Increasing your exercise or taking up a new sport or physical activity – whether it be running, cross-fit or going to the gym – is a popular New Year’s resolution.
I’ve had many conversations with clients over the last few weeks talking about their New Year’s resolutions. Like me, many of my clients have set themselves exercise-based goals for this year, and whilst many are still on target and hitting their goals, others are finding it more tough. Maintaining any new exercise regime can be incredibly challenging, and the cold weather, along with dark nights, mean that January is never an easy month to get outside and exercise.
As we approach the end of the month, you might be looking for some ideas to help you stay motivated and continue with your New Year’s resolutions. Or you may have had a setback – perhaps you’ve picked up an injury, or aggravated an old problem which is causing you difficulties.
Substantially increasing the amount of exercise you are doing at any time – especially if you don’t include enough rest days – can often bring a range of problems including muscle aches and pains, repetitive stress injuries and fatigue which can affect your ability to exercise or train. Picking up an injury can quickly force you to stop, bringing you to a complete halt, and getting going again afterwards can be just as challenging as it was starting in the first place!
Massage and soft tissue therapy can be a great compliment to any exercise or training-based New Year’s resolution, and help you keep going long after January has ended.
Muscle strains, pains and discomfort, and repetitive training-based injuries can be effectively improved and managed with massage therapy techniques, which can also help reduce stress, anxiety and tension in your body, improving your overall mental health and wellbeing. This can keep you feeling positive and motivated, which in turn can help you stay on course to achieve your goals.
Alternatively, if your New Year’s resolution was to maintain a healthier mind and body – or achieve a better work-life balance (and perhaps exercising more may have been part of your strategy to achieve this) – then a regular massage can also be effective for stress management and your mental wellbeing.
So, whether you’re still achieving your New Year’s resolutions and are looking for some help to maintain your new exercise regime long into February and beyond – or you are looking for an effective (and enjoyable) way to get back on track following an injury, a professional massage can be a great way to treat, reward or (re)motivate yourself to achieve your exercise or wellbeing goals this year.
For more information about how I may be able to help you why not get in touch.