exercise

Exercising After An Injury

How do you know when to come back to exercise after an injury?

Injury is a normal part of life and it happens to everyone. You can do all you can to try and prevent injuries from happening (and these preventative measures are a great thing), but at some point people DO get injured, whether that is from playing a sport, gardening too long, rigorous travel, picking up your grandchild, or having a stressful job. 

How Much Exercise?

We all know story of Goldilocks and the three bears, but did you know that this story actually holds true for your body as well? I think we can all agree that neither of the extremes are good choices.

According to John Hopkins, never exercising can lead to an increased risk of:

  • coronary artery disease
  • serum lipid abnormalities
  • hypertension
  • diabetes
  • osteoporosis
  • obesity
  • colon cancer

Too much exercise is also bad because it will not give your body the proper time to rest and recover. This has the potential to lead to break down of tissue and injuries that could have been avoided. 

Isometrics

Isometrics: The Secret to Gaining Strength Without Moving a Muscle

by Kimberly Painter, PT, DPT

What does it mean to perform an isometric exercise? 
Isometric exercises are when the joint angle and muscle length do not change during contraction. (Example: bridges, planks)

stay safe in the summertime heat!

As the temperatures are heating up, it’s important to stay safe in the sun! Here are three tips to make sure your summer is enjoyable!

  1. Plan Ahead
  2. Avoid exercising outdoors during the hottest hours of the day. This is typically between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. During the summer months it gets light out earlier and the sun doesn’t set till after 8 p.m. This leaves you plenty of time early or later in the day to enjoy the outdoors.

    When you are exercising in the heat

    • Wear light and loose, moisture-wicking clothing
    • Put on sunscreen and sunglasses
    • Drink plenty of water and make sure going into your exercise routine you are well hydrated.

Surprising Benefits of Walking

These days there are several types of exercise programs and it can be so hard to decide which one is right for you. While joining a Pilates, yoga, or spin class can be beneficial for flexibility, endurance, and strength, did you ever think of asking a friend to join you for a walk for exercise?

Here are some surprising benefits from walking just 30-60 minutes a day:

Yoga is for Everyone

Whether you are an athlete or someone struggling with arthritis, yoga is an excellent activity to incorporate into your life.

For the very active, yoga offers deeper stretching and loosening of tight joints. Those new to exercise can benefit from gentle yoga, as can those who suffer from chronic pain.

Here are three reasons why yoga should be part of your routine.

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