Listen to your body. February 2024 – AHNew Physical Therapy

Listen, what do you hear?

Yes, that is your body talking to you. It’s quiet at times or very noisy and loud at other times. Please don’t ignore your body. Listen.

What is your body telling you? Is it telling you to move? Or are you fearful of moving?

Pain and dizziness are preventable.

When you have pain, it may be telling you something like this: “It’s time to get up from your chair – you are sitting too long!”

Or something like this: “You are dizzy, try to move a little slower and stay in balance”.

Whatever the case, you need to listen.  We all do!

When you take action early on, your body’s recovery time is less. Often you may think “This pain will go away”, or at least you hope it will. With acute pain (less than one week after onset) healing time is less compared with chronic pain (which may last more than 3 to 6 months).

When you act early with vertigo, dizziness, or lightheadedness, then you may be able to get to the root of the problem. Believe me – it is not only “aging”. There is a reason why you have vertigo.

Your body is talking to you. Listen. Take action today.

Early intervention is the best choice for your recovery!

Good news: 2024 gives you an extra day! Leap into the next year! Get a hold on what your body is telling you!

Does your body need physical therapy?

Call today for a free Discovery Consultation Visit to begin your year AHNew for your body’s Health and Wellness in 2024.  Or call to find out more about how to join one of our classes: Balance, Floor Pilates, or Yoga weekly.

Ann H. Newstead, PT, DPT, PhD

14418 Old Bandera Rd.

Helotes, TX 78023

Call 210-833-8336

Clinical Specialist in Geriatrics and Neurological Physical Therapy

Vestibular Rehabilitation and Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults

Accepting Aetna, BCBS, Humana, VA, Tricare, Medicare, and Medicare replacement plans

Stay safe this summer in hot weather.

As summer hits an all time high temperature, we need to be safe in many ways.

Here are some tips to keep us all going through our summer months:

1) Find an indoor activity (see our class schedule below). If you find an activity you enjoy – you will be more likely to engage and participate. Everyone has their own preferences – some clubs offer various activities as does Silver Sneakers and the senior center.

Workout and do outdoor activities when the temperatures are coolest – early morning or later in the day just before the sun sets are best.

2) Wear clothing that is cool and lightweight. Lightweight clothing that is SPF-protected helps prevent sunburns when outdoor gardening, along with applying sunscreen every two (2) hours. wearing a wide-brim hat is also beneficial to keep the sun off your face. Cooling towels are now available or you can make your own by placing a wet towel in your freezer and then around your neck region where large blood vessels are located to your brain.

3) Drink plenty of fluids – not only water but also electrolytes. Eating fruits and veggies counts as they contain water. Limit your coffee and caffeine intake e.g. tea, as both are diuretics that result in loss of water. Make sure to drink before, during and after all activities.

4) Eat a snack about 30 minutes prior to your workout to avoid a drop in your Glucose levels and prepare you for your workout. Don’t overheat as your body increases its temperature to digest food.

5) Perform an easy stretch after your workout or activities when you are warmed up. Your muscles are more flexible after activity secondary to blood flow. To prevent injuries, take about 5 minutes to stretch major muscles of your arms and legs (gently) with a 20-30 second hold. Here is a great video by Silver Sneakers – “Stretches You Should Do After a Walk” (<<Click here)

Best health always,


Be active. Stay strong. Be balanced in 2024.

Join our interactive classes – virtually or face to face!

Balance in Action – Mondays at 1:00 pm
Meeting ID: 841 9190 0465

Yoga in Action – Tuesdays at 6:00 pm – time may change with different instructors
Meeting ID: 817 4982 3374

Pilates – Wednesdays at 11:00 am
Meeting ID: 545 290 786

New: Tai Chi – Thursdays – Time TBD
Meeting ID: 841 9190 0465

*Note: $40 unlimited classes each month
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AHNEW year AHNEW you! Remember “Every movement counts!

Welcome 2023!


Your New Year does not need to wait until January 1st.  Begin today. Staying active is important for both physical and mental well-being. Let us help you stay active and healthy. Your well-being and fitness are a lifelong journey.


Here are a few tips to help you to set health and wellness goals to “jump start” your New Year:  


  1. Keep your fitness goals simple and achievable.
  2. Break your goals into smaller chunks to stay fit.
  3. Prioritize your goals so to focus on the most important ones first.
  4. Set your action plan using a calendar or diary or index cards in a visible place around your home.
  5. Establish the best time of day for you to move toward your goals. Some people like mornings and others are better later in the day or evening. Integrating your fitness plan into your daily routine will help you succeed.
  6. Find someone you trust to keep you accountable for your fitness goals.


Staying active can improve your immune system, your heart, and other vital organs.


Just 6 minutes of activity can improve your mood and mental well-being.


Through physical activity and exercise you can improve your flexibility, balance, strength, walking, and reduce risk of injurious falls.


Remember dizziness is not a normal part of life. Neither is pain and stiffness. Both Dizziness and stiffness can be improved through proper guided movements with an expert.


If you need assistance, ask for help from an expert to keep you on track and help you stay accountable for your goals.


Call today for a free Discovery Consultation Visit or set up a Wellness Visit ~ 210-833-8336.


Join our classes weekly: Mondays Balance in Action 1pm; Tuesdays Yoga 5:30 pm; Wednesdays Floor Pilates 1pm.


Ann H. Newstead, PT, DPT, PhD

Exercise Expert in Aging Adults

Clinical Specialist in Geriatrics and Neurological and Vestibular rehabilitation

14418 Old Bandera Rd.

Helotes, TX 78023

Happy Father’s Day!

Stay active, rest, and restore.

Physical activity is important for men at all ages.

Men are encouraged to perform exercises and physical activity daily:

  • at least 150–300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity.
  • muscle-strengthening activities at moderate or greater intensity that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week
  • limit the amount of time spent being sedentary
  • multicomponent physical activity e.g., functional balance, aerobic and strength training

Prevention, Health, Wellness

Physical activity helps prevent heart disease, type II diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Cancer (lung and prostate), and stroke as well as improve mental health and wellbeing.

Men also are prone to injury including low back pain, fractures from falls and shoulder pain from lifting heavy weights.

Most of these common diseases and injury that affect men are potentially preventable.

When we buy a car, we expect to routinely change the oil, filters, rotate the tires, and fuel up regularly.

Our bodies need regular maintenance as well. Early detection of injury or disease is important to increase the likelihood of successful cure and health.

Physical activity and a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce risk of disease, improve pain, and increase overall longevity.

Don’t use the excuse ‘I’m too old’ and ongoing injuries or illness.

Any physical activity is better than no physical activity!

Strength training, aerobics and conditioning, and flexibility training can all lead to a better self. Taking time to rest and restore after physical activity helps to renew your vitality.

Start an activity program today to improve your health with an expert physical therapist.

Contact Ann at 210-833-8336.

She is an Exercise Expert in Aging Adults, Certified specialist in Vestibular rehabilitation and Specialist in Geriatric and Neurological Physical Therapy.

Ann H. Newstead, PT, DPT, PhD

AHNew Physical Therapy

14418 Old Bandera Rd.

Helotes Tx 78023