Writer: Martin F.
Visual: Johanna O.
Editor: Lucas V.
The strict quarantine has greatly altered the daily schedules and fitness routines of most student-athletes at ISM. While many of us have adapted to the weeks spent in home learning, finding ways to get past imposing, but reasonable, quarantine rules. With these obstacles in mind, a number of ISM students have started running within their neighbourhoods to maintain daily cardiovascular exercise.
While quarantine rules can vary from Barangay to Barangay, government guidelines greatly condemn unnecessary activity and limit all movement out of the house. This “strict home quarantine”, only allows trips out of the house for “accessing basic necessities.”, implying that recreational jogging is “unnecessary movement”.
With this in mind, it is difficult to consider whether or not “quarantine jogging” is justifiable, as it does not seem to pose much of a threat to other members in the community. However, according to a recent simulation constructed by a Belgian research team, joggers and bikers could be leaving respiratory droplets containing strains of the Coronavirus as they move about. These respiratory droplets could escalate rising infections of the virus, as they can spread to a radius of up to 6 feet, potentially harming nearby pedestrians. While this may be true, sophomore cross country and track athlete, Ignacio M. argued against this, stating that “the virus can easily be avoided, just so long as you minimise contact with others while outside.” While this topic is up for debate, BT suggests that readers strictly adhere to government guidelines.
Safer, alternative forms of exercise were described in great detail by another sophomore, Ian C. He stated that “a great way to stay fit is to follow instructional fitness videos on Youtube, buy a cheap treadmill, or run in place at home.” Ignacio M. suggested that students could also utilise a lot of “body weight exercises available online” to help maintain a daily level of fitness.
Despite the emergence of the Coronavirus, and its risks to our daily activities, students must prioritise safety over the comfort of their daily routines. Cardiovascular exercise serves many different benefits for the body, but there are still many differing methods to stay fit. Without a tentative end-date to the quarantine, it is difficult to say when our communities will return to regular daily activity. Don’t forget to stay safe, and show support for your fellow Bearcat athletes.
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- Rappler.com. “GUIDELINES: Luzon ‘Enhanced Community Quarantine’.” Rappler, 16 Mar. 2020, www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/254783-full-text-guidelines-luzon-enhanced-community-quarantine.