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One of the most important ways to stay healthy and injury free is to be active. A lot of injuries we see are from weekend warriors or clients doing more than they should from lifting a heavy couch, cutting down a tree, to running a marathon not because these are bad things to do, but because the person decided to be active after 15 years of inactivity sitting on the couch.
We at First Choice believe in practicing what we preach. We believe that it is important for us to stay healthy and be examples for our patients instead of creating a “do as I say not as I do” scenario. Over the past 2 years, we have established a tradition of Tuesday basketball at lunch. On any given Tuesday, one can drive down 390 and see First Choice’s finest playing basketball. This weekly tradition has helped us stay fit and have fun doing it while forming an extracurricular bond between employees that you don’t get at your typical place of employment.
An added bonus is that we have just started the weekly results from the games will be posted on our electronic sign. Typically we play 2-3 games, the first is worth 1 the second worth 1/2 and the third worth 1/4. This scoring system will level the playing field for the older guys who may get tired towards the end of the second and third game making the first game the one to win. We will keep a running tally all year to determine who comes out as the 2013-14 2on2 champion.
So the next time you are driving down 390 on a Tuesday, look for a couple shirtless bandits trying to stay active and young on the First Choice basketball court. What are you doing to stay active?
Brent Holtgrewe, ATC, LAT, PES