Pro Tennis Player Heather Watson Tries To Stay In Shape While Quarantining By Running 3 Miles In Her Hotel Room

We’ve discussed staying in shape during lockdown with several different athletes on our podcast, We Run This.

All of the guests were in agreement – a person needs to take advantage of their surroundings and do whatever it takes to get a good workout.

Heather Watson, a British tennis player, is currently self-isolating in a hotel room along with 71 other pro tennis players prior to the Australian Open. All of the athletes were forced to quarantine for 14 days ahead after passengers on several flights tested positive for Coronavirus.

Watson tried to keep her cardio up during the week by completing a 5K in her hotel room.

A 5K is 3.1 miles so how many steps did Watson have to take to complete her run?

According to the Calculator Site, “on the basis that a person of average height has a stride length of between 2.1 to 2.5 feet, we can say that approximately 2,000 – 2,500 walking/jogging steps make up a mile. This means that 10,000 steps convert to between 4 and 5 miles, with an average stride length.”

While impressive, Watson’s run sounds boring as hell, but kudo to her for putting in the work.

Other players are trying to stay in tournament mode by hitting tennis balls against walls and windows.

Novak Djokovic, who is playing in the tournament, allegedly wrote to Tennis Australia head Craig Tiley with a list of “demands,” asking for reduced isolation periods and having players moved to “private houses with tennis courts.”

The Premier of Victoria denied these requests. Tennis star Nick Kyrgios tweeted that Djokovic was a “tool” for asking.

[via Men’s Health]


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