How to Make 2019 Healthier, Stronger, and More Active!

Where is the gym membership that hasn’t seen you in months?  Are the tennis shoes collecting dust in the back of the closet?  Is your yoga mat curled in the back of your car?  Never fear…we’ve put together a list of tips to help you grow healthier, stronger and more active in 2019.

Conquer the Pain

You have probably heard (of felt) the statistics, chronic pain can put a major cramp in an exercise routine and yet over half the country suffers from some sort of pain. What is a person to do when they want to be healthier, stronger and more active? Get themselves to a physical therapist — Immediately!  Physical therapy can help alleviate pain better than popping a pill or sitting on the couch, and the results are often permanent.

Physical Therapy can help with all types of chronic musculoskeletal pain, from ongoing headaches to fibromyalgia.  A physical therapist can manipulate your bones and joints to reduce discomfort and can work with you to form an exercise and movement plan that lessens your pain and increases your mobility.

Think Positive

All that mind over matter stuff really does work!  Research shows that a positive attitude can boost your immune system and increase your energy levels. Your mind tells your body what to think, so try to focus on maintaining an attitude of gratitude and always look for the positive.

Eat Well

Here are some tips to get you going:

  • In grade school we were taught the recipe for health: lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products; some lean meats or meat substitutes, beans, eggs and nuts; and minimal saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars.
  • Avoid skipping meals because eating consistently provides your mind and body with the fuel necessary to help you get and stay active.
  • Snack smart. It’s okay to snack…good. Doing so keeps you at your best so that you can sustain your energy and stay positive. Choose peanuts over pretzels, veggies over chips.

Be Sneaky in you Dusty Sneakers

Physical Therapists give you permission to be sneaky when it comes to exercise.  We prescribe small changes to a person’s routine in order to make the adjustments manageable, any activity is better than no activity.

  • Opt for the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator
  • Park at the back of the lot and walk the extra distance
  • Take the dog on walks with the whole family
  • Exit the bus one stop early and walk the rest of the way

Whether you’re 22 or 82, living a life healthier, stronger and more active will improve your physical and mental health in 2019.

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Andrew Vertson

Andrew Vertson

Andrew received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from California State University, Fresno in 1991. He then earned his Master’s degree of Physical Therapy in 1996 and his Doctorate degree of Physical Therapy in 2002 from Loma Linda University. In 1996 he also earned his Certification as an Athletic Trainer. He has also completed extensive post-graduate course work in orthopedic manual therapy through Kaiser-West Los Angeles and the Ola Grimsby Institute.
Andrew Vertson

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