Weight loss is a hot topic in our society and many struggle with weight control. This is why weight loss is one of the top New Year’s resolutions every year. There are a number of factors that go into a successful weight loss plan, and exercise is one of them. Surprisingly, the exercises provided by mobile physical therapy can play a major role in accomplishing your weight loss goals.
Physical Therapy and Weight Loss
When you see a physical therapist, it is usually to recover from an injury or help alleviate a painful condition. Very often, the pain you are experiencing can be at least partially linked to weight gain.
Carrying too much weight can have several adverse effects on our bodies. These include:
- Limited endurance
- Limited movement and flexibility
- Increased fatigue
- Frequently being short of breath
- Pain in various parts of your body
Two of the major keys to weight loss are eating healthier and movement. For the eating part, it is best to speak with a nutritionist or similar professional about developing a healthy diet plan that is right for you. For the movement part, physical therapy can play a key role.
Your physical therapist will perform a full assessment of your body and health, target areas of concern, and customize an exercise program designed to reduce and eliminate your pain and make you healthier. Your therapist will teach you the correct form for each exercise, so you can perform them with minimal pain and strain; and if one of your concerns is carrying around too much weight, you will be given exercises that will help get rid of the excess pounds.
Physical therapy works well largely because it is in keeping with Newton’s First Law of Physics “an object in motion stays in motion…” Or in the case of human beings, “a body in motion stays in motion.” In other words, if you exercise consistently, one success will stack on top of the other, and before you know it, your injury is healed and you are experiencing weight loss.
There is one key ingredient that makes all this happen; momentum. The power of momentum to make a permanent behavioral change and/or develop a new habit in your life cannot be understated. When it comes to physical therapy, this means keeping your appointments with the therapist and doing your prescribed exercises consistently.
Mobile Physical Therapy and Momentum
One major challenge for those recovering from an injury and/or trying to lose weight is that it is rarely a seamless process. There are good days and bad days. Days you feel good or great, and other days when you are experiencing pain. On those painful days, you may not even feel like getting out of bed, let alone going to the hospital or clinic for therapy. And unfortunately, missing appointments can be a big momentum killer.
Mobile physical therapy provides a solution to this common issue. With mobile therapy, the therapist performs the sessions in the comfort of your own home or office. This eliminates the need to drive or get a ride to your therapy appointment, which can really be a lifesaver on days when the pain is especially severe. By coming to you, it is much easier to keep your therapy appointments, allowing you to capitalize on the power of momentum and more quickly accomplish your health and weight loss goals.