5 Activities You Can Do to Improve Your Health

Health Colorado Springs & Monument, CO

Read on to learn about how you can improve your quality of life!

Have you noticed that your strength and stamina levels just aren’t what they used to be? You’re not alone! If you spend your days hobbling painfully from your bed to your reclining chair and back, the notion of pursuing any kind of vigorous activity may be the furthest thing from your mind. You might even find yourself thinking out loud “When did my body get into such bad shape?!”

The truth, however, is that getting active can vastly improve your health, comfort, mobility, and overall quality of life. Many people falsely believe that in order to get physical activity into their daily routines, they need to go to a gym. This isn’t the case! Read on to learn five easy things you can do to improve your health and get in great shape.

Why is your health important?

If someone refers to your body as “healthy,” it essentially means that your body is operating at its highest levels of function in regards to breathing, circulation, digestion, and more. Being healthy doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be the most athletic person in the room!

Any step you take toward helping your body function at its highest levels is a step toward becoming a healthier you. Some people try to mask their symptoms with anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving medications, while others, unfortunately, give up on the idea of being active altogether. Luckily, physical therapy exists! With the help of our in-home physical therapists, it is possible to reclaim your pain-free, healthy lifestyle, and get back to doing the activities you love.

How in-home physical therapy can improve your health

Our clinic’s in-home physical therapists can evaluate your health and prescribe the right activities for your needs and goals, all from the convenience of your home.

Your therapist will be able to demonstrate to you just how you can enhance the benefits of your activities with other safe, helpful modalities, such as massage, ultrasound therapy, dry needling, cold and heat treatments, acupuncture, or laser therapy.

These therapies can promote tissue repair, ease inflammation, reduce pain, and increase your ability to keep moving and living your best life! In addition to physical therapy, here are five activity suggestions from our physical therapists that you might genuinely enjoy adding to your lifestyle.

1. Swimming

If you’ve noticed that it hurts to walk these days, maybe you should take a dip in the pool instead. Swimming is tremendously helpful for people with arthritis or extremity injuries because the water eases the forces of gravity on the body. 

2. Cycling

Cycling not only gets you where you want to go, but it also offers a number of health benefits. 

This aerobic workout can help you improve your heart health, while the simple act of operating the bike exercises your balance and builds leg strength. If you have back pain or knee problems, cycling is also lower-impact than running and puts less stress on your joints and muscles.

3. Weight Training

Lifting weights isn’t just for “muscle-heads” or “gym rats.” Weight training can help you build the muscle tissue that helps to support your joints!

The stronger your muscles are, the less easily they are to tire. They also become less vulnerable to painful strains. Working with weights also helps you maintain your bone density and avoid age-related muscle wasting.

4. Running

Running is more demanding on the heart, lungs, and knees than walking, but these demands can turn out to be very good for painful conditions. Ever heard of the famous “runner’s high?” Running offers its own pain-reducing benefits for chronic pain sufferers.

The phrase “no pain, no gain”  to apply here. The routine running offers you can encourage your brain to step down its baseline pain sensitivity, making your other aches and pains seem less bothersome.

5. Walking

Walking is one of those ideal activities that require no special equipment and makes perfect practical sense. You do it every day. If you have to make a short trip, why waste gasoline when you can get some fresh air and low-impact exercise instead?

Walking gives your circulation a healthy boost without making excessive demands on your body. It also gets your weight-bearing joints moving, which can really benefit people with arthritis.

Other ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle takes effort, but once you get into the groove of it, you’ll find that it becomes second nature!

For example, eating nutritious foods is one of the easiest ways to improve your health (although we know those sweets are hard to kick.)

Physical activity is the hardest aspect to get in the habit of doing, especially if you are limited by chronic pain. Fortunately, our services are done at the convenience and comfort of your home, which makes physical therapy much easier for you to participate in and benefit from!

Our in-home physical therapists can provide you with exercises, stretches, and nutritional tips that can help increase your health and help you feel physically better overall.

Contact our clinic to learn more about our in-home therapy services today

Life is too wonderful to miss out on. If you’re in pain or struggling to figure out what changes you need to make in order to lead a healthier lifestyle, contact us today and schedule a visit with one of our in-home physical therapists. It’s the healthiest move you could possibly make!