Fitness in the Age of COVID: ABC13’s Steven Romo

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We’ve all had to make adjustments this year with COVID-19 gripping almost every area of our lives. Celebrities and public figures are no different- which is why we asked them how they’ve adapted, what’s inspired them during this difficult time, and how they make time for themselves.

HFR founder Samir Becic adds “It is immensely important that Texans stay physically fit during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

We hope that these positive tips and routines will make our readers feel less alone during these trying times and maybe even find some inspiration in adopting some of these COVID-19 healthy daily habits! You can also read Steven Romo’s fitness interview pre-COVID, , as well as other Houston News Anchors.

How are you staying physically active in the age of COVID-19? What are you eating?

Steven Romo: When my gym closed, I filled a backpack with canned goods to use as resistance for push-ups and curls, etc. It was way more effective than I thought it’d be. Those cans of refritos did their job. I was also lucky enough to have a pull-up bar to use. I’ve since bought a few dumbbells, and I’ve been surprised that I can get a really good workout at home. It reminds me of my teenage years, working out in a humid garage trying not to scratch my dad’s car. 
Eating’s been a challenge. Food can be so comforting when the world’s going crazy. I started off making not great choices for a few weeks. But for the past couple of months, I’ve been planning meals, and I’m determined not to let the pandemic hold me back.

Being the voice of information and news during a pandemic creates new and unforeseen obstacles- what are some of the challenges that you’ve successfully adapted to/overcome?

Steven Romo: There have been plenty of unforeseen obstacles. It’s sort of just how the news business works though. You have to adapt and find a way to tell the story no matter what—flooding, fire, whatever. But, honestly, nothing I’ve had to confront seems worth complaining about. I have a job and I’m healthy. My family’s healthy too. Everything else is just background noise.

How has your job changed in the past few months?

Steven Romo: Going up to people with a microphone isn’t really a thing anymore. Zoom interviews have taken some getting used to. Telling people’s stories is one of the best parts of my job and it takes a bit more effort to make a human connection over a computer screen.

How are you managing your stress during this time?

Steven Romo: Fiction! Star Trek is a great escape. I’m all caught up on the newest series. Star Wars too. Also, Marvel movies are great for second and even third viewings. I can quote Guardians of the Galaxy with the best of them.
Also, having my workout equipment at home now makes it easy to do a few sets when life gets frustrating. #endorphins

A bit of positivity: have you seen an act of kindness or generosity during this difficult time that has moved you or inspired you?

Steven Romo: In downtown Houston, I saw a woman handing out face masks to homeless people. She was on her own and took the time to explain to each of them why they should wear one. It was an amazing display of empathy.

How are you staying in touch with family and friends? Any tips for staying more connected?

Steven Romo: Yes, make that call. Send that text. Embark on an unannounced FaceTime call, even. It seems like we’re more isolated than ever. When I’m going through tough times, I have a tendency to withdraw and try to handle it alone. I think a lot of people may have that instinct. So, I fight against it. This is a great time to catch up with family, friends, old roommates, the receptionist at your old dentist’s office, your kindergarten teacher.

What’s one good habit you have developed during this time that you want to keep?

Steven Romo: The aforementioned keeping in contact with people. I’ve also been tracking my calories again. I use an app to keep track of what I’m eating. I have for years, but during Hurricane Harvey, when I was stuck out in the floods for many many hours, I slipped. Since then, I’ve tried to get back on the horse, but hadn’t had much consistent success. Until the pandemic. It’s almost like, so much seems out of my control right now. Making sure I’m staying on top of nutrition is one thing I know I can keep tabs on.

We all have some tough days, what keeps you positive and motivated as a public figure?

Steven Romo: Knowing how lucky I am.

What do you most look forward to doing again after restrictions are lifted?

Steven Romo: Going to the movies. Black Widow, I’ve been waiting!

What was the most fun quarantine activity you’ve done?

Steven Romo: I hate how dorky it sounds to say this yet again, but home workouts. I really thought they would suck, but there’s so much you can do.

What were the best and worst parts of working from home, especially when filming a newscast? How did you and other coworkers stay in touch

Steven Romo: I’ve done Zoom interviews at home and written stories, but I’ve been fortunate enough to continue working with a superb photojournalist. We meet up for live shots and are able to go live on air while social distancing. I’ve also been going to the studio on days I anchor the news and maintain social distance from everyone. There are so many apps and platforms for communication to stay in touch with people who are working from home. I honestly don’t know how we would have done all this, technologically, even ten years ago.

What are 3 tips you would give to all Americans during COVID-19?

Steven Romo:

  1. I know times are hard and we’re all trying to get by, but keep in mind working out and eating well can help you feel better physically *and* mentally.
  2. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you do slip off your diet or workout plan. Guilt just makes things worse. Just do your best, each day. Even if your best is cereal for every meal and not leaving the couch.
  3. Reach out. Check in with family and friends. And seriously, your old teachers too. They’ll love it. You’ll love it. Everyone loves teachers.

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