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South County Physical Therapy, Inc. offers back to school fitness tips for moms

For Immediate Release: September 10, 2014

Contact Information:
Eric Cardin, SCPT Executive Director, 508-832-2628

AUBURN _ In today’s fast-paced world, one of the most difficult things for a mother to do is to carve out time for herself. With a new school year, there are added pressures of getting the children to school on time, along with all of their daily extra-curricular activities.

Moms are so focused on the health and well-being of their families that they often tend to neglect themselves.  Yet, what many mothers should realize is that developing a regular fitness routine can actually help to manage stress, increase energy, lose weight and improve muscle tone.

“Fall is a great time for moms to focus on their own wellness once the children are back in school,” said Eric Cardin, Executive Director of South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT). “Developing an exercise routine and a healthy meal plan will give moms the extra energy and stamina they need. However, starting off a back to school fitness routine can certainly seem daunting, particularly if a mom is also juggling a full-time job.”

Options for exercise are plentiful and depending on a person’s own personal lifestyle, can be tailored to meet specific needs. The hardest challenge is starting.

The physical therapists at SCPT suggest incorporating exercise into a busy mom’s daily routine. Some easy ways to make exercising a part of your day can include:

  • Walking your children to and from school each day.
  • Parking your car further away from the office or store.
  • If you have small children, carrying them with you when you do certain errands can help burn extra calories.
  • Using the stairs whenever possible.
  • Waking up 30 to 45 minutes before your family in order to get your workout done and kick start your day without impacting your family’s routine.

Setting a goal is also a great way to make exercise a daily occurrence.

“There are numerous road races, walks and bike rides in the Fall,” Cardin said. “Choose one that you want to participate in and begin your exercise training so you can accomplish it.”

“At SCPT we offer online physical therapy exercise videos that can help with strength and flexibility,” Cardin added. “You can simply log onto our website and click on any of the 13 exercise videos.”

The videos include:

  • Band exercises
  • Plank progression
  • Thoracic rotation reach
  • Split squat
  • Single leg dead lift
  • Single lead dead lift: wall reach
  • Seated wall reach
  • Passive hamstring stretch
  • Inchworms
  • Band exercises: hip rotation
  • Half knee dorsiflexion stretch
  • Active hamstring stretch
  • Bridge variations: double leg, march and single leg

“Whether you go to the gym or exercise at home it’s important to choose a healthier, fitter lifestyle. This is something that not only benefits you, it benefits your whole family,” said Cardin.

For more information on ways to begin an exercise routine, call 508-832-2628 or visit

For nearly 30 years, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. As a privately owned company, the organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in the communities it serves, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness. The company offers six locations in Central Massachusetts that include: Auburn, Charlton, Millbury, Westborough (East Main Street and Oak Street) and Worcester. For more information, visit

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