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Exercise and COVID-19

I know many of you are wondering if your efforts at the gym will make a difference if you contract COVID-19. Dr. Abarno has been looking at the research and the results are interesting. I would like to introduce you to Ryan Abarno DPT.  Dr. Abarno is the new Clinical Director at Lifestyle PT and he has been looking into research studying Cardiorespiratory fitness and complications from contracting COVID-19. Dr. Abarno specializes in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and the science of exercise. He is a competitive power lifter giving him a unique perspective on how exercise influences the human body. I hope you enjoy today’s post.

At this point we all are probably feeling a bit of pandemic fatigue thanks to Covid-19 (and we’re all probably a little tired of hearing about it). It has impacted lives on a scale that has not been seen in generations and its effect on society may be long lasting. However, being the optimist that I am, every situation, good or bad, serves as an opportunity to learn. As we get closer to the one year mark from which Covid-19 made its appearance known, we have found that there are ways we can reduce our chance of getting the virus and there are also things that we can do to improve how our bodies respond to the virus.

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Lifestyle PT Wellness Spotlight: Resilient Health and Wellness

Do you have an Autoimmune illness? Is it hard to get out of bed and get moving?

If you said yes, then today’s podcast is for you. Use the following link to listen: Lifestyle PT Wellness Spotlight . The Spotlight is on Ginger Morrissey PT, FAAOMPT the owner of Pin Point Physical Therapy and Resilient Health and Wellness. Dr. Karen Shuler PT, DPT interviews Ginger Morrissey about her latest business adventure Resilient Health and Wellness. In 2019 Ginger completed training in Functional Medicine and opened Resilient Health and Wellness where she helps people with autoimmune disease reduce their pain and return to a healthy lifestyle with natural solutions.  The business is located in the South Park area of Charlotte, NC but all visits can be performed virtually.

Learn more at their website: or contact directly via email: or Phone: 704-840-2361

Lifestyle PT Wellness Spotlight: Alpha Stim Podcast

Welcome to our very first Lifestyle PT wellness spotlight. At Lifestyle Physical Therapy, we are Committed to Improving Quality of Life. We want to stay true to that commitment by connecting you with Businesses and products that can assist you in living your best life. Our topic today is a drug free electrotherapy device called Alpha Stim. Alpha Stim is FDA Cleared for use with Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Acute pain, and Chronic pain. I had the privilege of speaking with Wil Dees a rep with Alpha Team Medical to learn more about Alpha Stim. We hope you enjoy the podcast. Click on the title to listen. Lifestyle PT Wellness Spotlight: Alpha Stim . To learn more about alpha stim you can visit or .

5 Lower Body Exercises for the Pool

Benefits of Pool Exercise: The pool offers many advantages for working out. You can choose your level of unweighting by varying the depth of water you are in. The deeper the water the lower the compression on your joints. For individuals with arthritis the recommended temperature for the water is 86 degrees. The warmth reduces joint stiffness, the buoyancy reduces compression on the joints, and hydrostatic pressure offers resistance and assist in reducing edema.

Who should Exercise in the pool. Anyone can benefit from exercising in the pool, but individuals with: arthritis, chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, low back pain, difficulty with balance,  and fear of falling can exercise at a more advanced level in the pool. The water offers a safe environment, facilitates pain reduction, and adds resistance to movement; which assist in strengthening muscles.

Where can I find a pool. In warmer climates outdoor pools are readily available during the summer months. The weather is getting warmer and creates more opportunity to perform pool exercise. For colder climates, most communities have an indoor pool with a regulated temperature. When you call to discuss pricing of indoor pools, ask them to give you the water temperature. Individuals swimming for competition need a colder pool than individuals with arthritis. A cold pool is usually around 74 degrees.  A cold pool will not offer the same therapeutic benefits from reducing joint stiffness and pain for individuals with arthritis.

Where can I find exercise equipment for the pool.  There are many great products that can be used in a personal or community pool to enhance your exercise routine. Disclaimer- if you make a purchase using our affiliate links we will earn a commission. The wrightstuff offers great products at an affordable price. Check out the products at to prepare yourself withe latest products for pool exercise this season.

5 Exercises to perform in the pool. 

  1. Stand on one leg and lightly hold the edge of the pool. As you are able, without falling, take your hand away.
  2. Side step the length of the pool each direction to strengthen lateral hips.
  3. Walk backwards the length of the pool to strengthen buttocks and knees.
  4. Hold edge of pool and squat making sure knees do not go past your toes.
  5. Place a pool noodle under your arms or around your waist so you are floating and feet do not touch the bottom of the pool. Move your legs like riding a bicycle within your tolerance. Starting at 2 minutes and gradually increasing to 10 minute bouts.

As with any exercise, if you have pain, STOP the exercise. Exercise is designed to gradually be increased each week based on your level of strength and endurance. #Movementismedicine. If you require assistance developing your exercise program or need an evaluation to determine readiness for exercise contact us at Lifestyle Physical Therapy, LLC. We are here to help in person and via telehealth. visit www.

This article is for education only. This information is not intended to replace the advise or evaluation of a healthcare provider. An evaluation is highly skilled and complex and involves an evaluation of different systems and elements to determine the best approach for each individual. Always follow the instructions of your physical therapist or physician in regards to your personal exercise program. Never start an exercise program if you are not cleared for exercise by your physician.