Finding a balance between exercise and rest

Exercise tends to break down muscle fibers while rest allows muscles to recuperate and emerge stronger. The appropriate amount of exercise, followed by recovery leads to an ongoing cycle of improvement over time. Strength and endurance improve, creating a foundation for long-term health.

It doesn’t matter if you want to reduce body fat, improve strength, increase flexibility or simply feel better; the first step is to determine the correct intensity and duration of exercise. The right combination combined with recovery will help you reach your health and fitness goals.

Recovery is more than healing after an injury

Unlike bones and joints, muscles have a great deal of blood supply. Muscles can regenerate and respond quickly to the demands of exercise. A physical therapist can design a well-planned exercise program that strengthens muscles while preventing overload of the bones and joints (likely to cause pain and injuries).

Typically, resistance training (using weights or one’s body weight) tends to be a high-intensity exercise and helps build strength. Conversely, aerobic exercises like walking, cycling, and swimming tend to be lower in intensity. They improve cardiovascular endurance and reduce body fat. In either case, it’s important to use the principles of the ‘rapid recovery blueprint’ to help the body heal quickly.

The traditional notion of the word ‘recovery’ is getting better after injuries. Recovery is a much broader term that impacts our day to day lives.

The fact is any exercise that challenges your body can cause soreness. To recover from soreness, you need to follow the rapid recovery blueprint designed  your physical therapist. If you are physically active or about to start exercise, call us for an initial evaluation. We’ll identify and correct your posture and exercise technique. We’ll teach you the right way to warm up and stretch before exercise. In fact, we will also evaluate your footwear and gait patterns, so we can make recommendations about the way you walk and run.

Let us help design your blueprint 

Injury prevention and rapid recovery are two sides of the same coin. We will teach you how to prevent injury. We will also teach you how to balance exercise, healthy eating habits and rest to become a healthy, stronger version of your current self. Most importantly, we’ll show you how to push past your limits, but in a controlled manner so that you don’t hurt yourself. We’ll put together a plan to help you recover as quickly as possible while making you are of all warning signs. Seek immediate diagnosis from a physician if the pain:

– Persists after 12 to 48 hours of cold packs and rest.
– Is sharp and limits movement.
– Is accompanied by numbness, weakness, or swelling of the joint.

Our customized recovery blueprints are tailored to your needs.

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