As 2017 comes to an end, we start to brainstorm how we can make 2018 an even better year. In order to be happier with our bodies, we must start at the basics of health. Here at Davis Family Chiropractic and Massage, we can help you get on the right track of creating a healthier life for yourself in 2018. Here are 7 New Year’s Resolutions that you can make that we can help you keep.
1. Incorporate Exercise into Your Lifestyle
If you can incorporate as little as 30 minutes a day of any exercise to increase your heart rate, you will experience many positive benefits. These benefits include lowering the risk of diabetes and heart disease, more nights of a good night’s sleep, and you will even experience the reduction in neuro-musculoskeletal issues such as back pain and migraines.
2. Improve Your Posture
Did you know that over 100 million Americans work a desk job. Sitting for 8-9 hours a day can cause a person’s posture to go downhill quickly. Bad posture can lead to back pain, neck pain, and even headaches. If you are someone who sits in front of a computer for the majority of your day, we suggest that you look into ways to help prevent poor posture. Here are some ways that you can improve your posture at work:
3. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Vegetables such as broccoli and kale are referred to as cruciferous vegetables, and they are rich in calcium. Cruciferous vegetables can reduce your risk of getting osteoarthritis later on in life. Vegetables such as lentils and spinach are high in magnesium and have been proven to benefit people with chronic back pain. Fruits are nutrient dense and they provide our bodies with vitamin and minerals to help us from getting sick.
We know that it can be difficult to incorporate the suggested amount of fruits and vegetables into your daily life, so we provide our patients with the product Juice Plus+ to help you obtain those recommended daily amounts.
4. Lose Unnecessary Weight
Carrying extra weight on your body every day can put pressure on your spine and joints. This pressure can lead to sciatica, disk herniation, and osteoarthritis. It is important to keep your Body Mass Index (BMI) in the normal range so that you can reduce your risk of getting high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and organ failure.
5. Get More Sleep
It is common knowledge that a good night’s sleep is 8 hours. 40% of Americans are getting less than that recommended amount. If you are included in that 40%, you should turn off your devices, turn off the lights, and go to bed at least an hour earlier than you normally do. Some benefits of more sleep include:
So go to bed earlier or take a nap, and don’t feel guilty about it!
6. Practice Breathing and Meditation
Contrary to popular belief, health is not just the absence of illness. Health is the balance of mind, body, and spirit. When you take just 10 minutes out of your day to stop what you’re doing, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing, your mind, body, and spirit can become more connected and you can experience significant health improvements. Some of these health benefits include:
All it takes is 10 minutes of your day. You can close your eyes and breathe right when you wake up, before you go to bed, or even when you park your car before walking into work.
7. See a Chiropractor
Did you know that you are 67% less likely to become injured if you are in proper alignment? Seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis to stay in alignment can improve your life in ways you didn’t even think of before. Here are some benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments:
This is only a short list of how regular chiropractic benefits can improve your life. Our favorite part of chiropractic care is that it is a drug-free holistic way to reduce pain and improve your life. We wish that everyone in the world would see a chiropractor on a regular basis so that everyone can life a healthy and happy life.
If you want to make a New Year’s resolution that will improve your lifestyle in 2018, please feel free to ask us how you can get on the right track.
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Dr. Marc Davis