Get active: Five ideas, tips for exercising during pandemic

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The gym is closed, you're stuck at home *and* you're not The Rock, with  you don't have your own "Iron Paradise." But what can you do to stay in shape from your home? Don't worry, we have you covered. Each weekday, we are giving you a tip to keep in shape, whether while working out at home, running long distances or even just trying to keep your golf game sharp.

These are the latest tips:  

  • CAN'T GO TO THE GYM? YOU CAN STILL DO STRENGTH TRAINING!: Perhaps the biggest question facing people who can't go to the gym: how can I strength train at home if I don't have a ton of fancy equipment? For our Dan Wolken, the answer was in a change in mindset.
  • GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PUSHUPS: One of the most classic activities you can do at your home to maintain strength is the pushup, but be sure you're doing them in a way to maximize their results.
  • DISTANCE RUNNING: Most races have been canceled and many courses and trails have been shut down, too. Well, we have solutions for that. 
  • BRING THE COMMUNITY TO YOU: If you're still in need of more creative workouts, perhaps the Peloton systems could be for you.
  • BUT DON'T FORGET: Before you do anything, remember: safety first. 

Now that you're on a solid path to staying active, stick with us here for some *awesome* stories from the world of sports this week: 

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half at Staples Center on March 6, 2020. (Photo: Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports)

  • HOW COULD SPORTS RESUME? Things may get crazy when live sports return to us.
  • BUT SHOULD THEY? Nancy Armour writes that the sports world needs to make sure it's safe. Putting athletes at risk to entertain us during lockdown is no game. 
  • FROM PADS TO SCRUBS: Former NFL wide receiver Nate Hughes takes on a new playing field of providing critical care for patients during a pandemic.
  • KOBE BRYANT, HALL OF FAMER: It's now official that NBA legend Kobe Bryant will be posthumously inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame. Vanessa Bryant spoke about the honor this past weekend. And our Mark Medina writes that Kobe deserved to give what would have been a memorable induction speech.  
  • MEAN TWEETS, RAMS LOGO EDITION: We are in no way condoning the tweeting of mean things. Be nice. But Rams COO Kevin Demoff reading mean tweets about the team's new logo is worth your time. "Looks like some freshman college students in Graphic Design 101 made it in about 6 minutes." And, hey, they raised millions of dollars!
  • ROBERT WICKENS IS BACK: A horrific crash left this IndyCar racer paralyzed in 2018. He has now found his way back to the grid.
  • RIP TOM DEMPSEY: The longtime NFL kicker, who became a legend in 1970 when he booted a 63-yard field goal that stood as the league record for decades, died at 73 following a battle with coronavirus.  

The rest of the good and goofy from last week in the sports world: 

Music City Miracle (1999 AFC wild-card game) — Bills kicker Doug Christie did a pooch kick that was fielded by the Titans' Lorenzo Neal, who handed the ball off to Frank Wycheck, who threw across the field to Kevin Dyson, who sprinted down the sideline for the winning score. (Photo: WADE PAYNE, Associated Press)

  • To celebrate April Fool's Day, we looked back at some of the best trick plays in NFL history. 
  • Shaq clarified that he is not friends with Joe Exotic. All right, then. 
  • More examples of athletes doing good.
  • A former Braves player reflects on his iconic moment of glory. 
  • A Texas Rangers veteran is giving each of the 190 minor league players in the organization $1,000.
  • The Patriots' team plane was used to bring over a million N95 masks back from China. 
  • Colts owner Jim Irsay has obtained 10,000 N95 masks and will donate them to the Indiana Department of Health.
  • Late music legend Bill Withers once pranked the USC football team. 
  • Giannis, The Greek Freak is busting up Fresno State's tournament brackets. Wait, what?


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