Rising Sun Physical Therapy February 2019

February 2019

The 4Types of Exercise A nd W hy Y ou N eed T hem A ll

Hello! This is Moriah writing to you this month. It is with great excitement that I would like to share some news with you. As much as I have loved working at Rising Sun and helping patients get the care they need, it is time to move on to a new chapter in my life. By the time you read this I will have been in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala for a month now, studying Spanish, teaching occasional women’s classes, and eventually shadowing doctors. It is an exciting opportunity, one that Rising Sun has helped to prepare me for. In-between lectures and classes I, along with four other students, will be instructing a women’s group on various subjects. I will be teaching body awareness, from self defense to proper posture. Living in another country is an exciting way to start off the new year, but it comes with its own difficulties. Communication isn’t always perfect, and cultural differences often lead to misunderstanding, however, the key is to learn a little at a time, poco a poco, until you feel at home. We can apply to this lesson to many things, including our New Year’s resolutions. Most often they are long term goals, and change does not happen overnight. In striving for our high flying goals we must take our time, and be patient with our bodies. Each day is a new one, a chance to start fresh and be better than yesterday. We will not succeed every day, we are not perfect, but we must be patient and try, poco a poco, to reach our best, healthiest self MONTHLY MOMENTS Bettina’s

From the Thighmaster to the ShakeWeight, every era has had its own ridiculous fitness fads. However, in a world that’s increasingly obsessed with health and fitness, silly, single-use items have given way to complex workout methodologies. Instructors and gyms now offer varying programs for success, and each will tell you their system is the best way to get and stay fit. While the debate over the best way to work out continues to rage on, one thing remains indisputable: Exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle. According to the Harvard Health Letter, there are four types of exercise everyone should do. Each provides unique benefits to your overall health and wellness. Rather than deciding that one is better than the others, it’s smart to make sure you’re mixing them all regularly. “People do what they enjoy, or what feels the most effective, so some aspects of exercise and fitness are ignored,” says Rachel Wilson of Brigham andWomen’s Hospital. Don’t end up overlooking an integral aspect of any well-rounded fitness regimen. Examine the four most important types of exercise and ask yourself if you’re getting enough of each. AEROBIC EXERCISE Aerobic exercise, which comprises any cardiovascular conditioning (cardio), speeds up your heart rate and breathing. Whether through walking, swimming, running, cycling, or another mode of repetitive movement, cardio increases your endurance and works out your heart and lungs. Your cardiovascular system is the pump supplying fuel to your muscles. If it’s not firing on all cylinders, you’ll never perform at your best. That’s why regular aerobic exercise is so important. As Anthony Joshua, the heavyweight champion of the world, says, “Cardio is a nice way to start the morning … it’s good to get up, get the body active.”


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