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Details of ideas on Exercise during Covid-19 from our attendees

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Details of ideas on Exercise during Covid-19 from our attendees:

Created New Routines; Were Motivated by Medical Needs;  Multi-tasked Exercise; and/or Were Motivated by Acheivable Goals:

My husband’s diagnosis of high blood pressure and cholesterol motivated both of us to exercise and COVID helped a lot during the process.

Exercised, basement dumbells, airdyne bike, walking, golf3-4-6 days a week

Exercise: I started doing what they were doing: martial arts. I have an under-desk elliptical while I am seated in the office, and I try to take brief walks during the workday, even if only 10

I recently began using a rebounder (mini-trampoline). Low-impact and effective.  It’s been great at relieving pain in my knees.  Now, I use it for paid elimination more than just the exercise.

I bought a upright rower so when I watch TV I exercise during the show.

Confined to my building, I use the stairs instead of the elevator.  Its quite a hike to the top

I also step and stretch during zoom trainings so I am turning off my video so you don’t see me walking in

I walk my 70 pound dog every morning before dawn ( in Tucson it gets pretty hot during the day).  About 30-60 minutes. But then there is this great 7 minute = 12 activity workout that was in the NYTimes so my neighbor and i do that every day!)

Hikes every morning before working from home, strength training after the work day. Helps separate work from the rest of the day, which is not so easily done while working from home.

My dogs keep me moving

Joined a virtual walking challenge with called the Kennedy50, walking 50miles in 10 days… it kept me going every day through the snow and cold weather… now I just can’t stop… my body tells me it needs to move!

I couldn’t do more than 5 push-ups, but realized I could do 5 again. So, I decided to do them 2 X daily (<1 minute) . Starting with as many full push ups as possible  then finish on my knees to goal. I started with with 5 push-ups and was up to 45 full push-ups within 2 months; at age 48.

My exercise (running) has significantly increased as I overcame an environmental barrier: the weather as

I complete frequent difficult treks to prepare me to climb at least one major mountain a year. I have done 4 of the 7 summits.

Learning that I carry two ApoE4 genes spurred me to make some big changes about 7 years ago.  Went vegetarian, and big into exercise.  I do other things as well like watch my sleep, learn new and challenging things, etc. Get up every morning at 6:00am, do a Nordictrack ride on my bike and walk my dogs before and after work. Shoot for 400-500 moderate-vigorous minutes exercise a week.

Download Wellify app and get going, gives a great 1 min excercise once an hour – perfect for the new

When the pandemic hit last year my barrier to exercise was not being able to go to my group fitness classes. Since then I have joined a virtual group fitness program and three days a week I get to participate in strength and yoga classes in the middle of my remote work day.

I’m turning 34 this year and pre-pandemic had a hot yoga membership that I used 2-3x/week. I got into running when the pandemic hit, but have been derailed by the winter weather. Been doing yoga in my basement thanks to YouTube, and walking as much as I can!

Slowly gaining home gym equipment has helped me remove the barrier of commutes/inconvenience of going to a gym and helps me fit workouts in to my changing daily schedule.

From result of the pandemic I was unable to go to the gym and to get past that I made weights at home to use

I found a wonderful boutique exercise studio called The Bar Method. The program not only exercises the body through aerobic, strength and stretching exercises, but also engages and strengthens the mind through building neuroplasticity.  I have noticed marked improvement not only in my body but also in my brain capacity especially relating to memory.

Acquiring home gym small equipment helpful during pandemic, when Seattle weather poses biggest exercise challenge

For me at least, variety of exercises is important. I see many peers suffer forms of repetitive stress injuries because they always engage in the same mode of exercise.  Blending ultimate frisbee, tennis, running, body weight exercises and indoor rowing keeps me from getting burned out on one particular activity and seems to spread the stress around to multiple aging muscles and joints!

Resistance training- even with bands is great for health outcomes- even glucose levels and cholesterol and can be done in small spaces and only take up a ziplock bag. I find this is great in the winter and when traveling.

Ignore the weather, buy a warm coat, a hat and scarf, some weather resistant boots and MAKE TIME to walk every day outside.  Its cheaper and more interesting, finding a new route every day….bring your music if you want, or a podcast.

My father is 72 and rides his bike 10 miles/day + works out with resistance bands. He still works full time and walks to/from work. I don’t expect him to need any sort of care any time soon.

