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Keep Moving

Updated: Mar 23, 2020

Hello from home Grace Family!

Let's talk a little bit about physical fitness and how much we need to incorporate it into our life of social distancing and home stay; there will be a temptation during this time of isolation from our normal lives to let exercise also slip from our daily routines. We all know the many health benefits of exercise: improved physical and mental well being, increased energy and a personal sense of accomplishment to name a few. We are also all familiar with the excuses we can come up with for not exercising: not enough time or energy, not enough knowledge or equipment, and personal shame. Dear friends, this is not the time for any of us to allow our physical or mental health to take a backseat. It looks as though we have a long road of uncertainty in front of us and we will all need strong hearts and sound minds to handle the coming weeks and months of global recovery. So here are some ideas to help keep us fit, as well as connected, during our isolation. We have made this list with the full knowledge that we all have different ways of enjoying physical activity and different levels of fitness, however our hope is that everyone at Grace can find a little inspiration from these suggestions. -Go for a walk outside. Wave to your neighbors, stretch your legs and get some fresh air. For a change of scenery, try one of the many trails we have in Marion County. Santos Trail Head, The Greenway, Jervey Ghant, Shalom Park and our very own E.L. Foster Walking Trail are just a few good options. -If walking inspires you, maybe consider turning your walking into running. The internet is filled with free beginner running schedules to take you from the couch to your first 5k. is one of many such sites. -Try an exercise video on Youtube and turn your living room into a Zoomba class -Yoga is a great way to relax the mind while also engaging the body. It's a win win!! -Search Pinterest for more ideas and training schedules. Now here's the second part of the plan...share what you find and what you're doing to stay fit. Send us pictures and videos as a fun way to stay connected, give us permission to use your content on our website and social media so we can be inspired by one another. We are not alone, we have the same Lord and we still have one another. Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Maurica French, Eliana Sammons, and Victoria French doing yoga together.

Here are some helpful links for workouts you can do from home:


Yoga with Adrienne

Keeping the family active:

Exercise For Seniors:

Pinterest is a great resource that has many weekly and monthly routines:

Have fun spelling your name or other timely words like corona, home stay or the name of your favorite sports team that you’re missing. For example, Go Gators might make a great choice!

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