Ways to Stay Active While Social Distancing

Staying home and keeping distance between you, your loved ones and friends can be lonely and frustrating. Here are some ideas to help your body and mind stay active. And remember all those times you wished for a few minutes of free time, now is also a perfect time for self-care and rest. Follow Masonic Homes Kentucky on Facebook and Twitter for more guides like this, and to share your favorite ways for occupying your downtime.  

Games and Puzzles 

Playing card games can challenge your mind and help keep it sharp. 

Online word and number games are not only entertaining but some research shows it can also sharpen your focus, improve your memory and help you relax. 

Remember that puzzle that you were saving for a rainy day – now’s the perfect time to put it together. 

Some video games, like Minecraft or Animal Crossing, allow players to play together remotely.

The Marco Polo app allows users to send short videos to each other. It’s more personal than just a text message.

 

Music and Entertainment 

Binge-watch your favorite sitcom or discover a new one. Now is the time to feel no guilt for indulging your wants. 

Hold a virtual dinner party. Bring the webcam to the table and share a meal together.

Have a PowerPoint party: Each participant makes a presentation about a topic they’re passionate about and then presents it.

Have a cocktail party over video — you won’t have to get a ride home afterward.

Be an advocate for social distancing, throw a Netflix watch party and virtually binge-watch with your friends and family. 

Crank the tunes. Music is known for increasing mood, decreasing stress and can be used for relaxation or to boost your energy. If you play an instrument, connect virtually with your family or friends and treat them to a performance.  

Learn to play an instrument (you know, if you have one just lying around).

Watch the Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Nathaniel Rateliff and Margo Price reunion concert.  

Tune into the Met Opera’s “Nightly Met Opera Streams” on its official website each evening at 7:30 pm EST.

The Philharmonie is closed – so they are bringing the music to you! The Digital Concert Hall is now free to everyone.

If you’re musically inclined, hold a virtual jam session.

 

Try something new 

You may be wondering; how can I try something new while stuck at home? What is there really to do? Here are several ideas. 

If you have a furry friend, teach them a new trick

Looking for ways to give back to the community? Try virtual volunteering.

Explore a variety of hobbies. Click here for an entire list of new hobbies to discover.

 

Get crafty and creative 

It doesn’t matter if you can paint or draw, just give it a try.  

Coloring is not just for preschoolers. Surprise your grandkids by coloring them a picture and dropping it into the mail. There are also a variety of apps that allow you to create using your smartphone or tablet.

Journaling is a great way to get you brain and imagination going. Ever wished you could journal but could never find the time? Now is your chance. 

Learn how to paint different pieces and types of art. This website offers step-by-step instructions to help get you started.

Pick up your pen and pencil and start drawing. This website has tutorials on how to draw animals, people, landscapes and more. 

Need inspiration for some DIY projects? We’ve got you covered. 

Livestream on apps like Facebook to read books or tell stories to kids. Your friends who are parents will thank you!

Learn a new skill with friends. Crochet or paint watercolors together.

Write a pen-and-paper letter. The postal system is still working, and there’s a certain charm to getting a letter in the mail.

 

Exercise for the mind and body 

*Consult your physician before starting any new exercise program. 

The great thing about yoga, is that you can do it from virtually anywhere! Try an online yoga class (for aging adults)

You can stay active, even while you’re sitting down. Try out this online chair yoga class. 

Get your groove on with an online chair dance class. 

A great way to help rejuvenate you mind is through meditation. Meditation can help with stress, anxiety and it is a great way to keep your mind sharp. 

Check out these five meditation podcasts for aging adults: 

Practice good stretching habitsNot only does stretching keep the muscles flexible, strong and healthy it can also decrease stress, help reduce the risk of injury and increase blood flow and circulation. 

Exercise is important to the mind, body and soul in many ways. It can help keep your thinking, learning and judgment skills sharp as you age, improve your sleep, and it helps strengthen your bones and muscles.  Try this 10 minute chair workout for aging adults.

Improve your balance in 5 minutes with this video.

Join an online fitness class. Planet Fitness is offering free online exercise classes!

Sign up for Silver Sneakers online gym membership and get access to a multitude of free, cardio, yoga and balances classes. 

Participate in a virtual workout class from one of the local Louisville YMCAs. 

Enjoy a moment of zen

 

Enjoy the wonders of the great outdoors from the comfort of your home 

Tune in live to cameras capturing everything from bald eagles nests, sheep barns to tropical reefs and aquariums. 

The Ocean Voyager Webcam at the Georgia Aquarium allows you to see the marine life is up to today. 

Who doesn’t love pandas? Keep up with your furry friends at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute. 

Go on a virtual safari adventure! The Cincinnati Zoo offers the community to stay connected to their favorite animals while it is closed through the Home Safari Facebook Live sessions, weekdays starting at 3 pm. The first session featured Fiona the hippo.  

Are polar bears, apes, penguins or elephants your favorite? You can watch all of them and more, live from the San Diego Zoo webcams

 

Enjoy some fresh air 

Test your green thumb. If you’re able to safely spend time outside, or on your patio, now’s a good time to dive into gardening. But even if you don’t have a garden or a backyard at all, you can get in on the fun with a small herb garden for kitchen. Or order an indoor plant online.

Go for a walk. You can practice social distancing and still get out and go for a walk in your neighborhood or local park. If you have a furry friend, take them with you! 

Connect with nature. Right now, you can visit the Forest Giants at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. If hiking isn’t your thing, you can always take a book with you, find a good bench and enjoy the scenery.

Do some stargazing. Here on some tips for getting started. 

Try birdwatching. If it is chilly or raining, this is an activity you can do indoors, too. 

Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt. Need ideas to get started? Check out this nature scavenger hunt for all ages. 

 

You’re never too old to learn something new (educational ideas and resources) 

Read a book. Local Louisville store, Carmichael’s Bookstore is offering free delivery in the Louisville area. You can order online.

Learn a new language

Teach your community online.

Research a new topic. Use this down time as an opportunity to learn more about a topic you’re interested in or learn something new. 

Start a book club over video or email.

Take free online classes from an Ivy League College. That’s right. Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley and others offer various free online courses to the public.  

Go on a virtual field trip. Oh, the places you’ll go!

Want to take an online class, but not sure where to start? Hopefully these ideas will help you choose a topic.

Enjoy reading some good news each day. 

Test your knowledge. Start with the “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” quiz.

Go on a virtual museum tour. Twelve famous museums are offering virtual tours you can enjoy without having to leave your couch. 

Watch an educational documentary. Documentaries are concise, informative and are a great way to learn more about various topics. IMDB shares their top 30.

  

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