professional sports and much-anticipated sporting events are being canceled or
completely reimagined due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are still
some sports that you can enjoy while staying true to social distancing.
Certainly contact sports are off the table, but that doesn’t mean you can’t break a sweat playing another equally
it will come as no surprise that two of our all-time favorites top the list of
socially-distant sports: tennis and golf. Check out why you should take a swing at
either one, while keeping yourself safe in the process.
Tennis is Tops
it comes to social distancing, tennis is one sport that gets it right. Granted,
the etiquette has changed thanks to the coronavirus; however, the game itself
remains true to the good old days. For those who have never played before, now
just might be the ideal time to give tennis a try.
it seems more and more people are game to do just that with sales of supplies like prestrung racquets and tennis
balls increasing since March, “That suggests the purchasers are new
players, not people who already have equipment.”
to the United
States Tennis Association’s (USTA) CEO and executive director Michael Dowse: “Our sport is conducive to
social distancing. Health and safety is paramount and tennis comes second, but
once that first box is checked and it’s deemed safe, it’s the perfect sport for
all of us to participate in coming out of this pandemic.”
of the new recommendations to ensure safe play likely come as no surprise. In
addition to handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer, the USTA cautions
against post-match interactions like high fives or handshakes, and encourages
players to use new racquet grips every time you take to the court, and, of course,
clean the equipment at the end of a match.
you have trouble finding an open court in your area, you might have more luck
with a golf course.
Golf is Good, Too
you ask our friends at Golf.com, “Playing golf is
safer than playing basketball during the coronavirus pandemic, four public
health experts say. Golf is safer than going bowling, too. Golf is not safer
it’s a non-contact sport played outdoors that involves small groups of people,
golf was given a low score of three, on the public health experts’ scale of
1-10. Stay even safer by avoiding additional encounters with other golfers and
keeping conversation to a minimum.
article featured advice from Dr. Nasir Husain, the Henry Ford Macomb medical
director for infection prevention, “Just play golf, say hi and bye, and go on
your merry way.”
tennis or golf, it’s important to keep active while staying safe during this
pandemic. We know that exercise is critical for your physical health, but also
works wonders for your mental well-being, which has been a struggle for so many
during this time of isolation and uncertainty.