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For many people, January means it is time to set New Year’s resolutions around health.

These resolutions may include setting goals for weight loss, joining a gym or eating more healthy food.

Unfortunately, even with the best of intentions, sometimes New Year’s resolutions can fail for many reasons, such as unrealistic expectations, lack of support or low motivation.

Do you want to achieve better musculoskeletal health and fitness in 2024?  Here are some of our favourite Chiropractic and Pilates tips for achieving better health in January.

.1. Prepare for Challenges

Reflect on the past 12 months and think about previous setbacks and challenges that made it difficult to achieve a health or fitness goal.  For example, did you try to exercise more but found it was impossible to find a routine that worked for you?  Consider what made this challenging and whether it was due to a lack of time or whether it was fatigue.  If you have a busy work and family life, it may be helpful to plan your exercise schedule around any fixed commitments in advance. For example, if you are fatigued at the end of a long work day, you may find getting up earlier in the morning works best so that you have time to exercise.  Staying active when you are busy can be difficult depending on your circumstances.  This helpful article covers tips on how to navigate this challenge.

.2. Seek Advice

Exercise, nutrition and sleep are important for everybody.  In addition, medical conditions, injuries, and health history are also important considerations for new health goals. Consulting with your medical practitioner and health professionals may be helpful if you have a new fitness program. By addressing any concerns and seeking advice in advance, you may feel more empowered to make informed decisions about your health goals. Your Chiropractor may also be able to offer guidance for movement, posture and spine health tips.

.3. Find Your Support Team

Staying on track with health and fitness goals is easier when you have support.  By enlisting the support of friends and family, or an organised team, you may find it easier to stick to your health and fitness goals in 2024.  Not only is this beneficial for a better health outcome but by being a role model for others, you may be providing encouragement to them as well.  Your health and fitness support team may also be able to offer practical suggestions to help you continue to integrate positive new habits into your daily life, such as offering to share a lift to the gym together or checking in with you every week to see how you are progressing and offer support.

.4. Modify your Environment

Setting up your environment to support better health and movement is important.  For example, spending a lot of time at the computer, on your phone or driving can potentially impact your health and wellbeing.  Poor sleep habits due to screen time or uncomfortable bedding may lead to fatigue and reduce your motivation to exercise. Adjusting your workplace and home environment and limiting your screen time may help you to achieve better posture and place less pressure on your joints.  Ensuring that your mattress and pillow offer sufficient support for your spine and joint health will help with rest and recovery so that you have more energy for your health and fitness goals.

.5.  Focus on Progress

It may be discouraging to focus only on accomplishing an outcome based goal, especially if it is one that will take months to complete.  By acknowledging when you reach smaller milestones along the way, you may be able to enjoy the process and stay motivated to continue with your goals. Knowing that you are moving forward is rewarding and during each stage of the journey, you will continue to discover which strategies work best for you.

We hope that you enjoy setting and achieving your New Year’s resolutions for health and fitness this year.  For more musculoskeletal health and fitness tips, please get in touch with our team to book an appointment or subscribe to our newsletter.