We’ve officially turned the corner into February, a notoriously difficult month for many people working to maintain their New Year’s resolutions. This can be especially true if your goals involve getting back into shape or pushing past a tricky plateau. Here at Manhattan Sports Therapy, we want to help our clients and readers avoid falling into common pitfalls. Below, we have included and outlined five tips to help you stay on track through the coming months, solidify your new habits, and reach your goals.
- Stick to a plan: While there are endless variations on ways to reach a fitness goal, most successful approaches have something in common: a plan. Knowing ahead of time what you are going to do on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis can help to keep you on track. Plus, choosing a routine curated by a professional or authority for your specific goals can give you the confidence to know that you will see results. The more detailed your plan is, the better you can track your progress. Which brings us to our next point…
- Track your progress: Keeping detailed records can help you in more ways than one. Logbooks and records can help you to see the big picture when you need motivation. It can also help you reflect on and evaluate how well your current program is working. Do you need to work out for 10 more minutes on Monday? Can you afford to up your calorie intake each week? Your records can tell you.
- Don’t be afraid to adjust your pace: Just as with many things in life, timing is everything. Push yourself too far too fast and you risk burning out. Go too slowly and you might lose motivation before you see any real results. The trick here is to listen to your body and make adjustments accordingly. If you notice that you have begun to fall off the bandwagon, try not to get discouraged. This can be a signal that you need to adjust your pace.
- Surround yourself with positive influences: Make playlists that get you pumped up, buy tokens that remind you of your goals, or better still, work out with a partner who will hold you accountable. The more you think about reaching your goals and fill your life with things that motivate you to stay on track, the more likely it is that you will succeed.
- Set realistic goals: Nothing can be quite as de-motivating as working tirelessly for months on end only to fall short of your goals. It can be dangerous to set goals based on someone else’s progress or based on what you think might be possible. The truth is that everyone’s body is different and everyone will have different capabilities. When setting your goals, do your research and consider talking to a physical therapist or doctor about what’s realistic and healthy for your situation.
At Manhattan Sports Therapy, we strive to help patients at all fitness and skill levels to work towards their goals. Whether you are recovering from an injury or need long-lasting solutions to manage your pain, we can work with you to develop a personalized, dynamic plan. If you would like more information on the services we offer, do not hesitate to contact our Manhattan sports medicine doctor today.
Are you ready to get started? Call (646) 798-1330 or schedule an appointment online.