One works with a physical therapist due to some sort of pain, injury, or functional limitation. Physical therapists often give patients a few exercises to work on at home to get them moving better. It can seem time-consuming, but sneaking a few PT exercises into one's day can make a world of difference in physical recovery. Here are a few ideas on how to make it work.
Set A Phone Alarm
Consider a recurring alarm. For example, set it for shortly after you will get home at the end of the day or at a time when you typically have a break in your day.
Some exercises can be done while you are completing other tasks (e.g. stretching, strength, posture, or balance exercises):
- While waiting in line at the store
- While watching or listening to the news
- During commercial breaks while watching TV
- While waiting at a bus stop
- As part of your warm-up with your gym routine
- While brushing your teeth
- While your coffee is brewing
- While waiting for your turn in the bathroom as your partner/child (who notoriously takes a long time getting ready) finishes up
- Ask a friend/spouse/roommate to do it with you
- Track your progress on a log sheet for a visual reminder
Make PT Time "You" Time
This is 10-15 minutes when you can focus on yourself and taking care of your own body