Losing weight may be one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions – and also one of the toughest to keep. But getting to and maintaining a healthy weight offers more benefits than simply fitting into those skinny jeans (although that is a plus!).
Carrying around too much weight is damaging to nearly every system in our bodies – affecting how well we sleep, how fast we’re able to recover from illness, and, if we’re living with the pain of a chronic condition or injury, that extra weight can make you feel worse and slow down your ability to heal.
For example, if you’re dealing with chronic back, knee and joint pain, or conditions such as fibromyalgia, extra pounds can wear down the affected joint or muscle more quickly, leading to further, faster damage. And did you know – for every pound of excess weight you’re carrying, you’re putting an extra four pounds of pressure on your knees and hips alone!
It’s not just the pounds themselves that are causing damage; extra fat in the tissues can increase inflammation, triggering all-over pain and discomfort, and potentially kick-starting conditions such as arthritis and osteoarthritis.
If you’re looking to lose weight this year, consider some of these quick tips to help get you started:
- Grab a buddy. The buddy system is a great tool for reaching your weight loss goals. Friends hold you accountable, keep you company, and make workouts more fun – which means you’ll be more likely to stick to it.
- Clean house. We’re talking about your house, sure, but also you car, and your desk, and your purse. Get rid of anything that might pose an obstacle to your goals – unhealthy snacks, sugary drinks, TV remotes, even negative people not supportive of the healthy changes you’re trying to make for yourself. Start with a fresh slate and surround yourself with healthy positivity.
- Brace yourself for pitfalls. Sustained weight loss is tough. And sometimes you’ll give in and have that slice of pie. That’s okay! Treat yourself kindly, and add a few extra minutes on the treadmill. It’s about the long haul, and if you get too down on yourself for small slips ups, you’ll get sidetracked from your goals – which are being healthy and feeling better.
Working to lose weight can also be an important, integrative part of your PT program. Give the specialists at Sovereign a call today to learn more about crafting a rehabilitation program that’s tailored specifically to you and your needs.
Here’s to your healthiest year yet!
Posted on behalf of Sovereign Rehabilitation
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