Physical Therapy Doctor - July 2018

T H E S E M A L L S W E R E M A D E F O R W A L K I N G

If you’re young at heart and looking to stay (or get) in shape this summer, consider taking a trip to the mall. No, not to pick up some hot new exercise product or dietary supplement, but to walk a few laps. Safe and convenient, “mall walking” has become one of the biggest trends in senior fitness. COOL IN THE SUMMER, WARM IN THE WINTER This time of year, heatstroke can be a real concern when exercising outside. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a homebody. Because malls are spacious and climate-controlled, they make great year-round walking venues, especially when summer temperatures spike. You don’t even need to put on sunscreen! REST STOPS ABOUND While the average American shopping center isn’t as scenic as the Appalachian Trail, they are far more convenient. Replete with bathrooms, cool drinking water, and plenty of benches, the mall lets you focus on exercising and removes all of the “what ifs” that come with aging. Most malls are also outfitted with EMT kits in the event of a medical emergency. SQUEEZE IN SOME SHOPPING It is still a mall, after all. Why not check a few items off your shopping list or reward yourself with a new pair of sneakers? Getting things done as you exercise makes the experience that much more rewarding. Just remember

not to overdo it. Carrying too many shopping bags can place undue stress on your back — and your wallet. YOU WON’T BE ALONE Today, malls are the second-most popular places to walk in America, after neighborhoods. Mall walking has become so big that many communities and senior living centers have put together official groups to stride together. Your local mall may already open early to accommodate walkers. So if you’re looking to make friends in an active, fun-loving community, do some research. Chances are there’s a mall-walking club near you!

SUCCE S S S TOR I E S !

Hear What Our Clients Are Saying!

“After the first visit, my walking was quite amazing.”

“I can now continue my life as an arm wrestler.”

“I could not walk in an upright manner or bend, especially rising in the morning. There is pain in my right thigh, knee, and lower back while walking, and sitting for a while would cause pain. All staff have

been very courteous, professional, and accommodating. I am 90-percent better so far. The doctor has been very informative, knowledgeable, and astute. My pains have been almost nonexistent. After the first visit, my walking was quite amazing.” –YVONNE C. L.

“Jenove did a great job of reducing the swelling and pain in my arm. I can now continue my life as an arm wrestler.”

–S. C.

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