December 2019 Featured Active Austin Events

December 2019 Featured Active Austin Events

Our patients love staying active in Austin so we love to support them with suggestions of Austin-based activities to stay fit, active and healthy in our great city. If pain or injury is keeping you from enjoying the active lifestyle you desire, click here to request a free phone consultation with one of our expert manual physical therapists.

 

Downtown Holiday Stroll

Saturday December 7th, 2019

Free Event

Celebrate the start of your holiday season in downtown Austin at our 25th annual Downtown Holiday Stroll on Saturday, December 7 from 5:00 to 10:00 PM.  A free, family-friendly event that has something for everyone to enjoy!  Click here for more information.

 

The Bomb Run

Every Friday  6:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Free Event

The run is a slow and easy start and a fast finish meant to simulate race pace. The heart behind the Bomb Run is community. They start together, and they push each other to finish strong. Click here for more information.

 

Austin Trail of Lights

December 10th – 23rd, 2019

The Austin Trail of Lights is returning for its 55th year to Zilker Park. Click a calendar date to purchase tickets and for additional information about that night’s events. Free general admission available for selected dates.

November 2019 Featured Active Austin Events

November 2019 Featured Active Austin Events

Our patients love staying active in Austin so we love to support them with suggestions of Austin-based activities to stay fit, active and healthy in our great city. If pain or injury is keeping you from enjoying the active lifestyle you desire, click here to request a free phone consultation with one of our expert manual physical therapists.

 

Mozart’s Christmas Light Show

Thursday November 21st 2019- January 5th, 2020 

Free event 

In case you were wondering if the holidays had arrived, here is your light-based confirmation. In a city overflowing with Christmas traditions, Mozart’s is among the Christmasiest… they go full Chevy Chase from mid-November till New Years every single year with a light show that would win any ‘hood. 2019 Edition (10th Annual), 6-11pm NIGHTLY (through January 5th, closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas) at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters on 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. 

ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot 

Thursday November 28th, 2019

Paid event

The ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, one of Austin’s most beloved Thanksgiving traditions, started in 1991 with just a handful of volunteers and 600 participants. Today it has grown to be the largest 5 mile run in Texas, with more than 700 volunteers and over 20,000 participants from all over the U.S. and beyond. Not only is it a great way for families to have fun together on Thanksgiving, it’s an event that you can really feel good about being a part of.  All proceeds from the race go directly to Caritas of Austin, a non-profit that works to prevent and end homelessness in the Austin community. To date, the Turkey Trot has raised nearly $3.8 million for Caritas. Click Here to register.

Bark Rangers Training 

Saturday November 30th, 2019

Free event 

Bring your tail-wagging companion to this fun, hour-long workshop/hike to learn all about safety/1st aid, Leave No Trace, and cool outdoor gear for pets. This workshop is totally FREE and you get an awesome Bark Ranger Bandanna/Patch and a chance to join our Bark Ranger Service Team! Spots limited to 12 dogs per hike. 2:00 pm-3:00 pm. Click Here for more info and to register.

The Most Common Cause of Running Injuries – Find Out If You Have It

The Most Common Cause of Running Injuries – Find Out If You Have It

We find that nearly all the runners we treat for running injury at our Austin physical therapy clinic have a specific hip muscle weakness. Unfortunately, the list of problems and types of running injuries that can result from this weakness is quite long… including everything from plantar fasciitis to IT band syndrome, knee pain, runner’s knee, arch pain, achilles-tendon issues and even hip and low-back pain. Many of these issues can get so painful so quickly that runners have to significantly limit their mileage or stop running altogether. But it doesn’t have to be that way! …

In the video below you will learn a simple movement test to detect if you have this extremely common-but-preventable weakness that often leads to such painful running injuries.

You’ll also learn three simple exercises you can do at home to help resolve the problem. By strengthening the right areas, you’ll reduce your chances of getting a new running injury as well as helping to improve any pain or issues you may already have. The whole routine will take you just a few minutes, and the only equipment you need is an inexpensive stretch band. (If you don’t already have one, you can get your own from Amazon here.)

***Please note that this is not a complete approach to diagnosing and treating running injury. There may be many other issues that need to be identified and treated in order to get you running pain-free without limitations. If you’re in the Austin area and you’d like to learn exactly what’s causing your running injury (for FREE), you can request a free consultation with a running-expert physical therapist by clicking here.

