For the month of June, Shift is joining the Brain Injury Association of Waterloo Wellingtons Walk-a- Thon to encourage our staff, patients and community members to get active!
The following are five ways to easily add more activity to your life this month.
- Stand While You Work: These days, many of us are working in front of a computer. Sound like you? If you work in front of a computer for most of the day, consider getting a standing desk that enables you to stand while you work. Or try propping your computer at a higher table or counter!
- Park Further Away Than Normal: Most people make trips to the grocery store and run other errands several times a week. Parking as far from the entrance as possible provides opportunities for getting those steps in.
- Take The Stairs When You Can: This could potentially make a big difference in your overall activity level. If you live in an apartment building or work in a high-rise you have the opportunity to get a workout on a daily basis. Even if you only have a few flights to go, it can make a difference over time. Try doing a few extra on your lunch or breaks!
- Take The Dog For a Walk: Going on walks with your dog can keep you active and provide numerous health benefits for both you and your pooch!
- Why Drive When You Can Bike: Many suburban and urban areas have bike trails and paths. If you live in a rural area, there are lots of open spaces to take regular bike rides. Bike riding is a fun and easy way to get a good workout in and clear your mind.
What Happens When I am Inactive?
If you don’t stay active enough you may struggle with weak muscle tone and aching joints. Further, the more inactive you are, the more easily you’ll get tired. Causes of inactivity could include everything from a busy schedule to a physical condition that’s keeping you from being active.
There are several other physical issues and conditions associated with inactivity.
- Chronic Pain
- Increased Inflammation
- Hormonal imbalance
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
Physiotherapy for Overall Health and Wellness
If you’re suffering with symptoms of an inactive lifestyle, physical therapy can help. A physiotherapist addresses your individual needs by providing manual therapies that can increase your flexibility and improve range of motion as well as give you simple exercises you can do at home.
It’s important to stay as active as possible to keep your muscles and joints flexible and moving without pain and stiffness. Making simple changes to your daily routines can help!
You can pursue any or all of the activities mentioned above at your leisure, or you can ask our physical therapist about integrating them into your physical therapy program. A physiotherapist could prove especially wise if you’re rehabilitating an injury, unsure of your exercise tolerance, or battling a particular chronic pain issue.
Our physiotherapists can evaluate your health and prescribe the right activities for your needs and goals.
This can promote tissue repair, ease inflammation, reduce pain, and increase your ability to keep moving and having a great time.