COMBAT CORONA-COASTER BOREDOM
Don’t just sit there! Go outside and play, safely of course…
With many of us staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s worth acknowledging the potential effects of boredom and leading a sedentary lifestyle on our health. Healthline points out that boredom can lead to severe issues for both our physical and mental well-being.
So what are some adventurous activities you can do to stimulate both your mind and body during coronavirus restrictions? Here are our top tips for socially distant adventurous activities you can try to cure boredom during quarantine, and help you get fit.
If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where snow sports are possible, 2021 could be a great opportunity to make the most of your local environment. Snowboarding, sledding, skiing, and even snowshoeing are just a few examples of fun activities you could try out.
Snowboarding, as well as other snow sports, is great to take a stab at during the pandemic because it is very easy to stay socially distant. With abundant space on the mountain and few tourists around, even less this winter, probably, you’ll be able to do this exhilarating exercise while staying safe.
If you want to get into a snow sport, make sure you’ve got the right equipment. You’ll need snow pants, a thick waterproof jacket and snow goggles. These are a few of the items you can’t do without.
Another of our recommended safer activities to do during quarantine is yoga. While this ancient form of exercise is nothing new, it has become exponentially popular in recent years.
Yoga is relaxing and soothing, so it makes a great antidote to the anxiety that the coronavirus pandemic is provoking in many. There are many online sessions for beginners, where you can learn with others from the privacy of your home. It’s also easy to track your progress and improvement as time goes on. With regular practice, you’ll see how much your flexibility and balance increase.
Make the most of your newly available free time to explore the landscapes around you. While staying in your locality, try to visit parks and hiking trails that you have not yet had the opportunity to visit. Avoid any popular routes that are likely to get congested with other like-minded people. Or, consider getting up early to beat the crowds. You might even benefit from picturesque sunrises if you start early enough in the day. Make sure that in addition to snacks and water, you bring a face mask in case you get too close to other hikers.
Of course, this option is limited to those of us lucky to live in a coastal area. While surfing can be tricky to get the hang of, it’s an incredibly rewarding sport once you’ve mastered it. Invest in a decent board and swimsuit, and you’ll be ready to start learning.
Try to avoid the busiest beaches, as it defeats the object of quarantine safety if you have to mingle with a lot of other beach-goers. Do some online research to find out the best beaches for surfing in your area that don’t get too crowded.
Another fun activity you can take part in while staying COVID-safe is kayaking. This is a more relaxed way to take to the water compared to surfing. It’s also more widely available, as you can take part in lakes and rivers, as well as in the sea.
This can be a solo activity, or you could team up with a member of your household. Kayaking is an easy activity to master, and it will allow you to get to see some picturesque scenery in your area, from a different, more exciting angle.
2021 could be the moment you’ve been waiting for to get fit, and what better way to do this than to pick up cycling? It is a sport that’s adored around the world, for good reason.
Whether you prefer on-road or off-road cycling, this activity lets you cover much more ground than walking. Work up a sweat by cycling uphill, and reap the reward as you fly down the other side. Try to choose a circular route so that you can park your car and head off, then end back up where you started.
The last of our outdoor activities we are recommending during quarantine is skateboarding. Some might think this is just a sport for youngsters, but in fact, many middle-aged people are getting into this sport.
Find an empty car park or skate park to practice in. You also need to make sure you’re wearing all the necessary safety equipment: a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads.