Before starting any exercise routine, please check with you Dr. to be sure you are able to do so. I have no formal medical or physical therapy training but after 8 back surgeries I do know something about living with injuries, pain and the need to keep moving forward.
First things first. You must ask yourself what exactly it is that you want to accomplish; is it weight loss, loss of inches, increase energy, firm up what you have or something different? Once you answer that question I would recommend you find someone that can help you accomplish your goal. This should be someone that is trained to work with your exact injury or condition. Don’t be afraid to tell someone no thanks if you don’t feel comfortable with them handling your exercise program. After all, I bet you have told many salesman in your day no, you should be even more diligent when it comes to your health and your body.
What I like to do is write out a SMART goal for anything that is important in my life. I can’t think of anything more important than your health. Here is the format I use;
S= Specific (and strategic). Linked to what it is you want to accomplish. Answers the questions- Who and What?
M= Measurable. The success toward meeting the goal can be measured. Answers the question- How?
A= Attainable. Goals must be realistic and be achievable in a specific amount of time and our reasonable. “Remember to shoot for the moon, if you miss you will still be among the stars.” ~ Unknown
R= Relevant (results oriented). The goals are aligned with current tasks and projects and focus in one defined area; include the expected result. Individual goals must be aligned with team goals.
T= Time framed. Goals have a clearly defined time-frame including a target or deadline date. Here is a great system; every time you do something to accomplish your goal, place a pebble, rock or other household item in a jar or bucket. Watch the jar or bucket fill up and let this be your guide to keep you on your path. Also keep in mind that you make the rules. Start with rewarding yourself for every little step you take in the right direction. Every healthy meal choice, every time you exert yourself, or simply waking up with a positive attitude.
Good luck on your quest to your goal and I hope you find this useful.
Mike Houston, Mike’s Motivation on www.truewrestlinginsider.com