home gym

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?

Random Updates & Puppy Pics

My work has mandated that everyone who is non-essential work from home. No end date. The governor has ordered all bars and restaurants in Oregon close (except for takeout/delivery).

My coworkers:

We have a home gym with weights and kettlebells and a treadmill. We also have a bike trainer, if need be. I decided to go for a REAL bike ride (for the first time in years). It was cold but sunny.

It was nice being on the bike after so long! I will try and do it a few times a week. And if weather holds up, I will run outside, too. I’m hoping Michael and I can start up doing yoga again. It’s better than nothing when I can’t go to the gym.

Recently I started a part time job with Furever Family petsitting. It was going to be about 10 hours a week or so. Obviously that’s kind of on hold right now. People are cancelling vacations and not going anywhere so they are cancelling their pet sitting/dog walking bookings.

Amy (owner of Furever Family) is AMAZING. We started using her almost 7 years ago! When we got Bella! A friend recommended her. Her business was kind of new back then. She used to be a 911 Operator and needed a change (as you can imagine). And it just so happened she was seriously the dog whisperer. She was SO good with Bella. Bella LOVES her. Amy helped so much with Bella’s socialization and training. And Amy was there when Yggdrasil was dying and I needed extra care for him. She even was there when we said goodbye. πŸ™

I am super happy to be part of the team now. I’ve done some training for a few weeks. It’s kind of the best job. You get to play with kitties and puppies and go for dog walks. It’s awesome!

So since the world is a scary, crazy place right now and everyone is probably at their max anxiety (I know I am!), here are some of my favorite pictures from my training so far:

It’s cool because Amy is a vet tech, too, so she’s trained to give medicine and fluids to animals that need it. She gets a lot of referrals from vets.

Obviously my job is on hold right now. A lot of people are cancelling trips. It’s going to be hard for a while.

If you are in the Portland area, check her out! She does other pet services, too.