With the right gear, training and preparation, running in winter can be as rewarding as it is in the summer. Whether you’re a trail runner or a road runner you can layer up and lace up no matter what season it is.
Preparation and knowledge are keys to safely exercising in any extreme environment, and during this time of year, it is important to keep in mind the four pillars of cold-weather exercise: clothing, balance, hydration and common sense.
Maintaining good flexibility and ankle mobility is critical for ankle health. Strong ankles are also important for withstanding the occasional misstep that all too often leads to a sprained ankle.
For many people who lead sedentary lives, finding successful ways to incorporate exercise into their days can be difficult for a variety of reasons. But whatever the challenge, there is a strategy to overcome it.
Both walking and running provide excellent exercise, and a great excuse to get outside (optimal for both physical and mental health!). Which you choose is up to you – just remember the best exercise is the one you’ll do regularly!
It’s that time of year when the kids are getting excited for summer, and you’re probably wondering what to do with them until school starts again! As a dad of three kids 12 and younger, physical therapist Matt Rogers offers 4 tips to get the whole family moving together.
Often exercise, especially cardio, can seem intimidating and frankly, unenjoyable. Walking is a superb way (and dare I say underrated way, too?) to obtain the physical and mental benefits of cardiovascular exercise. It can be social, connect you to your community, or simply be dedicated self-care time.
A comprehensive approach to exercise and training is the best way to avoid injuries as you increase the frequency, distance, and speed of your runs. A focus on flexibility, strength, core stability and running cadence can help ensure your body is tuned up and ready for the demands of training and will see you across the finish line of every race.
There are several keys to success you want to keep in mind when jumping into a new exercise routine that will help maximize your chances of sticking with it for the long run while feeling strong and healthy and staying injury free.
Prioritizing your health while at work doesn’t have to be difficult. Add simple movements throughout the day to increase your weekly physical activity and boost your health and fitness while making it easier to reach your goals. A physical therapist can help you overcome obstacles and get started today.
While each aspect of setting SMART goals matters, what truly distinguishes the successful endeavors from the unsuccessful is whether or not the goals matter to the person setting them. When a goal is autonomous there is a greater willingness to push toward success, even in the face of adversity.
Just because the days are shorter, darker, wetter and colder doesn’t mean you have to postpone your workout regimen for the winter season. There are plenty of options for working out inside, no gym required! Set your goals and get fit right at home with this workout routine.
Goals fall within two basic categories — outcome goals and process goals. One rarely works without the other — what you want (your outcome goal) depends on you focusing on all the things you will need to do to achieve it (your process goals) and success does not lie solely in reaching your outcome goal.
Whether you have never exercised before, have not exercised in years or months, or have just been on a hiatus lately, following these five simple tips will help you get to it safely and stick to it for the long run.
Don’t you love the sound of the frozen leaves crunching underneath your feet? That beautiful sheen of white across a grassy field. The winter is a time of peace and rest, but we all know we still need to stay physically active. Yet, as the outdoor conditions change with the season, various factors come into play that can affect our balance and our ability to prevent a […]
Excess body weight, typically associated with a high BMI (body mass index) or too much fat, can significantly impact a person’s activity level and lifestyle, and consequently their health. Being overweight can feel like a catch-22 — to lose weight you need to move more, but when you’re heavy, movement is often difficult. The increased […]
Choosing where to go, packing your gear, and slipping into your hiking shoes are the first steps to an enjoyable and successful hike. Careful consideration of food selections along with planning and preparation of what to bring with you will not only ensure that you will not go hungry or thirsty, but it will also provide your body with the necessary fuel to keep you moving up the trail.
PT FIT is a virtual fitness program where our physical therapists will create a workout routine specific to your exact goals and needs. Our team is here to help you formulate an exercise plan that won’t cause increased aches and pains, help you get stronger in your specific areas of weakness, and allow you to meet your FITness goals.
An exercise program that incorporates strength training, stretching, balance activities and power work — rather than focusing on just one of these areas — is the ideal pathway to optimize your health and fitness.
We know that no one really likes to be corrected on their posture, but the habitual position of your neck and shoulder blades can really play a big role in the development of shoulder dysfunction. Here’s a quick posture check that will take you about 30 seconds, which can ease both shoulder and neck pain […]
When we’re young, falls are treated as teaching opportunities. “Get back on your feet, brush yourself off and keep moving toward your goals,” we were told. But as we age, falls take on much greater significance. According to physical therapist Kevin Lenoir, when someone of advanced age falls, they tend to suffer greater distress to […]
Disclaimer: This is a general guideline for exercising. Consult your medical doctor before beginning a new exercise program. Take a moment to consider just some of the benefits of aerobic exercise: weight control, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes, strengthened bones and muscles, improved mood and mental health, and pain reducing mechanisms.1-3 One or […]