Come July 7, you’ll probably see lots of dads taking a nice walk with their daughter. These people are taking advantage of National Father Daughter Take A Walk Day to spend some quality time together. That’s certainly a nice thing to see. Unfortunately, you probably won’t see that many father-daughter tandems this time around.
Walking is one of the outdoor activities that have been allowed by local governments after lifting the lockdown. The problem with this coming holiday is that many are wary of COVID-19 and the potential risks of going out. Those who have young daughters, in particular, should be extra careful when going out for a walk. You may be at a greater risk, too. If you’re 50 years old and above, it’s wiser to stay at home. Just wait for things to get better before enjoying the outside world once again.
This brings us to the question: how can you enjoy Father Daughter Take A Walk Day without all these worries? While the risk is there, the good news is that there are ways you can still do some fun stuff on this day.
Take A Walk Around Your Property
You must remember that even with the lockdown lifted, the coronavirus is still here. Hopefully, it’s not here to stay. Unless a vaccine is discovered, it will not be truly safe to go out.
This safety tip applies to those who have a spacious enough property. Instead of risking your health talking a walk outdoors, do it in the safety of your home instead. Going around your property may not sound like fun at all. But for safety’s sake, give it a try. Besides, you can still make your Father Daughter Take A Walk Day fun be using your imagination. A walkathon perhaps? How about walking like an Egyptian? Go ahead and get silly.
Use Your Treadmill
Is the pandemic keeping you from visiting your daughter or vice versa? Perhaps the best option is for both of you to get on your own treadmills and video chat. You may not be physically together but at least you’re still observing National Father Daughter Take A Walk Day.
Wear A Mask
Experts agree that the people should wear a non-surgical mask when out in public. Moreso if you’re exercising. When you exercise, you breathe heavier. Your mouth is also usually open while breathing heavily. This increases the chances of getting infected droplets containing coronavirus that are still in the air. Remember, these droplets remain in the air for three hours at least. There are even reports coming out recently that COVID-19 is airborne.
If the coronavirus is truly airborne, everyone really needs to cooperate. Start by wearing face masks at all time when we are outside. The Pirates Will Be Pirates and Beautiful Pirate Princess face masks, available at Redbubble, are washable non-medical masks that you and your daughter can use when you go for your walk. Each mask is composed of two layers 100% brushed polyester measuring 7.25 x 4.6 inches, which should be large enough to cover the mouth and nose comfortably. Hey have two other designs to choose from — It’s A Pirate Thing! and Not All Treasure Is Silver And Gold face masks. You can get all four for a discounted price.
Survival Frog also has its own face mask to help with this worldwide crisis. Their Ultra Soft Layered Cotton Mask is made of three layers of high quality 100% cotton with soft elastic loops. A filter slot is provided so you can insert another layer of filter for extra protection. The reusable mask comes in seven different colors.
Boost Your Immune System
It has also been established that people with strong immune system have a better chance of survival in case they get the coronavirus. Hopefully, your whole family have been eating healthy and sleeping well. It would also be ideal if you were taking supplements to further improve your immune system in preparation for this year’s Father Daughter Take A Walk Day.
If you haven’t, it’s not too late. Check out Isagenix and their immune boosting products. For your children, give them the IsaKids® Essentials. The chewable tablets provide 100% of the recommended amount of essential vitamins they need each day. Vitamins A and C, in particular, helps boost the immune system. The tablets also help in better metabolism and proper bone development.
Use the Isamune® With Zinc immunity support spray right before you head out. This should give you and your daughter that added boost before your walk.
Bring Water Bottle
Whether you’re out for a hike or a short stroll to celebrate National Father Daughter Take A Walk Day, you should always bring your own water bottle. With the summer heat, you’ll probably get thirsty before you get back home.
It’s not really that safe to buy drinks outside right now, no thanks to the pandemic. The World Health Organization has already established that the virus sticks to surfaces for hours. That includes bottled water and other drinks sold in stores. How long depends on what kind of surface there is.
To be on the safe side, bring your own bottle of water. This way, you avoid touching stuff that have been touched by others, particularly the store employee and other customers. The Pirates Will Be Pirates Water Bottle from Redbubble holds up to 20 ounces of water, which should be enough for the duration of your Father Daughter Take A Walk Day adventure. The lightweight water bottle is stainless steel and has a leak proof cap.
If you’re planning a hike with your daughter, you may prefer a hydration bladder over a water bottle. The former is lighter and frees up your hands while with the latter, you need to hold it to get a sip. The Frog & CO Quench Hydration Bladder can carry as much as two liters of water. The leak-proof water bladder is made of BPA-free EVA plastic.
In case you run out of water and really needs a drink, make sure to disinfect the water bottle and your hands before drinking. Also, choose your drink before opening the refrigerator. Avoid touching other items, as well.
Give the fridge handle a spray of alcohol before touching it. Use something like Maple Holistics’ Honeydew 75% Alcohol Hand Sanitizer Spray. The unscented and non-toxic formula is packed in an 8 ounce spray bottle for easier handling. This lets you enjoy its germ-killing qualities wherever you go.
Find the Path Less Travelled
Since the country was reopened, droves of people crowded some public areas. There were reports of overcrowded pools and hiking trails even while shelter-in-place orders were in place. Don’t be surprised if your favorite place to run or walk in is filled with people. The best thing to do is to find an area with less people around.
Keep Your Distance
Health experts and government officials have been going on and on about physical or social distancing. Sadly, this is part of the new normal but it is necessary to help curb the coronavirus.
When you go out for your Father Daughter Take A Walk Day, make sure you stay as far away as possible from other people. Admittedly, that would be difficult especially with a number of dads and daughters probably with the same idea as you. Not to mention the other people who want to get some sun, as well.
Still, try to maintain at least six feet of distance between you and the next person or father-daughter tandem. If somebody gets too close, don’t hesitate to speak up. Gently remind that person of the social distancing protocols. Also, don’t get agitated with people getting too close to each other. They may be living in the same household so it’s okay for them to be that close.
Avoid Touching Surfaces
When you get tires of all the walking, you may be tempted to stop and sit on a bench or rest somewhere else. Avoid this as much as possible. You don’t know if the person before you has the virus or not. Simply stop and rest. Try to disinfect the bench first if you are winded and really need to sit down. Make sure you don’t touch the surface as well as your face.
Bring an alcohol-based hand sanitizer just to be sure. The Pura D’or Superior Hand Sanitizer Gel is made of 70% alcohol so it should be effective in keeping you from getting infected. It also counts tea tree oil, peppermint oil, thyme oil, aloe vera, coconut glycerine, vitamin E, and lemongrass as its ingredients.
Once you get home, don’t forget to clean up. Remove your shoes and leave them outside. Spray them with alcohol for good measure. Take your clothes off then place in a designated hamper. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds. When you get inside, it would be wise to head straight to the showers to clean up.
The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on everybody’s mental well-being. Being stuck in your home and worrying about everything that’s going on around us is certainly stressful and people are trying to cope in their own ways. Some successful. Some not.
A little semblance of normalcy, like the freedom to go out, goes a long way for those suffering from anxiety and depression brought about or worsened by the COVID-19 crisis. Fortunately, there are things like National Father Daughter Take A Walk Day that gives you a reason to appreciate what you have.
Few things are as pure as a father and daughter taking a nice leisurely walk just to spend some time together. National Father Daughter Take A Walk Day is the perfect opportunity to talk about things they normally wouldn’t talk about. It’s also always a good thing to get some fresh air and a bit of exercise with the people you love. Check out Gentleman Pirate Club and learn about other outdoor activities you can do with your family.