Outdoor activities like boating and fishing bring families, friends, and communities together. Coming together and staying active is more important than ever today, but also more challenging.
Above all, the health and wellbeing of you and your family are top priority. The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and being at home for extended periods of time have raised questions about how to stay active and how to safely enjoy outdoor activities like boating and fishing.
The policies of the CDC and state and local health departments are changing rapidly in response to this issue. While outdoor activities are still encouraged in many areas, a growing number of states have shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders in place, which may mean discouraging or forbidden access to water.
No matter what situation you find yourself in, you can still learn how to stay active while socially distancing yourself.
If you stay at home:
- Make use of your garden or whatever outside space you have. Even a tiny porch offers escape, fresh air, and sunlight.
- Move your body at every opportunity. Turn up your music and dance. Follow a short training video. Walk around while you have conference calls. Endorphins provide instant mood booster and health benefits.
- Keep your brain active. It can be tempting to scroll social media all day, but try things that challenge your mind, like crosswords or puzzles.
If you enjoy nature responsibly:
- Always consider your health and well-being and those of others, and follow local, state, and CDC guidelines for the most current information.
- Try solo activities like kayaking or fishing in remote areas or in places where you can keep a distance of 6 feet or more from others.
Now that you know how to stay active with social distancing, be sure to read your state and local safety guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety and health.