How to Make Exercise a Habit

How are you doing with making a habit of doing your physical therapy exercises, or committing to a fitness routine? If you’re ready to make exercise part of your routine, skip the resolutions and go straight to taking steps to create an exercise habit. Committing to exercise is worthwhile because it’s a great way to decrease pain, reverse or avoid sedentary diseases, and benefit your mental health. Read on to learn practical steps that will get you into the habit of exercising consistently.

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Skiers, Is Your Body Ready for Ski Season?

Ski season is upon us, and those first few dustings of snow in the mountains are a signal that it’s time to get your body ready for skiing. We’ve put together some exercise guidelines to set you up for an invigorating, fun and injury-free ski season. Incorporate these concepts and start your ski season in the best shape yet. 

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Rest and Recovery

Recovery can seem like a bad word. Like you’ve done something terrible to yourself that you must atone for.  In terms of exercise, recovery is absolutely necessary in order to progress.  Recovery is the yin to exercise’s yang.  Rest is a crucial part of muscle building and to make changes in soft tissue quality.  This is not to say “rest” is laying on your couch for a year, but we do encourage you to plan rest and recovery into your fitness routine. 

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Avoid Overtraining Injuries

Here in Boise, outdoor exercise can be limited in the summer by high heat and poor air quality.  And in winter, the darkness, mud and cold can slow us down. When the weather is finally nice out, it can be tempting to increase your exercise to “make up” for lost time.  However, this can lead to overuse. We want you to avoid overtraining injuries in the first place. Read on for some tips to avoid injury, and if you’ve already injured yourself, get into physical therapy so you can get back on track.

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Why You Need Cold Exposure

Back in physical therapy school, one day I walked into hydrotherapy lab to find a huge dunk tank filled with icy water. We were encouraged to sit in this tank for 1-3 minutes. The exact rationale for having us do this has faded in my memory over time. But, what I clearly remember is how exhilarated I felt after getting out of that tank. My whole body felt tingly, invigorated and alive. Now, science is helping to explain why I felt so amazing that day. Cold exposure plays a role in maintaining healthy metabolism, boosting mental well-being and keeping the body’s systems in check.

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Hit a Wall With Your Exercise Routine?

One thing we all need is a daily dose of movement. Unfortunately, sometimes it can feel like you’ve hit a wall with your exercise routine. We literally hope you do hit a wall, because you can use that wall for exercise! Whether you’re working from home or go to the office, there are plenty of great exercises that don’t require a lot of time or special equipment. A simple wall is all you need to open up, align your body and get stronger.

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Caught Off Balance? Try These Exercises

Whether you have a balance problem with everyday activities or want to feel more secure fly fishing, working on your balance has many benefits. Most of us are aware that we need to strengthen and stretch, but tend to leave out balance exercises as part of our fitness routine. But balancing isn’t just for yogis!

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Whoa, Your Body Makes Cannabinoids!

Recently, more of our patients are asking for our professional opinion about supplementing with cannabinoids (CBD or THC) for pain reduction. The honest answer we usually gave to this question was “we’re not sure”. But now, there’s compelling research that supports both natural and supplemental ways to reduce pain using cannabinoids. For the scope of this blog post, we are going to focus on the natural ways that you can boost your own internal cannabinoid system. Introducing….The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)!

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Camping Warm-ups and Stretches

Ah, the great outdoors. A chance to connect to nature, eat outside, and sleep under the stars. There are lot of creative ways to keep moving and exercising while camping when away from your usual environment. We’ll teach you some camping warm-ups and stretches you can do before and after hiking, biking and carrying out your chores. We want your body to feel great on your next camping adventure!

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