Welcome back to this week’s edition of 2-Minute Tuesdays where we are talking about one exercise topic for two minutes and giving you three reasons why you should follow our advice. Now this week, we are talking to those of you who recently got discharged from physical therapy and are looking to get back into exercise. What do you need to keep in mind with your workouts to stay safe and build on the awesome work that was done in PT?
1) Slow and Steady Wins The Race
Exercise Tips Number One If You Have Recently Been Discharged From Physical Therapy: Keep in mind that slow and steady wins the race, and not in the way you normally think about it. What we mean is when you go back to the gym and you are doing strength exercises to build your muscles, move slowly. The more slowly you move, the safer the exercises will be and the more effective they will be at building your muscles.
Action Step: Challenge yourself to be the slowest person in the gym when you are lifting weights. It will look weird compared to what everybody else is doing, but you are there to actually build your health, not just go through the motions.
2) Prioritize Resistance Training
Exercise Tips Number Two If You Have Recently Been Discharged From Physical Therapy: Prioritize resistance training. Resistance training is going to help build the strength and health of your body and build on the work that was done in physical therapy by getting your muscles functioning better. Cardio-based activity is something that is going to use your body, which, over time, can start to deplete the strength gains that were built in physical therapy. So, in order to build on the work that was done, build your body with resistance training.
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3) Schedule With Your MAT® Specialist
Exercise Tips Number Three If You Have Recently Been Discharged From Physical Therapy: Schedule with your local Muscle Activation Techniques® (MAT®) specialist if you feel like your muscles aren’t quite at 100%. MAT® can often be used as the bridge between physical therapy and solo exercise. If you feel like you are struggling to get back to what you used to do, find your MAT® specialist to bridge that gap.