APN Physical Therapy - December 2019

DECEMBER 2019

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THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL WHAT WILL YOU GIVE THIS YEAR?

It’s the season of giving, so this month, our team is sharing stories about the best gifts we’ve ever given! Who knew an Xbox could have so much meaning? Not long ago, my wife decided to switch her jewelry from gold to white gold. This meant she needed a new wedding ring to match. My wife held onto the hope that I’d take the hint until Christmas Eve when she was wrapping the last Christmas presents with our daughter. “I was hoping your dad would get me a new ring this year,” she said. “But it’s Christmas Eve, and I’ve still got the old one.” When my daughter told me about this conversation later, I knew I’d pulled off the best present ever. What my wife didn’t know was that the diamond in her ring that Christmas Eve was actually cubic zirconia. Weeks earlier, I snagged the ring after she’d taken it off and raced to the jeweler. There, I had them take out the diamond, replace it with some cubic zirconia, and returned the old ring before she noticed. On Christmas morning, my wife was stunned to open a small box and find her diamond set in a brand-new white gold band. I was certainly Husband of the Year that Christmas.

When they say, “It’s the thought that counts,” they don’t mean, “It’s enough that you remembered to buy someone a gift.” I think a good gift is something you put thought into and get specifically for that one person. That’s why the best gift I ever gave was a quilt I had made for my mom. When my grandfather passed away, it was really hard on my mom. She and her dad were super close. Sometime before Christmas that year, I was at CVS when I saw they could make blankets with photographs on them. I quickly gathered up a bunch of pictures of my mom and grandfather together, then I had them printed onto a blanket with one of my mom’s favorite quotes. I know this was the best present I’ve ever given because I could see how much it meant to my mom when she opened it up — and also because, in my family group chat, the cousins all agreed that I “won” Christmas that year. This might sound a little stereotypical, but the best present I’ve ever given was the Xbox One I gave my boyfriend one Christmas. My boyfriend comes from a family of eight kids, so growing up, they could never afford any of those video game systems. The year the Xbox One came out, I knew I had to get him a brand-new system for Christmas. – Genna Aguiar

It was so much fun to see how excited he got when he opened the box. We play “Call of Duty” and “Grand Theft Auto” together all the time now.

– Gabriella Aguiar

The best present I’ve ever given wasn’t a gift I wrapped during the holidays. I’ve always felt that small, unexpected gestures go a long way to show people they’re loved. When my friends or family members are going through a rough time, I like to surprise them with football tickets or tickets to a Devils hockey game. There’s nothing like a live sporting event to brighten someone’s mood. Plus, why should we wait until the holidays to give our loved ones something they’ll cherish?

– Laura Chmielewski

Whatever you give or get this year, we hope your holiday season is full of joy. From all of us at APN Physical Therapy, we wish your family happy holidays and a bright New Year!

– Peter B. McHugh

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HOLIDAY CUISINE AROUND THE GLOBE

WHAT DO OTHER COUNTRIES EAT TO CELEBRATE THE SEASON?

JAPAN: FRIED CHICKEN Thanks to a clever 1970s marketing campaign, the dish of choice for Christmas in Japan is fried chicken — specifically, KFC. Unlike in America, holiday orders in the country come with chocolate cake, roasted chicken with stuffing, and even bottles of Christmas wine emblazoned with Colonel Sanders’ face. SWEDEN: SAFFRON BUNS According to Delish, Swedish tradition “dictates that the eldest daughter dress in a white gown tied with a red sash and a crown of lit candles, then wake her parents with hot coffee and a tray of saffron buns.” Swedes also feast on a casserole called Jansson’s Temptation made with potatoes, onions, anchovies, and cream.

steaming the tamales can take days, and every family makes their own signature filling.

2 • WWW. APNPHYSICALTHERAPY.COM WARM UP INSIDE FIRST. If you’re planning on braving the snow and frigid temperatures, try to spend 10–15 minutes warming up before you walk out your front door. Cold weather naturally tightens muscles and joints, so stretching your limbs in a heated environment is a good way to ensure maximum comfort and minimum risk of injury when you’re running in the cold. Maybe you love the majesty of a winter’s morning, or maybe you just hate the treadmill. Whatever your reason is for wanting to run or jog outside in the dead of winter, remember to take the proper precautions before stepping out. Runners face challenges during the winter that they don’t face any other time of year. If you want to experience the winter safely, there are a few things to keep in mind. Celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa vary from country to country, but there is one thing that unites holiday parties around the world: food. While some American traditions overlap with those of other countries — Peru, for example, shares our love of hot chocolate; England and Canada raise glasses of eggnog; and Italy digs into a version of fruitcake called panettone — there are plenty of dishes beloved all over the world that never make it to the American table. Below, we’ve rounded up a few you might consider exploring this season. COSTA RICA: TAMALES Christmas in Costa Rica wouldn’t be complete without tamales, a savory treat made by stuffing corn dough, meat, garlic, onions, potatoes, and raisins into corn husks or banana leaves. The process of filling and

ETHIOPIA: YEBEG WOT Ethiopians start preparing their

WEAR SHOES WITH TRACTION. If your favorite running path is covered with snow and ice, you should consider finding a different route. But, if you can’t resist going down your beaten path, then you need to make sure your shoes are up to the challenge. If your running shoes have worn soles, then you’ll need to get a new pair with soles that will grip the ground better before stepping out on the ice. Regardless of how amazing your shoes are, remain vigilant about where you’re stepping. DRESS DOWN A LAYER. Yes, it is cold outside, but your body will naturally warm up as you run, just like it would with any other physical activity. Think of what you would normally wear to stay comfortable in the cold, and then wear one less layer when you’re running. Of course, you Christmas meals as early as October, when they buy the still-live lambs that will eventually go into their savory, spicy lamb stew on the holiday. As with many of the country’s dishes, yebeg wot is scooped up and eaten with injera (teff flatbread). ISRAEL: LATKES Latkes have been synonymous with Hanukkah for more than 900 years, and no Israeli Christmas would be complete without the little potato pancakes cooked symbolically in oil. Despite their long history, though, latkes now vie with sufganiyot — a kind of jelly-filled donut — for a place on the holiday table.

