By Jay Croft
I live in a small condo in the middle of a big city, with no room for workout equipment inside.
After the coronavirus hit a few weeks ago, I wanted to keep working out. I’m 56, and I’ve never gone two weeks without going to the gym. I was doubtful when I started hearing about gyms, studios and trainers offering online workouts. I like weights, room to stretch, and cardio equipment.
Luckily, my city has miles of paths and plenty of beautiful parks right outside my door. And a friend in the fitness industry showed me how easy and effective at-home workouts can be.
Move Your Feet
Instead of driving almost every day to the gym, I started walking in the afternoons. I quickly got up to 4 miles at a pop, every other day.
It was good exercise, of course, and it felt wonderful to be outside and among people.
Seriously – birds were chirping, children were laughing, and the sunshine warmed my soul.
I remembered the physical and psychological benefits of walking. It doesn’t just make us feel good – it’s good for our bodies and it stimulates our minds.
Henry David Thoreau knew this: “The moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”
Science agrees. In one study, experts found participants who walked more saw an 81 percent rise on a key scale to measure divergent and convergent thinking, the two main components of creative thinking.
Bloom Where You’re Planted
I dug out some old resistance bands and pushed the coffee table into the corner for my first tentative attempt at a home workout. It was OK, but I needed someone to help me make the most of it.
That’s when I got an email from Drew, a local trainer I’ve known for years but never used. He’s a nice guy with a sterling reputation and a cover-model physique. Plus, he was giving a free week, so I had nothing to lose.
So, on Monday morning, I put my laptop next to the TV, cleared my floor again, and logged on for the session, along with about 10 other people. Drew told us to find a couple of cans of soup and a heavy book or bottle of detergent, plus a small bench or ottoman.
He then led us through a challenging full-body workout. My heart rate was up. I was sweating. At a few points, I struggled to keep up.
Drew was there with gentle encouragement for me and the others, and I stuck with it – glad at the end that I did.
More Than Enough for Now
I didn’t go for a walk that day, but I’m still going to incorporate it into my routine, along with online workouts at home.
Walking is great exercise, particularly for other people over 50 and especially now, since we’re all facing challenges to exercise or even just to move our bodies.
Meet the challenge. Between simple walking and the magic of the Internet, I did – and I’m so glad.
As difficult as life can be right now, we all have to take care of ourselves.
We got this, y’all. Stay strong.
Note from Coach Mark:
What a great story from our friend, Jay Croft!
As many of you know we have been doing online training and classes--we would love it if you wanted to stop by and check it out! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you soon!