The Popular New “Prescription” is Exercise!


By Carrie McKewan, A2 Physical Therapy’s personal fitness trainer

We know physical activity goes hand in hand with good health. Studies show people generally live longer and healthier lives when they are active. Even 30 minutes of moderate walking five days a week can provide incredible health benefits.

And guess what? Doctors are starting to finally “prescribe” exercise to their patients. Because eating well, getting plenty of sleep, and exercise are the three main pillars to your best health and so much better than popping a pill if you don’t need to.

The trainers at A2 Physical Therapy can help you become more active, whether you are starting from couch potato status or want to shave minutes off your running time — everyone is welcome, and everyone can benefit from moving more.

It’s true that exercise and activity may replace or reduce the need for some medications. Physical activity can reduce depression, anxiety, and improve sleep. It also can decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and much more.

Just imagine if there was a pill that could do all the things that exercise can do for your body. Good thing you don’t have to wait for that to be discovered — you already have everything you need to take control of your health.

So, if your doctor prescribes you to get moving more, look to the pros at A2 help you find workouts that are safe and sustainable so you can do it for the rest of your (longer) life!

"Thanks so much - from the front desk, to my therapist Danny, to the owners. I felt supported by caring professionals while I recovered from my work related injuries. I felt encouraged to work hard to fully recover, and I feel like I have. Negotiating health care services can be overwhelming, but A2 made getting the care I needed straight forward. Thanks again for everything."

− David

"I had a lot of fear after surgery, afraid that I would not regain mobility and strength. I feel that A2 helped me achieve a higher plateau of health, motion, and strength than I would’ve achieved elsewhere. Also, A2 has taught me the exercises to go even further, to strengthen and mobilize my shoulder. I fully trust A2 and will recommend them to all my friends, family, and coworkers. They have all treated both me and my wife with a gentle kindness that is rare today and have made us feel welcome in their care. Very professional, but with a sense of caring; that is how I would describe A2. I will miss them all and am very grateful to have been in their hands."

− Roger

"Physically and mentally as healthy as I can be is my goal. My father lived to 93 and fairly healthy physically and mentally. My mother is 96 years old and is failing mentally and physically. I have watched the good and bad of aging. My chances of longevity is good but I want to be mentally and physically as healthy as I can be. Not until I started working out with Kristi Cruz at A2 did I know how to prepare myself for my road ahead. Kristi has given me the tools and information for me to understand what I need. She has led me by my hands and feet to improve me physically and talked and explained to help me understand the process. Working out with Kristi two or three times per week is a priority and my recipe for good mental and physical health. My name is Geri Markham and I am 71 years old. I feel as fit as I could be at my age. I have to give all the credit to Kristi Cruz at A2 for walking with me through the process. I would recommend Kristi totally if you are interested in learning to be physically and mentally healthy as you move on in life. Life is good thanks to A2 and Kristi Cruz."

− Geri