- Start with Small Steps - Begin with goals that you think you can keep and gradually build up distance/reps/weight. Don't overwhelm yourself, and remember that minor missteps are completely normal.
- Take Time Off - Allow yourself proper time to recover. I tell patients that if soreness lasts for more than 3 days following a workout than they went a little too hard a little too soon. If soreness lasts for 6 days and is accompanied with swelling, it’s a good idea to see your physical therapist.
- Ask for Support - Whether it’s a family member, friend, coworker or even your physical therapist; sharing your goals with someone can help you stay on track by making you feel more accountable.
Wishing everyone a happy & healthy new year!
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