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October is the Perfect Time to Get Moving

Are you getting enough exercise? According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 80% of American adults do not get enough physical activity. Consistently exercising is proven to provide numerous benefits including reduced risk for certain cancers and chronic diseases, as well as improved bone health, mental function, weight loss, and general quality of life. Half of American adults, 117 million people, have one or more chronic conditions.

Do you have barriers preventing you from engaging in physical activity and thus enjoying the benefits they provide? There are many limitations that can hold you back whether they be large, small, or even perceived. Physical Therapists can partner with you to create a tailored program that is safe and effective for your unique circumstances in life. Here are some barriers Physical Therapy can help you overcome.

I’ve been physically inactive for too long and I am too old to start:

The simple truth is that it is never too late to begin. Adding physical activity at any age or conditioning level has a multitude of benefits. Being active can increase your life span, manage stress, improve brain function, and much more.

Certain body parts hurt when moving

Movement is crucial to your health, independence, and quality of life. Pain can make moving a challenge, and is one of the more common reasons to avoid activity. Physical therapists can help you move to better and safely manage your pain.

Not enough time

Any physical activity is better than none. Try to fit exercise into your schedule, 30 minutes of activity that increase your heart rate puts you on the path to a better life. Parents should make physical activity part of your family’s daily routine. This will help establish a lifelong commitment to health for your children.

No access to a gym or equipment

You can get plenty of activity even without a gym or fancy equipment. Dancing, jogging, walking, climbing stairs, and even gardening are all able to be done without any equipment. You can even work in body-weight exercises with household objects such as cans or milk jugs to strengthen your muscles.

I have a disability

Movement is essential for everyone. Whether you use a wheelchair or assistive device, there are activities that you can do to challenge yourself. Physical activity can even help improve your chronic conditions while preventing others.

I don’t have the energy to exercise

Research has proven that exercise boosts your energy level. Physical activity helps to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to your muscles and vascular system, making your body work more efficiently. Routinely exercising improves your mental health, decreases anxiety, promotes better sleep, and helps manage your weight, all of which can enhance your energy levels.

No matter the barriers preventing you from beginning an exercise plan, we can help! If you are looking to incorporate regular physical therapy into your life, Phoenix Osteopractic Physical Therapy can help tailor a plan custom suited to your needs, goals, and abilities. Contact us at (972) 232-2310 or visit today!

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