What 3 tips did I learn during this past week of being home social distanced from my world? How did I stay active and fit and maintain my sanity?…😧 “I feel so out of control and with all the chaos going on in my house … how do I stay fit without going to the gym?!” Have you thought this to yourself?
I know I have! Personally I’ve had this issue this past week trying to balance life, family, work, and staying active. We all had big goals for 2020 and spring races, now that the plan has changed we can’t let ourselves dip into a place we don’t want to go! In this blog article, I got you covered on how you can stay active and fit with these 3 tips I learned during the COVID-19 crisis.
Click the video below to hear the LIVE announcement I made on my Facebook page and within the Healthy Runner Facebook Group
I am taking it day by day but feel a little better this week now that I have a dedicated work space for myself at home. I ordered a sit to stand desk that was delivered on Monday so I have an improved workstation set up. Historically, if I sit too long I do get lower back pain like most of my 40-50 year old friends and clients I help with lower back pain (more common then you may think if you suffer from this!). Sidebar for a second but if you do get pain with sitting too much now that you are working from home, here is a great round of exercises (video below) I highly recommend you perform at least 4-5x/ day. They have saved me this week for sure!
So… we all had big health goals for 2020 whether it was a weight loss goal or hitting a PR at your spring road race. Now that the plan has changed we can’t let ourselves dip into a place we don’t want to go!
For those of you new to these weekly SPARK Physical Therapy blogs, I am Dr. Duane Scotti and I am a physical therapist, educator, and creator of the Healthy Runner Podcast and Facebook group as well as SPARK Physical Therapy where we help runners stay on the pavement doing what they love without pain, rest, or multiple trips to the doctors office.
I am pivoting to keep up with your needs at this time. We are happy to offer virtual telehealth visits 7 days a week. We have always met your expectations and goals and will continue to meet you where YOU are at…and right now that includes virtual sessions. These have been going great so far and I have had some positive feedback like the feedback from this client…
Let’s be honest….Are you worried and scared with this pandemic going on right now? We are all in this together and I want to use this blog as a support group of sort. We are going to persevere together…and come out stronger 💪 on the other end of this TOGETHER.
Let’s Get Into My 3 Tips that I learned this past week to stay Active and Healthy amidst all the chaos around us:
As runners, we typically are pretty regimented and structured (maybe considered type A personalities). You know you are this if you measure out your portions of your food, or eat the same thing everyday (me turkey sandwich everyday), run the same route every day, have the same routine each time you go out before a run or drink the same thing after a run on a hot humid day…You know who you are….
However, we need to try and be flexible and get used to this “new normal” because it appears it will be here for a while.
Start your day as you would normally when you were going to work. For example this morning I did my normal Monday, Wednesday, Friday routine of going for a 3 mile run, gym (in my house), then showered, ate my usual work breakfast (apple and protein shake), and then headed into my (home) office.
You need to exercise!!! We all need to exercise…now more than ever. Why? Let’s test you all…especially if you have read previous blog posts before. Why do you need to exercise? I bet you realized this over this past week or two. I would even guess that many of you never even have thought about this each time you go to the gym. You probably took it for granted.
O.k. let me be real with you all. We not only need to run right now but we need to exercise (something besides running). It doesn’t matter if you went to the big box gym for strengthening and did your own program (like me) or you went to a small group training gym or you had a personal trainer you were working with. Right now you need to keep that up so you don’t lose your fitness (and your mind) during this time period that we are socially distancing.
Remember the main principle I live by? What do we need to do in order to run, healthy and happy for the long run?
What do I mean by training?… strength train, jump train, train on 1 leg, train for flexibility and recovery (click the words in bold to find the previous blog articles on those important topics!). Remember those are the first 4 principles of our SPARK blueprint.
I am taking this COVID-19 social distancing situation as a way to take lemons 🍋 and make lemonade and we kicked off our Pilot Program this morning!
I am taking this as an opportunity to serve EVEN MORE of you!
To help you STAY ACTIVE, STAY HEALTHY & Improve YOUR IMMUNITY (and mental sanity) During this crisis TOGETHER!
📍 That is why I have created the SPARK Online Fitness Community.
To help you continue to move forward 🔜 in your health when most people are retracting with unhealthy snacks and Netflix/ Disney+ binging.
We are going to persevere together…and come out stronger on the other end of this TOGETHER 💯
✅ Access to a community of people who are after the same thing…to stay active, get fit, and further improve their life (and mental well-being).
✅ LIVE workouts 🏋🏻♂️ EVERY Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6am and recorded (for those not able to make the LIVE workouts via ZOOM that will be streamed to our private SPARK Fitness Facebook Group).
✅ Engage in a virtual community of people in a world where everyone is socially distant.
✅ Q & A with me 🙋🏻♂️, Dr. Duane Scotti (and maybe some other special guests) about any of your fitness roadblocks and goals.
Click THIS LINK to learn more
Here is the best part…I made this program super affordable because I want to help you during this difficult time. The only reason I am charging anything is because I know if I did it for free you wouldn’t do it. You need to be held accountable and putting up a nominal fee will make sure you get out of bed (like you did when you were going to the gym) or if you are tuning in to the replay of the workout later in the day. This program is only going to be $30/month for all that this program will offer. I am no math wizard but I believe that is $2.50 per workout and you will actually do the workouts with me and I will educate you to the why we are doing these exercises.
