Optimum Health is Anything but Routine

By Martha Michael

If the definition of crazy is repeating the same behavior and expecting different results, you'd probably agree that the definition of sensible is repeating the same behavior and expecting the same results.

With that in mind, you can likely expect that healthy habits, when practiced with regularity, lead to maximum wellness. There are several lifestyle choices that aren’t that difficult to achieve, even if you find you’re missing the mark lately.

Catching Enough Zzz’s

Did you know that most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night? According to Harvard’s Women’s Health web page, less than that gives you an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, weight gain – and even the common cold. The university’s studies show that at least for half of the population – women – a whopping 60 percent don’t get the suggested length of sleep per night. Researchers found that the reason is normally a simple one – they’re too busy and have too much to do.

Of course, if the underlying reason is insomnia or a medical condition, you need to seek help from your practitioner. You may be able to piece together the cause, which certainly makes it easier to find a solution.

“Don't worry about repaying the old sleep debt,” the Harvard website says. “Just make sure you start getting enough sleep from this point forward — starting tonight. Getting enough sleep is just as important as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise.”

Diet and Exercise

Your lifestyle plays a big part in your body’s efforts to fight diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. If you already had cancer, your risk is greater for a recurrence of the disease, especially if you don’t optimize your wellness with healthy choices.

Some of the choices we make concerning what we eat or how much exercise we get can lead to feeling better and living longer. According to the journal BMC Public Health, choosing to exercise and keeping your weight at a healthy level can counteract depression, moodiness, fatigue and anxiety. Evidence suggests that resistance training is responsible for raising self-esteem, improving muscle strength and lowering body mass levels.

The report in BMC Public Health says experts found that physical activity lowers your odds for contracting breast and bowel cancer. By contrast, extensive sitting is tied to developing bowel, endometrial, ovarian and prostate cancers.

Regular Chiropractic Visits

Getting into a routine of visits to The Joint Chiropractic for wellness checks is another way to improve your health or maintain the wellness you already enjoy. The practitioners can assess areas where you’re experiencing pain and offer a drug-free treatment program.

Their expertise in examination of the spinal column -- which encases your nervous system -- is a way to maximize the function of your muscles and organs. With regular visits, they may be a valuable resource for aligning subluxation that occurs through daily living.

Your regular visits to The Joint may improve:

  • Nerve communication
  • Joint motion
  • Posture

There are few down sides to adopting these kinds of lifestyle changes. If you want to live healthier and longer, it’s only a matter of looking at your habits and shifting into a healthier range of choices. You’d be crazy not to.