What is the best time of day for working out?

April 3, 2012

Sunrise - time to work out

Q: What is the best time of day for working out?

A: It depends on the reason you are exercising, and it depends on you. Are you exercising for strength, flexibility, aerobic conditioning, pain control?  Many experts discourage intense exercise late in the day as this tends to interfere with sleep. In my case, I sleep much better after a good workout, so it is not unusual for me to do a short run after 9:00 in the evening, and then get to sleep by 11:00. In my book, anything that helps you sleep better is a good thing. Read the rest of this entry »

An Old Guy, Mall Walking and a Cup of Coffee

February 29, 2012

I recently had a grey haired patient, ‘Sam’, who was having a problem with walking. It seemed that the longer winter progressed, the more trouble Sam was having. I wanted to get this ‘Old Guy’ on a home walking program, but as it was still winter, walking outside was not an option. Instead, I told Sam that I wanted him to walk 3-4 days a week at the local mall. He replied, “Four days a week? That’s a lot.” In reality I wanted him ‘Mall Walking’ seven days a week, but I did not think that would happen, so I asked for 3-4 days. Read the rest of this entry »

An Old Gal not working out

February 28, 2012

I had a patient once who hated to exercise. Not only hated to exercise, but she found the whole thought of sweating as disgusting. When I heard this, I knew that there was little chance that I could help this woman. If a patient will not exercise, there is almost no lasting benefit I can offer in physical therapy.

I saw this patient for a few courses of therapy over a several year period and really just offered her temporary relief. I tried in various ways to make her exercises simple, easy, and very comfortable. It did not matter. This woman did not like working out, so she didn’t. Read the rest of this entry »

Losing Weight and a Middle Aged Spread

February 21, 2012

Middle aged spread: To those unfamiliar with the term, Middle Aged Spread refers to how people, as they approach their mid-30’s, start gaining weight. There have been plenty of theories about why middle-agers gain weight, from blaming the hormonal changes of menopause to a natural tendency of our metabolism to decrease as we get older.

I disagree. Read the rest of this entry »

Losing Weight with an Oreo – a dog story

January 30, 2012

Oreo bravely looking at the camera

I love this picture of our dog, Oreo. Oreo hates looking at a camera. In this picture Oreo actually looks at the camera, but only (I think) because she is in the shelter of her favorite master.

A few weeks back on a Saturday afternoon, Oreo, was going stir crazy. We had been hit with a small snow storm. The roads were not particularly good for running, and not even that good for walking. As a result Oreo was overdue for getting her legs stretched. My wife and I decided to give Oreo a treat, so we bundled up and took her on a long 6 mile walk. Read the rest of this entry »