Staying motivated

Staying motivated

Regular physical activity can increase hormones that can make you feel happier, sleep better and improve your skin’s appearance.  In addition regular exercise can help you lose weight, decrease your risk of chronic disease and improve your sex life.  Most health benefits occur with at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week and at least two days a week of high intensity aerobic exercise and resistance training for muscle development.  Participating in a regular exercise program takes time, discipline and motivation.  We all deal with the stress of work and busy families.   Life throws many distractions at us which can make it hard to stay motivated! Here are some suggestions to stay on track.

Activity choice

Whether it is running, cycling or kayaking if you enjoy doing the activity you will be less likely to skip workouts.  Consistency is the key to exercise and finding the right activity will keep you on the path.  

Make it social 

Finding a partner or a group is a great way to motivate you! Knowing you are meeting a group or a friend for a workout will make you accountable. Also working out with others can push you to new limits and drive your competitive spirit. 

Challenge yourself

There are a lot of athletic events to choose from.  Signing up for a triathlon or running race will give you something to train for.  Following a training plan and completing an event will give you a sense of accomplishment and can motivate you to sign up for more challenging events.  

Use technology

There are many apps out there that can help you stay motivated.  Peleton, Fitbit and my favorite, Strava are a just a few.  Strava is an app for runners/cylcists.  The app records users routes and various metrics such as distance and pace. The app also provides features for users to create weekly goals or participate in monthly challenges within the Strava community.   The ability to monitor progress and compete with others is a great way to keep you motivated.   “That which is measured improves.” Thomas S. Monson

Staying motivated can sometimes be a challenge but if you enjoy the activity, team up with others and challenge yourself it becomes easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle!

 

 

Telehealth

 

What is telehealth?

Telehealth is a live, one-on-one video appointment with your PT. In these times of social distancing and public safety telehealth has become a viable option to treat patients. It enables patients to communicate with their physical therapist from the safety and comfort of their own home.

Benefits of telehealth:

  • Effectiveness: Studies have shown that telehealth visits are just as effective as “live” visits. Telehealth visits maintain patient consistency and compliance with their home exercise program resulting in positive outcomes.
  • Convenience: Telemedicine gives patients greater freedom to schedule appointments that meet their own specific schedules. There is no need to change your plans, reschedule work or find child care.
  • Personalized careDuring a private telehealth visit, you will work with your physical therapist in a one-on-one setting, without distractions. You also can involve family members or caregivers in your appointment, if you like.
  • SatisfactionThe majority of patients who have participated in telehealth physical therapy were satisfied with their experience and would do it again. Patients expressed feeling connected and supported by their telehealth physical therapist.
  • Transportation Telehealth visits eliminates commuting to the office, arranging rides for those who are unable to drive and decreasing driving risks when there is inclement weather.

What does a typical telehealth visit look like?

Patients will receive a link to join a HIPAA-compliant, encrypted, and secure face-to-face live audio and video connection. Once connected the visit will be conducted like a normal physical therapy evaluation or follow up appointment.

The evaluation will consist of acquiring the patient’s past medical history, subjective reports and a functional screen is performed to determine/confirm diagnosis. Patients will be given a home exercise program and review for proper form. Follow up visits will consist of monitoring the effectiveness of the home exercises and progress as indicated.

Does insurance pay for telehealth visits?

An increasing number of payers do pay for telehealth and coverage is increasing. Most recently Medicare began to cover telehealth services for physical therapists.