I’ve never been in prison, but after so many months of pandemic lockdown, I feel like I have an idea of what it might feel like. I went stir crazy when I was confined to my house. With no end in sight, I realized I needed to make some changes to my situation. Since I was pretty much trapped inside, I decided to focus on my health. Improving my physical fitness seemed like a good idea. With so little opportunity for entertainment and so much time on my hands, there was no reason to not get in peak condition. My exercise routine was limited by my lack of equipment. However, at the end of six months I lost fifteen pounds. I managed to transform a soft paunch into flat, lean muscle. I didn’t need all the fancy equipment available at the gym. I used willpower and dedication. I stuck with the basics, such as push ups, squats, lunges, ab crunches, chin ups and jumping rope. I tried for a balance of weight lifting and cardio. I made sure to focus on stretching, flexibility, range of motion and balance. It was amazing how quickly I’d feel exhausted or sore. I gradually built up muscle strength and stamina. I gained the core strength that is helpful in everyday life. The best thing about my daily workouts is how good I feel afterward. I get this rush of positive energy, and I feel motivated, productive and accomplished. My workouts have become a daily habit. It’s now as much a part of my routine as brushing my teeth or washing my hair. It just takes longer.