Fresh Air | 5 Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors Safely
by Erik Weinbrecht
Most text originally published on May 12, 2020 | Extraordinary Living Blog
Spring is in full effect in the northern hemisphere and as restrictions on some outdoor spaces begin to lift, here are five ways you can enjoy some much-needed sunshine and fresh air while practicing safe social distancing guidelines.
First and foremost, take care of yourself and the members of your household. While some of the heavier restrictions are being lifted, it’s still important to make sure that you stay up to date with CDC guidelines and ensure that you’re washing your hands frequently and wearing a face covering when in public spaces – even while outside.
Just Get Outside
It’s no secret that sunshine offers many health benefits – the good news is that you don’t have to go far to get it. Carve out a part of each day to get outside, even if it’s an hour on your patio, yard or doorstep to get that all-important boost of vitamin D. Enjoying the sunshine doesn’t have to be complicated; if social distancing guidelines in your area permit, take a walk by yourself or with members of your household.
Camping in Your Backyard
You can take your family on a camping adventure in your own backyard. Set up a tent, have a bonfire, roast some marshmallows and tell campfire stories. Try leaving cellphones and other electronics in the house for a truly authentic camping experience.
Go for a Hike
Some trails and parks are beginning to reopen their gates, which means you can lace up your hiking boots and get back into nature. The National Recreation and Park Association offers some guidance like warning other trail users of your presence, allowing proper space or stepping off trails as you pass others, and keeping the recommended distance at all times.
A Bicycle Built for You
Similar to hiking or going for a walk, you can get on your bike and go for a ride alone or with members of your household. It’s important to avoid congested routes so consider riding at off-peak hours, try new paths, and don’t be discouraged if you have to alter your route to find a less crowded path.
Outdoor Activities in Southern Maine
Towns in Southern Maine are making plans to open beaches and hiking trails. Starting Monday, May 18th, a soft opening of York's beaches, Mount Agamenticus trails and other walking paths like the Cliff Walk, Fisherman's Walk, Wiggley Bridge and causeway, and kayak launch under Route 103 will be accessable to residents. Rules are in place to limit gatherings of groups of people. On Monday, May 11th Wells opened its public beaches with restrictions for Mainers allowing them to swim, fish, walk, work out or surf and social distancing rules are to be followed. Note: A 14-day quarantine remains in effect for visitors from out of state, as well as for Mainers returning to the state. Enjoy your time outdoors!