Isaiah 40:29 – He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
As many wait for “normal” life to resume after COVID-19 is kept in check, there is a side effect that no one planned for – loss of strength.
Staying at home may protect you from getting sick. However, it means you’re less active. Unless you have exercise equipment at home, it is difficult to get any exercise. Even taking a walk is a risk with possible exposure from someone you run into on your walk.
We stay home and our strength disappears. When you do go out for necessities to the store, you many find yourself out of breath from just walking up and down a few isles.
There are alternatives, though, that can be taken. Many stores now provide pickup service. You go to the store’s website and place an order and then park in front of the store when your groceries are ready to be picked up.
But that doesn’t solve the problem of inactivity.
Brainstorm with your family and see what you can come up with that would involve everyone. Youtube.com has a free video to strengthen your body and get your body moving.
Webmd.com also has some advice on how to work out at home in their article, “No Gym Required: How to Get Fit at Home.” Some of their tips include finding an exercise partner. This will help each of you motivate the other. Also schedule your workouts like you would if you went to the gym. This will keep you on track. Also set goals and make exercise a part of your life, not just a bother or an interruption to your day.
Wikihow.com has ideas with animations to show you how to perform exercises in their article, “How to Build Muscle at Home.” They provide some creative ways to exercise such as using a gallon of milk, a heavy book, or home dumbbells.
With ideas from the articles above you now have ways to create your own workout and restore your strength from staying at home during COVID-19 precautions.
Even when you feel as if you have no strength and are weary of staying at home, know that God increases the power of the weak. He will give you the wisdom you need to regain the strength you’ve lost during COVID-19.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.