If you’re like a lot of Tucson residents right now, you have been working from home and limiting outings, shopping, and social interactions for more than a week now. You’ve had to adapt your regular schedule to accommodate having your kids home, discovering your co-workers’ technical inadequacies, and you’ve probably found that more often than not, you’re bored.
I’ve seen some crafty and creative peeps out there on Instagram who should be given the key to the city for their ability to keep putting on pants even though no one can see them while they work from home. I’ve seen parents making use of glitter and sidewalk chalk with abandon.
I’ve also seen some people working to maintain fitness by soaping their kitchen floor while barefoot, setting up yoga in the living room, and doing squats with nonstandard objects – including milk jugs and children. This morning I saw a guy squatting a recliner. Get. Some.
To those folks I say – more power to you! I applaud your efforts, and I look forward to your next post on the ‘gram. But for now, I give you some basic ideas for keeping yourself active (and a couple that might keep your kids from melting your brain):
- Get dressed – Yes, it is amazing to wear sweatpants every day, all day. But your body and mind will benefit from you getting up and putting on some workout gear – yep, even your shoes. Now you’re half-way there. Note I didn’t say get dressed for work – screw that, this is pajamas at work time and we should embrace it. Workout, shower, back into your pjs for some work.
- Get moving – Maybe that means running around the block (careful to keep that distance in case the whole neighborhood had the same idea), jumping on the trampoline with the kids, or just cleaning the garage. You’ve probably got a few projects you were saving for a rainy day – what is more rainy than a pandemic? Yes, perfect. Get some stuff done, you’ll feel better moving around.
- Stay accountable – Without the Whiteboard to check all day to see who finished 2 seconds ahead of you, you might be feeling like “Why bother?” and there’s no shame in needing someone to brag to. Get yourself on Strava, Map My Run, or even on Instagram and declare to the world that you are TRYING and encourage them to do the same. Virtual running or workout buddies count too!
- Include your household – Your kids or significant others can be part of the movement – have contests to see who can build the highest pile of weeds, who can circle the block the most times on a tricycle, who can throw the frisbee the farthest, or who can jump the highest. Just get moving.
- Practice GOATS – Those movements you always meant to spend more time on are just waiting for you to hop back on the proverbial horse and ride into skill-ville. Did you know you can do hand-stand pushups at home? Yes, get upside down. Grab that jump rope and get your sweat on while perfecting those double unders. Find out how long you can plank, wall sit, and hang from the doorframe. Let’s get those GOATS.
- Take care of one another – Remember, this too shall pass. Yes, we are in the middle of a strange time but we will come out of it. Seek out local businesses and see how you can help – if you have the means to do so, take some of that $5 per day latte money and put it towards a piece of gym equipment for the house, invest in some craft beers from a local brewery with a no-contact pick up policy, buy a gift card to use in the future for a local restaurant, local shoe retailer, or buy a local gym membership for a friend.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and hang in there – we will be back to scanning the Whiteboard and talking trash in the gym before long and you’ll be glad you kept up with those double unders!