Exercise in the Time of Covid

Before COVID hit I would begin the day by going to the gym, riding a stationary bike for 30 – 45 minutes, perhaps taking a 45 minute high intensity workout class before heading home. So when the gym closed I figured I’d landed on a “free space” meaning I’d start my exercise routine again once all of this was over. Most of us didn’t really anticipate that a year later we’d still be in that “free space”, which for someone like me was a welcome relief. Until now. Now I’m feeling increasingly guilty for counting as “exercise” walking to the elevator and getting our mail. So back in December I downloaded an exercise app because now that I’m in my sixties, exercise is less about wanting to and more about health and balance. So yes, I downloaded the app with high hopes and then promptly forgot that I’d done so. It was one of those “7 minute” workout apps. At the time, I thought – seven minutes? Who can rationalize out of doing that?!

Me. As it turns out.

This morning I decided to go see what Youtube had to say on the topic of exercise during these bizarre times, and I found this.

And then I ran across this old chestnut, which I’m pretty sure I’ve posted before, but in case I haven’t, here you go. Enjoy. I don’t know about you, but my life looks an awful lot like it did when we were in lockdown. I rarely leave the house. I’m more paranoid about catching COVID now than I was at the height of the pandemic. And now a variant, that they are saying may be resistant to the vaccines, has hit New York City and so I’m completely freaking out. Dancing around the house to music videos is as good as my current exercise routine is going to get. Still, I hold out hope that at some point I’ll take it all more seriously. Maybe I’ll try one of those 7 minute exercise workouts after I finish writing this. Or not.

I’m pleased to report, however, that my hands and fingers are as nimble and dexterous as ever, thanks to my daily hand stitching, um… workouts!

Here’s my Making Waves: A Drawstring Bag that I’m making for my mother. As it’s not a surprise, I know she won’t mind if I post photos of my progress. I’m using lots of Dorset Buttons on this one and threads from Stef Francis Threads and The Thread Gatherer.

Later today, at 2pm (EST) my Threaded Backstitch and Double Threaded Backstitch Youtube video is premiering, so join me and we can chat as it plays! Remember, it won’t be available to play until 2pm today. And in the meantime maybe I’ll work in some squats and push ups. I’m not making any promises though.

3 thoughts on “Exercise in the Time of Covid

  1. It’s really odd to think we are getting paranoid to get out, but it’s the truth. I wonder how meetings will be when we can go back to them. We will have to actually pick something out to wear, not just what is handy/comfy. We’ll be face to face with coworkers. Going to the grocery or fabric store is odd. You smile at people and they can’t tell that you are smiling. I’m social and say hi to folks all the time that I don’t know. It’s a Midwestern thing…lol. You feel so isolated even though you are outside in public. Thank you for the morning grins.
    Happy Stitching!

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