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.
"Last Sunday I played full court basketball for the first time in 15 years. I will qualify the contest by saying it happened on a court just out of the back door of an elder care center. The teams consisted of a 7 year old, an d8 year old, a young woman in flip-flops (I played in sandals), a woman who proudly stated she was 55 years old (I retorted with my age of 65), and a couple of other young guys that really played well. I ran the court, I played defense, blocked shots, made shots (missed a lot), got lots of rebounds, and talked a lot of smack while playing with a group of people a lot younger than me. I even made a behind the back-twisting fall-away shot, then fell and tumbled on the court. I jumped up and continued to play, and we played for about 45 minutes.
I attribute my ability to play this game that I love so much again to the excellent training receive from Kristy who is a trainer at A2 Physical Therapy. I have worked out and trained since I was very young. I played high school basketball, baseball, and I ran track. I spent 20 years in the Army with all the training requirements associated with that occupation. I played on community and city leagues, and I have trained with weights for many years. The training program Kristy has devised for me at A2 is rigorous, thorough, diverse, fun, challenging, and focused. She prepares workout plans that are age and fitness level appropriate. My work out now is so much different then it was when I first started. She both trains me individually and as a couple. I run, jump, stretch, lift, balance, squat, push, pull, and every other movement you can imagine. I look forward to going to my workout every time. Kristy is completely in charge of every workout. I am retired, and my training at A2 allows me to fill the need to accomplish something positive every day I work out. I am doing physical activity with ease that I would not have thought I would be able be able to accomplish at the age of 65 such as hiking on Mt Rainer and running 4 days per week. Kristy and A2 have really changed my life…"
"I began treatment with Alika after a back injury at work. I had already been out of work 3 weeks. Alika had an immediate impact on my back health and posture, providing more relief than I had felt with chiropractic/massage. Over the following month Alika used a unique spinal technique alongside other treatments and strengthening methods to improve my condition and get me back to work. I’ve been to several other clinics in my time as a competitive athlete and Alikas therapy coupled with his attentiveness to patients problems and injuries is second to none. Would highly recommend Alika and A2 PT to anyone with back issues or P.T. needs"
"Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for all that you have done to help me get better. What I admire the most is that you have a kind, caring, outstanding staff that not only listens to what is going on with us but goes the extra mile to help each of us achieve our goals. Danny and Alika never, never, never gave up on me and helped me reclaim my life. I love all of you dearly."
− C. Marez