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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

Hate the gym?

Published in Lifestyle Health, Weight Management, Exercise Author: Alyssa Monson

The thought of 30 minutes on a treadmill or lifting weights got you down? Check out these alternatives.

Full disclosure — some will require you to step foot into a fitness center.

  • Water aerobics: Water is denser than air so any movements you do in air are harder in water (think jogging in place, arm circles etc.), which is why water aerobics can burn 400+ calories per hour. Water also helps to decrease impact, making it more joint friendly.
  • Yardwork: Ever feel sore after your weekend doing yardwork? That’s because, depending on intensity, yard work can burn 250-500 calories per hour. 
  • Hula hoop: Go back to your grade school days and burn 400+ calories per hour.
  • Dance like nobody’s watching: Turn your kitchen or living room in to a dance floor. Crank up the tunes and use your mixing spoon as a microphone while cooking dinner. Dancing can burn up to 400 calories per hour!
  • Clean your house: Depending on the task, you can burn up to 60 calories per hour making your home shine.
  • Use your commute: Bike, walk, run or rollerblade to work. Save gas money and get your workout in at the same time. These activities can burn 300-700 calories per hour
  • Join a league: Get competitive and join a sports league. There are many great offerings throughout the area including pickle ball, racquet ball, and basketball. Calories burned will depend on intensity and which activity you choose.