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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 walk my dog three times a day. Once in the morning, afternoon and the evening. I also do stretch exercises at night while I am watching Tv. I am also de cluttering my house. 

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after busy day of patients, i go and garden if possible.  i've trying the yoga moves you posted on video but still in learning stages

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Thank you and all medical professionals
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Try to keep a routine. Shower, get dressed and have a project or two for activity. I take my dog for two half hour walks daily and do some stretching.  

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I am an essential worker, Jail Officer so I am not on lock down. I start each day with 15 minutes of meditation. I am walking my border collie nightly and have gotten my bike out for a daily ride. 

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Fortunately our weather has been really nice so my husband and I have been walking in our neighborhood.  We walk to the post office, bank and the store. It has been fun to see all the flowers blooming and greeting our neighbors from a safe distance. The exercise has been good for us as I have lost about 8 lbs without really changing my diet .  We also have a small garden we work in and refreshing the flower beds.    

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My go to activity is sewing and selling my items.  Also, gardening and exercise in the morning.  

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I have been jogging at least two miles once a week, and walking on other days!

 

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I started my get healthy program on 6/30/19.  I have lost 88 pounds so far!  I got a Fitbit on 10/26/19 and started walking at lunch every weekday and running in place at home.  I now walk / run in place at least 13,000 steps a day, which is about 5.5 miles.  The most I walked in one day was 30,000 steps.  Not bad for a 60-year-old with arthritis in both knees!  I feel so much better and continue to exercise and eat less than 1,300 calories every day.

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@GayleT627995 wrote:

I started my get healthy program on 6/30/19.  I have lost 88 pounds so far!  I got a Fitbit on 10/26/19 and started walking at lunch every weekday and running in place at home.  I now walk / run in place at least 13,000 steps a day, which is about 5.5 miles.  The most I walked in one day was 30,000 steps.  Not bad for a 60-year-old with arthritis in both knees!  I feel so much better and continue to exercise and eat less than 1,300 calories every day.


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Congratulations, @GayleT627995 on your weight loss and perseverance.  Reading your success story was truly inspiring to me this morning as I have been upping my physical activity during the pandemic as well.  And although I am nowhere near doing all that you are, I feel good about just doing more than I had been and seeing some minor results from those efforts.

 

For me, I've been doing my own version of circuit training at home.  I've been working out with the AARP Denise Austin video on some days, then cycling on my stationary bike on other days, and then alternating with my treadmill on still other days.  Having a variety of ways of moving helps me to stay more active and more "interested" in being physically active.  

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Keeping to my usual routine.  Although, I have low access to getting the things I need, especially "hand sanitizer" ($16 for a 8 oz. bottle at Amazon) I am trying to be myself.  I think that's the most important tip I can give.  Be yourself!  Another, really good past time is to call the family and make sure you ask them "Hey, what do you think about the pandemic?"  It lessens the tension and gives you time to catch up on things usually left for the weekends.  I never really get to much of a break because I am an online student, so everything is in tact for me, but I am trying to focus on not over eating or over working myself, seeming that I am still doing the same thing I was doing before the pandemic.  And I am really trying to take the situation serious as not to include in it any of my cost-benefits or systematic risks in my business courses.

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My husband and I walk the local parks for an hour or two each day. It is so relaxing and stress relieving being outdoors and enjoying each other's company. It gives us energy and motivation to work on all of our DIY projects together!

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I am out walking 3 times a day. Getting in my 6 or 7 miles. When its raining, I just put my rain jacket on & head out & jump the puddles. 

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I take a morning Walk on the path around my apartment complex, after I've had breakfast and coffee!! 

 

I ALSO do my excersices, I learned from PT daily to wake up My Joints!! I FEEL Good just doing a Walk. Now I'm walking 3× a day... AND I LOVE IT!! 

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Fortunately have a big yard so I walk. Made some discoveries of plants and flowers I didn't know were here. We only moved in a year ago. Just planted 3 blueberries and a fig. Next step tomatoes and wildflowers. Since I can't excercise due to an injury get a lot of pleasure watching the wild bird feeders and the hummingbird feeders.

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SCHEDULE YOUR DAY AT HOME ON PAPER AND KEEP TO IT. YOUR NOTES WILL REMIND YOU WHAT YOU WISH TO ACCOMPLISH AND IT WILL KEEP YOUR MIND ALERT INSTEAD OF FALLING INTO LIMBO AND LAZINESS. WHEN YOU HAVE A NEWBORN BABY, IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP HIM ON A SCHEDULE.   WHEN YOU WERE WORKING FULL TIME YOU PLANNED YOUR TO-DO LISTS EVERY DAY. AWARDING YOURSELF TO TAKE A NAP WILL FEEL BETTER TOO. KEPT YOUR MIND ALERT EVERY DAY 

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Before Michigan's stay-at-home order, I walked every day during my lunch hour.   Now, working from home, I am still walking every day during my lunch break.   Maintaining my normal routine Monday-Friday has also helped keep me calm.   We also take a long hike 4+ miles at least once per week.

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We hired our daughter who is out of work to come spring clean our house.She also help me load  and unload 40 bags of mulch for our yard. My stimulus at work .LOL

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Since I'm around more, I can actually deal with the plants on the balcony better. Already harvested one pepper, and a tomato started emerging from the other. Occasionally get to dog-sit for my neighbor who works at the hospital.

 

While I really prefer shopping in stores in person, I guess I have to deal with the online ordering for now. At least, with pickup, I can still drive to the store for a change of venue.

 

As long as internet is available I play online games, and do some math refreshers at Khan Academy. Its free, I recommend checking it out.

 

Cheers,

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Keeping active is very important so as not to let the grimlins start trolling the mind. With the weather so beautiful, it's nice to get outside and do some Spring yard work; flowerbed clearing, repotting some prennials, and even scrubing the siding on the house.

A little decorative painting to brighten up the patio or just sitting on the patio watching and lsitening to the birds busying themselves with their Springtime chores.

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I am working from home a lot more than normal, so I am going for walks and doing a 10 minute video from the AARP website.  Thank you for putting those videos out there it has encouraged me to get moving more!

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Yes, I love those videos, too!
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@AARPTeri wrote:

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


Walk, walk, walk.

 

Stick with a routine. Walk a lot in the morning.

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I go walking from 2 to 3 miles at least 3 days out the week. Get a chance to get lots of sunshine(vitamin D).

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I go walking from 2 to 3 miles at least 3 days out the week. Get a chance to get lots of sunshine(vitamin D).

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I enjoy AARP exercise videos.   There are several and they are great.   Somedays I am more energized for a core workout with Jorge Cruise or stretching with Denise Austin.  Yesterday I tried Yoga.  Now that I am home more I can exercise whenever I feel like.   Not only my body but my mind is getting a workout. Staying Sharp gives me many options to increase my thinking and increase my mind abilities.  There are many articles eating right, recipes and ideas for living my best life.  

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Yes, to the videos!!
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I've been painting on canvas and planters, puzzles have been fun to and baking along with starting our garden plants

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I've been starting plants for the garden this year also I have started taking some of my berries and making pie filling,jelly,ect

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Coloring is a fun thing to do, at you own pace.  No hurry, allow some freedom to your thoughts and envision the colors combination that you like.  This a a fun way to keep your mind active.  

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