Preparing Your Body for Summer Activities
By Western Berks Physical Therapy on May 6th, 2019
Temperatures are starting to rise in many parts of Pennsylvania. Just like your AC system that has probably been dormant all winter, a body that hasn’t been physically preparing for summer activities may have trouble getting started again. Taking a day off from your fitness program here and there is no problem, but if you’ve been consistently missing your regular run, bike ride, or gym session and notice some aches and pains showing up, you might have the beginnings of deconditioning.
Exercise creates many changes in your body – your heart begins to pump blood more efficiently, your muscles use oxygen more efficiently, they contract in a more coordinated manner, and your body gets more efficient turning food into fuel to name just a few. Deconditioning is the reversing of these changes. Exercise is a “use it or lose it” kind of thing, and deconditioning is the process by which we “lose it.”
As we age, our ability to move undergoes changes. Whether we’re talking about a college student or a retiree, returning to an activity without proper planning is a recipe for disaster. Yet this time of year, the warming temperatures gather many people to city and suburban streets, tracks and trails, ready to take that first run of the season. A good percentage of these spring runners haven’t kept up their strides throughout the winter. It should come as no surprise that a 4-mile run for a previously inactive runner is going to stir up more than just a few aches and pains.
That’s where physical therapy comes in. Physical therapists are not only trained to treat injuries and ease pain, but they can also help their patients prevent injuries and safely prepare to participate in their favorite summer activities. Think of our physical therapists as “movement consultants” who can ensure that your body is physically ready to tackle a new challenge or resume a leisure activity.
If you need help preparing for summer activities, now is a great time to schedule a physical therapy evaluation to help you get back into motion. Our rehab professionals can customize an exercise plan to help you slowly return to activity and avoid an injury that could sideline you for the whole summer. Call 610-589-2263 to schedule or request an appointment below!