Keep it Simple
Keep it Simple with Healthy Habits
The holidays are over and a new year means a fresh start for many. Perhaps this year holds exciting new goals and adventure for you to embark on. Many people also see the January as a time to reset the healthy button and enthusiastically declare this year will be the healthiest yet! I often get asked health and wellness advice by patients, friends and family members. Questions like: Which diet is the best? What’s the quickest way to fix my back? What do you think of this new exercise? For the most part, I will confess my answers don’t hold any secret remedies hidden from the rest world and my responses usually lack the enthusiasm one may expect from the latest fad or trend.
Grandiose New Year’s health resolutions are easy to make, but they are even easier to break. This year do set some goals but start slow and keep it simple. There is no quick fix to health and believe it or not, the tried and tested healthy habits of last year will be just as effective this year.
The healthiest habits assume preventive strategies. The science and research behind healthy habits that prevent disease is vast and the great news is that most of these strategies are pretty straightforward and easy to start.
- Move more and get sunshine– walk to work and do neighbourhood errands instead of driving, take the stairs and when you do use your car park further away from the store and enjoy the extra steps.
- Get aligned– regular chiropractic adjustments keep your spine aligned and joints moving so you stay balanced and decrease your risk of injury.
- Get a good night’s rest– a regular sleep routine allows your body to regenerate and heal from life’s stress, increases your immunity and keeps you mentally prepped for the day ahead.
- Eat well– well-balanced meals include lots of colorful fruits and vegetables, complex grains, lean protein and include dessert in moderation
- Be social– good old-fashioned face-to-face time with friends and family does wonder for the psyche. Join a sports team, volunteer or start a new hobby and get out of the house and mingle.
- Be grateful– End each day on a positive note and take the time to reflect on the good in your life. There is beauty and kindness all around us and once you start this habit, the world becomes a brighter place.
Make this year and every year to come your healthiest yet. The key to good health is good habits made simple and there are no short cuts. These suggestions may be underwhelming but they stand the test of time and when good habits make you feel so good, they are harder to break.