Wellness is as Simple as ABC
Happy New Year everyone! With 2017 here, many people have made all sorts of resolutions for this new year. Some vow to spend more time with their friends and family, others want to be more mindful of their money and arguably the most popular new years resolutions are to lose weight or exercise more. For those who have chosen these resolutions, the purpose of this month's blog is to help make things simple for you in the pursuit of your new goals.
Between TV, magazines, books, the internet and almost every other form of media, we are bombarded on a daily basis by all things regarding our health. There are enough diets, exercise programs and "experts" out there to make your head spin. Many of the diets are complex and some exercise programs can be complicated. Living a wellness-based lifestyle isn't about following a specific diet or a 3 month workout plan. Wellness is about integrating long-term changes into your lifestyle for the positive benefit of your health. Sometimes with the advances in technology in today's world, we've forgotten that the simple ways to do things are sometimes still the best ways to do them. I kept this in mind when I created our office's ABC's of Wellness, which stand for Alignment, Balance, Consistency, Diet and Exercise.
Keeping things simple, we recommend supportive chiropractic care, massage therapy and Stabilizing Orthotics (when needed) to help maintain your body's alignment and balance. These are important to your health because when your body is not in its proper alignment and out of its normal balance, not only does it place excessive stress on your body, but because of your nervous system's relationship with your alignment and balance, it also negatively affects how your body functions as well.
Consistency is another important piece of the wellness puzzle. If the phrase "it's a marathon, not a sprint" were applied to your health, the instant results that our society has become obsessed with would be the sprint and living a wellness-based lifestyle would be the marathon. Integrating these changes into your lifestyle takes some time getting used to, so don't get discouraged if you encounter a setback or get off track with your new routines. As long as the majority of your decisions are made with a positive effect on your health in mind, you're still on the right track. For example, if you are looking to lose weight this year, keep in mind that losing only 1 pound a week for an entire year is a total of 52 pounds lost!
Diet and exercise are also integral parts of wellness. We all know the numerous benefits that a healthy diet and regular exercise can have for our health. Don't get too caught up with specific diets, just make sure you're eating a diet consisting of smart food choices with lean protein sources, unsaturated fats and complex carbohydrates. Also remember that pizza or some of your other favorite foods aren't the enemy as long as they are eaten in moderation, remember, think long term. The same goes for exercise, if you follow an exercise program that you don't like, chances are you won't follow through with it. So find a form of exercise that you enjoy doing and it can soon become something you look forward to each day, making it much easier to stick with while you reap all the great benefits of exercise.
One last point of advice when it comes to making lifestyle changes is to set specific goals. If you begin a new routine with no specific goal or something vague, it becomes hard to follow through with. If you're looking to lose weight this year, choose a target weight that you'd like to get to. If you want to exercise by walking, jogging or running, set a goal of competing in a local race or a fun run. If you're changing your diet and exercising more to lower your blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar, consult with your physician so you can get periodic checks so you can monitor your results. One tip that I recommend is to set not only a big goal, but also smaller weekly goals to not only keep you on track towards reaching your goal. but to keep you motivated to reach your weekly goals on the way to your big goal. Setting goals helps us stay motivated to achieve them. Once you've reached your desired goals, develop a supportive plan going forward to help maintain your results.
On behalf of our office, we congratulate everyone who has chosen to take control of their health this year and wish you all the best in achieving your wellness goals! If there is any way that we can assist you in achieving these goals, please feel free to contact us anytime!