Lockdown has affected so much of what we’re able to do. Finding ways to exercise and de-stress can be tricky when many gyms, sports centers, courts, pools and other areas where people normally go to workout are closed. However, there are still some options, and best of all these are things that not only can be done alone but allow you a chance to relax and clear your mind too.
Here are some ideas.
Walking or jogging
Depending on your preference and fitness levels, getting out to walk or jog can be both relaxing and invigorating. Now that the weather is nicer, waking up early and breathing in that crisp morning air while enjoying the warming sun while it comes up is priceless. Head to your local beauty spot, nature reserve or park and lace up your walking or running shoes. You could bring your dog for a relaxed stroll, or if you want to do something more intense, find somewhere hilly to walk. It’s a great way to set yourself up for the day, it’s free and will make you feel good.
Cycling is great as it’s exercise and transport in one. If you have errands to run such as letters to post, supplies to drop off to loved ones or even work to go to then why not hop on your bike instead of going in the car?
There are, of course, numerous men’s beach cruisers and cruiser bikes for women. What you just need to do is choose the right one for you so you don’t only enjoy, but also maximize the health benefits you can derive from this exercise.
If you’re going to be cycling on any roads then it’s important to ensure you have the right safety equipment such as a light on your bike for night time (a high vis vest is also a good idea). Otherwise, pop your bike in the car and head to a nice park to do a few laps and get the cardiovascular system pumping.
Finally, fishing is such a relaxing sport, it’s been proven to promote good health and wellbeing. You get to feel at one with nature relaxing in a boat, on a pier or at the side of a lake, plus you’ll get a great sense of accomplishment if you catch something interesting. Pack your rods, walleye tackle kit, a packed lunch and a camping chair and enjoy a warm afternoon seeing what you can catch.
There are few sports that are more relaxing than golf. It’s known for its peaceful and serene nature, it’s a great way to get some gentle exercise and fresh air. Concentrating on the game requires you to clear your mind and free yourself from everyday thoughts and concerns, which is something we all need to be doing more of right now while the world is in chaos. Depending on what stage of lockdown your country is in, you may be able to meet a friend or two for a game as long as you’re respecting social distancing. Otherwise you can practice by playing alone.