An important part of the road to recovery is to know what you want to achieve. While we (the therapists at Advantage Healthcare and Physiotherapy) will do everything in our power to get you back up and running, our outcomes are ALWAYS better when our patients have goals and are motivated to achieve them.
Goals can be simply created using the S.M.A.R.T method. This stands for
- Specific: “I want to get better” Is a bit too vague. Try describing exactly what is you want to achieve. Perhaps: “I want to be able to return to work/be able to walk without pain”
- Measureable: How will you determine that you have reached your goal, or how far off you were? It’s always handy to have a measureable component such as “I want to be able to briskly walk for 40 minutes without pain”
- Attainable/Realistic: If you set an unrealistic goal, you are likely to set yourself up for failure. It’s unfair to you and your practitioner if you set goals that just aren’t attainable. For example “I want to return to men’s open rugby at age 52 after 30 years of no exercise and bad knees”. While it’s nice to aim high, aiming too high can be demotivating and leave you feeling unsatisfied.
- Time-bound: when do you want to achieve this by? Common weight loss goals are centred around 12 weeks. This is a short enough time frame to keep motivated, but long enough to see some really amazing changes.
The last thing you need to do with goal setting is make an action plan! What small steps are YOU going to do to reach your goal? How are you going to keep yourself accountable? Setting daily reminders for exercises set by your practitioner will result in a better outcome for you. It puts you in control of your health and well-being, and keep you moving longer!