Have I embraced a sedentary lifestyle?
by Rhonda Cowern, PT, DPT, CertDN
In Moab there are plenty of outdoor recreational activities to keep our community members active and yet more and more people are finding themselves becoming more sedentary. This is a serious trend for Americans that contributes to an overweight epidemic and can lead to serious health problems. Sedentary to light physical activity is defined as: movement to complete your normal activities of daily living including preparing meals, washing dishes, getting the mail, and sitting to watch TV or movies.
How many hours do you spend sitting or lying down? Consider the time spent sitting at work, in your car, at the dinner table, or unwinding in front of the TV or computer screen. The average American watches 5 hours of TV a day! Modern researchers are finding that sedentary lifestyles are the leading risk factor for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. Experts say sitting for 8 hours a day at work is so harmful for your health it negates the benefits of going to the gym in the morning. As a physical therapist, I remind my patients the best position for your body is the next position! So change it up with standing for 15 minutes, sitting 15 minutes, and taking a break to walk for 5 minutes as often as possible.
Tips to Take a Break and MOVE!
1. Set a timer to go off every 15, 30, or 60 minutes and get up to move!
2. Watch your favorite show while moving: you can stretch, you can do Pilates or Yoga, or better yet try walking on the treadmill while streaming Netflix.
3. Plan your day to intersperse chores and errands that keep you up and moving.
4. Pack a picnic and walk to your neighborhood park for dinner, like Thursday evening farmers market at Swanny Park.
5. If you have a smart phone then check out these fun Apps that remind you to KEEP moving and track your activity level every day. * StandApp *Moves-app *Move-Daily activity to stay healthy *Nike+ Move
Here at Moab Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation we care about the health and overall wellness of our patients. We now offer open supervised gym sessions with our Rehabilitation Specialist, Tiffany White, who will monitor blood pressure and oxygen levels and give feedback on posture and form. This program is available to our graduated patients so they may continue working towards their fitness goals. Please call the office if you are a previous client who would like more information about enrollment in our Wellness Program on Mon/Wed/Fri from 11am-3pm. (435) 210-1985 or Check out: www.moabphysicaltherapy.com
October is National Physical Therapy Month. To celebrate, Moab Physical Therapy is hosting a roundtable discussion on Health, Fitness, and Nutrition. You are welcome to join us to hear about current health and wellness tips and to participate in a ‘healthy’ discussion – bring your own questions or learn from others. Please join us Wednesday Oct 19th at 5:30 pm for light refreshments at 83E Center Street. Call for details.
Regional Essential Oil Class
Join artisan Essential Oil Distiller Eric Scott Bresselsmith of Boulder Utah for an evening of aromatic wonder and mystery. Eric will talk about indications and practical applications of essential oils as well the connection of essential oils to alchemy, chemistry and the innate spirit/intelligence of the plants nature available through essential oil use. Eric began self-studying herbalism in 1989, was an organic farmer through the 90’s and has been distilling small batches of wild crafted essential oils since 2008. This fun and experiential evening will be Friday, October 7th, from 6-7pm at Moonflower Community Cooperative. Please sign up for this free class at the co-op or call (435) 259-5712.
Face your Food Class
Alicia Wright of Bella Sol Spa has created an experience with simple, easy to prepare, and effective skin care recipes from everyday kitchen ingredients.
The free skincare class will be enjoying a seven-course meal on our faces along with concepts of face mapping and the skin's reflection of overall health. Bring your palate, an open mind, a towel for between mask applications, and a hair wrap.
Skincare products will be provided by Moonflower Community Cooperative and a menu with recipes will be available for those who participate.
Join us Thursday, October 20th, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Moonflower, please sign up at Moonflower or call (435) 259-5712 to reserve your space