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Set Your Wellness Goal for the New Year

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Everyone has goals. What are yours? Are you frustrated due to feeling like you keep coming up short when it comes to realizing your health and wellness? Maybe it is time to try a different approach. Clear goals will help you stay focused and will motivate you to achieve your desired results. Below are 3 tips to assist you in setting your goals and achieving them.

Be Ready

When setting a goal, take in consideration whether you are ready or not to achieve that goal or your feelings at the risk of becoming frustrated if you do not accomplish it. Goal setting is the first and most critical step in the planning process. When setting goals that are specific, ask:

What am I going to do?

Why is it important to do this?

Who is going to be involved?

When do I want this to be completed?

How am I going to do this?

Be Realistic

A goal is realistic if you stand reasonably good odds of accomplishing it, given enough time and effort.

You cannot lose 60 pounds in two weeks, or even a month. Set an achievable objective, such as 1 to 2 pounds a week; by the end of the year, you will have lost the 60 pounds.

You cannot jump up from the sofa to run a marathon without proper preparation. If you are a couch potato champion perhaps start with a simple walk around your neighborhood or select a parking space furthest away from the store entrance. Increase your activity slowly and as your body tolerates.

Be Committed

"Goals that get reached are those that are firm, well-defined, and to which the individual is truly and completely committed," says Susan Schachterle, director of the Denver–based Ahimsa Group, which provides consulting and coaching services to individuals and organizations worldwide. "Without that commitment, trying to reach goals is like grabbing Jell-O —you think maybe you have it, but there's really nothing to hang onto."

Most important strive for balance

Set goals across different areas of your life: health, finance, family, relations, learning, experience, career, etc. For instance, do not set ten career goals but then neglect your health, friends, and family.

The Spine Center located at the beautiful Lake View Plaza in Altamonte Springs is committed to helping you reach your wellness goals. In addition to minimally invasive surgical solutions our extensive menu of services includes physical therapy, pain management, massage therapy, and wellness programs.

We offer safe and effective wellness programs with highly skilled and trained exercise physiologists. Wellness Programs membership is open to the community; all participants receive a physiological assessment which includes blood pressure, body composition, flexibility, strength and cardiovascular testing along with educational material on nutrition, disease prevention, and body mechanics with access to our state of the art gym facility. You also have the opportunity to take advantage of tailored personal training sessions. Our highly trained staff is here to keep you energized and motivated.

Every individual has unique needs and a Wellness Program is no exception. Our programs focus on your physical needs including core strength, improving activities for daily living, and promoting a healthier quality of life. We invite you to contact us at Call407-303-5465 for more information about your tailored program. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel please call us at Call407-303-5452

Tips compiled by: Luz Rivera, Exercise Physiologist

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[This article appears in the January 2012, Florida Emergency Physicians, Quarterly Newsletter]

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