A common theme I’ve noted in my work as a physical therapist is a loss of confidence in all areas of life that usually accompany a decline in physical function, particularly in older adults.
Once it happens, it leads to a long road to rebuild this confidence and often leaves those it happens to never getting back to the place they were before.
And it makes so much sense. A loss of physical abilities leads to difficulty leaving home, participating in much loved activities, and creating a dependency on others for survival. This quickly leads to feeling of isolation, depression, and loneliness which further perpetuates the cycle of decline.
So… armed with this information how can you prevent this from happening in your future?
On one hand, it’s not entirely possible to prevent every medical event. Even those who make all the right lifestyle choices can still end up with a chronic condition. On the other hand, however, we can all choose how we will react to and...
Do you understand the health benefits of exercise but have always struggled to maintain a routine?
Or do you not know where to get started in the first place?
If this sounds like you, you are in the right place!
If you struggle with exercise, it's possible to get more movement in your day with a few simple adjustments to your surroundings. And to illustrate this point we will start with a story about a broken kitchen appliance...
About a month ago our food processor broke. Panic ensued. It was a much loved kitchen appliance, one that we use daily for dishes like pesto and hummus.
Rather than running out to buy a new one however... we decided to see what would happen if we didn't replace it. At least not right away. Seems like an unconventional choice when we live in a world where we can replace anything instantly, but stay with us here.
We used a little creativity to find...