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?

Home School

We decided to keep Logan home from daycare/preschool for a week or two. It was a really hard decision. We’ve both been working from home for like two weeks now (and now Michael is laid off) but we were still taking Logan to school.

Part of it was for stability for Logan and for him to have a normal schedule. It was a good thing. That first Monday like half the parents at daycare pulled their kids out. So the classes were super small. By the end of the week it went from 27 kids to like 20. Next Monday it was 10. I think there’s usually 100+ in the daycare. (It’s ages 1-12 with after school care, too).

With the smaller classes Logan was thriving. It also helped keep daycare open and give the teachers their hours. They depends on their jobs for health insurance. It’s all such a mess.

But by last Friday we were both feeling weird every time we took Logan to school. Monday the Governor of Oregon shut the state down and said officially stay home. It seemed like this was the time to take him out temporarily.

We already had a play room set up in our new house (that Logan didn’t really use much) that we turned into “school.”

When Logan was a baby a coworker gave me a ton of puzzles and games and flashcards that her daughter outgrew. I hung on to them for whenever he’d be old enough for them. He’s finally old enough for some of them!

And he has a ton of art and drawing type stuff that I got Logan for various birthdays and Christmases.

We had a ton of stuff to use for learning and I asked some friends who had been homeschooling their preschoolers for a few weeks already for resources. I got a TON of good ideas!

PDX At Home Resources

How to Homeschool Preschool

Montessori at Home

A science podcaster I listen to posted this: PBS SoCal STEM

So far this website is our favorite: Scholastic Activities

Yesterday while I worked, Michael did some drawing, shapes, coloring, letters. Then he took a break and I took a break from work and Logan and I took a walk looking at trees.

Then home for a snack and watching Scholastic videos about rabbits and nature.

Then we painted rocks to put in our garden. Then Michael and Logan went outside so he could ride bikes while I made him lunch. Finally nap time.

After a long nap, Logan played with his toys and then got to watch a movie and more bike time outside. That was pretty much our day. Michael and I tried to trade off. It’s a long day for sure trying to keep him occupied.

Logan was a little whiney and difficult at times. He wanted to know when he could go back to school. He cried a few times (like buried his face and wept). It was really hard. 🙁