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Fitting Physical Therapy into Your Summer Routine

Summer is a time for fun, travel, and outdoor activities. With the warm weather and longer days, it's the perfect season for family vacations, sports, and enjoying nature.

However, staying committed to your physical therapy exercises and protocol can be challenging amidst all the summer excitement. At Coal Creek Physical Therapy, we understand the importance of consistency in your recovery and wellness journey.

Here are some tips to help you integrate physical therapy into your summer months effectively.

1. Plan Ahead with Your Therapist

Before the summer season kicks into full gear, have a discussion with your physical therapist. Plan your sessions and exercises around your summer schedule. If you’re traveling, ask for a list of exercises that can be done with minimal equipment and space. Your therapist can also provide tips on maintaining your progress while you're away.

2. Incorporate PT into Outdoor Activities

Summer offers a great opportunity to take your PT exercises outside. Activities such as swimming, biking, and hiking can complement your therapy. For instance, swimming is excellent for low-impact cardiovascular exercise, while hiking can help with strength and endurance. Always consult your therapist to ensure these activities align with your therapy goals.

3. Create a Summer Exercise Routine

Set a specific time each day dedicated to your PT exercises. Early mornings or late evenings are often cooler and less busy times, making them ideal for sticking to your routine. Consistency is key, so treat your PT exercises as a non-negotiable part of your daily schedule.

4. Utilize Portable Equipment

Invest in portable PT equipment like resistance bands, small weights, or a yoga mat. These can be easily packed if you’re traveling or can be used outdoors. Resistance bands, for example, are lightweight and versatile, allowing you to perform a variety of exercises anywhere.

5. Stay Hydrated and Protect Yourself from the Sun

When doing PT exercises outdoors, it’s crucial to stay hydrated and protect your skin from the sun. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout. Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.

6. Engage in Family-Friendly Activities

Involve your family in your physical therapy routine. Activities like playing catch, Frisbee, or even a game of tag can be a fun way to integrate PT exercises without it feeling like a chore. These activities can help improve coordination, strength, and cardiovascular health.

7. Adapt Exercises to Your Environment

Whether you’re at the beach, in the mountains, or in your backyard, adapt your exercises to your surroundings. Use park benches for step-ups, trees for balance exercises, or soft grass for stretches. Your physical therapist can provide guidance on how to modify your exercises based on your environment.

8. Use Technology for Guidance

Apps and online videos can be excellent resources for keeping up with your PT routine while away from the clinic. Many physical therapy apps offer guided exercises, reminders, and progress tracking. Make sure to choose reputable sources and check with your therapist to ensure the exercises are appropriate for your needs.

9. Make it Social

Find a workout buddy who can join you in your PT exercises. Having a partner can increase motivation and accountability. It can be a friend, family member, or even someone from your therapy group. Working out together makes the process more enjoyable and keeps you committed.

10. Listen to Your Body

Summer activities can sometimes lead to overexertion. Pay attention to how your body feels and don’t push through pain. If you experience any discomfort or setbacks, contact your therapist immediately. It’s important to balance activity with rest and recovery.

Integrating physical therapy into your summer routine can be seamless with a bit of planning and creativity. At Coal Creek Physical Therapy, we’re here to support you every step of the way. By incorporating these tips, you can continue your journey towards recovery and wellness without missing out on the joys of summer. Stay active, stay healthy, and enjoy the season!

For more personalized advice, or to schedule an appointment, contact us at Coal Creek Physical Therapy. We’re committed to helping you achieve your physical health goals and living a life you love, no matter the season.


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