Forever Strong – Post Rehabilitation Program

Forever Strong – Post Rehabilitation Program

Forever Strong

Post-Rehabilitation Exercise Therapy


So you’ve been to rehab. “Been there, done that” as they say. What’s next? Nothing? It can’t be nothing. Your rehab needs aren’t gone. You know you haven’t maximized your recovery ability.  There must be more.

Relax, there is.

Physical Therapy at ExercisAbilities

Continuum Health Care

The Forever Strong Program at ExercisAbilities is a one-of-a-kind program in Rochester MN, created to provide post-rehabilitation fitness and recreational services when the need for full rehabilitation services are over or no longer available to you. It is a continuum rehabilitation healthcare program.


Your rehabilitation needs may never end, however, “skilled” insurance paid therapy by an occupational, physical, or speech therapist may end.   It may end because your insurance coverage for rehabilitation ends. It may end because the therapist determines your rehabilitation has plateaued and believes you may not see significant improvement going forward. At ExercisAbilities we know that your long-term health and wellness goals likely require ongoing treatment with assist by skilled practitioners, which we call Post-Rehabilitation.

Post-Rehabilitation may be the next step for you. Post-Rehabilitation allows you to continue with a healthcare program specifically designed for you, your needs, your medical condition and your fitness level. This may mean more rehabilitation or a transition to exercise therapy, recreational therapy and exercise classes. The post-rehabilitation program we design will be customized for you.

Forever Strong Post-Rehabilitation Program

At ExercisAbilities, the Forever Strong Program is our unique approach to your long-term wellness. This program provides a lifelong approach to your wellness in relationship to your medical diagnosis or physical limitation. After an initial assessment of your ability level, our staff will determine the next steps in a program specially designed for you. Your program will be modified to accommodate your physical and cognitive abilities and will focus on providing safe and effective post-rehabilitation recovery interventions. We have specially trained exercise specialists and therapeutic recreation staff to serve you and the program is provided in consultation with onsite licensed physical and occupational therapists.

Your individualized program may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise therapy (specialized medical fitness), diagnosis specific exercises classes and more. Our services range from group therapy classes, such as our Stroke Recovery classes, to specific and individualized exercise therapy.


Who needs Forever Strong?

The Forever Strong Post-Rehabilitation Program will be advantageous for a large variety of situations and diagnosis. Physical Therapy at ExercisabilitiesIf you have graduated out of a recovery or rehabilitation program but know you need on-going treatment to reach your maximum potential, then this program is for you. If your insurance coverage is maxed out, no longer paying for your rehabilitation, this program is for you. If you want to be Forever Strong, despite your physical limitations, this program is for you. If you want to find the ability in your disability, this program is for you. Wheelchair users, Parkinson Disease, Stroke Recovery, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy clients and more will benefit from this program.

How Do I Get Started with Post-Rehabilitation?

Getting started is easy. Every new client at ExercisAbilities receives a free, individual health fitness assessment. New clients meet with an Exercise Specialist or Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Our staff will assess your ability level and review your specific history to help them understand your needs and goals. Together, you will plan your Road Map to Health which will include recommended classes and services to meet your individual needs. Staff will also give you a free orientation of our facility, so you can see the available equipment and exercise rooms.

To get started, stop by our front desk to schedule your New Client Assessment or call 507-259-7570.  We do not require a medical provider referral.

How Much Does Post Rehabilitation cost?

The Forever Strong Post-Rehabilitation Program is customized per client, allowing us to design individualized post-rehabilitation programs for each client. Your custom program may include a variety of our services and thus there isn’t a set cost for the program.

As part of your New Client Assessment, you will meet with our business office staff to explore your payment options. This may include self-payment, waiver assistance with state funding programs, a sliding-scale payment or subsidized payments made possible by community donations to ExercisAbilities as we are a non-profit organization.

Because this is a post-rehabilitation program, most often used after prescribed rehabilitation or insurance payments have ended, it is unusual for formal medical insurance programs to cover the costs but check with your insurance company.

