Allow exercising within day 30 mims drive from home.

We have stuck rigidly to guidelines re exercising, There are only so many times you can walk the same path before getting bored with the same walk and it is obvious from photos on Facebook that several people are now going elsewhere for their exercise. We are avid beach walkers ( 15mins drive away)and would love to be able to do that again sometime soon. I note the current guidelines in England permit using car to place of exercise, is there any chance the guidelines in Scotland could be eased to allow that to happen.

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We have been diligent in our stay at home guidelines. People are now getting itchy feet and are turning to taking cars to other places for exercise. Perhaps easing the guidelines slightly to allow this to happen could have a better chance of keeping people in check for a further period of time.

by johnanderson on May 05, 2020 at 03:34PM

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  • Posted by abrookes May 05, 2020 at 15:41

    big benefit for small additional risk
  • Posted by cornscot21 May 05, 2020 at 15:42

    Totally agree, would help keep kids enagaged as they are very bored of the same walks from the door. We are surrounded by huge open space yet forcing people to walk in roads to physically distance in villages and towns.
  • Posted by Markxd May 05, 2020 at 15:45

    It is a ridiculous rule that would prohibit you from driving a short distance to walk in an isolated location where social distancing is easier. I don't imagine that was ever the intent and as educated adults we should all be capable of applying pragmatic common sense. Or maybe not:)
  • Posted by JohnT May 05, 2020 at 15:48

    The problem there is why stop at a 30-minute drive from home. When do you stop? A 2-hour drive to climb a mountain? Exercise can be done within walking distance of your home.
  • Posted by JingsCrivens May 05, 2020 at 15:58

    Apart from easing the boredom, I think this would improve both our physical and mental health. I was advised to exercise 30 mins a day by healthcare professionals a couple of years ago. I feel my brain slowing down, even though I am using online exercise routines during lockdown.
  • Posted by Caledonian May 05, 2020 at 16:08

    Having trod the same route from Home and back over the last 6 weeks along a route where it is impossible to avoid the fumes from vehicles and the Motorway, I reckon this is a good idea. The current situation is not conducive to long term physical or mental health, Fortunately a 20 minute drive sees me in the country with reasonable paths and trails,I appreciate ironically this will add to the fumes but will help with the tensions of self isolating. I am unable to cycle but it is good to see so many people doing this Allowing for short car run for exercising purposes also means that problems with car batteries and stuck handbrakes will be eased
  • Posted by scottmcmartin May 05, 2020 at 16:53

    Mental Health and lack of general exercise could have a last and long term affect on peoples health and well being for decades if easing of the 'outside' activity is not changed soon. For instance, everyone and literally their dog are using Golf Courses as their private play grounds. Yet golfers are not allowed to use the course that they have paid a membership for. Allow a saw an initial 5km as the crow flies, distance on home to course. Members only, with increased tee-times. No opening of Clubhouse/Locker rooms. All of these measures were put in place by golf clubs pre lock-down. Increase the travel distance in phases. This is what Ireland is doing.
  • Posted by costap May 05, 2020 at 17:17

    +1 for this. I live in Leith and would feel safer if I could drive to the beach and go out windsurfing where there is plenty of space then go for a run or walk in water of Leith which is always packed with people running, cycling or walking the dogs.
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