It seems as if this lockdown has gone one of two ways for most people. Those with children may now be in the situation where they are having to juggle home schooling, child care and working from home, struggling to find time in the day to perform simple daily tasks like a making a cup of tea or doing their daily 15 minute yoga routine. Whereas others are on the total other end of the spectrum and are unable to work or play, with no children or dependants to keep them occupied. Most of us are going into our second month of social distancing now, and if you are one of those who have found yourself in the position of ‘too much time on your hands’ and have depleted yourself of all other forms of entertainment, then this might be of use to you.
1; Be Fit Apps– (In no particular order) Try Be Fit Apps for home workouts tailored to your chosen sports. Stay fit and strong ready for when you can hit the trails again, or perhaps to help your return to sport from injury.
2; Become a wiz in the garden and grow your own vegetables, or even simply watch something grow in pots on your window sill, try the Gardeners world website for tips… Or get into nature and see what you can spot in the wild. The ‘Centre de Rescherches sur les Ecosystemes d’Altitude’ (Wild Mont Blanc) have launched a new project where they are asking the public to help identify animals online in the hundreds and thousands of images collected on the forty camera traps situated around Mont Blanc, since 2018. There has already been sitings of Wolves in the Chamonix valley, and possibly a bear in the Pyrenees since the lockdown!
3; Art classes online- There are a lot of talented arty individuals sharing their tricks and running online courses over Instagram, give @sketchbookbybethany a follow for some watercolour lessons for example.
4; Photography – Take advantage of free online lessons with Nikon
5; Online Yoga classes, currently free until 1st May with Down Dog, or join others for online classes with Marisa via an online platform every Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, after kiddie dinners 8-9pm (GMT+2)
6; Continued professional development (CPD), for example:
- Physiopedia Physiotherapy online professional development courses,
- Online yoga teacher training
- Online ISA surf instructor training
8; Order in some adventure inspiration-
- Alpenglow by Ben Tibbetts
- Mountain high: Europe’s Greatest Cycle Climbs by Daniel Friebe and Pete Goding
- Running Beyond: Epic Ultra, Trail and Skyrunning Races by Ian Corless
9; Learn a new language, you could try Duolingo for example. There are loads of other professional online courses you can try out there too.
10; Start planning your next adventure! For Alpine Haute-Savoie adventures here is our recommendations;