Physical Therapists Implore You to Break Your Sitting Addiction
We’re rapidly transforming into an out-of-shape nation. Most Americans spend the bulk of their days driving a car, working on a computer, eating meals and watching TV. What’s the common thread in all of these activities? Sitting. Perhaps summer is the time to rebel against this trend by putting down your smart phones, getting off your derrieres and making a commitment to your health. With the advent of wearable devices to track fitness levels and so many other resources to safely add more activity into our lives, there really isn’t any excuse to falling victim to a sedentary lifestyle.
If you need a little help getting started, you might consider trying out the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill at Specialized Physical Therapy. This amazing machine makes movement possible for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to walk (or even run!) comfortably. This machine is often used to help those who are recovering from a lower extremity surgery or injury, as well as for serious runners who are simply trying to maintain a training regimen without so much impact on their joints, but it's also great for ANYONE who needs a little more gradual progression back to walking (or running) for exercise - that might mean older folks, overweight folks, or just plain out-of-shape folks - the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill can help you get moving again. Call (402) 939-7939 to purchase a punch-card and set up your first session - the friendly SPT staff will help you get started!
Statistics show Americans spend an average of 11 hours a day sitting on their rumps. That’s an alarming amount of time considering sitting for as little as two continuous hours has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, cancer, and numerous orthopedic problems. Physical therapists, trained to identify asymmetries, movement compensation, and risk for potential injury, are an often overlooked weapon in the battle to spend more time vertical. A sedentary person’s capacity for exercise is an important consideration, one that can be addressed through endurance tests such as the six-minute walk test and three-minute step test. With this knowledge, a PT can create a plan of care to reduce pain, teach healthy postures and movements, and increase activity level.
Increased activity levels can lead to a healthier and happier lifestyle as well as a longer life, according to an article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. In a study of the six-minute walk test, study investigators draw a stunning correlation between walking speed and life expectancy. Many think of physical therapy services when an impairment or injury pops up, however, PTs can be a real asset to those trying to become more active. Despite attempts to educate people on proper movement and nutrition, our society is more overweight and obese than ever and a staggering number of people are suffering from pain and injury. But let’s not settle for that! Make this summer your summer to get moving.