Other Sites I Visit
I usually spend about 15-20 minutes every day reading a handful of other fitness, health and exercise websites. Ever since I bought a smartphone (an iPhone), it has been much easier for me to stay connected with trends in health care. I'm sure lots of smartphone users feel like me - sometimes, I am too connected. Turning off my phone gives me a huge sense of relief and much-needed relaxation at times. Anyway, I thought I would share some of my favorite sites with you:
1. Google News Feed for "physical therapy" trends: My editor actually told me about this one. Google updates my email every day with news stories related to physical therapy. Many of the news stories relating to physical therapy tend to be local business news as Google simply picks up the key words "physical therapy," but it is convenient to see how physical therapy is developing across the nation in one condensed email.
2. Wall Street Journal Health: This website follows trends more related to medical corporations, changes to Medicare plans, insurance coverage or other big-business news. One section of the website is titled "Innovations in Health Care," which I like to read a lot because it focuses on improvements to our national health care system.
3. Run Blogger: For runners, there couldn't be a better blog. Written by Pete Larsen, and avid runner and anatomy professor, the blogs are packed full of useful information for running. Foot posture, strike patterns, many shoe reviews - it's a fun site to skim over a cup of coffee. The only reason I don't read this blog as often as the others is due to the amount of ads - lots of ads on the side columns of the site as well as between new posts. Kind of cluttered.
4. Twitter: I've blogged about this before, but Twitter is a powerful social media site connecting all health care providers. Sharing research articles and trends in practice in one common place. Having a character limit on each tweet makes the site very concise.
5. APTA: I don't check this one very often, but occasionally. I see more of the APTA updates on Twitter, actually. The APTA website itself is useful for accessing research articles and other reference guides for practitioners, and I've used the "Find a PT" search box more than once to track down some of my classmates!
6. Other ADVANCE PT Blogs: I read these the most! I like following the other bloggers on this site. After each post I feel like I know each of them a little better. Each blogger posts thoughtful ideas and opinions related to physical therapy.
Please share with me your favorite health, exercise or fitness websites! Click onto your Internet history and check out the sites you most frequently visit.