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Staying active during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has certainly been a challenge for many people. Having social distance makes it more difficult to keep your body moving, especially if you are used to crowding into a gym studio for your daily workout. The good news is that there are still plenty of things that you can do to work up a sweat while still following all social distancing protocols. Here are five of the best ways to stay active and healthy during the pandemic.
Many people have realized that you can get a great workout by simply heading outdoors for your exercise. You do not need a gym to keep you on track with all of your fitness goals if you are willing to brave the elements and head into the great outdoors. You might be surprised how close you can get to a great outdoor park, hill, or hiking trail from your home. Look online to find great reviews of these different areas. It can really help you become more motivated when you are running along a nice trail through a forest.
There is no shortage of ways that you can get in shape outside. All that you need to run or walk is a good pair of tennis shoes. For something more adventurous, head out for a hike in the woods with your family. Biking is also a great exercise option that allows you to stay socially distanced while still getting your heart rate up. Many gyms have also pivoted and are now offering exercise classes outside with plenty of room for participants to safely work out.
Go on a Camping Adventure
What could be better during this time than to head out for a camping adventure? It is easy to isolate yourself from others if you pick the right campsite. While you may envision camping as sitting around the campfire and eating s’mores, the activity actually requires a variety of strenuous work.
The simple act of setting up and taking down your campsite can really get your body moving. In addition, there are numerous activity opportunities inherent in the camping experience. Good ideas include hiking, mountain biking, and swimming. Because of the vast natural terrain, camping in California or your particular locale will open up a world of physical activity ideas that you may have never thought of.
Build Your Home Gym
If it feels like everyone you know bought a Peloton or treadmill this year, you might not be wrong. It is no surprise to learn that sales of home gym equipment have soared during this time. The pandemic has forced people to abandon their traditional gym and look into ways that they can recreate this experience at home. It gives you the opportunity to work out at any time of the day as well. You can be close to home and family by just installing some great gym equipment in your basement or garage. This will save you a lot of money in the long run, because you don’t have to pay a monthly fee for visiting a local gym.
Even if you do not have a lot of money to invest in a home gym, there are numerous pieces of equipment that you can purchase that will go a long way in helping you to achieve your fitness goals. Some of the most basic pieces to consider for your home gym include a yoga mat, resistance bands, a kettle ball, free weights, and a medicine ball. You might have to start budgeting out for a home gym, depending on exactly what you want. For a full home set, it might be upwards of $10,000, but for a smaller home gym you could probably get away with under $5,000 for your ideal gym space.
Tee it Up for a Healthy Activity
Golf is one of the best sports to participate in during this time. This sport has social distancing naturally built in, guaranteeing that you will not feel as if you are having to sacrifice in order to enjoy this activity. It is fun, gives you a good workout, and you can explore the many different golfing courses around your town.
There are still some precautions that you should take before heading out to the links. Be sure to use your own equipment. It is also a good idea to disinfect your equipment and golf balls before and after use as an added precaution. Lastly, keeping your golf group to a small group of trusted individuals is also recommended. Reminder, if you are nervous about starting your first golfing session, try practicing just hitting balls first. This will help you gain confidence once you hit the golf course with friends or family. You will have a better idea of what clubs to use and how to hit the ball to get the best score.
Work Around the House or the Yard
This has been an ideal time for many families to get their homes in order. All of this time spent at home has provided countless opportunities to spruce up the place. Fortunately, all of this work can also be a great cardiovascular activity, especially if you are intentional about making your body work hard. You can work on your outdoor living space by building a shed, putting up some outdoor furniture, or hanging up some fun decor for the outside of your home.
Deep cleaning, vacuuming, organizing closets, and working in the yard are all activities that burn calories and support healthy body movement. As a bonus, you will also benefit from the mental boost that comes with crossing things off of your to-do list of things to get done around the house.
Conclusion for Healthy Outdoor Activities
Do not be discouraged if you feel like social distancing requirements will derail your fitness goals. With the right mindset and a bit of creativity, you can still stay active and healthy during the pandemic. There are so many outdoor activities that can be done while social distancing, that you shouldn’t have a problem coming up with some new ideas to try out while staying healthy and fit.