Physical Activity Treats Depression

Monument PT Tip: Keep on moving and shaking.

Effectiveness of physical activity interventions for improving depression, anxiety and distress: an overview of systematic reviews

Conclusion and relevance: Physical activity is highly beneficial for improving symptoms of depression, anxiety and distress across a wide range of adult populations, including the general population, people with diagnosed mental health disorders and people with chronic disease. Physical activity should be a mainstay approach in the management of depression, anxiety and psychological distress.”

Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine

More Movement, Lower Mortality

Monument PT Tip: Get those steps in.

Association of Daily Step Patterns With Mortality in US Adults

“Conclusions and Relevance:  In this cohort study of US adults, the number of days per week taking 8000 steps or more was associated with a lower risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in a curvilinear fashion. These findings suggest that individuals may receive substantial health benefits by walking just a couple days a week.”

Source: Journal of the American Medical Association

lift for enhanced health

Monument PT Tip: Come in for some PT and we’ll show you the right way.

Why You Should Weightlift in Retirement—and How to Do It Right

Conclusions: “A growing flood of research has found that weightlifting produces health benefits for seniors, lessening rates of osteoporosis, heart disease, and even cancer.

There’s just one problem: Most seniors who lift weights are doing it wrong, according to a growing group of trainers.”

Source: Barron’s

Balance Training to reduce risk of falls

Monument PT Tip: Train for the real thing.

The Effect of Reactive Balance Training on Falls in Daily Life: An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

First, what is Reactive Balance Training? An emerging approach to reducing fall risk in people with balance impairments by using training that evokes balance reactions.  

Conclusions:Balance training that evokes balance reactions can reduce falls among people at increased risk of falls. Older adults and individuals with balance problems were less likely to fall in daily life after participating in RBT compared with traditional balance training.

If you are an older adult and/or have balance problems, your physical therapist may prescribe reactive balance training rather than traditional balance training in order to reduce your likelihood of falling in daily life.”

Source: Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal