Trail Etiquette – Watch Out for Flying Biohazards!

May 24, 2017

Snot Rocket, Cannon Ball Blow, Air Hankie, Golfer’s Blow
It’s all about nose clearing on the fly. Experts call it Exercise-induced rhinorrhea (EIR). And according to the Annals of Allergy & Asthma Immunology, it’s common in athletes; particularly outdoor exercise enthusiasts. What’s more, the condition appears to occur regardless of underlying allergies. I call it Flying Biohazards! As coach, trainer and the best friend to one offender I’ve been sprayed and spit on…and I’ve taken it upon myself to be the “habit breaker” for many.

No matter what you call it, it come off as offensive and can be dangerous for fellow exercisers in your path, spreading illness and disease. So carry a tissue or bandana, and be discreet and aware of who is around.

Spit, Spit Wads, Hock a Loogie
Other forms of flying biohazards include spitting. While exercise and particularly running can cause athletes to produce an excessive amount of saliva, it’s not in good form to hock loogies along the trail—especially a well populated one! However, if you’ve got to do it keep these tips in mind:
• Be discrete. No one wants to listen to throat-grinding preparations.
• Be aware of who is around. If you must spit, pull to the side of the path and aim down.
• Be mindful of the elements. Even if you are out there solo, chances are good the wind will disperse your biohazard like a fine Beluga Whale mist and over your fellow outdoor fitness buddies.

Oh, and One More Thing…Wash Your Hands
One of the toughest things to witness is the offending athlete who has repeatedly shot snot rockets along the path, hands filled with germs and then goes on to ‘hive-five’ or shake hands, or opens a door that others will open. The best way to prevent germs from spreading is to wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer. When all is said and done, washing your hands is perhaps the most important etiquette tip we have when it comes to flying biohazards.

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