One of the things that quarantine has taught me is how important lifting weights is to my mental health. Right there before the gym opened up my anxiety was starting to get a little…much. Thankfully depression didn’t raise ITs ugly head but… I definitely questioned people and relationships I shouldn’t have. There was some serious worst case scenario thinking going on. And that’s just the mental part. My sleep was off, my cycle was off… while I was able to still exercise it wasn’t what my mind and body prefer.
So, when I do have a house again? It’s going to have a home gym. Garage, lanai, spare bedroom, shed in the backyard … I don’t care. I don’t need a home office even though I work from home. But I need a place to lift weights. I will budget for it. I won’t lie, with Florida summers my preference will be for inside in the a/c!
Since I don’t know when that day will come, and numbers are spiking again I’m thinking of investing in a barbell and a couple plates and/or a couple of dumbbells. I don’t need much. I’m kinda little so altogether I wouldn’t need more than 120- 150lbs worth. And since that’s not bigger than a person (probably smaller than the average American) I don’t see causing much ruckus as a renter. (sshhhhh) Starting off less than that. Going with whatever’s available first/cheapest. Pretty solid investment for my physical and mental wellbeing.
And for the time being? I’ve been focusing on workouts that can be done on minimal equipment. Barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells. Getting my form right. I don’t need to use the fancy equipment. In fact, I kinda prefer the little CrossFit-y corner of my gym. I like it best. Lately it’s been busy though and I have to use the dumbbell area or the regular barbell platforms.
I guess this is like, my version of planting a garden. I know a lot of people who are planting gardens, or who have after times of food scarcity. If you plant a garden and learn to preserve food you don’t have to rely on the food supply chain. I guess I’m ok with relying on the food supply chain. But I can’t rely on the gym being open.