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:
- Keep your fitness goals simple and achievable.
- Break your goals into smaller chunks to stay fit.
- Prioritize your goals so to focus on the most important ones first.
- Set your action plan using a calendar or diary or index cards in a visible place around your home.
- 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.
- 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
In honor of our mothers: All we ever learned we learned from our mothers
- Stand up straight
- Eat your vegetables
- Mend your wound
- Be honest
- Show compassion to others
- Get plenty of rest
I remember when my mother fell four (4) times during the fall of 2000. She was simply bending over to pick up a newspaper. The last fall resulted in a fracture of her “hip” and her downward spiral.
Often, I hear people report they fell for no reason. 1 in 4 people 65 years old and older falls each year, and over 3 million are treated in emergency departments annually for fall injuries. The CDC estimates that 53 M people 65 years of age and over will fall by 2030 with 12 M or more injuries. Nearly double the numbers of falls.
The reason may not be apparent – a fall plus an injury is a major fall.
One woman reported that she fell and hit her head. It wasn’t until months later that she realized she had headaches and neck pain from her fall. After several treatment sessions she was a new person.
Falling is not part of normal aging. Falls are preventable.
- Don’t disregard your falls.
- Don’t minimize your falls.
- Any fall with or without an injury needs attention.
- Tell your doctor if you have fallen or if you feel unsteady or fearful of falling.
- Ask for a comprehensive check-in with your physical therapist yearly.
- Ask for a medication review.
- Take care of your medical conditions.
- Get your eyes check regularly.
- Do a home safety check.
- Stay active.
Classes are offered weekly via Zoom:
- Balance in Action Mondays at 1-2pm at Casa Helotes and on Zoom
- Yoga Tuesdays/Thursdays at 5:30 pm (all levels)
- Floor Pilates Wednesdays at 11am (focus on core)
For a free Discovery Visit: 30-minute consultation with Dr. Ann Newstead, PT
Call today 210-833-8336
Ann H. Newstead, PT, DPT, PhD
14418 Old Bandera Rd
Helotes, TX 78023
Specialist in Vestibular, Geriatrics, Neurologic physical therapy
Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults
Meeting ID: 841 9190 0465
Meeting ID: 817 4982 3374
Meeting ID: 545 290 786
*Note: $40 unlimited classes each month
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Contact Ann for updates 210-833-8336 or ahnewPT@gmail.com
Are you fearful of falling? Have you had a fall or near fall? Are you unsteady? Build your confidence and take control of your fear!
Falling is not a normal part of aging.
What are the facts about falls?
- One out of three people over 65 years old will fall each year
- One out of two people over 85 years old will fall each year.
- Falling can be dangerous. A fall may result in broken bones, hospital visits, loss of the ability to take care of yourself and sometimes even death.
What are some common reasons that people fall?
- Decreased or bad eyesight
- Weak muscles
- Trouble keeping your balance
- Side effects from your medicine
- Bad lighting or dark areas in your house
- Uneven or slippery ground
Good News: You can reduce your chance of falling! What can you do to help stop a fall?
- Schedule an eye check-up.
- Seek an expert physical therapist to design a well-rounded activity and exercise program to improve strength and balance.
- Talk with your health care provider about the side effects of your medicine.
- Remove items from the floor of your house that may cause you to trip like rugs, toys, and foot stools.
- Put nightlights in areas of your house where you walk when it is dark.
Where do I start?
- Schedule an appointment for a health and fall prevention checkup. Make sure to talk about your fear of falling. Ask about your medicine and any side effects.
- Start and keep moving. Use the exercises given to you by your physical therapist to improve your strength and balance. These two skills will help you decrease your chance of falling. Participation in the evidence-based fall prevention programs resulted in improved confidence, decreased fear of falling, and fewer injurious falls.
Contact Ann H. Newstead, PT, DPT, PhD today for a 30-minute free consultation or fall prevention screening at 210-833-8336 or ahnewPT@gmail.com
14418 Old Bandera Road, Helotes, TX 78023