Life is sometimes so busy that changing anything can feel like too much to handle. However as crazy as life is, waiting for a better time to start some healthy habits often leads to weeks, months or years without change or improvement in our health. Therefore, crazy or not, let’s look five things to consider as a place to start, sooner rather than later.
1. Manage Stress
We have all experienced the feeling of juggling too many responsibilities and obligations. Stress management is essential, and it provides us with a variety of options to help us cope and flourish. So, before you start your day, put your phone down, switch off notifications, and get in some exercise to clear your mind, ground yourself, and prepare yourself take on the day, better equipped to deal with stress.
It can be tough to begin a new habit, but stress management through exercise can help as it puts forth challenges that you can overcome and feel immediate reward for as the body adapts, responds, and is flooded with well feeling hormones. Even a few minutes of exercise can help energize the body and focus the mind so that you can take the day in stride. Therefore, be encouraged to discover a morning stress management routine that may in-fact become a healthy lifelong habit.
2. Set Goals
Even if you’ve never heard of Strava, the most popular activity tracking app, which records your running, cycling, and other outdoor activities, the concept is undoubtedly familiar. Strava’s data scientists recently disclosed data that astonished even the company: they discovered that users who set goals were 92 percent more likely to significantly elevate their fitness than those who lacked established goals. You don’t necessarily need to use Strava as Dr. A has been using Fitbit for years and loves to set weekly goals and challenges using their fitness tracking app. Therefore, be encouraged to set goals whether short-term or long-term as they can help healthy habits become a part of a healthy lifestyle and achieve milestones along the way.
3. Be Consistent
We’ve all heard it before, “consistency is key.” However, taking on new habits can be daunting and going full-on cold turkey on one’s current lifestyle can be a recipe for failure. Therefore, modest changes tend to be more sustainable, give way to noticeable improvements, and subsequently provide motivation to adopt additional changes as part of a lifestyle rather than a dietary or exercise fad. Such modest changes could be as simple as adding nutrients to your meals through fruits and vegetables, becoming more physically active, drinking more water, or adding some intensity to your existing workout regimen. If you can incorporate any of these things and be consistent with them, results will ensue.
4. Make Workouts a Routine
We all know how difficult it is to push your limits, but you have to. It is by pushing the body past its comfort zone that physiological adaptation occurs. This is true in terms of improving one’s endurance, speed, agility, and mental acuity. What this comes down to is applying stress to the body and allowing it to recover, adapt, and improve in its ability to cope with future stress. It should be noted that the improvements are not just in performance, but in all processes involved, including insulin sensitivity and fat utilization. As these are common areas needing improvement when evaluating blood panels, making a workout a daily activity can be a good way to see those desired improvements. As a noteworthy point, this doesn’t mean everyone should become a marathoner but rather seek out things that interest you, utilizing your phone, activity tracker, or a workout video on the internet. Workouts will ultimately improve your health incredibly.
5. Include Chiropractic Care
The spine is the body’s center, supporting and safeguarding all organs and glandular systems. Therefore, it is necessary to include chiropractic care in your life.
Chiropractic is a gentle and natural technique of spinal manipulation that uses light touch to realign malpositioned vertebrae, mobilize hypomobile joints, and rebalance organs to restore your body’s wellness.
Chiropractic care affecting organs, organ systems, and wellness may seem like a stretch, especially considering predominant chiropractic experiences today. Such are often described as getting a quick adjustment with presumptions of only affecting the alignment of one’s vertebrae and the mobility of joints. However, location, amplitude, and intention of an adjustment can stimulate nerve endings and portions of the nervous system to cause balancing. Common examples include more restful sleep, better concentration, and improved bowel habitus. Additional benefits from chiropractic care can include improved blood circulation, pain alleviation, increased flexibility, and improved activity tolerance and performance.
For anyone trying to adopt new healthy habits, dedication is essential as such changes require effort and a certain level of commitment. This may initially be uncomfortable but can become something you enjoy. We recommend sharing your goals at your next chiropractic visit so that we can help and encourage you in your journey.