Setting a New Year’s resolution to lose weight or reach a specific fitness goal plays an important role in your long-term health. By taking measures to limit potential risks while you exercise or adjust your diet, you will prevent accidental injuries that set you back or even cause you to stop trying to improve your health.

Set a Realistic Goal

The MedFit Network points out that your body has more than 200 bones and more than 600 muscles. You also have several hundred joints that help your body move. The complexity of your body require respect and proper management. When you set a New Year’s resolution, focus on a realistic goal that you can obtain.

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Start with a quantifiable number. That means you set a weight loss goal or a fitness goal you can actually measure. Whether you want to focus on building muscle mass, reducing fat content or shedding excess weight, you want a specific number for each week and each month. For example, you might want to lose one pound each week or four pounds each month. By setting short-term and long-term goals, you will have small steps that allow you to reach you final goal.

Identify Potential Risks

According to Web MD, exercising contributes to certain injuries and health risks. You want to identify the potential risks  before you start any workout routine. If you have not worked on your physical health in several years, then you may have a risk of sprains, strains or other injuries. Many injuries stem from improper form during exercise or improper use of exercise equipment.

Always identify the risks of a workout before you start on your fitness goals. If you are not sure about the potential risks, then ask a professional to prevent injuries or avoid situations that may cause physical harm to your body.

Work with a Professional

Working with a professional is a key part of reaching your fitness goals or making the most of your resolution. A professional teaches you the proper form and ensures that you do not take unnecessary risks with your workout routine.

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Professionals also develop a strategy to address any health concerns or special considerations associated with your routine. For example, if you have a medical condition, then they help you identify the appropriate way to work on your goals without taking risks with your health.

Making the most of your New Year’s resolution is a process that requires the proper tools and strategies. A key part of the process is working with a professional to prevent injuries and set a realistic goal for your health.