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Working From Home and Fitness

I’ll confess that working from home for more than two months now is starting to hit my change curve right near the middle of the frustration phase.

For a while I was thinking it would last maybe a month, then maybe two. Now it seems maybe we’ll be working from home until at least August.

It’s actually not too bad, except that my gym is at least 25 minutes from my house. So, going to the gym at lunch is not possible like it used to be. In the past, I could get to the gym from work in 5 minutes.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got long lists of body weight exercises, a usable set of weights with dumbbell and barbells, straps and bands. I can keep in shape, no doubt. But, there is something I really miss about a rack and some focused machines. Also, being at the gym opens up ministry opportunities.

It looks like I’m going to have to become a morning person to get to the gym!

Starting next week, my gym is re-opening and having us pre-register to set up time to come in, out of an abundance of caution.

So, I am going to change my personal program some. I’ll utilize the gym twice a week to use the equipment I want to use for strengthening targeted muscle groups and keep myself familiar with the equipment.

On the other days, I’ll continue with the body weight, bands and straps. This is called Undulating Periodization. I’ll work in hypertrophy, stabilization/endurance and power throughout the week, and switch up muscle groups as needed after each 4 week period.

What are your thoughts on this? Comment below and let me know what you are doing.

Captain’s Log Stardate 47634.44

We’ve been in lock down in the Avoca region of Benton galaxy in the Arkansas sector for over five weeks now. We have been circling the previously advanced planet of Feartopia.

There are two main humanoid species on this planet. They are sentient beings, however they are all currently experiencing a major virus outbreak on their planet.

The ship’s doctor has offered assistance in guiding the planet’s leaders in a sound strategy to overcome the medical and economic situation they are in. Yet there is so much political infighting that nothing is getting done to improve the situation.

The Medizelots have decided that we can’t leave our ship until every one of their fears are somehow calmed and that death is no longer ever possible from this new disease of yet unknown origins.

Meanwhile, the Freedafites are becoming restless in their homes and are starting to protest the lock down situation that the planet’s leader’s have placed on them.

Lt. Tamitha, our ship’s communications officer, has intercepted “e-mails” about a possible revolution led by the planet’s working class who do not want to live off the government’s monthly stipend and food alotments.

I have contacted Star Force command for feedback on how to help this planet through it’s current situation without breaching the Prime Directive.

Covid19: Living Through History

When we look back on what will probably be a one to two year worldwide episode of tragedy and triumph, I pray that some aspects of the “old life” don’t come back.

I think people are actually starting to realize, especially families, what they have been missing.

We had been missing out on our children’s lives and not necessarily learning what their true talents and gifts are.

School teachers and team sports took all their time. And we only spent time with them for a couple hours per day. Rushing to get them ready for school and rushing to feed them, get homework done and get ready for bed.

Team sports and school sports are fun and good for physical health. But now I see that maybe one team sport per year is fine. And individual sports like running, biking and circuit training are things that we can do with our children and teach them lifelong healthy habits.

Also, I actually don’t miss being on the road every day driving to work when it can be done at home. It’s good for my budget to eat at home, save gas, and save wear on my vehicle. And it’s safer to not be on the road as often.

What are your thoughts? Please comment and let me know what you both enjoy and dislike about this new social distancing scenario.

Take time to get outdoors!

Folks, it’s spring in the northern hemisphere and it’s time to get some sunshine and start taking in more fresh air.

I know that due to the pandemic many of us are having to work from home or may not be working and we are stuck in our living quarters. Some may be even working extra hours due to having a critical role in keeping our society running.

This makes taking a few minutes for a walk outdoors even more critical for our health.

Whether it’s a slow mind cleansing stroll, a brisk blood moving walk/hike or a good run or jog, get outside in the sun for a while. Even 30 minutes is enough. Break it up into two 15 minute segments is you need to. Just get outside, breathe deep, and be out of the house.