Forever Strong – A Lifetime of Health and Fitness

Being well is not a luxury, it is a need to which each person should have access. Massive amounts of research now point to activity and fitness as the primary factor in living a longer, healthier life. Don’t let your rehabilitation journey stop and risk going backward in your progress.

Call 507-259-7570 or stop by our office at 2530 N. Broadway to get started.

Keep gaining strength by joining our Forever Strong Post Rehabilitation Program today!

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A Personal Trainer’s Perspective on Your New Year Resolutions

A Personal Trainer’s Perspective on Your New Year Resolutions

The Solution to Your Resolutions

Zach Curry, CPT
Certified Personal Trainer/Exercise Specialist

January is a tough month for most of us in the Midwest. We are coming off the highs of the holidays, work is ramped up with projects for the new year, kids are back in school, and in addition to all that, we still need to find time for selfcare. For most of us, that comes in the form of a New Year’s resolution. Thankfully the month of January is over. By this time, you probably have your schedule at work and home back on track, there is only one more month of winter left, and you are darn glad that January is over. I am sure most of your life transitioned very well into February except for one thing, your New Year’s resolution.

There is something so compelling about setting a New Year’s resolution. The whole idea of a new start, a new year, a new “you” are extremely comforting to us. It’s a time where we get a little relief from the things we want to fix about ourselves because we know once that new year starts it is all going to change. And then February hits. There are bills to pay, kids to feed, work to be done and you are not seeing results as fast as you wanted, and you just don’t see how you have time or energy to complete your New Year’s resolution. According to only 8 % of people accomplish their resolutions.

The problem is not that it is too hard or that you don’t have enough time. Instead it’s because you haven’t taken the proper steps when setting your goal.

Here are a few tips to staying on track all year.


Now that a month has passed take an honest look at the goal you have set.

Is it becoming increasingly difficult to find time for it?

Do you feel like it is draining you of your energy?

If you are feeling this way it is a good time to look at your goal and reassess. You don’t have to completely change it, but maybe set up some smaller sub goals that you can reach first. For instance, if your goal is to cut down on sugar, instead of going cold turkey try to track how much added sugar you consume in a day. Then try to shoot for a slightly smaller number from week to week. Doing this will keep your goals from being overwhelming and will give you a sense of accomplishment as you move through each sub goal.

It’s a new day, not a new year

Setting a goal for all of 2018 is a lot to ask of someone, let alone yourself. Instead try to make your main goal a part of each day by setting those sub goals. If you don’t get to it, no worries. It is ok to be frustrated. What is most important is how you react to your frustration. An example would be If your goal is to eat healthier meals and you break and have a cheeseburger. Getting upset at yourself and then giving up all together and going back to how you have eaten in the past is a poor reaction. What you should do is take a breath, recognizing that you are frustrated and remind yourself that it is only a moment of frustration, it will pass.

Every morning brings the opportunity of a new day. Write down your small goal for the day and get to it.

They are your accomplishments

My final piece of advice is to remember that your accomplishments are for you. Your goals should be something you truly want to change, it must come from within. If you goal is to save money for your family be sure you remind yourself it is because you love them, and you want what is best for them because that in turn brings you happiness. Do your best to compare your accomplishments to your accomplishments only. It is very easy to fall down the rabbit whole of negative thinking when we compare ourselves to other people who we assume are ahead of us. It is important to remember they put their pants on one leg at a time just like you do. It is ok to be inspired by others but remember this is your journey, not theirs.

Try these steps the next time you feel like quitting on your goal. Accomplishing goals is about having balance. Being gritty, but also remembering to breathe and forgive yourself when you fall short. It is about doing something for “you” not for your boss, significant other, or your kids. Motivation is often at its greatest when it comes from within.

Good luck on your goals for 2018, keep your head up and get after it!

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February is Heart Health Month

February is Heart Health Month

It’s Heart Health Month at ExercisAbilities and all across the United States.  The first American Heart Month was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in February 1964. At that time more than half of the deaths in the US were caused by cardiovascular disease. From then on, February has been annually designated as American Heart Month.

This month we will focus on all things heart healthy and that is an amazingly complex topic. Heart health can be as simple as exercise for some and as complex as heart surgery for others. At ExercisAbilities we will work with you as you strive to make healthy choices for your heart health.

