Virtual Replacing Reality: Ways to Interact While Social Distancing

Staying inside and practicing social distancing has many people missing their day-to-day outside activities. Even though you can’t go outside and socialize, here are just a few online ways to still have fun while cooped up.

Virtual Races

These virtual races are a great way to get active and stay motivated throughout this time of isolation and quarantine! There is a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon and a six-hour race, all taking place on May 23. The way it works is that everyone can run in their own locations and share the results online. You can even print out a race number and order medals! Jen Golbeck, the woman who created the races, allowed enough time between now and the race date for you to complete the NHS Couch to 5K program (which can be found here), which will allow you to start from zero. The best part is that no running experience is needed!

Online Drag Shows
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Drag queens are having to isolate just like the rest of us! Luckily for us, some queens are taking their shows online with options to tip via Venmo and PayPal. Dolley Trolley is having drag aerobics every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on Instagram and Facebook Live. Also, the Oops! drag show moved online as well, with shows every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST.

Online Yoga

Yoga is a great activity for relaxing, especially in these stressful times. Plus, it’s an easy to do workout at home! To get you started on your virtual yoga journey, take a look at the YouTube channel “Yoga With Adriene.” She provides beginner lessons, weight loss yoga and yoga flows that target certain types of pain, all with varying lengths to fit into your (now, presumably empty) schedule.

Virtual Music Festivals
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Now that everyone is confined to their own homes, virtual music festivals are popping up all over the web. Often, they will have ways that you can financially support the bands and artists that are participating, since most of their income comes from playing live shows. Obviously this can’t happen anymore, so virtual performances have become a great alternative. Always consider supporting the people performing if you can!

This is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone right now. Above everything else, make sure that you are taking care of yourself and the people you love. Check in with your friends and family and don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you need it. Stay safe, stay inside and wash your hands!


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