Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you will have heard about the crisis that is the Coronavirus. This pandemic has totally flipped the world on its head and impacted the lives of millions of people. In order to protect the lives of countless individuals it is vital that we all work together in following the guidance of doctors and the government and practice safe social distancing for the time being. However, this does not mean that we have to lock ourselves in our homes and binge watch series after series on Netflix. In order to do our part to help, we have put together a list of safe outdoor activities individuals can do to keep their sanity. If we can prevent just one fight over toilet paper from happening then we will consider it a success.
Remember, however, that no matter how safe you believe an activity is, you cannot be too cautious. The Coronavirus is highly contagious. Always be sure to keep at least 6 feet from everyone, avoid touching your face and continuously wash your hands throughout the day.
Yoga is one of the most beneficial movement practices you can do for your overall health and well-being. In countless studies yoga has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. I do not know about you, but I think the world needs some de-stressing. The greatest thing about yoga is that you do not have to go to a fancy yoga studio with crowds of people to practice it. It can be done anywhere and most importantly right now, remotely. There are tons of apps out there that you can watch to guide you. One of our favorites is Down Dog. So turn off the TV, roll out your yoga mat and get moving.
Now is a great time to grab that dusty old bike from the garage, which let’s be honest you have not touched in years, and take it for a ride. Bike riding is a perfect way to not only get exercise, but to also enjoy your surroundings from a safe distance away from people. You can explore your city, neighborhood, or local parks in a quiet and scenic ride. Use it as a time to escape your crazy family and buzzing electronics so you can get some relaxing time with yourself. So grab that dorky helmet and get going!
Even though your favorite gym is closed, you can still get that awesome workout in, and the best part, it’s free! So, go grab your sneakers and headphones and head out your front door. Take advantage of the warming weather and go on a run around your neighborhood or city. Maybe take a new route you’ve never before explored. And the best part, you will be fit enough to outrun zombies when the next crisis occurs.
Just because the beaches are closed, does not mean you cannot enjoy the water and sun. Kayaking is one of the few safe outdoor activities that meet all of the CDC’s standards. So do not let Coronavirus keep you down and go explore nature, paddle away from all your problems and get that nice summer tan while everyone else is inside on the couch. Also, If you have never kayaked before and are nervous to try, you can check out our post, 7 Kayaking Tips for Beginners, to help get you started.