Marathon Monthly June 2020 Physical Therapy
GETTING BACK IN SHAPE AFTER STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS ARE LIFTED
Is the quarantine causing you to lose the progress you made before the stay-at-home orders were put in place? The sedentary lifestyle that I’m sure many people have experienced since being quarantined to their homes can actually lead to more aches, pains, and discomfort than one may think. Your body, quite simply, was made to move! With gyms and exercise classes closing down, for the time being, it can be difficult to find the motivation to get your daily physical activity while sitting at home. At Marathon Physical Therapy, we want to make sure you are able to get back into your normal exercise routine once the quarantine is over and the stay-at-home orders are lifted. Follow our tips below and feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions! Tips for getting back in shape 1. Baby steps at first. If you haven’t been participating in the same type of vigorous physical activity you used to be accustomed to, it is important, to begin with baby steps. Start small in the beginning and build up from there. When you push your body past its current limits, you make yourself more prone to injuries because your body is not prepared for the physical demands being asked of it. A physical therapist can help you understand the limits that your body developed while under quarantine and can create an exercise plan for you to get back to your physical goals. 2. Keeping the correct form. No matter what type of physical exercise you are trying to get back into, form is a crucial part of it. Proper form could mean the difference between physical progress or injury. Your ability to safely perform any movement is reliant on great posture and proper body positioning. When living the sedentary lives that we all currently are, it is possible for your natural posture to shift a bit. A physical therapist can also help you improve your form during exercise by addressing any issues you may have while sitting, standing, twisting, bending, running, jumping, or lifting. Your physical therapist will create targeted exercises and stretches for you to improve your current form and limit the amount of impact on your joints during exercise.
3. Getting back to your weight goal. It is no secret that this quarantine will cause many of us to lose some muscle mass and put on some more weight. With help from a physical therapist, you can set up an exercise regimen that will help you shed some pounds and maintain a healthy weight, taking off the added stress on your joints that may have developed during the stay-at-home orders. Your physical therapist will customize an exercise plan for your specific needs, which may include stretching, aerobic exercise, weight training, or pain relief treatments if necessary. This will help in reaching your targeted weight and decreasing pressure on vulnerable parts of your body. Contact us today. Looking for more assistance in getting back in shape after stay-at-home orders are lifted? Marathon Physical Therapy is here for you. Contact us today to discover how we can help you achieve your fitness goals after quarantine.
TOP EXERCISES TO GET BACK IN SHAPE AFTER QUARANTINE 1. Push Ups 2. High Plank Leg Lifts 3. High Plank Knee To Elbow 4. Mountain Climbers 5. Superman Pull 6. Side Lunges 7. Jump Squats 8. Inchworms
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