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First Law of Exercise............Keep Moving

 

 

physical therapy exercise assessmentBodies in motion tend to stay in motion.  Sir Issac Newton may not have been talking about exercise when he stated his First Law of Motion on July 5, 1687, but he had it right.  When you exercise, it becomes much easier to keep moving.  When you don't.........joints stiffen, stomachs sag, and stairs become a challenge.

Slow or fast, staying in motion is vital for every body at every age.  When sitting for two hours or more, your body significantly reduces enzymes that help break down fat and decreases good cholesterol (HDL) formation.  Sitting behind a desk or in front of a video game, age 16 or 60, time matters.  Good cholesterol (HDL) is reduced by 20% after only two hours of sitting. Take a break, stand up, stretch your legs, and reach out your arms every 30 minutes.  Take a walk.....around your desk, down the hall, and up the stairs.  Stay in motion.

Aging is not a reason to stop exercise, it's an opportunity to try something new.  Try swimming or water exercise to take stress off your low back.  Try tennis to improve eye/hand coordination. Try cycling to improve knee mobility. Senior exercise programs should consider the affects of getting older, as vision and hearing changes or limited mobility.  Discussing your options with your physican and physical therapist can help you find the right plan.

Physical therapists are trained to assess fitness levels, note limitations, and recommend adaptations in an exercise program.  Many offer specialized assessments as golf, cycling, and weight training.  Seeking professional advice will help keep a body in motion.

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Diana welcomes your comments

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I thought the information about 
 
how staying in motion is vital,  
 
with regard to helping keep our cholesterol levels better with 
 
activity. We cannot go anywhere 
 
without our good knees.
Posted @ Thursday, July 07, 2011 3:02 PM by John/Maray Ramseth
Thanks to a program from a PT I have been able to continue playing tennis and playing wih my grandchildren. Keep moving helps our mental part of our life also.
Posted @ Friday, July 08, 2011 2:26 PM by John & Janet Hilleman
I find this to be true especially when it comes to my muscles...If I keep moving and stretching it is so much easier than if I don't exercise!
Posted @ Monday, July 25, 2011 4:27 PM by Kim
Having had major back surgery and osteoarthritis, if I don't exercise I'm in misery!! Have found Curves to be a really good program for me, very low impact and keeps me moving for a solid 30 minutes!!
Posted @ Friday, August 26, 2011 2:55 PM by Rocki Blair
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Diana Echert, PT Consultant

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Diana is a licensed physical therapist whose experience spans inpatient and outpatient work in rehab, geriatrics, orthopedics and sports medicine.

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