*

Samantha Jones

Sam's Notebook

Samantha Jones is associate editor for Carroll County Newspapers. Her email address is Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com.

Opinion

Work it out

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

We donít realize what we have until itís gone. Iíve heard that said about love and relationships, but it also rings true about routine. We all have some routine we follow every day, or at least we did until the COVID-19 crisis.

Iíd start a typical Monday by picking up the mail at the Eureka Springs Post Office and heading to the Carroll County News office in Berryville, usually with KESA playing in the background. Thereís something comforting about getting your morning news from a local station, even if the news isnít so local. Fun fact: I first learned about KFCís doughnut chicken sandwich through KESA. It was one of the more disturbing broadcasts in recent memory.

Assuming thereís no meeting ó†a big assumption, as there is always some sort of meeting ó Iíd spend the evening at the Eureka Springs Community Center with Gideon. We love the fitness center and sometimes play basketball if there arenít a lot of pickleballers in the gym. It has become a real habit; I even started to crave cardio after a while. My favorite cardio machine is the elliptical, by quite a long shot.

Well, we canít go to the gym anymore. That has been one of the hardest adjustments, mostly because we got so accustomed to it being there. I wish I had known what was coming during our last day at the gym. I would have given the elliptical a hug and said all those things you only realize in hindsight.

ďI love you, Elliptical.Ē

ďThank you, Elliptical.Ē

ďIíll miss you, Elliptical.Ē

While I am still heartsick over the elliptical, life must go on. Time wonít stop because of COVID-19, so we had to find other ways to stay active while self-quarantined. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to exercise outside of the gym. Weíve taken several walks through town and tried out hiking trails we hadnít visited in a long time. Somehow I couldnít help but feel dissatisfied. I wanted more intense activity, and boy did I get it.

It all started with an innocent query on Youtube. ďBeginner workouts at home for fat people,Ē I typed in expectantly. There were so many results that I just settled for the first one. I put the video on and did my best to follow along. Now, I havenít worked with a personal trainer since I was in high school. I worried I couldnít keep up, but that didnít stop me from trying. Thirty minutes and gallons of sweat later, Gideon and I finished the workout. He collapsed on the floor during cool-down, while I halfheartedly repeated the motions on the video.

That was only the beginning. Itís been a few weeks since then and we are trying out new workouts at least six days a week. We bravely attempted an intermediate workout last week and, much to my surprise, it was doable. That inspired us to try a HIIT workout, which stands for High Intensity Interval Training and might have killed us a little bit. It was my first time doing a burpee. Just typing that word makes my legs quiver in fear.

Itís been nice to challenge myself and Iím grateful Gideon is open to the idea. Finding a new routine is the best way to maintain some kind of normal during this difficult time, something Iím sure many of you have discovered as well. Whatís your routine look like these days?

Shoot me an email ó Iíd love to hear from all of you. In the meantime, I hope you are staying safe, healthy and as active as you want to be.