*Please be advised that the opinions of this blog are solely the opinions of the author and should not constitute as medical advise. Please seek a trusted health professional with any health related matters that you may have*
Over the last year I have been asking myself, if we KNOW that exercise is medicine and that we NEED to exercise for our health, then why isn’t everyone doing it? Additionally, why is there no clear next step when your doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor, etc… is recommending exercise for your health or pain, after rehab or integrating it into your daily life?
After talking to hundreds of people in my life, I’ve learned that it’s not actually motivation that drives people, it’s their why. Why they exercise, drives them to exercise and work on their performance. Whether they have a sport that they love 1-2x a week, want to stay health for their kids or just to make sure their pain and progress stays where it’s at after recovery, there needs to be a reason to keep people driven towards their goals to continue to exercise for their health.
Here are some ways that you can find your why to exercise and get moving and find reasons to keep you going with continual goal setting. I’ll provide some helpful tips (if I do say so myself) that may help you moving forward.
- Find something you love to do (ex. play with your kids, run, rock climb, walk to and from the kitchen table to the fridge without pain, to walk up a flight of stairs without seeing stars, soccer, martial arts etc…)
- Write a list of all the things you CAN do and all the things that you are struggling with due to pain/restriction/limitation (could be physical or even time management restrictions). Start working on the things you can do!
- Get help!! Enlist a trusted health professional to identify any safety concerns and help you get to where you want to be or to do what you want to be able to do. For example: what causes pain, what to avoid for now and what to do to create relief. This way you have some idea of how to safety challenge your pain points and how to continue doing the things you love.
- Set weekly and monthly goals that are FLEXIBLE. Enough structure to get you to do it but add flexibility that allows you to be human, make mistakes but also get back on track to maintain your consistency.
Here’s how I can help:
- Identifying what you’re already doing well or can do already
- Work with your current health professionals and treatment plans to create harmony and a strategic plan to INTEGRATE it into your life or help you figure out where to start by identifying the FUNDAMENTALS required for your success
- Consult with you to identify barriers to your success and how to progress in a way that FITS your life and create ongoing plans to succeed
- High, moderate or low touch points to give you the space you need to work on YOU but also to provide the support you need to keep going, get your questions answered and start helping yourself NOW when you can make more progress rather than LATER where it may be harder