Physical Therapy Doctor - March 2020

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March 2020

ON THE MOVE

JUST A NUMBER

I turn 47 this month, and all I really want is a nice, peaceful birthday. Still, given my busy life, that might be too much to ask — running a clinic and being a father aren’t jobs that give you much pause. I’m not complaining though; I may be aging, but that doesn’t mean I’m getting weaker. On the contrary, I’m becoming more fit than I’ve been in years. You see, this year, I decided I was going to do a Spartan Race. For those who aren’t familiar, these footraces are grueling obstacle courses that test every aspect of your physical fitness. There’s mud, monkey bars, and climbing walls standing between runners and the finish line, meaning I have my work cut out for me. Honestly, it’s best that I have such a challenge hanging over my head.

I learned this in my 20s when I got it into my head that I wanted to learn how to do a backflip. I had a friend who could teach me, and it ended up taking months of work. I ended up learning a lot about gymnastics and the human body along the way — things I simply wouldn’t have picked up if I didn’t have a fun, challenging goal ahead of me. My work in physical therapy has only deepened my belief in this kind of motivation. Every day, we get to work with people striving toward their own goals, from keeping up with their grandkids to being able to stand up from the canasta table without pain. Being able to see these goals become reality is a constant source of inspiration. In a very real way, working with you drives me to do better myself.

“Every day, we get to work with people striving toward their own goals, from being able to keep up with their grandkids to being able to stand up from the canasta table without pain.”

Ultimately, I’m not subjecting myself to the grueling challenge of the Spartan Race for the bragging rights; I’m doing it to stay healthy. As a physical therapist, I’m all too aware of the perils of being idle at my age, and the last thing I want to be is a hypocrite. After all, how can I ask you to do your exercises if I don’t stick to a similar routine myself? But I know how my mind works and how I’m motivated: I need a challenge in front of me to really stick to a routine. This may not be true for everyone, but I’ve found simply exercising for exercise’s sake is a recipe for failure. It makes me feel adrift and directionless. I’m one of those people who needs clear landmarks to track my progress and get me to the next milestone. So, when picking a goal to strive for, why not go big while having some fun along the way?

For instance, we worked with a gentleman who’d been a longtime bowler. While knee replacement surgery had kept him away from the lanes, we were able to work with him and get him back to bowling a perfect game! It’s moments like this one that prove to me that age is just a number. It’s all about how you take care of your body.

So here’s to 47 and all the fun challenges that await me this year!

–Dr. Robert Morea

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