3 weeks into the new year and you may be starting to slip back into your old habits or worse again, not made any new changes. You might ask, why does a Chartered Physiotherapist care about my new years resolution. Well the scary part about our job is that we see the effects that peoples lifestyle choices have on their bodies and what damage it can do. One in three Irish Adults do not get enough exercises resulting in obesity and poor health. This can lead to excessive strain on the body, which can cause musculoskeletal injuries. Following this you’ll need to see one of our therapists at Compass Physio. Our advice is to change your lifestyle and get moving!! It’s sometimes that easy, so here are some tips to help keep you moving and making those small improvements.
Measure: If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it! If you’re trying to lose weight then start off by measuring how much you weigh so you can review your progress. The same goes for walking or running (Great apps mapmywalk/mapmyrun). The other thing you need to start measuring is your food and alcohol intake!! Portion size is a massive issue…. we just eat out of habit – Simple tip, go from a 12 inch plate to a 9 inch plate!
Join a Club: Fitforlife groups or 5km park runs (You don’t have to run – you can walk) are a great way to meet new friends and get started on a healthier life style. If you’re struggling to lose weight, weight watches, slimming world are also good to get started. Joining a club also makes you more accountable to the other members in the group.
Food Shopping: When you’re going food shopping make sure you’re not hungry. Ideally stay away from the rubbish foods (You know what they are), if you don’t bring them home then you can’t eat them. If you’re trying to lose weight, starting making your own lunch. This will allow you to control exactly what you have on a daily basis.
Try something new: Exercise and food can become boring after a while, so why not try something new. Trying a new healthy recipe may be nicer than your standard meat and two veg. Also taking up a new sport or activity is also good to stimulate brain activity as well as burning a few extra calories.
Mental health: Don’t beat yourself up over where you are in life now. The main thing to focus on is where you’re going. Exercise and meditation (Headspace is a great app) have been medically proven to improve health and well being. If exercise and eating healthy were drugs doctors would be prescribing it to everyone!! Remember if you have a wobble and slip back into your old ways then just reset, keep trying to improve your lifestyle.
Remember everyone is different and has their own set of circumstances to deal with so what might work for one person may not work for you. It’s a marathon no a sprint and there is no quick fix, it needs to be persistent and consistent.