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Still sticking to your New Year’s Resolution

Hopefully everyone is enjoying the New Year! 2015 was an exciting year for Rebalance and we are looking forward to an even more eventful 2016 full of possibilities. January is a great time to reassess goals and make resolutions for the New Year. Resolutions can be easy to make but hard to keep. We have all heard the saying, “Old habits die hard.” Kicking the New Year off right from the start can help us avoid the same routines and can help us avoid pitfalls that come from waiting too long to make a change. It only takes a few weeks to form new habits. If you have fitness resolutions in mind, you want to ask yourself a few questions.

What are your fitness goals this year? It’s important to set goals. You may have one or several. Maybe you want to run a 5K. Maybe you just want to get into better cardiovascular shape or just exercise more regularly. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Have one or a few goals that you think are reasonable and maybe one that you are not sure that you can achieve. Setting one high goal like this can help you achieve your “reasonable” goals better. The results may surprise you later.

How do you plan to meet these goals? Are you trying to do this alone? Do you have friends with similar goals? Do you enjoy working out by yourself or in a group? Are you following a training schedule? It’s difficult, if not impossible, to meet goals without a plan to achieve them. Accountability to a group, training schedule, or friends helps too.

Many motivators quip that you are only as good as the average of your five closest associates. If your five closest family members, friends or colleagues don’t set fitness goals, chances are that you will not either. Time Magazine shared strategies to help meet fitness goals to better your plan:

  1. Start on a Monday.
  2. Get rid of your Plan B. Back up plans often makes it easier to quit.
  3. Make your goal a round number. It makes the goal more relevant to us.
  4. Break your goal into manageable parts. Achieving small parts helps stay on track.
  5. Use your will power wisely. Don’t overuse it. It’s like a muscle. It will fatigue.

Do you or does someone you know need help formulating a safe and healthy fitness plan? Rebalance physical therapists have a vested interest in preventative health as well as healing injury. We educate our clients every day about balanced exercise programs to keep them healthy based on their individual needs and goals. Whether you are starting somethings new or looking to fine tune your current plan, the therapists at Rebalance want to help you achieve your 2016 Fitness Resolutions and feel good doing it. Give us a call to see how we can help.

TIME December 27, 2014

Journal of Clinical Psychology January 1, 2014

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2013 Apr; 97 (4)677-88

http://www.apa.org/monitor/jan04/solutions.aspx

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/11001088_correlates_of_adults

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24276303

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