Week One in COVID 19 World

I miss you.
I miss seeing our members, staff, classes in action, Pickleball–everything. This week has given me great perspective on how much our JCC community means to me.

Second–this has been one strange week. I am typically an extremely structured person. I thrive on routine and consistency. This week, that all went out the window.

My kids, on the other hand, seemed to adjust to their new normal much easier. They are in 6th and 10th grade, so fairly self-sufficient in navigating their school work assignments, and rounding-out their day with Netflix, Facetime, and re-decorating their rooms. They are going to bed and waking up later than normal. So far, they are happy with this freedom, as well as the autonomy to snack whenever they want.

For me, it’s been a different story. Like many of you, I am working from home, and because I (basically) can’t leave my home, I am constantly working. There are no defined boundaries or work-life balance.

I know what you are thinking: Why is she working? The J is closed. True, but, I have been diligently behind-the-scenes with the Fitness Leadership Team (Diva, Jodi, and Kat) to put together virtual fitness offerings for you until we open. Including a menu of virtual classes with our instructors, at-home workouts, and more. We started a “JCC Rockland At Home Workout” page on Facebook. We already have Pilates with Dana up, Zumba with Samantha, and some tips from yours truly. Please like this page–this is the easiest way for us to stay connected. We have more virtual resources here too.

I know it may be hard to find the motivation to pull out your laptop, phone, or ipad and follow a virtual workout. It’s asking a lot–but I know you can do it. Even if you can’t summon the mental or physical energy to join us in a virtual class, I urge you to stay active and keep somewhat of a schedule. Here are some tips that are helping me:

Get up at my normal time, and start my day.
I am getting dressed–no lounging in PJs. I have my sneakers on so I am ready to move!
I try not to sit for more than an hour. Get up, walk around your house. Sneak in squats, a plank here and there, and stretch your body.
It may look silly, but soup cans, detergent bottles, filled water bottles, make great dumbells. (See my Facebook video for more.)
Connect with people. Call friends, family, or look at social media.
Turn off the news. Take a break. You need it.

I plan to post regular blogs like this. My next one will have more information about our Virtual Fitness Center, and how to navigate it.

Please know the J here for you with an open heart. I would love to hear from you and learn how you are doing. Feel free to drop me a note at We will get through this time together. Stay tuned for more!