 

AAP 008 To The Depths: Tanya Streeter, Free Diver Extraordinaire and Environmentalist, Shares Her Thoughts on Life, Kids, and Plastics

AAP 008 To The Depths: Tanya Streeter, Free Diver Extraordinaire and Environmentalist, Shares Her Thoughts on Life, Kids, and Plastics

Tanya Streeter free diver: life lessons from 500 feet below the surfaceFrom 1997 to 2007, Tanya Streeter was a competitive free-diver and broke a HUGE 10 World Records. While she no longer free dives competitively, she now does work as a TV presenter and film maker, using her skill to promote ocean awareness. In this interview, we cover a broad range of topics from funny to touching to serious. Tanya is incredibly passionate about health, particularly where plastics are concerned. She now works to educate the public on the health risks of using, drinking from, and cooking with plastics, as well as how plastics impact the oceans around the world.

In this episode, we chat about:

 

  • How she got her start in free diving
  • What drove her to pursue world records and what she learned in the process
  • The role Tanya’s emotions play in her movement through life
  • How free diving differs as a sport than all others
  • The difference between physical and mental boundaries when free diving
  • Differences among schools/disciplines of free diving
  • The function of breathing in free diving, including “breathe up” and “last breath”
  • The training involved in free diving and the importance of each type: Land-based and wet
  • Why Tanya believes it’s better to progress slowly towards reaching deeper depths
  • Her struggles with static apnea
  • Safety protocols currently in place to prevent free diving deaths and Tanya’s black out during a competition
  • How to segment different aspects of life to fully be present in each (and the differences between men and women in doing so)
  • What brought Tanya and her husband to Austin
  • Why Tanya finds diving in Lake Travis scarier than diving in the ocean
  • One of her most stressful dives and the thought she had during the dive that lead her to first consider retirement from record events
  • How sponsorship changed her relationship with free diving
  • What Tanya means when she speaks about what she found at the end of the rope
  • Her passion for ocean conservancy and the threat of plastics in the water
  • Easy ways to expand on “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to promote environmental progress and toxicity of products we use every day

 

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Don’t Just Run To Get In Shape… Get in Shape to Run

Don’t Just Run To Get In Shape… Get in Shape to Run

Do you get in shape to run or do you run to get in shape? A lot of runners get injured because they jump into running in order to shed off extra pounds from the holidays, but are dealing with muscle weakness that sets them up for injury. Watch the video below for more details and click here if you want to learn the most common cause of running injury and some of the most important exercises to prevent it.

If you’re already dealing with a running injury in Austin, click here or the orange buttons above to request a completely free consultation with a running-expert physical therapist. We can quickly figure out what’s causing your pain and limiting your mileage without it costing you a dime.

 Video Transcription [Please excuse grammatical errors due to the conversational nature of the video]:

Hey guys! It’s Ben from CarterPT.

It’s Friday. Thank goodness! My beard is still growing so I apologize for that. I hope that everyone is having a good time and  running season is well underway. The mileage is really piling up, and people are already doing races here in Austin. We’ve got the Austin Marathon coming up in February and the 3m in January, so our runners are in full swing right now.

One thing I want to talk about for running is do you run to get in shape or do you get in shape to run?

It’s a really good point that I heard from a trainer when I was a young physical therapist. I thought it was really insightful. For most of us, we run to get in shape, especially since the holidays just started. Thanksgiving was here. Christmas is coming and you put on a couple extra pounds.

Then we’ll naturally want to do some running to stay in shape. But that can be a recipe for injury! It’s really important that you supplement your running with some strength training because it makes a big difference.

A couple years ago I was training for a half and I started having some knee pain. I really wasn’t doing a lot of training outside of running. My best runners are those who do other things besides run. They swim, they ride their bike, they play tennis, they golf, and they supplement their routines with other activities. So if you’re only logging miles because you want to hit a race, make sure that you’re introducing some strength workouts in the way.

Click here to learn some really important exercises for runners and how to prevent one of the most common causes of running injury. With the exercises at this link, you can start the process of getting in shape to run rather than just diving into runs and getting injured.

If you guys have any more questions, you can go to www.CarterPT.com/runners for more information. Thanks, take care!

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