there are a lot of rescues this time of year. But it's pretty much go where you want!

a-1594202289 Jun 24, 2020 12:29 PM
Safe Outdoor Exercise?

SBCC track and stadium was locked when I went by last week. SMHS track had people using it, but the track-level gate access from the parking lot was closed. May have to get in from the top, or the "bottom"/"lowest" access point near the softball fields.

letmego Jun 24, 2020 10:56 AM
Safe Outdoor Exercise?

Also, Bel Air Knolls...hills, not a lot of people

letmego Jun 24, 2020 10:54 AM
Safe Outdoor Exercise?

Depends on when you go...there are plenty of steep hills, and not too many people, on the westside. Elings can be busy at times, but Cliff drive up from Hendry's, Flora Vista, West Valerio, Miramonte, Loma Alta. These aren't too bad. There's always Gibraltar. Sea Ranch Dr and Campanil in Hope Ranch.

oceandrew Jun 24, 2020 10:40 AM
Safe Outdoor Exercise?

How far are you willing to go to exercise? To get away from people you have to get away from the "beaten track". That means going on hikes that aren't as convenient to get to. The Fremont Trail drops down onto Paradise road from the top of Camino Cielo about 1/2 mile west of the Painted Cave Road. The Tequepis trailhead is off 154 between Rancho Alegre and Camp Whittier (look for Larsen Meadow Campground on Google maps). Another good hike is S. Refugio Rd in Santa Ynez. Drive to the end and walk the rest of the way. The old road is the trail so you have plenty of space should you encounter strangers you need to distance from. It takes you to the top and over.

Kruppe Jun 24, 2020 09:52 AM
Safe Outdoor Exercise?

You can visit your old haunts, if you go either very early ( before 5am) or late after sunset (after 9pm). Cycling shouldn't be much of a problem either. If you want a steep hill, try Farren Road or Mountain View.

a-1594202289 Jun 24, 2020 09:28 AM
Safe Outdoor Exercise?

I enjoy riding my bike on residential streets. If I want a harder workout I'll choose the more hilly regions.

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