August 2013


Do you want to go on vacation and not be worried about being able to get your luggage in the overhead compartment? Do you want to be able to get in and out of a cab without help? Do you want to go shopping without help? Do you want to climb stairs? Whatever your personal goals are for functioning well in your life, a Functional Fitness program can help.


FUNCTIONAL FITNESS is a type of exercise program that shifts the focus to endurance, balance, core strength, and joint flexibility; not losing weight and packing on muscles. Functional fitness mimics the activities of daily life. For instance, lifting grocery bags out of the car requires forearm strength and balance. Putting those groceries away on high kitchen shelves could require shoulder flexibility and calf muscle stability.


In real life you don't do an activity that singularly involves the bicep.  Functional fitness is focused on multi-joint activity. With grocery shopping, you rotate your body, put the strap over your shoulder, and twist to put the bags in the car.


As people age, there is wear and tear on the body: muscle mass and bone strength can be decreased, and changes in balance can occur. Functional Fitness focuses on keeping seniors independent as long as possible. Frequent exercise can also help relieve arthritis pain, reduce the risk of falling and lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.


After surgery or prolonged illness, changes in function can also occur at any age. Exercise programs designed to meet a specific functional goal are more likely to be performed and overall satisfaction with personal health is improved.


OUR THERAPISTS can evaluate you by imitating your everyday activities in the clinic. After an evaluation, your areas of weakness are identified, and a custom exercise program is developed for you to address these areas.


Exercise can help you capture the vim, vigor and vitality of your youth, or get you back to your previous activity level. You can absolutely do the things you did when you were younger if you continue fitness practices and a Functional Fitness program is a great place to start.


Click here for sample Functional Fitness exercises.


Set up an appointment today.  

First visit is one hour: $50 for the evaluation and $35 for the exercise program.


30 Day Functional Fitness

If you want to improve your Functional Fitness, give this 30 day challenge a try.  Click here for the calendar.
Jenn Berry

New Staff

Welcome Jenn Berry, our new Physical Therapist. Jenn started working at both of our clinics on July 22. Find out more about Jenn Berry.

New Classes Weekly Starting in August

Tai Chi Class - Every Monday at 5:00 pm starting 8/5 (no class 8/12)
Balance Class* - Every Monday at 1:00 pm starting 8/26
TRX Class - Time and day coming soon
Fee: $15 per class.*Balance class has an extra $20 fee for the initial PT evaluation. 
Staff Birthdays This Month
Nora Reim August 5th
Sheri Morrow August 18

Phit Pickle, Fitness Consultant
Join us in welcoming Phit Pickle to PTIS. Fit is our new Fitness Consultant who will be helping us ensure that your fitness level helps you stay active for your work, sport and life. Phit will provide monthly tips, advice and exercises as well as a fitness calendar. Learn more about Phit Pickle.

standing leg lifts
Standing Leg Lifts

Leg lifts are one of the most common exercises for the glutes and the outer thighs and a great way to strengthen the muscles supporting the knee.
  1. Stand straight. 
  2. Shift your weight to the right leg and, without tilting the torso, lift the left leg straight out the side until you feel a contraction in the glutes. You may only need to lift the leg a few inches.
  3. The foot should be flexed, and your hip, knee and ankle should be in alignment and pointing in the same direction (to the front of the room).
  4. Lower the leg without resting it on the floor and repeat for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps on each leg.


  • Don't turn the leg up as you lift it. Instead keep the knee pointing forward. This will shorten your range of motion, but keep the work in the outer thigh and glutes.
  • Avoid tipping to the side as you lift the leg. Use your abs to brace your body or hold onto a chair for added stability.
Chicken Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts (or Pecans) CHICKEN SALAD



4 ounces baked chicken, diced small

 1 tablespoons onion, chopped

 1 tablespoons celery, chopped

1/4 cup apple, chopped

 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise

 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

 4 slices white bread



Combine the ingredients in a large bowl, season to taste.

Serve on toasted bread


Thank you for your interest in health and wellness. We believe Staying Active is important for WORK.SPORT.LIFE.

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