Goal Setting: Inspire BRIO in Yourself in 2019

It’s the second week of the New Year. Some of you may be rocking your New Years resolutions and some may be just thinking about getting started. Either way, it’s never too late to start your journey to better health!  And we want to help you achieve all of your 2019 goals!

Here are a few steps to help you set SMART goals:

Step 1: Set Clear Goals

While we all have great intentions, the only way to truly achieve your dreams is to set clear goals. Most of our accomplishments in life start as ideas, which get refined into goals. Then, commitment and a strategically planned out action plan are what ultimately brings about success. Your roadmap to more BRIO in 2019 starts here.

Get a note pad and answer the following question:

  1. What do you really want to achieve in 2019?  Dig deep, dream big,  and write down some ideas. Be creative, and without limit.
  2. Do you want to run faster, run a marathon? Or is it to get rid of back pain, lose weight, or look better in the mirror? Or maybe to graduate from college? Use the answer to this question to start setting goals.
  3. Take the most important wants and write a SMART goal: That is a goal that is Specific,  Measurable,  Attainable,  Relevant/results oriented, and Timely.

Here is a sample goal:

Goal: I will run one 10K race each quarter this year, and one-half marathon this year, to become an advanced runner, lose 15 pounds, and to be able to ski this Mardi Gras season.

Now check to see if it is a SMART goal:

Is this goal Specific? 

Have I answered the “W” questions?

  • Who is involved?  Me, my running shoes, and the road.
  • What do I want to accomplish?  To run four 10k and 1 half marathon, lose 15 pounds, and be ready to ski during Mardi Gras.
  • Where will this happen? At the four 10k’s and one-half marathon selected.
  • When will this happen? One race each quarter ending in December.
  • Which requirements and restraints will be part of the process? I will sign up for races in each quarter.
  • Why am I setting this goal? To become an accomplished runner, lose 15 pounds, and be in shape for skiing during Carnival.

Example of a Non-SMART Goal: I want to run more races to lose weight. This is not specific.

 Is this goal Measurable? 

  • How many? Four 10k races and one-half marathon.
  • How will I know when it is accomplished? When I finish my last race.
  • What is at the finish line? December 31, 2019 (complete my goals, lost weight and able to ski)

Is this goal Action Oriented/ Attainable:

Ask yourself is this goal realistic? Yes, I have been an off and on runner for the past four years. I run about 6 miles per week currently. With a proper training schedule, I should be able to achieve these goals within the year.  I am at least 85% confident I can accomplish this goal.

Is this goal Realistic/ Results-oriented:

Yes, this goal is to become an accomplished runner, lose 15 pounds and to be able to ski during Mardi Gras. This goal results-oriented and is important to me.

Does this goal have Time constraints?

Yes, it must be achieved by the end of the year.

Through this exercise, we’ve determined that we have a SMART Goal. Do you need help developing a SMART goal?  Let us help you find your BRIO in 2019. Come by for a PT screen or evaluation.

 

 

 

 

PT helps dancer recover from injury 

Lindsey Zan loves to dance, mostly West Coast Swing and the Argentine Tango! While preparing for a performance in the West Coast Swing, Lindsey increased her training to 2-3 hours of lessons per day, as well as walking between 15,000-25,000 steps. She would also dance well into the night, from 11 pm – 3 am, perfecting her routine, which included dips, backbends, and a few lifts. In addition, she went to Buenos Aires to train and dance the Argentine Tango for 10 days. Her training was taking a toll on her body.

“Towards the end of my trip, I was exhausted” said Lindsey. “I missed a step walking downstairs, which caused immediate lower back pain any time I tried to extend or bend my back. Because I continued to train and dance my routine, I didn’t have proper recovery time.”

After a few days, Lindsey was able to walk, but felt pain any time she bent over to the front, side, or back. She was forced to restrict her movement, which impacted her ability to perform her dance routine to the fullest.

From the clinic to the stage

Lindsey came to Baudry Therapy Center and received manual therapy, dry needling, and corrective exercises targeting her core and hips to return to full dancing activities.

After 8 weeks of therapy, Lindsey’s back pain was 100% eliminated and she had fully recovered her range of motion and strength. She was able to dance and train every day with no issue!

“I waited two months before going to physical therapy and I wish I hadn’t waited,” said Lindsey. “Ignoring the pain and hoping it would go away wasn’t working.”

A true talent

“I could tell Lindsey loves to dance by the way she talked about teaching and performing.  She was unable to do something that she loved to do, but she was determined to get back,” said Kevin Dessauer, PT.  “Lindsey not only returned to 100%, but she learned how to continue taking care of her body as she ramped up training again.  It was nice to see her make such great progress throughout PT.  I’m certain she will continue to have success moving forward.”

“Kevin and Rich are great! I highly recommend them and the rest of the Baudry team. The facility is really nice and feels more like a gym than the typical PT clinic,” said Lindsey.