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  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Member Posts: 5,880 Member Member Posts: 5,880 Member
    lemurcat2 wrote: »
    COGypsy wrote: »
    Theoldguy1 wrote: »
    COGypsy wrote: »
    I'm one of those in an extremely small space. My condo is a one bedroom, just under 700 sq feet. If I push all the furniture in the living room as far back as it will go, I can fit a yoga mat in longways, but can't spread my arms fully out to the sides. I don't really know much about what's on YouTube, but I know that's not enough room for things I used to do in aerobics type classes back in the day. I thought this would be a good time to start C25K or something, but they're predicting 4-6" of snow tomorrow and Friday, so that option seems to have disappeared as well for the time being. Luckily, stress goes right to my stomach, so too many calories has not yet been a concern for me.

    Don't know where you are but in most of the US 4-6 inches of snow this time of year will be gone fast. Do you have anything preventing you from walking if there is a bit of snow on the ground?

    Good luck.

    It mostly depends on whether people get their walks shoveled in a timely fashion. I live in an old neighborhood where most of the sidewalks are broken up and uneven from tree roots and stuff. If it’s snow covered and icy, it’s more treacherous than productive. It’s supposed to snow through Friday, so hopefully it will melt off quickly. I still hate doing it alone. It honestly doesn’t matter if I’m inside or out, it’s the deafening isolation that’s already getting to me.

    Microspikes and Yaktrax are great in snow and ice.

    The usual problem where I live with running on the sidewalks much of the winter is that you get a stretch of pavement followed by a stretch (or even just various patches) of ice followed by perhaps some snow (since people did a bad job shoveling) and so on. I have Yaktrax but haven't really used them since my understanding has been that they wouldn't be good on the pavement parts. Am I wrong? It's late enough in the year that I'm not worried about it (knock on wood), but that ice/pavement/ice/pavement type of condition is the main thing that keeps me from running outside more consistently in the winter.

    I have Microspikes, I've worn them on hikes with snow and intermittent melted out rock. I've walked over plenty of bare ground with them because I'm lazy enough not to keep taking them on and off. It's not ideal, but it's workable. It'll eventually grind them down, but there's a lot of metal so it'll take a very long time. I haven't worn Yaktrax personally, I have a friend that likes hers, that's as much as I can really say.

    I wouldn't want to run in them just because it's more weight on your feet. My friend does it. I was responding because it sounded like people think they can't even go out and walk if there's snow and ice.

    Ah, thanks. I was hoping there was some magical solution to my specific problem that I just hadn't discovered yet, but I guess not.
  • ritzvinritzvin Member, Premium Posts: 2,764 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,764 Member
    lemurcat2 wrote: »
    lemurcat2 wrote: »
    COGypsy wrote: »
    Theoldguy1 wrote: »
    COGypsy wrote: »
    I'm one of those in an extremely small space. My condo is a one bedroom, just under 700 sq feet. If I push all the furniture in the living room as far back as it will go, I can fit a yoga mat in longways, but can't spread my arms fully out to the sides. I don't really know much about what's on YouTube, but I know that's not enough room for things I used to do in aerobics type classes back in the day. I thought this would be a good time to start C25K or something, but they're predicting 4-6" of snow tomorrow and Friday, so that option seems to have disappeared as well for the time being. Luckily, stress goes right to my stomach, so too many calories has not yet been a concern for me.

    Don't know where you are but in most of the US 4-6 inches of snow this time of year will be gone fast. Do you have anything preventing you from walking if there is a bit of snow on the ground?

    Good luck.

    It mostly depends on whether people get their walks shoveled in a timely fashion. I live in an old neighborhood where most of the sidewalks are broken up and uneven from tree roots and stuff. If it’s snow covered and icy, it’s more treacherous than productive. It’s supposed to snow through Friday, so hopefully it will melt off quickly. I still hate doing it alone. It honestly doesn’t matter if I’m inside or out, it’s the deafening isolation that’s already getting to me.

    Microspikes and Yaktrax are great in snow and ice.

    The usual problem where I live with running on the sidewalks much of the winter is that you get a stretch of pavement followed by a stretch (or even just various patches) of ice followed by perhaps some snow (since people did a bad job shoveling) and so on. I have Yaktrax but haven't really used them since my understanding has been that they wouldn't be good on the pavement parts. Am I wrong? It's late enough in the year that I'm not worried about it (knock on wood), but that ice/pavement/ice/pavement type of condition is the main thing that keeps me from running outside more consistently in the winter.

