5 Socially Distanced Things To Do This Fall
We are living in unprecedented times. Much of the year has faded into staying at home and staying away from people, but your year doesn’t need to be forgotten. Fall is fast approaching, and now that we’ve all gotten a little better at understanding and doing proper social distancing, we can better plan out some fun yet safe things to do. Here’s 5 activities that you can do safely this fall:
1. Learn an Instrument
With many schools being closed and many still doing remote work, millions of Americans now have more free time than they ever have. To learn an instrument, the only things you need are time, an instrument, and the Internet. The Internet, namely YouTube, is a vast source of information for beginning musicians. You can borrow your friend’s guitar (don’t we all have a friend with a guitar?) and learn a few simple chords. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll be able to play some of your favorite pop songs.
2. Read a Book
Be honest, when was the last time you sat down to read a book? Most of my friends haven’t read a book since college and aren’t shy about it. Your local library might be closed but that’s no reason to close your mind. You don’t even need money to go on a wild adventure to foreign countries with fascinating characters. Project Gutenberg is an online library with over 60,000 free ebooks to choose from, including authors like Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Charlotte Bronte.
3. Have a Movie Marathon
With streaming services giving us more access to movie and television titles than ever, it’s never been easier to sit down and have a multi-movie, multi-night marathon for all sorts of series. With Disney+, you can have a Disney week where you watch one (or three) Disney movies a night. You can watch the entire Marvel Avengers series, Star Wars, or even The Simpsons (that one might take the rest of 2020).
4. Go Hiking
I don’t know where you live, but I’d be willing to bet there’s somewhere around your area to go hiking. The United States is blessed with a wealth of beautiful outdoor space. You can drive to your nearest hiking or biking trail, maybe meet a friend or two, and let loose. Walk a few miles and enjoy the fresh air. Bring your mask in case there’s other people, but don’t be afraid to give passerbys a friendly hello. Your lungs and your legs will thank you for the adventure!
5. Workout at Home
You certainly don’t need a gym membership to get a great workout. YouTube has tons of free videos tailored to your favorite kinds of workouts. There’s thousands of 10 minute abs, 15 minute arms, 20 minute legs, and 30 minute cardio videos that will make you sweat 10 times more than the elliptical at the gym. There’s also heaps of yoga, pilates, and tai chi videos for the more mindfully inclined.
Don’t just sit at home browsing social media or stressing over the daily news dump. Better your brain and your body with some of these activities.