We all know what a New Year means, a list of resolutions we promise ourselves we will work on in the coming 365 days. While some people don’t follow through with their New Years resolutions for the long haul, there are a lot of people who use their New Years resolutions to change their lives. At Straight Up Chiropractic, we know that making long-term changes can be hard, especially when you live such a busy lifestyle.
The truth is a successful New Years resolution (even life changing one) doesn’t have to be hard. This is why we believe in taking the simple approach in both our resolutions for 2017 and in the course of treatments we offer our patients. Check out these three (simple) New Years resolutions we recommend for any patients who are looking to improve their spine health.
#1 Don’t Use Your Back As An Excuse Not To Exercise
Getting to the gym can be a struggle. In fact, many people use back pain or soreness as an excuse to avoid cardio excise. However, 20-30 minutes of low impact cardio can actually strengthen your back muscles and prevent future spine discomfort. It will also increase the strength of your other supporting muscles, which will, in turn, reduce the strain on your spine. The American Chiropractic Association recommends that patients participate in low impact cardio options, such as the stationary recumbent bike, walking, elliptical, or swimming.
#2 Aim To Eat Healthier In 2017
Many patients don’t consider that their diet may play a role in their spine health. The truth is that the food that we consume affects our entire bodies. The heavier set a patient is, the more strain there are putting on their spine, as well as the rest of the skeletal system. However, this isn’t the only way that our diet can affect our back health. Calcium plays a huge role in the health of our bones, without enough calcium, we may be at risk for developing diseases, such as Osteoporosis. This is one of the many reasons that recommend that patients take their nutrition seriously.
#3 Keep Moving Throughout The Day
The demands of work can strain more than just your mind; it can actually strain your spine too. Many people don’t realize that sitting for extended periods of time (even at work) can have an adverse effect on their health, especially if they don’t have the best posture. This is one of the reasons that we encourage our patients to keep moving throughout the day. It is important to take breaks and step away from your desk multiple times throughout the day.
The American Chiropractic Association estimates that 80% of Americans experience some degree of spinal discomfort in their life. So we know that we have patients who would highly benefit from this information. If you are interested in learning more ways that you can be proactive about your spine health, please feel free to contact us today.