Made a promise to yourself to get fit this year? If you did you’re not alone. Many of our patients make this same promise to themselves but find it hard to get motivated. The physiotherapists in this practice can help!
We can recommend exercises that are designed specifically for you to achieve your desired level of fitness. The more you repeat and become aware of an activity, the easier it becomes. Our practice looks at types of exercises /activities, specific workloads durations of activities, sessions and intensity guidelines and can devise a plan to help you achieve your target fitness level.
To help we have six tips to help you become motivated and fit this year.
Tip 1) Start slow
If you’ve been inactive for some time it’s important to start slowly and gradually build up. Begin with low impact activities such as walking, swimming or using an exercise bike. We can help suggest an appropriate level to start at based on your current fitness.
Tip 2) Know yourself
Talk to us about your medical history or any problematic areas which may affect your choice of activity. We can help make exercise safer.
Tip 3) Warm up
Remember to warm up, warm down and stretch before and after gentle activity minimise muscle soreness. If you’re not sure we can show you some warm up techniques.
Tip 4) Come prepared
Make sure you have appropriate footwear for your activity and a bottle of water to keep you hydrated.
Tip 5) Venues
Gyms are great places to get active but you must ensure that
you are well supervised. Not a gym person? –
Then try some else, – go bush walking or go for a bike ride!
Even simply take the stairs, walk to the station or local shops!
Better still see us for regular assessment and instruction.
Tip 6) Record your progress
Keep a diary or log of your progress it will serve as a reminder of how far you’ve come and give you encouragement if you’re feeling disheartened. Reward yourself which something healthy when you achieve mini goals.
For all appointments call 04 499 3504.