Good Morning my friends! I hope everyone is staying healthy, safe, and sane out there! This post is coming at you live Monday morning – actually got delayed till Monday afternoon. Saturday and Sunday Night was a two-night WWE Wrestlemania show. Being the only live “sports” aired anytime I know of, and that it was FREE, I watched it. Consequently, the post is coming at you a little later than normal. Anywhooo… To kick off the new week on the positive, this is The Workout of the Week from GoodAttitudeFood.com. This is the Social Dis(c)stancing Workout!
In The Post…
Coming up in the post I am asking myself a serious question that ALL disc golfers should think about right now:
Is it safe to Disc Golf during the Coronavirus Pandemic?
An article on Parked, written by Josh Woods, PhD., looks at the question of Disc Golf baskets being safe. Check out the article for more details.
Woods’ article ultimately leaves the decision to Disc Golf up to the individual.
However, the research supports a case that disc golf baskets may not be very safe!
Reports say that the Coronavirus could live on metal and plastic surfaces and could transfer to people from those surfaces for up to 72 hours. Woods sums up his findings by suggesting that it would be safest to avoid the baskets when Disc Golfing, playing to ten feet within the basket and then adding a stroke to the score for scoring a game. Focus on field shots instead of putting shots at this time to avoid the risk of transmission via the Disc Golf basket.
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)
An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine looks at the aerosol and surface stability of the current Coronavirus.
The findings in this article state that this virus can survive on metal and plastic surfaces for up to 72 hours.
This supports the theory that avoiding disc golf baskets is probably safest.
My Opinion Is Swayed
Before researching this, I was under the opinion disc golf was fairly safe. I have been cautious about going but not taken it super-seriously.
After research, I am changning my stance.
Disc Golf courses might not be the safest place to be. Using the baskets when discing doesn’t sound smart at all. The disk baskets on the course are the greatest threat because the metal can have the contagious virus on it for up to 72 hours. That could be transferred through contact onto the plastic disc or onto a person’s hand when they reach into the basket.
Changing My Approach
Disc Golf is my favorite past time and I have been going to disc courses. I started to reduce the frequency and am keeping it to small groups or solo rounds.
I purchased a portable basket and since then I have been avoiding the courses more but I did go to Kenwood yesterday with some friends. We wore face covers, kept our safe distance, and pretty much tried to avoid each other!
After being out yesterday, and doing some research, I am not sure I want to risk the local courses.
Big Groups NEED TO STOP!
I am seeing more and more people out disc golfing now. Which is awesome! #GrowTheSport
But it’s a little concerning too.
There always seems to be at least one massive group of 10 or more “kids” – probably age 17-to early 20’s – out together.
When I see these groups they are not practicing any social distancing. Instead, they are grouped close together, high-fiving, and acting like there is nothing going on. I have seen similar groups at the park playing basketball and just was like “Whaaaat are you guys doing?”.
Well, after seeing the groups yesterday out at Kenwood, I am not sure Disc Golfing is much better than the groups playing Bball.
… ok, disc golf is way safer than basketball, but you get the point. Big groups should not be out on the course or the ball court.
Today I am going to scrub my discs with some disinfectant.
Going forward, busy disc parks are out for me. I might try to hit up some more smalltown disc parks or country parks, but the city parks in the Minneapolis “burbs” area are too busy. Too many people are out in too big of groups and I just don’t think it’s smart to be mixed into it right now.
Instead, I will be using my portable basket and going to less busy parks to set up my own practice courses. I may invite a few close friends who I trust and know take this seriously, but otherwise it will be a lot of solo practice I think.
If You Do Disc…
If you decide it’s worth it for you to hit the course still, I get it. Zen Sport. Disc Life. I am there, wishing I could disc every day and not have to worry about anything. That’s not real though for me. If you do hit the course, here are some guidelines I found today that I think would help reduce the risk the most.
Safe Disc Golf Guidelines
***Note I am not a doctor or medical professional and am just passing on easily researchable information for which links have been provided. If you want to learn more check the links and fire up your own Google-Machine for some work. If you get sick from disc golfing even if following these rules it is your own fault. GoodAttitudeFood.com makes no claim that these measures will keep you 100% safe from anything virus related. Probably not from much else either!
