Here we are…
…in these “uncertain times.” How will we survive being stuck at home? Working from home? Without our gyms? AHHH. Everyone breathe. It’s going to be ok 🙂
I just wanted to jump on here really quick and throw out some quick thoughts…
In the meantime, here are some things we can do even better:
Focus on what we can control. This involves moving, exercising, staying in communication with others, maintaining good nutrition habits (staying away from the cookies is real). It also includes social distancing (I know, it’s tough) and doing your part to prevent the spread of this.
Stay positive. It’s ok to freak out a little bit, but let’s bring our thoughts back to reality. This is temporary AND there are so many things to capitalize on right now (bonding, more rest, more time with immediate family, etc.)
Lean on your faith. I understand and respect that this looks different for everyone. For me, staying in the word (that means reading my Bible and meditating on it) is crucial. God lays out a lot of promises in there – old testament and new testament, and for me, it’s important to center my thoughts around that. For others, this could mean more meditating in general.. just being still and being thankful.
Social Distancing is a real thing. Maybe if more people actually did it, we could all return to “normal life” sooner. As this has progressed over the past several days, I think we’ve seen that hey, this actually can spread in the USA the same way it spread in other countries. When it started, I was all like, “eh, it’s just the flu. Not even as bad as the flu. The death rate is low, blah blah… I am very healthy. I don’t get sick often. I’m going to be ok.” But I’ve seen now that hey, it’s not about me. It’s about the people around me. I encourage you to stay informed and before you say, “oh, it’s not even that bad. I’ll be ok…” think about how incredibly selfish and dumbass you sound. Logical health officials and government officials have asked us to PLEASE, for the sake of our health care system, for the elderly, for those who get sick easily, please, just follow through and distance yourself when you are able to. It’s not forever.
With that, don’t believe everything you hear in the media, and when you hear rumors, check the sources. I mean, there is always some truth in it, I suppose. But don’t let it bring fear. There’s nothing to fear. Just be smart.
Offer your gifting. What are you good at? How can you contribute right now? Maybe it’s just being the best wife and mom you can be. Maybe it is offering services for free or discounted rates. I personally right now am willing to help anyone and everyone stay moving. I posted on instagram already, but reach out to me, if I can help. After this week, I am also pausing costs and used weeks for the people I get to remote coach and personal train, but I am still helping them stay true to their goals through home programing, or whatever they personally need right now.
Stay in community. Social media is awesome.
Call/text family and friends you haven’t spoken to in awhile just to check in.
Pray for the people on the front lines. And then reach out to them to let them know you are thinking of them. I am not personally in the health/medical field (lucky for all of you) but my husband is, I have family members who are, and friends as well. Some are in clinics and in the ER. Some, like Daniel, aren’t in the ER, but they are still going into the hospital every day and are even potentially in contact with people who could have this. Just like the military, I know people in the medical field know what they are getting into when they sign up, but any extra love and encouragement could go a long way.
Don’t quit your gym. So many gyms have made the decision to close down (understandably so). I watched our gym owner make this tough decision a little over 24 hours ago, and he’s a really laid back guy, but the stress is still there. Gyms aren’t closing so coaches can just take some extra vacay time. There is stress there. But it’s done out of responsibility for the members and for the community.
Wash your hands and don’t touch your face. I know this is the first time you’ve heard this.
This too shall pass.
Keep 3 things you’re grateful for at the front of your mind.
Take advantage of the down time.
Get outside more…as in, your own back yard, or out in nature.
Cuddle with your kids, or your dogs, orrrr your cats too, I guess.
FREE AT HOME WORKOUTS
First of all, I challenge you to stay a part of your gym’s programing right now, if you can. If you are a part of a CrossFit gym, like I am, then you most likely know that the gym goes WAY BEYOND the programing (yes, good programing still helps 🙂 But it is about the people. The community. The connection. Being a part of the same workout together. While most of us can’t physically be together right now, we can still be a part of our gyms by doing their programing at home.
At CFEC, we start virtual classes today through ZOOM. Swamp Rabbit CF led the way for this in our area, and since then, I’ve noticed other gyms all over the USA talking about implementing this. Yes, as a coach, it may be awkward coaching through a phone or computer screen. It’s awkward not being able to give fist bumps and high fives BUT it’s what we’ve got. And I think it’s awesome. I’m pumped to see my friends and CrossFit family today, even if it’s through a computer screen.
In addition to this, social media has kept us all connected. So, don’t forget to tag your gym and your coaches in your videos.
In addition to our gym programing, there are so many additional options out there right now. The more the merrier. That is awesome. Basically right now, you could go to any gym page or athlete page on instagram and find workouts to do. However, people are still asking for more options to do a home, with little to no equipment. So, I figured I would compile a few for you here. Here ya go.
Pat Sherwood’s Instagram Account– these options are my favorite. So simple. Makes me want to go workout right now. I think I just set a goal to get all of these done over the next couple of weeks.
Brute Strength Blog – free at home workouts, without having to sign up for anything.
Comptrain – with equipment and without equipment options.
Mayhem 30 – Right now, they have extended their free 10 day trial to a 10 day trial + 30 FREE DAYS, so if I am doing my math correctly, that is 40 free days.
Grown Strong – 30 Days of Bodyweight Fitness.