New Care Physical Therapy March 2018

MARCH 2018 New Care News

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FROM THE DESK OF Dr. Wang and Dr. Shin

Running is a great way to stay in shape and reap the benefits of cardiovascular exercise, but unfortunately, it’s not for everyone. If you’re recovering from an injury or experiencing chronic pain from inflammation, runningmight be too intense of an exercise for you. These limitations affect more than just physical fitness— they limit your overall quality of life. Running is a high-impact workout that takes a severe toll onmuscles and joints. Inmany cases, the inflammation caused by the impact of running can be so severe that simple tasks like walking or getting out of bed become major challenges. Even if running is possible, it might not be the best workout strategy for you. Here are four low-impact exercises that will keep you fit and help you achieve your training goals. Alternatives to Running Elliptical An elliptical machine gives you all the benefits of running without the impact. It gives you the ability to push your cardio barriers while working similar muscle groups. Many adults with joint pain thrive on the elliptical because of how easy it is to use. It’s a running machine that keeps your feet from ever hitting the ground. The lack of impact translates to much less stress on your joints and bones, and less pain overall. Yoga Yoga is a great way to get an awesome workout while avoiding the constant shock of running. The benefits are different, but it drastically minimizes joint stress. The wide array of classes allows you to get the exact workout you need. Whether it’s a casual class to get you loosened up or an intense hot yoga session, this ancient practice is an amazing way to sustain peak physical fitness. L ow -I mpact A lternatives to R unning Keep Yourself Active Without the Inflammation

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM ELIOTT AND MICHAEL March is both Dr. Wang’s and his son, Eliott’s, birthday month! Eliott is turning 1 this month and has already started walking (almost running) and squatting. As the weather warms up, be sure you are walking outdoors like Eliott. Practice squatting to pick up those flowers and kill those weeds! It’s important to get your daily exercise and practice squatting (start with a chair), because if you don’t use it, you can lose it. Sitting is also terrible for your back, so get up on your feet and walk!

–Dr.Wang andDr. Shin

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