New year... new you?

Every year in January, we see this slogan thrown around on everything from food to fitness. As a health professional, I have to say that I’m not a huge fan because it implies that there is something wrong with the old you.

So… is there? Absolutely not!

I am a big advocate of promoting the concept of positive, sustainable change and this absolutely applies to new year's resolutions. It’s not a bad thing to want to make positive changes to your lifestyle and your quality of life. In fact, I am great supporter of anyone wanting to do so. What I don’t believe in is the value of making huge, sweeping, wholesale changes overnight, simply because experience has taught me that they are not sustainable over the long term. When it comes to our health and happiness, the long term is exactly what we need to be focussed on.

Approaching a new year is a fantastic time for self-reflection and to recalibrate our minds and our bodies. Instead of convincing yourself that you need a complete overhaul, I whole-heartedly believe in adopting new healthier habits, starting with the small ones. So when is the best time to make changes and improve your quality of life? The simple answer to this question is today. You don’t need to wait for January 1 to roll around. Start planning and making small changes to your routine and your daily habits right now. Placing too much pressure on ourselves with big, new year's resolutions usually only results in short-term changes and the associated stress and disappointment when these don’t stick. Start small.

Do you have chronic lower back pain that is hindering your ability to work, enjoy life or play with your children? Now is the best time to do something about it. Book in to see one of our incredible physiotherapists who will assess and diagnose you, as well as educate you about your condition and empower you with the knowledge and skills to manage it over time. We don’t believe in seeing people for the sake of it. Our goal is to see you moving well again and returning to the activities that make you happy.

Have you struggled to get into a regular fitness routine due to a busy work schedule this year or are you tired of that sluggish feeling from being inactive? If you want to improve your strength, stability and body awareness, introduce yourself to pilates and find a way to make it work with your lifestyle year-round, not just for the month of January. I would always rather see someone come to class once per week consistently, rather than start by coming every day for a week and then gradually stop coming altogether because the routine wasn’t sustainable. Consistently working on your health is where the real magic happens.

If I can leave you with any parting words of wisdom it would be to start small and commit to consistency. You are amazing and complete as you are today and it is a wonderful thing to have the opportunity to keep growing, learning and changing as you go. That’s exactly what makes us human.

Have a wonderful festive season, from all of us at move physio pilates!