Most of us are ready to get back on track once the New Year hits. While we all have our own individual goals, a common ambition is to be healthy and exercise. We may do pretty well the first few weeks of the New Year and maybe even beyond January, but do we stick with it the whole year through? Here are some tips on how to stick with your exercise plan to where exercise becomes a part of your routine.
Do what you like. The first thing to do is to find some sort of exercise that you enjoy. You don’t want fitness to be a chore, but instead you should feel good about it. What do you like to do? Walk, run, ride a bike, swim, group classes, working out in a gym? Maybe you aren’t even sure what you like because it has been so long since you’ve had a routine. Try out different forms of exercise and see what brings you joy. Maybe a start with a simple walk around your neighborhood, enjoying the outdoors and possibly seeing friends and neighbors along the way. Or, if you would like to give running a try, start with a doable distance. Do what feels comfortable. If you used to like to bike or swim, find your old gear and get it ready – or buy new and be committed!
Set realistic goals. Don’t start out too fast or do too much initially. Sometimes when we set a goal and are very ambitious at the start, we can have a tendency to overdo it. When you do this with exercise, the result can be pain or discomfort, which could cause you to quit. Don’t go too fast – slow and steady is good. Build up the distance or time committed to exercising. Ultimately, the goal should be 20-30 minutes daily.
Be accountable. Having an exercise buddy can help keep you accountable. Find a friend or family member who would like to make fitness a priority with you and set a schedule. If you aren’t able to coordinate with a workout partner for all of your fitness routine, combine a routine of exercising on your own and with your partner. Having a friend also makes the exercise more enjoyable as you have someone to talk to and possibly set fitness goals together.
Listen to your body. Initial discomfort such a sore muscles might occur as you begin to exercise, but if you are having more serious aches or pains, don’t ignore the pain. You may need to see a physical therapist to address issues before you can move forward with the exercise plan you would like to do.
Peak Physical Therapy can help you by having a skilled physical therapist assess what is causing your pain or discomfort and then devise a plan to build strength, improve range of motion, and regain mobility. Through physical therapy, you will find relief from immediate pain and get a long-term solution to your physical discomfort. When you finish skilled physical therapy and feel better, you will be able to get back to your fitness routine.
Please call us to schedule an appointment: 918-876-3898, and let us help you begin the year with a new fitness plan for yourself. We offer prompt scheduling for initial appointments and we have extended clinic hours to accommodate busy schedules.