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Mutual support key to meaningful fitness regimen that works


Las Cruces physical therapist Dennis L. Prickett said he is frequently asked about how people can help one another to live in a more healthful way. 

“We all want our loved ones to be around forever, so from the start, they should know you’re coming from a good place,” said Prickett, owner of Atrium Physical Therapy in Las Cruces. “And, while health and exercise may be difficult topics to breach, the long-term benefits are worth the uncomfortable conversation.” 

Prickett suggests the following: 

Set an Example: Your concern will certainly carry more weight if you regularly exercise yourself. But beyond that, resolve to also set a new wellness goal or try a new activity. People are more likely to be active and try something new when someone close to them is doing the same. 

Do Activities Together: The buddy system works. Exercising and being active together will help you both be more motivated, more willing to try new things, and develop more consistency. 

Make It a Routine: Speaking of consistency, this should be part of any new effort to be more active. Creating a routine is one of the best ways to establish accountability with one another (i.e., a little positive peer pressure) and help ensure the effort is long-lasting. 

Give Healthful Gifts: This can be touchy. However, if you’re both truly on board with helping one another be more active, gifts like a yoga mat, a fitness tracker, a piece of exercise equipment or a gift certificate to try a new class or activity should be appropriate. 

Just Be Supportive: Re-establishing new routines and habits is difficult, especially if someone has been in a rut for a long period of time. Simply offering support, encouragement, a kind word, a listening ear or a compliment can go a long way. 

Also, if you discover pain or physical limitations are keeping your loved one from exercising or living a more active life, have him or her see a physical therapist. 

Following an initial assessment, a physical therapist can uncover the cause of the limitation, then establish a personalized program for treating and/or overcoming the issue in order to help them reach their goals. 

For more information, visit www.atriumpt.com