6 Ways to Stay Healthy in Your Backyard

| by Christine Moghadam

6 Ways to Stay Healthy in Your Backyard

Summer is nearly upon us and everyone’s excited to get outside. Unfortunately, social distancing rules have complicated some of those outdoor plans. Beaches are restricted, parks are closed – it can be overwhelming for someone who enjoys the outdoors. But rather than allowing it to get the best of you, we’ve compiled a few ways to help you stay active in your own backyard.

You may not be able to sit on the beach or go to the park, but your backyard can provide a place to soak up the sun and enjoy nature. Break a sweat with a new at-home workout or incorporate simple healthy outdoor activities into your daily routine to mix things.

There’s plenty of ways to stay active and healthy in spite of current restrictions. You just have to take a step outside. Consider the following six ways to stay healthy in your backyard.

6 ways to stay healthy and active in your backyard

Outdoor Yoga during Quarantine

Outdoor yoga

One of the best parts of yoga is that it can be done anywhere. If you don’t have access to a studio, your home can become an ideal setting.

In fact, taking your practice outdoors provides many benefits you won’t experience indoors. To unplug from devices, leave the four walls, and step outside – to feel the cool grass on your feet, the warm sun upon your face, and breathe the fresh air – is a practice rarely enjoyed.

Outdoor Meditation

Outdoor meditation

Practicing breathwork or meditation is a good way to manage your headspace during times of anxiety. If you’ve never practiced meditation outdoors, now if the perfect time. Take your meditation practice to a deeper level as you feel the energy of the world around you.

If you’re not sure where to start, try an app like Calm or Headspace to guide you. Headspace has provided free, specially-curated "Weathering the storm" collection of meditation and mindfulness content in their app. To access their free content, simply download the app and click on the Explore tab, and the free section is at the top of the list. Then, play the audio…and breathe.

Outdoor reading

The only thing better than getting lost in a great book is getting to do it outside. Pour yourself a glass of cold water, find a comfy place to sit, and dive into a good book. Research shows you can enjoy further benefits like better sleep and reduced pain by walking barefoot across your yard.

So, take your reading outside to exercise your mind and get a healthy dose of vitamin. Leave your shoes inside for the added benefit of the earth’s electrons being transferred into your body.

Exercising Outside During Quarantine

Outdoor exercise

Your normal routine probably looks a little different which means less of your usual physical activities. But just because your gym is closed doesn’t mean you can’t stay active in your backyard.

It’s tempting to completely forgo exercise right now, but this is bound to have a detrimental effect on your overall health and mood in the long run. Try these 10 outdoor workouts to help keep you in shape.

Outdoor Gratitude

Outdoor gratitude

We’re less likely to be grateful when surrounded by chaos. But if you take the opportunity we believe you’ll find plenty to be thankful for. And there’s no better way to spark your gratitude than stepping into the embrace of nature.

Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the world around you – it might be a cloud passing by above your head or an ant crawling over a blade of grass at your feet – and you’ll be able to let go of the negativity you might be holding on to.

Take your indoor activities outside

If you stop and think about it, most indoor activities can be completed outside. Being outdoors is good for your brain, body, and soul. Instead of locking yourself indoors, do your tasks in your backyard.

Maybe you need to catch up with a friend or even make a business call – take your call outside instead. Mundane tasks like paying bills or checking emails can become an excuse to appreciate the outdoors.

Staying Healthy Outdoors during Quarantine

Conclusion

Your normal routine has changed as a result of the current restrictions in place. That means you have fewer of your usual physical activities to enjoy. But just because life looks a little different doesn’t mean you can’t stay active. Step into your backyard and stay healthy with these six methods.

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