How to Enjoy the Outdoors While Social Distancing

Spring is arriving, and with it, weather that makes us want to get outside. Spending time outdoors has many health benefits, but the need for social distancing has significantly limited the activities we are able to do.

However, that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the great outdoors. And we should: medical experts say fresh air and exercise are important for your physical and mentalhealth, but to always follow current safety guidelines while partaking. They recommend only doing outdoor activities with the people in your household and staying 6 feet away from neighbors or any others in public areas. Also remember to frequently wash hands for 20 seconds.

There are still many ways to creatively and safely enjoy your time outdoors while practicing these precautions. Here are a few ways to safely banish your cabin fever.

Spend Time in Your Backyard

If you have your own backyard, now is the time to take advantage of it. Having private outdoor space means you have a safe area to get some sun and enjoy the fresh air while social distancing. Use your space to exercise, play games with your kids or dog, have a picnic, sunbathe, cook a meal on the grill or even take a nap. Whatever you choose to do, you’re getting the health benefits of fresh air and Vitamin D.

Walk, Run or Ride

You can still take part in outdoor exercise like taking a walk, bike ride or going for a run or jog. When on sidewalk or trails, just maintain a safe distance of 6 feet from any other people. Medicalexperts say it's safe to go to parks that offer enough space for social distancing, but visiting crowded parks is not recommended.

Make sure you have all the accessories you need for outdoor exercise, like a good pair of sunglasses to shade your eyes. And Croakies makes eyewear retainers that are perfect for outdoor exercise: keep sunglasses secure on your face with neoprene Croakies in regular or XL size. 

Try Another Outdoor Workout 
Grab a yoga mat for some outdoor yoga or Pilates, or do any other kind of fitness routine that you enjoy. There are plenty of resources online, like instructional videos on YouTube. Do an aerobic or strength workout in your yard or on your porch for safe outdoor fitness.

Sit on a Porch or Stoop

Don’t have a backyard? You can still enjoy the fresh air, breeze and sunshine when you sit out on your porch or front stoop. Read a book, listen to music, meditate or do any other seated activities you enjoy while soaking in the outdoors.

Do Gardening or Yardwork

Keep busy by starting a garden or maintaining your yard by pulling weeds, trimming shrubbery and trees or any other maintenance your space needs. Your garden can even become a source of nutritious food in the coming months if you plant herbs, fruits or vegetables.

Learn a New Skill

There are tons of valuable skills to be learned in the outdoors and, with the internet, plenty of resources to learn from. Try picking up (or teaching your kids) a new skill like fire building, woodworking, or stargazing. Learn to identify different plants, flowers and trees. You can even try birdwatching or identifying other local wildlife. Look for skills online that interest you and learn something new!

Make the Most of Your Time

Even though we are all limited in what we can do outside due to social distancing needs, we can still make the most with what we can do. There are still options for people who want to spend time outdoors. Get creative and make the most of this time.

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