We are so excited to have a word this week from master Physical Therapist, full-time health professional, part-time trail runner and constant-time Human, Dr. Phil Lombardo, Board Certified Doctor of Physical Therapy. He shares a few simple tips on tracking toward physical well-being.
I was at exactly mile 12.2 of an 18-mile trail race up and down a significant incline when my calves and hamstrings started to seize up on me. We’ve all been there. I could jog, but only for about 30 seconds until they would lock up and fight back reminding me I could only walk. How emotionally painful it was to walk the last 6 miles of a race after spending the last 6 months training. I had a goal, but I knew then and there I was not going to achieve my goal that day because I had not prepared properly.
Dr.Phil Lombardo, Board Certified Doctor of Physical Therapy
I achieved my doctorate in Physical Therapy from NYU 15 years ago and have since compiled a long list of certifications. I am most proud of being one of only about 20 doctors Board Certified in Sports Medicine. I can recommend literally dozens of books on how to train, including movement strategies and corrective exercises, training protocols, footwear recommendations. You name it.
The one thing I see most common among almost all athletes is an inability to truly care for their body and a dedication to proper recovery during times of intense training. After a disappointing finish in the most exciting event of my life I was able to get myself past the common lies that tie us down, such as "I don’t have the time for this" or "I don’t want to spend money on this.” I did it by changing the only thing I actually could, my own mind. I turned “I have no time” into “I can’t waste my time anymore” and “I don’t have a choice but to do this if I want to achieve my goals!”
I truly feel that if you’re not doing the basics, you shouldn’t even don’t bother with the highly scientific processes.
"Simplicity is the glory of expression."
So without further delay, here’s a short list of strategies I've found success with:
Ha! Simple...Processed food equals inflammation and Whole Foods equals a happy, clean and strong engine.
Natural Movement Training
MovNat lays out a fitness program and philosophy that will allow you to forever reconcile with your body and natural motion. I practice MovNat without fail and so should you. Make yourself more human! Yeah, you heard me right.
Dr. Lombardo opened the first MovNat licensed facility in New Jersey at Axiom fitness
If you’ve ever been interested in cryotherapy but were hesitant, start today. I never had any interest in cryotherapy, until I started. Hands-down it is a once a week part of my training regiment, no excuses! I highly recommend CryoRevive in Riverdale.
Have a strong team behind you, always. I humbly consider myself an expert in multiple areas, but I know there are still many areas where other people know more than me. I have my own doctor of physical therapy take care of me the minute something starts barking at me. I have my own personal MovNat trainer, another coach for my running program and another trainer coaching my strengthening program. They're all AWESOME!
WTF...I should have made this rule number one! Physical performance improves in every study that is published regarding mindfulness and meditation. Sleep helps to flush out toxins from your brain, but meditation helps to rewire and reconfigure your brain for optimal performance. Perfectionism, self-doubt, overtraining, and emotional fatigue all lead to lower levels of performance.
Don’t forget to have fun! Do something physical for your body that’s fun. It’s called playing. You used to do it every day for about the first 10 years of your life. Get creative.
Lying flat on the floor is one thing, but if you really want to decompress your joints, give your muscles a well-deserved snooze, and resent your nervous system...this is the way to go. I recommend CloudAquatics in Wyckoff.
These are a few strategies that I've found success with and I’m confident that if you give them a try, you will, too!
Stop by Paramus Orthopedic for friendly therapy and of course get stocked up on iON!
More about Phil....Dr. Phil Lombardo, Board Certified Doctor of Physical Therapy, has extensive experience in the care of both sports injuries and general musculoskeletal injuries for patients of all ages. He is our Clinic Manager on the Monday / Wednesday / Friday team and has achieved the prestigious position of Senior Executive on our leadership team. In 2007, Phil joined the top one percent of all Doctors of Physical Therapy in the country by becoming an APTA Board Certified Specialist in Sports (SCS). Dr. Lombardo has distinguished himself as a provider of choice in Sports Medicine, and is recognized by the National Federation of State High School Association as a Certified Coach specializing in Track and Field (NFHS). His expert knowledge as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a Sports Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), and a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) guarantees his patients the highest quality of care.
Phil earned both his undergraduate degree and Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from New York University. It was also there that he received the department’s Service Award for excellence in giving to others. Phil truly enjoys every opportunity to connect to our local community, and his expertise, both eclectic and focused, has been an asset to innumerable local athletes and orthopedic patients! His incredible level of focus throughout the day helps him to give excellent one-on-one care to each of his patients.
As a devoted fitness enthusiast, Phil loves to constantly learn about and train in all areas, including strength training, running, hiking, and kayaking. He grew up in Leonia, and now resides in Butler with his wife and sons. Around the clinic, in addition to his passion for physical therapy, Phil is also known for his love of and expertise in chocolate, especially dark — 86% cacao, to be precise!
Find support for your physical well-being as well as iON Performance Soak at Paramus Orthapedic!