Start Your Year Up Right with these Healthy Resolutions
By Sara Butler
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I may act cool and tell people, “Psh, New Year’s resolutions? That’s dumb!” But, I secretly make them. Do I always keep them? No, I don’t. But the older I get the more I realize that making ridiculous resolutions like, “This year, I’m going to marry Hugh Jackman,” are setting me up for failure because hello(!!!) … Hugh Jackman has that restraining order against me. Just kidding. But Hugh, seriously, call me.
Anyway, I have realized that if you want to make New Year’s resolutions, then you have to stick with goals that are actually attainable. When it comes to your health, the new year is the perfect time to make some changes, although any time is the right time to hit the reset button on making your life better. Lucky for you, there’s a chiropractor willing to help you keep those resolutions. At The Joint Chiropractic, we’re committed to better health -- and here’s how your chiropractor can help you start the year up right!
This year, I will improve my posture
If there is one thing you can do for the health of your spine in the coming year, making a commitment to improving your posture should be it. See, your spine has three curves called the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical curves. They help maintain the health of your spine throughout the daily wear-and-tear of life because they help to balance the weight of your body evenly.
The problem arises from all that time you spend slouched over at your desk. You’re doing it right now, aren’t you? Well, it’s time to focus on actively working on your posture when you sit, stand, and even sleep. After all, if you take care of your spine, it will take care of you. Check out these straight-up tips to better posture.
This year, I will stretch regularly
The second-most important thing when it comes to the health of your spine is flexibility. If you have tight, inflexible muscles and joints, then you may be setting yourself up for acute pain that could turn chronic. Developing a daily stretching routine with your chiropractor can help to encourage healthy joints and eliminate stiffness. So, loosen up this year – literally.
This year, I will exercise regularly
OK, so this one is a little bit cliché, but it’s cliché because it’s true! Regular exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight, which is important if you want to maintain a healthy spine. Taking your body through different ranges of motion as you exercise can help to reduce muscle pain and reduce joint fixations. Not only will your chiropractor be proud of you, but so will The Rock – and aren’t we all seeking their approval? Check out these exercises for problem spots, and here are some tips if you’re short on time.
This year, I will drink more water
Hydration is really important, and not just in the summer, either. Winter is an incredibly dry season and it zaps the moisture right out of you! Plus, in order for your back to stay healthy and the discs between your vertebrae to remain supple, you need to drink water. Your skin, muscles, brain, and your other organs all benefit from being fully hydrated too, just like plants, so make sure you’re getting at least half of your body weight in ounces of water a day. Drink up!
This year, I will keep my spine aligned
What would a New Year’s resolution for your health be without a commitment to see your chiropractor regularly? When your spine is in proper alignment, your nerve, muscle, and joint function all improve -- not to mention the likely collateral benefit of a stronger immune system. Regular chiropractic adjustments are exceedingly good for the health of your spine as well as your overall health, plus your chiropractor is awesome. So, get your buns into The Joint regularly this year!
These are resolutions we can all keep this year in order to be stronger and healthier. So, start your year off and up right at The Joint!