Apr 16, 2021 11:19AM Claire_in_Seattle wrote:
I was wondering about exercise and making Covid less severe. One year ago, I certainly was thinking that it was important to keep my lungs strong, much as I thought the same thing when exercising and cycling throughout chemo. I only have to look at my brother in law to know that sitting kills. He is still among us, but in no way the same since his stroke just prior to Christmas. Worst thing for my sister is that he cannot be left alone. (She got the exercise memo so she's fine.)
I will need to ibuprofen and caffiene up and do a run today. Still feeling it from post Covid jab #2 two weeks ago. Tomorrow is the first cycling event since Covid started. Going with friends as my car Rexxie is getting a transmission rebuild for a noisy bearing. So I am semi-grounded. No great hardship with a supermarket next door and plenty of walking trails. I have more than enough work to keep me occupied.
Lots more cyclists these days, most of whom appear to be on e-bikes. I am still getting used to how e-bikes work as the cadence is different. I don't own one, but it does affect how riders do things such as take hills and round corners. They are much cheaper now so widely available. As I go out in time, I may consider one, but at the moment, I need every bit of calorie burn I can get as have an over-supply stored at the moment.
I look at exercise as an investment, much as one saves money for retirement and a rainy day. Because my dreams feature adventures and those require being able to walk miles and miles at a minimum. Not to mention being able to lift your own suitcase and climb stairs to see sites. I haven't made it out to the Vineyard yet, but when I do get there, I will be campling in the orchard, hiking, walking miles, and doing physical labor. You can't do these things if you aren't at least somewhat fit, including pitching a tent.
Or seeing the great artworks of Europe. I haven't forgotten visiting the Tate Britain three years ago with a very sore foot and limping as I saw the sights and revisited paintings that I dearly love. Much more fun minus the injury.
Not to mention my upcoming cycling tour of Islay and Jura in August. Now there is a reason to get in miles and at least some hills! - Claire