While our idea of a 'dream date' typically doesn't include social distancing, dating in the COVID-19 age means making accommodations to help protect your health and that of your new baby. - and any other person with whom you may come into contact.
Remote social gatherings may require additional tools, coordination, and planning in advance, but it's absolutely doable.
The first question to ask yourself and your date is whether your date will be in person or virtual. We're here to give you ideas for both!
Dates in person
We're going to assume that if you meet in person, you are also taking steps to prevent the possible transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19. That means wearing a mask, keeping a distance of at least six feet, and probably meeting outside.
While this may seem limiting, it also opens up a lot of opportunities and takes away the awkwardness we often experience with your standard date in a bar or restaurant. You will most likely meet during the day and be able to focus on a fun outdoor activity, while also getting to know each other.
Of course, you have your standard for a hike or a bike ride, which are awesome choices, but here are some other options ...
If you live near a body of water that offers water sports, this is a great choice to get out and meet someone new! If the weather permits you can try renting a stand up paddle board, individual kayaks or maybe go surfing!
Picnic in the park
It's a classic and for good reason. Who doesn't love watching the sunset with a glass of wine, a delicious meal, and fun company? You'll likely bring your own meals, but you can also order takeout from the same restaurant, so you can get closer to your favorite meals.
For even more fun, get to know your business, bring art supplies, and create portraits of each other. Watch the laughs ensue!
If you live near a drive-in movie theater or have a backyard and a projector, you absolutely can host a movie night. Grab your softest blankets and bring your own snacks. What would it be? Comedy? Romance? A thought-provoking documentary? You can learn a lot about a person by their taste in the movies!
If you and your partner feel more comfortable knowing each other through a screen, we've got plenty of ideas for you!
Order a meal kit or make a grocery list together and have fun cooking together in the safety of your own kitchens. Cooking is fun, and you can collaborate and create even when you can't be together in person. You will enjoy sitting down and enjoying your meal together after this fun activity to discover.
Show and say
Speaking of getting to know you. It involves collecting as many items from your house and presenting them to each other, along with a little story about what each item means or says about you.
You can even make it a scavenger hunt style with different prompts that you respond to by collecting items. Some funny suggestions are "my cutest baby photo", "this is what I turn to when I feel blue", and "that's me a word".
You can absolutely try the picnic idea of getting portraits of each other across the screen. If you are musicians and have the right computer equipment, you can even organize a virtual jam night. Another idea is to collect the same craft supplies and bond to learn a new hobby!
Other useful tips on social distancing dates
- Check your equipment: Make sure your microphone, speaker, camera, and whatever else you use to communicate is working in advance.
- Clean up your space: It may be obvious, but make sure the space you use is tidy and reflects how you want to be viewed.
- Check-in with roommates: Be sure to let your roommates, family, or anyone else who might be around that you want more privacy during your date. Unless you feel ready for them to meet the parents from the start!
- Take a good look, feel good: How did you treat yourself before a date? Home spa time? Shave your legs? Wash your hair? You don't have to be overly sophisticated, but take the time to do what you can to feel confident. You can go straight back to the sweatpants after.
- Be yourself: Of course, you should always try to be yourself when you go out, but sometimes we need an extra reminder. Especially when it's so normal to feel bad, not being grounded, or dealing with social anxiety.
- Enjoy: Put all that stress and social anxiety aside, and just have fun getting to know a new person. Absolutely no pressure!
Covid, communication and consent
As frustrating and heartbreaking as it can be to live and try to find love or romance during a pandemic, it highlights the need for consent and communication.
You may be able to learn a lot about someone depending on the compatibility of your approach to COVID, as well as the degree of communication from a new person.
There can be a lot less pressure to be physical (or even cuddly) when you're still getting to know someone, and having a communication about what that entails in the context of the pandemic indicates how that person communicates and respects boundaries. in general. .
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Plyometric exercises, like box jumps and burpees, are a one-way ticket to feeling like an all-around badass because not only will they help you build strength, but explosiveness ( or power ), speed, and agility, too. Those last three perks don’t come from strength training alone, so it’s key to round out your fitness routine with jump training ( another name for plyo ).
All plyo movements require your groupes de muscles to stretch and contract at a rapid pace, which helps them become more explosive. So, unsurprisingly, they’re considered a intensity workout. The benefit of firing up your groupes musculaires this way, though : It spikes your heart rate ( oh hey, cardio ) and burns *all* the calories.
Before you jump into plyo training, you want to feel solid when it comes to stability, balance, and core strength. But aside from that, the beauty of it is that you can scale plyo to your fitness level and that it is totally beginner-friendly. Can’t jump up onto a three-foot-tall box ? Start small ! The most important thing is that your movements are quick; they don’t have to be BIG. As you feel more durable and powerful, amp it up !
I like to incorporate two or three plyometric exercises into the beginning of my workouts after my warm-up. Since they demand so much of your bod, you don’t want to go into them already fatigued from a bunch of other moves. Want your entire workout to have plyometric vibes ? You can do that, too. Just be ready to feel the burn in ways you’ve never felt it before.
Start standing facing a plyo box ( about two-feet away from it ). Rise up onto balls of feet and swing straight arms over head, then bend knees and push hips back into a hinge place and swing arms back behind body to gain momentum to explode up off floor and jump up onto the box. Land in a squat place, with knees bent, feet flat, and hands in front of chest. Then stand up straight and step back down to starting position. That’s one rep.
Start in a plank position, then jump feet forward outside of hands. Drop butt below knees, lift torso up, and raise hands to chest level. Reverse the movement to return to start. That’s one rep.
Start standing with feet under hips next to a plyo box, bent forward to place both hands flat on the top of it. Press through hands, brace core, and kick feet up and back towards glutes to hop body over to opposite side of box. Reverse the movement to return to start. That’s one rep.
Start standing with hands at sides. Hop up into the air. Upon landing, squat down, press hands into floor, and kick feet up into air higher than shoulder height. Let feet land directly under body, then hop back up. That’s one rep.
Start standing with feet under hips to the right of a plyo box. Rise up onto balls of feet and lift arms overhead, then with momentum, push hips back into a hinge place and swing arms back. Use this oomph to press through feet while swinging arms forward to explode up off floor. In mid-air, rotate entire body degrees to the left and land in a slight squat place with hands in front of chest on top of the box, knees bent and feet flat. Stand up straight, then step back down to starting position. That’s one rep.
Start in a plank position with shoulders stacked over wrists and core engaged. Drive right knee toward chest, then return to plank and quickly repeat with the left. Keep alternating sides as quickly as possible. That’s one rep.
Start standing on right foot at far right end of mat or workout space with left leg bent, left foot lifted and crossed behind right leg, left arm bent and crossed in front of body, right arm behind back, and torso tilted slightly forward. Take a big hop to left switching arms and legs to mirror move on opposite side. Jump back to start. That’s one rep.
tera start, stand with feet together and hands at sides. Then, lift arms out and overhead while jumping feet out past shoulders. Without pausing, quickly reverse the movement to return to start. That’s one rep.
Start standing with feet just outside of shoulders holding one dumbbell with both hands in front of body, arms extended straight toward floor. Lift right foot up off mat and behind body while bending at elbows to swing weight over left shoulder. Quickly hop from left foot to right while straightening arms and drawing dumbbell diagonally across chest toward right hip, torso and gaze follow weight. That’s one rep. ( Make sure to switch your starting foot for the deuxième round. )
Get into a plank place, with shoulders stacked on top of wrists. Keeping core engaged, tap right shoulder with left hand while jumping both feet out wide to sides. Return to start, then repeat on the opposite side. That’s one rep.