Joe Krolick Recounts What It’s Like to Contract and Survive COVID-19

“My hamstrings were on fire,” says Joe Krolick. “For three days it felt like there were four hands pulling at the muscle from behind. At that point, I had chills and a fever that went up to 103 at times. It was uncomfortable to lie down, so I’d stand or sit. I could only sleep by propping up in a chair and stealing an hour here or there.”

The coronavirus pandemic has rocked modern life like nothing in the last 100 years of human history. Sure, we’re all aware of people who have been sick. Some were not confirmed because of a lack of testing. We know that people have died from it and many have recovered.

But have you talked to anyone who’s had it? How about a fit and healthy 40-year-old who has survived. As Krolick is willing to recount, this seemingly distant disease—one that you’ve heard is

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Untether with 5 easy exercises | Health Beat

In just minutes, a weight-free set of lunges can work the leg muscles and activate stabilizing muscles in the abdomen and back. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Whether at home or in the office, long stretches at the computer have consequences.

After two straight hours of sitting at your laptop, you’re more likely to experience pain in the lower back, hips and thighs, as well as slight declines in cognitive function.

The simple fix? Get up every 45 minutes or so and move around for about five minutes, recommends Dan Clapper, certified athletic trainer and Spectrum Health Sports Medicine supervisor. He also oversees the Spectrum Health Orthopedics at Work program.

If you want to make the most of those free minutes, Clapper suggests working in some incredibly simple but high-reward exercises.

These dynamic movements require no weights and they’re easy, as long as you don’t have any nagging injuries.

1. Body

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