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Staying fit at home during COVID-19

Maj. Jeffrey Lucy, U.S. Space Command Joint Intelligence and Security collections manager, rides his bike near the fitness center March 11, 2020 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Participants in the Lazyman Triathlon had to swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and run 26.2 miles within one month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

Maj. Jeffrey Lucy, U.S. Space Command Joint Intelligence and Security collections manager, rides his bike near the fitness center March 11, 2020, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Gov. Jared Polis’ guidelines allow some outdoor activities such as running, walking, hiking and cycling to maintain health despite COVID-19 restrictions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

First Lt. Michael Horvat, 2nd Space Operation Squadron lead mission analyst, performs a push up at the indoor running track at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado Feb. 27, 2020. Horvat will run for the first time in the Bataan Memorial Death March 15 in White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

First Lt. Michael Horvat, 2nd Space Operations Squadron lead mission analyst, performs a push-up at the indoor running track at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Feb. 27, 2020. The fitness center staff compiled a list of exercises and video links to support Airmen working out in their homes in light of the COVID-19 physical distancing and closing of fitness centers across the state. For more information or to get the list, contact Cannello at seth.cannello@us.af.mil. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

With 50th Force Support Squadron’s fitness center, indoor track and various workout locations closed here indefinitely due to COVID-19, Airmen require alternatives to remain fit while avoiding bad habits.

Gov. Jared Polis implemented a stay-in-place order March 25 suggesting people leave their homes only for essential items and stay six feet away from others. On March 29, President Donald Trump extended social distancing guidelines until April 30. 

The additional time at home puts Airmen around food more than normal and increases the potential to overeat.

“Most people snack when they are bored and, because we are confined to our homes, most Airmen are snacking more,” said Seth Cannello, 50th FSS fitness director. “Drinking water will sometimes fill you up and it might curb your desire to eat.”

Polis’ guidelines allow some outdoor activities such as running, walking, hiking and cycling to maintain health.

“If you walk or run, it could take your mind off wanting to eat,” Cannello said. “If you do end up snacking, at least you’ve burned off some calories. I would suggest following a routine. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and if you want a snack, limit your snacking to once a day. If you keep a food chart and write down everything you eat, it might help. Having something visual to see how much you are eating will hopefully make you hesitate when grabbing unneeded snacks.”

Ken Wright, 4th Space Operations Squadron ground engineer, developed a routine and continues to exercise despite gym closures.

He previously joined a swim team to help fulfill the requirements of the Lazyman Triathlon – a month-long event where participants run 26.2 miles, swim 2.4 miles and cycle 112 miles – but had to go another route after the pools closed.

“In the morning I make sure to go for a run and in the afternoon, after the kids are done with school, I like to go out for a bike ride with them to make sure they get out of the house,” Wright said. “It’s important for me to have that routine to develop consistency at home.”

To maintain motivation, Wright set a goal to run 200 miles in April.

“This has really rekindled my love for running,” he said. “I started logging my mileage late last month, so we’ll see if I’m able to achieve my goal.”

The fitness center staff compiled exercises to do at home and videos that provide additional workouts. For more information or get the compilation, contact Cannello at seth.cannello@us.af.mil.

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