Making Health & Wellness New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is always a chance to wipe the slate clean and adopt habits that improve our lives and wellbeing – so we can be better versions of ourselves. Did you know that three of the top four resolutions in a 2018 YouGov poll were health-related? The most popular answers were: eat healthier (1), get more exercise (2) and focus on selfcare, e.g., get more sleep (4). But what is your typical success rate when you try to commit to a new habit? When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, there are three types of people: the resolution newbie, the resolution master and the resolution flunkee.  Let’s see which category you most identify with—and how focusing on the right strategy can help you get healthier in the new year.

Resolution Newbie. Maybe this is your first time making a commitment to your health and wellness. For some, it could be a health scare or the tragic loss of someone close that may trigger this newfound drive to start taking care for yourself. For others, it may be the the desire to be more active and enjoy strength and vitality. Either way, taking that first step is a big one so you’ll want to be sure that you’re prepared for the challenge. Exercising for the first time could be daunting, exhausting, and frustrating – especially if you’ve had a long hiatus from strenuous activity. It’s important to be prepared for what’s headed and clinicians like nutritionists and physical therapists can make sure that your body is prepared to take on new challenges and work with you to a design a program that will help you achieve your goals. We can also help warn you of what lies ahead (soreness, tightness), how to counteract that, and also how to progress your exercise routine safely and progressively so you don’t fall into trap of doing too much to the point of breaking your resolution.

Resolution Master. Perhaps you fall into a different camp: You vowed to get healthy before in previous New Year’s resolutions and you achieved it! Now for 2019, your resolution is to continue on with the work you’ve begun, and maybe progress yourself even further. After all, living a healthy lifestyle is a lifelong commitment; it’s not something you do for a while and then revert back to your former habits. As you prepare to embrace the new year, are there any extra things you can think of that you want to achieve? More flexibility? More endurance? More sport? Maybe you’re thinking about training for and running a half marathon, but don’t know where to begin. A physical therapy evaluation and Running Gait Analysis is a great place to start—PTs are trained to assess your movement patterns and identify any limitations or weaknesses.  We can even suggest shoewear based on your running and prescribe exercises to better improve yourself. Our PTs can design a personalized exercise program to help you safely and effectively prepare for the grueling half marathon course.

Resolution Flunkee. Let’s say your plan for 2019 is to get in better shape and improve your overall health (we support that resolution!), but unfortunately this isn’t your first rodeo… your 2018 resolution was pretty similar only it’s now one year later, and you’re in the same place you were on New Year’s Eve 2017. What stood in your way—was it time? Affordable options? Access to healthy choices and activities? If any of these barriers sound familiar, then along with your resolution, you need an appropriate action plan tailored to YOU. Without planning ahead, you’ll find yourself staring down the year 2020 with the same goal in mind again. It’s time to be introspective: What do you think was missing that made you fail last year? Did you have outside help – someone to guide you, friends, a social network? How successful were you at charting out the short-term goals? (Sometimes it’s the small steps that count!) What small successes did you have last and how did you achieve them? (Small actions like taking more 10 min walks counts as a huge success already so don’t discount it!) If you were on track to achieving your resolutions, were you sidetracked by something? A feeling or an event? How will you prevent being sidetracked this year? Write answers to these questions down so you can start a conversation with yourself – sometimes writing things on paper gives you objectivity and helps you further commit your health plans.

So, which resolution type are you? Stride Strong PT wishes you luck!!

