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Here Is How to Hike Safely During a Pandemic

Uncertain times – you see and hear this phrase everywhere nowadays. While the phrase rings true, we disagree with it in certain aspects. We, at Oxford at Tech Ridge Apartments, believe that certain facets of your life have a way of remaining consistent, such as the invigorating power of nature and the uplifting joy of exercise. That’s why so many urbanites, such as yourself, are getting their hands dirty with more outdoor activities to get their blood pumping and endorphins soaring.

The ripple effects of the pandemic could last for years – meaning we will not go back to any version of the life we once knew anytime soon, if ever. Therefore, it’s critical to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being to invest in new hobbies, like hiking. Even though you’re outdoors, however, it’s important to keep in mind current health guidelines and suggestions, set by medical professionals and government officials. Check them out below!

Stretch at home.

Usually, you can do your stretches before and after your hike in the nearby parking lot area, using your car for leverage. With the pandemic, you’ll want to limit your time in public spaces, though. It’s smart to get all your pre- and post-stretching routines in at home. This way, you’ll still ensure your safety and recovery before and after your hike, yet you’ll have less of a chance of catching the virus while outside of your quarantine bubble.

Watch where you park.

It’s always good to be aware of your surroundings, but it is especially vital right now when we are expected to live our lives six-feet apart from one another. Now, everyone has the same idea as you, wants to get outdoors for some exercise, and hits the local hiking. If the parking lot allows, you may want to park your car further from the other vehicles in the lot, and in turn, avoid the other people hiking on the same day as you are. You’re hiking, anyway— so, what’s a little extra distance?

Keep your hands clean.

Even though you’re about to hit the ol’ dusty trail in the spirit of adventure, the last thing you want is dusty, dirty hands. One of the best ways to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading is through good hygiene, and washing or sanitizing your hands is at the very top of that list. You should wash your hands before you go out and immediately when you get home. Keep a little bottle of hand sanitizer in your pocket or backpack, too, for extra cleanliness!

Oxford at Tech Ridge Apartments in Austin, Texas goes above and beyond to improve your daily lifestyle with our spacious floor plans, unparalleled amenities, and incomparable customer service. We hope that these tips will inform, educate, and ultimately provide you with a better way-of-life.

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