I have fallen down the steps twice - once when I was in physical therapy school and once after I was married but before we had kids.
The first time I fell was because I was in a hurry so I was running down the stairs between the floors in my graduate housing apartment complex. Racing down any stairs can be dangerous but try doing that while also looking through your mail to make sure you put stamps on the envelopes!
Not a good idea!
As I looked at the last envelope, I thought I was on the landing to the next set of stairs and I missed the last step. I fell crashing down with my backpack on top of me and my envelopes all scattered about. Despite the pain, I hobbled my way to my physical therapy class. The lesson for the day was gait abnormalites and I was now the lead candidate for everyone to observe my antalgic gait pattern! Not fun! My left ankle was swollen like a tennis ball and very painful. I did receive the nice benefit of electrical stimulation and ice...
With so many personalities within a family, how do you get your family on the same page to be healthier?
I hear this question a lot in my physical therapy practice as well as when I am coaching clients towards a healthier lifestyle.
For example, the Mom in the family is trying to lose weight and she wants to eat healthier but her family doesn’t want to eat salad every day. She struggles with trying to cook two different meals because that doubles her time in the kitchen and she is spending more money at the grocery store to satisfy two different menus. Inevitably this doesn’t work because the whole family isn’t working together.
If you can relate to this Mom, then I recommend creating S.M.A.R.T. goals the entire family can live with.
A S.M.A.R.T. goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
In the scenario above, one S.M.A.R.T. goal for this family may be:
We will strive to eat 1 fruit and 1 vegetable at...
This time of year many people start to reflect on the current year as they look forward to the upcoming year. Despite experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic year, I don’t think people will forego creating new year’s resolutions. In fact, because of health being such a topic of discussion, I predict many health goals will be created for 2021.
What about you?
Do you want to achieve your best health ever?
Are you tired of quick-fix-don’t-work myths and yo-yo crash-and-burn health myths?
Do you want to learn how to make the best decisions about your health so you can create healthy habits for a lifetime?
I recently published my first book to do exactly that!
The DIY Health Habit: 9 Steps To Building Your Health With The Replace and Repeat Method! is your step-by-step blueprint for laying a foundation of good health, building your health transformation, and achieving your best health ever.
80% of Americans will experience back pain at least once in their lifetime. If you are living with back pain, then you might also feel pain in your butt and down your leg – also known as sciatica. Back pain can limit your ability to sit, stand, walk, and sleep. It can be so painful that you stop doing the things you love to do.
But what if you didn’t have to live with back pain?
Can you picture it?
Could you be:
Without the achy soreness of back pain, you could be sitting at a picnic table laughing with your family or friends, riding your bike, playing with your dog at the Dog Park, hiking or walking the trails, running the bases on the softball field, or chasing your kids on the playground at this 360-acre park.
If your back pain or sciatica wasn’t limiting how far you could walk or how long you could sit in one spot, you...
Sleep is underrated.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, people between the ages of 26-64 require 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Adults 65 years and older require 7-8 hours of sleep per night. In comparison, adolescents between the ages of 14-17 require 8-10 hours of sleep per night while school age children between the ages of 6-13 require 9-11 hours of sleep. Preschool children ages 3-5 years old require 10-13 hours of sleep while toddlers ages 1-2 years old require 11-14 hours of sleep per night. Newborns and infants up to age 11 months old may require 12-18 hours of sleep per night.
Here are some benefits of a good night’s sleep:
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