By Naomi Brasier (Osteopath)

Getting back into the swing of things…

Christmas has ended and the New Year has just begun! Hopefully everyone is excited to begin a new year and smash all their goals. The Christmas and New Year period seems to spark a lot of people to exercise. For most, the hardest part is starting. Getting moving after eating and drinking a lot at Christmas can seem like a huge challenge.

There are many different ways to kick-start your exercise in the new year:

Tip One: Goal Setting

Putting a goal in place gives you something to work towards. Goals can be big or small. For example, your goal may be to get to the gym twice a week or to run a marathon by June.

Tip Two: Find someone to exercise with

Training with a friend, partner, daughter or a dog can be a great way to boost enjoyment levels during exercise.

Tip Three: Ease back into your training

If you are a runner, cyclist, attend regular exercise classes etc. Take care with returning to your activity. If you were running 5kms three times a week before Christmas and took three weeks off, it’s not the best idea to start from where you left off. Remember the 10% rule; increasing your mileage and/or intensity by 10% with each week.

Tip Four: Stay Consistent

The more you exercise the easier it will become! There is no way around it. There is no quick fix. If you stay consistent it won’t be long before you are hitting the goals you set in the New Year.

Tip Five: Be honest with your therapist

Often at this time of year we notice our clients have taken a break from their exercise and rehabilitation (don’t worry this is understandable and we are here to get you back on track again!) If you have taken a break from your prescribed exercises let your osteo or physio know.

Under the guidance of your therapist make sure you ease back into your exercises. Your body will need some time to adjust again.

If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact us at the clinic. We are always happy to help!

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