So you’re cooped up in self isolation, doing your very best not to come into contact with others for fear of getting/spreading the coronavirus. Your favorite fitness facility happens to be closed, and with it, all of the machines, weights and group classes that you formerly enjoyed.
About three weeks ago, this terrifying scenario became our collective reality. While social media and news stories are chock full of home workouts, push-up challenges, planking challenges, etc., some of us can’t overcome the feeling of grief and push on.
It’s OK. You are not alone.
I used to go to the Humber gym to take yoga classes. I felt most at ease being directed in a live environment. The programming was stimulating, invigorating and challenging. Going to the gym was also a social activity: some of my favorite people were there—in person. Now, the person-to-person contact that I valued so highly is gone.
But this isn’t the time to be hard on myself for not having done very much over the past two weeks besides ordering home internet and constantly being on that said internet, monitoring the coronavirus’s unstoppable toil nearly 24/7.
How much resilience do any of us truly have? If you were stripped of your right to socialize with others and forced to stay inside, would you spend the first day prioritizing decline push-ups with your toes on your bed, or would you have other more pressing concerns?
I’ve spent the last two weeks looking for groceries, doing my college courses online, disinfecting/cleaning my home, talking to loved ones and yes, sourcing toilet paper. If I have to leave my apartment, I do it at times when I am sure not to encounter other people.
I have done some fitness activities inside my unit—a plank here, some stretches there. There’s a free-weight set that I was planning on selling (for 13 months) that I can setup. There’s Instagram workouts from Humber staff. There are even five-minute meditations.
Fitness is there to complement our life. After ensuring our basic needs are met, we can turn our focus to getting stronger. Because this lock-down won’t last forever and we will all know that even if we’re doing next-to-nothing, we’re doing our very best.
Don’t beat yourself up. Take a moment to acknowledge how difficult the situation is and how much you really have done. As I’ve known members of the Humber community, you are all amazing people.
And about those decline push-ups? They will be there when you need them.
By: Brian D'Souza
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