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Quarantine Workout

I wanted to check in with everyone. How is everyone doing? How is your mental health? How is your physical health?

This is definitely a trying time for everyone. Some states are locked down. (Oregon is.) I’ve been working from home since March 14th or something like that. I think the last time I went to my gym was March 12th. Then it closed.

I am super grateful that our new house is bigger (it’s twice the size of our old house, which was about 1200 square feet) so we can ALL find a space in the quarantine if we need to be alone. I am definitely one of the those people that likes my alone time. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and want to be with them, but mentally and emotionally I also need “me” time and away time and the gym was some “me time” that I don’t really have access to now (my gym closed pretty early on during the covid-19 pandemic).

When we moved into the new house last year we had space for a home a gym. This was something on our “must have” list when we were house hunting. Not so much for me because I had a gym membership, but definitely for Michael because he’s not a gym guy and likes working out at home. So our basement in the new house has a space that we’ve designated as The Gym.

A family friend gave us their treadmill (for free!!!) last summer. So that’s awesome. Michael already had a weight bench, so that’s there. We have a bunch of kettlebells of different weights. Michael set up his bike on the bike trainer. We have a big TV down there so we can watch our shows while we work out (that definitely makes the treadmill tolerable). We have fans, a bosu ball, some free weights, a medicine ball, foam rollers, a pull up bar, and various random “gym” type stuff.

The ceiling is kind of low (it’s a basement) so we can’t do things like jump rope down there–but we can do jumping jacks! I bought some foam interlocking mats that help designate the gym and make it more comfortable.

So what am I doing right now?

M/W/F/Sat/Sun are my workout days.

I alternate my days where I run on the treadmill, or I walk on the treadmill with the treadmill at an elevation and I put weights in a backpack and carry that (last time I did that it was 15 pounds in my backpack) so it’s like “hiking”.

For weights and stuff:

  • Kettlebell swings
  • Pushups
  • Bicep curls
  • Step ups (I use the basement stairs) with bicep curls
  • Overheard triceps
  • Triceps dips
  • 1 leg Romanian Deadlifts
  • Deadlifts
  • Bent over rows
  • Shoulder Press
  • Pec Fly
  • Chest Press
  • Toe Touches with weights
  • Bird Dogs
  • Bicycles (abs)
  • Glute Bridges (variations: 1 leg glute bridge, glute bridges with weights)
  • Planks
  • Cobra stretch
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Jump Squats
  • Squats
  • Jumping Jacks
  • See Saw Press
  • Side Lunges
  • Reverse Crunches
  • Kneeling dumbbell halos
  • Clams

These are all things I can do with free weights or kettlebells, so that’s good! It’s definitely better than nothing!

Michael and I are back to doing yoga. It feels good! We bought a subscription to an app that we really like (on Black Friday) because the free videos we found online weren’t really good. Even the popular ones. But this app is GREAT! I highly recommend it. You can choose what kind of yoga workout you want to do, how long, what area you want to target, etc.

Working from home Monday – Friday and keeping a regular workout schedule has DEFINITELY helped me mentally, emotionally and physically during this shut down. When I’m stressed about all of this, I clean or workout and it helps. It distracts me, keeps me off social media, gets my endorphins going…it helps a lot. When the weather cooperates I bike or go for walks.

QUESTION: How has your fitness changed?

New Route

I went on a new route for my lunch time run on Friday! It kind of happened as a fluke. I was running to the Hawthorne Bridge just as the alarms started going off that it was going up. I looked at the river and didn’t see any boats coming, so it was kind of a mystery. I decided to keep going instead of waiting for who knows how long for the bridge to open up (and I didn’t want to just turn around).

So I kept running along the waterfront to the South Waterfront. It’s the new area south of the Hawthorne where there’s a bunch of high rises and OHSU buildings. I decided to try and cross the new(ish) Tilikum Crossing bridge. It’s the bridge that is just for people, bikes, buses and the Max.

Since I’ve never actually been on the new bridge, I didn’t know where it really was on that side of the water. I got a little lost. Then I flagged down some other runners and asked them. They kindly gave me good directions and I set off.

I found the bridge and it was really nice! It was kind of steep and pretty windy, but the wind felt nice because it was such a hot day out.

It was a decent run, which was nice because I’ve been sick for several weeks with a sinus infection (thankfully the antibiotics are kicking in). My last run before getting sick was awful (clearly because I was getting sick!) so this was much better. Other than feeling really hot, my run was good.

I got to the other side of the bridge and picked up the Springwater trail right by OMSI.

It was cool finding a new route because the same old thing a few times a week can get really monotonous. This new route will be a great way to mix things up!

I ran by OMSI and then crossed the Hawthorne Bridge back to downtown. It was a pretty hot day, even though I went out on my run early. It was 79 degrees and I felt like I was getting overheated. My face felt really hot and my heart rate was pretty high at the end of the run. So I ended up walking a lot more for the last mile of my run trying to cool off and calm my heart down.

Here is the map of my run:

You can kinda see where I got lost and then turned around and found the route to South Waterfront!

I think in the future I will do this route again. If I can get faster and not be overheated and not have to walk so much, I think I can stretch it to the Morrison Bridge. But we’ll see. I do have limited time for my lunch. I think my next run I will try this route again but go the opposite way so I can find the best route downtown to get to the bridge.

Yay for new horizons!