Covid-19 : Health Measures

Fighting the COVID blues

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By Nathalie Lambert

Fitness specialist and Olympic medalist in speed skating. Director of sports programs and communications for MAA Club Sportif.

For the past several months, our way of life has been significantly impacted by the government’s Covid-19 restrictions. Our physical and mental health have also been compromised by the measures imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

For many of us social and physical activities are important to maintaining our overall well-being. As the cold weather returns, it is time to switch into problem-solving mode.  Now is the time to find creative ways of being active, staying connected and being happy. The best approach is looking at it as a need for changing your attitude. Stop focusing on the pandemic rhetoric and think of using this period of imposed constraints as an opportunity for learning, discovery or adventure!

Personally, I do not like winter. I have spent most of my athletic career in indoor rinks from September to April. Practicing winter sports outdoors is definitely not my thing. Usually I am content being in hibernation mode throughout the season. However, this year I decided to take up cross-country skiing. Being at home 24/7 has given me the chance to find myself a new winter sport. Will I like it? I do not know. How many times will I really do it? I am not sure. But this is a unique opportunity to get my tail in gear and get moving outside.

The best way to fight the Covid Blues is to get active and stay connected with colleagues, friends and family. Take advantage of trying virtual classes and activities in the comfort of your living room. What is also great is that it allows you to discover a wide variety of content without the commitment, without traveling and without the embarrassment of not being good enough.

Look for classes offered through Zoom style platforms like we use at the MAA.  You can also connect with instructors and a community of participants; but better yet, you can recruit your friends to get moving with you and virtually experience these classes together.

I believe what bothers us the most right now, is the lack of social interactions and not being with others. Being forced into solitude is not healthy.  A virtual two-way connection with someone becomes essential in this case. If we cannot be with each other in person, this is the next best thing until we can do so once again.

Let us not wait to be happy until a normal way of life returns. Instead find happiness now by enjoying being with others virtually, be it for cocktails, dinners, games, or any other activities.  And do not forget to balance your energy levels by taking virtual group fitness classes together!

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