It’s safe to say this Memorial Day is a unique one. Only a few months ago, many of us likely assumed we’d be spending the 3-day weekend with family and friends, cooking out, camping in national parks, or even traveling abroad for an international adventure. And while it’s healthy and normal to feel disappointed about how the global pandemic is impacting all our lives, we can still get outside and celebrate in less grandiose (but still meaningful) ways.
Here are just a few of our ideas for how to celebrate Memorial Day while maintaining social distancing regulations:
Take to the Trails
Depending on where you live in the country, your local trails and national parks may be reopening (or have reopened). Use this weekend to get some fresh air and go on a hike. Hiking has numerous physical and mental benefits, and it’s an excellent way to get in a workout outside of the gym. Just don’t forget to wear sunscreen, bring enough water, and pack a snack!
Get In the Water
If you live near the ocean or in a state with rivers and lakes, spend this weekend exercising on a paddleboard. Stand-up paddleboarding is a fantastic workout for your entire body, and most notably, your core. Alternatively, swimming, kayaking, and surfing are some of our favorite ways to exercise in the water. Ensure you check the local rules as not all beaches or recreational areas are open yet.
Pedal Around Your City
What better way to enjoy the weekend than pedaling around town while caring for your body?
If you own a bike, explore your city on two wheels this weekend. Cycling works the muscles in your lower body, and it’s also an excellent cardio workout. Don’t forget to wear a helmet, bring along water, and—again—wear that sunscreen.
Spend the Day at the Park
If you’re looking for a low-key activity for Memorial Day Weekend, grab a blanket and a book and head to your local park. Even with social distancing recommendations, many parks are open to the public and provide a great space for relaxing outside. If you want to get a workout in while you’re there, bring your yoga mat and try one of our favorite virtual yoga teachers.