Don't Be Afraid of Commitment
Valentine's Day, why not make a commitment, a commitment to a healthier
lifestyle. What could be a better gift to a loved one and to yourself
than living the longest, healthiest life you possibly can?
too late to start and with a few changes you could be on the road to
healthy living. According to the American Chiropractic Association
(ACA), all it takes are some simple, practical changes to make a
positive impact that will improve your health now as well as prevent
future painful health problems.
Dr. Michael Pedigo says, "When a patient asks me what steps they can
take to improve their health, I, of course, urge them to stop smoking,
eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly and
reduce stress in their life; however, I also give them more
chiropractic-related tips that are often overlooked by other healthcare
providers — tips that can make a big difference in their quality
of life and prevent future pain and injury."
The following commitments can help you toward a healthier lifestyle, ACA suggests:
I will limit my intake of caffeinated coffee, sodas and teas. The
caffeine in these drinks can cause dehydration and can rob the body of
essential nutrients. Stick to water, juices and other decaffeinated
I will not carry a heavy purse or briefcase with its strap over my
shoulder, unless I place the strap over my head on the side opposite
the bag. Wearing a shoulder strap over one shoulder unevenly places the
weight of the bag on one side of the body, potentially causing shoulder
and back pain.
I will not lift heavy objects over my head. These types of movements
can strain muscles and affect nerves, causing severe neck, shoulder and
I will avoid the habit of consistently crossing the same knee over the
other. Such a habit can also eventually cause misalignment of the
I will try to keep moving while I'm at work. If sedentary for the
majority of the work day, it is very important to take periodic stretch
breaks throughout the day. Get up from the desk and take a brief walk,
and stretch arms and legs as frequently as possible to avoid postural
and spinal stress.
I will avoid over-medicating myself and my family. Many
over-the-counter and prescription medications have unknown side
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