ElitePT: Staying Active & Becoming Better Balanced

The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


• Improving core strength • Practicing balancing techniques

Mental and Physical Balance. Staying active and staying balanced inmanyways go hand in hand. Staying active refers to the amount of activity that you engage in daily. Balance inmany ways works on the same principles. There are some activities that you do every day because you have to do them — work often falls into this category, as do household chores. Alongsidewith the task of becomingmore mentally balancedwith the things that you spend timewith in your life is the challenge of becoming more physically balanced. There are certain markers that typically indicate troublewithmaintaining balance, such as frequently tripping and falling or feeling dizzy when standing too long. But even if you are not having fundamental issueswith your ability to stay balanced in this way, youmay still have difficulty with whole-body balance. Yoga is a great form of exercise to use to improve your ability to balance, as yoga helps to strengthen core muscles and improve coordination. You can improve your physical balance by: • Increasing muscle strength • Improving stamina

In addition, taking steps to ensure that you are getting a full night of rest, that you are exercising regularly, and that you are eating a healthy diet are all strong components to ensuring you are well- balanced. It’s Never Too Late. There is no point in your life where it is too late to start being more active than you currently are. There are plenty of ways to incorporate light activity into your lifestyle, such as: • Taking a walk in the evening with your family • Wearing a pedometer and trying to take more steps every day • Engaging in light weight training at home before work • Taking a yoga class If you feel that your physical health or an old injury is holding you back from being active, contact us. Workingwith a Physical Therapist can help you achieve improved balance and a healthy lifestyle.



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