There are 4 main components to a healthy lifestyle. Diet, Activity, Corrective & Preventative Care, and Sleep are major components needed to live a vibrant healthy life. Are you missing pieces to your puzzle?
Diet: You are what you eat. Be conscious of what’s in your food and where your food is coming from. There is huge difference in the fat profiles of corn fed beef and grass fed beef. Grass fed beef is similar to wild salmon, high in omega 3. Red meat isn’t always bad for you, if you get it from the right place. Eat and buy local, local foods are fresher, have less impact on the environment, and support the local economy. Try to eat whole foods which contain nutrients that you can use. If there is a long list of things that you can’t name under ingredients, this is probably not an ideal option. Avoid the empty calories that come from soda and most snack foods. Don’t forget to drink WATER.
Activity: Be active, either through sports, games, or exercise. In addition to having fun fun, you will burn calories, increase strength, endurance, your ability to move, and the is of course the never ending list of health benefits(decreased risk of heart disease, etc.). Something is always better than nothing. It’s hard to do, much less stick with, a new high intensity activity after being rather inactive. Start small and work up to a higher level at a comfortable pace.
Corrective & Preventative Therapy: Everyone needs some sort of therapy to get their body into balance. Chiropractic care, Massage therapy, Personal training, or an alternative therapy will be able to help you get back to balance. If you don’t know where to start, see a professional. They can help identify your needs and get you started in the right direction. There is nothing worse than starting off on the wrong foot. At Absolute Health Chiropractic, we work closely with other practitioners to ensure that you have a complete treatment plan.
Sleep: Make sure you are getting 6-8 hours of sleep a night. It’s also just as important to have a regular sleep schedule, this includes sleep and wake up times. If you are having trouble sleeping, make sure you are in a dark, quiet room and avoid having electronics (such as cell phones) near your bed. I’ve posted an interesting video relating to that last statement, it’s good to watch the whole thing, but if not, at least forward to about 2:50 and hear the radio wave from the cell phone.