It’s a new year, and if you’re like a lot of people, you’ve set a goal to exercise more and get healthier.
Unfortunately, most people struggle to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions, but don’t worry – we have 5 ways that can make it easier to achieve your health goal in 2023.
At our Crofton Physical Therapy clinic, we speak to lots of patients who want to become more active and exercise without pain, so we completely understand that feeling fitter and healthier can give many more benefits than just physical improvements.
5 Ways To Achieve Your Health Goals In 2023
1 – Make Sure You’ve Set A Specific Goal
If you want to exercise more, that’s great and will help you feel better, have more energy, and be healthier.
But, what does more exercise mean to you, and is it a realistic target for you?
Do you want to exercise twice a week or every day?
Do you want to walk, bike, swim, run or lift weights?
Do you want to achieve a specific level of fitness such as hitting a personal best at your 5k run time?
If you’re struggling to stick to your goal, ask yourself whether it’s specific enough and also if it’s achievable for you.
2 – Don’t Try To Set Too Many Goals
Another common reason people struggle to achieve their new year’s health goals is that they take on too many things at once.
You might want to improve your diet, exercise more, have a better relationship, earn more money, renovate your home, and whatever else you’ve decided on.
But setting too many goals is something that means people give up on their health goals because it’s just not possible, and too daunting.
So, pick one or two really important goals, and once those have been achieved, then move on to the next.
3 – Make A Plan
If you’ve set a goal to exercise twice a week, then create a plan around that.
When? Where? How?
For example, you might decide to go to a group Pilates class on Tuesday morning at 9am, and Thursday afternoon at 3pm in your local gym.
Or you might simply add a 30-minute walk on your lunch break during weekdays.
Whatever you plan, spend some time figuring out the details which can help you spot any obstacles, and enable you to maximize your chance of success.
You can also use calendars, reminders, post-its, and alarms to prompt you to stick to your plan.
4 – Fix Aches And Pains That Make Exercise Difficult
If you are just starting to exercise for the first time in a while, or taking your exercise plan to a higher level, you are likely to get a little soreness and discomfort.
This is normal in the short term, but your body should quickly adapt.
If you’re struggling with nagging knee pain, back pain that flares up after every workout, or your ankles are really painful when you walk or run, then fixing this problem is going to make exercise much easier.
And if it’s easier, and doesn’t leave you in agony afterward, then you have a much better chance of sticking to it.
Right now, we are offering a limited number of Free New Year, New Body Assessments where you can finally understand the root cause of your pain, and the most effective treatment options available to you so you can enjoy an active life without resorting to painkillers, injections or worrying about future surgery.
5 – Make Exercise Fun
When setting exercise goals, people often look for the exercises that burn the most calories or give the fastest results.
But, whilst this seems like a good idea, it may be the reason you can’t stick to your exercise goals.
Try to think about exercise that you will enjoy…
Do you prefer exercising outdoors, at home, or a gym?
Do you enjoy cardio or lifting weights or both?
Do you prefer to do sports with others spending time with friends, while still improving your fitness?
If you understand which types of exercise you enjoy, and create a plan around those you have a much better chance of sticking to it, and ultimately reaching your goal.
Rather than forcing yourself to do workouts that you hate because you think they’ll get you faster results.
How Physical Therapy Can Help You
Founder of Breakaway Physical Therapy and Author of Mom Strong: Pregnancy And Beyond, Shaina Clemons is a mother of four, and physical therapy specialist in Crofton who has seen the massive changes physical therapy can have on people’s lives:
“We’ve been helping people for years who want to remain active and love to be healthy so they can get the most enjoyment out of life for many years to come!”
To find out more about physical therapy, we are currently offering a limited number of Free Discovery Visits where you can visit our clinic, speak to a member of the team and decide whether physical therapy is right for you.
Alternatively, you can speak to our team from the comfort of your own home by arranging a Free 15 Minute Telephone Consultation.
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