How the Right Physical Therapy Space Aids Veteran Recovery

The United States Veteran Affairs hospital is responsible for rehabilitating and caring for this country’s millions of noble veterans. Part of this treatment includes personalized physical therapy regiments that can be a life-changing aid to help veterans regain their confidence in mobility. This Veteran’s Day, We Sell Mats is proud to recognize our Veterans’ brave contributions to our country as well as the people and facilities that treat them.

The Scope of U.S. Veteran Affairs

Currently, there are 152 VA medical centers, a system that serves veterans and their families free of charge with a condition sustained while serving. The VA system also includes more than 800 outpatient clinics and employs around 3,500 physical therapists with the help of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Facilities under the umbrella of the VA system offer specialized physical therapy treatment capable of assisting veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mild Traumatic Brain Disorder and physical injuries. In 2016 alone, the VA system treated more than 720,000 patients.

The Road to Recovery

For many patients, physical therapy is indispensable for recovery. Physical therapy for veterans is mostly centered around increasing mobility while reducing pain and is even known to potentially circumvent surgery in the case of a debilitating injury. Not only does physical therapy aid physical healing, but it is also attributed to mental healing. Physical therapy allows veterans to regain confidence in mobility that is known to be lost in the case of injury, ultimately returning their independence.

Veteran Physical Therapy Facilities

When treating such distinguished patients like United States’ veterans, it is important to make sure the space they are treated in is up to par. An ideal workspace for VA physical therapists may include fitness and gymnastics equipment, including extra padded surfaces, or anything that is necessary to design a therapy regimen that treats a specific veteran’s debilitations.

We Sell Mats distributes a long line of products that would be right at home in a veteran physical therapy room. A VA physical therapist could make great use of our inclines and octagon tumblers to help patients regain balance, while fitness studio rubber flooring mats allow veterans to heal on a lenient surface. If physical therapists serving veterans ever need soft training equipment or padded versatile flooring, We Sell Mats is ready to help, and we are proud to recognize their work and the brave patients they serve this Veteran’s Day.

Is Your Mat Obstacle Ready?

In the last 10 years, obstacle course races (or OCRs) have seen a more than 2000% increase in participation. This is most likely due to the laundry list of benefits participants gravitate towards in OCRs over a traditional 5k.

Popular obstacle course races such as the Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and Rugged Maniac are extremely grueling events that feature tall walls to scale, heavy lifting, electric shocks, and lots of mud. To regular participants, this full-body workout along with the added danger and adrenaline makes OCRs that much more appealing than a normal foot race.

Trusted Mats to Fall Back on

Stadium Blitz, a newcomer to the OCR scene ditches the muddy terrain and harsh obstacles by taking over football stadiums all across the country with obstacles that escalate across three levels of intensity.

Sponsored by three-time Super Bowl champion, tight-end Rob Gronkowski, it seems appropriate that this event takes place in a football stadium. Stadium Blitz is at the forefront of athlete safety and part of this commitment is trusting in We Sell Mats’ standard safety fitness mats which are underneath some of the event’s most intense “Blitz” level obstacles.

The Complexities of Obstacle Course Racing

As you may expect, putting hundreds of eager athletes on a course with massive drops, barbed wire, and water of an unknown depth has caused several injuries. Most injuries are none more than a story-worthy battle scar or a gnarly bruise for those victorious to share on their social media feeds, but at least once per event, there is a big one, requiring immediate medical attention.

Thankfully, as new obstacle course racing companies grow to prominence, there are more efforts on improving safety, working to one day have it standardized.

As for the more extreme industry leaders, there are plenty of ways to make courses safe without compromising the high-stakes energy. Diamond plate patterned foam tiles provide a forgiving surface with a rugged look, and rubber flooring can provide needed grip in wet environments. Wherever the future of OCR safety leads, We Sell Mats has the products to accomplish the safety goals of any event.

What Do You Need for a Home Gym?

