Back in "olden times" (you know . . . last Thursday), I was a gym-rat. Really. Like . . . pretty much every day to the gym. I did kickboxing classes and spin classes and yoga and strength training. I worked every week with my trainer, Jeremy. I worked hard. I sweat a lot.
And, hoo-boy, do I miss it!
But, like all of us, I'm adjusting to a different life these days. I have a little home-gym with plenty of equipment. I have some online workouts I can do, and Jeremy is putting together some workouts for me based on the equipment that I DO have. It'll be okay. It's not the same, of course. And I don't really feel like (or even like) working out at home.
But it's important. Because we need to keep moving! Especially now.
Here are three things to keep in mind . . . about Staying Fit in the Time of Coronavirus:
1 - Move every day. Even just a little bit. It helps you get in better physical shape, of course, but it also helps improve your state of mind, sharpens your focus, AND . . . it helps you STAY healthy. Yep. Exercise helps your immune system work better! (Because who couldn't use an immune system boost right about now, right???)
2 - Get outside. When I was a little girl, and my sister and I got to be too much for our mom inside, she would send us out - telling us, "Go outside and knock the stink off you!" She didn't really think we were smelly, of course. She just knew a change in scenery would be good for ALL of us. It's (for the most part) decent weather out there now -- so get outside! Get some fresh air! Knock the stink off you!
3 - Try something new. A lot of us are stuck at home now; can't get to a gym even if we wanted to. A lot of fitness-based places are turning to the internet to offer new and free ways of exercising. My own gym is rolling out online workouts for members, for example. Maybe yours is, too? And Peloton is offering a 90-day FREE offer for it's workout app! No worries if you don't have a Peloton bike or treadmill (I don't have either) -- Peloton includes excellent strength training, meditation, and yoga classes, too! (I signed up this morning.) And Yoga Girl (Rachel Brathen) is offering a 30-day FREE yoga challenge/community connection program to help get folks through these challenging days. This is a great time to try something different and shake up (or even start) your fitness program.
(Because you can only binge-watch Netflix shows for so long.)
And . . . from today's Find the Joy department . . . here are links to some museums currently offering virtual tours:
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
The Guggenheim in NYCity
MoMa in NYCity
The National Gallery in London
(These are just a few of the amazing links available through Google Arts & Culture. Check it out!)