Maximum Solutions PT - March 2020

MARCH 2020

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THE POWER OF EXERCISE DON’T STRESS OUT — WORK OUT!

Spring is right around the corner, which makes it the perfect time to get out and enjoy our local natural scenery — we recommend Dansbury Park and Yetter Park! If you can’t make it to these locations, you should still consider going outdoors and getting some exercises. Nature makes a great gym, and raising your heart rate in the fresh air can reduce stress. Virtually any form of exercise can act as a stress reliever. Physical activity increases the level of endorphins in your body. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that release a sense of pleasure or happiness to your body. They act as painkillers, which can help you sleep and, in turn, reduce stress. The rush that accompanies a release of endorphins is often referred to as a runner's high, but a good workout, game of tennis, or nature hike will also give you the same feeling. Running makes you feel great and also forces you to focus on the activity at hand rather than the stresses of the day. Afterward, you may find yourself with newfound energy and optimism, which gives you a clear head about anything that's weighing on you. A good workout can also increase your self-esteem, resulting

But you need to learn how to walk before you can run (pun intended!). If you haven't exercised in some time or have any health concerns, then make sure to talk to your primary care physician before you start a new routine. This way, you won't risk hurting yourself, and they can work with you on a regimen that best suits your fitness needs and schedule. you need. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. Moderate exercise includes walking, jogging, and swimming! If you’re aiming for a more vigorous workout, you only need 75 minutes per week. Sometimes it can be hard to get the exercise we need throughout the day, so it never hurts to get creative. Even short bursts of activity can offer health benefits. If you can't fit in a 30-minute walk, try three 10-minute walks instead. You can also sneak a great workout in during your lunch break with interval training. Interval training includes a series of quick 60– 90 second bursts of intense activity at full effort. It’s a safe, effective, and efficient way of gaining the benefits you would usually get from a longer exercise. If you want to explore this Regardless of your fitness level, though, it's easy to get the exercise

type of workout, some fun interval exercises include high knees, jump squats, and jump lunges! Whatever you choose to do, make sure it's something you enjoy. This way, it will be easier to incorporate it into your routine and won’t feel like a chore. Are there any fun outdoor activities you enjoy or are looking forward to? Let us know next time you're in the office! Call us for more info about our wellness program, which could help you find an exercise routine that fits you best and allows you to maintain your good health. It's 570-420-0606 in East Stroudsburg or 908-475-3505 in Belvedere. – Dora Godnig

in lower symptoms associated with depression and anxiety.

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