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.

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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, 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

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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