September 1, 2020
In this newsletter . . .
In Northern California, where I live, nearby regions are threatened by wildfires. Most were started by lightening strikes and then strong winds spread the flames. People in some areas were told to evacuate their homes. This latest disruption is coupled of course with people trying to follow the coronavirus prevention stay-at-home guidelines. Many have understandably asked, “What’s next?!!”
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Though we live in Northern California, fortunately, so far, our family has been spared. Meanwhile, firefighters, police and other first responders are challenged to near limits. Thank God for their professionalism and perseverance.
On the plus side of the disruptions, if I may call it a “plus side,” is noticing how inventive people have become regarding their fitness, now that so many gyms and exercise venues are either closed or limited in what they can offer.
Every evening I take my dog Emma on an exercise walk through the neighborhoods. Though keeping social distancing,
people are out walking, jogging or riding bicycles more than I’ve seen in years. When the pandemic has finally become highly treatable and/or a vaccine is offered, I hope the outdoors exercise habit will have taken hold permanently.
As we walked yesterday, I saw a young father exercising outside on his driveway as his two young daughters watched. He had only two training implements, a skipping rope and a medicine ball. The first time I passed him he was picking up the medicine ball and tossing it overhead and behind him. Then he would bend, pick it up and repeat. Again and again.
As I passed him a second time, on my return walk, he was skipping rope. I thought to myself, now that’s a heck of a good workout.
A friend of mine, a contemporary, is a lifelong exerciser who preferring running, hiking and triathlons. Now, like me, he’s in his eighties and can no longer do many of the workouts he could as a younger man. But in his senior years, he discovered yoga and loves it. He says he wished he had started it years ago.
Age, the coronavirus threat, fires. You name it. Life slaps us around. Adaptation is the prerequisite to enjoy a full, happy life. Adjustments must be made to overcome negative realities when they show up. You may not be threatened by wildfires where you live. But perhaps there are tornado, hurricane, earthquake, flood or other angry Mother Nature threats.
Regardless, all of us, everywhere, have had to adjust to the possibility of contracting the coronavirus. Adjust your training to your age and following virus safety guidelines. May I also give a plug for fitness lifestyles that include yoga or Tai Chi?
Not only do they provide needed exercise movement but also a relaxed, calming aspect to lives that may be stressed as never before.
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