Quarantining has caused people to spend more time sitting indoors than ever before. In fact, a group of Harvard disease experts says some form of intermittent social distancing and quarantining may need to be in place until 2022. The COVID-19 vaccine's effectiveness and the public's acceptance of using the vaccine can impact how long we will live in some form of isolation.
Due to this, you may be eager to get out of the house for a bit while still staying safe. You can maintain social distancing with these outdoor activities that you can do alone.
The most effortless activity to start with is walking. Although walking may not seem all that exciting, it can be incredibly beneficial for both mind and body.
Seeing the neighborhood and all the plants and buildings can feel refreshing after a long period of looking at the same walls in your house. At the same time, the exercise you will get from walking moderate and longer distances can do wonders for your health.
You build up your heart, lungs and fend off heart disease and muscle pains. Walking is also great for burning calories to attain a healthy weight. And of course, you will have no problem walking routinely without needing anyone else present.
Experts say that the minimum prescription for good health is 30 minutes of moderate intensity walking at least five days per week. However, the mental benefits of getting outside are just as significant so getting outside and walking at any pace is still helpful.
Fishing is more involved than walking, and you will need the right gear to do this outdoor activity alone. It can also get cold angling because you are not moving around as much. However, it may still be enjoyable for you because of the rewarding nature of reeling in impressive catches.
You'll get to spend a lot of time sitting under the open skies and experience fun struggles with fish when they bite your line. Since there is a lot of room to improve with your fishing skills, you will also feel engaged for a long time if this becomes a hobby for you.
The best fishing spots are frequently in less developed areas as well, so you can keep a safe distance away from others. Several websites offer help for the beginner if you wish to try this activity.
If you want a faster-paced alternative to walking, you could start cycling. On a bicycle, you'll get to exercise your cardiovascular system and muscles while reducing the impact of your movements on your joints. Since you can move faster, you can cover more distance and enjoy more scenery than you might while walking on an average day.
Another advantage of cycling is the number of bicycle models you can choose. Whether you want to ride through rougher trails or smooth streets, there is a bike out there for you. You can also get an e-bike, which includes a motor that you can turn on to make pedaling easier.
The motor is useful for going up hills and helping you when you're feeling exhausted. Just remember to consider the class of an e-bike before buying it to make sure you are not breaking any local regulations.
Don't forget to protect your head! A helmet should be always worn while riding. Old helmets may no longer be as protective as they were when they were first made. Be sure your helmet is relatively new and provides the proper protection for your head. There are safety standards in the U.S., so you can choose from various styles and price points and still have peace-of-mind.
Do not allow the virus crisis to keep you utterly isolated in your home with no activity. Staying active both physically and mentally is good for your overall health. Be active and be happy, and at some point, we all will get on the other side of COVID-19.
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