In case you needed proof that time never slows down, here we are February!
If you are receiving this email, you’ve survived the polar vortex that was Wednesday and Thursday this week. Congratulations and aren’t you glad that’s over!
Over here at Active PT, we’ve been taking an online course that has pushed every team member way outside of their comfort zone.
When was the last time you stepped outside of your comfort zone? A study published last July found that our comfort zone is the shut off switch for our brain (read here for the full story).
It makes sense! When you’ve done something a thousand times, your brain no longer needs to learn. Ultimately, staying within your comfort zone means there’s not much room for growth.
According to Russian psychologist, Leo Vygotsky, there is an ideal zone of learning and growth called the Zone of Proximal Development. This is the difference between what a learner can do without help and what he or she can achieve with guidance and encouragement from a skilled partner. Be it a teacher, coach, boss, or therapist: they are able to be that extra “boost” for you to succeed! (Interested in reading more? Click here.)
Five Ways to Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone:
1. Start a conversation with strangers: In our increasingly technological world, we forget to look up and talk to the people around us. It’s so more comfortable to scroll through your phone than to talk to the person right next to you! Who knows what you could learn or make connections with the people around you.
2. Join a new group, gym, exercise, etc: A new group/gym means something you haven’t done before–maybe you’ll be great, but maybe you won’t and therein lies the risk. Bonus points if it’s a new physical location where you might meet new people!
3. Find an accountability buddy: If you’ve made a goal to do something new outside of your comfort zone, enlist your partner/parent/child/friend to be your new accountability buddy! They have one job, and one job only: keep you from shrinking back into familiarity and keep taking steps towards your goal!
4. Seek a leader: Seek out someone (that teacher/coach/boss/therapist) who is knowledgeable and learn from them! You are still going outside of your comfort zone AND you get the help of someone who knows what to do. You can’t lose.
5. Remind yourself it’s worth it: Growth in the right direction for the right goal is absolutely, 100% worth it. It might make you scared, but the results will be worth it. Remind yourself, write it down and look at it often!
We hope you’re joining with us as we push outside our comfort zones! If you need help, we are here for you for encouragement and guidance. Hit reply and let us know what you’re working towards and if you need our help!
4th Trimester Mommy and Baby Workshop
We are so pumped to empower and help new moms navigate the “4th Trimester.”
In this 4 session course, you will learn the essentials of postpartum health and common 4th trimester issues (pelvic pain, incontinence, diastasis recti, prolapse) as well as integrating essential activities baby needs to engage in appropriate play, social interaction, and to promote development.
This group is meant to empower new moms and bridge the gap in 4th trimester care for both mom and baby. Being a new mom can be confusing and overwhelming because there is SO much misinformation out there.
Come spend time with a Licensed PT and OT that have research based and clinical based knowledge to help you survive motherhood and feel competent AND confident!
Active at Work
Dr. Kevin Jones has been busy! As the director of our Active At Work Program, he leads our clinic and off-site industrial rehab programs.
He recently has added AAA Ohio and Eddie Bauer to the list of companies that he provides onsite work development services for and we are so excited for these new partnerships!
If you are interested in learning more, click here for our Active at Work page.
Open Combine at CrossFit Grandview
Dr. Mandi, Dr. Mattie, and Dr. Leah have teamed up with the BodyBiz and CrossFit Grandview coaches for the 2019 CrossFit Combine!
Geared to prepare the CrossFit athletes for this years CrossFit Open, our PT’s have been focusing on proper warm up and cool down! We’re saving athletes from injury, one warm up and cool down at a time.