Yoga in my basement has become my “commute” – I do a short workout before I begin my work day, and one to close it out.

Have found some great live online classes so still get the social aspect of prepandemic classes and exposed to more variety. Actually am exercising more now. Also dress for the weather and walk outdoors (prairie provinces in Canada have all temperature extremes).

I go on treadmill 5 days a week for 45 minutes and weight baring exercise for 20 minutes 4 days a week and pilates three afternoons a week. I have been following this schedule for 30 years. Barrier: illness, preparing food in the evening, low energy. I am flexible to switch to stretch and mat pilate if I am tired and don’t have enough energy to run.

Everyday, consistent and efficient routine of targeted exercises I can do on my own anywhere helps me to keep it as a priority. Then if I find more time later each day for more activity, it is a bonus

I started–in my midlife–training the afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira. It has it all! cardio, acrobatics, and body weight strength training–along with music, social interaction and learning a little Portuguese. I also like to think I’m modeling for my fellow students (two or more decades younger!) a new way of thinking about aging, learning, and exercise.

I’ll bite on the give-away.  Here is my routine for an average WINTER week.


  • Indoor Cycling plus core workout: every other day, 3-4 days
  • Legs: once a week, mostly squats – 1 day
  • Chest and back, usually Peloton routines – 1-2 days
  • Arms and Shoulders – 1 – 2 days


  • Yoga flow – 1-2 days
  • Restorative yoga – 2-3 days
  • Lagree – 2-3 days

3 mi daily walk, some yoga, some PT exercises from 2 knee replacements a year ago, occasional indoor cycling. I miss the Y!!

I Walk 3-5 days a week almost everyday. Now I do 1 day of virtual Yoga and 1 day of weight training. Before COVID I did Ballroom & Latin Dancing 2-3 nights a week. 1-2 nights of dance lessons. Now I’ll dance in my home for exercise. Also before COVID I went to the gym 3 days a week for 2 hrs. I’m hoping to be able to return to these activities soon.

I get a mat and some weight to do home exercise, moreover, I play tennis at near by park

I walk, run, practice yoga and kettlebell daily and I track my zones (2-5) each day.

I took up athletics, running the 110 m hurdles. Ten barriers to exercise /110 m.

Do walk within house and keep tracking. Or do spot running

Exercise has helped me overcome a left side weakness due to hydrocephalus. My typical routine involves cardio and weight training. Due to Covid my time in the gym has deminished. However my cardio routine has increased.

I ride my exercise bike while watching all seminars! ( during COVID)

I have 5 different workout routines during the pandemic. Muay Thai in my garage gym 2x per week, resistance training 2-3x per week, and I created an outdoor and indoor high intensity circuit for the other 2 days per week. About 20 min stretching per day and 10 minutes of abdominal exercise per day. Plus walking the dog 15 min daily and multiple trips up and down the steps during the day as activity breaks.

I keep weights and bands by my standing desk. Functional fitness classes, brisk dog walk daily, running/elliptical  & yoga with Adrienne on youtube.

I run 6 miles most days, 2000+ per year for 46 years (I am 66).

For exercise, I walk up and down the hills in my neighborhood, as well as use muscle resistance training, calisthenics, and an indoor rowing machine.

We have had great natural snow since Thanksgiving, so daily cross country ski 5-6 days per week, alternating low, moderate and high intensity, 45 to 120 min/day (62 yo)

The pandemic has had a positive effect on my exercise routine. I have found a wealth of classes online and can exercise from the comfort of my home. This is helpful during ‘difficult’ weather in the winter when it’s harder to do things outside.

I do stepper while reading and small weights lifting

For the book drawing,   Exerise 5 days a week, rigourous upper and lower body, both weights and repititions,  Run 6 days a week,  presently at 20 miles per week,  will increase this to 50 miles per week in September and October/

Uphill running on a treadmill followed by weight training

One way I exercise: daily practice with diaphragmatic breathing.

Throughout the week I try to stay active by exercising with my patients during their therapy sessions. Not only is this encouraging to my patients but it also helps them to see visually what the movement looks like and try to replicate it. My favorite exercises are squats, deadlifts, and burpees because they are so universal and functional to activities that we do every day!

