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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Exercise indoors - on hold


The YMCA at Cheshire, Black Mountain NC. The round windows are in the pool area. Since it's heated it does entice me, but not when COVID-19 requires masks. Ugh, a wet paper mask is not a good idea.

A bit more jazzed up tread-mill machine, and I did my usual 20 minutes but did a "slow down" in order to sip some water, and it lost my tally of minutes walked. I'll have to do it differently next time.

I'm on my own, but told one of the trainers that I want to lose 10% of my weight...which had been my final goal at the Heart Path pulmonary rehab. Of course setting that goal the week before I finished their rehab meant it was pretty unrealistic there. But hey, it's my goal, not theirs.

After finishing my 20 minutes pedaling on the New Balance stepper, I was pretty tired. There's only one of these machines in the area where masks are mandatory.  The other two are in a small area where exercisers have a "mask optional" rule. No thanks! We did much the same routines as the Heart Path gym, cleaning the equipment with disinfectant wipes both before and after our workouts.

I was pleasantly surprised to only have a half dozen people working on the machines, and that they only allow every other one to be used to keep the social distance of 6 feet between people. There had been a class going in another area that I might join later, "sit and be fit" I think. They only allow 11 people to reserve space in that classroom, and reservations must be made within the 24 hours before the class, and then everyone in a class mut be masked.

It seems like they're doing the right things to stay safe. I will be back...when?

And on another note, my diet, low-fat, plant-based eating. If you haven't watched Forks over Knives yet, let me say this is the most important video that anyone thinking about their health, and the health of the planet should consider. The link above just takes you to the trailer. I was able to check it out from inter-library loans in North Carolina. It's unfortunately not available (yet) on Netflix.

And I must update this (as a few days have passed since my visit) and say I'm walking around the lake or in my neighborhood, but not going to any gym at this time of higher incidence of COVID-19. Fortunately the Y explained that they don't bill my insurance if I'm not coming in and using the electronic sign-in. It's all automated.

Stay safe, y'all!



  1. Hello,
    It is probably best to get your exercise walking outdoors.
    It seems the Covid cases are going up everywhere now, take care and stay safe! Happy Sunday, wishing you a great new week!

  2. It seems that we're all trying to figure out what we can and cannot do.

  3. ...some many things are put on hold.

  4. I like your workout there, and I hope the virus is contained soon so you can get back to it. I'm glad you're staying safe. Take care there.

  5. I'm glad I'm able to get my exercise outdoors; I've never liked the idea of being attached to a machine even in non-virus times. Gyms here are having a hard time, along with many other businesses. What will be left by the time this thing is over I have no idea.

  6. I was wondering about your use of the gym. Not a good idea and I don't know why they have them open. A pause in use is good for your health.

  7. I sat inside at a Starbucks a few weeks ago but they are closed inside again. I enjoy exercising outdoors but the weather can be problematic. :( It sounds like you are determined to get fit and healthy!

  8. I'm surprised that they allow people to work out indoors. I wouldn't feel safe. I do all my walking around town and through the numerous trails we have. I see only a few people and we just say hi and move along. Hopefully things will improve some time next year. Take care and stay safe.

  9. Sounds like you're being sensible. Which is what I'd expect.


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