The Smart Clinics Encourages Patients to Persevere as New Year Resolutions Fade

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Studies show that New Year resolutions start to waver in the third week of January. However, London-based The Smart Clinics is encouraging clients to stick with their healthy goals and seek professional help and support.

Dr David Smart

Dr David Smart

If you are committed to a healthier lifestyle for the New Year, you don’t have to do it alone. Seeking help from a suitably qualified professional is an option which can provide people with expert advice and support to help them to continue and succeed.

Millions of adults started 2015 with New Year’s Resolutions and time after time, health dominates the list of goals that people set themselves. However, research indicates that 40% give up within a fortnight and by the end of January, gyms are becoming less busy again as the healthy habits tail off.

London-based healthcare company, The Smart Clinics, is encouraging Brits to stick with their healthy goals and says that professional support could be the key to continuing.

The Smart Clinics’ founder and Director, Dr David Smart MB ChB explains:

“Many of us start the year with good intentions to improve our health, whether it’s quitting smoking, starting an effective diet, exercising more or cutting back on alcohol. Yet many patients lapse relatively quickly. We’re encouraging people to pursue their goals as the health benefits of these changes are potentially life-extending.”

“Media coverage tends to glamorise the healthy lifestyle, making it look easy and achievable. In reality, we understand that making major changes can be really challenging and difficult, but that doesn’t mean that people should give up.”

“If you are committed to a healthier lifestyle for the New Year, you don’t have to do it alone. Seeking help from a suitably qualified professional is an option which can provide people with expert advice and support to help them to continue and succeed. Having professional support and advice can considerably increase the chances of success.”

The Smart Clinics has an extensive team of private GPs and healthcare professionals who can help patients to work on achieving their New Year resolutions.

For example, stopping smoking is one of the most beneficial and life-extending health improvements that an individual can make. The Smart Clinics offer help and advice from their private GPs, but practical support is also available in terms of clinical hypnosis or acupuncture treatment, both of which have been shown to be potentially very effective for those wanting to stop smoking.

Dieting is a very popular goal during January, especially after the excesses of Christmas and again, the health benefits of maintaining a healthy food intake are enormous. However, for those with ingrained bad habits, changing diet can be a challenging issue. Before embarking on a radical plan, patients are advised to see a GP, especially if they are very overweight or have other healthcare concerns. At The Smart Clinics, help is also available from nutritionists or dietitians who can work with patients one to one on customised diet plans. The Company also offers Hormonal Restoration Therapy and Bio-Identical Hormones which can be helpful in weight loss. Hypnosis can also be very helpful.

Exercise is another common goal for the New Year, but one where many people lapse. Many people find exercise difficult due to previous injuries, but if this issue is standing in the way of a more active lifestyle, then support is available from physiotherapists, podiatrists or osteopaths at The Smart Clinics. In addition, anybody who is very overweight or has other healthcare concerns patients should see a GP for advice before embarking on rigorous exercise regimes.

Dr Smart continues:

“It takes 66 days to form a habit, so it is quite easy for people to lapse in the first 2 months, especially when people are aiming at a dramatic change in lifestyle; but these goals are worth pursuing.”

“At this point in the year, rather than give up, review your goals. If you’ve been over-ambitious, then use what you’ve learned over the last few weeks to adjust your goals and make them more manageable.”

“Above all, don’t give up - find the support you need to succeed.”

The Smart Clinics is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee.

However, non-members are also welcome to access The Smart Clinics’ GPs, nurses and healthcare professionals on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.

The Smart Clinics was founded in 2013 by Dr David Smart MB ChB and is an independent and doctor-managed company with a genuine commitment to quality healthcare at the heart of the business. The company has two locations with South Kensington (Brompton Cross) in North London and Wandsworth covering the South London area.

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