Start small and build with these three easy New Year’s resolutions
We’ve all been guilty of shooting for the stars when it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution. It’s a common scenario: you overdid it during the holidays, so next year you’re going to turn it all around.
Or maybe you say this will finally be the year you conquer neck or back pain.
Fast forward to the end of February and your goal to lose 25 pounds is already long forgotten. Or you’re still being sidelined by chronic pain.
Very often, our New Year’s resolutions are too broad — and there’s no real plan to achieve them. Instead, give yourself a better chance of success with a smaller and more measurable goal.
Small changes can lead to big results
If you make a practical resolution that is easier to stick to, you may be surprised how small wins can build a foundation for bigger results. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, relieve pain, be happier or all of the above this year, try committing to one of these easy resolutions:
- Take a quick walk every day. Walking may be the perfect low-impact exercise. It can improve cardiovascular health, boost your mood, help with weight loss and even be one of the best activities for back pain. The trick is finding a practical way to work it into your daily routine. Schedule a 10-minute walk with a friend or coworker so you can keep each other accountable. Then track your progress with a fitness app or put a green sticker on your calendar every day you walk for positive reinforcement.
- Eliminate sugary drinks. “Don’t drink your calories” is standard advice from nutritionists and doctors alike. Aside from the extra calories found in a soda or mocha latte, there is mounting evidence of the health risks associated with sugary drinks, including weaker bones. If you’ve decided to cut out sugary drinks, it can help to find something to replace it with. Sparkling lemon water or plain green tea are great healthy substitutes for soda or café drinks.
- Improve Your Posture. Proper posture is an often-overlooked way to avoid back pain. Correctly aligning and extending the spine can relieve pressure off the joints, discs and nerves that are all common sources of neck or back pain. Making posture an effective New Year’s resolution can be as easy as committing to four posture checks a day and giving yourself a small reward for each successful month.
Consistency and patience is key. Studies have shown that it can take around 66 days for a new habit to become automatic. That means if you can make it to the end of March, your New Year’s resolution has a better chance of becoming part of your life.
Finding relief this year
Is it your goal to find lasting relief this year? Laser Spine Institute wants to help. Reach out to our team today to learn more about our treatment options for neck or back pain. We’re happy to provide a free review of your MRI* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.