By Laurie Sweig 

was Jimmy Connors who gets credit for the “use it or lose it” quote.
When it comes to stamina, both mental and physical, that statement is
true. COVID-19 lockdown has changed so much for us.  For people who are
not on the frontlines there has generally been a decrease in physical
Take a moment and think about it and how you are moving
differently prior to this life altering situation. Imagine a typical
weekday. Getting ready to head to work, and the movement involved to
getting to your place of employment. How about the physical activity
during the day? Trips to the washroom count. Then heading home at the
end of the day. Even changing into your “at home” clothes is considered
physical activity. It’s small but it’s movement nonetheless.
Many of
my online training clients are showing signs of decreased physical
stamina. The workouts with me are still happening but it’s the other
daily activities that are missing. All of the incidental movement that
we don’t think about. The walk to the car or even to work. The time that
is spent moving around the office. Or how about that spontaneous
thought to walk a block to get a coffee? It’s all on hold for now, but
it has to be replaced so you don’t cough up a lung climbing a staircase
that never bothered you in the past.
Here are some ideas:
• If you have a fitness tracker put in on.

If you are wearing a fitness tracker set a step goal that matches or
exceeds what you were doing prior to the lockdown. AND – activate that
“you’ve been sitting too long” reminder to buzz and don’t ignore it.

Walk – around the block, your neighbourhood or your house. Walk fast,
walk slow, forward, backward, sideways or skip … just move.
• Climb
the stairs or a hill anywhere that you can. Up and down. It’s the most
boring thing ever but it’s better than the alternative that comes with
being out of shape.
• Get up and down from the floor. Those of you
who know me will say “you’re trying to sneak in burpees again, aren’t
you?” Yeah, I am. But just watch what happens to your heart after doing
that a few times in row.
All of the above and anything else you can think of.
biggest obstacle to overcome in doing any of this is actually doing it.
We do love our routines, and they have been busted up right in front of
our eyes. All I can say is make the best of this. Your body wants to
move. Get out your calendar now and schedule “moving” sessions as
appointments. It doesn’t matter if it’s two minutes or 20 minutes. As
the folks at Nike like to say:  Just do it!
Something to think about.
Sweig is a certified personal fitness trainer and spinning instructor.
She owns and operates The Point for Fitness. She can be reached at laurie@thepointforfitness.com.