During this time of COVID-19, many people have been cooped up inside their homes due to social distancing. Most people do not have the privilege of going outside and meeting with friends and family due to the strict restrictions government officials have enacted for our own protection. Since most of us are stuck inside, people are struggling to find things to do to keep themselves entertained. One way to maintain your mental wellbeing and keep your body active is through physical activities.
One iconic sport that can be played indoors is table tennis, more commonly known as ping-pong. Ping-pong is a great way to pass the time and can be easily played inside since it does not require much equipment. If you don’t have a ping-pong table, you can easily set one up using an ordinary table and a makeshift net out of paper or books. You can play a competitive match with your family (singles or doubles) or practice by yourself using a folding table up against a wall for more of a racquetball style of play. Ping-pong balls are also light and airy enough for indoor use, but watch out for Mom’s vase!
A fun outdoor activity is playing basketball. This is a great way to keep your body energized since it combines running, dribbling, and jumping up to shoot the ball. If you don’t have a basketball hoop, you can still practice your skills by dribbling or passing. Try holding an entertaining contest to see who can dribble the ball the longest among your family members, or keep track as you try to outdo yourself. Please remember that basketball is a contact sport, so be sure to play with the people you live with or just practice solo. And don’t assume that Dad or Grandma can’t hoop; you never know what hidden talents they may possess! Another activity that is great for the outdoors is playing catch. You can play catch with many different types of balls such as a football, tennis ball, or even a baseball if you have gloves. All you need is the ball, a partner, and a little bit of space to be able to play a simple game of catch, which is a great cardio workout and a way to improve hand-eye coordination.
During the COVID-19 crisis, it is easy to feel trapped indoors, which can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle of sitting, snacking, playing too many video games, and not getting enough exercise. Although social distancing and sheltering at home are safest during this time, nothing is preventing us from staying active at home. Find ways to keep yourself moving and motivated, whether indoors or outdoors, because that is the surest way to beat the coronavirus blues and maintain your physical wellbeing.
Jonathan Chun, 10th Grade
West Ranch High School