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“2020 is going to be different. I’m going to get into shape, i’m going to read more, and my sales team is going to have its best year ever!”

You’ll have said something like this before and if you haven’t, then you’ll certainly have heard something along these lines. Everyone loves making New Year’s resolutions. But the truth is, year after year, almost everyone fails to complete them. By the time February comes around, many of us have swapped books for binge-watching and dead-lifts for doughnuts.

As January looms, the turning of a new year symbolizes the turning of a new leaf – or so they say. With each new year, we hope to see a new us and following the year we’ve had in 2020 – who could blame us for wanting a clean slate in 2021.

By now you may have an idea in your head of what you want to change and achieve next year.

But what are the most common New Year’s Resolutions?

According to a recent survey, a third of people want to improve their fitness and nutrition. This has been by far the most popular ambition year after year and we expect it to be a popular once again as fitness and exercise routines have been hard hit in 2020.

Next were those wanting to get their finances in order at 21%, followed by 13% wanting to travel more, 11% wanting to quit bad habits, 10% wanting to spend more time with friends and family and 6% wanting to try something new.

Essentially, they all come down to improving our quality of life.

So how can physiotherapy help?

Considering that most of us want to improve our health each new year, why not start with the basics? Whether you’re trying to lose weight, get fit, or just be healthier in general, you may be surprised to learn that physiotherapy can play a big role in helping you meet your goals.

At Smart Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists can recommend an exercise routine specifically tailored to you, your needs and skill level to ensure that you work out safely and effectively and that your risk of injury is reduced. A properly designed exercise plan can help establish a lifelong habit of physical activity, and personalised tools and knowledge will go a long way in helping you reach your goals.

If you’re getting into a new sport (14% of people want to do this to meet their fitness resolution), getting back into an old one, or starting a new workout routine, physiotherapy can be a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. Seeing a physiotherapist can help you prevent injuries before they happen. If you don’t know what kind of exercises you should be doing or if you’re having difficulty working out due to injury, pain or discomfort, don’t despair. Our physiotherapists are experts in body mechanics and restoring and improving mobility.

Physiotherapy also plays an important role in health promotion and disease prevention for every stage of life. Physiotherapy is proven to help delay the progression of chronic diseases and prevent disabilities, not to mention that regular exercise, which is often part of physiotherapy plans, reduces stress by 50-78%. So, improving your fitness and nutrition now is directly investing in your future health. The “side effects” of improving your energy, mood, and self-confidence, plus having the satisfaction of sticking to your New Year’s resolution doesn’t hurt either.

But beware, don’t be part of the staggering 78% of people who don’t stick to their New Year’s resolutions! The overwhelming reason? Lack of motivation. Get ahead of the game and be SMART about it.

No matter what your goal for 2021 is, you’re in for some lifestyle changes. Keep in mind that it takes at least 21 days to change a habit, so don’t give up! Remember, everything worthwhile takes time, but your goals are achievable.

As always, our doors are opened and we are open for physiotherapy treatments. To find out more about our services, get in touch with our Belfast physiotherapists today.

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