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Director at Stride Strong Physical Therapy

Ana Lucia Pinheiro
Ana Lucia Pinheiro
02:18 20 Oct 17
This place is amazing. I am so happy I found Stride Strong PT. Alice pays attention to all of the details, she watches every single move I make, my posture, and the way I move through every exercise. She is very knowledgeable, she was able to pin-point the problems in my back and she has a plan to help me become stronger where I need. The place is brand new, huge, and has nice exercise machines. I tried a few physical therapists in the area, and Alice is TOP, second to none, and I feel super lucky to have found her. Highly recommended!!
Prashant Gupta
Prashant Gupta
01:00 02 Oct 17
Dr. Alice at Stride Strong is one of the best PTs I have come across. Her attention to detail and assessment of the root cause of injury is very good. She is excellent in evaluating pain patterns and giving a training schedule for a rehab & injury prevention, she is extremely knowledgeable. I would strongly recommend Stride Strong to anyone looking for PT. It is easily the best PT clinics in Hillsboro area.
steven zollin
steven zollin
20:57 14 Sep 17
Highly recommend Stride Strong Physical Therapy , Alice showed me proper form to assist in recovery with my shoulder and is very knowledgeable.
Lindsay Nied
Lindsay Nied
23:33 18 Dec 17
I recently had a massage from Joel at the Hillsboro location. He was able to work on an ongoing issue I have been experiencing with my back after a sports injury, and I left feeling so much better. The whole facility looked incredible, and everyone I met was friendly and welcoming. I would highly recommend Stride Strong for massage and physical therapy.
JoAnn Hatch
JoAnn Hatch
08:20 08 Nov 17
Dr. Sydney is by far the absolute best physical therapist I've worked with ever! Her expertise in designing highly effective and efficient exercise plans is beyond compare. I feel so much better as my strength and function increases. She comes up with the most brilliant and fun ideas to motivate. To my delight she even offered to come to my home in Vancouver and work with me on my own equipment including a Stott Pilates Reformer. Talk about going above and beyond! Couldn't be more grateful I found her!!!
Clare Perry
Clare Perry
21:58 23 Oct 17
A full hour of a dedicated PT professional's time without aides or techs? That's just one of the things that sets this clinic apart from others. Competent, professional, and amiable, Dr. Alice Holland and her team are the best in the area. While I generally see them at the Cedar Mill Clinic on Cornell, situational constraints took me to their new Hillsboro clinic today near Intel Jones Farm. Beautifully furnished, spacious with easy parking and access. May you continue to grow and thrive, Stride Strong!
Joyce Heideman
Joyce Heideman
08:28 11 May 18
After foot surgery I went to Stride Strong for therapy with Alice Holland. She helped me reach my full mobility again by continuously introducing new and challenging exercises. The entire staff is friendly and professional. They are always on time and do not rush. I look forward to doing 1/2 marathons again and riding my recumbent trike. Thank you Stride Strong for your care and high level of expertise.
Suad Daher
Suad Daher
20:48 28 Feb 18
The best physical therapy ever. Both JP and Sydney were a great PT, they helped me understand how I can help treat my injury and how it may have caused. And also they informed about so many techniques that I can use to help my injuries or any other injuries I get in the near future. They are both friendly and nice to talk too, and verbunformative. And there is also Krystal, she is the best front desk receptionist ever, she is nice and friendly and can easily manage your schedule based on the patients comfort if they want to schedule or not. She can help and she replies fast to any patients email. And she is easy to talk to. Thank you Stride Strong Physical Therapy.
Amanda O'Rourke
Amanda O'Rourke
21:38 15 Jun 18
In just a month I've seen great progress! I've been incorporating the exercises taught to me into my daily workout routine. Im very happy with my continued results.
Albert Szal
Albert Szal
23:43 10 Jun 18
Mary Szal here: I've had three sessions with Brittany at the Hillsboro location. I can say that she has been the most effective and instructive physical therapist I've ever experienced. Her personality, energy, knowledge and results are top notch.
Osa Phiangdae
Osa Phiangdae
00:05 22 Mar 18
Awesome place for PT. Hillsboro location has plenty of parking and very spacious. I had the pleasure to work mostly with Dr. Alice Holland and JP. I came in with a shoulder injury and thank goodness they understood what I was going through. They are the best of what they do, I would recommend Stride Strong to anyone who needs PT.
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