With summer just around the corner, more people are getting back into an exercise routine. Did you know that less than 5% of adults exercise for 30 minutes each day? Exercise is not only important for losing weight and building strength, but it’s also crucial for living a healthy life. If you’ve been considering working out regularly, and don’t have to go to the gym to do so, let’s take a look at a few things you’ll need in order to put together a gym right in your home.

Exercise machines: First off, you’re going to need some type of exercise machine. If you’re looking to work on cardio, you should consider a treadmill, a spin bike, or an elliptical machine. Having even just one of these machines is a great place to start. And if you can’t afford one of these machines or don’t have the room for one, consider investing in a punching bag or jump ropes — smaller workout equipment that will still help you get fit.

Lifting weights: Along with a few exercise machines, weights should be next on your list. Dumbbells or kettlebells both make great options for lifting weights. It’s important to have a wide range of weights so you can have access to the size you’re comfortable with — and you can increase or decrease the weights you’re using as needed. Investing in a good set of weights will help you hit your exercise goals and build strength quickly.

Foam floor mats: Having the right flooring is essential for a home gym. Having padded flooring will help protect your equipment and your floors from scratches. Interlocking floor mats are perfect because they can easily be placed and moved as needed — and they’ll provide the protection you need. Additionally, wood grain foam mats, rubber-topped EVA foam or another padded flooring will help protect you as well. Whether you’re stretching on the floor or take an accidental fall, cushioned flooring will keep you safe.

Your home gym doesn’t have to be anything fancy. With a few pieces of equipment, weights, and the proper flooring, you’ll be well on your way to reaching your fitness goals in no time.

Mats for Every Kind of Fitness

There are probably about as many different kinds of fitness mats as there are ways to get fit. Whether you’re a yogi, a weightlifter, a runner, or into any other kind of athletics, there’s likely to be some kind of variably squishy flooring specifically designed to go under your particular feet. There are, of course, some all-purpose mats you can get, but if you’re going to be dropping a barbell after squats, you’re probably going to want something a little tougher than a yoga mat. Continue reading “Mats for Every Kind of Fitness”

Workout Convenience

Convenience is the key to making sure you get your workout done, which is why we offer the best personal exercise mats in different sizes. Having the flexibility to workout at home when the gym isn’t available (or you just don’t feel like suiting up for the trek across town) means you’re more likely to actually do the workout, even if it’s a modified one, and have the satisfaction of knowing you’re sticking with your plan. Continue reading “Workout Convenience”

Heavy Duty Home Gym Flooring

If you’re looking for some home gym flooring that’s resilient, affordable and easy to assemble, you need look no further than our Vélotas rubber topped foam fitness mats. These incredible floor mats are padded enough to make floor work a pleasure and strong enough to handle even some of your heavy fitness equipment. Continue reading “Heavy Duty Home Gym Flooring”

Fitness at Home

Putting a few EVA foam multi-purpose mats on the floor in a space at home is a great first step toward having your workout accessible any time you want it. Sure there are gyms open 24/7, but you have to pack up, get there, go home – you get the idea. Creating a designated space at home to do a good workout is a genuine act of self-care, and one you can easily afford. Continue reading “Fitness at Home”

No Place Like Home for a Workout

When you can’t afford the time or expense of going to a gym, exercising at home on your own personal exercise mat is an excellent option. In fact, it has some advantages over the gym you might not even consider. Folding exercise mats are affordable, resilient, adaptable, and are there for you whenever the mood strikes.  Continue reading “No Place Like Home for a Workout”

A Home Gym in a Snap

When you’re ready to put a home gym somewhere in your house, starting with the flooring system is the best first step you can take. Yeah, it’s fun to shop for machines and weights, but if you don’t have the right foundation to protect you as well as your floors, your home gym may see only a brief window of life. Best to start at the very beginning with the best home gym flooring options available. Continue reading “A Home Gym in a Snap”