    I have Microspikes, I've worn them on hikes with snow and intermittent melted out rock. I've walked over plenty of bare ground with them because I'm lazy enough not to keep taking them on and off. It's not ideal, but it's workable. It'll eventually grind them down, but there's a lot of metal so it'll take a very long time. I haven't worn Yaktrax personally, I have a friend that likes hers, that's as much as I can really say.

    I wouldn't want to run in them just because it's more weight on your feet. My friend does it. I was responding because it sounded like people think they can't even go out and walk if there's snow and ice.

    Ah, thanks. I was hoping there was some magical solution to my specific problem that I just hadn't discovered yet, but I guess not.

    The small carbide spikes or nail-head-like studs (stabilicers makes a version like this that is more secure for running, some other runners will screw nails into the bottom of an older pair of running sneakers) are less problematic on bare spots. I couldn't imagine trying to run on bare pavement with micro spikes (too huge). If your feet are large enough, you can try nanospikes (kahtoola)(they have the small carbide spikes). Or do trail running shoes (not as grippy, so would still want to watch for ice patches, but better than pavement shoes without issues on bare pavement). I've also done XC shoes with 1/8" spikes if bad out (but those need to be replaced extremely frequently). A few brands make some studded cold weather running shoes (ice bug is one), with some of them meant for road use (more likely to tolerate mixed conditions).
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Member Posts: 5,880 Member Member Posts: 5,880 Member
    Thanks! I have some trail running shoes and had wondered about trying them. I'll make a note to look into the other ideas (like the ice bug) for next year. (We are still getting some snow here -- it was snowing lightly when I ran yesterday -- but the temps are consistently above freezing enough that I don't think ice should be a problem anymore until next fall (again, knock on wood!).)
  • ataleforthetimebeingataleforthetimebeing Member Posts: 80 Member Member Posts: 80 Member
    Hello. I hate the fact that gyms have closed down all over the world. I use the home workout app now to keep myself fit.

    Anyway to answer the original question, I read today that a 43 year old COVID19 positive man with severe obesity died in Albania.

    What worries me about COVID19 is not poor physical health per se. Like the original poster said, those who love being active will find ways to do it. I think it is the idea of being locked inside the house without knowing for how long and how this will affect us. Without any socialising, we could become indifferent. Boredom can force people to overeat or to make poor choices. This can negatively affect people's mental health.
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  • SnifterPugSnifterPug Member Posts: 433 Member Member Posts: 433 Member
    I agree with the previous poster that mental health could be a big issue. I rely hugely on my gym for my mental wellbeing. Fortunately I know this, and have the space and financial resources to buy in some extra equipment for home. Nothing fancy but a few extra weights, bands and a TRX. Oh, and a pull up bar. So I can keep exercising and I am making myself do it. Motivation is a bit low, right now, but once I start I'm OK.

    Obesity-wise - the following comment is meant to inject some levity, but judging by our current lack of food on the shelves the obesity crisis will be solved.
  • ataleforthetimebeingataleforthetimebeing Member Posts: 80 Member Member Posts: 80 Member
    SnifterPug wrote: »
    I agree with the previous poster that mental health could be a big issue. I rely hugely on my gym for my mental wellbeing. Fortunately I know this, and have the space and financial resources to buy in some extra equipment for home. Nothing fancy but a few extra weights, bands and a TRX. Oh, and a pull up bar. So I can keep exercising and I am making myself do it. Motivation is a bit low, right now, but once I start I'm OK.

    Obesity-wise - the following comment is meant to inject some levity, but judging by our current lack of food on the shelves the obesity crisis will be solved.

    A lot of people store cans and cold cuts etc instead of fruits and vegetables because they are not perishable. I won't be surprised if a lot of people end up becoming more obese with added stress of zero workout and poor motivation.
  • ataleforthetimebeingataleforthetimebeing Member Posts: 80 Member Member Posts: 80 Member
    SnifterPug wrote: »
    I agree with the previous poster that mental health could be a big issue. I rely hugely on my gym for my mental wellbeing. Fortunately I know this, and have the space and financial resources to buy in some extra equipment for home. Nothing fancy but a few extra weights, bands and a TRX. Oh, and a pull up bar. So I can keep exercising and I am making myself do it. Motivation is a bit low, right now, but once I start I'm OK.

    Obesity-wise - the following comment is meant to inject some levity, but judging by our current lack of food on the shelves the obesity crisis will be solved.

    A lot of people store cans and cold cuts etc instead of fruits and vegetables because they are not perishable. I won't be surprised if a lot of people end up becoming more obese with added stress of zero workout and poor motivation.

    Unless you're in an area where outdoor activity has literally been banned, doing zero activity during this period is a choice. Even for those indoors, there are still videos with indoor-appropriate routines that one can find online.

