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Exercising In A Pandemic

From the Show: HER
Summary: The best place to be during this pandemic is outdoors (if you're doing it correctly).

Air Date: 9/7/20
Duration: 26:15
Host: Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Gretchen Reynolds

Gretchen Reynolds - I write the popular "Phys Ed" column for The New York Times, which posts online as part of the "Well" blog and also appears in the print edition of the paper's "Science Times." The column regularly is among the week's most emailed stories and several columns have been among the most viewed and most emailed stories of the year at nytimes.com.

I also write for a variety of other publications, including The New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Men's Journal, Outside, Parade, Popular Science, and others. I've won a number of awards for my writing and reporting, including two National Magazine Award nominations and one shared win in the Personal Service category.

Currently, I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with my husband, an artist, and our teenaged soccer player/swimmer/track sprinter/freestyle skier. I'm also a committed if slowing athlete, with two marathons, a dozen century bike rides, many mountain bike races and a number of Fun Runs under my belt. Nowadays, though, I lose the Fun Runs to my son.


  • Book Title: The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer
  • Guest Twitter Account: @GretchenReynold
Exercising In A Pandemic
The best place to be during this pandemic is outdoors (if you're doing it correctly).

But even something as simple as going outside is still a bit confusing: do I need to wear a mask outside? What about if I'm riding my bike? And what happens if someone jogs by me a little too close? 

Gretchen Reynolds is back on the show to help us sort these new rules out when it comes to exercising in the pandemic. She writes the "Phys Ed" column for the New York Times which posts online as part of the "Well" blog and also appears in the print edition of the paper's "Science Times."