Using the Outdoors to Adventure and Sweat
I Facetimed a friend last week and asked how their isolation is going. "I'm gaining the COVID 19", they replied.
COVID is keeping us inside and a lot of people are snacking and drinking (including myself).
The first month of isolation was gross. I was drinking pop, eating brownies, and not moving my body. Plus, the scale in my bathroom died and frankly, I was too lazy to replace the battery.
On the 5th week, I checked my weight. I had gained 5lbs. I now weighed 245lbs (111kg).
As of this writing, my choice of exercise depends on the weather. If it's not too windy, I'll go for a run. If the wind is high but it's warm, a walk. If it's crappy outside, I do an exercise video on Beachbody OnDemand.
My preferred exercise is being outside, but I find it gets boring.
Walking and running the same loop gets old quick. I tried using podcasts to get my mind off the familiar sights, but it wasn't enough. Despite how far I walked, I felt like I didn't leave the block.
I decided to fix up my old bike.
Brakes, check. Chain, check. Seat height, check. Helmet, check.
I took my bike down the street for a test run. The wind in my face, my lungs FILLED with fresh cold air. The speed. It was excellent.
Returning home, I was tired. I filled my water bottle and hit the street.
Getting started is better than doing nothing! Exercise doesn't need to be P90X or a strict weight-training routine. The parts that are important are (1) your breathing, (2) your heart rate, and (3) how you FEEL after building up a sweat. Oh.. and I swear water is the best tasting thing after a good workout!
- Colin MacInnis