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How are your 2020 fitness goals coming along? Part 1

So you’ve decided that 2020 is the year you are going to finally get in great shape. You downloaded some app to track all of your fitness goals and you start to make great progress. You are down five pounds and feeling really good.

You mention to your friends that are finally taking control of your health. You begin to plan out meals for the week. You may even get a smartwatch to track your exercise and sleep habits. You are on the right track. This year will be different than the last.

The first few weeks are going great. You are sleeping better. You notice some soreness in your shoulders from the pushups. That soreness causes you to change positions at night frequently. Several weeks go by and the pain has started to worsen.

Who hasn’t done this before? I know I’ve done this. I am hoping the pain will go away. I start to avoid the activities that bother it. Before I know it I have quit on my New Year’s resolutions.

I have seen this scenario many times in my clinic and I wish I didn’t. But the reality is that if we would just listen to our bodies we could avoid most things.

The body is always giving us signs. Our knees tell us they aren’t happy with us. That sore shoulder was sore a few weeks ago and now it really hurts.

When we listen closely we can react quickly. When we do the same things and hope that it goes away, we can get in trouble.

Before you know it you are on the internet searching for solutions to your new pain. You have diagnosed yourself with a rare condition that may never get better. You look for solutions to only find you are overwhelmed with options out there.

You begin to look at YouTube for the exact exercise that will help your pain. You begin to wonder if you are doing the exercise correctly or if you have done more damage than you originally thought.

In part 2, we will discuss how to best address these issues when they become more than just a passing thing. What do you do when you actually can’t do things you want to do in order to achieve your goals for 2020?