APTA’s Couch Potato Workout (PDF – 524 KB)
Has winter weather got you in the house? Are you logging too much time watching football? Start moving. Local physical therapists in Southern Arizona Therapy Network (SATnet) have joined with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to put this year’s theme, “Get Fit for Life,” into play.
Winter weather can derail activities outdoors. The APTA has developed a Couch Potato Workout (PDF – 524 KB), that can be done without leaving the family room. Keep your joints moving to prevent them from becoming stiff and sore. Your heart and lungs will also appreciate the activity.
Physical therapists support the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendation that adults should get 30 minutes of physical activity every day. It doesn’t have to be organized sports or gym classes. Lifestyle activities like walking or climbing stairs have been proven to reduce the likelihood of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
The Couch Potato Workout features exercises such as the Hail Mary Back and Arm Extensor, which works on the upper back and shoulders; the Couch Potato Kick Off Lateral Leg Lift, for hips and buttocks muscles; and Touch Back Wall Squats, for working thighs, hips, back, and abs. Get started now!