Just like that, we are nearly halfway through 2017. Did you set yourself a New Year’s resolution? Was it something along the lines of ‘I’m going to get fitter’ or ‘I’ll eat better’? The harsh reality is that more than half of us fail to meet our New Year’s resolutions.
Often clients come in and say “I want to get fitter”. This may seem like a really simple goal, but in actual fact it is broad, complex and non-specific.
What one person feels being ‘fit’ is may be something completely different to the next person. Whatever your perception is of fitness, the goal of ‘getting fitter’ often goes hand in hand with ‘eating better’.
Again, what is ‘eating better’ and how would you incorporate that into your current lifestyle?
If you set a goal to improve on something over the longer term, you need to look at where you are now, where you want to be and what it will mean to you once you are there. You then need to think about what steps you need to take in order to get there. These smaller steps are your short term goals; goals that can be achieved in a few weeks, or months, that are necessary milestones to achieving the long term goal.
For example “I’m going for a 30 minute walk, 5 days a week, for the next month.” In a month’s time, you may expand on this goal and further increase your activity, or you may be satisfied that your new routine has indeed made you fitter. You could start you journey towards better eating habits by adding an extra piece of fruit or vegetable to your lunchbox each day.
Sometimes, motivation is a barrier. Here are some tips to keep you on track:
- Lay out running clothes the night before
- Go to a scheduled class or running group
- Prepare meals in advance
- Grocery shop with a plan in mind and a specific list
- Keep a diary
- Meet a friend for a walk instead of a coffee (or coffee after a walk!)
Little by little, you will get there. If you are not sure what steps to take, have a chat to your physiotherapist. We are always happy to help you lead a healthier happier lifestyle.