    Same for people who are eating from cans right now -- I can make a calorie-appropriate meal from cans just like I can from fresh fruits and vegetables.

    People who prioritized weight management before this still have the option to do that while at home. Yes, there are specific challenges, but nobody is being required to eat more than they need or sit on their couch all day.

    I agree but I also know a whole lot of people who do not like to workout but do it for one of many reasons and I can definitely see using this period as an excuse to completely avoid any training.
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Member Posts: 5,880 Member Member Posts: 5,880 Member
    SnifterPug wrote: »
    I agree with the previous poster that mental health could be a big issue. I rely hugely on my gym for my mental wellbeing. Fortunately I know this, and have the space and financial resources to buy in some extra equipment for home. Nothing fancy but a few extra weights, bands and a TRX. Oh, and a pull up bar. So I can keep exercising and I am making myself do it. Motivation is a bit low, right now, but once I start I'm OK.

    Obesity-wise - the following comment is meant to inject some levity, but judging by our current lack of food on the shelves the obesity crisis will be solved.

    A lot of people store cans and cold cuts etc instead of fruits and vegetables because they are not perishable. I won't be surprised if a lot of people end up becoming more obese with added stress of zero workout and poor motivation.

    Unless you're in an area where outdoor activity has literally been banned, doing zero activity during this period is a choice. Even for those indoors, there are still videos with indoor-appropriate routines that one can find online.

    Same for people who are eating from cans right now -- I can make a calorie-appropriate meal from cans just like I can from fresh fruits and vegetables.

    People who prioritized weight management before this still have the option to do that while at home. Yes, there are specific challenges, but nobody is being required to eat more than they need or sit on their couch all day.

    I agree but I also know a whole lot of people who do not like to workout but do it for one of many reasons and I can definitely see using this period as an excuse to completely avoid any training.

    I mean, people always find *excuses* not to work out.

    Right, it's easy enough to do no matter what is going on.

    People now are in different situations, but for me exercise seems more necessary than ever just for basic stress release and distracting oneself.
  • ataleforthetimebeingataleforthetimebeing Member Posts: 80 Member Member Posts: 80 Member
    lemurcat2 wrote: »
    SnifterPug wrote: »
    I agree with the previous poster that mental health could be a big issue. I rely hugely on my gym for my mental wellbeing. Fortunately I know this, and have the space and financial resources to buy in some extra equipment for home. Nothing fancy but a few extra weights, bands and a TRX. Oh, and a pull up bar. So I can keep exercising and I am making myself do it. Motivation is a bit low, right now, but once I start I'm OK.

    Obesity-wise - the following comment is meant to inject some levity, but judging by our current lack of food on the shelves the obesity crisis will be solved.

    A lot of people store cans and cold cuts etc instead of fruits and vegetables because they are not perishable. I won't be surprised if a lot of people end up becoming more obese with added stress of zero workout and poor motivation.

    Unless you're in an area where outdoor activity has literally been banned, doing zero activity during this period is a choice. Even for those indoors, there are still videos with indoor-appropriate routines that one can find online.

    Same for people who are eating from cans right now -- I can make a calorie-appropriate meal from cans just like I can from fresh fruits and vegetables.

    People who prioritized weight management before this still have the option to do that while at home. Yes, there are specific challenges, but nobody is being required to eat more than they need or sit on their couch all day.

    I agree but I also know a whole lot of people who do not like to workout but do it for one of many reasons and I can definitely see using this period as an excuse to completely avoid any training.

    I mean, people always find *excuses* not to work out.

    Right, it's easy enough to do no matter what is going on.

    People now are in different situations, but for me exercise seems more necessary than ever just for basic stress release and distracting oneself.

    Same here. It makes me feel revitalised.
  • avadickerson9712avadickerson9712 Member Posts: 2 Member Member Posts: 2 Member
    I really hate not being able to go the gym eiether. But I have been going on walks with my boyfriend until I get to 10,000 steps so I can reach my goal and I am still trying to eat healthy and log everyday so hopefully this doesn’t make us unhealthy or anything like that.
  • SezxyStefSezxyStef Member Posts: 15,248 Member Member Posts: 15,248 Member
    Glad I have a home gym complete with yoga, treadmill, bench, bars, squat rack and cables...

    If you want to exercise you find a way...kettle balls, cans of beans, water jugs etc...
  • nutmegoreonutmegoreo Member Posts: 15,512 Member Member Posts: 15,512 Member
    psychod787 wrote: »
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    This is what happens for us who want to stay busy when they close the gyms...

    Of course, my mind immediately went elsewhere. :Do:)

    Where? :innocent::devil:
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