For the competition, I overcome my ape brain to force myself to exercise with a mix of enjoyable pursuits! Important for the feel good factor in your daily lifestyle!

Every morning I head to the gym where I enjoy a 60 minute workout.  The modest bump in ketones is known to increase BDNF which has been shown to decrease inflammatory markers like NLRP3. Increasing BDNF is also the best treatment for depression.

I exercise and keep active by walking, swimming and golfing. The major barrier for me is time not desire to keep active. I love that the focus is on lifestyle and activity versus going to a gym.

I try to do a mixture of cardio and strength, and music on when cooking/cleaning for extra movement + laughter.

My husband and I are now in our mid-60s. We started walking every morning 2 miles 5 days a week about 10 years ago and just added work out with exercise bands as well about 6 months ago. I noticed a change in my core strength and also in my daily stamina when walking with the addition of resistance training.

Thank you, enjoyed. I’m an active 66 year old still running 30-40 miles a week and run London Marathon every year. Activity can be fun and not a chore. Coaching at an inclusive running club for many years has taught me to keep activity enjoyable. You  want it to become part of everybody’s routine. Once it is an enjoyable routine it can last a lifetime.

I enjoy exercising by playing soccer and going to the gym! I have the barrier of dealing with shin splints, but have been learning how to treat them so they don’t negatively effect me while I run.

I am still playing ice hockey 2/week, even in my 50s.  Daily walk for 1 hour and then 0.5 hour of rowing machine in the evening on the non-hockey days.

After two treadmills earlier in life that became clothes racks , I am now on my third pone and actually using it.  Seems my cardiac transplant was a more effective stimulus.  And yes, health is better.

I balance my exercise by doing both aerobic and resistance training exercise.

Due to Covid, I missed playing pickelball at the club.  I have set up a home gym with weights and go for daily walk.

Anton Jetten: Follow less mills Classe: yoga, step classes  And run and hike.

I found the pandemic a boost to my exercise regimen.  Formerly I could find only 2-3 days to exercise but now I do my elliptical 45 minutes, then strength exercise and core strengthening.  Now I am starting on balance improvement.

Avoid “pounding the pavement” due to concerns about joint damage.  Random resistance/weight lifting and indoor bicycle – no specific amount of time or frequency.  From April-October, play golf at least 3X/week  Age 68

I briskly walk 30 minutes at7 o’clock in the morning then another 30 minutes at7 pm.  I stretch fir 15 minutes before the morning walk and during the day while watching tv I do 30 minutes of weights.  I have maintained my weight 138 and the reason that motivates me is that when I was pregnant the doctor said I would get diabetes by sixty.  I haven’t gotten and I’m 68 .  no sign of Pre diabetes. hooray.  please send a copy of the book to me.

I am 54, exercise 5-6 days/week, I have always been on a sort of diet, am on cl restriction as long as I can remember (including mini fasting for the past 2 years). I have never been able to loose weight.  I continue exercising and eat healthy because I feel better doing that and it improves my mobility.

Stopped Exercising Completely

The weather keeps me from exercising because indoor exercise won’t work. There is no room for equipment inside my condo and the fees for the gym, with all kinds of discounts, are cost prohibitive. Also I can’t find a committed partner to take the walks no matter what the weather. our schedules don’t match so nothing works. stir in a little laziness and there you have the no exercise receipe. no excuses.

I try walk for 30 minutes everyday, but could not keep up with it. I might need to find a friend to exercise with me.

I do a 30/45 min cardio or strength workout each evening and go on a days hike each Saturday.

For winter lockdown – got myself a good pair of hands-free noise-cancelling headphones, the over-ear ones that are really comfortable.  And started listening to audio books.   So now I just walk to find out what happens next in the book, I’m not watching the time or wondering if I’ve done enough to turn for home.  And I don’t let myself listen to the book when I’m at home – I have to go out and walk.  It’s working really well, 10k steps a day is no problem now

Had to Overcome Barriers

Time. I have found keeping shorter more intense workouts allows me to get them done more often but time of day also impacts it – I prefer morning but I hate getting up to do before work if I have to be in by 8am or earlier… so those days it gets pushed to evening and I am more likely to not exercise

Time and two kids; Solution- peloton bike/classes!

