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Maintain a Positive Attitude during your path to health
By Jim Tucker
Often when I meet with a Patient or Client, I am reminded that most of them simply want to feel and function better. They desire to regain their health, move more freely and be able to enjoy life a little more. Many aren’t even sure how they got to where they are now. They have been focused on the day to day responsibilities of work, family, and finances and have found themselves middle aged, overweight, deconditioned, and often times in pain. It is clear to them that something needs to change, but they don’t know where to start. Remember the phrase “Today is first day of the rest of your life.” Well, it’s true. Change must start today with the decision to let go of the past and to focus on the future. Though it is a simple decision, it will be a challenging, yet worthwhile journey.
If you are one of the many who suffer from painful joints, chronic injuries, or have become so deconditioned that you just can’t seem to get yourself moving again, then it is time to get some help. First, start by seeing your Medical Doctor to evaluate your health and/or diagnose that persistent pain you have been having. It’s important to be screened for any major health issues as sometimes serious illness can remain silent, or have symptoms that are misinterpreted. Once you have been cleared “Medically” by your Doctor, then it’s time to get moving again. Seek treatment from a qualified Physical Therapist to help rehabilitate that nagging injury, relieve your pain, regain your mobility and restore your physical strength and endurance. Join a gym or hire a Personal Trainer to help you stay on track with your goals. Be consistent. It’s well understood that regular physical activity and exercise contributes to good health. Among other benefits, exercise prevents weight gain, decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease, improves mood and energy levels, reduces joint pain, and strengthens bones. If you need extra help losing weight, start a diet program or meet with a Nutrition or Weight-Loss Specialist. Whatever it takes; just reach out and ask for some help; there are many who will answer your call.
Remember, your path to health and fitness and overcoming chronic deconditioning, disease, and pain, will take time, effort and allot of will power. I usually advise people to plan on six to twelve months of consistent effort to rehabilitate an injury or to safely regain their physical mobility, cardiovascular fitness, or lose those extra pounds. Put together your “Team,” and with the right support system and a positive attitude, change will gradually happen.
Start TODAY, because it’s the first day of the rest of your life.