Injured? No Need To Be A Couch Potato Get Up and Walk!


It’s that time of year when people take to the streets and trails to get out and run! Fresh air and exercise do a lot for your general well being, but what if you have an injury preventing you from running, or maybe you’re like a friend of mine who only runs if she is being chased?

I frequently hear from patients in the clinic or from friends that they are feeling sluggish because they have been unable to run or like my friend they just don’t like to run. Having been a runner in the past, I understand nothing really makes you feel the same way you do when you run.

However, consider this good news from the latest health research, walking is equally as beneficial as running in reducing the risks of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure!

Even though it may not feel the same, at least you can reap the health benefits from a good walk which can be done anytime and anywhere with no special equipment needed! Studies have also shown that breaking up your exercise bouts into 10-15 minute increments 2-3 times a day is also beneficial for health. Walking is a great way to maintain your health, energy and mobility!

So – get off the couch and get out and WALK! You will be better prepared when it is time to run again!

Oh – and of course – as always, if you or someone you know is sidelined with pain or injury contact us here at AID Performance Physical Therapy so we can get you back to your best self!


Susie Hansen, PTA

PTA at AID Performance Physical Therapy
Susie was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and graduated from University of Idaho with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology/Business. Post-graduation she has had several career opportunities including managing a large retail business, corporate representative for Boeing Aerospace and personal trainer/group fitness instructor. Susie is married and has twin boys who attend college in Virginia.

Susie decided to take on a new career in physical therapy because she has always been active and has been a patient herself. She understands how important it is to be able to return to activity as soon as possible. During her time as a Physical Therapist Assistant she has worked with athletes who are trying to get back to their sport as well as recreational athletes who are trying to return to activities they enjoy. Susie is passionate about educating and empowering her patients so they can get back to and continue doing what they enjoy.

When Susie is not working she enjoys lifting weights, swinging kettlebells and doing HIIT as well as she likes to play golf and travel.
Susie Hansen, PTA

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