Did you know that exercise is an important part of a healthy body? Plus, a healthy body means that your immune system will be stronger to protect yourself from getting sick. Similarly, there is a value in making sure you spend enough time outdoors, too.  Access to fresh air and Vitamin D from the sun aid the body in staying well. If you want to know which outdoor activities can keep you healthy, keep reading below. Here are 5 ways to stay active and healthy despite the challenges of COVID.  

#1 Practice Yoga 

For starters, yoga is a highly effective way to stay healthy. Physically, yoga helps to strengthen and tone your muscles. Mentally, yoga helps improve one’s emotional wellbeing as well. If you want double the benefits, head outside and practice yoga outdoors. Try listening to chakra healing music as you practice yoga to really get into a zen space. There are free apps to download such as the Insight Timer app that has guided meditations and sound healing music. Yoga is a top way to stay healthy and strong.

#2 Walk, Run or Hike

Secondly, an easy and free way to stay active is to go on a walk, run or hike. You can take a stroll around the neighborhood with your dog or head to the local park to enjoy being outside. If you have hiking trails in the area, it’s fun to go explore and work on your fitness at the same time. Hiking trails are also great places to practice social distancing, too. If you live in the city, make sure to bring your mask in case you have to pass by a crowd. 

#3 Virtual Classes

Next, many fitness classes are available online even if your gym is closed temporarily. In fact, live classes led by instructors are readily available these days. To make your virtual class even more enjoyable, take your device outside so you can enjoy the fresh air as you exercise. Plus, small doses of vitamin D from the sun are good for overall health, too. YouTube is a great resource for free workout videos if your gym isn’t offering live classes online. 

#4 Bike Riding

Bike riding is a fun way to get your heart rate pumping and still maintain safe social distance, too. If you have a road bike, be cautious of cars and make sure to obey traffic laws. If you have a mountain bike, head to the mountains to test your technical skills on some single track routes. Being around nature as you ride is an enjoyable way to stay healthy. Plus, the endorphins from exercise can help you feel good mentally, too.  

#5 Try Gardening

Lastly, gardening is a fun pastime that can keep you active, too. If you’re a novice gardener, first thing about what you want to grow. Next, head to your local garden shop to buy the necessary supplies to get started. It’s smart to start with a small garden at first and add to your garden down the road if things go well. Plus, growing your own fruits and vegetables is both healthy and tastes so good, too.

If you want a healthy body, make sure to stay active! Remember, being outdoors has double benefits due to the fresh air and Vitamin D from the sun. prioritize your wellbeing and make time to stay active so you can keep your immune system in tip top shape. If you decide to take a vacation to Mexico this summer, why not head to Puerto Vallarta? It’s a top tourist destination that has COVID safety protocols in place. During your visit, make sure to book a tour on the Marigalante pirate ship. It’s a popular Puerto Vallarta tour that has world class entertainment, a gourmet meal and premium open bar. Make sure to book your Marigalante pirate ship tickets in advance as space is limited.