Fitness in the Age of COVID: City of Houston Councilmember Sallie Alcorn


We’ve all had to make adjustments over the past year with COVID-19 gripping almost every area of our lives. Public figures and Politicians 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.”

Samir interviewed Houston Councilmember At-Large Position 5 Sallie Alcorn about how she’s staying fit and how she hopes Houstonians stay healthy and safe during this time too.

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!

Samir Becic: How are you staying physically active during COVID?

Sallie Alcorn: I run on Tuesdays and Thursdays (3 miles), do yoga Mondays and Wednesdays, take Friday off, and either run, walk, bike or yoga at least once over the weekend.

Samir Becic: Leading during a pandemic creates new and unforeseen obstacles- what are some of the challenges that you’ve successfully adapted to/overcome?

Sallie Alcorn: I miss yoga class, but I found a wonderful teacher online. He lives in Berlin and the UK and I love his classes. There are people who join from all over the world. It was a lifesaver during the pandemic.

Samir Becic: As a leader, you are probably working overtime on a daily basis- what do you do to relax and gather your thoughts?

Sallie Alcorn: Spend time outdoors, talk with friends, be with my family, have a glass of wine, binge watch a tv show!

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

Sallie Alcorn: People delivering food and water to those in need. The need is so great, but the generous spirit of Houstonians is better.

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

Sallie Alcorn: Board games and card games with my husband and kids.

Samir Becic: We all have some tough days, what keeps you positive and motivated as a leader?

Sallie Alcorn: Connections with my family and friends and my faith in God.

Samir Becic: What was the most fun quarantine activity you did?

Sallie Alcorn: When all four of my grown kids were home last August (working remotely) and it was like 2009 when they all lived at home. Family dinners were so much fun during that period!

Samir Becic: Have you had to alter your hobbies during COVID-19? If so, what have you replaced them with?

Sallie Alcorn: Not traveling has been hard. I have discovered more things to see and do in Houston and have enjoyed outdoor spaces not generally in my mix. Places like the plaza at Rothko Chapel and the Willow Waterhole.

Samir Becic: What are 3 tips you would give to all Houstonians during COVID-19?

Sallie Alcorn:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Exercise and stay healthy.
  • Keep in regular contact with your friends and family – don’t isolate.

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