This program is for you if you have liked the exercises I have shared with you in the past from my “sparkyourtraining” YouTube channel but you never kept up with them or didn’t know exactly how to integrate them into your normal workout routine.
We are going to do what I do in the gym 3x/week every week that has kept me healthy and running as well as the hundreds of private clients of mine that I have helped over the years. The format of the workout will be foam rolling and mobility to start, activation of your stabilizer muscles (the muscles you probably ignore when you go to the gym), then a HIIT style workout super setting 3 different exercises (upper body, lower body, core) and then finish with stretching. Basically this will be everything you have ever read about on previous blog posts all packaged up in a practical format with us actually going through the workouts together to keep you motivated and accountable so you don’t lose all of your fitness you have accumulated since New Year’s Day 2020.
…and you can do it in the comfort and safety of your own home 🏡
It doesn’t matter if you’re new to fitness, been working out on and off as a weekend warrior, or are a dedicated gym goer and runner 🏃🏻♀️…this program is for you.
O.k. lets wrap up what we talked about in this article:
3 Tips that I learned this past week to stay Active and Healthy amidst all the chaos around us included embracing change, structuring your day, and getting your workouts in! I hope this info was helpful during these uncertain times.
Thank you for taking the time to read and stay active, stay healthy, and just keep running!
– Duane Scotti, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
P.S- Here is the link about the program again in case you missed it above https://sparkyourtraining.com/
P.S.S- Here is the Blog Article With ALL THE BONUS VIDEO of the LIVE Q & A Training I did last week on running with social distancing:
You can also listen to the audio version of the Q&A during your social distancing walk or run today on the Healthy Runner Podcast 🎤…now available on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play or in this Website Link
🎉 The Healthy Runner Podcast Launch 🎉
I am so excited to share the content on this podcast with you to answer this question…
How do runners like us remain active, get stronger, and heal from injuries without being told to stop running and create a healthy life for ourselves so we can continue to hit PR’s well into our 40’s and 50’s.
If you are motivated 🤨 and want to continue running without pain and want to run faster and further then this episode of the Healthy Runner podcast is for you! Head over to your favorite podcast platform and SUBSCRIBE to check out the first 6 episodes!
All you need to do is…
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“I developed IT band syndrome during my first marathon training cycle last year and ended up in physical therapy for about 3 months. I was told not to run if I had any pain at all. I lost so much time “recovering” that I ended up deferring my registration to the next year. I spent the next summer training for the same marathon when about 6 weeks out, that familiar IT band pain returned. I could barely finish a mile. I didn’t want to go back to my physical therapist because I knew what he was going to tell me. Stop running. I was so frustrated and started to feel like marathons weren’t for me. I stumbled upon the healthy runner podcast and learned that I don’t have to stop running in order to recover from injury! I was skeptical about an online physical therapy session. But I reached out to Dr. Scotti and he was able to give me the tools to mitigate my pain within the first session! I was able to complete my training cycle and made it to the finish line of my first marathon with his help! I highly recommend!”
“I’d been dealing with Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy (PHT) for about 4 years and had been doing PT, but still had lingering pains. I just figured I’d have to suck it up and deal with it because that was as good as I was going to get. But then, I came across a podcast of Duane being interviewed by Jason Fitzgerald on PHT and how he overcame the injury, and my curiosity was piqued. I met with him virtually and he has been a GODSEND! I’m able to sit as I type this! I can bend over and get in and out of cars without pain! And, I’m RUNNING again!!! It is amazing to be able to do things that I haven’t been able to do without pain since 2016!!! Thank you so much Duane for being an incredible PT!!”
“I suffered from IT band syndrome for four years before seeing Dr. Scotti in April 2020. Before then, I couldn’t run more than about 10 minutes without stabbing pain near my left knee. I’d seen various orthopedists, physical therapists, and chiropractors looking for some relief. My career needed me to run a mile and a half within a certain amount of time, and it was impossible to do so with the knee pain. I saw Dr. Scotti and he immediately got to work! That first visit, he helped me understand the anatomy and underlying cause of my knee pain (aka IT Band syndrome). Once I understood what was happening, the course of treatment made so much sense. Not only did he have online videos of all the recommended exercises to treat the problem, his “healthy runner” Facebook group, Podcast, and YouTube videos held a wealth of information and supplemented my plan. I soon understood that running wasn’t just a casual hobby – it’s a sport and one that deserves dedication and focus. Without his dedication to the sport and his community, I wouldn’t have realized this! Over the next few months, I had many ups and downs – victories and failures – and even some tears! Two steps forward and one step back. Dr. Scotti always checked in between appointments and tweaked my plan if needed. By August, I was regularly running 3-4 miles with barely any pain! If I did get pain, it was because my dedication and focus were lacking – and I quickly picked it back up and overcame. I’m so thankful I took another chance at having my knee looked at and trusted someone else. I run regularly now and am really enjoying it. I can’t thank Dr. Scotti enough and would highly recommend him to anyone having trouble.”