Monthly Newsletter                                                                                      June 2011 


Make the Most of Summer:
Why Swimming is for Everyone
Summer has finally arrived! With many of us takingsunshine time off work to enjoy relaxing vacations, the pace of life over the next couple of months will likely be just a little slower.
While it's easy to get caught up in the lazy days of the season, let's not forget the importance of staying active to maintain optimal health. What better way to amp up your activity over the hot summer months than to spend more time moving in the pool? Not only is swimming easy on the body, it's a terrific way to get and stay fit.
Click here for tips on how to start your swimming routine.

6 Reasons Why You
Should Be Swimming


Heart Health

1. Promotes Heart Health

Incorporating swimming into your regular exercise routine is a proven way to improve cardiac fitness, according to the American Heart Association.


2. Strengthens your core

Swimming develops core body strength because

it utilizes all the body's muscles simultaneously. Although 70% of a swimmer's effort comes from
the upper body, kickboard and fin workouts can

provide an excellent leg workout.


3. Buildsbalance Balance

Swimming builds longer, leaner muscles that complement the shorter, denser muscles that develop during weight training. These "swimmer's muscles" also help boot metabolism to keep calories burning longer.



4. Provides Cross-Training Benefits

Swimming gives your body a break from

higher-impact activities like basketball, running,

and weightlifting. By creating a balanced workout routine, athletes are more likely to avoid injuries 

by allowing their bodies time to heal, while not

forgoing daily training sessions.


5. Increases Flexibility

A heated pool relaxes muscles, increasing

flexibility and enabling important stretching.

Also, after intense lactic acid-building endurance workouts (such as running, cycling or lifting

weights), an easy swim helps flush out toxins, preventing muscle tightness and soreness the

following day.



6. Helps With Weight Loss


An hour of vigorous swimming can burn up to 650 calories -- more calories than running or biking. Pair the calorie-burning benefits of pool time with a balanced, healthy diet and watch the pounds whittle away!




Water's buoyancy makes swimming the ideal exercise for physical therapy and rehabilitation or for anyone seeking a low-impact exercise.

HARTZ PT offers aqua therapy at its Lititz location. Click here to learn more! 



The biggest source of sidelining swimmers is shoulder injury. Do the exercises shown here to help keep your shoulders strong and injury-free.



"My grandkids, kids and I have all received PT from Brian. It's comforting to know we're always in competent and caring hands when under his care. We're huge fans!"

~Jody K.


Confetti Dip


For a healthy summertime snack, whip up this easy, colorful and nutritious dip:


1 red pepper

1 green pepper

1 yellow pepper

1 orange pepper

1 red onion

Can of black beans


Chop the first 5 ingredients finely. Drain black beans and add. Toss together with fat-free italian dressing. Let sit overnight. Strain before serving. Goes great with whole grain tortilla chips!

A Message From the Owner...

When asked recently what I like about being a physical therapist, I have to admit
I was stumped. Not because I don't know what I like about my profession, but because
this question warrants more than a quick,one line answer. So I answered back with a simple 
question of my own: What don't I like about being a PT?


Frankly, I don't even consider practicing physical therapy a job. Rather, I see it as an 
opportunity to meet so many great people and help them achieve a better quality of life
in the process. How much more fulfilling can it be than to help each patient who walks
through our clinic doors overcome injuries, lead healthier lifestyles, or learn

Brian Hartz, DPT, OCS, CSCS

how to avoid injuries in the first place?


I'm fortunate to work with a staff who is dedicated to excellence in
physical therapy and who share the same passion I have for the
profession. My colleagues and I love working with a wide variety of
patients from pediatrics to geriatrics; from high level athletes to weekend warriors. It is an honor to be charged with the task of
improving people's lives. We truly are a family physical therapy
practice that can accommodate any injury or condition. Together we are a synergistic team and are dedicated to helping people move, reducing pain, restoring function, and preventing disability.


 It doesn't get much more rewarding than that.

HARTZ Physical Therapy has offices to serve you in two locations.
For more information visit our website
or call or visit either of our two locations.

100 Highlands Dr., Suite 100
Lititz, PA 17543

90 Good Dr., Suite 201
Lancaster, PA 17603