It isn't fair to always label teens as the lazy stereotype, but that's not to say that they don't get bored. These are the perfect activities for a bored teen.
We are all doing our part to limit our contact with others to protect everyone’s health and safety. But with non-essential businesses and public areas like gyms and parks being closed, it is difficult to turn off Netflix and be active. For this reason, we have decided to put together a list of active things to do while in quarantine.
1. Do a dance workout
Now that you are in the comfort of your own home where no one can see you, it is a great time to try out one of those dance workouts you have been hearing about. If you were fearful of looking like a fool in Zumba class (FYI: everyone looks like a fool in Zumba class) or you just choose to stick to your regular gym routine, now is your chance to conquer your fears, break your routine and dance!
There are a TON of dance workout videos on YouTube. Just choose one that catches your eye or has a ton of views and let loose!
2. Go on a walk (actually, go on a lot of walks)
You have probably seen more of your neighbors than you ever have before out taking walks. Walking their dogs, walking with the loved ones, walking with their children, walking by themselves, but have you taken a walk today?
If the weather is even remotely nice we suggest heading out and taking a walk. You don’t have to walk for hours and you don’t have to hike the Appalachia Trail, but a 20-minute walk in the sunshine can do wonders for your mental and physical health.
Note: you can also go on a run if that is more your thing.
3. Play an outdoor game (like Cornhole!)
Sometimes, especially right now, you just don’t feel like doing a full-blown workout and that is absolutely okay. Getting outside and doing even a little bit of activity outdoors is beneficial.
Cornhole is extremely fun and easy to play for kids and adults. Adults can pretend that they are at their favorite hang out spot and play with a drink in hand on a Saturday and kids will enjoy the competitive nature of the game.
Other outdoor games we love:
- Capture the flag
- Whatever game that dad and his kids are playing in the photo
Recommended Read: 5 Classic Games to Play Outdoors this Spring
4. Drag out that yoga mat
The activity is not just pulling your yoga mat out of the closet – although depending on the state of your closet, that could count as an arm workout – but taking time to do some yoga. Right now is a stressful time and yoga is a great activity that can help combat stress.
There are varying levels of videos on YouTube from beginner to advanced so you don’t have to worry about feeling out of your element.
5. Create an obstacle course
Okay, this one involves a little setup but it is a TON of fun. Use things that you already have at home to create an obstacle course. Think jump rope limbo, all of those beer bottles that you plan on recycling can be used to create an agility area, boil some eggs and run across the finish line with them on spoons, sink a cornhole bag in the hole, etc. Get creative with what you have and we guarantee it will be a blast.
We all want things to go back to normal but right now we need to adjust our activities to protect the health and safety of ourselves and others. It is hard and some days you may not feel like moving off of the couch, know that that is okay. Try to focus on the things you can control and do things that make you happy.
Stay safe and healthy out there friends!