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December 28, 2020
Joe Brady

Exercise is Medicine and COVID-19 Resources

While most of us are in vaccine purgatory, waiting for our turn, there are definite steps we all can take to improve our mental and physical health and even improve our body’s ability to utilize the vaccine and enhance its effectiveness. While public health officials have been focused upon the pandemic response from a medical and political point of view there has not been much focus on physical activity and its role in pandemic response. We all know exercise is good for you yet there is little appreciation for its role in fighting viruses and improving the body’s ability to survive the ravaging effects of COVID-19. Extensive scientific research exists on the ability of physical activity to enhance the survivability of a COVID infection by the following mechanisms.

Physical activity can:

  • Improve immune and inflammation responses to viral infections
  • Reduce psychological and physiological stress from the pandemic
  • Help treat most of the pre-existing chronic conditions that predict COVID-19 deaths, and
  • Enhance the effectiveness of an eventual vaccine

Jacqui and I have worked for many years with the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine project. This Christmas they have published a special edition of articles and resources on using physical activity to get us through to the end of this pandemic. 

As we grapple with the consequences of the pandemic, it is easy to forget an important component of having a strong immune system: exercise! EIM assembled a variety of scientific articles and resources related to the effects of exercise (acute and chronic) on the body’s immune response. You can use these resources to keep your patients or clients active during the pandemic.

Free Zoom Tai Chi Classes

At a loss for how to exercise at home? The Tai Chi Project is offering free Zoom Tai Chi classes on Friday’s at 10:00 am for the duration of the pandemic as a public service. For more information and to register see

Feel free to share these resources with your friends, family, clients, and patients.

We wish all of our readers a healthy and happy holiday season and a joyous 2021!

For More Exercise is Medicine resources and articles

December 22, 2020
Joe Brady

Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday

Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Here are some tips from the CDC on steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays.

Considerations for Small Gatherings of Family and Friends

Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household (who are consistently taking measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19) poses the lowest risk for spread. Your household is anyone who currently lives and shares common spaces in your housing unit (such as your house or apartment). This can include family members, as well as roommates or people who are unrelated to you. People who do not currently live in your housing unit, such as college students who are returning home from school for the holidays, should be considered part of different households. In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, including college students returning home, pose varying levels of risk.

For specific guidelines and also 21 fun tips to make a quarantine Christmas more enjoyable click below.

December 14, 2020
Joe Brady

Tai Chi: Please DO Try This At Home

We are all going to be somewhat cooped up over the next few months in order to avoid COVID. For many, that means their health will be deteriorating in other ways. However, you can be proactive and reduce this decline. You can still exercise outside as long as you are being careful…and indoor Zoom classes offer an alternative to staring at the walls and being bored and inactive at home. Since the pandemic began and despite ever-changing pandemic restrictions, we have been able to safely continue our regular Tai chi classes outside while being socially distant and masked when necessary. However, taking on new students has been challenging. So, as a public health service, we have decided to open up a free Zoom beginner class on Friday mornings at 10:00 am MST.  Folks must register and anyone can join.

The Evidence-base for Tai Chi: Benefits of Tai Chi according to Harvard Medical School

“T’ai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems.” Harvard Medical School

Free Zoom Tai Chi Classes for Beginners

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December 7, 2020
Joe Brady

Discover Something New Every Day

The 2020 edition of the Festive Calendar from the continuing education department at Oxford University contains thirty-one days of free, online learning – enough to take you right up to the new year. If you begin after December 20 it will carry through until after the inauguration. Discover something new each day the calendar contains 31fun, interactive, educational resources, picked for you by the academics and staff at Oxford Continuing Education.

We here at the Barefoot Doctor’s Journal want to thank you all for being a part of our community. Our mission of building a healthier community has been particularly challenging during these stressful times and we really appreciate the support that we have received from students, patients, and those involved in our research. Thank you for all your support and we hope everyone has a wonderful if subdued holiday season.

A new door will open every day in December, after which it will never close. Can’t wait? Then take a look back at Oxford’s previous Festive Calendars which are all still open for you to enjoy. Please forward this page to friends.

New Year’s resolutions?

If learning is on your list for the year ahead, now is the time to sign up for a course starting in 2021. The University of Denver’s OLLI program registration is open for the Winter term, for information see OLLI Registration. The Tai Chi Project classes will be offering Zoom Tai Chi classes for beginners as well as outdoor socially distant and masked Tai Chi classes in the park when the weather permits. For information on Tai Chi Classes send us an email.

Click Here to View the Oxford Festive Calendar

November 23, 2020
Joe Brady

Exercise, Immunity, and COVID-19

Resources and support for keeping your immune system strong during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Physical activity is a crucial component in both mental health as well as immune function, yet while keeping COVID at bay we are all being way too sedentary, myself included. In our own programs, we have continued to hold Tai chi classes outside, masked and socially distant yet there is still a tendency to be more sedentary than usual. It is noticeable how much more active we are when we are free to pursue our normal social activities. Being isolated at home and even working from home we are way less active and that has consequences on our immune function.

In the winter term, we will be offering many opportunities to encourage folks to be more active, including Zoom Tai chi classes at The University of Denver’s OLLI program. (see

Research and Resources for staying Active in this Holliday Season

Over the years we have partnered with the American College of Sports Medicine’s, Exercise is Medicine Program on many programs including featuring the Tai Chi Project at ACSM’s 2nd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®. One of their latest projects is to provide resources to help you to keep your immune systems in shape.

Exercise is Medicine® has assembled a variety of scientific articles and resources related to the effects of exercise (acute and chronic) on the body’s immune response. Although specific data related to COVID-19 and exercise has not yet been obtained, research examining the body’s response to exercise reveals a cascade of cellular mechanisms that help protect the body from viral illnesses. In addition, there is clear evidence that exercise reduces depressive symptoms in everyone, including number and severity, as well as the acute and chronic symptoms of anxiety. This could be a very important benefit of maintaining an active routine during this period of isolation and stress.