In our third week of isolation in Washington, I have a few more thoughts on how to stay healthy and use the time wisely.
Tiger King is not on the list. I watched it and felt like I was watching an episode of Jerry Springer that was produced by Ken Burns. Skip it.
The things that are on the list: cardio, snacks, coffee, and proactive ways to pass the time.
Everywhere I look on social media there are 1,000 variations of push ups for us to do while we are stuck working from quarantine. But we can't just do zillions of push exercises, do zero pull exercises, and expect our shoulders to stay healthy.
Rows are insanely important for your shoulder health, neck stability, scapular mobility (unless you like having frozen shoulder), and healthy posture. Without AT LEAST an even ratio of rows to push ups you'll have posture like Quasimodo long before you're free to leave your belltower.
The issue become figuring out how to row when you don't have exercise equipment. The solution ends up being simple. Here's how.
We are into week two of self-isolation. Here in Washington State, the Governor officially ordered that everyone stay inside unless it is absolutely essential to go out. Even then, we must stay a minimum of 6 feet away from each other.
This leads me to Thoughts from Quarantine 2: Solitary Confinement. I have a few realizations from last week and some new ideas for us Washingtonians who are now in a new level of lock-down.
I'm loving this challenge series. It combines two of my very favorite things: exercise and everything comic book.
I'm making a change to how the challenge is delivered for this phase. For the next 6 movies, we will be assigning one exercise to one cue for each film. I'm splitting up the body across the week with the goal of totally exhausting one muscle group per day until we bring it all together for the Avengers: Age of Ultron.
There are 3 levels: Sidekick, Hero, and Avenger. The variation of the exercise will progress with each level.
Stick with me and we'll get through this the only way we can: together.
While we are cooped up inside, I've decided now is an excellent time to rewatch all 23 Marvel movies.
Rather than watch them in order of theatrical release, I've decided to watch them in the chronological order of events.
Since, on the surface, this seemed like the laziest possible use of my time, I've devised a way to make this an easy form of exercise for adults and kids alike.
I'm coming up with fitness challenges for each film. Each film will be assigned 2 exercises. That way it's easy to remember what you need to do when the time comes. Each exercise will be attached to a cue, some visual (like good guys punching bad guys) some audio (like dialogue or soundtrack). There will be a bonus for each film too that is usually a longer duration or higher rep cue. There will also be a "hero status" cue that should be pretty brutal.
Follow along and kill your boredom with fun movies and intermittent exercise!
With Covid-19 hitting the planet like something out of a Michael Crichton book, I've elected to stay inside and I encourage you all to do the same.
While I'm not in the demographic likely to suffer from this virus, I accept responsibility as a possible carrier to stay away from folks who are susceptible. I refuse to get other people sick so I'm staying in.
Even though you can't go out, there is plenty you can do from home to improve your personal health and fitness. I'm not just talking about home workouts either.
Here's a collection of ideas for not just maintaining, but improving your health in our first week of quarantine life.
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