Certainly the news this morning looks bad. Professor Trevor Bedford from the Fred Hutch presented data on Twitter yesterday suggesting an Omicron surge is almost definitely coming. Meanwhile, Dr. Abraar Karaar from Stanford University made a convincing argument that the White House’s COVID response has been very weak, and certainly not centered on equity. Will the Biden administration do better with Omicron?
All that being said, I encourage my friends, family, and patients to refocus on your personal health. Today I want to write about exercise.
I am a strong believer in running and walking. I really think this can help each of us. If you can run, run, as much as you can. If you have knee problems or other health issues that preclude you from running, then walk! Walking in nature is one of the best medicines there is.
Every Saturday morning for the past two months I have been participating in the Park Run around Jamaica Pond in Boston. Park Run is an amazing organization which brings weekly free 5K races to cities around the world.
It’s been exciting to see progress. Over the past 6 weeks I’ve seen my time improve by 12 seconds, down to 25:07. Now my goal is to do more long runs as well as sprint workouts, to continue to improve. I’ve also made some new friends at the 5K.
Certainly we don’t want to catch COVID in a group run, but getting fully vaccinated will go a long way toward protecting us. Outdoors, transmission is uncommon. People rarely wear masks at Park Run, but we quickly spread out once the race starts.
There’s lots of things in life we cannot control. A sense of helplessness leads to fear and anxiety. We should improve our health by running and walking every day. This will have a long term payoff.
The Jamaica Pond 5K starts at 9 am tomorrow. The weather at race time is projected to be in the low 40s! Please join us.
And if you don’t live in the Boston area, you can go to the Parkrun website – there probably is a 5k near you.