Many people have been cooped up since March, which is no way to spend the beautiful fall and summer days in Southern California! Staying indoors for months on end is boring, and more importantly, it’s unhealthy.
It turns out that sunlight rapidly inactivates SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on surfaces. Further, sunlight promotes the synthesis of Vitamin D, which is one of the most important nutrients for preventing and minimizing respiratory infections, including COVID-19. Vitamin D is also closely associated with many other health benefits including improved mood and energy levels. Put simply, participating in outdoor activities (combined with social distancing and use of PPE) may be the best thing you can do for your health! Here are a few suggestions for outdoor activities you should think about doing.
Yoga has gained a lot of popularity recently, and rightly so since it’s great for everyone, no matter what their level of fitness is. Yoga can be adapted to a wide range of abilities and needs. It’s a great way to get in touch with your body and improve your strength, balance, and flexibility. Yoga also offers mental and emotional benefits. It can improve your mindfulness, help you be more present, and lower your stress levels. Endorphins released during yoga will help boost your mood, especially when done in the morning or evening sunlight.
It’s easy to do yoga inside or outside. Outdoor yoga offers additional benefits, such as becoming more in tune with nature and improving your balance. Just make sure to stay six feet away from others during your practice, and disinfect your mat and any other equipment before and after use.
If you love wine tasting, you may be in luck. Some wineries have reopened and have made arrangements for visitors to taste their vintages while also staying in line with health guidelines. There are several wineries worth visiting, so consider making a tour of it.
A wine tour can be a great way to make sure you don’t miss any part of the California winery experience! Our winery shuttles are thoroughly sanitized and disinfected before and after every trip. Bus HVAC systems are even being equipped with UVC lights to prevent the spread of germs, including the coronavirus. You can feel confident that with Pegasus Transit, you’re in good hands!
Horseback riding is another fun outdoor activity. Some riding schools are still open, if you want lessons. Horses still need exercise, and love to run. If you just want to go for a ride, many equestrian-friendly trails are ready for your next adventure. This will get you and your horse out in nature, where you’ll both have an opportunity to exercise and enjoy the beautiful Southern California surroundings.
Make sure you have the proper attire for your outing. Avoid loose clothing and jewelry. A heeled boot is typically recommended, and a helmet is a must.
Surfing is the quintessential California outdoor activity. While many beaches were closed on coasts around the country, many of those in California remain open. In Ventura County, Port Hueneme briefly closed at the start of April, but reopened shortly after on April 20. Beaches in LA County were closed longer, starting on Marcy 27th and didn’t reopen until May 13th. Parking, beach paths, and piers may be closed or restricted, and social distancing and wearing masks on the beach may be enforced, but surfers are once again free to catch rad waves. Surfing is generally considered a safe activity to participate in, once again provided that social distancing measures are followed and that you are in good health.
Hiking is a great way to get active outside, and there are probably some really great trails not too far from you. It’s also on the list of things you can do without violating COVID-19 restrictions, depending on where you go. Consider hiking less well-known trails to avoid larger crowds, as it’s still important to maintain a six-foot distance away from other people, even when outdoors. When social distancing isn’t possible, make sure you wear a mask. It’s also best to hike with those you live with instead of getting a group of friends together. This is in addition to normal safe hiking practices, such as bringing plenty of water and letting someone know where you’ll be and when you expect to be back.
Everyone wants to be healthy and stay safe. Getting outside and participating in recreational activities with reasonable precautions is a safe and enjoyable way to promote your health and happiness. Revisit an old favorite activity, or try something new. Who knows? You might fall in love with it. Either way, you’ll feel better for getting out and doing something fun.
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