October is National Physical Therapy Month. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) would like the nation to recognize the positive role physical therapy plays in your health and wellness. We are passionate about what we do! No, we don’t save lives, but we do save lifestyles and quality of life! PT’s are great people. We have a special gift to provide healthcare unique to our field. For example, while many different health care professionals treat back pain, PT’s are some of the very few working to rehabilitate stroke and head injury victims, amputees, children with cerebral palsy and other serious neurological and orthopedic disorders.
In honor of physical therapy month and the thousands of dedicated physical therapists working hard to keep you healthy and mobile, I would like to offer some suggestions to stay active and healthy, not only at the gym, but throughout the day, even at work.
Remember, we cannot control our gene pool or what happens to our bodies, however, we can control our lifestyles. Research suggests that lifestyle may play the biggest role on how healthy you are and how long you live. The food you eat, what you drink, if you smoke, how active you are and how you handle stress are critical factors that determine your longevity. Research also tells us that smoking, physical inactivity, and poor eating habits are the leading causes of death, in that order.
Physical activity is one of the most important factors in improving a lifestyle in a positive way. A minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity, 5 days per week can greatly contribute to longevity. But, the studies also show that engaging in 10-15 minutes of activity 2-3 times per day, is also valuable to your health…even at work!
Researchers have found that the benefits of regular physical activity are numerous. Some of the more important benefits are:
Keep moving, eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, and live long and well!
Source: Mayo Clinic
NEXT MONDAY – Read Dr. Paul J. Mackarey “Health & Exercise Forum" in the Scranton Times-Tribune.
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Paul J. Mackarey PT, DHSc, OCS is a Doctor in Health Sciences specializing in orthopaedic and sports physical therapy. Dr. Mackarey is in private practice and is an associate professor of clinical medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College.