The New Year is here which means that many of us are making resolutions to become the best we can be in 2019. Whether your resolution relates to your mental or physical health, our physical therapy clinic is here to help you stick to it so you can achieve your goals in 2019.

  1. Make SMART Goals

SMART is an acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. When making your resolution this year, using this acronym will help you to achieve your goal.

Instead of committing to “exercise more in 2019,” make your resolution SMART: “In 2019, I will walk/run 4 times a week for 30 minutes.”

S: The resolution is specific and to the point.

M: With a specific goal in mind, it will be easy to measure if you are on track. You can clearly see if you are walking 30 minutes 4 times a week or not.

A: Make sure this resolution is doable. Assess your current health and increase/decrease the exercise as needed.

R: Evaluate how this commitment fits in with your work and family schedule. You want to achieve the goal, but you don’t want to neglect other important areas of your life.

T: You are committing to this goal for the year of 2019

  1. Establish Accountability

Many resolutions fail even before they begin due to a lack of accountability. A SMART goal is the first step, but having someone to share the journey with is one of the best ways to be sure you stick with your plan.

Find someone you can trust and who will ask you tough questions about your progress. One possibility would be to find someone with the same resolution and work together to accomplish it during 2019. Bringing someone alongside you as you work toward your goal will provide support, encouragement, and motivation to stick with it.

  1. Persevere

A mental or physical change in your life will require endurance and intentionality — it won’t be effortless.

There will likely to be rough patches during your resolution that will make you want to quit. Make your resolution personal, and have weekly, if not daily reminders for why you are trying to achieve your resolution for 2019.

If your resolution has a deeply driven purpose, you will be more likely to stick with it. Be willing to dig deep and fight through temptation with the help of accountability and making your resolution SMART.

While you’re working towards your goal, an injury with pain may, unfortunately, happen. Our physical therapy clinic can help you get back on track. Start by requesting an appointment at a location near you.