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New year’s resolutions: A guide to achieving your goals safely

We are well into the new year, and this can often mean that our New Year’s resolutions and goals are well underway. Whether you’re looking to improve your fitness, take up a new hobby, or simply lead a healthier lifestyle, the new year is a great opportunity to make a change. However, as you embark on your journey towards achieving your goals, it’s important to remember that safety should always come first to avoid injury.

Injuries can be a major setback and can prevent you from reaching your goals. Here are some tips to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions without putting yourself at risk:

  • Start Slow: If you’re starting a new fitness routine, it’s important to ease into it gradually. Starting too quickly can lead to overuse injuries, such as strains and sprains. 

  • Be Realistic: When setting your resolutions, it’s important to be realistic about what you can achieve. Setting unrealistic goals can lead to frustration, and even injury, as you push yourself too hard to meet them. Start small and build up gradually to avoid injury.
  • Gradually Increase the Intensity of Your Workouts: When starting a new fitness regimen, it’s important to ease into it gradually. Sudden increases in activity can put you at risk of overuse injuries such as sprains and strains. Increase the intensity of your workouts gradually over time, and listen to your body if you start to feel pain or discomfort.

  • Warm Up and Cool Down: Warming up and cooling down are crucial components of any fitness routine. Before you start exercising, spend a few minutes warming up to get your muscles and joints ready. After your workout, take some time to cool down by stretching, strengthening or walking to help prevent soreness and injury.
  • Use Proper Equipment: If you’re starting a new sport or hobby, make sure you have the proper equipment. Wearing the right gear can help prevent injury, especially in high-impact activities.

  • Seek Professional Advice: If you’re taking up a new sport or hobby, consider seeking the advice of a professional. A coach/trainer or health practitioner can help you develop a safe and effective training plan, and ensure that you’re using the proper technique to avoid injury.

By following these tips, you can make the most of your New Year’s resolutions and achieve your goals safely. If you have started a new hobby or would like to level up your health, the team at are here to guide you through injury free. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our osteopaths to find out more information, or email us at [email protected]

Remember, the key to success is consistency, patience, and most importantly, taking care of your body. Bring on 2023!