Isolation diary: Getting some exercise

I have mentioned before that I have been starting most mornings with Joe Wicks. Given my age and general state of fitness, I haven’t been following the daily PE with Joe sessions, although a million other people have.

Instead I have been following his videos for seniors. Each of the five different workouts takes you through a 10 minute set of exercises, which can be varied to suit your capabilities.

I bought a Fitbit a couple of years ago to encourage me to get out for a walk each day. My daily step rate was never very high, reaching 8k or more on a good day. I achieved my highest rate ever of 23k  when I took the grandsons to Disneyland Paris last year. I have been alarmed to see that whilst in self-isolation I have rarely got above 4k.

Apart from a dance class I once attended at a health centre (and a long since abandoned involvement in fencing when I was at University), I have never really taken to exercise or sport, so following fitness videos is new for me. In fact, I am very surprised to find I actually look forward to them each morning.

Whilst I am enjoying doing Joe Wicks’ routines, I am now looking around for some variety, hopefully in a dance context. A couple of days ago I found a 30 minute Caribbean Dance Workout which is quite aerobic and certainly fun. The first time I did it I flailed around a bit, very pleased that no-one was watching me, and dropped out after 10 minutes. Today I was beginning to get the hang of the moves and lengthened my stay to 15 minutes. I’ve also found some 5 minute African Dance lessons which look like fun.

Some people have suggested Scottish Dancing, which I know I would love, although most of those dances really do involve other people. Any other recommendations?



Please note

We have been in full self-isolation since 16th March to protect my husband whose immune system is compromised.

If you are in self-isolation then join the Lib Dems in self-isolation Facebook group.

You can find my previous Isolation diaries here.


* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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  • Mary, perhaps you could use your diary to highlight ‘Coronavirus Cookery’ (CC)..

    I have been scouring the backs of my store cupboards…

    I have always done most of the cooking, ‘senior management’ does all of the ironing (my ironing attempts just move the creases about) and we share the rest of the chores..

    My latest CC was a stir fry using thinly sliced ‘filet mignon’ (pork) frozen mixed veg, dark soy sauce, fish sauce, hosin sauce, ginger, garlic, etc……… the ‘pièce de résistance’ was the discovery of dried egg noodles ( best before date jan 2017) they were perfect..

  • Expats – I have given up ironing! My husband doesn’t notice at all …

  • Nonconformistradical 3rd May '20 - 7:35pm

    “I have given up ironing! My husband doesn’t notice at all …”

    I gave it up years ago – not even sure where the iron is

  • R A Underhill 4th May '20 - 9:50am

    I used to wear drip dry shirts when I was single, even Crimplene suits.

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