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9 Healthy Hiking Essentials for Summer

Mags at the American River
Mags at the American River

Walking in nature is one of the most healing habits for the mind and body.  Japanese doctors even prescribe time in nature; they call it “forest bathing.” Living in a natural paradise such as we do, we all want to get out and experience nature. Especially in the heat of summer, with long days, we want to go to the river and go hiking. It is always important to put safety first when enjoying the outdoors. Whether you are in the desert, forest, beach, or mountains , safety becomes even more important in dealing with the roasting heat and blazing sun of summer.   Here are nine essentials for your hikes short and long:

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3 Easy Tips for Riding Your Bike to Work

Mags rides to work
Alive Physical Therapy celebrates Earth Day by riding our bikes to work all this week!

Biking or walking to work is a great way to exercise without having to go to the gym. You can show up at work with a smile on your face after getting your blood flowing.

Especially with beautiful spring weather and longer days, there is really no reason to get in your car for short trips. Two miles are an energizing ten minutes to refresh yourself on the way to or from work.  Besides being great for your own health, replacing a car trip with a bike trip is great for our planet’s health, too, not to mention the health of your neighbors.

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New Class, Core Power!

Physical Therapist Mags Matthews is teaching a new class for the new year. Called Core Power, this class focuses on building strength in the center of the body.

Mags demonstrating an exercise.
Mags demonstrating an exercise.

When you think “core,” you may think that just means your abs. Not so! This means your whole torso. This class will strengthen your whole body  through your shoulders, back, abs, chest, and hips.

Mags takes input at the beginning of the class to see if there are areas of concern for any of the students, and adjusts the class accordingly.

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Prenatal Perspectives Class at The Nest

This past Monday, Physical Therapist Mags Matthews of Alive Physical Therapy taught a community education event at The Nest, entitled Prenatal Perspectives. In this class, moms-to-be and their partners learned simple exercises to keep their bodies injury-free before, during, and after pregnancy.

The class focused on two muscle groups: the pelvic floor and the deep core.

The pelvic floor serves many functions, including controlling bowel movements and urination. Through easy-to-grasp explanations, Mags taught the class how to engage these muscles. We learned of problems that can occur both from the pelvic floor being too weak (pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence) and too tight (pain from nerve pinching, muscle knots).

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