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Workout like a kid: OrthoCincy says childhood activities hold key to shaping up

Workout like a kid: OrthoCincy says childhood activities hold key to shaping up (Jacob Corbin / U.S. Air Force / MGN Online)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - If you want to shape up this season, you might want to do a few things you did in your childhood.

You often think of going for physical therapy after an injury, but according to Jill Goodwin, OrthoCincy's Director of Physical Therapy in Northern Kentucky, “a lot of times people come to see us just because they have balance issues.”

Goodwin says that if you really want to take your body to the next level and get in your weight training to build strength, you should stretch out to build flexibility.

You should also get some of your aerobic activity with something that not only works your heart but also makes you work out like a kid again, forcing you to stay on your feet.

Kids play all kinds of sports where they are doing lots of single leg activities. As many people grow beyond that activity or organized sports, most don't challenge their balance as often. Because of that, they are more likely to have falls or not be able to right themselves when presented with a chance to lose balance.

If organized sports aren't your thing, Goodwin says that you can do much of the same things by simply standing like “a stork.”

How often do you stand on one leg? How long can you do that? She says when you do these things, you are building core strength and balance in a way that you don't even know you building it.

“It’s a system that your body has that helps to right itself. If you are walking through the grass, and you start to hit a mound of dirt and your ankle turns a bit, without even thinking about it, you are able to keep yourself from falling. So that's one of your systems we try and train, and make sure that we are able to maintain good balance,” said Goodwin.

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