Vital Care PT - March 2019

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MARCH 2019

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Our Family Trip to San Francisco ONE ADVENTURE-FILLED VACATION

Vital Care Patients ENTER TO WIN Find the misspelled word in this newsletter and call (623) 544-0300 for your chance to win a $10 gift card! CALL (623) 544-0300 Contest is for past and present Vital Care PT patients only. We went there for the week of the kids’ fall break in October. While a lot of people like to use vacations as an excuse to take a break from their health and fitness routine, we try to plan adventures to keep us moving. We figure the exercise will balance out more time spent relaxing and our higher calorie intake as we eat out more often than we normally do. We try to walk as much as we can, not only to get some exercise, but to save ourselves the stress of driving in an unknown city, dealing with parking, and to save money that would be spent on a ride-share. Spring break signals the perfect time to take a family vacation. You don’t have to worry about your kids getting behind on their homework, and the warmer temperatures open up a lot more locations as possible destinations. We recently took a family vacation in San Francisco.

In addition to walking long distances up and down the San Francisco hills, our trip in October fostered two other memorable experiences in the great outdoors. We knew we wanted to visit the Golden Gate Bridge, but rather than driving there and walking across, we decided to make a full biking day out of the excursion. We rented bikes and rode the several miles uphill to the bridge. As we rode across the bridge itself, we made a pit stop to take some pictures, then continued across into Sausalito. After that, we rode the bikes to Muir Woods so we could stroll through the forest of primeval old-growth coastal redwoods. After spending the afternoon adventuring through this national monument, we rode the bikes to the pier and took the ferry from Sausalito back to San Francisco. We had made plans to have dinner with some relatives that night, but by the time we got home, we were so tired we couldn’t drag ourselves out again. We eventually hit the pavement again the next morning and decided to visit Coit Tower, a slender white concrete column rising from the top of Telegraph Hill. The simple fluted tower is named for Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a wealthy eccentric and patron of the city’s firefighters. Coit died in 1929, leaving a substantial bequest “for the purpose of adding to the beauty of the city I have always loved.” Since then, it’s been a major feature of the San Francisco skyline, and we knew we wanted to venture there. While you can drive to the tower, I found out about a hidden staircase, known as the Filbert Steps, while researching the tower online. Being the energetic family that we are, we decided to climb the 600 steps to the top. The stairs wind

through a beautiful garden that we would have never seen by car.

The mileage we put on our bodies during this trip (on all of our trips, for that matter) might not be the recipe for a typical relaxing vacation, but the fact that we are not sitting at our desks and get to exercise by exploring something new is relaxing for us. We are firm believers that the best way to get a feel for a new city is to physically explore it. Whether you’re traveling by bike, scooter, or just meandering around on foot, you can get a firm understanding of the atmosphere by putting yourself right in the middle of it. If you’re planning a trip this spring break, I’d encourage you to start by doing some research to find some neat places in town to visit. Then, ponder some routes to get there that don’t require you to spend most of your vacation in the car. You might feel a little exhausted by the end of the day, but I assure you the adventure will be worth it!

–Andrea McWhorter

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