Finding a Physical Activity for YOU

As a physical therapist I know the importance of physical activity and that intensity of that physical activity matters. I also know my propensity to get bored easily, and that I am very unlikely to stick with treadmills, ellipticals, bikes or Zumba. So I knew it was important for me to find something that I can do regularly with varying intensities, and (probably the most important part to sticking with it) it had to be fun. As an adult I picked up tennis, and I love it.

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What did you make when you were little?

Did you paint? Did you sing? Did you play an instrument in the school band or build a treehouse with your grandpa? Did you write stories or invent recipes? Making is part of who we are as humans. It is hard-wired into us to create. And when we’re little, it’s all about the joy; it’s about exploration and risk-taking. But somewhere, somehow, a lot of that evaporates. We get caught up in the final product and overlook the importance of the process. We worry about judgment or failure. But we shouldn’t let that be. The health benefits of creativity are well proven.

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Riding My Age!

Every year around my birthday I pick a day and ride my age on my bike. In recent years my birthday rides have snuck up on me. Last year, I felt unprepared but determined so I was happy to ride my age in kilometers rather than miles. This year I used my puppy-transporting electric-assist bike and was happy to be back to riding in miles and brought my dog along.

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