April 5th, 2013

Health N' Sports: Staying Active through Family Activities

Staff Report


Health N' Sports: Staying Active through Family Activities
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As a part of the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, the Sports Rehab Team physical therapists are knowledgeable and trained in the latest advancements and techniques available in sports rehabilitation.

On a weekly basis, the Health N’ Sports Update will give information on prevention, recovery, and include special offers, as well as general health tips that would be beneficial to all. If there is a specific topic you’d like to know or hear more about, email future suggestions to editor@catholicsportsnet.com.

Fact: Physical fitness is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  In reality, when do you incorporate it?  Raising a child in itself is a full-time job, on top of getting dinner fixed, laundry done, homework and of course all the practices your child needs to get to. 

 

I choose to be a morning guy, being that for 8 years of my life spent in the Navy was getting up at 5am to PT and it’s carried on since then.  However, if you’re not a morning person, why not take advantage of the 30-60 minutes of time you have, while your child is at practice?  This is 30-60 minutes to dedicate to yourself and allow you to not only work on your physical health, but it also allows you a few minutes to decompress from the busy work day.

With the right planning you could easily integrate a 10 minute cardio, 10 minute core and a 10 minute arm or leg workout.  This could also start a trend amongst other parents to socialize and get to know each other better. 

Think outside the box when planning.  Cardio doesn’t have to just be walking.  How about walking up and down the bleachers, or bring a jump rope.  Remember calisthenics?  Sometimes keeping it basic with jumping jacks, squats, push-ups and crunches is enough to yield good results in improved muscular tone, endurance as well as increasing your energy level during the day.

Hand weights, jump ropes, or if you have the means in investing into a TRX system, are easy to pack away in the car and have at the ready.  The key to seeing results is consistency and that might also be the hardest aspect of fitness, because of a busy lifestyle, but in the end, it’s worth it to your self esteem and health and you just might find the inner athlete in yourself.

-Tommy Board, PTA BS-

Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic & Sports Rehab Center

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Physical Therapy: 502-897-1790

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