With the coronavirus keeping so many of us cooped up throughout the late winter and spring, it’s not unusual for everyone to be experiencing some cabin fever. Now as the temperatures outside start to rise and we have more daylight hours, experts are recommending that we find a way to get outdoors, visiting parks and trails or even taking a stroll around the neighborhood.
Experts agree that many outdoor spaces can provide a safe, practical way to preserve your health during challenging times. In fact, research has shown that outdoor areas can have significant and wide-ranging health benefits. People who have access to parks or more walkable neighborhoods, for example, tend to be more physically active, which relieves symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, ad blend of activities to stay healthy including at least:
• 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week
• 2 days of muscle-strengthening activity a week
Additionally, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that kids and teens ages 6 to 17 get 60 minutes of activity every day. Kids younger than 6 need physical activity, as well — it helps support their growth and development. For more information about how to get up and get moving, visit https://health.gov/moveyourway.
Of course, public health officials strongly urge everyone to continue social distancing practices by staying at least six feet away from others, wearing a mask that covers the nose and mouth, and avoiding large crowds in order to prevent spreading the virus. Visitors at parks, pools, and other common-use outdoor areas should avoid playground equipment, benches, bike racks, and other shared facilities to prevent transmission. It’s also wise to carry some convenient travel-sized hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes, just in case.
Even if it’s just a walk around the block, tending to a vegetable garden, or doing some yard work, getting outside and getting some fresh air can do wonders for the body and spirit. Encourage your clients and customers to start soaking in a little sun to help the body produce much-needed vitamin D. Of course, they’ll want to protect their skin by wearing sunscreen. You can find some logo-ready options here.
While we all begin to come out of hibernation and experience everything the great outdoors has to offer, common sense should prevail in using social distancing to keep everyone happy and healthy.
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