Active Brno: Staying Active During These Strange Times
As you stay inside your home while the world deals with the spread of the coronavirus, there are many things that you can do to stay active. Photo Credit: Stock image / Freepik.
The Czech Republic is in a state of emergency. Restaurants and bars are closed for more than a week. School has been suspended. Non-essential international travel is forbidden.
The effort against
the spread of the coronavirus has truly been unprecedented.
The next couple
weeks are to be spent inside in order to avoid contracting — or
spreading — the virus. Most people will be working from home or,
worse, not working, and wondering where their future paychecks will
In any case, know that there are many ways to stay active so that you stay fit and don’t get cabin fever. Here are some ideas for moving around your home.
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Staying Fit at
There are many
things that you can do in your home to maintain a basic level of
• Find a good
YouTube exercise video. Use the internet for work and getting the
latest information from reputable news sources. Also use the internet
to find a good exercise video. Search YouTube.com for “10-minute
workout” and you will see many different options. Press “Play”
and follow along.
• Find a good
YouTube yoga video. I have never done yoga, so I would search
YouTube.com for the phrase “Yoga for complete beginners”. There
are many additional options for more experienced people. Or tweak the
search phrase accordingly.
• Do old-school
calisthenics. You probably don’t have weights and cardio
machines at home. Guess what? Your grandparents never did, either. Do
some old-school exercises for a while: push-ups, sit-ups, squats,
stretches. Gravity and your body weight can be exhausting.
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Starting a Diet
If you are in need
of a weight-loss phase, you can use this time of crisis as an impetus
to concentrate on your diet. Don’t weaken yourself and your
immunity by foregoing food, but, if you can, this feels like a good
time eat intelligently.
• Stock up on
healthy foods. The supermarkets are still open and the supply
chains are supposed to remain intact. Don’t get frozen pizza, get
low-salt soups. Don’t get ready-made canned meals, make a big pot
of chili that you can eat for multiple meals, freeze and then eat for
additional multiple meals later. Use pasta and rice to stretch meals
• Lay off the
booze. With the bars closed, this is a perfect time to sober up.
How many of us have said that we need to slow down on the alcohol?
Here is our chance.
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Dealing with Kids
If you have
children, then you need a strategy for when they start to bounce off
the walls with their seemingly inexhaustible youthful energy. I have
toddlers who are constantly moving. These are some suggestions for
their cohort. (As for older kids, I figure they would be more into
the ideas listed above if, that is, you can get away from the
activities for your toddlers. In my family, the replacement for
our Monday afternoon exercise class will be speed-building Duplo
houses that will involve running across the room, and perhaps a broad
jump competition. The replacement for our Thursday afternoon ballet
class will be a recital; I’ve already got the Nutcracker soundtrack
saved and ready to go.
• Create a big
project. I recently purchased several bookshelves that came
wrapped in large cardboard boxes. During Christmas the cardboard was
made into a multi-room castle, which lasted for a couple of months
and eventually became a parking garage for toy cars and got partially
eaten by a toy velociraptor. The castle is now gone, but I still have
a lot of cardboard. I figure an entire afternoon can be spent on
building another structure.
keep your brain working. Binge-watch movies and television series,
sure, but read a book or five. It’s good for you.
Don’t be afraid to
create something. Paint. Draw. Assemble a puzzle.
Or write something creative. Shameless plug: the fourth annual Brno Short Story Writing contest has started. Entries must be in English, no more than 2,500 words and address the theme “Brno” in some way. The deadline is Sunday, May 17, 2020. Go to the website for more information: brnowriters.wordpress.com.
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I’m sure there are
many other ideas out there. Please share.