RUNNING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND TIPS FOR RUNNING AND JOGGING IN COLD WEATHER

should keep other weather elements in mind as well, such as wind, rain, and snow, when you’re picking out your running clothes. Finally, if a day is particularly cold, snowy, or windy, don’t force yourself outside for the sake of your health. Sometimes, a good bowl of soup and a roaring fire can be just as physically satisfying as a run outside.

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DO YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL? SHARE YOUR WISDOM IN A MEMOIR

or understand by reading my words?” From there, select anecdotes that support your theme. Make sure they’re clear and cohesive. Then, write like you would a fictional novel or story. Show, don’t tell, and keep readers invested by having a narrative arc, whether it flows chronologically or jumps back and forth in time. Remember, this is not a time to air dirty laundry; it’s a time to reflect, grow, and share your experiences with the world.

Even more so, your life experiences can give valuable insights to readers of all ages and circumstances. That’s why biographies and memoirs are such popular genres — reading about real people helps others understand the world and how they can live in it. To get started, pick a theme. Ask yourself these questions, “What message do I want to leave with my readers? What do I want them to feel

The urge to leave behind a legacy is an inherent human instinct. Whether you accomplish this by raising children, building a successful company, or starting a charitable organization, the desire to share your wisdom should not go unfulfilled. If none of these options work for your lifestyle, writing a memoir may be a good option. A memoir not only tells your story but also passes on the wisdom you’ve gained from your many experiences and offers a unique perspective to inspire future generations. Writing can be a therapeutic exercise at a time when your life may be changing due to retirement or your kids growing up and leaving the house. And because personal reflection is a natural occurrence with age, writing a memoir can be the perfect way to spend your time. As you gain enough distance from life events to grow useful perspectives, the stage is set for self-discovery and transformation.

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER ‘STEAKS’ Inspired by Delish

TAKE A BREAK!

INGREDIENTS

• Kosher salt • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 1 cup balsamic vinegar • 1/4 cup brown sugar • Parsley leaves, for garnish

• 1 large head cauliflower • 2 cups Roma tomatoes • 1 red onion, quartered • 1/2 lb green beans, ends trimmed

DIRECTIONS

3. Meanwhile, heat a small saucepan to medium-high, and whisk together vinegar and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, then turn down to low simmer, letting sauce reduce for 15 minutes. 4. Coat cauliflower in glaze and reserve extra for basting. 5. Roast for 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes. 6. Quarter cauliflower and serve with veggies.

1. Heat oven to 400 F. 2. Trim the leaves and stem from

cauliflower, but do not break down further. (It should sit like a dome.) In the center of a large baking dish, place the cauliflower and surround it with tomatoes, onion, and green beans, and season with salt and olive oil.

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1. COVER TITLE 1. WHY DID PETER STEAL HIS WIFE’S RING? INSIDE THIS ISSUE 2. HOLIDAY FOODS AROUND THE WORLD TIPS FOR RUNNING AND JOGGING IN COLD WEATHER 3. TELL YOUR STORY AND SHARE YOUR WISDOM ROASTED CAULIFLOWER 'STEAKS’ 4. BOOST YOUR MENTAL HEALTH THIS SEASON

FEELING SAD? WAYS TO FIGHT SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that people experience every fall and winter. If you find yourself feeling blue as the days become shorter and darker, know there are things you can do to boost your mood until spring returns. GET SOME SUN Exposure to sunlight is also significantly beneficial for people suffering from SAD. Sunlight helps your body produce adequate amounts of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that contributes to feelings of well-being

and happiness. Getting just a few minutes of sunlight a day through a walk or short jog can make all the difference. If you live in an area where the winters are bleak, cloudy, and dark, sunlight can be harder to come by. But technology has you covered: You can purchase “sun lamps,” which simulate sunlight without the damaging UV rays. Just set up a sun lamp in your workspace or living area and feel your mood lift. MAINTAIN YOUR ROUTINE Often, it can be difficult to stick with your daily routine during the cooler

INCREASE YOUR ACTIVITY Keeping your body active can increase your energy levels, help you sleep, reduce anxiety, and boost your self- esteem. Summit Medical Group states that a person who exercises for 30–60 minutes a day can manage or avoid SAD easier than a person who does not exercise regularly. When you participate in physical activity, your body releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins, which have a morphine-like effect on your brain. If exercising outdoors is not ideal, consider swimming, walking, or dancing instead.

months. It may be harder to wake up on time in the morning to work out, or it may be too cold outside to go on your daily run. Luckily, you can find small ways to mitigate this. For example, invest in a sunrise alarm clock, which gently wakes you up with a simulated sunrise, or shop for high- quality thermal workout gear. If you continue to suffer from SAD and feel there’s no end in sight, it’s important to seek help from professionals. They can determine the best treatment options available for you.

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