Get Healthier And Safer for Winter!
At the beginning of September our Paediatric Physiotherapist Liz Cowan discussed how difficult is to meet the recommended for children 60 minutes a day of being active and looked into obstacles to children with disabilities active lifestyle.
This month with Autumn and Winter approaching we are going to continue to encourage you to make attempts to become more active to enjoy healthier and safer lifestyle and how to start when you on the other side of the scale in your 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s.
The benefits of staying active through all stages of life and well known and invaluable for physical and mental health. Despite that it is still very difficult for most adults to be physically active for the recommended amount of time and meet the golden standard of 150 minutes of moderate activity a week.
If you do not know if you are fit for your age or if you struggle to go back to active lifestyle for any reason then SP Therapy Services physiotherapists are here this Autumn to help you get back on track.
This October SP Therapy Services for the third time will take part in Older People’s Day by offering the free Personal Fitness MOT developed by Glasgow Caledonian University and in-house developed falls risk assessment.
If you are 60 or over and would like your fitness level assessed and compared to your peers join us on the 3rd of October 2017 at Jubilee Centre in Bury and pick up the challenge. Ring Diane or Leisa at 0161 763 9030 to book an appointment.
As a Clinical Champion for Balance I am most concerned about people’s sense of balance and how it impacts their everyday independence. In my practice, I often meet people who struggle to continue with their everyday lives because they have a fear of falling or have fallen.
With darker, windier and icier seasons around the corner it is not only more difficult to get out to exercises, but also the seasonal weather condition mixed with sedentary lifestyle will increase the risk of falls and ability to stay safe on our feet. You can quickly check if you are at risk of falls filling in the short questionnaire. (link to questionnaire)
If you are at the risk of falls or struggle with an exercises routine for winter season with elements of strength, flexibility and balance SP Therapy Services will help you to stay in health, shape and safe on your feet until spring.
SP Therapy Services team this Autumn is launching two group sessions which, will certainly allow you to start afresh or carry on with your goals related to physical health.
How can SP Therapy Services help?
In October Anna Ziemer is hoping to bring back to our clinic the Falls Prevention Course http://sptherapyservices.co.uk/rehabilitation-services/active-ageing/falls-prevention-courses/
In November Susan Pattison will re-launch the 6th edition of BNV Hydrotherapy Course http://sptherapyservices.co.uk/rehabilitation-services/neurological-physiotherapy/hydrotherapy-aquatic-therapy/ .
Do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to join in. Both programmes are designed to be very inclusive, effective and fun!
Top Tips from the Clinical Team
Research shows it’s never too early or too late to adopt and reap the health benefits from a more active lifestyle. So, if you have been inactive for some time and would like to start again there are some tips for you:
- Start slowly. If you have any medical condition talk to your doctor or physiotherapist
- Work with professional: physiotherapist, personal trainer, yoga teacher, swimming instructor
- Set realistic goals, not everybody can run a marathon, but everybody can walk to the local shop to get a bottle of milk or leave the bus one stop earlier
- Call on the friend, overcoming obstacles is easier together
- Record your gains, it is amazing how much better things look when added up
- Stretch daily even when reaching to the cupboard or washing machine
- Exercise with other people, encourage your friends or find a local walking or cycling group
- think outside the box and look into playing game on a console, do some heavy gardening or go out dancing
- the most of all ENJOY!
You can still exercise at home!
If you struggle to access community based activities there is a lot to do at home. Choose of many examples of easy exercise routine like this one simple and effective developed by Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Saga: http://www.csp.org.uk/publications/get-go-guide-staying-steady
So, it does not matter if in comfort of your own house or in a local club; on your own or with strangers at SP Therapy Services’ group sessions, try to make some changes to get more active, and prepare to be safer this winter.
And if you struggle to get off the couch, think I will be joining you by pushing my bike to its limits and wearing my running shoes and racing my daughter at the pool. Whilst turning 40 this Autumn my plan is to start to invest in bones health, muscle strength, heart and lung function, balance and dementia prevention.
For this Autumn and Winter I wish you all to have enough energy to “sod sitting and get moving”!