(October 2006) - In celebration of National Physical Therapy Month, the physical therapists at 21st Century Rehab encourage you to add a daily workout to your routine.  Here are four tips for making fall a fit season:

  1. Time, or the lack of it, is often cited as the biggest challenge to sustaining an exercise regimen.  With the kids in school, what better way to use some of that precious time than getting in shape?  Your workout doesn’t have to take a lot of time; a half hour walking around your neighborhood pays off in increased energy and stamina.  Most gym fitness classes are just an hour long, yet offer huge dividends.
  2. Enjoy the year’s most beautiful season.  With fall’s sunny days and cool evenings, and postcard perfect colors – get outside and enjoy the season by bicycling, walking, hiking, jogging, or playing golf and tennis.  The time spent out in nature will do as much good for your mind as for your body.
  3. Return to your health club or gym: It takes 30 days to make fitness a habit, and supplementing outdoor exercise with increased visits to your health club will help diversify your exercise regimen and keep you motivated.  And, while aerobic activity such as running or bicycling is good for your heart, resistance training is also a critical component of a balanced program.  Be sure to take advantage of your club’s weight lifting equipment.
  4. Make it social: One of the great things about exercise is that it doesn’t need to be done alone.  Find a friend with similar fitness level and goals: having a partner helps you both stay motivated.  You can use your exercise time to catch up on each other’s lives.  Boredom is the number one killer of good health and fitness regimens.  Exercising with a friend puts the fun back into your workout.

To assist with your healthy lifestyle, 21st Century Rehab offers Fitness and Wellness Programs.  Each individual that participates in the fitness/wellness programs will work with a licensed physical therapist or certified athletic trainer and can choose from programs that range from 6-24 sessions. Each program will include overall lifestyle modifications to achieve personal fitness, weight loss, strength, flexibility, and improved balance and is personalized to the participant’s desired outcome.

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