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Bring Back the Normal

I don’t know about you, but this is crazy times to me. I am a person who needs structure to thrive. I should have gone into the military (but I don’t like people telling me what to do) so I create my own schedule. In this time of uncertainty, it has me all thrown off. My husband is home, the house is stacked with all kinds of food that I don’t need to consume daily, and I can’t go out and play tennis with my friends. Many of us are working from home, the kids are there, and everyone is looking at you to entertain them. I am just feeling trapped, or shall I said I did until I had a talk with myself and said: “Self, GET YOUR LIFE RIGHT!” So, I share with you, as usual, some of the things I am going to implement in this 30-day lockdown.

Make a schedule:   If you have kids set up school time just like they would at school. They have a set period for Math, Science, English, etc., a bell sounds to let them know it is time to change. You can do that at home. Have an alarm set so that they can hear a bell that tells them it’s time for the next subject. Try to duplicate the things that feel normal for them.

If you don’t have kids at home (like me) you may have husbands and pets to deal with. I work from home, so I have my regular routine once my husband leaves for work. I am going to keep it real with you, men we really love you, however, the house feels different when you are home all day. Not only that, if you are now working from home your routine is off as well. We are all creators of habit. We get to work at 8:30 say “Good Morning” to your crew, set up your desk and go get coffee at 9:00.  So, ladies, this is what I will implement in my home to go about my day as normal. Keep your routine, set up times that will work for your new normal. Wake up at the same time, go get coffee at the same time and keep to a schedule. Here are some of the things that I will have scheduled:

Cardio: Make sure you get at least 30 minutes of cardio 3 times a week. You can break it up and take a 15minute walk, dance for 10 minutes or go up and down your stairs for 5 minutes, bingo you got your 30 minutes in. Don’t forget that you can always get outside Spring has sprung, go for a walk. That will be great for your kids and pets. I mean you are at home any way you can schedule 30 minutes each day to moving your body, cardio is also great for your lungs!

Resistance training: Grab some dumbbells, resistance bands, medicine ball, kettlebell or nothing. You can use your body weight as resistance. Do at least 3 days a week to keep you tone and strong. Here is an upper-body resistant workout that is simple and can be done anywhere and it’s effective.

Take your resistance band with handles and place securely in a doorway. Make sure you have enough resistant to feel a good pull.

Shoulder Rise: 30 seconds 3 – 5 sets

Bicep Curls: 30 seconds 3 – 5 sets

Tricep Kick Back: 30 seconds 3 -5 sets

Rows: 30 seconds 3 -5 sets

Remember we are in this together. Fear is a normal reaction, it’s ok to be afraid. Let’s take that fear and use it as motivation to make healthy habits.