People tend to think of physiotherapy as only being concerned with the obvious muscles like “glutes”, “pecs”, “biceps”, “quads” etc. And although having strength and power in these muscles is important, there is one muscle that overrides all in it’s importance to maintaining good health.
I’m referring of course to the heart muscle! Without a healthy heart then all the good work done in keeping your other muscles strong is wasted!
Here at Northern Beaches Physiotherapy we are dedicated to helping our patients maintain good overall health. One major aspect of this is achieving good cardiac fitness and endurance!
There are myriad ways to exercise the heart but one of the easiest and most convenient (and therefore most likely to be done on a regular basis) is skipping. The equipment costs are probably less than $5 and you need a space only as big as a small room or courtyard to do it in!
Skipping for five-ten minutes every day is about as good an exercise as you’ll get. Its not just aerobic – it will also keep many other muscles in tone, including your calves, thighs and buttocks.
Skipping also provides a challenge to the stabilising muscles of your ankles and core, as well as challenging the coordination of your shoulders, wrists and legs!
So go buy yourself a skipping rope and challenge yourself!! Skip for five-ten minutes everyday and in next to no time you will see the benefits to your overall fitness and health!
Post by Angus Tadman (B.App.Sc Phty Hons I)
If you are a budding skier then you have probably experienced the frustration of getting injured early in a skiing holiday and missing out on enjoying the rest of your time at the snow. After all that expense, the last thing you need is to be injured!!
The following series of informational videos provides a step by step exercise program designed to improve your skiing specific strength, power and stability. Most importantly, the following exercises will not only help to prevent injury, but will maximise your performance on skis!
Please enjoy the following exercises and always practice caution when learning something new! We’d love to hear how you managed with the program so please, comment below!
Post by Catherine Stephens (B.App.Sc – Physiotherapy)
Hello and welcome to our first video blog.
Its all about core stability, pelvic stability and balance – all three very important to maintaining a healthy balance within yourself.
Here’s Angus to demonstrate the exercise.
If you haven’t got a Swiss Ball at home then we highly recommend you get one – they are an extremely versatile aid to keeping yourself in-trim at home and to top it all they are great fun to use too. We’ll have plenty more demonstrations of exercises you can do with a Swiss Ball soon.
We have them in stock in the shop so ask at reception. Here’s the page that lists all our supplies:- https://northernbeachesphysio.com/supplies/
We’re aiming to make a lot more video clips over the course of this year which will be hosted on our Northern Beaches Physio channel on YouTube.
Here’s a link:- http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNCRpch8eeN3bPCH4oaAPFQ
Stay tuned !
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Post by Catherine Stephens B. App Sc (Physio) MAPA.