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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

AARPTeri
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Hello:

Keeping me active is daily Yoga exercise, dancing to old records at home. (smile)

PC work, watching church services on Zoom. And cleaning out closets & cabinets.  Also writing a Bio book.

 

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Sandara Dev/C.Service@att.net

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I walk for 30 minutes a day, then do the exercises from at least 4 of the AARP exercise videos daily. 

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My husband and I walk everyday and I do Zumba online.

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I've started walking 5 times a week with a minimum of 2 miles every day.  Recently started doing Tai Chi Easy on-line as a meditation tool.

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I have two young 70+ pound dogs that keep me active with play and walks.

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I have always been active by going to the gym. With the gym's closed with the quarantine-I have had to figure out what to do to get my bpm up' by walking in my neighborhood for at least 3 miles. And now I have purchased 5 and 10 lb weights to do curls 3 x 10 reps and also lunges with 3 x 10 reps. I am hoping to use a balance ball to do crunches. Anything to keep myself active.

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My apartment complex is just 2 sets of quadplexes so we interact a bit accidentally as well as intentionally. Our youngest neighbor is 7 and likes the outdoors and being active there. I've taught how to use the garden hose and tend to some flowers, feed birds, and fill a bird bath. He doesn't do much on his own, but if I start these tasks, he often joins in. We socialize, take care of the environment, and get some activity. 

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I use my exercise DVD and take short walks.  I also read and do word puzzles

 

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I joined a gym for the New Year and since the virus the gym has closed.  I take walks each morning and wear my mask in case there are other walkers  I live in an over 55 community so we all need to take care.  I have found Silver Sneaker classes on my computer and use these classes to help me keep fit during this sheltering in.  Anyone can access this if you are an AARP member and it is fun and you can get someone to watch it with you if you choose.  Everyone needs to take care of themselves during this epidemic.

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love to walk  since everything is bacisly closed I park my car after long day with patients then walk to mailbox but take the long way  around the block 

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I take the long way to the mailbox too.
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My daily activities are spending 1 hour cleaning out my closet, taking a 30 minute walk outside, go on short walks with my dog several times a day. I do 5 of AARP's exercise videos each day. I make dinner for myself. I'm keeping up with my housework along with some decluttering. I feel much better with the activities that I'm accomplishing every week. It's working!

 

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I've been feeling so stressed so i've tried different things to help keep me calm like meditating and yoga. I've also been talking early morning walks to get in more exercise. 

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I still work part-time in home health care. On the days I am not working,

we have a rental property and a fixer-upper that keep us actively "working out" (one unit is on the 3rd floor, and the other is a 2-story home), as well as maintaining our yard, and loading and unloading the debris from all three. No downtime for us, we can still make things work, as there are no restrictions on working at our own properties. We also have a 4-year old who keeps us busy and active when we aren't working on anything else. 

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During my time staying at home , my exercising is done differently because of my local Y being closed. Living in a one room apartment also has its challenges. So i use my kettle bells while listening to one or a few favorite songs. I also do 15-20 minutes of sitting exercises while i am my desk. i also follow some videos on you tube , for some cardio later in the afternoon. i also take time to read more , phone family & keep in touch. This is a challenging time for everyone but remaining active is very important. Keep safe & do your best to follow the restrictions. Be well !! this won't last forever !! 

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I am really enjoying spending time with my college aged children. We exercise together, go for walks, and learn silly dances. We hung a bird feeder and have done some yard work. We enjoy looking for healthy recipes and cooking. It is bonus time with them for me.

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I keep pretty busy. Here's the rundown: I try not to go out so I limit that to one day and do necessary food shopping, hardware store, and banking if needed. I have a lot of gardening projects and just finished planting and mulching. I do a little pastel painting throughout the week. I have some play time with our pet parrot- a double yellow headed amazon, plus clean his cage twice a day. I make three meals a day for my husband and myself, and the bird, and generally do the cleanup as well. I am online doing continuing education for two licenses that I hold, medical lab and veterinary technician. I check my emails every day and try to clean up old emails, and it's a LOT. I have done a few virtual visits to museums around the country. Every day I am on AARP to earn points for rewards and read some of the newsletters, and at the end of the day, I do some exercises for my posture and watch one or two of the 10-minute exercise videos on the AARP site. I am excited tonite as there are a few new videos. That's it for me!

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Hi,

 

I work with a non-profit delivering food in the area. We are on a farm so there is a lot of walking, bending and lifting. We are crating, prepping, moving, storing, delivering and picking up. Its pretty much nonstop and standing unless driving one of the trucks or the mobile market. And its mostly out of doors.

