As we begin this new year, many of us have set new goals to improve our health and well-being through fitness and nutrition resolutions. While setting ambitious goals is commendable, sustaining these resolutions can be challenging. This year, consider a gentler approach by easing yourself into your goals and incorporating assisted stretching into your fitness routine. By easing into your goals, rather than implementing all the changes at once, you are more likely to continue these resolutions through January and into the rest of the year. 

It’s no secret that forming these habits, or routines, does not happen overnight, so it is important to set clear, intentional, and achievable goals! 

Set Clear, Intentional, and Achievable Goals 

At the start of January, you may be tempted to set a goal of working out 5 days a week for 2 hours a day. Though this is an impressive goal, it is not sustainable for someone going from 0 to 100. Your goals at the start of the month should be achievable and clear! 

  • Choose which days you are going to work out on, and which days will be resting days. During your first week, you may want to work out Monday-Thursday for 30 minutes-hour before or after work or school.
  • Put it in your calendar: if it is in your calendar as an appointment, you are less likely to skip that appointment and you will prioritize this time for yourself.
  • Be intentional: Having fitness goals can be a great way to motivate your workout and stretch sessions!
  • Preparing your body for physical activity is just as, if not more, important than the physical activity itself. Visit your local physical therapist or Stretchologist to get the support you need to achieve your new year resolutions.

Don’t Let Muscle Tension Hold You Back

If you work from a desk from 9-5, you will know how sore and tense your muscles can be. This muscle tension is a common barrier to achieving fitness goals. Whether you’re an athlete or someone seeking a more active lifestyle, persistent muscle tension can slow down progress. Active assisted stretching focuses on relieving this tension through a series of guided, targeted stretches. This not only enhances flexibility but also promotes muscle relaxation, offering you a more effective fitness plan.

Flexibility for Lasting Results

Flexibility is a cornerstone of sustainable fitness. Traditional static stretching may not always provide the depth and precision needed to improve flexibility. Active assisted stretching, however, involves dynamic movements with the assistance of a trained Stretchologist. This approach helps elongate muscles and improve joint range of motion, translating to enhanced flexibility that endures beyond the initial stretch.

Setting Goals for Sustainable Progress

 

Gradual Progress

Rather than aiming for drastic changes overnight, consider setting realistic goals. Assisted stretching allows for a gradual progression tailored to your current abilities and fitness level. This personalized approach minimizes the risk of injury and creates a foundation for sustainable growth. 

Consistency is Key

Sustainability in fitness often hinges on consistency. Assisted stretching sessions offer a structured routine that can be seamlessly integrated into your fitness plan. Regular sessions not only contribute to improved flexibility but also serve as a dedicated time for self-care, allowing you to relax in between your appointments and tasks that day. 

Integrating Assisted Stretching into Your Fitness Routine

 

Holistic Approach to Wellness

A sustainable fitness journey extends beyond physical activity. It also includes a holistic approach to your well-being. Assisted stretching supports this holistic perspective by not only enhancing physical performance but also promoting mental relaxation. Our assisted stretching sessions can contribute to stress reduction, giving you a much-needed break during your week. 

Partnering with Professionals

To maximize the benefits of assisted stretching, consider partnering with experienced professionals who specialize in this technique. Trained Stretchologists can guide you through safe and effective stretches, ensuring that your fitness resolutions are met with expertise and care.

Tailored Solutions for Individual Needs

Every session is tailored to your needs and goals. Trained professionals can identify areas of limited mobility and design a targeted stretching plan to address these concerns. This personalized approach ensures that your fitness resolutions are aligned with your unique body and its requirements.

Stretch Towards Sustainable Fitness

As you begin your fitness resolutions for the new year, consider incorporating assisted stretching into your routine. Set stretch goals that prioritize gradual progression and consistent commitment and integrate active assisted stretching into your fitness routine. Embrace the power of assisted stretching as a catalyst for achieving and maintaining your fitness resolutions throughout the year and beyond. We look forward to seeing you achieve your fitness goals!