RehabFit Member of the Month: Ken Chadderton

Ken Chadderton - RehabFit Member of the Month December 2018Ken joined RehabFit in January 2016 with the goal of increasing ankle strength and mobility and overall fitness. Ken comes in almost every day and likes to talk and joke with fellow RehabFit members. Ken also recently joined the morning strength and balance class and is a great addition to the fun, social group.

Why did you decide to join RehabFit?

I started coming to RehabFit in January of 2016 to help my ankles and keep my body in good condition. Becky made up a program to follow; I stuck to it and it helped. The exercise equipment is high end and fun. The staff is very professional, knowledgeable and will work with you.

What motivates you to keep exercising and coming to RehabFit?

I have always liked exercise, when I was younger I went to the YMCA and Boys Club, played football and was a wrestler in High School. I like coming to RehabFit and socializing while working out. It’s hard to exercise at home on your own.

What changes have you seen in your body, health or general well being since starting at RehabFit?

Since joining RehabFit I find I have more endurance, strength, and I lost some weight. My balance has improved as well.

What changes have you made in your exercise or health routine since joining RehabFit?

I go to RehabFit every day if I can and I also swim at PSU. Exercising twice a day is good. The morning swim loosens me up before I get to RehabFit. I watch what I eat and drink as well.

What kind of advice would you give to other RehabFit members?

I would just keep doing what feels good for your body. When you come here the staff is willing to help anytime. Oh and the TVs will be on line as soon as RehabFit can get them.

The goal of our Medical Fitness Program is to encourage members to take responsibility for their physical well-being and to provide the knowledge, tools and supports necessary to reinforce healthy choices and behaviors. We offer a comprehensive array of exercise, fitness and wellness services to our members, provided by highly qualified, service-oriented staff.

For more information and/or schedule a tour call (603) 238-2225.

RehabFit April’s Member of the Month – Tara Stark

april 2018 rehabfit member of the month tara starkTara has been a member of RehabFit since January 2018! Tara has been very motivated to stick to her weekly routine. She has referred many friends and co-workers to RehabFit and now has company to exercise with! 

Why did you decide to join RehabFit?

I joined RehabFit when my doctor highly recommended I begin exercising regularly due to my high cholesterol and type two diabetes.

What changes have you seen in your body or made in your lifestyle since you have joined?

I have changed the way I eat by staying away from processed food and carbohydrates. I also incorporate exercise into my daily routine. I have lost weight, I sleep better at night, and my stress levels have decreased! 

What motivates you to keep coming to RehabFit?

What motivates me to keep exercising is my health. I know that I do not want to go back to the hospital, I do not want to rely on medication, therefore I am motivated to continue coming to RehabFit. The clean gym and friendly and knowledgeable staff make me want to keep coming back.

What kind of advice would you give to other RehabFit members?

Get the most out of your exercise – Don’t be afraid to ask for help or change up your program, or try new classes!

Our RehabFit team includes registered physical and occupational therapists with advanced degrees and certificates with expertise in orthopedics, industrial medicine, occupational rehabilitation, hand therapy, health and safety and other specialty areas. Our therapists have clinical education in Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) – a manual therapy designed to treat overused muscles. Click here for more information or call (603) 238-2225.

Strength Training with Weights: The Myths and the Facts

By Rebeccah Chase and Marisa Zamrock, Exercise Specialists, RehabFit

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If you haven’t started lifting weights, it may be because you have run into some of the myths about strength training. Read on to dismiss these myths and get the facts. For both women and men, taking time each week to build your strength can help you live a more healthy and independent life.

Myth: Strength training will make my muscles look too big and I don’t want to be bulky.

  • Fact: The common misconception about strength training is that it is primarily used by men looking to increase their muscles. Strength training is just like any other form of exercise – meaning that we can create a program to reach your individual goals.

2. Myth: You’ll see results instantly.

  • Fact: Gaining strength takes time and commitment. In order to see results, you should strength train for at least two days per week for eight weeks.

3. Myth: I’m too old to lift weights.

  • Fact: Strength training is beneficial at any age and can improve balance and coordination, increase strength, flexibility, confidence, and reduce risk of falling. Talk to your physician before taking part in a strength training program.

4. Myth: I don’t need to lift weights, I’m as strong as I need to be.

  • Fact: Without exercise, men and women start losing muscle mass and strength in their 30’s. Men and women can lose up to 7 pounds of muscle every 10 years! The good news is, this can be counteracted with exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

5. Myth: I don’t have time for strength training.

  • Fact: Strength training can take as little as 20 minutes, twice a week! Remember: it’s not about having time, it’s about making time!

6. Myth: Muscle turns to fat if you stop lifting weights.

  • Fact: Muscle and fat are two different types of tissue and one cannot be turned into the other. Frequent strength training will require an increase in calorie consumption (we need fuel to exercise). If you stop strength training but keep eating the same amount of calories, you may gain weight.

7. Myth: Strength training does not burn as many calories as cardiovascular exercise.

  • Fact: Muscle mass requires energy (calories) all day, even when you are resting! Strength training increases muscle mass and in turn your resting metabolism.

8. Myth: Strength training is bad for the joints.

  • Fact: Strength training will increase the strength of the muscles surrounding joints that can, in turn, decrease joint pain and reduce the risk of a joint injury. Also, increasing muscle strength can increase bone mass density, increase lubrication of the joints and reduce joint swelling and pain due to arthritis. If you have joint pain or an injury we recommend you talk to your doctor before starting strength training in the affected area.

For both men and women, the natural erosion of muscle and strength that comes with aging leads directly to weak bones, stiff joints, and a slumped posture and increases your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other issues. Women, on average, starting in their late 20s, lose 5 pounds of muscle every 10 years;  after menopause that loss doubles — creating a 3% drop in metabolism — per decade. The end result is almost always the same: weight gain and weakness. But the right weight workout can prevent and/or undo the damage.

For more information, call 603-238-2225 today.