Fri Sep 21 2018

Be the Active Person You Want to Be!

Get Active... Stay Active.

Written by Sandy Westlake

Penny Germain is walking her dog Otis, the friendly Great Pyrenees Border Collie cross rescue dog

When you hear the word “active”, what do you think of? The Olympic gymnast or the lady out walking her dog? The kids playing frisbee or the seniors out for a bike ride or stroll in the park?

Remember the Participaction Days? Some of us will recall the movement to get everyone active on a daily basis. Let’s get back to that way of thinking.

This gorgeous season of fresh, crisp air and golden leaves is the perfect time to get active and stay active with something physical that you enjoy. If you aren’t sure what activity suits you, why not start out with something like walking.... Start out easy.. Go farther.

Dog-walking is an excellent way to get moving!

######Benefits of Walking Walking is something most of us can do, whether a leisurely stroll or a marathon walk. We can walk indoors or outdoors. Put on a good pair of walking or running shoes that have adequate support and fit you properly. It’s a great activity that can be done by yourself or with others. Better yet, grab your dog’s leash and enjoy the time with your favorite pooch!Walking is often underrated. Research shows that walking daily can improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, prevent weight gain or assist in losing weight, increase energy and stamina, boost bone strength and increase your immune system. Recent evidence also points towards walking as a means to reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s.

Senior citizens dancing outdoors

In addition, walking increases one’s sense of well-being and calmness, while making us feel more alive and energetic. It provides an opportunity to explore nature in the great outdoors or to check out local fitness centers. You may even find you sleep better too.

Step into Fall – Walk your way to a healthier, more active you!!

As with any new activity, injuries can occur. When this happens, Physiotherapy and Acupuncture can help.

######Conditions commonly treated at Westlake Physical Therapy:

  • painful conditions
  • migraines / headaches
  • muscular aches and injuries
  • arthritis
  • inflamed, injured or strained muscles and tendons
  • neck pain
  • back pain and sciatic pain• tennis elbow
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • TMJ problems
  • trigeminal neuralgia/Bell’s Palsy
  • sports injuries / work injures / motor vehicle injuries
Photo of Sandy Westlake, Physiotherapist at Westlake Physical Therapy
Sandy Westlake, B.Sc.P.T., C.M.Ac., C.A.F.C.I.

Often, best results are achieved when combining physiotherapy with acupuncture. Westlake Physical Therapy and Acupuncture is dedicated to professional, individualized, hands-on treatment to get you Back on Track. Owner, Sandy Westlake, your neighbourhood physiotherapist and acupuncturist, obtained her Physiotherapy Degree from the U of S, Certification in Medical Acupuncture from the U of A, completed an internship in Beijing, China under the direction of Dr. Aung, and has over 25 years of experience in Physiotherapy and Acupuncture. Sandy’s philosophy is to asses and treat each patient according to their needs.

Don’t let pain and injury stand in your way in enjoying life. This Fall – Let’s Get Moving