I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published March 24th 2020
Virus free exercise here
Due to the current health crisis, you may be deprived of your daily exercise of a walk in the park or around the block. Don't despair, there are several ways of getting your exercise without going out the front gate.
Stairs. If you have stairs in your house, they are almost a built-in exercise machine. Up and down several times a day would be good exercise and you can vary your pace, depending on your fitness level.
Letterbox. Take a walk to your letterbox every hour to check if any mail has arrived. You may know that the mailperson always arrives at 11.00 am every weekday and if on your midday journey, you find no mail, keep going as it is still good exercise. Go out the back door to increase your mileage.
Walk in the backyard. Take a notebook with you and note all the gardening that needs doing. That's more exercise for later. If you have a big back yard, you will get lots of exercise. Only a small yard? Several circuits are the answer.
Shopping centre carpark. When you venture out to do your essential shopping, park the furthest from the entrance that you can and have a good walk. I always do this and I estimate that if I walk up and down every aisle in the supermarket, by the time I get back to the car, I have travelled one kilometre. This is excellent exercise if getting back to your car, you have forgotten something, and need to repeat the journey.
I have a small garden but am able to do weeding, snipping [ light pruning,]
spreading compost, planting veg seeds. I now do this slowly and then sit and enjoy a 'cuppa' . After 2 days repeat. Surprising how much you can still do.
I look carefully and find self -sown plants. I wait until I identify them and take time to decide whether to remove them SLOW gardening is restful and enjoyable.
'Shank's Pony' takes me out daily, early in the morning. I sometimes detour via supermarket for the 7am 'Pensioner/ Senior' shopping spree and only purchase essentials which are not too heavy to tote home.
My bicycle with a rack on the back, is the weekend commute for the newspapers.
Don't have a Driver's Licence. I'll be 75 this year. It can be done.