Dr. John McDonald:
To work out with friends... often when I try to exercise on my own, I find excuses not to go (work, rest, etc.). When I have a buddy expecting me, I don't want to let them down. This way I am much more diligent with my workouts.
Dr. Barbara Bergin:
You've heard these driving do's and don'ts before... but have you resolved to do them?
- Don't text and drive. I've literally been pulling over to text if it's absolutely necessary to text right that minute. But there are other options, including making an old fashioned phone call!
- Obey the 3, 4 or 5 second rule. No matter what the rule or road conditions, stay well behind the car in front of you. You can't depend on the predictable flow of traffic to keep you out of trouble. It doesn't matter what causes abrupt changes in the flow of traffic. You might be the one who pays for not keeping your distance.
- Don't drink and drive. Don't do it. Either don't drink, have a designated driver in the group, or take a cab. Don't do it this year. Not even once.
Amber Anderson, PT:
To substitute Diet Sprite with La Croix sparkling water... I am pretty diligent about drinking water throughout the day to stay hydrated, but I do crave something fizzy with a little flavor. Sparkling water, especially fruity ones, is a way to mix it up without artificial sugars and unnatural ingredients.
To log workouts/runs in a daily journal... by recording my runs each day, I am able to track progress in mileage/pace on any given week. This also helps ensure I am building in rest days with yoga or swimming to avoid injury. Using a journal is a great way to set goals and stay motivated.
Write down your New Year's resolutions on paper, set attainable goals, and share them with a friend who will hold you accountable can all help you achieve success.
Good luck, and Happy New Year from Texas Orthopedics!
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