Get Out of Thine Office and Walk! 4 Tips for Incorporating More Walking into Your Daily Schedule

Take a moment and ask yourself a simple question:

How many hours, per day, do I spend sitting?

If you’re like most Americans, the answer to that question might be a sobering one. According to a recent study by National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA), American adults receive a “C” grade for adult walking behavior. Of the adults surveyed, only some 69% reported walking at least once for ten minutes in the week preceding.

Oof.
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Defy Gravity with the All-New Via Anti-Gravity Treadmill®

Sprained ankles, cranky knees—surgery, training, rehab—the list seems to go on and on. Thank goodness for physical therapists! Because no matter if the patient is an athlete, senior citizen, or suffering from a chronic condition, the goal is always the same:

Get back to good as fast as possible.

And we understand that helping clients get better requires a commitment to finding new and innovative ways to rehab. That’s why we put thousands of clinical hours and countless client interviews into our latest gravity-defying physical therapy solution: the Via Anti-Gravity Treadmill® from AlterG®.

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Celebrate #OW2017 With a Focus on Diet and Movement

October 29 marks the beginning of Obesity Week—time to celebrate!

Wait, we’re celebrating?

Yes! Because Obesity Week is the annual gathering of scientists, researchers, and medical professionals committed to improving the way we approach, treat, and overcome obesity. Despite the overwhelming statistics surrounding obesity, this condition can be treated, and physical therapists often play a key role in implementing effective programs that deliver life-changing results.
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Physical Therapy Month 2017: Why You Should Love Your Physical Therapist

We love physical therapy here at AlterG, and that isn’t exactly a secret. We also have a particular soft spot for physical therapists and all that they do. We admire the difference PTs’ make in the world —helping people to recover, improve, strengthen, and excel.

There are so many reasons to love your physical therapist!
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Physical Therapy Jokes? Patella Me More!

Welcome to October, the month we welcome fall, playoff baseball, and all the pumpkin flavors you can imagine. It’s also National Physical Therapy Month, the time of year we celebrate all the ways that physical therapists help shoulder the load around the world.

Get it? Shoulder? Hip hip, hooray!

In the spirit recognizing our PT friends, we’d like to share a few physical therapy jokes we’ve come across throughout the years. PT stuff, you know?

As they say: Laughter is the best medicine.
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Improve Your Gait, Accelerate Recovery

As we mentioned in our previous post, gait—the manner in which you walk or run—can have a significant impact on a person’s mobility, limb health, and recovery time. It’s no wonder, then, that physical therapists often rely on gait analysis to help prevent injury, improve endurance and conditioning, and accelerate recovery.
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The Impact of Exercise on Mental Health

Living with mental health issues can be challenging. Anxiety, depression—ADHD, stress, and PTSD—mental health issues touch nearly every aspect of life, from work to relationships to overall wellbeing. And these issues can extend into our physical lives, sometimes diminishing our motivation to exercise. It’s an odd conundrum, considering how central exercise is in helping people manage their mental health issues.
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How Your Gait Impacts Your Health

Person Walking on Treadmill

Have you ever considered how you walk? Not how fast or how stylish, but in what manner? That’s called gait—your walking style—and it can have a considerable impact on your health.

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Benefits of Walking When Living with Atrial Fibrillation

 

September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month, the perfect time to explore this serious, sometimes life-threatening heart condition that affects over 200,000 people a year in the United States alone. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib, as it’s sometimes called) is a form of abnormal heart rhythm caused by lack of coordination between the heart’s upper (atrial) and lower (ventricular) chambers. Symptoms may include palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, or even fatigue—“drums pounding, thunder rumbling, or fish flopping” in the chest, as the Heart Rhythm Society so eloquently describes it.
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How Your Meals Impact Your Movement

Guy feeling good about his decision to eat healthy food

With such a focus on movement in physical therapy, we sometimes forget about one of the keys to proper movement: food. Balance, coordination, strength building, recovery—all of these important elements of PT are impacted by the things we put into our bodies. Have you ever experienced grogginess after a meal? How about muscle soreness that seems to take forever to go away? Both are related—at least in part—to diet. Here are a few important ways nutrition impacts movement.
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