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Key Ingredients for a Healthy Night

By Donna Stark

For many, the key ingredients that make a great evening are takeout, Netflix, and a cell phone in their hand. Never mind how unhealthy that food is, how sedentary their bodies are, and how far removed from everyone at home they will be. It's all good, because they have put in a long day at work, right? Well, no, it's not right. Those ingredients are certainly not going to help nourish their relationships or create a healthy night, so it's time that they think of a different kind of recipe, wouldn't you agree? And if this sounds like you, it may be time for you as well.

Ingredients for a Great Night

It's easy to let your healthy lifestyle slide during the week after you get home from a long day at school or work, isn't it? You're tired, hungry, and maybe even a little bit impatient, and all you want to do is sit on the couch and turn yourself off. But turning yourself off too many days in a row will only lead to an increase in health problems down the road. And if you don't have time to cook a decent meal or fit in a little bit of exercise now, how are you going to have time to deal with medical issues when they finally pop up in the future? Take the steps now to avoid future problems by checking out these key ingredients for healthier nights.

  • Home-cooked meal - Forget the greasy pizza and oily onion rings, it's about time you made a home-cooked meal for your family! In addition to being healthier than that takeout meal you picked up on the way home, it's also a great way to get everyone in the kitchen together!
  • Exercise - Many people think that in order to get a good workout in, they need to spend hours at the gym. Sure, that's a good idea if you are training for a fitness competition, but most of us aren't, so 30 to 45 minutes a day is enough. One tip that really works well is to take a walk after work and before you even get in the car to head home. That way, you won't be tempted to lounge on the couch instead.
  • Technology - You've been on a day-long date with your phone more than likely, so give it a rest when you get back home. In addition to actually having an honest connection with your loved ones, you can also reduce the risk of tech neck symptoms, such as pain, headaches, and poor posture.

Your New Recipe

Trying to replace those unhealthy habits with new, healthier ones may be difficult at first, but the benefits will make it all worth it in the end. So let's start working on your new recipe! It's going to be one of your healthiest ones yet!

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

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