Did you make any New Years Resolutions for 2015? According to recent studies, 38% of people don’t bother as they are cynical about the ability to stick to them. And rightly so it seems, seeing as only around 46% of people who make them manage to keep them going until July.
But with health-related resolutions being amongst the most popular made, here at Physiofusion we believe it’s better to make them and try, than to not bother at all. So here are our top 3 tips to help you stay on track and keep the resolutions you make:
1. Set Realistic Goals
Give yourself a goal that is achievable each month. Make it realistic allowing yourself the opportunity to succeed over a shorter period of time. Success will spur you on and motivate you to achieve a new goal the following month. Unrealistic targets will leave you feeling disappointed and disheartened early on in the New Year.
2. Get A Fitness Buddy
Find someone who has similar goals as you and partner up. Whether it’s going for a run together, spotting for one another in the gym or joining an exercise class. Having a like minded buddy will keep the fun and motivation going and help on the “off” days when you’re not keen to go.
3. Treat Yourself
Achieving your targets is something to take pride in and celebrate. Choose a reward for yourself (whether that be indulging in your favourite dinner or treating yourself to a massage) and at the end of the month if you have accomplished what you set out to do, enjoy your treat!
Most of all, if it’s a health or fitness related resolution you’ve made, remember why you’ve set out to achieve it. It’s to make a healthier you so keep that in mind before you throw in the towel!
If you have any questions on any exercise related injuries, please feel free to book in with one of our Chartered Physiotherapists by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Samantha O'Flanagan