Barriers to exercise-working too many hours and a heavily booked calendar-Solution: schedule hour of exercise each day on my calendar–I always follow my calendar. mostly walking or yoga

Usually I am very active, but sometimes the barriers would be the safety of the neighbourhood.

Sub-zero Chicago weather is getting to me and hurting my back as of recent.  I’m a ‘reluctant’ outdoor runner but secretly love it.  Since the pandemic, I’ve been doing indoor activities doing HIIT and dance.  But because of my recent injury, I’m introducing my body to yoga.

Work responsibilities often distract me from exercising daily, however having the option to walk inside in our home on a treadmill is helpful. Having two active grandsons (ages 2 & 10) also encourages me to stay active and exercise so I can keep up with them!

Massachusetts weather and nearly absent sidewalks are not conducive to walking :(.  Indoor cycling is my refuge this winter.

I love the idea of a hike a week. however, I don’t always have proper to go with and I think its important to see people and also my family

Need complete commitment…

For me, I am a marathon runner. The week before the quarantine (almost exactly a year ago today) I was competing that the USA marathon Olympic trials. My barrier has been that all of the races and marathons I have wanted to run have been cancelled due to the pandemic. The way I have overcome this barrier is to start getting more into trail running. I live in the Boulder area and I have had a blast exploring all of the remote mountain trails.

Restarted tae kwon do after several years off. really tough. now online and I’m glad to do it. hope to do more home workouts  but need the motivation to do that on top of everything else! thanks for presentation

My biggest obstacle to exercise (which I love) is severe inflammation in my knees from an old gymnastic injury twenty years ago!

Book giveaway – Barrier to exercising: saw it as boring/useless, difficult to fit on my schedule, felt in good shape w/o any additional work. How did I overcome the barrier: slowly understood that life style modifications are first line therapy for multiple conditions including DM2, HTN, HLD. Further learned that elderly people with good baseline fitness are more likely to stay healthy for longer time and/or to have degenerative conditions (including Alzheimer’s) progress at slower rate compared to peers that did not exercise throughout their life. Finally, education led to a mentality change. Now I look at my sedentary life as a negative factor just like smoking and etOH dependence. So I decided not necessarily to start workin-out but to QUIT sedentary life. I understand this as a daily commitment just like someone that quits smoking/drinking. How much I exercise: at least 30 min/day, mixed cardio and weight lifting, at least 6 days/week.

Book give away- barrier to exercise I saw it as something that wasn’t for me until I found sports years ago. I never enjoyed running or lifting until I realized that the weakness on my left side due to having hydrocephalus was subsiding. I gained strength over time and was able to do more due to exercise. I now enjoy exercise whenever I can and to this day it still helps me overcome a lot.

Book give away – Barrier to exercise: time invested to get bored. Blame myself of pushing other priorities that have to be with work. Have more hungry thereafter. On the positive side, when I finish the exercise, I feel gratified to have done something good for my body, feel more relaxed and sleep better

Barrier to working out – not going to gym due to Covid, Minnesota winter, plus a little procrastination some days!

As of now, it has been a great obstacle to work out at home. I used to go to the gym regularly and I missed doing workouts since I basically stopped during the pandemic. However, now I am starting slow again by doing a 30 minute workout in the morning every other day

Only barrier-hypoglycemia. I have T1DM x 55 years.  I just run my sugar a bit high and always carry rescue carbs. running doesn’t lower by sugars, but brisk walking does!


I’m studying the motivations of Masters swimmers and the barriers they experience to practice.  Swimming brings joy!

I have forgone my daily 50 minute walk to watch this webinar !

The pandemic really messed up a 5k training program I was doing and my favorite Zumba class at the gym. I discovered Peloton outdoor workouts and bootcamp. I also get tremendous support from a local running group (moms run this town).  I still miss my gym, but had COVID not happened, I might not have tried these other options.

Though I might be 20 years old I exercise not only for the better version of myself right now and the person in 7 years but,  for that person who will be elderly. I hope that I will be able to have the ability to move and get up freely without help or assistance.

I feel horrible on days I don’t exercise! Core work, balance, aerobic, strength. I work it in through the day and every morning I concentrate on the gym elliptical, running,  and daily walks with my pitbull.

I was very into exercise my entire life and now have let it slip and now only walk.  I need to  get back into it especially now that I am older.  This session was VERY motivating and I am getting back into the gym!  That elliptical is calling me!

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