Remaining safe during a global pandemic is a top priority for most people, and many of us are now overly-familiar with the common practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These recommendations, including social distancing, hand hygiene, wearing masks and limiting the size of gatherings, are all mitigation techniques to assist in the defense of COVID-19. Yet another important aspect to consider in the fight against COVID-19 is the role that physical activity and metabolic health plays if you contract the virus.
As a runner, I have been extremely fortunate to not have any major injuries over the ten years that I’ve been participating in this recreational activity. It’s become a passion and recently, a form of therapy to help curb stress and keep me active during the COVID-19 pandemic. This past summer, I completed many virtual runs – from 5Ks to half marathons. In November, I completed a 15K and was shocked when I started to feel pain and a “popping” in my hip.
Fast forward to the New Year, I’ve committed to investing in my health and decided to get this long-standing problem checked out and more importantly, not wanting to re-injure myself the next time I take off on a long run. Knowing Athletico offers a Free Assessment at no cost and not needing a doctor’s referral to start, I went to my local clinic and this is what happened.
As we get deeper into the winter months, many people have turned to indoor workouts. With the added complication of COVID-19 this year, going to a gym or a group fitness class may not be an option for you. But your workouts do not need to suffer! Staying active is important for your overall health. It can help reduce your chance of catching a cold as well as maintain happiness during the winter months. Let’s look at some ideas to keep you moving at home during the colder months of the year.
As we turn the page to start fresh in the New Year, it’s not without reflecting on 2020 and some of the events that made up such a historical year. Being in the works for some time, especially after the past year that inspired so much change, the Athletico leadership team is proud to unveil our inaugural Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Council. This council was deemed as essential to building upon our culture and was created through nominations and volunteers who want to work together to make a difference at Athletico. The council aims to create a safe environment for employees to learn from each other in which inclusion creates a climate where diversity can thrive.
We are extremely proud to announce the members that make up our Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Council and posed them each with the question: “What does it mean to you to be on this council?”
2020 will surely go down in history as a year that derailed our day-to-day lives. A year consisting of remote work and e-learning and the year that put a halt to many of our beloved sports and activities. Not only did families navigate new ways to adapt to all these sudden changes, so did businesses.
Our clinicians stepped up this year to share their expertise to help readers prevent back and neck pain when working or learning at home. They provided innovative ways for readers to exercise safely at home using items found around their household.
While most of us will say a welcome farewell to 2020, 2021 will unfortunately carryover many of the same challenges we are currently faced with. Altering the means and ability to exercise is one impact that the coronavirus has had on many people. Many gym-goers are still either unable to attend their local gym due to closures or unwilling to travel to the gym due to health concerns. Even without a gym membership, there are many unique ways to continue to stay in shape in 2021. Here are 7 tips from a physical therapist on setting resolutions for health in 2021:
If you’ve ever had a ring stuck on your finger, it can cause a bit of panic and frustration. For that reason, the Hand Therapists at Athletico are offering a couple of strategies to safely remove a ring from your finger before a more serious situation arises. These strategies can help prevent a trip to the jeweler to have your ring repaired if your precious jewelry were needed to be cut off.
The leaves have dropped and cooler temperatures are setting in. Due to COVID-19, more people will be inclined to be outside, even in the cold. This can come with some risks due to changing weather conditions. According to the CDC, one out of every five falls causes an injury and for the 65+ population, falling is the leading cause of injury and death within this age group. Given these stats, it is important to take some precautions to keep you safe outside.