Staying fit at home (Fourth of five parts)

DAVAO. Chess international master (IM) John Marvin Miciano goes through his own exercise routine while under home quarantine to keep him mentally and physically healthy. (File photo/Macky Lim)

PUTTING chess players under home quarantine due to the public health emergency caused by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is no doubt easier for them than any other athlete as they can play the sport anywhere, anytime.

Dabawenyo chess international master (IM) John Marvin Miciano, in a Facebook interview with SunStar Davao, said, “Because of the outbreak of coronavirus, both foreign and local chess tournaments I was scheduled to join were either postponed or cancelled, so I just continue my training at home which is now all online. No more face-to-face training games.”

He said his daily routine, aside from training and playing online chess games, also includes exercises.

Woodpushers, too, need to keep their bodies fit and healthy as sitting in front of a chess board for hours entails a good physical shape. The mental work, which chess players often do, requires more physical strength. They need to endure the mind challenge of every chess puzzle.

Thus, Miciano also has an exercise routine he does at home.

“I usually do my exercise routine of push-ups, squats, jumping rope, and dumbbells every morning. Now with home quarantine, I added half an hour to one hour of treadmill in the evening,” he said.

He also encouraged parents to exercise with their children everyday to make the activity more fun and enjoyable while community quarantine is in effect.

The 20-year-old Miciano, a varsity scholar at Far Eastern University, became a national master (NM) at age 16 and Fide master (FM) and international master (IM) at 17.

In the past three parts of this series, PBA Meralco Bolts pointguard Baser Amer, Rio Olympian marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, 2015 Southeast Asian Games wakeboard double bronze medalist Maiquel Jawn “Mikee” Selga also shared their respective fitness regimen to keep their bodies in shape.


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