InertiaOn March 14, 2020 by Barbara
Ever since I returned from my trip to Brazil a few weeks ago, getting back to my routine (or even creating a new one) hasn’t been easy. My mind has been somewhat unfocused, and honestly I’ve been feeling very tired so it’s way too easy to just not do things.
The coronavirus scare doesn’t help – it actually hurts (well, of course). But how can you consider going to sweaty yoga in a hot enclosed environment with a bunch of strangers when there’s the threat of contamination just from touching a surface?
It took me a hot minute to stop feeling guilty about that – but still, I’m very aware that the virus scare is just another excuse for me to skip my workout. Also, nothing keeps me from working out at home, but I’m very skillfully keeping that thought way in the back of my mind (it made an appearance for a few seconds for this post only).
Overcoming inertia is so hard. In my opinion, or better yet, for my personality type, having motivation is great but not enough. The circumstances need to be perfect. I have to be energized. If there’s the smallest obstacle, I’ll quickly be convinced to give up any thought of movement.
At the moment, everything is in flux. Everyone is in panic because of the coronavirus. Events are being cancelled, places are shutting down, my entire company is working remotely, and I can honestly say that it’s hit this family hard – not in a health related way, we’re ok so far… but I guess this type of situation has a way of interfering with every aspect of our lives. At this point we’ve decided to self quarantine as much as possible. We’re not part of a risk group, but it’s recommended that you stay home to avoid infection and keep the health system from getting overwhelmed, so that’s what we’re doing. Now I need to come up with a new routine or I’ll become a potato. And I don’t want to be a potato. Being a potato is bad. Bad potato.
There are options if you want to keep active at home. There are of course workout programs you can follow, but if you’re not into that kind of stuff, you can always sign up for online yoga classes or something similar. And everyone has a treadmill in the basement, so maybe it’s time you stop using it for storage.
A while ago I bought a workout program that can be done anywhere. It does require some equipment, but it’s minimal. So that’s something I can do. I also really love yoga so I might be looking into some online classes.
We’ve also (hubby and I) been going out for walks. I know I just talked about quarantine, but where we go we are never in contact with other people and don’t touch anything, so we feel pretty ok about that. So far, at least.
I guess this post is more of a status update. With everything that’s happening in the world right now, sometimes it’s hard to focus.
I hope you’re doing well. I hope that where you are, everyone is healthy. But if you’re in a location or situation where self isolation is required, or even self imposed as a preventive measure (like us), please make sure to take care of yourself. Try to keep active even if it’s just walking around the house to get the steps in. Do some lunges, push-ups, sit-us, whatever you can to keep inertia from setting in. Because if it does, that b*tch is super clingy and will not want to leave.