Week 9

Be Well Paso Weekly Challenge

Today we begin a few more weeks of the Be Well Paso Weekly Challenge! As stay-at-home orders evolve, we’ll continue to help you stay fit, productive, connected, and positive.

JUST FOR FUN - We’ve all heard the popular saying "Laughter is the best medicine." Most psychologists agree that humor helps people take back their sense of power in a powerless situation and it helps them connect with others. 

LET’S MOVE - Over the past four weeks, you sampled a variety of exercises. Hopefully, you’ve incorporated many of them into your daily life. Over the next few weeks, we’ll turn you on to a few new ones and reintroduce you to a few of our favorites.

WHAT TO DO - In case you’ve run out of things to do, we’ll offer you some fresh ideas.

IT’S ALL GOOD - When things get tough, many people turn to a motivational quote for a bit of inspiration. Quotes have the power to inspire and encourage. Whenever you feel low, unhappy, or lacking motivation, read attentively a few quotes, and you will see how your mood and state of mind begin to improve. 

Day 1

JUST FOR FUN - Just don’t cut your bangs.

LET’S MOVE - Hand and finger exercises can help strengthen your hands and fingers, increase your range of motion, and give you pain relief. Stretch only until you feel tightness. You shouldn’t feel pain. Start with this simple stretch: Make a gentle fist, wrapping your thumb across your fingers. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Release and spread your fingers wide. Repeat with both hands at least four times. 

WHAT TO DO - Take an online cooking lesson.

IT’S ALL GOOD - I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. - Michael Jordan

Day 2

JUST FOR FUN - What a crazy world— my 5-year-old just requested me to please not be loud or crazy because she has a call at 10 with her class.

LET’S MOVE - Try this stretch to help with pain relief and to improve the range of motion in your hands: Place your hand palm-down on a table or other flat surface. Gently straighten your fingers as flat as you can against the surface without forcing your joints. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds and then release. Repeat at least four times with each hand.

WHAT TO DO - Host a digital Netflix partyBabe Ruth

IT’S ALL GOOD - Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. - Babe Ruth

Day 3

JUST FOR FUN - Amazon: Your package will arrive Wednesday. Me: When is that?

LET’S MOVE - This exercise can make it easier to open door knobs and hold things without dropping them. Hold a soft ball in your palm and squeeze it as hard as you can. Hold for a few seconds and release. Repeat 10 to 15 times on each hand. Do this exercise two to three times a week, but rest your hands for 48 hours in between sessions. Don’t do this exercise if your thumb joint is damaged.

WHAT TO DO - Clean out a junk drawer or two. 

IT’S ALL GOOD - Done is better than perfect. --Sheryl Sandberg

Day 4

JUST FOR FUN - Being quarantined with a talkative child is like having an insane parrot superglued to your shoulder.

LET’S MOVE - This exercise helps strengthen the muscles of your fingers and thumb. It can help you turn keys, open food packages, and use the gas pump more easily. Pinch a soft foam ball or some putty between the tips of your fingers and your thumb. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat 10 to 15 times on both hands. Do this exercise two to three times a week, but rest your hands for 48 hours in between sessions. Don’t do this exercise if your thumb joint is damaged.  

WHAT TO DO - Divide bigger perennials to give them more space.Geraniums

IT’S ALL GOOD - The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. - Alice Walker

Day 5

JUST FOR FUN - People are mad about not being able to go places. Please. I was grounded about 90% of the time between 7th and 12th grades. I trained for this. 

LET’S MOVE - Use this exercise to help increase the range of motion and flexibility in your fingers. Place your hand flat, palm down, on a table or other surface. Gently lift one finger at a time off of the table and then lower it. You can also lift all your fingers and thumb at once, and then lower. Repeat eight to 12 times on each hand.  

WHAT TO DO - Watch a classic Disney movie.

IT’S ALL GOOD - The mind is everything. What you think you become. --Buddha

Day 6

JUST FOR FUN - The longer this goes on, the harder it’s going to be to return to a society where pants are required.  

LET’S MOVE - Strengthening the muscles of your thumbs can help you grab and lift heavy things like cans and bottles. Put your hand flat on a table. Wrap a rubber band around your hand at the base of your finger joints. Gently move your thumb away from your fingers as far as you can. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds and release. Repeat 10 to 15 times with both hands. You can do this exercise two to three times a week, but rest your hands for 48 hours in between sessions. 

WHAT TO DO - Learn to make jewelry.Tree Opens in new window

IT’S ALL GOOD - The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.The second best time is now. - Chinese Proverb

Day 7

JUST FOR FUN - I’m throwing a quarantine party this weekend. None of you are invited.  

LET’S MOVE - This exercise helps increase the range of motion in your thumbs. Start with your hand out in front of you, palm up. Extend your thumb away from your other fingers as far as you can. Then bend your thumb across your palm so it touches the base of your small finger. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat at least four times with both thumbs.

WHAT TO DO - Soak your feet.

IT’S ALL GOOD - An unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates