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Tips to Stay Active During Virtual Learning

Tips to Stay Active During Virtual Learning

September 9th, 2020

School is in session and no matter where learning takes place - in the classroom or virtually, it’s important to stay active throughout the day. In the classroom setting, children have movement built in with the changing of classrooms, recess, and gym. At home, children are often seated in one room in front of a computer or at a table. Most of us know that activity has many physical benefits, but it is important to remember that being physically active also helps with brain health and cognition. To keep your student active and healthy, try building in some movement time throughout the day!

Benefits of Yoga

Benefits of Yoga

August 20th, 2020

Yoga is a mind and body practice with a history going back 5,000 years in ancient Indian philosophy. There are many styles of yoga that combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. In the modern day, yoga is a common exercise with options for beginners and experts alike. In yoga, you will be challenged, delighted and humbled all at the same time while strengthening both the mind and the body. While poses may look easy, yoga will have you sweating in no time. Yoga is loved by many due to being equal parts exercise and mindful focusing. If you haven’t tried it, you may be missing out. Yoga has an endless amount of benefits. Check out the top 5! Read more...

Do you take time to stretch in the morning? If not, you may want to consider it. Stretching in the morning, and throughout the day, has major health benefits. We all know stretching before physical activity is important, but stretching as you start your day is equally as important. Here’s why. Stretching can improve your posture. Tight and tired muscles can cause poor posture. When the muscles in our chest, back, and hips are sluggish, our posture is likely to be as well. We spend several hours a day with our shoulders rounded and slouched sitting at a computer or looking at a phone or tablet. These activities are already impacting our posture negatively. Taking a few minutes in the morning and throughout our day to be cognizant of our posture and stretch out the pectoralis, upper trapezius, and hamstring muscles can help greatly! Stretching can decrease back pain Back pain is most often related to posture. Poor posture in the upper back can cause the muscles in your lower back to compensate causing pain. Tight hamstrings or hip flexors also can cause the lower back to compensate causing pain. Stretching the muscles mentioned above can relieve that pain. Stretching can prevent injury Stretching before activity helps prevent injury by bringing blood flow to the muscles, warming them up, and decreasing any tightness to prevent a strain or a tear. By stretching in the morning, we allow our muscles the same process as we get moving for the day. Stretching can improve flexibility and range of motion As we get older, our joints lose range of motion. By stretching regularly and keeping our muscles from getting tight, we can counteract this. Stretching allows us to both improve our range of motion and prevent loss of range of motion. As you can see, adding stretching to your morning ritual can pay off in a big way. If you have any questions about stretches you can do to improve your quality of life, the team at US Rehab can help!

The Benefits of a Morning Stretch

July 20th, 2020

Do you take time to stretch in the morning? If not, you may want to consider it. Stretching in the morning, and throughout the day, has major health benefits. We all know stretching before physical activity is important, but stretching as you start your day is equally as important. Here’s why...

3 Common Summer Injuries & How Physical Therapy Can Help!

3 Common Summer Injuries & How Physical Therapy Can Help!

July 8th, 2020

There’s no denying that summer is here in all its splendor: the sunshine, the additional daylight, and the warm weather! Longer summer days usually means more time outdoors. As you get ready to go for a run, play some ball, or take to the golf course, remember that an increase in activity can also mean an increase in risk of injury.