When Gov. Doug Ducey on March 30 announced the stay-at-home order for Arizona, some people were surprised that walking, hiking, biking and even golf were encouraged, so long as “physical distancing practices are used.” That means staying 6 feet away from other people.
The advice is generally in keeping with that of the CDC and other health experts, who say the primary risk of coronavirus transmission is from contact or close proximity with other people, or from touching infected surfaces. That would include the gas pump or other things you might need to touch on, say, a road trip.
Meantime, physical activity is not only important for overall health, it’s good for the immune system, Harvard researchers say, and it’s a great way to ease stress and anxiety, according to the Mayo Clinic.
So yes, given our wide-open spaces and generally uncrowded communities, get out. Just keep your distance and watch what you touch (and make sure kids do, too).