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Running Can Help with COVID Anxiety…But Take Pedestrian Precautions!

We’re several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and while certain aspects of everyday life are very gradually returning to normal, these remain extremely anxious times for people across the world.

The months of fear and uncertainty have taken their toll on millions, and everyone is looking for a safe outlet to help cope with coronavirus-related stress and anxiety. One popular–and healthy–activity is running.

How Does Running Help with Stress?

According to Harvard Medical School, “regular aerobic exercise will bring remarkable changes to your body, your metabolism, your heart, and your spirits. It has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress.” In fact, clinical trials have shown that this type of exercise can help treat anxiety orders and clinical depression. So, with today’s climate that’s so full of stress and anxiety, running is a wonderful option to help you get healthier–in body and spirit.

Be Safe When You Run

While running is certainly a healthy and enjoyable activity, please be sure to observe pedestrian laws and take safety precautions. Always cross streets–especially if you’re running in the city or a busy suburban area–in the crosswalks. And only when you’re given the signal to cross.

If you do not cross a street in a crosswalk, it’s your obligation to allow traffic to pass before you cross. Make sure you pay attention to your surroundings, especially if you’re listening to music as you run. That means you should continuously survey your situation with your eyes and be sure you’re well aware of everything going on around you.

What Should You Do If You’re Hit By a Car While Running?

Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents occur even when runners are taking every precaution possible. And while they don’t happen often, even one is too many. If you happen to be involved in a pedestrian accident while you’re running or walking in Maryland or Washington, DC, make sure you seek medical attention immediately.

Once you have, contact a pedestrian accident attorney with The Lapidus Law Firm right away! With more than four decades of pedestrian accident-related experience, our attorneys know how to handle these situations. We’ll review your case, and if we take it on, we’ll work tirelessly to get you a fair and reasonable settlement. Plus, you can relax knowing that your case is in the hands of lawyers who will do all the hard work on your behalf, which can help alleviate further stress and anxiety.

Exercise Safely

As the weather transitions to fall, it’s a great time to get out there and run. Not just for your physical health, but for your mental well-being also. If you do, please make sure to take all the proper pedestrian precautions. And if you still wind up involved in a pedestrian accident, call The Lapidus Law firm at (301) 852-7500 or (202) 785-5111 for a free, no-obligation Zoom consultation.

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