Four hacks to help you achieve your goals this year

Did you know that more than 80% of new year resolutions fail by February? 

Welcome to 2022! By now you’ve already said new year, new me about five times. With the new year finally here, it gives us the perfect opportunity to say goodbye to 2021 and start fresh with a new mindset and goals. Whether your goals are to become fitter, healthier or even to save money, everyone has new year’s resolutions they want to achieve this year.  

Resolutions are a terrific way to reflect on the year and focus on things you want to improve or achieve. However, as much as we tell ourselves ‘this year will be different’ more than 80% of new year resolutions fail by mid-February. So, how do we make sure we stick to our goals this year? Here are four hacks to help along the way.   

Make your goals smart 

One of the key reasons people fail their new year goals is that they are not specific enough. The goal ‘I want to be fitter and healthier’ is too vague, often setting them up for failure. This year, make your goals smart by breaking them down into these categories; specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. For example, a smart goal of becoming fitter may look like ‘I will walk 30 mins a day to lose 5 kilos in two months’. Breaking down your goals to be this specific allows you to have a plan and clear vision in mind to achieve.  

Set yourself up for success   

As they say, the hardest part is getting to the gym. That’s why, setting yourself up for success is essential to achieve your new year goals. With that said, having the right tools in place is one method you can do, such as buying gym equipment, new shoes, exercise clothing or even a gym membership. These tools can help you keep motivated and driven. Other methods can include having a support system to help you stick to your goals.  

Track progress   

The most common thing that people forget when it comes to new year resolutions is tracking. Tracking your goals and processes allows you to understand how close you are to achieving your goals. Whether you’re tracking how many minutes you can run or how much you can lift, you’ll feel more motivated and may be surprised by how far you’ve come.  

Make it fun!  

No one likes boring exercise, that’s why we’ve found so many people give up their new year resolutions because it’s not fun or interesting to them. Exploring your options and finding something that you enjoy is essential. From playing sports and going for a walk with friends to dancing or performing daily yoga, you must find the activity that brings you the most joy to succeed with your new year resolutions.  

If you want to set your health goals up for success in 2022, talk to the Progressive Physiotherapy team this week!  

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.