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What ways are you keeping active?

Staying home has forced many of us to be creative about how we stay active. What are your tips for getting regular exercise and setting aside time to move while practicing social distancing?  Share your pictures or tips

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I've been exercising at home every morning, in front of the television. I just make up my own running/dancing/jumping routines, to keep my heart rate up.

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Get your pet(s) out as much as you can; that is good for them and for oyu as well !  

I see people on lakes on paddling, rowing, and fishing.

I joined my daughter and wife in yoga; actually, I do my own routines but we are having a good time.

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I started a small yard garden in the front yard I have tomatoes with flowers in the mist, in the backyard at the back gate I planted cucumbers they can run up and down the gate I chop grass and put grass I get plenty of sunshine with birds singing and a nice breeze. I am so blessed to enjoy This in Forrest City Arkansas
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I do cardio exercise at home every morning (indoors, in front of the television).  I just make up my own running/jumping/dancing routines, to keep my heart rate up.

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I had knee replacement surgery 3 weeks before the Stay-at-Home order went into effect. Fortunately we have a recumbent bike, so my husband, daughter, and I all take turns riding the bike at various resistance levels. I still go to physical therapy and do the exercises at home to stay limber. 

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Walking! In the neighborhood, on nearby green space trails, and around the house. Did a virtual hike with my retiree hiking club this week, 5+ miles.

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Hi @vgregory647, I'm curious about how you did your virtual hike? My family has a monthly hiking club adn we're trying to figure out a way to virtually hike together.

 

Thanks for sharing!

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Hi @MeganB876364, we all went hiking separately near our own neighborhoods, and sent an email afterward to our organizer with details (mileage, photos, route description/maps). She'll compile all the info and send it back to the group, though we're replying-all to her original email. Hope that works for your group too!

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We're walking around our neighborhood for an hour each day, crossing the street to avoid other walkers (sometimes waiting for rains to stop).

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We are fortunate to live in the mountains, where there are plenty of beautiful hiking trails right in our neighborhood.  We have an exuberant 4 year old, 85 lb. chocolate lab that needs lots of exercise, so we get out and hike for at least 2 miles every day, supplemented by throwing the ball around in the yard. We see neighbors while out, and stop and chat from a distance.  Just being out in nature is relaxing and we don't feel the stress of confinement. Our dog and parrot make sure that we are entertained.

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In the morning I practice yoga, do stretches, some muscle building exercises with elastic bands and weights, some core strengthening exercises. In addition to that I exercise by brisk walking with weights in my ankles and dumbells in hands for 30-45 minutes and after that exercise after that continue walking and giving whole body work out from toes to neck followed by some tai-chi moves.  I also practice meditation in the evening daily for at least 15 minutes.

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Since I'm handicapped and now housebound because my underlying conditions make me especially vulnerable to coronavirus, I try to excerise by watching a tape and excersing from a chair with arm, leg and body movements. I also walk around the house with my walker.

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When the weather is BEAUTIFUL outdoors...take a walk around your neighborhood.  If you have children and or daycare kids...take them for an adventurous walk around the neighborhood to EXPLORE.  Look for BIRDS, colorful flowers, DOGS, colorful things like mailboxes/cars/flags/doors and more.  Take a break and sit on the sidewalk to look for bugs and insects.  Pick up sticks and stones.  Maybe even make a SCAVENGER HUNT list BEFORE your go your ADVENTUROUS walk, grab the WAGON to HAUL the TREASURES you find.  You can also kill two birds with one stone...turn that walk into exercise and learning by looking for colors, shapes and counting.  WIN WIN!

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Since I am skeptical of outside activities, I am doing a 10-minute session going up and down my stairs daily.  It is a good workout.  I have noticed that my speed has increased greatly.

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I log into the real time Silver Sneakers work out sessions through Facebook. The offer options for those that are chair bound as well.

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Since we are home bound, when I get up in the morning I exercise from the TV via the Xfinity 

fitness channel. Do a high impact exercise for 15 minutes. Have a shake/ and or salad for lunch.

I also do about an hour walk while watching the game show network in the evening.

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I exercise every single day. It is a habit. I use bands for arm and leg exercise and I never skip my daily exercise even if I can only get in 20 minutes because it is so easy to make excuses not to do it. If it becomes a habit then you don't even think about it you just do it

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I walk 55 minutes on my treadmill 6 days a week.

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I have a mini exercise bike that tracks my mileage and can have resistance adjusted.  Since we are under a 'Stay home, Stay safe' mandate in Washington state, I log at least a mile and a half on it everyday.

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I make an extra effort to walk (even in place) for at least 5 full minutes every hour.  And to be sure that I move about and squeeze a some squats or counter push-ups in also

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I make sure I get in a daily walk.  Going with a neighbor ( six-feet apart) helps motivate and keep up with each other!

 

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An early morning walk with dog. 

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Every morning and Night I say Prayers that we won't have to stay home very long by ourself. Thank Goodness I have a Cat named Stripey.  He likes to argue with me.  lol  He wakes me up every morning at 7 am so he can get fed and play with me.  I take a bath, get dressed cook and have breakfast.  I go to my daughter that has MS everyday and help her with Chores.  Get her mail,  mop her floor, plant her high rised gardens, water them every day. Get her groceries and my groceries, and carry them in the house for her and my apartment too.  I work with Genealogy with my long distant friends and family.  We share information on the computer.  I am putting Photo's in picture Albums that I collected for over 60 yrs.  I am 80 and lost my hubby 4 yrs ago.  So I am going threw his stuff and cleaning my apt.  I cook myself 3 meals a day and do dishes at night.

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When I go to the local home center or grocery store I always park somewhere at the far edge of the lot. This gives me a bit of extra exercise and also cuts down on those inevitable parking lot dings that eventually appear on both sides of the car.

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Staying home and using my own backyard pool for excersize.

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There are 2 ways I'm trying to keep active.  When the weather is nice I take walks (initially I went around the track at the local school but they closed that last week because too many people were walking to close together - no social distancing).  I watch the weather because I also have asthma and the colder air bothers me.  I'm also recovering from rotator cuff and torn bicep surgery but had to stop PT about a month ago when someone in the facility tested positive and my doctor said not to return yet.  However, the facility gave me resistence bands for home use and I've been using them.  Not only do I do my shoulder PT exercises but I also went on line to see how to use the bands to work out other parts of my body too.  Before my surgery (and before the virus) I would go to the gym 5-6 times a week so this sitting home does get my antsy.

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I have 2 Jack Russells - very active - so they need exercise.  I walk them 2 or more miles a day.

In the house, I act as door man for my 2 Jacks and a min-pin that I adopted, and a cat that thinks she is a dog.  So not too much sitting is allowed. 

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Doing virtual races

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I am very lucky, I live in a retirement community with miles of sidewalk and we have a storage area for our RV's.  The storage area is 1&3/4 mi. from my house, so one of my routines for getting my steps is to walk there & then I use my California Duster to go over my 24ft. motorhome.  I usually do this in the morning and in the evening my wife and I walk around our  neighborhood.

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