Physical well-being is all about moving your body in whatever way you can.
Walking and Stretching
Schedule time to walk for 10-20 minutes, 3 times a week for 6 weeks- this will make you more likely to continue, or even increase, walking even after COVID-19 is over.
Be sure to use these steps when walking to avoid excess muscle and joint pain:
- Warm up by marching in place, swinging your arms, or other activities that move your muscles and start getting your heart rate up.
- Stretch before walking. Here is a site that shows you some good warm ups and stretches. Exercises for walking
- Walk for 10-20 minutes, starting at 10 minutes and increasing the lengths of your walks throughout the program.
- Stretch after walking.
- Smile, you did it!
For people with arthritis or severe joint pain, consider using the Arthritis Foundation’s self-directed “Walk With Ease” program. The Walk With Ease guidebook is a treasure-trove of resources for being active with arthritis. If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, you can ask your healthcare provider if you can use your Health Savings Account to purchase the book.
- Arthritis Foundation’s website
- How stress affects Arthritis
- Building a walking program
- 5 walking strategies
- 12 benefits of walking
- A Good Life Stretch break
- 8 Easy stretches
- Office workers guide to stretching
- The ultimate guide to typing stretches
- Lone Peak
Mind and Body
Strength, Balance, and Flexibility