Summer weather is finally here! You’ve likely been spending a lot more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are anxious to get outside, spend time with your friends and family and take a break from your summer courses. While gatherings of 10 or less people are now permitted, we still need to be mindful of COVID-19 preventative measures still in place.
Here are five outdoor activities you can safely do during the pandemic when you’re in need of a study break:
1. Go Golfing
Golf is a great sport for getting your steps in! Now that the courses are back open, you and a few of your friends can enjoy the outdoors and some friendly competition. If you’ve never golfed before, now’s a great time to pick up a new hobby and perfect your swing! There are some short par three courses around the area that are easier for beginners to learn on.
2. Virtual Races
Since we can’t gather in large crowds, there have been a lot of virtual 5ks and 10ks popping up. The nice thing about this is that you can complete the race on your own time, at your own pace. Usually you’ll get a goodie bag filled with race swag and a commemorative finisher medal.
Plus, many races will donate some of the proceeds to charities, so you’ll be supporting a good cause while you’re having fun!
3. Ride a Bike
There are plenty of trails around the area perfect for biking. You can invite your friends or enjoy the time by yourself. The Forest Preserve District of Will County even has a trail that runs through JJC’s Main Campus.
4. Have a Backyard Picnic
Carry-out from your favorite restaurant or make a homecooked meal and enjoy it while relaxing in your yard. You can even take it one step further and have a bonfire complete with s’mores!
5. Play Yard Games
Yard games like giant Jenga and giant Yahtzee are popular right now. Challenge your friends and family to Jenga and see how tall you can get the tower! Cornhole, or bags as us Midwesterners call it, is another game that will give you some friendly competition.
Remember, it’s good to take a break from the computer screen and get some fresh air!