Summer is here! The season to go outdoors, breathe fresh air and admire nature. To make the best of this time, here are five ways you and your family can maximize the summer months:
Go outside! But plan your outdoor activities early
Plan your activities ahead to have a stress-free and enjoyable experience. Weekends, especially long weekends, are fantastic opportunities to discover the province. Have a picnic in the park, go camping, visit museums, or go on a road trip. Always stay updated about the province’s public health measures to be safe. Go to Restoring Safe Services to know which facilities are open and what guidelines to follow.
Keep learning English
I know studying isn’t something you planned on doing this summer. But wouldn’t it be a shame to let your progress go to waste? The good news is that there are many ways to continue learning without giving up your leisure time. Here are a few suggestions:
- Use livelearn.ca’s self-study resources – These materials are accessible any time of the day. Our website is also mobile-friendly – you can use your phone anywhere as long as you have internet connection. You can read or listen to idioms, do a few exercises each day, or just read articles (like what you are doing right now. Good job!).
- Use audio resources and podcasts – Download language learning tools that you can listen to while on a long drive or while sunbathing. Here are a few suggestions: Audio resources to help you hone your English.
- Attend the Summer Course – This is a nine-week course in July where you can learn more about summertime in Manitoba. You’ll also improve your speaking and writing skills through various fun activities. You’ll have a chance to share your outdoor adventures with your virtual classmates and improve your speaking and presentation skills in the process.
You can also take advantage of online courses on a variety of topics being offered for free during the pandemic. See Bored at home? Here are awesome resources for fun, learning, work and everything in between for suggested sites. Why not pick up a new skill while you have time?
Start a garden
Gardening is a great way to beautify your home, get exercise and even get fresh flowers and veggies. It’s also a good opportunity to teach your kids about responsibility, caring for the environment, as well as proper nutrition. You can do this even if you have limited space. First, know the right type of plants to grow and the specific ways take care of them. The Community Gardener Guidebook is full of resources and tips to help you start your garden.
Start (or sustain) your exercise regimen
Although exercising is recommended all year round, you have more options for outdoor activities in the summer. You can walk or jog around the block, bike, skateboard or take longer hikes during the weekends. Gyms are gearing up to reopen (MB Phase 2) but if you’re cautious, you can do yoga or meditate on your porch, or follow YouTube workouts. Adults and older adults should have at least 150 minutes of moderate-to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. It is also beneficial to add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least 2 days per week. More physical activity provides greater health benefits (Healthy Living and Seniors).
Manitobans continue to be charitable despite the pandemic. If you have the time and energy, consider volunteering. You may be interested in grocery shopping or buying medication for your sick or elderly neighbours, providing meal delivery to communities, or doing other small errands for others. Go to the following sites to find volunteer opportunities:
- Help Next Door MB -This is a portal that connects people who need help with a network of helpers in Manitoba.
- Winnipeg Harvest – Winnipeg’s food bank provides food to local communities. You can sign up as an emergency volunteer.
- Oak Table – Feeds and offers wellness programs to 120 people each day at Augustine United Church in Osborne Village. They need people who will deliver food.
- Meals on Wheels Winnipeg – Needs volunteers for its Adopt-a-Route Program which delivers meals to communities.
These organizations have health and safety protocols to protect clients and volunteers so you don’t have to worry.
Have a great summer!
Article updated May 20, 2020.
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