Welcome to 2019!
Time for your newsfeeds, timelines, conversations, etc. to be filled with hopeful New Year’s resolutions and the clichéd “New Year, New Me” mantra. Did you know that 80% of these resolutions fail by February? You don’t have to be part of this statistic! At IP, we want to help you reach your health related goals this year. Whether you want to lose those 20 lbs you’ve been struggling with, perform your favorite activities pain free, or simply start a daily walking program, we have some helpful tools to help get you started!
First things first: Set a SMART goal
Bad Example: I want to start working out so I can lose weight.
Good Example: Starting today, I want to walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day and lose 10 lbs by our vacation in April.
In the “bad” example, the goal does not have a definitive timeline. How many times have you said to yourself or heard someone say, “I need to start working out.” If you do not give yourself a start day, it may never come! The first goal also does not have any measurable, specific details of what “working out” may mean. If a person has been leading a sedentary lifestyle, starting a strict exercise regimen can be daunting and lead to failure before the person even starts! By setting an achievable goal of 10,000 steps (which can be tracked with their phone, fitness band, or pedometer), the person is increasing their activity level which can eventually lead to an overall healthier, more active lifestyle and losing the 10 lbs and not just “weight” in general. Finally, make your goals realistic by keeping them smaller and setting milestones towards a bigger goal.
Setting successful goals takes practice and recognition that these goals will continue to evolve with you! Exercise and leading a healthy life is not something that is achieved and then checked of the list. Figure out what methods work for you and most importantly, find something that you will maintain! Ask your team at IP how we can help you reach your 2019 SMART goals!
IP Exercise: Invert Your Perspective
This exercise is great for neck stability, balance and is a progressive step towards handstands! You get all the benefits of inverting while being accessible to most people. Stay tuned for handstand modifications for any level!