How to avoid hitting the pandemic wall in your workout

A man in a mask rides a stationary bike.
Liam Connery works out on an exercise bike while wearing a mask at Lifetime Fitness in Chanhassen, Minn., on Nov. 18.
Evan Frost | MPR News 2020

Editor’s note (March 9, 2021): This program was originally planned for March 9 but was pre-empted by a live press conference from Gov. Tim Walz.

Olympians and occasional athletes faced the same foe this past year: uncertainty.

COVID-19’s rapid spread canceled competitions and temporarily closed several gyms.

What’s the best approach for climbing over the pandemic wall and getting back on track? Two mental health professionals shared advice for building resilience and staying motivated for athletes of all levels.


  • Carly Anderson is a licensed psychologist who directs sport psychology services at the University of Minnesota. She is also co-owner of Premier Sport Psychology, PLLC.

  • Kate Miller is the leadership and well-being coordinator for Columbia Athletics at Columbia University in New York.  

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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