Closed Bars Having An Adverse Effect On My Health


Montreal Bars Remain Closed

I used to be a runner. Every weekday morning, before work, for about twenty years I could be found jogging around my neighbourhood. I was fanatical about doing it. Not about going longer or faster, but doing it without fail – in all kinds of weather.

They’d say things like “If I don’t see you going by while I’m making my coffee I know I’m late”

I was like clockwork, sometimes I’d be approached by people later in the day who would tell me they see me everyday at precisely the same moment. They’d say things like “If I don’t see you going by while I’m making my coffee I know I’m late”

After running for all those years on roads and sidewalks, my knees started to bark at me a bit. Others who had been running for even longer strongly suggested I give it a break. Which I did, and turned to a lower impact exercise, walking. I have always loved walking, and have been fortunate enough to work within walking distance of my home.

These lads knew the importance of walking.

However I soon learned that where I could run merely for the sake of running, I need a goal when I walk. Walking as a tourist is something I can do for hours, as everything is new, constant distractions. When I tried strolling aimlessly around my neighbourhood, I soon got bored and would cut it short. Walking around the local track was a bit better, but not great.

Clearly the closing of bars and pubs can potentially have a negative effect on my health. Did the government think of this when they ordered the watering holes to close? I think not.

Therefore, my morning routine changed. No longer was I inflexible. I adapted and started going for my walks in the afternoon. I would get things done in the morning, then after lunch head out on my trek. Of course what made this change in routine and mode of exercise pleasant was the end-point of my walk.

I would aim to complete the suggested 10,000 steps with a stop-over in one of several pubs for a beer or two. There was a goal that kept me walking. Walking to and from downtown Montreal gives me the 10,000 steps. If my wife was going to drive me home after her workday ended I would extend my urban hike so the when I arrived at the pub I was at or beyond the goal.

But now they have gone and closed the bars and pubs once again in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. My walking goal is gone.

But now they have gone and closed the bars and pubs once again in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. My walking goal is gone. I flounder about trying to stick to the goal. But currently I have little motivation, even if I do try to hit the magic number on my Fitbit.

Clearly the closing of bars and pubs can potentially have a negative effect on my health. Did the government think of this when they ordered the watering holes to close? I think not.

1 thought on “Closed Bars Having An Adverse Effect On My Health

  1. Linda Blackwell Phelan January 18, 2021 — 1:01 pm

    I’m just impressed you aim for 10000. I’m happy with 5000! Lin

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