As the winter months approach, you may find yourself spending more time indoors and less time being active and mobile. This can lead to stiffness, fatigue and difficulties in accomplishing your daily activities and tasks. Despite the cooler temperatures and wintery weather, you need to keep moving and making daily efforts to be healthy. Here are some easy steps and fun alternatives to increase movement, decrease pain and increase your energy:
- Plan your daily activity / exercise routine and decide to get up and get moving!
- Get up from your chair every 20 minutes: Take a quick lap around work or the house.
- Walk or exercise at least 30 minutes everyday: Go on a walk at lunch when its warmest outside.
- Drink plenty of water: Have one glass of water with each meal or snack
- Stretch your legs, hips, spine and neck daily for 10 minutes: Make this part of your morning and bedtime routine.
- Take deep breaks throughout the day: Inhale and exhale for 5 seconds each.
- Do strengthening exercises at least 2-3 times a week: Try a work out video or go to a group exercise class such as yoga or Zumba.
If you find yourself in pain, aching, injured or less active than you use to, simply give us a call. Our expert physical therapists will provide a comprehensive evaluation to find the root cause of your problem, then put together a complete plan that works to get you moving, pain-free again. Contact Willow Physical Therapy today to see how we can help you enjoy an active pain-free life.