Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Stay at Home Diaries: Workout Edition

The ski hill closed almost a month early. The gyms soon followed, and then the national park. It was time to get creative.

Fortunately, I wasn't bothered. I've spent much of my career working where there were no gyms, or mediocre work ones with a rickety bike and a dumbbell or two. I also go on the road for work which means searching out hotel gyms or places to run that won't kill me. I've always liked exercising outside much more than in a room surrounded by strangers.

I borrowed some dumbbells and started using my old, but good stationary bike more. I run on the trails by my house. I find myself walking and hiking a lot more, even if it's only an hour at a time.

I started hiking up the local ski hill. Absent the usual crowds, it's easy to find a deserted run to snowshoe or walk up. From there I can gaze out into the forbidden park or at the lake far below. No bears lurk there, so I can hike without yelling or having bear spray at the ready.

Lifting weights at home, when I can watch Survivor  educational programming, and not try to work around the bros who sit on machines while scrolling social media or tie up two machines at a time, has been much more enjoyable, as has eliminating the commute to get to the gym. Going out for a hike on a day when I might have defaulted to the elliptical makes me feel better.

Some people are having a hard time with their gyms closed. The gym is their comfort zone and their therapy. But it's good to get out of that zone and to challenge yourself in different ways. Your body wants to be outside and moving in the fresh air. Take it there!

I don't miss the gym at all. I might not go back.


6 comments:

  1. I don't need to go to the gym or yoga studio but I liked it. It gave me the motivation to keep it up. The only thing I seem to be able to do religiously is use my bike in the basement.

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    1. I got my bike in 1998 and it still works great!

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  2. I'm doing the fresh air/sunshine thing with walking pretty much every day - it's helping with quarantine fatigue, although I still have my moments. I also started running, which is hard! But it gives me something to focus on. I miss my gym group, and will go back when it opens up again, but for me, that is as much a social activity as it is a workout.

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    1. I don't go to the gym with anybody or I might miss it more.

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  3. I have been walking after work each day....and luckily our trails are still open so we have been hiking and biking! But like you, I prefer the outdoors as my gym, even when I have the option for a gym!!

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