Since the start of the pandemic and stay at home orders were enacted, it has been easy to feel trapped at home. Even with some states lifting the most extreme of the restrictions, it is still unsafe to do most activities we used to do to get out of the house and unwind. Luckily, you are much less likely to contract the virus outdoors, so here are some great safe outdoor activities to do during COVID-19!
Skateboarding, Biking, and Running
Being outside is much less likely to spread COVID-19 because fresh air is constantly moving which does not allow for the respiratory droplets that spread the virus to stay around long. Whereas inside, with poor ventilation the droplets are much more likely to linger and cause infection. Being outside is doubly effective if you are moving as well, and these exercises are great for getting outside, recharging your solar batteries, and staying safe. I am an avid longboarder and spent a lot of my time during the initial lockdowns rolling around the neighborhood. Biking and running are both great options as well since they are both great exercises that keep you moving and further away from people.
Boating, Jet Skiing, and Non-Motorized Watercraft
While going to a crowded beach is known to be unsafe, there are several water activities that are rather safe since they do not allow you to get close to others: boating, jet skiing, and non-motorized watercraft like canoes.
Getting out on a water vehicle is a great way to maintain social distance while having fun outside. For motorized water vehicles, such as motorboats and jet skis, the law in Texas dictates that you have to maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from any other water vehicles to maintain safety.
Manual powered water vehicles, such as kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes, are also great for maintaining distance since if you are too close to another watercraft or person it is likely to be very unsafe even aside from COVID-19.
Hunting, Fishing, and Camping
The activities that go along with camping have the same benefits of safety as other outdoor activities with the circulation of clean air helping to reduce infection rates. Hunting and fishing are both great for maintaining distance since being in a large crowd would be directly counter to the goals of hunters and fishers. Since a quiet and still environment where animals are undisturbed is crucial for both activities, you would likely be maintaining social distancing during hunting and fishing whether it was for COVID-19 or not.
Being Outside Has Other Health Benefits
Getting outside is great for mental health and for having fun, but it is great for your body in lots of other ways as well. Such as lowering stress and blood pressure so make sure to get outside during quarantine and have fun and be healthy! Give these outdoor activities a try during COVID-19 so that you can stay happy and healthy.
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