Every October, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) celebrates National Physical Therapy Month. As part of the APTA’s “Choose PT” campaign, therapists around the country urge the public to learn more about what physical therapists know and do for our patients.

The most recent Choose PT campaign focuses on improving the level of physical activity for people of all ages. Physical therapists play a vital role not only in treating injuries, but in exercise prescription and getting people moving. Phrases like “Motion is lotion” and “exercise is medicine” abound every October.

How active are we?

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only approximately 20% of adults and children meet the recommended exercise requirements. This includes aerobic exercise as well as strengthening activities. Further, approximately half of adults in the United States have one or more chronic diseases that can be managed or prevented with regular physical exercise.

How much should we exercise per week?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise per week of moderate intensity. This might include running, cycling, or dancing. If you’re someone who enjoys short durations of harder work, like a high-intensity interval workout, they still recommend 75 to 150 minutes per week. Who has the time? The important thing is, even if you don’t meet the exact recommendations, any movement is good movement.

In 2020, we wrote a handful of blogs describing different specialties where physical therapists can help patients. This year, stay tuned to this blog for tips to keep yourself active! Exercise doesn’t need to be a dreaded slog at the gym – it’s much more sustainable when you find an activity you enjoy.

In the meantime, get up from your chair RIGHT NOW and move! If you need help returning to exercise, contact us today!