It’s that time of year again, and the New Year is just about here! It’s always around this time that we start thinking about the next year and our New Year’s resolutions. One of the most common resolutions is to get fit and or lose weight, and unfortunately is also the most commonly broken. A good way to prevent this from happening is to give yourself small, achievable weekly goals. It’s good to have long term goals such as “I want to lose 15 pounds” but it becomes much easier and better to manage if you break it up. Start with I will exercise 3 times a week. Or I will go to spin class twice a week. Use non-scale goals as well. Such as “I want to fit in that dress I wore last year” or “I’m a size 15 and I want to be a size 10”. Managing these smaller goals leads you to your ultimate goal to losing those 15 pounds and by succeeding at the smaller steps you get a sense of achievement and success!
Another common resolution is going on a diet. In the case with diets it’s very important to be mentally prepared! Know what you want to achieve, find a diet you like (do your research, maybe try Ideal Protein!) and the biggest step of all: START IT! Don’t wait, begin right away, and commit yourself to at least a month and then you can decide if that particular program is right for you. Most likely at the end of that month you will have adjusted to that program and are already beginning to see results, but on the off chance you don’t you can then begin to research other programs and find another that suits you especially now you know you have that motivation to stick to one and succeed.
This should all go the same for any injuries or physical ailments you may be having. Contrary to what people say, it is NOT normal or “ok” to live with pain. If you are noticing pain or weakness or any other issues, make it a goal to check with your doctor and see what you and your doctor can do to correct it, ask if physical therapy would be a good option for you! It’s so important to take care of your body and there are many avenues to take to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Make this New Year a great year!