Safe Outdoor Activities During COVID-19

ACTIVE Network
April 7, 2020

With many parks and activity facilities closed due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC, your community may be wondering what they can safely do to stay active? The following safe outdoor activities can be shared with your community members as inspiration for staying active and getting fresh air.

It's worth mentioning that many communities have specific regulations in place so we encourage everyone to consult with their local government for official guidance before enjoying any of these activities.

Go on a Hike

Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and clear your mind. The trails are open, and we encourage you to take advantage of them as long as you practice social distancing guidelines. Guidelines include maintaining a minimum six-foot distance between other hikers and staying home if you feel unwell. You should also avoid touching your face and wash your hands as soon as you return home.

If you arrive at a trail that appears crowded, make the prudent decision and leave. If you encounter other hikers while on the trail, maintain a six-foot distance. Remember that hikers heading uphill have the right-of-way, so if you’re walking downhill, find a safe place to move off the trail while they pass.

Take a Walk or Run Around Your Neighborhood

If you’ve got a case of cabin fever, the easiest way to over come it is to walk out your front door. Take a walk around your neighborhood or head out on a run-- this can be a fun time to discover nearby roads or routes you’ve never had the chance to explore before. Map My Run and Run keeper are great resources for finding local walking and running routes.

Do Some Yard Work or Gardening

If there’s one lucky break about COVID-19, it’s that the pandemic arrived at the beginning of spring and not the middle of winter. The weather is warming up, flowers are beginning to bloom and this is the perfect time of year to focus on your yard or garden.

If you have some outdoor space of your own, spend your time outside weeding, mowing the lawn or getting the garden ready for planting.

Head Out on your Road Bike

Road biking is a great way to get some exercise while maintaining social distancing guidelines, so grab your bike and hit the road. As a bonus, car traffic is down significantly right now, so you’ll feel like you have the road to yourself.

Take Your Online Fitness Class Outside

Gyms and community centers are closed, leaving many turning to online fitness classes during the pandemic. If you want a bit of fresh air while you complete your online fitness routine, head outside to your yard, porch, balcony or driveway and stream your online class from your laptop or iPad outside.

Struggling to find a good online workout? YouTube has a great selection of free workouts.

Go Paddling

As the weather warms up, the water begins to sound appealing, and if you practice social distancing guidelines, there’s no reason to avoid local lakes and rivers. If you own your own canoe, kayak, SUP or boat, consider heading out on the water for a day of paddling.

Play Sports With Your Family

We may not be able to congregate in groups right now, so team sports are out, but we can still head outside to kick the ball around with our family or roommates. Backyard sports like soccer, volleyball, basketball and frisbee are safe and fun to play with the people you live with.

Take Part in a Neighborhood Nature Scavenger Hunt

Looking for a creative outdoor activity you can do with kids? Take a stroll through your neighborhood on a nature scavenger hunt.Keeping an eye out for acorns and birds isn’t just a fun way to spend sometime, it’s a good way to stay in the moment and practice mindfulness.

Go Fishing

Anglers, take note. Our lakes and rivers are stocked and fishing is allowed provided you follow social distancing guidelines. Many states are waiving fishing license requirements during COVID-19.

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