Help is key to making a smart start in 2014.
There is no denying it. It is December, and I’m running out of time to keep that promise I made myself last New Year’s — to get fit. Every year I make a New Year’s wish to make more time for myself, and every year, I don’t. My biggest challenge has always been not knowing how or where to start. You too?
In anticipation of New Year’s 2014, I’ve enlisted some help. Gavin McHale is a wellness donsultant at Ness Physiotherapy. He is a Westwood Collegiate grad who has returned to the community to offer support in lifestyle and weight management. Whether you want to set up a plan for improved health or get to the next level in athletic performance, Gavin’s got you covered.
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gavin agrees that many people with the best of intentions fail due to a lack of direction. He offers these three key starting points:
1) Enlist the help of a health professional. Trying to go it alone is tough, and while friends/family mean well, they might not have the same interests or needs we do. Whether it’s your doctor, chiropractor, therapist or a lifestyle coach, talk to a trained, impartial professional about the changes you’d like to see happen in your life. Whether it’s creating a fitness plan, losing weight, or just eating better and making better choices, a health professional can help you get started.
2) Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time) goals. SMART-oriented goals. It isn’t enough just to says "I want to take better care of myself" — you have to define what that looks like and make a plan of how you will get there.
3) Make time for it. This might be the trickiest one of all. Schedule an appointment with yourself if you have to. You are worth it. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines state that adults should be getting 150 minutes of moderate to rigorous exercise per week.
That’s just over 20 minutes a day. We can do that, right? There are so many great places in Westwood to get active.
The best thing we can do for our families and loved ones is to take care of ourselves.
May 2014 be your best year yet.
Sharon Pfeifer is a community correspondent for Westwood. You can contact her at email@example.com