Recently I completed a challenge called 75 HARD developed by Andy Frisella. I learned a lot about myself. As a physical therapist, I went to the extreme to place myself in my patient’s shoes to learn about how to overcome mental hurdles in achieving my goals.
What is 75 HARD:
· Two 45 minute workouts a day (one MUST be outside)
· Drink one gallon of water a day
· Pick a diet and stick to it (no alcohol or cheat meals)
· Read 10 pages a day
· Take a progress picture everyday
· NO DEVIATION for 75 days or you have to start back from Day 1.
I often encounter patients who are in extreme pain; and as a result, are no longer able to participate in the activities that they love. Not being able to do what you love to do has a huge impact on your life. You may lose your sense of self. You may not be able to get the social interactive you typically have. You start to lose motivation. You may become depressed. This cycle is hard to correct.
BEGINNING a change to get your life back is the hardest part. Finding the motivation to make that call to seek help is tough. It is hard to confront the fact that you are not who you want to be. You may begin to just accept that you will never be able to get back to the gym, or you will never be able to play pickleball or paddle again, or you tell yourself “I’m too old to run anymore.” This is not the case!
Full disclosure! I am not saying you shoulder try 75 HARD. I am speaking from my experience and encouraging you to take back control of your life. Physical therapy is the first step in returning to the things you love to do most! Get out of pain, get active, and start living again!
Dr. Lucas Hiller, PT, DPT is dedicated to the wellness of each and every person who walks through the door. Dr. Hiller is dedicated to helping health conscious individuals live their most active and fit life without the need for pills, injections or surgery. When Dr. Hiller isn't using his magic touch to keep people as active and healthy as they can, he's attending classes and conferences to implement the most innovative practices and technologies to address his patients' needs.
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