Fitness

Recognizing signs of chronic stress and how to manage it :: An interview on eightWest

managing chronic stress

With everything going on in society right now you can’t help but feel the effects – both mentally and physically. Changes in your health or the health of a loved one, recent changes in your work environment, and social distancing are taking a toll on both our physical and mental well-being.

Julie Blodgett from Northern Physical Therapy / Ivy Rehab stopped by the WOOD tv studios of eightWest to chat with Rachael Ruiz about how to recognize signs of chronic stress and some unexpected ways to manage it.

Knowing the signs of chronic stress can keep a lot of mental and physical pain at bay. Long term health issues that can pop up as a result of stress include hypertension, heart disease, obesity, depression, and anxiety. If you’re experiencing unexplained fatigue, restlessness, headaches, stomach issues, weight gain or loss, or chest pain you might be suffering from chronic stress. Learning a few proper breathing techniques is vital because that can play a huge roll in reducing those stress levels and relaxing the body.

Julie mentions our Healthy Lungs program, which is ideal for people who have compromised lung and respiratory capacity. Patients may be suffering from COPD, a heart condition, weight gain, or are recovering from COVID-19 (including those “long-haulers” where recovery takes months).

If you have questions about chronic stress or our Healthy Lungs program, feel free to reach out to us. We can schedule a consultation and learn more about your situation and the issues you’re facing. As part of the Ivy Rehab Network, you can request an appointment at any of our clinics by clicking here.

View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest

If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about various topics: keeping kids active while at home, Tips for doing yard work with less pain, Tips for comfortably working from homeCouch to 5k Training Programhow fitness can prevent cancertips to reduce holiday stress, reducing your chances for a fallis physical therapy painfulpediatric constipation and bed wettingback pain in women, physical therapy vs taking prescription pain medication, the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapypain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretchingwomen’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!

Keeping Kids Active :: An interview on eightWest

Keeping kids active on eightWest

Kids naturally want to be active. The need to use up some of their endless amounts of energy is vital for their mental and physical health. But, today’s modern families are facing some challenges that make it harder to be active on a regular basis. We’re seeing a greater number of kids doing virtual learning, with parents who are busy working and taking care of the home life responsibilities. These factors make it difficult for kids to get the suggested 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

The good news is that you don’t need fancy equipment to stay physically active. It can be as simple as doing some fun exercises with your kids, while mixing in a little pretend. Plus, it’s even more fun if you can get the entire family involved.

Gina Otterbein from Northern Physical Therapy and Sarah Pipher from our partners at the Grand Rapids Performance Center, Generation Care stopped by the WOOD tv studios of eightWest to chat with Jordan Carson about fun ways to keep kids active.

Plus, they announced our new Family Fitness Challenge series that will offer up weekly challenges and exercises to engage the entire family. Join the group here and participate each week for a chance to win some cool prizes.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fun exercises we’ll show you and your littles ones. Kids love to play pretend so these animal walk exercises are a great way to keep them engaged.

If you have questions about your child’s development, an injury they’ve had, or pain they’re experiencing, feel free to reach out to us. We can schedule a consultation and learn more about your child’s condition. As part of the Ivy Rehab Network, you can request an appointment at any of our clinics by clicking here.

View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest

If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about various topics: Tips for doing yard work with less pain, Tips for comfortably working from homeCouch to 5k Training Programhow fitness can prevent cancertips to reduce holiday stress, reducing your chances for a fallis physical therapy painfulpediatric constipation and bed wettingback pain in women, physical therapy vs taking prescription pain medication, the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapypain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretchingwomen’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!

We’re hosting a Couch to 5k training program :: eightWest

5k training program in Grand Rapids

RunFit is a couch to 5k training program for beginners or even those who are intermediate runners that want to improve their time. The next installment of the program starts March 17th in Comstock Park.

Participants will take part in a weekly group run, we’ll have education on various topics plus you’ll have access to a physical therapist and exercise specialist. At the end of the program, participants will run the Amway Riverbank Run together.

Gina Otterbein and Skylar Swifink stopped by the eightWest studios to talk with Rachael Ruiz and WOOD TV viewers about what a fun and beneficial program RunFit is.

Watch the segment below.

RunFit is more than just a group run. At this 5k training program we’ll have weekly educational sessions on proper stretching, running form, and nutrition. Plus, you have weekly access to a physical therapist and exercise specialist. This program is ideal for beginners because the atmosphere is welcoming, there’s no judgement and everyone is very supportive. However, it also caters to intermediate runners who want to improve their time; as well as people who are looking for a fun way to get in shape and lose weight. At the end of the session our group will run a 5k together.

Sign up for RunFit Couch to 5k Training Program
We offer RunFit sessions throughout the year, at various locations. The next session starts March 17 in Comstock Park and you can sign up by calling 616.947.2720 or through our website. For this session we’ll be running the Amway River Bank Run together.

If you’re not sure where to begin with a fitness program, or you avoid exercise because you’re in pain, physical therapy can help. We offer free consultations anytime, where you can talk one-on-one with a physical therapist who will help determine the cause of your pain and the next best steps. Give us call to set up a consult – you’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest
If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about various topics: how fitness can prevent cancer, tips to reduce holiday stress, reducing your chances for a fall, is physical therapy painful, pediatric constipation and bed wetting, back pain in women, physical therapy vs taking prescription pain medication, the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapypain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretchingwomen’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!

Please note, beneficiaries of federal health care programs are not eligible to participate in free consultations.