The Death Stare By L. Goodyear

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The Death Stare By L. Goodyear

The Death Stare!

So we have been told in this current Covid-19 crisis that we are allowed out of our houses to exercise once a day. Seeing many people I don’t normally see out running, cycling, walking is amazing! And I am really hoping that people who aren’t at work so have more time/energy to exercise, whether it’s at home or outdoors, that it becomes a habit to them and that it continues once we are back to normality (every cloud eh)

   lady tying laces on a pair of trainers with the text 'The hardest part about exercise is getting your trainers on'

I don’t know about you but I know when I’m out on my run at the moment, I am getting more or less death stares from people. I am keeping my distance and risking my life by running into the middle of the road to avoid them. I’m not driving anywhere to complete said activity and this is my one and only time I am out of the house. I don’t know what it is (possibly paranoia) but it almost feels like I’m being judged for running - something I do all the time.

Now I know we shouldn’t be leaving the house unless it’s necessary but to some, me included, exercising is necessary. Not for vanity or physical health, but for mental health. Getting out of the house and away from the “ground-hog day” four walls for some, IS necessary! If you are one of the lucky ones that don’t need this break, then you are incredibly lucky. For many, the daily 20min endorphin release is vital for them to prevent the anxiety and depression from overwhelming them again.

Exercising outside getting fresh air is the best way to exercise and, as long as we are following the rules, we should be able to do it judgement free.

So instead of the “why do you need to be running when there’s an international crisis” death stare, a smile and hello will do.


Sport and especially fitness has always been a passion of mine. From the first time I attended a "come and try day" at Kendal athletics club at the age of 8 I was hooked. My schooling and career path has been focused around sport and exercise. This has been passed onto my two boys (aged 9&12) who are both sport mad participating in football, cricket and gymnastics and athletics to a high level. A busy wife and mum I have always found time to train for whatever sport I am undertaking at that time and now I am ready to pass on my expertise to other adults.

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