Monday, November 30, 2020

Exercise in November: it's weird

 Things I thought I'd never say:

"I forgot my mask."

"What time do you want to have Zoom Thanksgiving?"

"I didn't get picked in the adjustable dumbbell lottery."

"The gym is closed, so I did an aerobics video on Youtube."

"I have a five hour Microsoft Teams meeting today."

"Thanks so much for the hand sanitizer!"

"What kind of bidet do you have?"

My friend A and I were complaining talking about the difficulty of this time of year. The big snows haven't come, ice coats the trails, making running a hazard, and our usual winter escapes (for me, a long distance trail, for her, Mexico) are unavailable, at least if you are a person with a modicum of responsibility. So this icy, cold time (with no gym either) has forced me to change up my workouts.

The moraine has become the go-to for just about everybody. It is only an 800 foot climb to the top in a mile, but it is a huff and puff to run it. Once you are up there, though, you can run to the elk fence, which is typically snow-free this time of year. Or you can take it from the other, less-used side and run (or flounder, if the snow is deeper) on cow paths where there is hardly every anyone else. I have become very familiar with the moraine. I'm glad it is available.


In desperation, I did indeed look up a Youtube HIIT workout. I picked one for "bad knees', because I didn't want to leap around and possibly hurt something. To my surprise, it was actually a pretty good workout. Things have changed since the 90s!

I'm also spending more time on my bike trainer. I don't want to sign up for a virtual class, so I grimly pedal away in supreme boredom, trying to watch movies on my phone. The time inches by, punctuated by a dog or two showing up to see what I am doing. Why not ride outside, you ask? The answer: ice, and fear. 

For weightlifting, I've resorted to a makeshift routine of pull-ups (excruciating), and some dumbbell work with the coffee table as a bench. This is marginally successful unless I fall over a dog. It turns out that a tiny house is not really a good venue for exercising in.

Like everything else, it's weird. Usually at this time I am hiking in the California desert or in the Grand Canyon. I've hunkered in, which led to a frantic house reorganization, I am so tired of looking at the same four walls that moving furniture around has been entertaining. The bar is low.

Idaho is over there, but can't go!

However, I feel lucky that I am well enough to exercise, though a knee occasionally hurts. I wonder about my endurance, since I'm not doing multi-hour hikes for weeks at a time, but what can you do? I am waiting it out. The snow is coming, we must believe.

are you doing anything different for exercise these days?


14 comments:

  1. My exercise so far this winter has consisted of PT for the shoulder, which really entails both shoulders to keep them symmetrical. I've also been under the impression that I can just exercise by watching copious amounts of hiking and kayaking documentaries on Amazon Prime and YouTube. Because why not it's 2020, right?? Spring can't get here soon enough.

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    1. Hahaha I am doing the same thing. Send me some ideas of more good documentaries.

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  2. "Bands" are great home workouts...safe, convenient, and cheap.
    Box Canyon

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    1. You are right. I have some lurking somewhere. Time to be creative.

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  3. I've been doing yoga and ski conditioning workouts on Youtube. And daily walks through the neighborhood (I've gotten to know my neighborhood way too well!) Luckily I can still get out and hike on the weekends. And the ski resorts are opening.

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    1. Hmm, ski conditioning workouts. I'll have to check those out. I really need to do yoga.

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  4. My home strength routine fell off a cliff sometime in May. I have no motivation to pick it back up. But every time I engage in something that requires brute strength, I'm shocked about how much ground I've lost since March.

    As for travel, I really think it can be done safely with car travel and camping, as long as you follow state regulations. During my trip to Utah I brought all of my food and water with me. I only stopped for gas, and kept distance from the friends I was biking with. Really, it was more socially distanced than my weekly routine at home. But everyone has to make that decision for themselves.

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    1. We are still under a non essential travel ban so made the difficult decision to cancel our Utah camping trip. I agree it can probably be done safely; I live in a small town of about 1000 though and perception and judging are everything. I will probably regret this decision.

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    2. Ah, that makes sense. I was expecting another travel ban from Colorado or Grand County, Utah, which both had in the spring when the caseload was much lighter. It hasn't happened yet, but perhaps it should.

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  5. You are doing great to working creatively to keep your fitness a priority! The lull between seasons will be done soon!

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  6. I've changed your title to " Excercise in December: I must be mad". I'm just in from my 5.30am walk to beat the heat. I am dripping with sweat! 35C with high humidity, is our forecast max!

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    1. Hahaha! I must admit I haven't adapted to the cold yet. I would take some heat.

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