PT 360 January 2018

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J anuary 2018

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T he N ew G roove

we’d like to change, or aspire to attain. It’s overcoming those hurdles, the deep grooves, formed after repeating poor choices, learned behaviors, the easy road, rather than the one requiring more effort and intention, that’s the hard part. It’s easy to want to be more fit, and to keep sitting on the couch watching “Game of Thrones.” Or to want to make better nutrition choices, but be derailed by foodie fanciness (damn you, Portland!), decadent desserts, and a bag of chips. Goals are easy things to come up with, but creating the map to the goal is hard. It’s bushwhacking away from the highly traveled path of ingrained behaviors into new terrain. It’s taking a single step repeatedly, often, and with intent, that lets you look back and see that, yes, you are somewhere totally new and amazing. For 2018, I wish you a new groove. Take on that big goal, and don’t expect to teleport. Keep a laser focus on your destination, bring a machete, a constant reminder about the why and the what of your intent, keep moving, and be prepared to feel lost in the woods. It’s then you’ll know you’re not in Kansas anymore. The rewiring is happening. Then, before you know it, covered in mud, sweat, and tears, there it is, no longer a goal, but an achievement. Now strap on those good hiking boots and groove away. You got this. Shelly Coffman

This fall, I went to a great PT course. Early in the day, the PT instructor mentioned grooving a new pattern, giving me an instant aha moment. We talk about this a lot with patients, how we give you frequent home exercise sessions not to create more work but to dig in to make new patterns. When you’re in pain, you mostly arrived there from a bad pattern (and sometimes some additional questionable choices). It took a lot of altered muscle tightness and imbalance and using muscles poorly to even get to that pain. Then it’s your new normal, the easy road. The weak link dictates the path. When the instructor mentioned the word ‘groove,’ my heavily visual brain thought instantly of a flat slippery slope and a marble. On a totally flat surface, that marble could go anywhere, depending on the force applied. But throw a groove in there — now there’s another force vector (I did mention I’m a nerd, right?). With a light force to start, that marble will grab on to a deeply grooved surface and change directions. But say we start a new groove, a lightly grooved surface. It takes more specific force, more specific direction to keep it there, rather than being more aimless and heading for the deep groove. With repeated work and intention into the new groove, it gets deeper, and easier to grab on to. My aha came when I realized this neurophysiology is, at its core, human behavior. We all have things

5 F itness T rends F rom 2017 ... And Where We're Headed Next

The words “trend” and “fad” are often used interchangeably in the fitness world (as well as everywhere else). But do we even know the difference? According to Dictionary.com, a trend is “the general course or prevailing tendency,” whereas a fad is “a temporary fashion, notion, or manner of conduct.” Unlike fads, then, fitness trends show us where our workouts are headed and how to improve them. Each year, the American College of Sports and Medicine conducts a survey of worldwide fitness trends to help identify those that have a “perceived positive impact in the industry.” Based on feedback from thousands of fitness professionals from across the globe, here are the top five fitness trends of 2017. W earable T echnology Ranked No. 1 despite having emerged on the fitness scene only a few years ago, wearable technology — including activity trackers, GPS devices, and heart rate monitors — hasn’t so much changed the way we work out as it has provided enthusiasts motivation to keep moving. Activity trackers, like Fitbit wristbands, keep us accountable and show us our progress. Wearable technology in the form of smart fabrics and interactive textiles is only in its infancy. From light-up shorts (to help identify runners in low-light conditions) to fabrics that control muscle vibration (to improve athletic performance), designers are exploring the limits of our athletic wear. Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, a professor at Pratt Institute, says, “What makes smart fabrics revolutionary is that they have the ability to do many things that traditional fabrics cannot, including communicate, transform, conduct energy, and even grow.”

–-Shelly Coffman

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