Steps to Living Longer and Healthier
By Stephen R. Farris
What are you waiting for? Now is the time to take a hold of your life, start getting in shape, drop the weight and exercise more. Yes, you can do it! All it takes are a few changes and adjustments to your lifestyle. It's pretty easy if you think about it. But I do understand how hard it can be, especially if you've grown accustomed to doing things a certain way. However, our bodies may be telling us the clock is ticking. You need to do something. So here's a great way to start.
Start and Stay Active
We spend a lot of time sitting and basically doing nothing. It could be at our job or at home, sitting in the easy chair holding the remote control and flipping through the television channels all evening long. Make a change, especially if you're at risk for heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Limit the amount of time you sit. Start walking and moving more. Do whatever it takes to become more active with your life.
Unhealthy diets can lead to unnecessary weight gain, which is not good on the heart and other organs in our bodies. A simple, sometimes gradual change to our diet can help change a lot of those "at risk" factors. Lean more towards adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your meals and lean cuts of meat like chicken and fish.
Give Up Tobacco Products
Whether it's smoking cigarettes or using smokeless tobacco, give it up. Your lungs and heart will thank you, along with a few arteries too. Plus it's better on your overall health and can help you live a little longer instead of cutting years by continued use.
Keep Your Mind Active
While our senses are constantly being dulled by the types of programs we watch on TV, or from videos on the internet, why not opt to keep your brain challenged. Try playing word games on your smartphone, or solving trivia questions. Do the daily crossword puzzle in your local newspaper. Some even have Sudoku. A healthy mind compliments a healthy body.
Visit with your local chiropractor to hear what tips and suggestions they may offer to help with your lifestyle change and overall well-being.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Melbourne, Fla.