We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during these unprecedented times.
When history reports 2020, collective trauma will be at the heart of the story. The current situation is industry, geography, nationality, race or socioeconomic status agnostic. You can be anyone and without a doubt you will be on the emotional roller coaster created by uncertainty of the situation. Yes, even if your identity is that of a "runner", you are on that ride feeling uncertain.
As people who like to keep fit and exercise, we noticed that many activities are halted as part of the heightened Stay Home Measures. Gyms are shut, exercise classes have stopped, non-essential businesses have closed, and beaches, park facilities and playgrounds have been cordoned off. There are officials on duty to ensure we don't gather in masses, and abide by the rules. Sometimes it feels as if Covid-19 is a crime as much as a pandemic. However, all these measures were implemented for one reason: to keep us safe.
A human being has to move because we store trauma, grief and anxiety in our bodies. There is plenty of science behind this. We have to exercise. We have to walk. We have to do yoga. We have to move our bodies. In these times, running may in fact come to feel even more vital.
Despite the stricter measures, we are still able to go out for a run as usual and what a privilege that is! We call it a privilege because there are countries like France where going out to exercise is now only allowed within a maximum of one kilomotre from your home, for one hour, and obviously alone, once a day.
But having this privilege to run does not mean you should be running every day or for a long duration. Consider mixing up your fitness routine with home-based workouts such as yoga and HIIT workouts. If you do decide to head out for a run, we urge you, our fellow runners, to observe the enhanced circuit breaker measures with utmost care and be wary of taking advantage of this privilege that we currently have: being able to run.
Below are running practices that you can adopt to do your part in helping Singapore flatten the curve while keeping yourself healthy.
We have the power to make our environment safe for me and you. Let's put that power to use and play our part as responsible citizens and runners.
Stay safe and healthy.
A reminder from your’s truly,