Wellness Tips from the Experts

By Debra Rodzinak

There is an entire web of advice for diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, and overall health issues.  Sometimes, there is so much bad advice that it is hard to weed out the wellness “gems” that pop up from time to time.  Here are a few of these gems given by experts in the health and wellness field.

Exercise

  • When using the treadmill for exercise, increase the incline by 1 percent to increase the calorie burn by 10 percent.  This trick can help to increase weight loss and help prevent metabolic syndrome. 
  • Patience is key when tackling a new or different fitness regime.  There will be good days and bad days along with setbacks and victories.  Don’t give up.

Nutrition

  • Plan meals for the entire week.  Be creative and try to get an extra meal from the casserole you made on Sunday.
  • Clean out those cupboards!  Get rid of items that are full of fat, sugar, or sodium.  Replace them with items that are lower in sodium, fat, and sugar.
  • Read food labels. 

Stress Management

  • Get to know yourself.  Develop the emotional and spiritual side of yourself by writing down your feelings and becoming emotionally self-aware.  Journaling helps to focus thoughts and feelings that may be swirling around in your head.
  • Laugh out loud.  Humor is one way to change a negative mood into a positive one.  Laughter is known to help relieve pain and make people happier.  When in a stressful situation, try to find the silliness in it.  Plan a night out with friends or family where you plan to relax, laugh, and keep the evening light.

Women’s Health

  • Over half of heart attacks among women 45 and older are from smoking.  Smoking is the leading cause of heart disease in women that is preventable.  There are many resources that can help a woman quit smoking.

Men’s Health

  • Regular physical activity is vital for men of all ages.  Exercise helps men feel better, look better, have a better mood, keeps weight under control, and improves sleep.  Physical activity can also increase the libido.  Walking, biking, or swimming are excellent forms of exercise. 

Finances

  • Financial wellness is an often overlooked area.  Being financially responsible and not going into too much debt will decrease stress and allow for a better overall lifestyle.  Before making a large purchase, talk with friends and family or a local expert.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

 

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