Galloway Therapy, PLLC
4624 E. 43rd Street
North Little Rock, AR 72217
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With the New Year comes New Year’s Resolutions, those self-improving goals that
are easy to set but tough to keep. And when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, the
most popular always seem to deal with our health. As we begin 2016 and set
our resolutions, here are a few recommendations to help you set and keep reachable
resolutions that will benefit your health and life.
Set Specific Goals
It’s easy to set goals like “I want to eat healthy” or “I want to workout more,” but
those goals are just as easy to miss as they are to make. When setting New Year’s
Resolutions, we recommend setting specific goals that you can track. For instance,
try setting the goal of eating two servings of fruit or vegetables per day, or going to
the gym at 6:00 AM every weekday before work.
With specific goals, you’ll be able to track and monitor your progress and make
adjustments as needed. Make sure your goals are achievable and not too lofty. And if
you set long-term goals, such as losing 50 pounds, make sure to also set short-term
goals, such as losing 5 pounds in the first month.
Keep Track of Your Progress
Find a way to track your progress. You can keep a log with pen and paper, or choose
to download a mobile app designed to help you keep up with your successes and
challenges. When you track your progress, make sure to review your success on a
regular basis. If you miss a day in keeping your resolutions, it can be tempting to
give up altogether. Having a record of your success can remind you to keep going
and that when you fall, it’s important to get back up and press forward.
Ask for Support
One of the best ways to keep New Year’s Resolutions is to recruit a support team of
friends and family. Thanks to social media, you can easily share your resolutions
online and ask people to follow up with and support you. You may also want to
share your daily or weekly success or challenges on social media or with friends and
family, as they can offer support or recommendations for overcoming barriers.
There will almost certainly face barriers as you strive to live your New Year’s
Resolutions. Take some time to consider your situation and any potential barriers to
keeping your resolutions. For instance, if you’re trying to eat healthy but someone in
your home eats a lot of sweets, ask them to cut down on such purchases or hide
them in a place you can’t find them. Or if you have trouble getting ready for the gym
in the morning, take a moment the night before to set your clothes aside so you can
easily change and head out when you wake up.
Reward Your Successes
Decide on rewards for reaching your goals, both short and long term. Choose
something that will help motivate you, but try not to pick items that go against your
efforts. For instance, if you’re trying to lose weight by eating healthier, don’t make
your rewards donuts.
Your rewards don’t have to cost anything, either. Maybe your reward for going to
the gym every morning is to watch your favorite show in the evening. If you miss the
gym, you have to miss your show.
We definitely recommend you seek advice as needed from health professionals
when setting health-related New Year’s Resolutions. You may want to see your
doctor or consult with a dietitian. Our team at Galloway Therapy is happy to provide
advice, recommendations, and support as well. Good luck, and happy 2016!
For more information about how you can benefit from physical therapy, contact
Galloway Therapy today at 501-319-7659