Stuck Inside On A Rainy Day? Here’s Some Fun Activities

rainy Scotland
rainy Scotland

I’ve been spending the past couple of weeks in Scotland, which is great as there are lots of places to get outside and be active. In fact, I’m renting a place right next to a 76-acre park that is perfect for hiking, biking and running. Unfortunately though, most of my time spent here has been plagued by rainy days.

And sure, you CAN put on your cycling top and go out in the rain to bike or hike, run, etc. , but that gets kind of old pretty fast. At first it seems like no big deal, but it’s really not that fun – especially if it’s a bit chilly like it is here. So, as much as I hate being stuck inside, sometimes you just have to wait out the weather.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that you have to lounge on the sofa all day! I still try to be somewhat active, even if I can’t work up a proper sweat. If you find yourself in the same scenario, here are some suggestions for ways to fill your time.

Home Game Room Fun

Got a home game room? If so, then you likely have loads of things that you can do to occupy your time on a rainy day. And if you do not have a space like this setup yet, then check out my list of things that you might want to include once you get ready to fill the space out.

Since I do not want to spend a lot of time sitting around inside, I prefer to do things that keep me standing or get me moving around a bit. This includes things like:

Focus on Fitness

When I can’t get outside and get a decent workout from things that are actually fun, then I make sure that I have a bit of a fitness routine in the house. I regularly do a bit of yoga and pilates, which I highly recommend as they are easy to do pretty much anywhere – even on vacation – and minimal gear is required.

Of course, if you have a home gym, then you can spend some time in when it’s raining outside. Unfortunately for me, I do not have a space like that, but I do have a kettlebell and focus on things like the 20-minute and 7-minute workout apps that you can get for your smartphone. I’m partial to the Sworkit app (it’s free), but there are a lot of great options out there. I found this article that profiles the best ones, if you’re interested in getting a good home workout out app.

Other Indoor Fun

There are lots of other great things that you can do when stuck inside if the activities that I’ve listed above don’t appeal to you. Some of my relatives have cornhole boards (that bean bag toss for those of you not from the Midwest) set up in their garages so that everyone can play a little cornhole on those rainy or snowy days.

And if you’re a wee bit nerdy like me, then there are plenty of board games that you can play with family and friends when stuck inside due to bad weather. Some options include:

  • chess
  • backgammon
  • cards
  • Monopoly and other family board games

Since I am in Scotland right now instead of my home, my options for indoor activities are a bit limited. Normally, I’d be playing pool or the like, but not this week. So for now, I’ve been spending my time using my Sworkit app, doing a bit of yoga and playing a few games of Yahtzee and two-person Euchre. If you find yourself unable to go out due to snow or rain, I do hope some of my suggestions have given you a few ideas on how to spend your time today.

Shawna Newman

Shawna currently lives in Las Vegas where she gets in lots of great hiking at Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park. When she has time, she visits National Parks in a quest to visit each one in the U.S. Shawna’s favorite outdoors activity is hiking and her favorite National Park (so far) is Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

1 thought on “Stuck Inside On A Rainy Day? Here’s Some Fun Activities”

  1. Nice article. I find that rainy Saturdays can be the most fun or the most difficult with kids. I started looking at game rooms and searching for the best ping pong table in order to make being indoors fun for my family, and especially when the weather isn’t agreeing. I liked that you mentioned foosball. I haven’t seen one of those in forever!

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