We’ve all heard the rhyme, “April showers bring May flowers”, and so we have the general knowledge that when April rolls around there will more than likely be rain. This doesn’t mean that your day is completely ruined though. No, you may not be able to go for a run, work in a garden, or go for a hike, but here are some things you can do.
Hang your hammock inside and get the benefit of listening to the rain while not becoming drenched. Just use an eyebolt in a stud or ceiling beam. Before plopping down, make sure that your hammock is secure and not just in a plastered wall. If there’s no place to set up, then stick to the couch. Waiting to hammock until the rain stops is better than having to repair your house.
Although it may be raining, that doesn’t mean you can let your body turn to mush. (Obviously it wont happen in one day.) Try working your upper body with pushups, reverse pushups, and chair dips. For a quick rest, throw some crunches and a 30-60 second plank pose. To work your lower body, try some squats, jumping jacks, lunges or calf rises. If you have a treadmill or elliptical, hop on and a decent cardio session will ensue. Or, if your hammock is up, try some yoga in the hammock.
Ever wanted to make your own granola or trail mix? Since you’ve got time to kill, try it. Find a recipe online or check on the back of bags and boxes in your pantry for different recipes you’d like to try. Maybe you could even find some different things to take with you while camping or on the trail.
If you set up a hammock to chill in, then by all means grab a good book and read to your heart’s content. If you’re faced with the unfortunate situation of having to go a day without the comfort of your hammock, then a couch or chair is always a viable option. Just sit back, relax, and forget about all of the office paperwork you should be reading.
When the weather outside is slightly dreary there is already a calm about the day. Get how you are most comfortable and do progressive muscle relaxation. Starting from your toes, tense all of the muscles in your feet for a few seconds then release it. Then go onto the calves and ankles. Repeat this process until you have tensed and relaxed your entire body. Focus on your breathing and be aware of your entire body.
Even if the rain ruined an outdoor excursion, you can still plan for your next one. Whether it is to go for a run through your neighborhood or camping off the grid, at least you’ll be prepared when it comes time to go.
If you come to the issue of rain when you are about to go kayaking, biking, running, hiking, or any outdoor activity, just ignore it. Our ancestors didn’t let condensation deter their plans. A little rain wont hurt your adventures, unless there is lightening, and then there could be one billion volts of hurt.