- Getting on and off the floor. Why? Because to get on and off the floor means that our lower bodies joints have to be flexible and our leg muscles have to be able to lower and lift us. This in my opinion is also a functional task because with this ability we are confident and strong enough to get down low to reach something we dropped on the floor, get something from the bottom shelf if we need to be on our hands and knees, as well as allows us to play with littles ones who frequently are on the floor.
- Spine Mobility. Why? I can’t tell you how important is it to have a spine that is able to move in all directions. There are few things that are worse than neck pain or back pain and in many cases untreated pain in the spine at one level manifests into troubles up or down the system. Our spine is our “back bone”, one of the more major joint systems in our body that allows us to function and accomplish the tasks we want to!
- Glute strength. Why? Our glutes support us in some many ways - they support the pelvis, the low back, and are even working when we are reaching for an item on the top shelf, or swinging a golf club. Our glutes/buttocks muscles are mover muscles and we use them constantly to support our everyday movements.
- Maintenance of Balance. Why? Without our balance we are unable to move safely and poor balance predisposes us to falls. Balance is something I feel we take for granted because it is a skill for most of our life that we don’t have to practice, but as we get older, if our activity levels decrease and our joint range of motion and strength becomes limited we naturally are not challenging our balance. This meant that slowly over time our balance decreases. One of the best ways to maintain balance is to keep active, keep moving!
- Health and Well-being goals. Why? When we have goals it means that we are working towards something, and this generally means that we are active. Having movement or fitness goals for yourself as we progress through life I believe are truly some of our most valuable goals. Movement supports our ability to get out and socialize, participate in the activities we love, supports or physical health, as well as our mental and emotional health. This goal can be as simple as “until the end of my days I will always be able to get on and off the floor”. Having a goal of this nature allows us to check in with our health status and supports everything else we wish to achieve.
~ Myranda, PT