It’s been, shall we say, a hot minute since we’ve all seen each other…in person. We’ve now officially had 8 virtual workouts in Boston, and the last time we gathered in person was March 11th. That was 19 days ago.
When I started attending November Project Boston workouts back in the fall of 2013, I didn’t know how it would impact me, or change me, or influence the forward direction of my life. What I knew was that I went to a Monday workout, during which I tried so hard, I almost threw up, and then I decided I needed to see what Wednesday was like…and then Friday…and I just kept coming. The sequence continued and the rhythm that my life began to have simply included the consistent beat of NP. I became a little more intentional about getting to bed on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I enjoyed beautiful weekend opportunities when I could climb the stadium stairs in the sunshine. Sometimes that was with other people and other times in blissful solitude.
April push-ups bring May burpees?!
This is a unique time for NP Chi. Our workouts are a little different than our outdoor weatherproof environment. Everyone misses the hugs and bounces and in-person energy, but you all keep the positivity going through our virtual workouts, Zoom coffee , and beyond. Truly, you all make up an amazing community that I’m so proud to be a part of.
It has only been 6 workouts, but it feels like an eternity. I’m really curious as to how everyone’s dealing with this transition to being stuck inside our own homes.
Here’s what’s been happening on my end:
We made a frozen pizza for dinner, and when Dayle put the plate in my hand, her instructions were “don’t burn your face!” Well, I immediately tried to eat the pizza and a piece of cheese fell off onto my lip and burned it. Yup. I burned my face. This really shouldn’t be out of the ordinary for me, but I’m going to blame it on self-isolation. It has thrown everything way off.
Originally, I really thought this song said Zoom Zoom Zoom but as you have now listened to it the word is boom not zoom. We also thought we should mention that last week in the height of it all we forgot to share on our beloved blog. For that reason and many more we thought to share how we can continue to create community virtually.
To My NP Phoenix Community,
As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout our communities, we have all had to make some serious adjustments to our typical routines and practices to help keep one another safe. As I am sure you are all aware it is very important that we continue to practice social distancing at this time which means we as a November Project global movement are not holding in-person events and workouts. As mentioned in the official NP statement, “as an organization that thrives on community engagement, group fitness, and defying social norms, it pains us to have to postpone all in-person workouts until further notice, but it is our responsibility to protect the health of our members, leaders, and family members globally.”
Strange times out there, but we can get through this together (apart). It has been beyond heartwarming to see all of your faces over ZOOM at our morning workouts! Keep showing up, we’ll be there for you, no matter what!
It’s a wild world right now, but here in Manitoba we were given an early warning. We were given a head start that most other places weren’t. We saw this coming, we knew what the spread of this virus could look like and we were given the opportunity to stay ahead of it. Every morning I look at this map of Canada and I feel so grateful for this place that we live and this chance that we were given.
Hot take: I think we’re all going to come out the other side of this coronavirus pandemic faster, fitter, and stronger than we went in. Hear me out…
Already, a week in to working from home for the majority of Chicago, people that don’t usually workout have been messaging me and telling me that they went for a run for the first time in ages, or they joined an online class, or they committed to yoga or meditation practice.
During this time when we are unable to meet in person, we are so lucky to have ZOOM to continue our free workouts. It’s so important right now to do a lot of things, but taking care of your health is huge. Keep moving, if you don’t want to join in on zoom, the workouts will be posted for everyone, each week. Take care of yourselves always.
It’s hard to believe that’s it’s been less than one week since we’ve been presented with some pretty major detours to navigate. With changes to NP as we’ve known it, work situations, family situations, and the overall global situation – we’ve had to shift dramatically from what we’ve ever known. However, during this time of uncertainty, some things will always remain the same and, while challenged, our strengths will emerge.