As the world moves indoors and away from people with Social Distancing as the new term has been coined, the need for creative home entertainment comes to my mind. How will we entertain ourselves so we don’t go stir crazy, stay active and keep a healthy outlook? Are you looking for some entertainment while social distancing? Read on.
My children are grown now and living their own lives but our routine has been changed, perhaps for a very long time. Who knows, we might get so good at it that we keep doing it long after the Coronavirus pandemic is over. It will definitely save us money, have us cooking more and finding ways to stay bonded so we don’t end up at each other’s throats! LOL! So for us empty-nesters here is a list of ideas of things to do with your spouse to keep you entertained and enjoying each other’s company.
Spring is one of the best times to hike in the mountains. Why? Because you can follow the
snow line as it melts going higher and higher. What’s great about this is it gives you a training schedule. The higher you need to go to get to snow the better shape you’ll be in. You’ll get altitude training, cardiovascular training and get out of the house and be in nature. Just avoid the big trails like the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) where there are a lot of people because that won’t be very social distancing. In fact, I was just reviewing the PCT Website and they are asking people to cancel their long term trips.
Take the time to explore your nearby hiking areas and find the roads less traveled. We live at the base of the Sierra-Nevada Mountains and most times we are completely alone on the trails where we hike. You can bring a lunch and have a picnic along a creek or on top a lower peak. You don’t have to climb mount Everest or anything like that. Just walk along a creek you’ve always thought was pretty and work your way up. Always bring a backpack with basic first aid.
Play Bocce Ball
My husband and I play Bocce Ball all the time, all seasons. It is a routine we have started to help us wind down from work, be outside with our dogs, get some sunshine and avoid vegging out on the TV. Plus, you get exercise. Not kidding. You have to squat down to pick up those balls, and throw the balls which weigh 2 pounds each.
So, my husband and I make it a habit of doing a full squat so we aren’t bending at the waist. That can really cause fatigue. And we switch from right to left handed (or dominant to non-dominant hand) to make it more balanced – because I was having really bad shoulder pain after a few rounds. However, after months of playing I think my shoulders are stronger now. A fun way to get a little exercise, be outside, have fun with your spouse and unwind from the day.
Check out these posts about our house rules for Bocce.
Buy a Propane Fire Pit
We took the plunge and bought a propane fire pit. We have a wood burning one, but by the time we got a fire going, we were ready to go back inside. So we bought an inexpensive portable fire pit. This has created an outdoor room we can enjoy anytime. We simply turn on the fire and turn it right back off when we are done. We often chat about our days and end up playing a round or two of Bocce Ball. But if you have decent seating you could enjoy hours outside with this handy addition.
Dance in Your Living Room
That’s right, turn on YouTube play your favorite videos, close the drapes and rock out! My husband and I are the best living room dancers in our home. 🤣🤣 But seriously, dancing in your living room is A) totally fun and B) great exercise. You can go at whatever pace you want. We keep weights in our living room so we can even incorporate a weight workout into it. My husband and I do this together and have found it an amazing stress reliever and we don’t have to be dressed in “workout clothes” to do it. One of our favorite bands is Clean Bandit. Their music is really easy to dance to, has several beats going on at once so you can easily pace yourself or jam to it and their videos are visually interesting.
Keeping ourselves entertained during social distancing is key to helping us stay physically, mentally and emotionally fit. There are loads of things you can do but we often leave our homes for entertainment, so I thought I would share some of the things we like to do that keeps us bonded, active and entertained. What are you doing to entertain yourself during social distancing for the Coronavirus? Add it in the comments.