January 1st has NOTHING on the feelings of spring emerging when it comes to inspiring me to change. Something about the onset of the new season motivates me to committing to health. In the spirit of that, here is a quick review of why YOU should be active on a consistent basis.
By being physically active on a regular basis, your body, mind, and soul will thank you. Here's why:
1. Weight control - right, we all knew that one.
2. Combats health conditions and diseases.
Dr. Hurt has worked with clients who have reduced or eliminated medications controlling their blood pressure and cholesterol because they don't need them anymore. They appreciated the $$ saved, but also eliminating the side effects and the generally icky feeling of taking a small handful of medications daily.
Moving regularly helps prevent or manage:
High blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes
Many types of cancer
It can also help improve cognitive function and helps lower the risk of death from all causes.
3. Improves mood.
Physical movement stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious. I know we can ALL use a little of that in light of the last year (plus).
4. Boosts energy.
Seems counterintuitive, but physically moving your body can boost your energy. Get the blood flowing, get fresh oxygen to your brain and muscles and suddenly that afternoon crash is gone.
5. Promotes better sleep.
Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. This also contributes to feeling more energetic overall.
6. Sparks up your sex life
Regular physical activity can improve energy levels and increase your confidence, which may boost your sex life.
Regular physical activity may also enhance arousal for women. Men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction.
7. Slows and even reverses aging
All in all, people who are regularly active age better. Studies have shown physical activity can slow the process of aging and even reverse some processes that have already taken place. And lets be clear about what I mean by "aging". As early as your mid 20's and early 30's, the downhill slope begins.
How It Matters can help...
Physical Therapists are movement specialists. We know how to get people moving and keep them moving. In her previous career, Dr. Hurt was an exercise, sport, and performance specialist. She trained people of all ages, abilities, shapes, and sizes to perform better. With the added education in physical therapy and specialized training in neurologic rehabilitation, she is able to help you overcome the barriers in your way to moving well, moving consistently, and aging better. She also knows there is no one-size-fits-all exercise plan. By taking into consideration your health history, your likes and dislikes, and the resources available to you, Dr. Hurt creates an individualized plan you're more likely to enjoy and stick with.
Prevention is key...
You do NOT need to have joint or muscle pain to work with a physical therapist. You can work with It Matters to establish a plan for prevention of joint and muscle pain, arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, disability from stroke or heart attack etc. etc. Just like you take your car in for an oil change even when all seems to be running well, your body benefits from regular tune ups, too.
Give us a call today to get started!