We all want to be super safe during the COVID-19 public health crisis, but every person of every age needs some kind of activity moving the body. Let’s be frank. Connecting with nature is one of the best ways to maintain your mental and physical health. Being outdoors helps to strengthen your immune system, set a good mood and deliver energy to your muscles for action. Isn’t it time to find your adventure? Check out our favorite COVID-19 safe things to do.
It would be nice to feel the breeze in your hair as you head off for a bike ride in your neighborhood. This is a great family or solo recreational activity to do, and it doesn’t cost a dime. It is a safe activity and gets the heart pumping.
Dr. Michael Roshon, an emergency medicine specialist in Chicago, has these bicycling tips during coronavirus times.
Keep a six-foot buffer zone while riding your bike, and only go out with a very small group of people you know.
Do not spit while riding because the virus can be spread via saliva. Carry tissues for spit and mucus, and dispose of them.
Do not share water bottles, and put on sunglasses as protective gear against any stray droplets.
Bring along hand sanitizer or wipes to use after any possible contamination and before eating.
Shovels and compost piles are safe from the coronavirus, so why not step into your backyard for a little garden time. Maybe your crocuses have shown their beautiful heads and are bringing some welcome beauty to your property in vibrant shades of purple, cream, blue, orange or yellow.
Maybe you have some spring clean-up to do, and there is usually plenty for any garden, so get busy. You can remove winter mulch, start pulling weeds, pull your dead annuals and any dead growth from your perennial plants. Pruning shrubs is also a great project that gives your arms and core a good workout. You could also edge your garden beds, and pick up any fallen branches.
Another excellent activity during stressful times is to go fishing. You can vibe with nature, relax and hopefully, haul in something impressive. The sport is a great way to have fun and still maintain your social distance from others. Of course, you want to pay attention to your own locality and the public health recommendations or public health orders that are in place for COVID-19.
In the future, consider getting away on Canada fly-in fishing trips. Talk about an amazing adventure. Our lives will return to normal soon enough, and wherever the fish are biting is a good thing.
You don’t have to trek deep into the woods or climb high on a mountain to bird-watch. It’s a wonderful, outdoor activity that is fun for people of all ages. Go into your backyard, get comfy, and start listening for their beautiful songs. See how many different birds you spot, and keep track of them in a notebook. Or snap photos of the birds you see or record their songs.
There are many websites that have tutorials on recognizing bird songs. For example, bird experts say that a Song Sparrow has about eight different songs in which it expresses itself.
You could also hang a bird feeder with your children to attract more birds to your backyard.
5. Practicing Yoga
If the weather is inviting, take your yoga activity outdoors. Namaste, everyone! Yoga is a superb activity that boosts the body, mind and spirit. Hollywood celebs like Charlize Theron, David Beckham, Robert Downey, Jr., Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell and Emily Blunt all enjoy getting their mat on and striking a pose.
Jennifer Aniston looks at yoga in this way, telling E!News:
“Yoga kind of helps you prepare for everything, honestly….. It sort of just allows anything that’s coming at you at the end of the day to be kind of doable.”
Trust us. Were all feeling cabin fever these days, but there are plenty of safe COVID-19 activities to perform outdoors. Stay strong, smile, connect with nature, and look to the future.