By Carrie McKewan
Personal Fitness Trainer -- A2 Physical Therapy
The holiday season can be a chaotic time, but I hope you were able to find moments of calm. Whether that was a hike or short walk outside, or even 10 minutes of meditation. Finding peace is important to your well-being, especially following such a high energy time of year.
The new year is often a constructed point in time for us to feel refreshed and ready for a new beginning. Let’s embrace that burst of fresh energy and focus on developing better lifestyle choices.
However, I heard clients recently say, “I don’t like setting resolutions for myself, I just end up disappointed when I don’t follow through on them.”
We at A2 Physical Therapy are here to set you up for success. Here are some strategies to get you started on tackling your goals in 2020!
Don’t: Set inflexible goals.
Do: Instead, make a list of personal reflections. For example: Did you eat less refined sugar last year? Keep it up! Did you exercise consistently? Keep doing that! Reflect and continue to build on your successes!
Don’t: Go it alone.
Do: Share reflections and goals with friends. Find people who will support and reassure you through the journey. It’s easier to remind one other that health, and our lives in general, are not linear, and there are ups and downs to be expected. The A2 community is here to help you, too.
Don’t: Feel Pressure to Set a Resolution
Do: Set goals because you want to. Do it knowing it might not be easy. And if you hate it, don’t be afraid to try something new! Work to be comfortable with change and allow it to happen. And do it when you’re ready.
"Kristi gives me a great positive feeling; to feel good bout myself. I have never been able to keep up on a food journal- now its easy. My personal goals are to have a decreased pulse rate, be fit, and take care of my heart. I come in on Wednedays at 5 am. Sometimes its hard to ge tout of bed, but I know I am working with someone (Kristi) who I am accountable too. Kristi is always so pleasant and never makes me feel ashamed of myself. A2 is a great place, each person is so positive. You learn to feel better by getting your mind to feel better first…. Think positive! I love this place, I will recommend each personto A2 either for PT or personal training. You guys are #1!"
"Before I started coming to A2 I was always tired and could barely pick up or carry my grandchildren a ½ block. After the first 6 weeks of working with Kristi I got a big surprise when I took my grandchildren to a festival and carried the youngest 4 blocks before she woke up enough to walk. I then picked her up and put her on my shoulders so she could see better without effort. I was amazed at how much strength I had gained in a short time. I continue to see improvement in my strength and I’m no longer tired all the time."
"Thanks so much - from the front desk, to my therapist Danny, to the owners. I felt supported by caring professionals while I recovered from my work related injuries. I felt encouraged to work hard to fully recover, and I feel like I have. Negotiating health care services can be overwhelming, but A2 made getting the care I needed straight forward. Thanks again for everything."