Thomas Physical Therapy - February 2019

THE THOMAS TIMES

FEBRUARY 2019

Randy’s Ramblings

IS YOUR CIRCLE OF FUNCTION GROWING OR SHRINKING?

Can you get up out of a chair without using your arms? Can you walk down the stairs without holding the handrail? Can you get up off of the floor confidently to return to the standing position? Sometimes we shy away from activities such as these only to find that we are becoming less and less competent with our physical movements. Our circle of function begins to shrink. In the outer rings of the circle of function we find ourselves playing singles tennis. In the next ring in we’re playing doubles tennis. In the next ring in we’re watching tennis on TV. Soon we find ourselves unable to get up off the floor or lacking confidence to go down an escalator. Our circle of function continues to shrink and we find ourselves less and less able to function normally. When you find that you’re unable to perform activities that used to be easy for you, don’t just accept that you can’t do it anymore because you’re getting older. If you can’t put four stacked plates in the cabinet anymore, try three. But each time you do it, add one more repetition until you regain the ability to put four stacked plates in the cabinet. If you find that it is too painful to progress with these activities on your own, remember: physical therapists are the experts at restoring normal function!

AndWhy YouNeedThemAll THE 4TYPES OF EXERCISE

From the Thighmaster to the Shake Weight, every era has had its own ridiculous fitness fad. However, in a world increasingly obsessed with health and fitness, silly, single-use items have given way to complex workout methodologies. Instructors and gyms now offer varying pro- grams for success, and each will tell you their system is the best way to get and stay fit. While the debate over the best way to work out continues to rage on, one thing is indisput- able: Exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle. According to the Harvard Health Letter, there are four types of exercise everyone should do. Each provides unique benefits to your overall health and wellness. Rather than deciding that one is better than the others, it’s smart to make sure you’re mixing them all together regularly. “People do what they enjoy, or what feels the most effective, so some aspects of exercise and fitness are ignored,”says Rachel Wilson of Brigham andWomen’s Hospital. Don’t end up over- looking an integral aspect of any well-rounded fitness regimen. Examine the four most-import- ant types of exercise and ask yourself if you’re getting enough of each.

Call our office at 386-257-2672 . We’d love to help you get back on top of your game!

AEROBIC EXERCISE

Aerobic exercise, which comprises any cardiovascular conditioning (cardio), speeds up your heart rate and breathing. Whether through walking, swimming, running, cycling, or another mode of repetitive movement, cardio increases your endurance and works out your heart and lungs. Your cardiovascular system is the pump supplying fuel to your muscles. If it’s not

-Randy Thomas

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