Sometimes after work when the weather is nice (or not), I will walk home after my first bus

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I always start my day with a brisk walk.   This daily routine of walking first think in the morning insures,  I get it done. It also sets the pace for the rest of the day.  And I find starting the day with an activityusually makes the rest day more active. And for me being active helps to make  the shelter in place easier to cope  with. 

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I agree, a great way to start your day. I'm not a morning person when it comes to getting a workout in, accept on the weekends. And normally, I have to be meeting up with someone. I make sure to write out a "Things to Do" List every night before I go to bed. Workout is always on there. No matter what I have going on, I make sure I get an hour at the minimum.If I have to miss a day, I program in a 2 a day, or do extra the day before my miss. I found that to be a comforting routine before bed. I don't have to think about what I need to get done the next day, I just navigate through the list. Without it, my mind can be all over the place. 

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I have been walking 3 - 4 miles a day. Mixed in a couple of 6 milers. Beginning next week, I will get back out on my bike and spin for an hour, alternating days with my walking. I have encouraged a friend to walk with me enhancing the experience with thought provoking conversation.

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home repairs, gardening and walks

Cleaning cleaning cleaning provides great exercises and stretching and we don’t usually don’t do. So along with cleaning behnd and under the couch, dusting windows picture frames and cleaning out the cabinets. With this we have found that we are running out of sanitation wipes here is the solution buy a bag of baby wipes and mix ½ cup watch too cap full of bleach place the wipes in an old sanitation bottle or plastice bag, mix the mixture and start finishing those streching exercises.

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I am always busy in and around the house like feeding and giving medications to my cats. It is a full time job at home. It is a must to keep the cats healthy all the time. 

 

I walk a lot everyday. I am busy cooking for the family everyday. I am always active exercing my body and mind: I am a very happy man..

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For those folks who live in aparment complexes or condos, there's hundreds of exercise videos on AARP or Youtube. You'll eventually find something you enjoy doing. If you have a partner, dance! If you don't have a partner, dance! And for heaven's sake, walk your dog! (I understand now why they're so excited about getting to go someplace!)

 

For those who have back yards, dust off, or go buy a Croquet set. Set up a net and play volleyball, or badmitton. Walmart has all these in their sports section. They cost about the same as an exercise DVD.  If you have a small shed, get the kids/grandkids off the computer, and get yourself off the TV couch to play "Annie Annie Over" with the volleyball. Or Tag, or Hide And Seek. See if you can dig up a Hula Hoop somewhere.  These are all fun and provides a lot of exercise to boot. We've found that this also helps to create a positive family atmosphere - good for our mental health. 

 

We also rake up grass clippings, pick up branches and sticks that the wind has blown off the trees, started an indoor and outdoor garden, including a little herb patch in an old whiskey barrel, and walk long distances, looking for Morel mushrooms.  

 

There's no shortage of inexpensive ways to stay active. The key is to get up and start moving!

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I am keeping active because I find it helps keep my mental attitude more positive.  I am walking my dog in the morning and afternoon.  I also bike outside or on my trainer in the garage - depending on the weather, or use the elliptical trainer.  I do strength training exercises every other day.  Because of a bad knee, I am meeting with a physical therapist via Zoom on a weekly basis to work on strenghthening the muscles around my knee.

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When the weather is above freezing, I walk outside in the neighborhood, about 2 miles distance (having a mask to put on whenever I meet others). Also I've found an on-line Silver Sneakers half hour exercise video and a local hour-long video that I try once a week from a local yoga instructor.  So far, it's kept off extra weight that house-bound status could bring!

Kathryn M.

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I am keeping my routine of waking early.  I take my walk at about 6:30am.

There's plenty of computer work to be done and spring cleaning, re-organizing.  

I may even be able to catch up on a few projects and am now able to connect with my crochet group via face time.  As well, riding the UTV in the forest areas gets us outside with an activity to do together.  Exercise is part of my routine, and has become more so with the adjustments.  I use the stepper, ball, other small equipment, and the wii.  It's hard for many to not gain weight during this stay home period, but I am trying to avoid that with early walks, activities at home and which are safe, and exercise. 

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I try to walk early and before the majority of the residents do and so far it's been good. Very few neighbors walk before 6:00am - 6:30am which leaves me plenty of time and not having to worry about some people who don't practice the 6' safe zone.

 

AARP Kevin L

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