Chiropractic Tips for New Year’s Resolutions

Starting 2016!

The New Year is here and you’re ready to get fit! Along with millions of others, you may have made a resolution to get more exercise and eat healthier this year. Unfortunately, many people have their fitness resolutions waylaid by a sports injury not long after they begin their new exercise regimen. Anyone can suffer a sports injury, but people who’ve been inactive for a long time and then try to do too much are even more vulnerable. At Pro-Active Health Chiropractic, we want everyone to start the New Year right. Here are a few tips from Dr. Cal to help you stay on track—and pain free—while you work out.

Get a chiropractic checkup.

You may feel healthy enough for regular exercise, but getting a checkup from your chiropractic doctor before starting a new fitness routine may help you avoid serious injury. A new physical activity could aggravate an un-diagnosed condition or untreated back problem, leading to pain or serious illness/injury. Your medical professionals can advise you on the types and amounts of exercise that are appropriate for you.

Make an appointment with a personal trainer.

Whatever your current fitness level is, a trainer can help you develop an exercise program that’s challenging without putting you in danger of injury. You don’t have to commit to a long-term contract; just a few sessions can help you get going at a safe, and effective, speed.

Mix it up.

Yes, it is boring to run around the same track every day. But boredom isn’t the only reason to try a variety of activities. Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are caused by the overuse of a specific set of muscles. For example, tendinitis of the forearm, also known as “tennis elbow,” can be caused by swinging a racket over and over. Participating in a variety of activities allows muscle groups to rest without the need to skip exercise all together. At ProActive Health Chiropractic we can treat RSI through massage therapy, cold laser therapy and spinal adjustments.

Get proper nutrition.

An engine needs fuel to run, and your body needs food and water to exercise safely. While you should avoid filling up right before a workout, exercising on empty leaves you more vulnerable to muscle fatigue, dehydration and injury.

Warm it up and cool it down.

It only takes a few minutes at the beginning and end of your workout to significantly decrease the chances of injury and post-workout muscle soreness. Walk in place or jog slowly to engage and increase the blood flow to all the major muscle groups before you begin intense exercise. At the end of your work out, some basic stretches will help muscles recover more quickly.

See your chiropractor.

A properly aligned spine improves your balance and stability—two important keys to avoiding injury during exercise. Regular chiropractic care will help keep your spine healthy as you work to make the rest of your body that way. [ CLICK HERE ] to schedule an appointment.

Think Well!

Is sitting as bad as cigarettes for your health?

Could it be that sitting has become as detrimental to our health as smoking cigarettes?

In fact, that is what the research is finding. Due to our sedentary lifestyle we have become “sitting ducks” for many diseases from heart disease to diabetes. Below is some eye-opening information that may help to save your life. After seeing this information I am even more convinced that MOVEMENT IS LIFE and the lack if it will certainly lead to our demise in the end!

In the words of our First Lady, Mrs. Obama, “Let’s Move, America!”

Are you sitting comfortably?

Well, you might not want to be.

That’s because many researchers say that “sitting is the new smoking.” Studies from around the world show that excessive sitting has been linked to increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, disability, depression, weight gain, and even some cancers. We’re seeing more evidence, on almost a daily basis, about the health impacts of too much sitting. But does the evidence really stand up? We’ll investigate.

Here is what the Mayo Clinic says: MayoClinic Link

Move Well!

This is Bananas!!!

Some of you may have seen the recent Rachel Ray show when she had on the authors of a book entitled The Carb Lover’s Diet.  This diet claims that you can lose weight and get healthy while eating things like pasta and bread!!  It seems to good to be true, but there is some merit to their claims.  The type of carbs that the authors are referring to are called resistant carbs.  These carbs are not digested in the small instestine.  This means that you do not gain any calories from these them, they make you feel fuller longer, and boosts fat metabolism.  The authors suggest that 15 grams of resistant carbs are needed per day and that can be reached by eating 1 banana as well as other carb rich foods.

 

Now for a reality check.  Although these resistant carbs can help you lose weight they do not provide any nutrition for the body.  I would be careful with this diet and make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as protein, and always remember that there are no “quick fixes” when it comes to losing weight.  It takes a lifestyle change not a diet to lose weight and keep it off for good. 

Balanced eating is the key to balanced living.

Eat Well!

MyPlate to Replace Food Pyramid

“The first lady, Michelle Obama, on Thursday relegated the government’s well-known food pyramid to the sands of history, unveiling a new, simpler image of a plate divided into basic food groups”,  reports the New York Times today about a new government-backed effort to fight obesity and the growing nutritional problems in the US.

I applaud the First Lady for her efforts in combating obesity in this country and I also think that this new visual aid will assist many people in their effort to eat healthier.  I especially like that 1/2 of the plate if covered with fruits and vegetables.  Just remember that organic produce is proven to have substantiallymore amounts of nutrients than most commercial produce.  Also organic produce is grown without the use of harmful pesticides and herbicides.  I do, however, have several concerns in regards to “MyPlate”.  First, this plate does not differentiate between good and bad grains.  Good grains being 100% whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat), and bad being processed products such as white rice and pasta. Secondly, Ihave concerns about encouraging dairy as a substantial part of one’s diet.  Most dairy products are pasteurized and homogenized and are void of nutrients and naturally occurring probiotics, which assist in digestion.  One is generally better off eating green leafy vegetables to get the recommended amounts of calcium and other vitamins and minerals.

Overall I think this is a great attempt to simplify the food pyramid and I think it will help many people to live healthier lives.  Just always remember to ask yourself if what you are eating is nourishing your body or harming you body, and you will make betters choices for yourself.

Eat Well!

ChooseMyPlate.gov