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 004: Pam LeBlanc of the Austin American-Statesman – on 14 years of covering fitness, health, and adventure in and around Austin

AAP 004: Pam LeBlanc of the Austin American-Statesman – on 14 years of covering fitness, health, and adventure in and around Austin

 

Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman: covering fitness, health and adventures in AustinPam LeBlanc is quite literally the perfect guest for this podcast because no individual has come even close to producing the amount of content, stories, and experiences she has on fitness, health, and adventure in and around Austin.

After shuffling around to different newspapers in Texas, she ended up at the Austin American-Statesman in 1998 and pitched a regular fitness column to her bosses in 2004.They were skeptical but gave her a 6-month window to prove there were enough stories to keep it going. The Fit City column was a hit and 14 years later, she’s still writing fitness and lifestyle articles, and inspiring thousands of Austinites to stay active and healthy with all our city has to offer!

If you enjoy this episode, please let us know by leaving a rating and review on iTunes.

In this episode, Pam and I chat about:

  • “Hammack camping”–One of her most recent research trips
  • Some of her favorite experiences in 14 years of covering activities, fitness, and health in Austin.
  • How she chooses readers to take part in certain experiences with her
  • Why she loved a 15 day hiking trip on the John Muir trail–despite some serious challenges
  • Her favorite back-packing trails and swimming holes in Central Texas
  • Some of the most unique activities she’s done and reported on
  • How one of her columns lead to a…significant…purchase
  • What she means by “Get your hair wet!” and “pocket adventures”
  • Why she bikes to work every day
  • Her favorite stories to write
  • The importance of accountability partners (or pets!)
  • Why she talks about fitness like something she loves and not as a “work out”
  • What she has coming up in her year of adventure!

Resources and Activities Mentioned in the Show:

Why does my elbow hurt when I straighten it?

Why does my elbow hurt when I straighten it?

In today’s FAQ video, we answer the question “Why does my elbow hurt when I straighten it?”.

Watch below to hear our answer and leave any questions you may have in the comments section below.

 

If you are dealing with elbow injury and would like to know how we can help, call us at (512) 693-8849.

If it’s after hours and you’d like to schedule a call with one of our physical therapists, Click Here.

Or click here to send us an email.

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What is the best way to relieve shin splints?

What is the best way to relieve shin splints?

In today’s FAQ video, we answer the question “What is the best way to relieve shin splints?”. Watch below to hear our answer and leave any questions you may have in the comments section below.

 

 

If you are dealing with shin splints and would like to know how we can help, call us at (512) 693-8849.

If it’s after hours and you’d like to schedule a call with one of our physical therapists, Click Here.

Or click here to send us an email.

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