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Welcome to another edition of Therapy Corner. 

This month I would like to discuss staying active. This time of year, with the colder weather, we all tend to become less active.  We want to hunker down in our warm rooms, and not get out unless it is just absolutely necessary.  Those of us who love to get outdoors really tend to decrease our activity as the weather makes it almost impossible to get outside.  As enticing as staying in a warm room sounds, it is imperative to maintain some level of physical activity. 

You are fortunate here at Regency to have long hallways.  Please use these to your advantage! Get out in the hallway and make some laps a couple of times a day.  I know most of you are saying, “Well I walk down to the dining room,” and that is great, but you need a little more activity.  A 10-15 min walk at least 2 times a day can make a tremendous difference in how you feel and your overall well-being.  Tap into your competitive nature to make it more challenging by timing yourself, and trying to improve your time daily or weekly. 

Lastly, to make it interesting, you could even give each walk a theme.  As you walk, think of things that pertain to the theme such as movies, people, or music.  Sing the songs for the theme, quote lines from a movie or book.  You could even dress the part! This can make the walk more interesting and stimulate your mind while you’re working the body!

Always remember with the walks to wear your mask and practice social distancing. If you are not a walker or have difficulty walking, I encourage you to take advantage of the 9:30 exercise classes Regency offers every day. 

I hope you find this information helpful and will heed my suggestion to keep moving! 
Until next time….

Your Restore Therapy Family,
Ryan Parden, PTA