5 Ways to Enjoy a Summer of Social Distancing

by Gayle Cottrill

 For most of us, this summer is going to feel different than most, and while many businesses and parks have opened back up, many people are still taking precautions with where they go and who they see. So, what does a summer of social distancing look like, and what sort of things can you do to enjoy it? The short answer is many things! But for starters, here are five simple ways you can stay safe and healthy.

Go for a bike ride.

Biking is a low-impact exercise which goes easy on your joints and can also turn into a cardio workout. Unless you bike on a congested trail, this activity makes it easy to keep a safe distance from other people. You can bike alone or with your family. There are several fun bike trails in the Fox Cities such as Loop the Little Lake Trail in Neenah and Menasha. If you fall in love with biking, consider joining the National Bike Challenge 2020.

Take regular walks.

The American Heart Association recommends adults spend at least 150 minutes a week doing moderate-intensity aerobic activity, which is about 20 minutes a day. You can find a time and route that are best for you right in your own neighborhood to fit your schedule and your personal social distancing practices. Walking every day is a simple way to keep your heart healthy and spend some time soaking up the sun.

Explore the countryside.

If you are looking to escape the bustle of city life and want to find a place to walk or bike in a more serene environment, head out to the countryside. It won’t take long to get there. Explore Rustic Road 53, part of the state’s Rustic Road system. The lightly traveled roads are some of the most scenic in the state and are perfect for hikers, bikers, or even drivers.

Go on a scavenger hunt.

For a family-fun option, scavenger hunts are perfect for all ages. Plan a walk through your neighborhood or a part of town you’ve never been in. Watch for animals, different colored flowers, count flags, or collect objects in nature to study or use in art. The options are endless, and an activity like this is a great way to burn energy, spend time together outdoors, and add exercise to your day.

Relax and rejuvenate.

And finally, let’s not forget the importance of relaxation. Life in general is always busy and filled with stress, and summer is no exception as we try to pack in get-togethers, vacations, and countless other activities. As important as it is to be active, it is just as important to slow down and rejuvenate. After a busy day, sit outside, take in deep breaths of fresh air, and watch the sun set, the sky darken, and the stars brighten.

If you’re still looking for ideas, check out your local parks and recreation website. Many are offering virtual programming and regular updates about the status of their pools and summer programs.