A special guest post from our friends with FMH Rehabilitation.
National Physical Therapy Month is celebrated each October and the focus this year is fitness for all ages. Most people are not familiar with physical therapy until they suffer an injury or an illness hinders their activity.
The goal for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants is to improve motion, restore function and manage pain. Through extensive education, clinical expertise and a “hands on” approach, each therapist brings a unique and individual relationship to his or her patients. Improving the body’s range of motion and mobility may actually decrease the risk of injury, improve balance and plays a vital role in preventing falls for the older generations!
Physical Therapy also improves wellness and promotes physical fitness for all ages! Making time for physical activity for the entire family can be a motivating and fun commitment. Physical fitness is important and should be part of a healthy regimen for everyone. The Department of Health & Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines recommend the following:
- Children should get at least 1 hour of physical activity per day
- Adults should do 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate intensity or 1 hour and 15 minutes per week of vigorous intensity aerobic activity
Be sure to make physical activity a priority. Get everyone involved from all generations.
- Plan weekend family activities involving physical activity such as hiking, swimming, bicycling, mini-golf, tennis, or bowling.
- Be prepared with a rainy day game plan of indoor activities involving fitness games such as Wii Fit or Dance Dance Revolution.
- Remember that your family doesn’t need to join a health club or buy fancy equipment to be active. Walking isn’t costly and it’s easy. So is designing a backyard obstacle course. Weights can be made from soda or detergent bottles filled with sand or water!
- Provide positive feedback about your lifestyle changes. Remember not to focus on the scale.
- Get an exercise buddy. Plan daily walks or bike rides and set goals together for increasing physical activity rather than for losing weight. It’s also great bonding time!
- Remember to plan time for exercise and activity as a priority for the entire family. Don’t just squeeze it in.
- Parents and children can do exercises while watching television (or at least during commercials). Try sit-ups, push-ups, or running in place.
Happy Physical Therapy Month! Don’t wait until the New Year. Get a head start on your fitness resolutions for you and your family in the month of October!
FMH Rehabilitation therapists are here to answer questions or assist you in any way possible. If you would like additional information or think you could benefit from a rehabilitation program, please discuss your concerns with your physician so an appropriate referral can be made. FMH Rehabilitation wants to help you maintain as healthy and independent lifestyle as possible.