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Missing my gym

So I miss my gym. I may have already said that in a previous column. But it’s true.

Outside of getting my haircut, the first thing I will do when things open back up on a more consistent basis, is get in a nice long two-hour plus workout at Anytime Fitness.

I miss the people who run the club. I miss the giant purple floor in the middle of the gym. I miss the treadmills. I miss the bicycles. I miss the weights that I use. I can’t wait to get back to it.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said last week that fitness centers could open on Friday but by appointment only.

I wasn’t sure what that even meant as most gyms don’t operate like that. It turns out, the wonderful folks at Anytime Fitness posted on Facebook that it means only one person can be in there at a time.

There’s no way anyone who uses a gym on a daily basis thinks that’s realistic. If they do, they are just SO desperate to use the facility that they don’t care how crazy that sounds.

Hopefully we get some better news on May 15. Hopefully we can get back to the gym soon. But our Anytime Fitness is not going to open for now because they realize having only one person in the gym at one time is not realistic.

To pass the time I can’t be in the gym, I have found other ways to workout. I have recently got into YouTube on my TV. So I searched and subscribed to a few fitness folks to give a few ideas on workouts without weights.

That can only go so far for me. I need my weights and cardio machines.

The past two weeks, I have started another regimen. I run two miles one day and walk two miles the next day. I did that four straight days last week and then five days in a row this week. Some days, I push it past two miles.

My daughter went with me on one of my walks last week.

It’s so terrific listening to a 7-year-old in that kind of setting. The stuff she says and the things we talk about is priceless. You can tell her little head is working overtime trying to think about things to say. She analyzes things more than I do. And I think that’s great.

The running portion of this regime might need a delay after a blister formed on the heel of left foot. It hurts to even wear a shoe right now, but I don’t expect it to be a long-term issue.

I will get back to my gym soon enough. But I miss it. I miss it more than anything else to be honest. Well, except maybe a place to get my haircut.

The COVID-19 quarantine has allowed for some “spring cleaning” around the house.

We did some landscaping work on the front of our house a few weeks back. We pulled weeds, sprayed so weeds won’t come back and put in some new mulch.

There’s plenty more weeds to pull in our yard and we hope to get to those soon. None of us like working in the yard on that kind of stuff but at least the temperatures have been reasonable.

I don’t know how much more of this “not going anywhere” my family and I can take. We are ready to see our extended families. We are ready to see more friends.

These days, driving to the post office is a family affair just so we can get out of the house. Our daughter calls it “escaping” from the house.

We are healthy and still able to do normal things so it could be worse.

But when are things going to be back to somewhat normal? I don’t think anyone knows. Will there be summer sports? That is yet to be determined.

Newton’s Fourth of July parade has already been canceled. I know of at least one county fair that has been wiped out. Are more to come? What about the state fair?

I’m not sure what else they can take away from us, but it’s a good sign that at least things are starting to open back up a little bit.

Slowly and surely, I think we’ll all get through this.

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