Time to Change Your Clock

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Time to Change Your Clock, Smoke Detector and Fitness Goals

Spring invites us to change and look forward to new beginnings. Whether it’s time to change your clock, smoke detector or fitness goals, there is no time like the present to take steps to improve your physical and mental well-being.

This year I established a goal for Lively Kitchens to partner with like-minded professionals that are experts in their field, strive to provide superior customer service and are compassionate about their clients. One such client is Diamond Physical Therapy in Algonquin, IL. Chuck and Sue (owners) not only provide quality care for their clients, they reach out to local businesses to support community health.

Diamond Physical Therapy  provides recommendations to inspire us to change our thinking about fitness –

Change Your Thinking
Instead of designing goals based purely on weight loss, concentrate on how you feel. Chances are you need to find an activity you enjoy.

Set a Schedule… but Be Realistic
If you haven’t been working out much this winter, ease into it, 2-3 days per week and add to it as you get in the swing of things.

Warm up vs. Stretching
First, warm up with 10 minutes of light outdoor cardio exercises, just walking will do. Then do DYNAMIC stretching (google it), the old traditional ways of stretching have actually been proven to worsen your performance.

Stay Hydrated
Avoid muscle cramping and fatigue by drinking more water. Another general rule of thumb: The more you sweat, the more fluids you need to replace. If you’d like to add an Electrolyte Drink to your hydration plan. Consider homemade versions. They are easy to make and have few ingredients. If you like a refreshing homemade popsicle treat for your child’s sports game, try making 
Frozen Mixed Fruit Popsicles.

Clean Out Your Pantry
Still have that tin of popcorn from the holidays or a box of chocolates from Valentine’s Day? Get rid of them. And while you’re at it, throw away other foods low in nutritional value. Farmer’s markets will be open soon. Eating with the Seasons is a meal planning concept that supports local farmers and encourages you to eat fresh and local foods. 

Team Up
You’re more likely to stick with your plan if you’ve got a partner in crime. Choose someone who has similar goals who’s schedule fits with your own.

Get Sporty
Break up your routine with outdoor exercises. Consider tennis, golf, ultimate frisbee, kickball whatever is fun for YOU.

Pump Up Your Playlist
Still listening to the same tracks from December? Do some iPod “spring cleaning” by downloading a fresh workout playlist to get you going. 

Shoes?
If you’ve been hitting the gym (and the treadmill) all winter, chances are, you’re due for a new pair. Check out a running specialty store to get fitted for the right shoe for your foot.  Remember, your feet are your friends.

Update Your Workout Wardrobe
Still sweating it out in cotton T-shirts? Throw away worn-out workout duds and replace them with shorts, tanks and tees in breathable, wick fabrics.

Reward Yourself
Don’t forget to take care of your hard-worked body! A sports massage is the perfect way to pamper yourself, while alleviating toxins and speeding up muscle recovery. Or, treat yourself to a meal packed with antioxidants, omega-3s, beans, legumes and whole grains.

Recipes that include antioxidants, beans and whole grains:

Berry-Wonderful Fruit Crisp

Black Bean Soup with Lime Shrimp

Black Bean Mango Salsa

Enjoy the longer days and get moving!


This post has been created by Diamond Physical Therapy in Algonquin, IL

Diamond Physical Therapy has been serving the Algonquin-LITH’s areas for 25 years. Founder, Chuck Schulte and his staff are committed to providing world class treatment with world class results. What sets Diamond apart from the rest is our focus on patient results and our ability to get those results.
Chuck’s thoughts:  “You won’t be left in the dark about any part of your experience at Diamond, whether it’s understanding your care, to what to do at home to aid your recovery, or to anything related to your insurance or personal responsibility. That’s how you treat a family member and that’s how we will treat you. Our mission is to help you overcome what’s keeping you from being your old self again. Whether that’s being able to manage your home, come home from work not exhausted from the pain, play with your kids or grandkids, go for that end of the day walk, get back to golfing or fishing or tennis or…  We can Help You Get the Results You Want.”
Diamond Physical Therapy
1140 E. Algonquin Rd
847-854-0196

Joyce Lande, Lively Kitchens, Inc., has posted the recipes for this article. For more nutrition and culinary tips contact Joyce.

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