Ways to stay active with friends while social distancing

Published 6:24 pm Friday, March 20, 2020

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A global pandemic has prompted a good portion of the world’s population to stay home, but as the days of social distancing turn into weeks, finding a little more space and activities that friends can enjoy together might be a top priority.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends mitigation strategies including not gathering in groups of 50 or more people, and over 10 isn’t advised. It is also recommended that people keep a distance of six feet away from other people, avoiding touching the face and practicing proper hand-washing techniques.

Practicing social distancing may seem difficult, but there are plenty of activities to help the restless stay active, and boost mental health and learning, while adhering to the six-foot rule. Take a negative situation and turn it into a positive by spending time doing things with the family, and some friends at a safe distance.


Take a bike ride

There are many places in Beaufort County to take a scenic ride on a bicycle. Whether it is at Goose Creek State Park, through downtown Washington and along the waterfront, or just around the neighborhood. Cycling is a good way to remain active and get the blood pumping, yet keeping your distance from cycling friends.


Fly a kite

If there’s any constant that comes with residing beside the Pamlico River, there’s always a good amount of wind. Putting a kite together and letting the wind toss it around can be incredibly satisfying to watch. Remain the required six feet away from your fellow kite flyers on the ground, and in the air.


Go fishing or kayaking

There are many fishing spots scattered around Beaufort County. With spring creeping in, the fish are out there to be caught. Dropping a line in the water is a perfect way to stay connected with a friend and enjoy the outdoors while remaining a safe distance away.

North Carolina Wildlife: www.ncwildlife.org/fishing/where-to-fish.


Create an outside workout routine

The gyms may be closed, but that doesn’t mean friends can’t create an outdoor, at-home workout routine. Everything done at the gym can be modified to an at-home workout routine. Jog around the neighborhood or yard, walk up and down the porch steps, do push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, squats or various other exercises to get the body moving. Work out with dumbbells, but only if everyone has their own set. Workout partners should keep the other accountable and continue to work out together at a safe distance.


Take a hike with friends

Take a walk through the neighborhood, along the trails of Goose Creek State Park or even the paths of Oakdale Cemetery, a traditionally popular walking spot. Take in one of the many beautiful sunsets during your walk, and enjoy the company of a friend and the outdoors, catch up on life in the “new normal,” closing the gap of isolation while maintaining a six-foot distance.