1 Think PREVENTION. Modify your lifestyle and habits so that they have the least negative impact possible on your health. Avoid excess relating to diet and alcohol. Get your rest. Exercise (just walk 20 min a day). Manage your stress. Laugh. Socialize. Get a pet. Drink water. Eat your fruits and veggies. Forgive. Love. Breathe.
2 You are Body. You are Mind. You are Spirit. Begin to view health as something that encompasses EVERY part of who and what you are. Health is not just the absence of disease, but means that every facet of your being is cared for.
3 Exercise 4-5 days a week. Physical activity can control weight and stress and reduce your risk for heart attack, diabetes, stroke and some cancers. Even something as simple as going for a relatively brisk 20 minute walk will produce amazing health benefits. Countless studies reveal how regular walking can improve the body’s ability to consume oxygen, lower blood pressure, increase the efficiency of the heart and lungs, and burn fat. What most people forget is that whether you walk a mile or run it, your body still burns about 100 calories. If you walk every day, that can add up to about a pound of weight lost per month. It can be that easy.
4 Manage your stress and other emotions. Excessive stress impairs your immune system and contributes to heart disease and many health problems. At Inspire Chiropractic we often utilize breathing exercises that slow and deepen your breath which can make a huge impact on the level of stress that you feel. Not only does the stress diminish, but this also lessens its negative impact on your body and your health.
5 Wear your seat belt. People who wear their seat belts reduce their risk for death in automobile accidents. Even if you’re just heading down the block – put it on!! Better still, if you’re just heading down the block get out and walk!! (see number 3)
6 Drink alcohol moderately. Having more than one drink a day for women and all people over age 65 or two drinks a day for men increases your risk for liver disease, heart failure and some cancers. And – Don’t drink and drive. You would think that this doesn’t need to be said but sadly it does. If you’ve been drinking – DON’T DRIVE.
7Demand the best from all of your health care providers , whether they be medical or complementary. You deserve it and that’s our job. We enter our professions for the purpose of working our tails off every single day in order to help those who depend on us find answers to their health questions and assist them in creating healthier, productive and satisfying futures for themselves and their loved ones. Don’t let us let you down!
8Advocate for the fundamental conditions and resources for health. According to the World Health Organization they are Peace, Shelter, Education, Food, Income, a Stable Ecosystem, Sustainable Resources, Social Equity, and Justice. Astoundingly they don’t exist for every man woman and child in Canada. But they should. Make it happen.
9Educate yourself about health and whatever health conditions you may have. There is an incredible amount of information available to anyone who cares to look. Sometimes it can be a little confusing, so ask us about it.
10Consider alternative forms of health care for your health related complaints. Many of you already do – that’s why you’re reading this! But if you’ve never considered chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, or massage therapy, or aren’t sure how we could help you, pick up the phone! Call us and ask us any questions you may have or drop by the office just to talk. I am always happy to take the time to answer questions you may have about Chiropractic care.