1. Dance: If you don’t like to run, then walk. If you don’t like to walk, then skip. If you can’t get into yoga, or Pilates just isn’t your style, then dance! It’s a fun hobby and a great way to get exercise and burn extra calories…just ask Emmitt Smith! Since dance is a weight bearing exercise, it’s great for building bone strength and reduces your risk of osteoporosis. While you may not have Emmitt’s moves, you will gain balance and agility and get a fun cardio workout.
2. Laugh: Laughter is like jogging for the intestines! It can really get your body moving without working up a sweat and you can do it anywhere! Laughter actually relaxes the body by releasing “feel good” hormones and reduces stress. When haven’t you felt better after a good laugh?
3. Join In: Frequent contact with friends and family, and participation in regular activities such as church, community events, and social functions are important to a long and healthy life. Friends and family help you to rebound from emotional stress and setbacks and help you to adapt to change. People who have healthy social lives take fewer prescribed and OTC medications and make fewer trips to the hospital.
4. Shed The Excess Weight: Maintaining a healthy weight is important for a healthy body. People who maintain an ideal weight (which is within 10 pounds of the weight they were at age 18), have a lower risk of heart attack, high blood pressure and diabetes. The hardest part is keeping the weight off. The key is to increase your level of exercise once you’ve reached you goal weight. A newly slender person uses considerably fewer calories in day to day activities than does a person of the same weight who has always been thin. To maintain the new weight, you must bump up the caloric expenditure by increasing exercise. It doesn’t have to be a grueling workout at the gym – just walk or dance more!
5. Eat Your Fruits & Vegetables: Phytochemicals are the substances found in fruits and vegetables which protect the plants from the effects of too much sun. Researchers are now finding that when consumed by humans, these same chemicals may hold the key to cancer prevention.
6. Take a good multivitamin supplement, extra vitamin D and a probiotic daily: The quality of our soil and therefore our foods is not what it used to be…food is just not as nutritious as it once was 50 years ago. To make up the difference, it’s imperative in this day and age to supplement your diet with good quality supplements that do not contain additives or allergens.
7. Just Say No: There is nothing wrong with having time to yourself and declining an invitation to dinner, to be on a committee, or to help with a fund raiser. Too many people today are stressing out with overscheduled lives. Rather than responding yes right away the next time someone asks you for your time, try telling them, “let me get back to you,” this will give you time to think about your options.
8. Drink More Water! Rather than sugary sports drinks or juices, coffee or spirits, drink water. Your body requires about 8, 8oz. glasses per day, or 1/2 your body weight in ounces. Dehydration causes headaches, elevated blood pressure and bladder infections.
9. Stop Smoking: How many other consumer products are you aware of (besides cigarettes), that have a warning on the label that instructs the consumer that is he/she uses the product, exactly as it was designed and intended to be used that it may kill you?
10. Get Adjusted: A group of studies conducted by some of the largest insurance companies in the world, showed that people who utilize chiropractic services regularly:
• take fewer medications
• visit their MD less often
• make fewer trips to the emergency room and hospital
• spend less on average on medical expenses
• spend less time in nursing homes
• have a higher level of overall health than those people who do not seek regular chiropractic services.
Chiropractic adjustments mobilize the joints, helping to reduce pain and inflammation associated with new and old injuries, including disc bulges or herniation, whiplash, sports injuries, neuropathy and arthritis.
Chiropractic adjustments helps your nervous system function at its highest level. Since your nervous system is the information super highway between your brain and every other part of your body, it needs to be able to send communications unencumbered. But, if spinal bones are misaligned, the nerves get pinched, squeezed, and irritated causing communication breakdown. This can lead to pain, numbness and tingling or much worse…decreased functional capacity of the heart, lungs and other vital organs.
Bonus Tip #11. Ask for Help: If you need help in any of these areas, I can help by providing the coaching, nutritional counselling, and chiropractic care to help you reach your health goals in 2015. I can even help you kick your smoking habit by using acupuncture to break the addiction cycle. Just call and schedule your consultation (239) 243-8735