What if the epic training montage from Rocky IV (YouTube it if you haven’t seen it) were real life? While we can’t all have a song like Hearts on Fire as our personal soundtrack or own an American Flag robe like Apollo Creed’s, we can still take some lessons from Rocky’s training.
Can you smell the warm weather coming? Ready to return to the comfort and serenity of the green fields? Imagine the feeling of the warm breeze caressing your face as you prepare to tee-off. Ready to embrace the club, your palms perspire with excitement. Your ears hunger to hear the sweet swoosh of the iron and the whack when it strikes the ball. During a period of seemingly endless silence, you watch the tiny white sphere sail through the air as it covers an expanse of emerald landscaping. Golf season is upon us. Will your game rise to an all time personal height, or will inflexibility, joint dysfunction and diminished coordination leave you buried in the sand traps?
This is where we start. This is not unique to me; on the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) webpage, the APTA describes Physical Therapists (PT's) as highly trained medical professionals that "understand how the body works and how to get you moving again." This boils down to "Movement = Life."
In this column, I will present a few of the negative effects of sedentary behavior (ironic to talk about this as I sit on my couch typing on my iPad with Big Bang Theory playing in the background) as well as the positive effects of movement (ok, full confession here: I am sitting while tapping my feet and marching – it's driving my fiancée nuts.)
Do you spend significant amounts of time on your computer, tablet or Smartphone? If you do, then like an increasing number of people, you may rely so fully upon one or all of these modes of communicating and connecting with the outside world that you might not be able to envision life without it. While you no doubt have a very real need for these devices in your daily life and work, is it possible that your reliance on them could be eroding the quality of your life, and in particular, your love life?
Is the time you spend online having an effect on your face to face connections? What happens to relationships when one partner finds themselves flirting with Facebook friends while the other partner would prefer to spend time with them? And how do relationships fare when one partner is late to bed because they would rather find romance online?