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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Finding motivation for working out

Published in Weight Management, For the Health of It Author: John Inkster, MS

How do you get motivated? Find your internal motivation. What are your goals? What do you like to do? Do you like to garden, play with grandkids, go fishing? What are your barriers? Are you too tired, too stressed, too lazy, too bored? Set S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely). Use a personal action plan to help you set your goals.

Ask yourself:

  • What can I do to add more activity into my day?
  • What types of physical activities are enjoyable to me?
  • Where will I do these activities?
  • When is the best time for me to do these activities?
  • How long can I do this activity now? (Start with one minute! Increase as able.)

Start slow. Set you exercise goals at a reasonable level that you can stick with:

  • Aerobic exercise (walking, biking, swimming, etc.) for 30-60 minutes each session at least three days a week (try to get at least 10 minutes per session). Start at a moderate level. Work up to a total of 150 minutes per week.
  • Resistance training (dumbbells, body weight, stability balls, etc.) of one to two sets with eight to 15 repetitions for two to three days per week.
  • Stretching after each exercise session. Stretch and hold for 10-30 seconds within comfort range.