PT 360 May 2018

Getting you back to the life you want to live.


M ay 2018

In Touch

T he B uilding B locks of E very F itness P lan What Is Your Workout Made Of?

B oulder P ushing

Shelly Coffman

Happy May! First spring is upon us, and we’re (hopefully) escaping muddy season! (Then second spring, then fake summer, then third spring, followed by real summer!) I was reminded this month on one of our beautiful sunny days, when everyone seems to be in such a great mood, that not everything is as it seems. In my job as a Physical Therapist, I take very seriously the other part of my job. Of course, I take seriously the actual physical manual skills and strategic planning and guidance of the mechanics of recovery from injury and dysfunction. But there is another aspect of my job that is super important. That part lets you know that I hear your challenges, that I understand the struggle, and that I am here to support you where you are and help guide you from where you are to where you want to go, no matter where you are in starting the process. What I have learned repeatedly in my 20-plus years of having the most privileged and awesome job is that everyone is carrying a burden, even the folks who seem to have it all together. In the last few weeks, I have had many conversations with patients, staff, and friends. The thing that has come up repeatedly is that everyone is pushing their own boulder along, navigating a difficult thing, and also try to get through their usual functioning life well. Even

when I am out in the world and encounter a challenging experience (usually attached to a person), and I feel myself getting aggravated, I try to remind myself to have some grace. Whatever my experience is (usually bad customer service), and as a business owner, how mortifying I usually find it, I also remind myself that I don’t know what this person’s boulder is. When the boulder-pushing is not going well, neither is the interaction with the outside world. When I am part of that outside world, I can add to the burden, or I can try to not add, or I can even ease it. Especially as I get older, I find the easing of other’s burdens is the most gratifying choice to make and the one that carries the least strain to me, yet often it can still be a difficult choice that I need to make purposefully in the midst of some aggravation. It’s very easy to do while at work. I embrace that part of my job. When I am outside of work, however, I purposefully try to be more mindful and benefit from the intention. My wish for you is that your boulder is manageable and that others help you push it along and not try to knock that boulder back down the hill. And when you get a chance, lend a hand to someone else’s boulder. You’ll be glad you did. –-Shelly Coffman

Over the years, the paradigm of workout strategies has gradually changed. In the ‘70s, Arnold Schwarzenegger popularized the sport of bodybuilding, and weightlifting went mainstream. In the ‘80s, fitness was all about spandex, Jane Fonda aerobics videos, and ankle weights. Fitness trends blended in the ‘90s: Tae Bo — a hybrid of boxing and taekwondo — and Herschel Walker’s body-weight workouts were the rage. By the early 2000s, boundary-pushing fitness trends like CrossFit and spin classes became popular. Today, gritty old-school gyms battle for dominance on Instagram with aerobic workouts like Zumba and Prancercise. All good workouts boil down to the same general concepts, however. The exercises of the ‘70s and today apply the same principles to achieve their goals. These regimens haven’t become more involved — they just apply the same building blocks in a different pattern. As long as you understand the basics of fitness, you can choose a program or put together one of your own! A erobic E xercise The foundation of programs like Jazzercise and Zumba are based on the same idea as Jane Fonda’s famous tapes: With regular aerobic exercise, your cardiovascular

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