What “kind” of grandparent are you or do you envision yourself being?- from an Oakville Physio

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Picture your child having kids. What kind of grandparent do you want to be?

Did you have a vibrant fun grandparent in your life? 
Do you picture yourself wanting to play at the park or on the floor with your grandchild(ren)?
Do you see yourself during visits carrying your grandchild up and downs the stairs?
What about a quick jog to keep them out of danger outside?
Do you see yourself feeling good and not in pain after your visits? or taking a few days to “recover?

It’s true that we start losing muscle mass as we age. But this change is not inevitable, nor should we just accept it. Other changes may include decreased endurance, and balance.

The focus on working out and lifting weights and other forms of strength training for aesthetic reasons does a disservice for the amazing functional and health benefits that gaining and maintaining muscle can provide!

Who hasn’t seen advertisements for workouts, workout clothing or other activity activities where it seems to be unattainable and beyond reach to even start?

Do you have barriers that have been holding you back from starting?

There are many reasons people may avoid strength training. It could be fear or the idea of who lifts weights. It may be that an injury or health issue has stopped you in the past. It may be that you have been too sore after doing a workout video etc.

Physiotherapy and physiotherapists can help you get started with strength training that works for you.  They can address these barriers and work with you towards your goals.

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The bonus is that many barriers that may prevent you from beginning a strengthening program or routine exercises actually BENEFIT from strengthening.

As a Physio, we would call this exercise prescription BUT potato potAto…

These include but are not limited to:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post- total knee replacement / total hip replacement
  • Having a “bad back”
  • After cancer treatment (breast cancer, colon cancer etc.)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Kyphosis
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Kyphosis
  • Parkinsons Disease

In order to gain strength and mobility, your system must be challenged. This does not mean pushing through or beyond you physical limits, but rather inching forward.

We don’t make positive change by staying in one place!

Your physiotherapist will work with you on your goals.

Carrying your grandchild may be one.

Getting up and down from the floor safety and confidently may be another.

Going skating or playing soccer with the little ones in your life may be another.

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Being an active and involved parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle is an amazing way to enhance bonding and enjoy time together.

Contact us to book in with one of our amazing north Oakville physiotherapists. We service Oakville, Milton, Burlington in clinic and Ontario through virtual / Telehealth physiotherapy. We are able to provide direct billing to most insurance companies.