Heart Healthy Eating

Eating right is the foundation to a lot of your health including your heart health. Heart-healthy eating includes eating vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, lean meats, fish, nuts and more. But it’s not really that simple because even the smartest of us can take a healthy apple and turn it in to a sugar-loaded piece of apple-pie with whipped cream AND ice cream on top.

Heart healthy eating includes eating the right things, prepared the right way. Try to avoid packaged foods (high in sodium) and eat fresh! There are all kinds of heart-healthy diet and recipe websites out there for you, just google “Heart Healthy Recipes” or “Heart Healthy Diet” to find one.

Perhaps the best thing to get you started on your heart-healthy eating habits is a visit with our dietician, Laurie Brengman. Laurie is a licensed dietician and can provide a one-on-one consultation. We also have a great group class, Learn To Be Fit, which teaches you both how to eat right and get started on an exercise program.

Heart Healthy Weight Management

The more body fat you have the more likely you are to develop coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and even some cancers.  A healthy weight for adults is usually when your body mass index (BMI) is between 18.5 and 24.9. But how the heck do you compute your BMI? Here is a  BMI calculator to help you get an estimate.  If you are overweight or obese, try to lose weight. Losing just 5% of your current weight can improve your blood pressure and losing a bit more can help you prevent pre-diabetes from becoming Type 2 Diabetes. Losing 5-10% of your current weight also helps lower triglycerides and glucose levels, lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol! Health professionals recommend losing 5 to 10 percent of your initial weight over the course of about 6 months.

Join our Learn to Be Fit class in April to get started with both a diet and exercise program or use our open gym hours to exercise on your own.

Heart Healthy Exercise

Eating right and losing weight are important factors to heart health. But what if you already eat right and are at a healthy weight? Are you set for life? Well, you’re doing great, but health professionals agree that routine exercise is key to your continued heart health.

ExercisAbilities Parkinson Wellness Recovery Moves 2 class
ExercisAbilities Parkinson Wellness Recovery Moves 2 class

Everyone should try to participate in moderate-intensity aerobic exercise for 30 minutes a day for most days.  If you can’t do 30 minutes of exercise at once, try at least 10 minutes at time, several times in the day. Any exercise in which your heart beats fasters and you use more oxygen than usual is good aerobic exercise.  The more active you are, the more you will benefit.

Talk with your doctor before you start a new exercise plan. Ask your doctor how much and what kinds of physical activity are safe for you.

Managing Stress

It stresses me out thinking about how many things can stress us out. With a little training we can learn how to recognize our stressors and how to cope with them in a healthy way.  Otherwise, we may cope with our stress in a way that causes more stress: drinking alcohol, drug abuse, smoking, overeating, avoidance.

Stress isn’t healthy for our hearts! Stress can contribute to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular risks which may later lead to cardiovascular disease.

Fortunately, there are many healthy ways to manage stress:

At ExercisAbilities, the Learn To Be Fit Program teaches us how to recognize the stress factors in our lives that may cause some of us to over-eat.  Our program also helps get you started on an exercise plan and gives you access to our open gym hours to exercise on your own.

Quit Smoking

If you smoke, quit.  Smoking can raise your risk for coronary heart disease and heart attack and worsen other coronary heart disease risk factors.

A normal habit is hard to break. Breaking an addictive habit is tough, tough, tough. For those of you that have done it, “Well done! Good Job! You’re amazing!”. For those of you in the midst of your efforts, “You can do it! Keep going! Don’t give up!”.

For anyone trying to break a bad habit, you’re not alone. There are many people on the same road and many programs to help you with your goals.

Learn more about quitting smoking at Smoking and Your Heart Health Topic.

A Heart Healthy You

ExercisAbilities is committed to working with all our clients on goals to a healthy heart. We have a Stroke Recovery Program for those who have suffered a stroke. We have a dietician, physical therapists and exercise specialists available to partner with you as you work on your healthy heart. Our Learn To Be Fit program is a great way to get started on a healthy diet and exercise routine. Don’t delay you heart health any longer. Call us for a free Fitness Assessment and get started on your heart health today.



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