Posts Tagged ‘health’
It is time for our monthly infographic!
With September comes cooler weather, but with the sun still out, we are still able to take advantage and exercise outdoors. This infographic highlights the full body benefits of walking. You know we love walking, and here are a few more reasons why it rocks!
Even if you are able to walk just 30 minutes a day, your body, your mind, your emotions (and your pain levels!) will be better for it. You will decrease your chance of illness as well as your stress, while increasing your quality of sleep, energy levels, mood and brain stimulation. So go on, lace up those sneakers and take those first steps. One of the best parts of making walking part of your daily routine? IT’S FREE !
Real Simple Magazine outlined a great guide to protecting your bone health – and even broke it down by decades, so you know what you should be doing based on your age range.
There are some basic tips that everyone should be following in order to keep your bones strong and supportive throughout your life, and most of them you already know, and probably follow to help other areas of your health. They called it “Timeless Advice”, which I think is perfectly titled. No matter what age you are, you can begin following these guidelines to improve your bone health.
1 – Eat Right. Consuming a diet rich in fruits, veggies, and low fat dairy will ensure that you maintain your daily intake of vitamins and minerals – such as calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin D – which will boost the strength of your bones.
2- Exercise. Real Simple notes that “exercise can have a greater effect on bone strength than calcium consumption, according to recent research.” High impact exercises are recommended, such as running and weight training.
3- Drop the Cigarette. Smoking has been shown to reduce estrogen levels and cause an earlier onset of menopause, both of which contribute to a loss in bone density, making you susceptible to fractures and breaks.
4- Watch Salt & Alcohol. A high salt diet is associated with excess calcium excretion, and more than one alcohol drink a day could be harmful to estrogen levels. A fine example of a little bit can go a long way. Another staple in the American diet to stay away from? Caffeine.
One thing they don’t mention, that would be great no matter what your age? Chiropractic of course! Maintaining routine chiropractic adjustments will help you pain free, allowing you to enjoy an active lifestyle. An increase in activity will add more loading on bone mass, increasing your bone mass density.
Check out the rest of the article to see advice specifically targeted from your 20s all the way to your 50s.
When your boss shoots you an email with the details about your next office meeting, you might be surprised to see the location – a pair of treadmills? That’s right, “walking meetings”, as they have come to be called, are becoming popular in offices across the nation. These meetings take place on two treadmills that face each other – the true definition of multi-tasking, if you ask me – allowing co-workers to talk while they walk.
A recent blog post had peeked my curiosity – and with a little research, I found that this idea isn’t exactly new. New York Times had written about this a little over a year ago, mentioning a financing firm that had set up four treadmill desks for co-workers to utilize while they “take care of business.”
You might think to yourself, I workout out almost daily, doesn’t that negate elongated time spend sitting down? Not exactly. Research has shown that it isn’t the not exercising that is dangerous, it is simply the act of sitting itself. One study by the American Cancer Society showed that women and men who sat for six hours a day were 37 percent, and 18 percent, respectively, more likely to die by the end of the 13 year study period. Wow.
The Mayo Clinic also noted that increased hours of sitting, whether behind a desk or in front of a television, “increased the risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain (angina) or heart attack” by 125 percent.
Those studies don’t even mention the more immediate side effects of long-term sitting. Hello Neck Pain! Welcome Back Pain! Ah, we meet again Headaches and Wrist Pain!
Don’t think your boss will spring for a couple of treadmills? Not to worry, the idea is still the same.When you have a chance, take the stairs, not the elevator. Instead of using intercom or instant messaging, get up and WALK to your co-worker to relay the message. Refill your water every hour – this will help encourage you to get up more frequently, as you will need to walk to both the water cooler and the bathroom.
Another great tip? GET UP. Even just a few 5 minute walking breaks, with a few stretches and deep breathing thrown in, can do wonders for your overall health.
What do you plan to do to make sure you keep moving throughout the work day?
We did it! We survived the holiday hangover that is the month of January and have made it into February – land of President’s Day weekend, Valentine’s Day, and the beginning signs of longer days.
By now, the motivation for keeping up with your new year goals is starting to fade. Those healthy meals are giving way to convenient “on-the-go” dinners, stress is making fitting in that workout seem impossible. Consider this blog a friendly reminder.
On the top of most people’s resolution list is always something health related. Quit smoking, eat better, exercise more, finally address that chronic back pain. The funny thing is, falling back into an unhealthy routine can be too easy.
I’m here to ask you – are you being honest with yourself? Are you getting in your own way when it comes to your health?
Many times, people aren’t open to change. Aren’t open to trying different, healthy foods, or trying chiropractic to get rid of that back pain.
Be open to the process, be open to evolution.
“I just don’t have the time.”
When it comes to scheduling chiropractic appointments, every office has a few of those patients that nod their head in agreement to their treatment plan, only to walk out and tell the front desk person that their calendar is full and they’ll call you. That is why patient education is so important to us here at Mecca Integrated Medical Center.
Our office philosophy is, if you can give us a month, it will have a positive effect on the rest of your year. Sure, when you leave work, sometimes the last thing you want to do is head straight to your chiropractor’s office. But putting in that time to correct the problem, not just temporarily relieve the pain, will help you in the long run.
What would your continual back pain prevent you from doing? Something as small as bringing in your groceries from the car? Or how about extreme cases where you miss your child’s dance recital because you can’t sit down that long? When you commit yourself and your body to health and wellness, the benefits will spill into every aspect of your life.
So what is our advice? Schedule your chiropractic appointments with the same importance as a meeting with your boss. Bosses don’t cancel. Make the time for your health, so you don’t have to make the time for your sickness later.
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