Lockdown has been hard on everyone, but for some, it’s been tougher than most. If you’re a particularly active or social person, you may be understanding the term “cabin fever” more than you’d like to. While being confined and isolated has been quite an adjustment for most people, many have been able to get used to what may be known as the new normal. However, some people just can’t stand being stuck inside all the time.
We’ll be discussing a few outdoor activities that are safe to do during the lockdown. Most of these can be done alone or with friends, since it’s easy to keep a safe distance while doing them. Of course, not all of these activities may be allowed everywhere in the world, as different areas have different rules about what is prohibited during the lockdown. We hope you can still find at least one thing that will get you out of the house! As always, be sure to take the proper safety precautions while partaking in any of these activities.
Go to a shooting range
If you’re feeling some pent-up energy or anger due to the current state of the world, going to a shooting range is ideal. You’ll be able to get outside in the fresh air, and also concentrate on something other than lockdown for a while. It’s mandatory to keep a safe distance between shooters at a gun range anyway, so social distancing shouldn’t be hard to maintain. Have a look at this gun range, Cincinnati, to see what your options are. Most gun ranges have options for new and experienced shooters, so don’t let your lack of shooting experience get in your way!
Visit a dog park
Do you have a dog? If so, they’re likely more fed up with being inside than you are! During the harsher stages of lockdown, many dog owners fell out of the habit of regularly walking their dogs, because it was prohibited in some places. However, now that restrictions seem to be easing up in most parts of the world, dog owners may be finding it hard to fall back into the habit. While walking your dog daily is a great way to get you both out of the house, if you’re looking for a longer outing, going to a dog park may be even better (assuming that your dog is socialized and not aggressive towards other dogs, that is). Your four-legged companion can run around to their heart’s content, and you can breathe in the fresh air while enjoying a coffee and a good book.
Go on a hike
Hikes are a great way to get outside while also working on your health. Many people have exercised less since the start of the pandemic, and hiking is a great way to ease back into it. One of the great things about hiking is that there are so many options – there are hiking routes of different lengths, and for different experience levels, so you can start slow and steadily build up to harder trails. It’s also a great way to spend time with family and friends, as you can do the same route while keeping a safe distance. Most areas have breathtaking hiking routes, such as these Malibu hiking trails, so don’t forget to take your camera!
Try your hand at rock climbing
It’s safe to say that when you’re climbing up the side of a mountain, you’re generally pretty far away from other people. For avid rock climbers, going out and packing on a challenging climb may be just what you need to get you out of your lockdown-induced funk. For the less experienced, we suggest you start at an outdoor rock climbing wall to get the hang of things before you move onto the real thing. Since rock climbing requires so much concentration, it’s a great way to take your mind off of things for a while.
Paintball isn’t for everyone, but if you’re an adventurous spirit and don’t mind a bit of pain alongside your fun, then it’s worth a shot. Once again, this is an ideal activity if you feel that being stuck inside the house is getting to you. Not only will you be getting outside, but paintball is a social thing that will get your heart racing and keep you distracted for a while. While paintball is social, it’s quite safe in terms of activities to do during a lockdown. You’ll have to wear a visor all the time, and there are strict rules about distance that need to be followed (while paintball usually doesn’t hurt a lot, you can injure someone quite severely if you shoot them at a close range). Don’t rush out and buy expensive paintball gear just yet – most paintball companies have gear that you can use, especially if you’re a beginner at paintball and not sure if it’s for you.
Hit the water
Of course, this only applies to you if it’s currently summer where you are – no one wants to go near a body of water in the middle of winter. That being said, if you’re lucky enough to be experiencing summer at the moment, why would you spend it locked up inside your house? Many places have beautiful lakes that you can find while exploring. You can also hire a boat or canoe and try your hand at that. As long as you keep to your area of the lake and avoid close contact with other people, you should be good to go!
If you want to get out of the house, but you’re not in the mood for any type of exercise, pack a picnic basket, grab a few pillows and blankets, and head off to your nearest park. This is, once again, a great outing for the whole family. The kids can play ball while the parents enjoy a romantic picnic for two. You can invite other people, as long as you ensure your blankets and picnic areas are spread out and not too close to each other.