Unplug for a while and get back to nature.
From small towns to big cities, communities throughout the United States have begun putting "social distancing" measures into practice in an attempt to control the spread of COVID-19. Large social gatherings are being cancelled, schools are closing, and community events are getting called off.
Aside from doing your part to help keep your community safe by following proper safety procedures, you will have to find new ways to stay entertained all while keeping yourself a safe distance away from others.
One great way to do that? Getting outdoors. Gyms are closing across the country, so it's also a good time to figure out a new way to get in your exercise.
During this period of isolation, consider exploring one of your local hiking trails. Studies show that hiking is not only good for your physical health, but your mental health as well. We all know we'll be going a little stir crazy without places to go and people to see, and getting back to nature is a good way to keep your mind clear.
Here are just a few of the physical and mental health benefits we get from hiking:
Not only are gyms closing, but entertainment spaces like bars and restaurants are shuttering as well. If you are practicing social distancing with friends, family, or members of your household, getting out on a hiking trail will also be a good way to keep busy and entertained.
Important Note: While you will be outdoors, there is always the risk of hiking trails being overcrowded with people, depending on the trail. Keep yourself a safe distance away from others if you are hiking on a busy trail or do your best to avoid the busier areas.
In addition to getting outdoors and keeping your mind and body healthy, make sure to uphold your responsibility as a citizen during this difficult time.
One of the best ways to do your part in helping keep your community safe is to follow the proper safety procedures. Here are a few things you can do to avoid illness:
Stay up to date on the latest developments by visiting local government websites to see what is happening in your community.
For more information on the health benefits of hiking consult the following resources:
For more information on how to stay prepared and prevent transmission of COVID-19, consult the following resources from the CDC: