By Mike Engling
PT, DPT, LAT, Johnson County Healthcare Center Rehab Department Manager
It’s true. Movement takes muscles, and to move better, faster, further you need to make muscles stronger.
The most important muscle to flex is your heart muscle. Many diseases are correlated to inactivity. Activity or movement can extend your life and lower your risk of disease.
Physical therapy is the study of movement, so let’s look at what we can do to improve health and quality of life with movement.
Running is a popular activity to improve overall health, body composition, and especially cardiorespiratory health.
If running is out of the question, another study of approximately 49,000 people suggests that moderate walking for about an hour a day significantly reduces the risk for new onset of hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease – even to the same level as running.
Running can be a difficult type of exercise to start. As a physical therapist, I hear all the time, “Well my knees hurt when I run” or “I haven’t run in years.” At Johnson County Healthcare Center Rehab, we have therapists who can help get you walking and running whether it be rehab to get you ready, improving current injury to allow activity or picking shoes and gear to get you started.
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