Coronavirus has forced everyone to make unwanted changes in their life. As summer comes to a close, I think it might be helpful for some of you to share some of the activities that I've enjoyed while staying safe and isolated from others.
One of the best parts of summer that's been seemingly snuffed out by coronavirus's impact is enjoying the beautiful weather. As research continues to be published, it's becoming clear that being outside is less risky than being indoors. Spending a weekend afternoon at the park with your household is a great way to enjoy a summer day safely. A blanket, a book to read or a frisbee to throw around, and some delicious plant-based snacks from PlantX make it simple to relax and enjoy a picnic while still being conscious of yours and others' health.
Gardening is another activity that I've been using to occupy my time during the quarantine spring and summer months. Whether they're outdoor or indoor, plenty of plants can thrive even as the end of summer approaches, from ornamentals like lilies to tasty vegetables like squash. Growing your own veggies is also a great way to encourage yourself to add more healthy variety to your diet.
Being at home most of the time provides a great chance to learn different cooking techniques and recipes. Oftentimes we don't always have time to cook elaborate meals, but with weekend options limited, I've found myself researching new plant-based recipes to try out. Getting out and spending some time grilling has been a delightful way to figure out new recipes while also soaking up the sun.
With gyms closed for an undetermined amount of time, I've had to find more ways to get a vigorous workout at home or outdoors. Home exercise equipment like the ones made by Peloton are excellent because they offer the exercise class experience through their videos. In figuring that out, I realized that exercising outdoors can be a great way to see friends while keeping an appropriate distance. I've especially enjoyed taking hand weights or a yoga mat to meet people at the park. Don't have any exercise equipment lying around? Bodyweight exercises like squats, push-ups, burpees, and planks can all provide a pretty intense workout. Keep your body moving, see a friend, and enjoy a few hours at the park!
If you've been bored and feel like your options have been limited, try out some of these great summer activities. Leave a comment below if you've picked up any new hobbies or found a new favorite pass-time!