But while carbs and screen time can bring a satisfying rush of endorphins, the ideal Covid pastime should offer more sustaining thrills. That means an activity that’s good for your body, mind and the planet.
Whatever you choose, remember that even in the most trying moments, it’s worth taking the time to care for yourself. Your body — and the planet — will thank you.
Go ride a bike
Play in the garden
Run your way to cardio health
And trading the treadmill for an outdoor jog can have environmental benefits, as well. Most gyms use air conditioners and workout machines that suck energy and increase the carbon footprint of your workout. Stay outside, and the only energy you’ll use will come from your muscles.
Learn to cook
Try out wild swimming
Row, row, row your boat
Maybe that’s because boats can offer natural social distancing; while a running path or bike trail can put you close to others, there is more room to spread out on the water.
And whether it’s a scenic kayak trip or a session on a stand-up paddleboard, you’ll be propelled across the water by your strength alone. That makes the sport a greener alternative to boats that run on fossil fuels.
Take a “plalk” to clean up pandemic trash
While picking up trash isn’t the most glamorous hobby, Sedaris had walked right into a potent combination of physical, psychological and environmental benefits.
If you’re going to help pick up pandemic trash, it’s important to stay safe: Wear a mask and gloves, and always put litter directly into a sturdy garbage bag.
Jen Rose Smith is a writer based in Vermont. Find her work at jenrosesmith.com, or follow her on Twitter @jenrosesmithvt.