But it doesn’t have to be that way.
When you have a helping hand to guide your path you can leap out of the new year funk and hit refresh on those worthy resolutions. That’s why Collegiate Sports Medicine is stepping in at this all-important juncture. We intend to provide you with some insight into how making physical therapy a part of your new year routine will help you reach and maintain your goals in the months ahead, and beyond.
How Physical Therapy Will Help You Sustain 5 Common New Year Resolutions for 2018
1. Get More Fit
Year in and out, the intent to become more physically fit tops the list of new year resolutions for our province’s population. While most start with fervor, a fall off within weeks seems inevitable. Think we’re exaggerating? We wish we were, but studies show that an estimated 92 percent of new year goals fail, with an estimated 80 percent filed away by the the month of February.
Why does this happen, and why is it so common for this goal in particular?
One of the main reasons for abandoning a goal so early, is that people experience a succession of small failures which results in an immediate loss of motivation and a return to old habits. The problem, is that those chasing this goal don’t properly prepare.
Sure, they go get a gym membership and book a few sessions with a personal trainer to help them get started, but more often than not this is not enough. The gym pass and access to an in-house trainer alone will not generate a fitness plan unique to their body mechanics. Let us explain.
Physical therapists and personal trainers are both very knowledgable in body mechanics. However, physical therapists receive more extensive education and experience in the practices of health care. We diagnose, treat and manage chronic/acute pain, injuries, and diseases. Without question, we provide more insight into a person’s current level of physical fitness in addition to identifying underlying health and medical conditions and/or physical disabilities. By bringing this deeper insight into a fitness plan, it will become easier to identify potential to aggravate or cause injury, pain, or other concern, all of which would otherwise result in eventual failure. By dramatically removing that potential for failure, physiotherapy will increase your own chance for sustainable success for this goal.
By all means, keep your annual gym membership and book those sessions with a personal trainer, but just remember to complement the strategy by making physical therapy a part of your get-fit plan in 2018.
2. Maintain a Smarter Diet
A pledge to eat better is also one of the most common new year resolutions. There is a definite correlation between healthier eating and maintaining a successful fitness regime (as per the item above). Those who sustain their fitness plan are more likely to do so for their new diet too, so are you to assume that we’re connecting this goal to physiotherapy in a round-about way? Not quite.
You see, a full service physiotherapy clinic will include sports nutrition as a part of their core offering. To be effective, the program will include both general and customized nutrition counseling, current diet analysis, custom meal plans, healthy weight loss techniques, special needs diets for those with certain ailments (diabetes, etc.), and even workshops/seminars for groups (households, offices, etc.) that are tackling new year goals together.
The right physiotherapy clinic will provide you with a nutrition plan to ensure that you have the tools you need to optimize both exercise performance and life in general.
3. Put Yourself “Out There” More
Many Albertans intend to be more social in 2018, and we’re not talking about daily posting on Instagram. Instead, this goal will have you powering down the smartphone, tablet, and laptop more often, to put yourself “out there” to meet, mingle, and ramp up your personal brand. Such a strategy is important socially and professionally. So what on earth does physiotherapy have to do with this? Are we going to be hosting weekly shindigs at the Red Deer and Olds clinics? Unfortunately, our lease won’t allow it, but that’s beside the point.
Physical therapy has a positive social impact in another way. By eradicating acute and chronic pain, reducing the impact of common physical ailments, and improving overall body mechanics, you are better able to engage in activities that you may otherwise not have been able to do. There are a wide variety of activities that expose you to positive social/professional situations, including golf, tennis, jogging, hiking, racquetball, paddle boarding, and so forth. Did you know that many business deals are closed on the golf course? You certainly don’t want to miss out on a commission due to a bum rotator cuff.
It’s also important to note that improved and more frequent physical activity has an impact on all-age groups. Reputable studies prove a significant correlation between physical activity and social interaction among older adults.
There’s no way around it. When you make physical therapy a part of your normal routine, you will be able to put yourself “out there” more often and reap the rewards accordingly.
4. Better Financial Management
So now we’re really reaching when it comes to appending physiotherapy to a common new year goal, right? After all, how can adding a new health and wellness service to your monthly (etc.) regime equate better money management? Well, consider the following.
Recent studies state that living with chronic pain directly costs Canadians billions of dollars per annum in lost wages, medical expenses, and more. Alberta, with a significant industrial and manufacturing sector, accounts for a significant amount of this given the physicality required of work in the province. By making physiotherapy a part of your life, you will be better able to rehabilitate acute/chronic pain and more importantly, prevent it from occurring in the first place. This improvement in health and wellness can absolutely improve your bottom line in the long run. And when you find a clinic that offers directly billing for many services, you may not even notice the initial investment.
5. No More Stress
You’ll find that when you realize the above goals, you will have taken a gigantic step towards achieving another common resolution - the reduction (or obliteration) of stress in your life. And once again, you’ll find that the adoption of physiotherapy into your normal regime will have a more direct impact towards goal maintenance.
For one, physiotherapy is a significantly safer alternative to psycho active drugs as a means to relieve tension and anxiety. Our disciplines can help remove worry from your life by alleviating and mitigating a wide variety of ailments, including fatigue, pain (back, neck, hip, shoulder, etc.), indigestion, and other physical conditions that compound emotional stress. But don’t just take our word for it, as studies show that visits with a physical therapist can help fight depression.
Services that can be applied from our clinics to help minimize stress include (but are not exclusive to) acupuncture, massage therapy, fascial stretch therapy and more.
If you live in Red Deer, Olds, or anywhere in the Central Alberta area, we encourage you to give your new year goals the chance they deserve by booking a consultation with our clinic.
Contact Collegiate Sports Medicine by calling 403-314-4458 (Red Deer) or 403-791-2766 (Olds) or by completing the form found here.