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Social Distancing and the Stay Home, Work Safe orders have left us all feeling pretty isolated. At the end of the day, all we really want is certainty and resolution. Sitting around with our eyes glued to the news seems to cause even more anxiety. Simply put, life just feels…cancelled.

The YMCA of Greater San Antonio wants to ensure you don’t forget a key piece of the day for all of us young and old - recess and physical education. Get outside! Especially on Sunday, March 29, instead of hitting the streets for Síclovía, we want you to get outside and get active!

Síclovía began out of a need for wellness education and opportunities. Opening the streets for cycling, running, walking, music, art, and more does just that.  Enjoying being out in the open, outdoor spaces within our city centers - because the need for open-air and community is vital for quality of life.

We believe this is more important than ever. After all, studies show that spending just 20 minutes in a park — even if you don’t exercise while you’re there — is enough to improve well-being. In such complex times, don’t we all need and deserve that simple benefit?

This is an official call to #gooutsideandplay during a time when we are literally and figuratively shut down. We are calling citizens to safely #gooutsideandplay on March 29th. We can all still enjoy the open outdoors with a 6-foot distance from others- there is plenty out outdoor space to share. Outdoor distancing is easy.

Not sure how to #playinyourownbackyard or how to get active 6 feet apart? We have some ideas:

  •  Join the YMCA’s virtual workouts here
  • Visit a park you can walk or bike to, practice social distancing while there: San Antonio Parks and Bexar County Parks
  • Do some yoga with your family, free videos here 
  • Walk or bike ride around your apartment complex or neighborhood
  • Play catch with your family
  • One-minute challenge - how many push-ups, sit-ups, or jumping jacks can you do in a minute?
  • Have the family go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt around your home, link here:

Some guidelines to remember as you get out and play: 

  • Stay 6’ away from others
  • Avoid using playground equipment
  • Bring your own balls, mats, etc. and fully disinfect
  • If someone else’s ball comes to you kick it back to them, do no pick it up. We can be good neighbors and stay safe!

While we are so sad to postpone SÍclovÍa for the Spring, we need to ensure that all San Antonians are open to keeping our streets safe and our community safe for play in the future. We cannot wait to see what adventures you go on. Be sure to share your pictures on social media with #GetOutsideSA #playinyourownbackyard #whatsyourY and tag @YMCASATX.