PT Of Tennessee February 2018

FEBRUARY 2018

www.ptstn.net (423) 543-0073

TennesseeWellness Chronicles

FROM THE DESK OF Dr. Smith

It is a pleasure to send to you the inaugural issue of our newsletter. This is definitely a new area for us. We feel like this is an effective way to get the word out to you, our patients, about our practice and how we are staying on the cutting edge of orthopedic, sports, and pediatric rehabilitation. The newsletter will appear bimonthly (for the time being) and, depending on the response, may become a monthly publication. We are trying to get the word out that you do not need the referral of a physician to see a physical therapist. We see many patients who choose to see us first for orthopedic and sports-related problems. We have been seeing athletes for a number of years. These are students who are sent to us by their coaches, parents, grandparents, and guardians. In fact, we are even seeing second-generation student athletes in our clinic. We are here to serve the people of Northeast Tennessee by helping you overcome whatever physical therapy- related problems you may have. Feel free to call our office at 423-543-0073 or 423-543-2215 to talk with a therapist.

According to a 2016 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more Americans than ever before are getting the exercise their bodies need. Of course, this is great news. Reams of data show a link between well-being and physical activity. This increase in activity will undoubtedly have widespread positive effects. But as the number of fitness-minded individuals climbs, so does the amount of misinformation about fitness and weight loss circulating on the internet. Unless they’re professionals, like trainers or physical therapists, it’s best to avoid the advice of well-meaning, but misled, people. Here are a few myths about exercise you’ve almost certainly heard before — and that you may still believe. 1 You can eat whatever you want and still lose weight if you work out hard enough. On the surface, the way we lose weight seems pretty simple. If you manage to expend more calories than you ingest, your body is forced to use up some of its stored energy, usually in the form of fat. However, creating that caloric deficit is a lot easier to achieve by changing what you eat than by wiping yourself out on the track. Think of it this way. When you scarf down that half pint of ice cream during a Netflix binge, you’re probably taking in about 500 calories. According to Healthline.com, in order to burn all the calories off, the average person would have to run five miles! And that’s just to get back to baseline, without factoring in the calories from your regular meals. But that’s not to say exercise is a waste. By coupling a healthy diet with regular exercise, you can reduce the need for dramatic changes in your lifestyle while still shedding pounds. You’ll get the enormous litany of health and happiness benefits that come from regular physical activity. It’s not just about burning fat! T he 4 B iggest F itness M yths Y ou P robably B elieve

–Danny

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