At my YMCA, I attended a number of classes - mostly Zumba (and Cardio Dance). When the lock down was mandated, those classes stopped. Those classes were the one major thing I missed about the Y.
I could do exercises at home with YouTube videos and I could do my weights. I could also take long walks at several local parks and at a couple of malls (on rainy or extremely hot days) that opened up early for mall walkers.
When it came to Zumba, there are a lot of instructors online (mostly YouTube), but they were missing two important ingredients..... my favorite instructors and my classmates.
Very early on, my favorite teacher, Dawn DeWitt, and her daughter, Raven Puentes, offered Zumba via Zoom.
Zoom offered us the opportunity to follow her leadership and also to interact with each other - the teacher and my classmates. We could all see each other and it was "almost" like being there, sort of. Definitely better than not seeing anyone ever.
I love Dawn's teaching technique and she really cares about her students,
always offering encouragement right when you need it. It was motivating.
The point is this, there are teachers who care and those who are just in it for the money and the personal workout. If you look around you will find a caring teacher that will lead you even under the most undesirable circumstances.
If you have such a teacher, show your appreciation. Let them know you appreciate the extra effort they put into reaching out to you.
If you are looking for online classes and you don't know where to start, here are some links that are available anywhere you have internet, no gym memberships required, all free:
Zumba Dance Workout for Beginners Step by Step/ Best Dance for Weight Loss: https://youtu.be/sdoNOB6w1fY
WE LOVE DANCE - 80s Warm Up (Mix by DJ Baddmixx) This instructor is gentle and I like her level of speed and steps: https://youtu.be/Xewf0Ecyrfs
Dura - Daddy Yankee / ZUMBA with Claudio Lopez Utreras - Claudio is one of my favorite online teachers: https://youtu.be/DuVcNbSykv4
Standing Exercises for Older Adults - Using a chair, too: https://youtu.be/mQLzNf8VOIc
Standing Pilates for Seniors- 30 minutes of exercise to Improve Strength & Build Confidence: https://youtu.be/i3PYS_jsA1c
Over 60 and self-quarantined? Do these 5 exercises DAILY - taught by a physical therapist: https://youtu.be/yQ0G5x5hI28
There are videos for walking online,
but really all you need to do is just "walk".
Walk around your house inside or out. Walk your neighborhood, go to a walking park, go to any park, go to indoor malls that open early for mall walkers (I love this, because it's climate controlled and safe).
The important thing is just walk. Start with a goal that you can reach.
If that's 2000 steps, then get 2000 steps a day. My base goal is 6000 steps a day, my daily goal is 10,000 steps a day, and my ultimate goal is 15-20,000 steps a day.
I usually always make my basic goal of 6000. At least 2-3 times a week I make my daily goal of 10,000 steps, and about 2-3 times a month I make my ultimate goal of 15-20,000 steps.
I have a goal to walk,
EVERY SINGLE DAY
NO MATTER WHAT!
Don't use the COVID Lock down or Stay In Place mandate stop you from staying active. It's vital to your health, both physical and mental.
Please share how you are staying active and what you are doing for your health during this weird time in our life. What do you do to keep moving physically and mentally?