I recently referred a client to Fitness Cove in Kirkwood, MO and today her fitness specialist came by the clinic to drop off a little thank you gift for me. I thought that was so sweet and the gift with the story attached to it was very moving, so I wanted to share it with you. The gift was a nice keychain in the shape of a starfish. Here is the story that was attached:
An old man walked up a shore littered with thousands of starfish, beached and dying after a storm. A young man was picking them up and flinging them back into the ocean. “Why do you bother?” the old man scoffed. “You’re not saving enough to make a difference.” The young man picked up another starfish and sent it spinning back to the water. “Made a difference to that one,” he said.
YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE, EVERY DAY.
Adolescence is a time of big change in a girl’s life. There is no standard starting age for adolescence: it can start when a girl is as young as 9 or when she is well into her teens.
Adolescence is a great time in life to develop good exercise habits. When a girl’s body begins producing the hormone estrogen, which helps trigger sexual development, she may notice an increase in body fat. Getting exercise in 5-7 days of the week with an appropriate diet stocked full of fruits and vegetables is the healthy way for adolescent girls to maintain their weight.
Participation in athletics is a great way for adolescent girls to build self-esteem and stay healthy. Being a female athlete brings with it some specific health concerns. Athletes who train every day with rigorous regimens can lead to amenorrhea (cessation of menstruation). Also, because of their wider hips, females are often at a greater risk of developing knee injuries.
A physical therapist can be a helpful professional during this time of life. We can guide you in setting up an appropriate exercise program and can help if an injury develops.
I thought I would start the new year off with a new series in hopes that I get on a more regular blogging schedule. Seeing as my main patient population is female I thought it appropriate to take a look at women’s health issues throughout the lifespan. I hope you enjoy the series.
Women are unique creatures. At our most fundamental level women’s bodies are structured to give birth and supply early nutrition to the next generation. Yet, whether or not we decide to have children, our reproductive system affects our body throughout our lifetime. Now I am not giving you free reign to blame hormones on everything, but they do play a huge roll!
We will be talking about various women’s health conditions from adolescence, menstrual pains, female athletes, childbearing years, and menopause. Please feel free to send me suggestions of information you are interested in learning about.
"We help women who are tired of leaking, dealing with pelvic pain, and wanting to get their body back in shape after baby (even if it’s been 30 years) all without relying on medications or surgery."