Thomas Physical Therapy - July 2018

These Malls Were Made for Walking The Exercise Venue That Will Keep You Cool and Fit


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!

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. YOUWON’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!

Clinic/ Workshop Upcoming Workshops MARK YOUR CALENDAR We have a summer full of workshops and clinics that are open to you! Call today to reserve your spot 386-257-2672


You’ll find all of the flavors of elote, Mexican street corn, in this dish, without any of the mess. It’s the rare side that can outshine any main course.

Clinic/ Workshop




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4 ears of corn, husked

1/2 red chili (such as Freson) or jalapeño, thinly sliced

July 12

Neck Pain & Headache

Cheryl Wynn, DPT

4 tablespoons high-smoke- point oil, such as canola or vegetable

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1/4 cup fresh lime juice

July 19

Core Strengthening

Sarah Thomas, PT

2 ounces fresh cotija cheese (or feta), crumbled

1 large shallot, thinly sliced

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1/4 cup cilantro

August 21


Cheryl Wynn, DPT


Salt and pepper, to taste

August 28

Shoulder Pain

Randy Thomas, PT Sarah Thomas, PT & Krista Ghaffarian Oakes, RT

1. Heat grill to medium. 2. Brush corn with 2 tablespoons oil and grill until visibly charred, 10–12 minutes. 3. Cut kernels off cob and combine with shallots, chilis, lime juice, cheese, and remaining oil. 4. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with cilantro, and serve.

Sept. 20

Safe Yoga

Randy Thomas, PT

Sept. 25

Lower Back Pain

Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit Magazine

*Note: All clinics/workshops are from 5:30–7 p.m.

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