Bodybuilding champion Arnold Schwarzenegger released another home video on Friday, this time featuring his miniature horse Whiskey and pet donkey Lulu trying to eat his post-workout meal.
After my home workout, fueling up with Whiskey and Lulu. pic.twitter.com/keXGJye6MK
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 20, 2020
The video promptly went viral, just like his recent PSA encouraging people to stay home and listen to health experts, and the former governor decided to follow-up with a link to his own Reddit post from earlier this week, during which he emphasizes the importance of not stressing over things we can’t control.
“This coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented. I have heard from so many of my fans that you are anxious and scared,” said Schwarzenegger. “Almost everything happening around the world right now is out of our control. Almost everything. Instead of worrying about the things we can’t change, let’s focus on the things we do control.”
“First, and most importantly, we can control how responsible we are right now. We can slow down the spread of the virus by staying at home as much as possible. I know that isn’t easy, but right now it’s our responsibility. Most of us will be fine if we get the virus. This is a time not to think about yourself, but to think about the people you could be infecting. Be a part of the solution, and stay home every chance you can,” said the former governor.
“Even without a gym, we can also control our physical fitness during this pandemic. Body weight, or freehand, training is the oldest method in the world. Gladiators and Vikings didn’t have gymnasiums. I started my own fitness journey with chin-ups on a tree branch by a lake in Austria…..You don’t need a gym to be fit,” he said.
Schwarzenegger then provides a workout routine that doesn’t require a gym membership or fancy equipment, and encourages all readers, regardless of experience level or physical fitness, to try it out: “We’ll get through this together, and hopefully, we’ll all emerge in a few weeks fitter than ever. Let’s do this.”
Schwarzenegger’s original public health announcement from earlier this week can be viewed below:
Stay at home as much as possible. Listen to the experts, ignore the morons (foreheads). We will get through this together. pic.twitter.com/FRg41QehuB
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 16, 2020
In an op-ed published Saturday in The New York Times, retired astronaut Scott Kelly also decided to share some important tips for staying grounded during isolation, including advice he followed while living on the International Space Station for nearly a year.
The tips include advice to create a daily routine, develop a healthy work life balance and pace, set aside time to go outside, cultivate a hobby unrelated to working or maintaining your home, start a journal and try to describe “what you’re experiencing through your five sense or write about your memories,” and set aside time to video-call with loved ones.
With regards to hobbies and journaling, the retired astronaut offers the following advice:
You need a hobby
When you are confined in a small space you need an outlet that isn’t work or maintaining your environment.
Some people are surprised to learn I brought books with me to space. The quiet and absorption you can find in a physical book — one that doesn’t ping you with notifications or tempt you to open a new tab — is priceless. Many small bookstores are currently offering curbside pickup or home delivery service, which means you can support a local business while also cultivating some much-needed unplugged time….
Keep a journal
NASA has been studying the effects of isolation on humans for decades, and one surprising finding they have made is the value of keeping a journal. Throughout my yearlong mission, I took the time to write about my experiences almost every day. If you find yourself just chronicling the days’ events (which, under the circumstances, might get repetitive) instead try describing what you are experiencing through your five senses or write about memories. Even if you don’t wind up writing a book based on your journal like I did, writing about your days will help put your experiences in perspective and let you look back later on what this unique time in history has meant.
As The Daily Wire has previously reported, President Trump has encouraged Americans to stay optimistic and united in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I want all Americans to understand: we are at war with an invisible enemy, but that enemy is no match for the spirit and resolve of the American people,” President Trump declared in a tweet. “It cannot overcome the dedication of our doctors, nurses, and scientists — and it cannot beat the LOVE, PATRIOTISM, and DETERMINATION of our citizens. Strong and United, WE WILL PREVAIL!”