As the new year begins everyone is in goal-setting mode. Grand plans for better health, fitness, saving money and eating better are concocted.
But the best intentions will never become a reality with a solid plan.
As an athlete, you know the importance of a good plan to follow. So how can you set a great plan that will allow you to turn your goals into reality?
When it comes to fitness and health goals there are three key areas to plan for – optimising your performance, minimising the risk of injury, and having a plan for rehabilitation if injury does strike.
Let’s look at how you can incorporate these three factors into your plan this new year.
New Year, New Athletic Action Plan
Setting A Realistic Action Plan
Fitness goals are no different to other kinds of goals. When choosing them, it is all about striking the balance between too easy and too hard. You don’t want to set a goal that is so simple you reach it in the first half of the year and have nothing left to push for. Likewise, you don’t want to set an impossible dream, setting yourself up for failure before you have even begun.
It is important to choose a goal that seems a little bit scary to achieve. That will keep you striving forward to achieve it. Then, once you have selected your goal, break it down into smaller monthly milestones that will keep you on track.
Your plan does not have to be a rigid one. Sometimes life gets in the way (or a minor niggle). If you keep checking in on your progress then you can modify accordingly if things aren’t quite panning out how you thought they would.
When setting your plan, don’t forget to incorporate in these three important factors…
Optimising Your Performance
Part of setting a goal is pushing yourself to be the best you can be. And you want to take every opportunity to optimise your performance. There are plenty of ways that Orthotic Active can help you achieve that. In fact, we have an entire team dedicated to sports performance.
One of our most popular facilities is the Gait Track. This is where we can see what is really going on with your feet. By assessing the way you walk and run we can offer a state of the art orthotic solution to help you optimise your performance. That can mean innovative and technologically advanced 3D printed insoles designed specifically for your feet.
The information gathered at The Gait Track will help you to achieve your goals. Whether you are referred to us to treat an existing condition, to prevent further injury, or to excel in physical activity, we can create an individualised solution for your needs.
Don’t just take our word for it, take a look at what some of New Zealand’s top athletes have to say about the Gait Track.
Minimising The Risk Of Injury
Leading an active lifestyle opens you up to the risk of injury. Unfortunately, having an injury can stop your goals dead in their tracks. Which is why you want to do all that you can to prevent one from happening.
Prevention, of course, includes smart decisions like listening to your body, stretching, eating right, getting plenty of sleep, and not pushing yourself too hard.
But you could also use our secret weapon to lower the risk.
Alright, it is not quite as secret as we would have you believe as we just mentioned it in the section above. Not only can our expert assessment team and 3D printed insoles optimise your athletic performance, but they can also reduce your chance of injury.
Fitted exactly for your feet and designed to cushion and protect all the right parts, they protect against existing conditions and any weakness in your gait. All of this reduces your chance of experiencing an injury.
We have already established that one of the biggest barriers to completing a goal can be injury. You can feel like a prisoner in your own body because you aren’t able to do the things you want to do.
But we can change all of that.
Our mission is to get you back to living the active life you love. But those are not just words, we stand behind that mission with our orthotic solutions.
No matter the injury, we will have a solution to help you recover as quickly as possible. Whether it is a brace or support that allows you to continue living the way you want, physio to help you get back on your feet, or even specialised stretches and recommendations to strengthen your body.
So if you are ready to hit this new year with a new athletic action plan, we are ready to help you perform at your absolute best. Get in touch with us now to see how we can help you reach those goals this year.