Fondren offers helpful workout advice for the housebound
Published 7:55 am Friday, March 27, 2020
Linda Fondren, who has been the owner and manager of Shape Up Sisters since 2009, has been a longtime fitness advocate. That hasn’t stopped despite the temporary closure of her gym — and every other gym in Vicksburg — because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Fondren said plenty of people have called wanting to know what they could do to continue their fitness program while confined to their homes, and she’s happy to share a few pointers.
“I always go with the number one exercise in the world, which is walking,” she said, noting that it can also be done at home while incorporating household chores.
Email newsletter signup
Fondren shared some clever anecdotes she tells people to do when walking all through the house. They include making sure to go around and look at all the family photos, to walking to the kitchen and opening the refrigerator to see what you need to take out, to maintaining healthy eating.
She also suggested marching to the closet and, once there, do alternating kicks with opposite arms. That exercise helps with balance.
“And when you are there look and see how you can rearrange your closet,” Fondren said.
Sitting in a chair and leaning from side to side is good for stretching, she said, and using canned food items or water bottles works for bicep curls.
“This way you are getting some strength training done,” she said.
Incorporating what you do at the gym will work at home, Fondren said, it will just look a little different.
Fondren is also suggesting people go to silversneakers.com, which has videos with workout routines that can be done in tight spaces at home.
“There are many types of exercises you can do at home and by the time you are done with an in-home circuit you would have had 20 minutes of great activity,” Fondren said.
For more information, email Fondren at firstname.lastname@example.org.