December 2013
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We hope this note finds you continuing to do well and living your valued life. The article below by Nicole DeHaan, one of our physical therapists, will help you continue pursuing your values.


Tips for Holiday Exercise


The holidays can be a difficult time to maintain your workout schedule due to family and social obligations. However, it may be most important during this time in order to maintain your waistline and also manage increased stress. 


Plan Ahead: Draft a workout schedule on the calendar before the holidays begin and regard these appointments as important as your other obligations.


Be Realistic: Plan shorter more attainable exercise sessions, and you may find you are able to exercise longer than you originally planned.


Exercise at Home: This will save money and time during this busy season, and it will be easier to follow through with your routine.


Multitask Your Exercise and Holiday Tasks and Errands: Park a distance from the mall and walk briskly to the doors, take a 10 minute break from baking to do some calisthenics, or add holiday traditions to include a sledding or ice skating party, or walk the neighborhood with the family to see the Christmas lights.


New Year's Resolutions: While resolutions can be wonderful motivators, don't put off your fitness goals until the new year. It is better to adjust your workouts (length or frequency) as necessary, rather than to eliminate exercise entirely until the new year.


So enjoy the holidays, but remember to continue with your fitness goals. Modify frequency and/or duration of your workouts as necessary, and be creative with how you work in a little exercise throughout your holiday routine!




Pain Center Video Series  


The following is part 1 of a 12-part video series in which Dr. Eddie O'Connor explains what to expect during your treatment at the Mary Free Bed Pain Center. Our team is here to teach you how to interact with and overcome your pain so that you can get back to the life you want to live. We will be sharing a video from this series each month in our newsletter.


Part 1:


News & Updates
More than the programs ...
At The Pain Center, all of our doctor's and therapists see patients outside of the programs. If you have a new injury, significant stressor, severe pain flare-up or need to adjust your home exercise program - come back to the team that you trust. We're happy to help.
Have a question about a flare up?
You are still a part of The Pain Center family. If you ever have a question, please give us a call at 616.233.3480 and we'd be happy to answer it.

Nicole DeHaan, PT
Physical Therapist 
The Pain Center at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
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