Health & Wellness Over 50s Lifestyle

Move it or lose it – don’t let COVID lockdown be your excuse

January 13, 2021
Move it or Lose it - don't let COVID be an excuse

We all know what we should be doing regarding exercise or moving our body (which sounds like less work 🙂 ) so as part of my January theme, Review and Reset in 2021, I thought it was time to remind ourselves of the importance of moving our bodies. Yes, challenges will always present themselves – COVID-19 & Lockdown restrictions, inclement weather, ‘not in the mood’ the list goes on.

But you are only kidding yourself if you keep saying ‘I’m not an exerciser’ – we need to Move consistently and with purpose to stay healthy and be able to continue to do our daily task and also enjoy life. That’s called Functional Fitness! It is also called RESPECT FOR YOU AND YOUR BODY and YOUR HEALTH.

Remember to always get a medical clearance before you try any new form of exercise or if you are coming back to exercise after illness.

During the week, I did a LIVE in the Women Living Well After 50 Facebook Group. The topic was about MOVING YOUR BODY and the different ways to stays healthy – cardio, strength, flexibility and balance. I’ve included the video below so take a listen and I’d love to hear your thoughts on you you move daily to stay healthy.

I made the video on Thursday morning waiting to meet with my friend Wendy Hodge from Wendy’s Way Healthy Lifestyle Community for a run. Sometimes we run all the way, other times we combine a walk and running whilst we chat.

Just that one run or walk can tick off my Cardio & Social connection. ✅
Yoga in the afternoon for ticked off my strength, flexibility and balance ✅
All of the above are good for my mental and spiritual health ✅

A Walking Challenge with a Difference

A friend of mine Jane, used this challenge to help her through COVID and became hooked! This week I was chatting to some friends who have also decided to take a Virtual Walking Challenge. Donna my friend from Retirement Reflections is walking in NovaScotia . Erica from Behind the Scenery is walking in Iceland. My friend Jo from Any Anyways has chosen her love of Britain to guide her choice and my friend Deb from Deb’s World has convinced her husband to join her on a virtual cycle instead of a virtual walk.

It is a novel and fun way to start walking and you can learn about different countries at the same time. I’ve included the link if you are interested. I’m still deciding but my husband and I might give it a try, if I can convince him and if not I will do one by myself – or perhaps you can join me..

All the Conqueror Virtual Challenges | The Conqueror Virtual Fitness Challenges This is a paid challenge but I believe there are free versions as well. Myles Challenge is an app that you can use to Run/Walk or Cycle and also visit other countries virtually.

Just think, you can walk your neighbourhood and be transported to another country without flights or concerns about COVID.

Don’t walk? The challenge provides a conversion chart

Convert time spent exercising into miles and km

Use the chart to find out how many miles/km you cover doing different exercises or day to day activities.

MVM Conversion Table 2020-01.pdf – Google Drive

How will you move your body today to stay healthy?

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Donna Connolly January 13, 2021 at 15:48

    Thanks for the shout-out, Sue, and the great reminder. Today I had a contrasting desire to spend the day walking and to spend the day reading. So I grabbed one of my books on audiotape and did both at the same time. I wholeheartedly agree with you that it’s easy to give ourselves excuses, especially during a pandemic lockdown. I also agree that just one foot in front of the other can lead to incredible progress, where we will feel great afterwards! Thanks for this great post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 17, 2021 at 09:32

      You always inspire me with your hiking Donna and your zest for life. I love how creative you are too! Walking with an audio book – fabulous! xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones January 13, 2021 at 16:24

    Unfortunately I’m not walking or exerting just now due to pain from the broken arm. I loved the Camino virtual challenge that I did in November and would have done another immediately. As soon as it’s possible, I’ll be doing their Iceland challenge

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 17, 2021 at 09:34

      Hi Jen, I’ve read about your real-life experience walking the Camino. I’m doing the free version of the Iceland Challenge but it isn’t as informative as the paid version. You get what you pay for. x

  • Reply Debbie Harris January 13, 2021 at 20:25

    Thanks for the mention Sue, and I agree these types of virtual challenges can tick so many boxes for us at the moment, especially as we can’t actually travel overseas. I love the idea of cycling along a variety of places and at the moment I’m cycling from Split to Dubrovnik in Croatia, as a trial to see how I like it. I think the paid versions give far more detail but for the moment I’m OK with the free Myles app. This is a fabulous way to get active and do something a bit different.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 17, 2021 at 09:37

      I agree the paid version is better but at least we are doing something. I love that you can cycle your way whilst your knee issue is sorted out. x

  • Reply Joanne Tracey January 15, 2021 at 08:12

    Thanks for the mention and yes, move it or lose it! A good long walk can be the answer to many of life’s problems.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 17, 2021 at 09:37

      I do my best thinking Jo when I’m walking or running. x

  • Reply Erica/Erika January 16, 2021 at 02:09

    Hi Sue, I read your excellent post a few days ago and I linked it to my blog post yesterday where I write about my first week on this virtual challenge. It has been a game changer for me on many levels. Yet, I am still in the honeymoon stage.

    Your phrase “Yes, challenges will always present themselves….” is a key point on fitness and health in general.

    Sue, you are an inspirational, kind, generous woman who makes a difference in many people’s lives, me included. I feel your amazing energy from the other side of the planet. Thank you for being you!xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 17, 2021 at 09:38

      Erica, your kind words in the last paragraphy brought ‘happy tears’. I read your blog post and am sure you will continue on past the Honeymoon Period. I think it is such a fun way to ‘travel’ and keep fit at the same time. Have a beautiful week, my friend. xx

  • Reply Rachel McAlpine March 26, 2021 at 05:45

    An essential message and we can’t hear it often enough. The key is finding something we love doing, and we can only find that by…. starting, right? Love the sound of the virtual walking tours. Japan and Korea appeal to me. Sharing exercise with friends makes all the difference, too! Meanwhile I dance, do pilates, walk and swim. Btw I’m 81. So far so good.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2021 at 10:59

      Go you, Rachel! I love hearing from women who are still active and enjoying life at any age. You are right – the key is finding what you enjoy as an activity and then it isn’t a chore. Keep dancing! xx

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