How to (Really) Achieve Those Health & Wellness Goals in the New Year

How to (Really) Achieve Those Health & Wellness Goals in the New Year

The beginning of the new year is a great time to make a fresh start, and for many Americans, that means writing a new chapter in the health and wellness department. But a staggering 80% of the resolutions set at midnight on the last day of the year fizzle out by the second week of February. Here are a few ways to make sure that you’ll be committed to your healthy pursuits—and will make them a permanent part of your life.

  1. Begin a sustainable form of exercise. It’s no secret that exercise improves overall health. Walking at a moderate pace is a safe and effective way to build health. Other forms of movement are complementary to walking – such as Pilates and yoga. Pilates and yoga both offer beneficial muscle strengthening, lengthening, and overall conditioning. If you’re uncertain as to where your abilities lie, a private session or two can help you get started. Riding a bike is also a great, low-impact way to exercise. Ensuring that your bike (no matter the type) is properly fitted is important for injury prevention. No matter how you choose to exercise, find an activity you love and you’re sure to be more consistent throughout the year.
  2. You don’t have to go it alone. It’s OK to get some help along the way. We’re biased, but physical therapists have the background and training to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle. Physical therapists can help people gain strength and get moving again. Many older adults experience vulnerabilities associated with muscle weakness—due to lack of activity, hospitalization, or surgery. This can cause problems with walking, balance, and other everyday activities, which in turn increases the risk of falls. Younger populations returning to sport also experience difficulties getting back to their fullest potential. No matter your age or your activity, studies show that a challenging program offers the most benefit. Physical therapists help match an exercise program to your abilities. When you can do a task easily, the PT will add challenge by adding resistance, repetitions, or new exercises. Stay on your feet, get back on that bike, and return to your athletic endeavor in a safer, more effective manner!
  3. Stay engaged and follow through on your goals. No one ever said that change is easy. In fact, even the smallest of adjustments—like, going to bed half an hour earlier every night or walking for 15 minutes every day—take discipline. If you find that you’ve lost your motivation or fallen off track, experts say that you don’t need to wait until next year to resolve to be healthier. A study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that Mondays are the best day of the week to celebrate a new beginning—and because they come every week, there are 52 chances a year to press the reset button! So, don’t get discouraged by the inevitable minor setback—instead, dust yourself off and get back at it.

If you or someone you know needs a little help either getting back on track or finally getting to the bottom of that nagging pain so that you can reach your goals in 2019, let us know. Whether it’s persistent knee pain, an aching back, or perhaps concerns related to pelvic health, Elizabeth and her associates, Lauren and Kelsea, are ready and willing to help. Call us today!

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Covid-19 Notice

11/15/2020 Covid-19 Notice:

For the past 5+ months we have safely operated under our Covid-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation and Recovery Plan. This has allowed us to continue caring for our community and helping our clients return to the activities they love! As King County and all of Washington State are facing the third wave of Covid-19 cases, we remain open and committed to keeping you moving while also lessening the load on our primary care offices, urgent care clinics and emergency rooms. Our PT team is available for both in-clinic and virtual physical therapy visits and Pilates sessions. This allows us to comply with Governor Jay Inslee's Covid-19 Guidance on 11/15/2020, while also meeting our obligation as essential infrastructure workers. For in-clinic treatment/Pilates sessions, the PT will wear a mask and the client needs to wear a mask of their own. Social distancing is observed throughout the clinic and rigorous cleaning guidelines are followed. At times during your PT treatment, it may not be possible for your PT to observe social distancing, such as during certain manual therapy techniques. The need for in-clinic treatment vs. virtual or telehealth treatment will be a joint determination between you and your PT. You may review our Covid-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation and Recovery Plan for the details of how we provide safe, in-person care.

If you are seeing your extended family indoors or traveling via plane during the Thanksgiving holiday, we ask that you inform your PT so that we may switch your visits to telehealth for 14 days after these holiday exposures. Thank you for understanding that this policy is in place to allow us to meet our responsibility to all clients, which is to do no harm.

We remain passionate about helping you improve and maintain the function of your movement system so that you can do the activities you love. We invite you to follow/Like our Facebook page, where I am offering complimentary weekly Pilates mat class on Wednesdays at 7am. All are welcome to participate in these classes or view them anytime on our Facebook page.

Please contact me directly with any questions or concerns. I am available via clinic phone (206-535-7356) and email (elizabeth@elizabethrogerspt.com). We will update you here and our Facebook page as things change.

Thank you for your support of this small, locally-owned physical therapy private practice!

Elizabeth Rogers, PT

Owner, Elizabeth Rogers Pilates & Physical Therapy, PLLC