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Tips To Help Incorporate Exercise Into Your Life

exerciseMediLodge of Sterling is happy to share this helpful article on working exercise into your daily routine.

About 80 percent of Americans don’t make exercise a regular habit, and, according to a recent American Heart Association website survey, 14 percent say they don’t like exercise. So how do you overcome an exercise aversion? Mercedes Carnethon, Ph.D., assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, has some tips to help you incorporate exercise into your life – and maybe even learn to like it.
1. Find an exercise that best fits your personality, Dr. Carnethon said. If you are social person, do something that engages you socially – take a group exercise class, join a kickball team or walk with a group of friends. Or, if you prefer having time alone, walking or jogging solo might be a better fit for you. MyWalkingClub.org is the perfect way to connect with others who share your goals, lifestyles, schedules and hobbies. Try some of these ideas to help you get moving – at home, at work or at play.
2. Make it a Habit. It takes about three weeks for something to become a habit, so give yourself the time to create a regular routine. One way is to try to exercise around the same time each day. “Exercise can become addictive in a positive way,” said Dr. Carnethon, who is also an American Heart Association volunteer. “Once it becomes a habit, you’ll notice when you aren’t doing something.”

3. Build Exercise Into Your Lifestyle. Be honest with yourself. If you don’t live close to a gym, it’s not going to become a habit for you. Likewise, if you are not a morning person, don’t plan on somehow getting up at the crack of dawn to make a boot camp class. “The key is building activity into your lifestyle so it is not disruptive,” Dr. Carnethon said. There are many ways to fit exercise into your life, and it doesn’t mean you have to make a big financial investment. You can borrow exercise videos from the library or DVR an exercise program. Do weight or resistance training with items around your home (for example, use canned goods as light weights). Walking is great option, as well. The only investment is a good pair of shoes.

4. Do Bouts of Exercise. It’s OK to break up your physical activity into smaller segments, Dr. Carnethon said. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes a day of exercise most days, but if that sounds overwhelming, try three 10-minute workout sessions. You could do a quick calisthenics routine when you wake up, take a brief walk after lunch at work and, if you commute with public transportation, get off a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.

5. Keep Going. If you miss a day or a workout, don’t worry about it. Everybody struggles once in a while. Just make sure you get back at it the next day. “It doesn’t take too long to get back on track,” Dr. Carnethon said. “It’s easy to make something a habit again. You will see same benefits before. Any little bit you can fit in will show benefits.”

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MediLodge of Sterling Therapy Success Stories

MediLodgeThe Essence of the MediLodge Difference Encompasses…

1. Our notion of the Wellness Lodge, a place for healing, where patients – we prefer to address them as lodgers – come for relatively short term stays to avail themselves of our compassionate, personalized rehabilitation therapy, and…

2. A new, whole-person, wellness-centered philosophy we’ve named Zensational. More than a state of mind, this is a participatory process through which our lodgers join with MediLodge.

Our physicians, coordinating the efforts of our nursing and rehabilitation staff, will see to it that each lodger’s treatment is adapted to his or her medical and social needs alone. In short, we’ll take all possible steps to remove any obstacles to recovery and long-term wellness. To further ensure this, we encourage family members to join wholeheartedly in their lodger’s care, therapy, and planning.

MediLodge of Sterling

MediLodge of Sterling

This month the therapy department would like to spotlight one of the many success stories here at MediLodge of Sterling. We are very proud of all of our residents and the physical, mental, and emotional obstacles they overcome to return home or to their prior level of function.

Ruth S. came to MediLodge at the end of July. Ruth worked very hard in occupational and physical therapy five days a week. When she arrived she required two people to assist her with transfers and walking. While in therapy Ruth utilized the Nu-Step, weights, and the therapy mat for strengthening. Ruth took advantage of the home evaluation the therapy department offers. She was taken home prior to discharge to assess for any equipment needs and given suggestions for safety at home. After just 4 weeks Ruth went home with the ability to get in/out of bed, transfer, ambulate, and perform activities of daily living with no assistance. Ruth reports she went home and had a family get-together with 30 people, good food, and a bonfire. When asked about her stay here at MediLodge she reports “therapy was thorough and wonderful.” She also reports “the help was great and I would come back.”

Great job Ruth!

“I’m so grateful to the administration and staff for your thoughtfulness, kindness and generous heart. I want everyone to know how much I appreciate you.

Everyone was kind, helpful and pleasant when I went to see my brother Tom K. I want to thank you all. Thank you for everything, truly.”

Sincerely,

Mary Lou L.

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MediLodge of Sterling

MediLodge of Sterling

Transition Tips for Rehab Residents at MediLodge

MediLodge of Sterling HeightsMediLodge of Sterling Heights has put together some good suggestions to help ease the transition to a short or long-term stay at their facility.  They recognize that rehabilitation is an intensely personal experience and focus on each “Lodger” as an individual, both medically and emotionally.

Every Lodger receives a monthly activity calendar. Look at the calendar with your loved one and highlight the activities that they want to attend. Take your family member on a tour to find out how to get the activities and to places that he or she might enjoy such as the library, the Java Lodge, outdoor spaces and dining rooms. Ask the staff to remind the Lodger of the activities and times.

Introduce yourself and the Lodger to roommates and other Lodgers and family members. It’s a small world; many Lodgers discover common work histories, hometowns, and relatives. Making new friends helps Lodgers stay active and adjust quickly to their new home.

Attending the quarterly care conference is a good way to keep in touch with the care givers. Lodgers and their responsible party are strongly encouraged to attend these conferences and take an active role in their care planning.

If you are not from around here but do visit often, find out where local restaurants and parks are located. Lodgers love a change of scenery, so this information could be important to know!

Everyone loves to eat. Make sure that the staff is aware of the Lodger’s preferences as well as what food should be avoided. Depending on the Lodger’s cognition, you may need to assist in relaying his or her likes and dislikes. Many families bring in favorite foods from home or a restaurant. Make sure to label and date the leftovers if the Lodger doesn’t finish it in one setting. Ask the staff to store the container at the desk. Please limit the number of cookies or snacks at bedside and keep them in a closed container.

Lodgers spend a great deal of time in their rooms so why not make it as homey as possible. Personalize the room with a comforter from home, pictures of family, photo albums, television, clock, radio, and familiar items that remind them of home. Think about ordering a subscription to the local paper, it helps keep the Lodger attached to their community.

At MediLodge of Sterling Heights, restoring your health is our top priority.

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For more information on locations and services, visit the MediLodge website.  Find us on Facebook for up-to-date pictures or watch our YouTube channel for videos of events and activities.

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

MediLodge of Sterling Heights

 

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