- Wear a face covering or mask
- CDC recommends all people wear cloth face covers when going out of their home.
- Keep six feet apart from other people
- Solo or SMALL groups only
- SOLO is the safest
- People who live in the same home (cohabitate) are safe to disc golf together – other’s MAYBE NOT – according to the article by Woods cited earlier.
- Bring hand sanitizer
- if you have any, I could use some, can’t find it anywhere
- Avoid the baskets
- See article from NEJM and Parked for supporting evidence
- Metal and Plastic can hold and transfer Coronavirus for 72 hours
- Scrub your discs with disinfectant after done discing
- Wash your hands thoroughly when finished
- Do not touch your face
DIY Disc Course
Get a portable and make your own course. I got a Franklin brand portable on amazon for $50 – it has plastic chain that stink, but it’s otherwise nice and I am going to get some metal chains to put on it from the hardware store sometime.
Make Your Own!
Here is a cool video I found that shows how to make your own disc basket.
Being that I don’t have access to that kind of tools or garage space to work, I opted to purchase a portable. Man, I miss tools… Making a basket looks fun.
No Food This Week
Look for another mid-week bonus The Food post. In case you missed the one from last week – Power Cakes!
The Food – Power Cakes Recipe
On To The Workout
Warm-up before a workout! ALWAYS. I do this one from FightTips and a couple of Diamond Cutters as my warm-up. I pretty much do this when I wake up, right before a workout, before a walk or bike ride and anytime I go out Disc Golfing. Always warm-up!
This Week’s Workout Schedule
This week I have step goals, will be continuing the DDPY Sweating and Swearing Workout, and I will be alternating in “DIY” disc golf courses with my portable basket. I am also going to try to get back on the stationary bike this week. I got 10 minutes in with little knee pain on two days last week. The DDPY workouts have helped out. The knee is still not totally there though.
Steps Goals and Mile count
The goal is at least 7,000 steps a day on four days this week or more. 7-K-steps a day! Lately, this has involved me walking around the block two or three times a day!
I have been tracking my miles walked since around October (I think), with the goal of getting over 1,000 miles. Last week the count was 764.01 miles. Over the last week, I added 25.84 miles to bring the new total up to 789.85 miles.
Getting closer to 1,000 miles, one step at a time. #LPSAGs
DIY Disc Course Rounds
I am hitting a bit of a recovery this week but will be doing lots of walking though. That is because I will be walking around parks with my portable disk basket and setting up my own courses! 🙂
In addition we got three round RBFTBs on Mon, Wed, and Fri.
Resistance Band FIIT Tabata Burners Baby! WOOOOO!
With the resistance band anchored and with an interval timer set to 8 x 20X10. Work at 8 out 10 during the work interval and do a boxer shuffle during the rest interval. Do these moves for one round. Take up a one-minute break and repeat for three rounds.
- Wood Choppers Left
- Wood Choppers Right
- Standing bench
- Standing Row
- Reverse butterflies
- Bicep curls
- tricep extensions
DDP – Y? – Because I like it
In case you missed it last week I have been doing the DDPY Sweating and Swearing workout. I am going for another three times week – Tues, Thurs, and Sat. Here is the video:
Dude, do you DDPY? Cause you should! Try it!
There you have it my peeps! That’s all I have this week. Thanks again for a second week in a row to DDPY for the awesome workout! Check out the DDPY videos and try a workout! They are great! Thank you SO MUCH for reading. This has been The Social Dis(c)stancing Workout From GoodAttitudeFood.com
Be Happy and Healthy my friends! If you choose to be active and enjoy the outdoors I think it’s a great idea. Be safe and smart about it too though. If you’re a disc golfer – FIRST, STOP GOING IN HUGE GROUPS! – cover your face in groups, practice safe distancing, get some hand sanitizer, and think twice before using the baskets on the course. Again the virus has been found on metal and plastic for up to 72-hours after it was applied to those surfaces in lab testing. Disc baskets and then your discs (after you throw discs into the basket, then reach your hand into the basket to retrieve them) could be unsafe during this time if we are not smart and careful. Stay safe and sane out there! Be the Hero! 🙂