The new year is looming which means medical offices are busy and patients are having a difficult time getting in to see their doctors. Why? Because most people’s deductibles have been met, meaning appointments and procedures are more affordable.
At the beginning of the new year, people’s deductibles start over and medical offices will see a drop-off in their appointments. However, it is important to remember that your health is important! With 2019 just a few hours away, let’s look at some ways that you can start the year off strong.
How to keep healthy in the New Year
Set goals - It’s the perfect time of the year to set new goals for yourself… New Years resolutions! Start the year off strong by setting realistic goals for yourself in the new year that are obtainable & measurable! We have all been to the gym at the beginning of the year and seen attendance dwindle within a few weeks. What can you do to keep yourself going and not drop-off?
Make sure you have something, or someone to keep you accountable. Whether it’s writing it down in your phone, having an accountability partner, or setting calendar reminders. Try to find something that works for you!
Start off slow - If your are entering the New Year not feeling 100%, you are not alone! The holidays are a busy time of the year and we often neglect our typical routines (i.e. the gym, our normal diets, regimens, habits, etc.). As you are looking to build a healthier you in the new year, make a plan, but do not hit the ground at lightning speed! Best to start off slow and work up your momentum.
One of the things we see most often at the beginning of the year are strains. People are so anxious to build a healthier them that they push their limits too quickly. If your goal is to get to the gym regularly, it is not recommended to go 7 days straight ever, let alone 5-6 days when you are first getting started. Start by going every 2-3 days and build up to a healthy schedule that you are working towards.
Keep up with your exercises - We often see a drop-off from our patients just after the New Year because of their new deductible & watching their costs. The best thing we can recommend is to continue your home exercise program. Your physical therapist has assigned exercises for you to do at home to help prevent injury, continue to build your strength and overcome pain. Keep doing them!
However, if the exercises are causing pain or an increase in your symptoms, stop! You want to consult with your physical therapist before continuing the exercises.
See your physicians - Yes, your deductible has started over and you may have to pay your out of pocket in order to see them, but if you are having pain or other health related problems, don’t put off seeing your doctor! If your body is telling you something is wrong, don’t ignore it!
In pain but still refuse to go to the doctor? Then....
Schedule a free injury assessment - If you don’t want to spend the money to see a physician but are still having pain, schedule a free injury assessment with the Envision Sport team. We can give you guidance on what may be happening and some things to do to help. If the problem is potentially more serious, we will recommend that you consult with your physician or a doctor that specializes in your injury.
The New Year is a great reminder to focus on you! Throughout the year we get so busy with school, work, our family, and friends that we oftentimes neglect to take care of ourselves. Make it your New Year’s theme to start focusing on you, envisioning a new you and building a healthier you in the new year.