When life gets stressful, maintaining a regular exercise regime is more important than ever.
Sheriff’s deputy Kristi Bridgman of Seattle, Washington, has been volunteering with the Special Olympics for many years, so when the novel coronavirus pandemic put everyone in lockdown, she couldn’t stop thinking about all the athletes at home.
It didn’t take long for her to take matters into her own hands so she could check on her friends. She started a program she calls “10-A-Day until it’s okay,” which involves her going to a different athlete’s house every day to do some socially-distant fitness training.
So far she’s made over 30 house calls!
Athletes like Frankie Armstrong have benefited greatly from Bridgman’s visits! His mother Vivian said he always looks forward to their sessions.
“When she comes over, his day will be brighter,” Vivian explained. “And it seems like his day has been fulfilled after doing these exercises.”
As for Bridgman, just seeing everyone’s smiling face is enough to keep her coming back for more.
“These athletes enrich my life more than I think I can ever enrich their lives,” she said. “I do my thing and do not expect praise for it because the athletes are my praise enough, and I try to reflect this through the athletes.”
Bridgman plans to keep up with her 10-A-Day training through the end of May, and then she’ll cut back to just a few times each week. In the end, she said what really matters is “thinking about others and being gracious to everybody around you during this time.”
What a wonderful way to look out for her friends! Share this story to thank her for her dedication, and check out the Coronavirus Good News Dashboard for more joy and hope.
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