I am in my
eighth decade; and I am in pretty good shape for the shape I am in.
survived car crashes, aircraft crashes, Vietnam and lived through seven decades,
always bucking the system and taking the path less traveled.
The point I
am making, is I am a survivor.
So here is
the 10 Ol’Buzzard recommendations for
getting through the coronavirus pandemic.
1. Buy in and store at least two weeks
of meals that you do not intend to eat as part of your normal daily diet. These could include pastas, cream of wheat,
instant potatoes, grits, dried beans, Jell-O puddings, instant soups and frozen meats or
veggies if you can store them, freeze dried or can goods.
2. Stay away from people. This should include family and friends. Do not visit, eat at restaurants, attend any
activities. Shop in the early mornings
just as stores open. If you have to
work – avoid personal contact and keep your distance, shower when you get
3. Regularly wash, not only your hands
but also your face (especially if you have a beard like me) using anti-bacterial
soap if it is available.
4. If you are hunkering down at home you
must exercise daily. Maintaining an
exercise schedule is as important for mental health as for your physical well being.
I do not
advertise for anyone; but when I find a product that like I share it on this
If you do not have gym equipment in your house, perhaps this is the time to consider the purchase. I am listing some of the products we use, and links to sellers.
uses a recumbent bike for thirty minutes daily. She has had an Exerpeutic 1500 Magnetic for
about ten years. We paid about $150 for
it at the time, now it sells for $199 with new bells and whistles, and is well
worth the price. For motivation my wife places a star on the calendar each day she uses the bike. This bike will give a good cardiovascular workout and increase endurance.
EXERPEUTIC 1500 RECUMBENT BIKE
a Total Gym 1400 about ten years ago for around $200. I just checked the internet and found that
the same gym is over $400 and pretty much unavailable, but a lesser Total Gym 1100
is just as good and sells for $250. You must be careful if you are thinking of
ordering this product and verify shipping cost: One company was charging $200
shipping – Amazon has it for free shipping.
been using the Total Gym for fifteen minutes almost daily and have kept good
muscle tone and maintained endurance, considering my age.
can afford it, this would be an ideal machine to keep fit during, perhaps months,
of hunkering down. I have included a link to Total Gym 1100 on
TOTAL GYM 1100
5. Keep your automobile gas tank full.
6. Limit your news intake. Don’t
dwell on the daily hype about numbers contracted and death toll. Anxiety will
lower your immune system. Meditation
can help lower your anxiety.
7. A positive mental attitude is as
important as physical health. Use your
hunker-down-time to write a blog, take online courses, read books, indulge in a
hobby, begin a journal, or start that book that you always wanted to write.
8. Add a
one-a-day vitamin to your diet if you are limiting fresh fruit and vegetables.
9. Make sure you have an adequate supply
of necessary medications and have your pharmacy mail them to you if
possible. Many insurances have mail
order pharmaceutical as part of their plan.
10. Deal methodically with the things you
can change and accept the things that you can not change.
Also smoking a joint is a good pandemic response.