How to keep social distance during the Vitality Running World Cup
- Hundreds of sporting events across the globe have been cancelled and social distancing has been recommended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
- The good news is the Vitality Running World Cup is still underway.
- Being physically active plays an important role in staying healthy.
- Here’s how to keep running safely and use your efforts to help vaccinate a child in need.
As the impact of COVID-19 plays out in different spheres of society, the cancellation of mass sporting events has dispirited fans around the world. But amid all the uncertainty and reminders to stay healthy, there is some cause for cheer: not only is the Vitality Running World Cup still happening, South Africa is heading up the leader-board.
The Vitality Running World Cup is a unique, five-week virtual running tournament that encourages better health through running. If you record a minimum of 3 km within 30 minutes (whether you choose to run on the spot, on a treadmill or in your backyard using a fitness device), your run will be recorded as part of your country’s contribution.
The do’s and don’ts of social distancing during the Vitality Running World Cup
In light of President Ramaphosa’s recent call to help contain the spread of COVID-19, you might be wondering how to maintain social distancing while taking part in the Vitality Running World Cup. We asked Vitality biokineticist Mari Leach for advice, and here’s what she had to say:
- If you have a treadmill at home, learn how to record an indoor run. You can use qualifying fitness devices with treadmill run settings to also run on the spot – these include: Apple Watch, Garmin, Fitbit or Pacer.
- If you’re watching television while running on a treadmill, use the ads to do your hill work. You can also alternate faster runs with incline walking at a brisk pace. If you’re not used to running by yourself, try music or an audiobook for company, or use the quiet time as you jog to think, pray, meditate or practise gratitude.
- If you need a break from exercising at home and want to head to a safe outdoor environment for your daily dose of Vitamin D, you can jog in a complex or estate, or just do laps around a block. Use the opportunity to improve your speed through fartlek drills (sprinting from lamp post to lamp post). You can also create your own time trial route and work on getting your time down each week.
- If you can’t walk or run alone, go with a friend or family member who hasn’t travelled recently or been exposed to COVID-19. Keep a distance of at least 2 metres between the two of you.
- You can also consider jogging as your kids cycle, or taking your dog (or a neighbour’s dog!) for a walk.
- Vitality members can get up to 50% back on treadmills and thousands of other HealthyGear items at Sportsmans Warehouse or Totalsports.
- For now, don’t join a group run or any mass participation event, unless you can do it from a safe distance, like the Vitality Running World Cup.
- Avoid group exercise classes.
- Wondering whether or not to hit the gym? Find specific guidance and updates on gym visits for Vitality members here.
- Don’t run if you feel unwell. If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay calm, stay away from people, call the national hotline on 080 002 9999 or contact your doctor electronically.
- Don’t use COVID-19 as an excuse to be inactive for the next few weeks. Exercise causes changes in antibodies and white blood cells, which are the body's immune system cells that fight disease, so being physically active plays an important role in staying healthy. Here are ways to keep exercising at home.
Stay safe as you help South Africa keep our lead
The Vitality Running World Cup gives participants the chance to do good, get healthier, win amazing prizes, and strengthen our country’s prospects at being named world champions. So lace up those running shoes, keep a friendly 2-metre distance between runners, and help South Africa maintain our winning streak! The cup awaits…
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- Join the Vitality Running World Cup and represent South Africa all the way to the finals here!
- Can’t get to the gym? Here’s how you can keep moving.
- Empower yourself with sound clinical facts, guidance and regular updates on our dedicated COVID-19 webpage here.
- Find a doctor or hospital near you online or by using the Discovery app.
This post was sponsored, written and supplied by Discovery Vitality.