Don’t let Covid-19 get you down, let’s get moving

This is the best time to get started on your fitness. Even if you are not doing much or need to kick it up a notch. Let’s get moving!

During this time of COVID-19, there are 3 things everyone should be doing when they leave their home.  I would like to propose we add 2 additional activities. I want your body be as strong as possible to help fight off COVID-19 should you come in contact with it. Let’s fight this with everything we have under our control.

3 things we should always be doing

We should all be doing these three things EVERY time we leave our home.

  1. Social distancing, please
  2. Wearing masks, protect others
  3. Washing our hands frequently, protect ourselves

Let’s add 2 more to the list

AND, here are 2 more items I would like to add to the list.

  1. Move more
  2. Eat as healthy as possible
Activity and healthy eating help us both physically and psychologically

Fitness and good nutrition will help us be better equipped to cope on a variety of levels. It will help us physically and psychologically with the uncertainty we are facing.  The road is still long, so we better be prepared.

How and what do I do?

You might ask yourself how can I move more if I am concerned about going out and being around people. There are several options you could explore.

  1. There are online options you can take advantage of.
    •  I offer online fitness classes via zoom M-W-F 8:00 – 8:45 am. The classes are designed for seniors.  Let me know in the comments if you are interested in receiving more details, or DM me at instagram
    • Search for other online classes that could meet your needs either real time or recorded.
  2. Get outdoors and walk if you are able. If you are spending alot of time watching TV, set your alarm hourly to get up and move for 5 minutes (5 minutes x 8 hours = 40 minutes of walking)

What would be a good class for me?

What do I need to look for if I do go the online route?

Here is a picture from one of my classes

You want someone who knows how to work with an older population.  How do you know if they are good? 

  1. Ask to watch a class
  2. Ask the instructor for their background and credentials (as an example, I am a NASM (National Association of Sports Medicine) certified personal trainer with certifications in Senior Fitness and Corrective Exercise AND I am a registered nurse. I worked with and developed programs for people with congestive heart failure, diabetes, and congestive heart failure.  You want someone who can help you!
  3. Ask what age groups they teach
  4. Talk to or email the instructor and let them know if you have any issues they should be aware of

There are so many free classes you can find on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, etc. Be cautious as many of these are taught by people who are not as familiar with the senior population. You don’t want to be injured.

Your health is an investment in time and money, but at the end of the day if you don’t have your health, you don’t have much.

Stay safe, stay well.

Other options

Here are two of my favorite people and websites:

Elder Gym Academy

Vintage Moves

Sandi Feaster

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