5 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Spine
New year, new you! As we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome 2019 we get involved with the famous New Year’s resolutions. Sometimes this could be a stressful thing.
Should I lose weight? Make more money? Exercise more? Buy a house? This can be overwhelming. We often get involved with trying to find the perfect resolution and we forget that simple things go a long way. Whatever you decide to do, it is important to write it down and make it attainable.
If you are not sure, how about starting with the most important asset that any human being has: your health. Before you start, you might ask yourself “What is health?” Is it a lack of symptoms? Is it not being sick? I feel fine, does that mean I’m healthy. The answer is probably not. Health, as defined by the World Health Organization, is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” In other words, performing at maximum potential in all aspects of life, physically, mentally and emotionally equals perfect health.
You might say “that sounds great! How do I accomplish it?” There is really not one answer, but the best place to start is with your spine. Your spine is responsible for protecting your most important system in your body: the nervous system. If your spine is out of shape, your nervous system is out of shape, therefore a healthy spine equals a healthy you. Here are 5 easy ways to keep your spine healthy and therefore being one step closer to achieving optimal health.
1- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day– Research shows that exercising as little as 30 minutes a day helps you improve your health. Adding a little exercise to your daily routine can get you a long way. Whether it is going to the gym, doing yoga, running, playing sports or even walking, physical activity improves your health and reduces back pain, headaches and other musculo-skeletal issues.
2- Worry less- reducing stress can play a very important role in your road back to optimal health. Stress alone can be responsible for a lot of symptoms like back pain, neck pain, headaches, high blood pressure and indigestion. Practice taking deep breaths and going on walks that can help you clear your mind and find healthier ways to dealing with every day life.
3- Eat more greens– a lot of people decide to go on diets and most of the time fall of the wagon within the first month. When it comes to diet changes it is always better to start little by little. Adding more greens to your diet is a great start. Vegetables like broccoli, kale and spinach are great additions to your diet that can help you lose weight and improve your eating habits. Start by adding these to your diet rather than going on a crazy one that might involve more than what you can handle.
4- Laugh more– Research shows that laughter not only release endorphins which are your “feel good” hormones, but it also decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells. Get surrounded by people that make you laugh and get involve with activities that make you smile. The more you laugh, the less you stress.
5- Visit a chiropractor– your spine plays a key role in your health as it protects the nervous system and makes sure it can work without interference. Chiropractors are spine specialists that help your spine get back on track when it is not working properly. Not only chiropractic can help with your aches and pains, it also helps improve your over all health.
Make us part of your New Year’s Resolution! We are here to help. Make your appointment today! 941-777-3375
Yours in health,
Dr. Juan Caceres