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Cyclists applauded for #stayinghome

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For some cyclists the lockdown has been a perfect time to raise much needed funds for charities by means of cycling around the house or to virtually participate in a race with friends.                                                  Photo:DAVID TARPEY
For some cyclists the lockdown has been a perfect time to raise much needed funds for charities by means of cycling around the house or to virtually participate in a race with friends. Photo:DAVID TARPEY

“WE know how difficult it is for not only the cycling community, but for every athletic sporting segment of our society to adhere to lockdown.”

So said Rens Rezelman, chairman of the Pedal Power Association, who also emphasized that staying indoors - by being disciplined – one choses to be part of the solution.

Social media have been flooded with everyone making the best of the situation opting for indoor or home training whilst entertaining others with creative ways to stay fit and sane. For some this has been a perfect time to raise much needed funds for charities by means of cycling around the house or to virtually participate in a race with friends.

“Seeing you are house bound the following chores might also be a good option to stay fit and in your spouse’s good books,” said Rezelman.

The following exercises are worth trying at home:

  • Pick up bags with essential groceries in both hands, carrying them with arms straight by your side while walking with a tall posture and engaged core. Focus on keeping your upper body still and taking gliding steps while keeping your shoulders relaxed.
  • Extend the loaded basket of washing straight out in front of you. While keeping your arms straight, twist slowly to the left, then to the right, keeping your glutes engaged and driving the twist from your core and not your lower back.
  • Turn laundry day into leg day and instead of bending over to toss your clothes into the dryer, transfer the laundry an armful at a time by squatting down in front of the machine and do be careful not to arch your lower back.
  • You’re going to have to stand there anyway, so why not multi-task and build stronger calves? While brushing your teeth, put your weight one foot and raise yourself onto your toes while keeping the opposite foot off the floor. Lower your heel back down slowly, and repeat, alternating sides.
  • Turn the chore of vacuuming into exercise by performing walking lunges as you push the vacuum around the room. Step forward and lower yourself down toward the ground by bending both legs to approximately a 90-degree angle, while keeping your front knee behind your toes. Push back up and step together.

“Stay safe, stay home let’s keep on doing what we are doing and hopefully we all will be out cycling soon,” Rezelman concludes.

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