Have you ever noticed that starting in December, people start making statements like:
“My resolution is to lose twenty pounds”
“My resolution is to work out every day”
Resolutions are made more often than holiday dinner reservations! However, according to U.S. News, the average resolution lasts until the second week of February. Many times, this is because the resolution is a lofty or unrealistic goal that is made with no research on the steps to get there.
Here at Complete Chiropractic, we want to help you SUCCEED! We have put together 4 realistic resolutions that you can make for your health along with guidance on how to accomplish these goals. These are small changes that can have a BIG impact in your everyday life.
- Drink enough water every day – When you are dehydrated, it can lead to headaches, dizziness and nausea. To prevent this, you should try to drink half of your body weight in ounces per day. For example, a 150-pound person should drink 75 ounces of water per day.By staying hydrated, you will have more energy and feel more awake. An easy way to make sure that you get in all of your water is to prefill your water bottles in the morning so you know exactly how much you have left throughout the day.BONUS TIP – Try to drink one additional glass of water for every glass of alcohol that you consume.
- Get enough sleep every night – Tiredness throughout the day can cause a lack of productivity at work and can affect many other health factors as well. Sleep deficiency has been linked to obesity and cardiovascular diseases, so it is very important that you get enough sleep.Eight hours of sleep is typically what adults should aim for. To help yourself fall asleep more easily, avoid screens and electronics for the hour before you go to bed. The light emitted from these devices prevents your body from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells us to rest. You should sleep on your back so that your spine has time to elongate during the night.Having trouble sleeping due to headaches or pain? Check out CCSH’s “Guide for Moms: Eliminate Headaches and Neck Pain – Feel Great by Improving Eight Key Health Factors.“
- Improve your diet – A poor diet can affect the human body in many ways. It allows your muscles to become inflamed more easily, which can pull your bones out of alignment. Some foods that commonly cause inflammation are wheat, canola oil, frozen dinners, and anything that contains preservatives. Try avoiding these foods and swapping in foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish or nuts), as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.Another dietary issue that people have is sugar addiction. Sugar attaches to the same receptors in your brain as cocaine! Because so many foods contain added sugar, it has become very easy for your body to become addicted. To combat this, try to avoid foods with added sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.Holiday parties can be a killer when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding weight gain. Never go to a party hungry. It will help you avoid over-eating once you arrive. Read CCSH’s tips for staying healthy during the holidays for more information.
BONUS TIP – Finding it difficult to get proper nutrition through diet alone? Consider adding a vitamin or fish oil.
- Keep your nervous system in tip-top shape – Start the year by scheduling your monthly appointments with your chiropractor. He or she will adjust your spine to improve the nervous system function as well as the brain-body connection without using drugs or supplements.With an optimally functioning nervous system, you will fight off germs more easily, so you won’t have as many sick days and you’ll feel healthy on a daily basis. Your body will also heal itself more quickly after exertion, so you’ll feel much better after a workout.Your chiropractor can also help you develop an exercise plan to improve your core muscles, which help with spinal alignment. For Dr. Bryan’s suggestions on maintaining your core muscles, check out this article.
By taking these small steps, you will accomplish a happier, healthier YOU for the new year. Don’t look at these as resolutions that you need to keep up with; think of them as lifestyle changes that will help you live a longer and healthier life!