Promoting Physical Activity in Pennsylvania

By Western Berks Physical Therapy on November 2nd, 2020

National Physical Therapy Month may have ended in October, but that’s no reason to ease up on promoting the importance of physical activity. It’s a message that the American Physical Therapy Association will be emphasizing throughout their centennial year in 2021, and one that physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and physical therapy students are uniquely positioned to deliver as movement experts.

To promote physical activity, movement and wellness, the American Physical Therapy Association has put together a group of resources below from recent coverage of physical activity in the media.

Keeping Active Is the Key to Managing Pain
From the Washington Post: “‘Everyone wants a magic bullet,’ she says, ‘and physical activity is the closest thing we have.'”

Cut a Rug, Prevent a Fall
From the New York Times: “‘The most important thing for physical activity to have a beneficial effect is that you stick with it — life long.'”

Even Small Amounts of PA Boost Health
From Science Daily: “Avoiding prolonged sedentary time and engaging in regular physical activity are key strategies for older Americans to improve their prospects for healthy aging.”

Exercise Makes Handling Stress Easier
From the New York Times: “Exercise makes it easier to bounce back from too much stress, according to a fascinating new study with mice.”

Revised American Cancer Society Recommendations Emphasize Exercise To Lower Cancer Risk
From Healthline: “The increase in exercise [recommendations] coincides with a study published June 18 that reported people with the most sedentary behavior have an 82 percent higher risk of dying from cancer than people with the least sedentary behavior.”

Yes, Walking Is Exercise
From the Washington Post: “A 2015 review of 26 studies found that in people who have chronic muscle or joint pain, those who walked for exercise had less pain and better mobility than those who didn’t exercise.”

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things that you can do for your health. Unfortunately, more than 80% of adults and adolescents do not get enough. The good news is that you don’t have to spend hours at the gym or purchase expensive equipment to meet the recommended physical activity guidelines. What’s important is to find leisure-time physical activities that you enjoy and to do them regularly.

If pain or a condition limits your ability to participate in activities you enjoy, or you want to reduce your risk for chronic diseases, enhance your fitness, and prevent injuries, call Western Berks Physical Therapy today at 610-589-2263.

Our physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. It’s never too late to get moving! Request an appointment now by clicking here!