Need some inspiration for a worthwhile New Year’s resolution that you might actually keep? Have you already failed one that you had planned to stick to since January the 1st? Here are a few recommended resolutions that will act as investments in both your short and long term health..
1. Sit Less:
New studies showing just how bad sitting is for your health are starting to really convince us that a lifestyle change is in order. Limit your sitting to four hours a day, set an alarm to remind yourself to get up every hour or invest in a standing work station. Any way you can find to do it, this is one great investment in your long term health.
2. Find a physical activity that you actually like:
Too many of us fail to stick to an exercise programme because we do not chose the right activity. The gym isn’t your only option. This year, try to find an activity that you really enjoy. It can be anything from laser tag, to dancing, to rock climbing. It doesn’t matter what the activity is as long as it gets you moving.
3. Drink more water:
Are you getting your recommended 8 cups of water a day? If not this is an easy resolution to keep that can make a surprising difference to your overall well-being. Staying hydrated has been shown to help with concentration, fatigue and even reducing pain.
4. Get that niggling pain or stiffness treated
You might feel a bit self indulgent if you visit a physio for a problem that really hasn’t been bothering you much, However, most chronic health problems start out as something small. They are also much easier to treat in the early stages. Invest in your body now and treat pain before it does get in the way of your day to day activity levels. Here at Mike Varney Physiotherapy, we can treat a range of different injuries whether chronic or acute, so give us a phone call and see if we can help today.
5. Strengthen your core
Core stability is a preventative measure against injury in the lower back. Not only is your risk of injury reduced by working the core muscles but during specific movements you can maintain a balanced state during activity such as squats or the power clean. Someone who has weak core stability might be off balance or even buckle under the weight. Exercises such as ab curls, russian twists and planks are great. For more exercises and information about core strengthening, check out this website: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/wotw96.htm
Whatever your new years resolution is, give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a goal. This will maintain your motivation and give you a sense of progress. Don’t panic if you fail a resolution, you will revert to your old habits from time to time. Just make sure you treat any failure as a temporary setback rather than a reason to give up altogether.
May the year 2016 give you the opportunity to realise your dreams, rediscover your strengths, muster your willpower and rejoice the simple pleasures that life brings your way.
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