Keeping Your New Year Fitness Goals On Track

By Western Berks Physical Therapy on December 9th, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close and another year begins, people begin to set goals and make resolutions. Losing weight, getting to the gym more often or getting into “better shape” are all common. According to a recent survey, 60% of people make New Year’s resolutions but only 8% are successful in achieving them. More over, 50% of people said they fail their resolution before January 31!

So, what are we all wishing for in 2019? Here are the top 3 New Year’s resolutions according to a survey of 2,000 people:

1. Diet or eat healthier 

2. Exercise more 

3. Lose weight 

These top 3 resolutions require increasing your amount of physical activity in order to reach and stick to your goal. More activity is great for your health, energy levels, sleep, and mood. However, ramping up your activity level too quickly after a holiday season of eating, drinking and being merry can lead to pain, injury and disappointment if your body isn’t ready for it.

Your physical therapist is an expert in human movement, and can help you safely reach your fitness goals. People think of PTs as the person to see after an injury, but a visit before you change your activity level could prevent injury in the first place. An evaluation by your PT will include assessment of your strength, range of motion, and functional movement patterns – think jumping, running, squatting, carrying. Some PTs even like to use a standardized assessment, such as the Functional Movement Screen.

Most common injuries from new fitness routines are caused by underlying weakness, range of motion deficits, or compensatory movement patterns. Your PT will find these during your assessment. They can then prescribe exercises or movements to address the issues found and get you safely moving into the new year! The other common way people get injured working towards their resolution is with over training, or doing too much too soon. Physical therapists are also experts in exercise prescription and
program design. Your PT can help you create a routine specific to your needs and goals that will progress appropriately and keep you out of trouble.

So stop only thinking of your PT after you’re injured. In this case, it’s true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Seeing your physical therapist before you start on your resolution can keep you on track and injury free.

The physical therapists at Western Berks Physical Therapy are specialists in helping you reach your goals for the new year along with diagnosing and treating any current injuries. For more information, visit us here or contact us at 610-589-2263.