PT 360 May 2019

Getting you back to the life you want to live.


M ay 2019

In Touch

P eeling O nions

point and viewpoint for me, one that helped me turn what had been a too long wish into an achievable goal. Now, it may seem that I am so goal oriented because I’m a type A hardworking individual, but I don’t think that’s so much true. I always feel like I could be doing more, which means I am always feeling a little guilty about *something*, except when it comes to a goal I am actively chipping away at. There, I remain laser focused. It’s not so much that I like to achieve things either, although it probably looks like that too. The real reason I jump from goal to new goal to new goal is personal growth. I’m a big believer that I am on this earth to learn and grow and be a better person than I was yesterday, everyday. I often reflect that life is an onion, and just when you think you’ve got a handle on it, you dig deeper, peel back another layer, have a whole ‘nother challenge that feels overwhelming. But the new you, the current you can handle it because ‘yesterday you’ did the work. It’s rewarding to dig deeper- more rewarding than hitting the numbers. I know the joke will be on me in my old age- I’ll be handed a whole new onion! My wish for you is that you hand ‘tomorrow you’ a leg up. The effort, and the journey, is worth it. Shelly Coffman –-Shelly Coffman

What happens when you get what you want? As you’ve probably noticed, I’m more than just a little focused on goals. I spent much of 2018 focused on a goal I’d had for many years: losing weight. I was doing great staying on top of my goal, and slowly chipping away at it. I was proud of myself for being able to stay on top of what seemed like a lofty goal and keep making progress. That is, until I hit my goal, and wasn’t sure what to do from there. I set a goal to attain my college weight- the time when I actually worked out daily, and could essentially eat whatever I wanted. It seemed like a pipe dream, but I set my laser focus on that number as part of a weight loss challenge at my gym. 5 weeks into the challenge, I met my goal, which led me down a different rabbit hole. So, finally achieving the magic number on the scale? It made me think. A LOT. I was able to reflect on all of the choices that got me where I wanted to go. I reflected on all of the support I received, from new faces as well as old friends. I reflected on taking away the doubt this time- instead of “Can I?” it was “I can….”. It was a new starting


C elebrate N ational S enior H ealth and F itness D ay T his M ay

As you age, it may feel like you don’t recognize your own body anymore. You’d swear that manufacturers are printing product packaging with smaller fonts, you groan whenever you sit or stand, and you visit the bathroom at least once every night. Aging is an adventure, and staying physically active is a constant battle between your aching joints and the will to get moving. Starting a physical fitness routine may be one of the healthiest choices you can make. As we approach National Senior Health & Fitness Day on May 29, take some time to evaluate your fitness activity level. You can use the following tips to live a more active lifestyle — no matter how old you are! G et S tronger ! Physical activity is one of the keys to a long and healthy life. For older adults, the benefits of physical activity are increased tenfold. When you participate in physical activity at least once per day, your chances of developing heart conditions, diabetes, and arthritis decrease. For patients who already have arthritis, low impact activities like water aerobics or walking can provide relief for the joints. Exercise is also essential to

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