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Time to Hit Your Stride and Keep Your Balance

By Sandy Schroeder

As the New Year approaches, moving ahead often gives us pause as we assess where we are. We may think faster, but move a little slower. Or we may be powering ahead mentally and physically, just as fast as ever. You know where you are, and what should come next.

If you are in your 30s or 40s, and exercising daily, keep up the good work.

If you are in your 30s or 40s and slowing down, you need to pick up the pace with at least 30 minutes a day of exercise, along with some homework on balance and flexibility. At the same time, chiropractic may provide the overall support that your body needs.

How Chiropractic Works

The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your neighborhood offers a wellness center staffed with licensed chiropractors who are well equipped to help you get up to speed and stay on track.

When you come in your chiropractor will assess where you are and talk with you about any aches and pain that you have, and your overall goals for the future.

A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may be the first step forward to ease pain and generate an overall sense of well-being. Individuals often say it is like turning the page to enjoy better sleep, more energy, or increased alertness.

To keep these benefits coming individuals often choose weekly 15-minute adjustments that relieve pain and create a platform for fitness routines. As your chiropractor monitors your progress and watches for glitches, Harvard Health recommends you focus on stretching, strengthening and balance.

Stretching - Create a daily routine to do in the morning and the evening to keep your muscles long and limber.

Strengthening - Make an effort daily to keep your muscles strong with small weight workouts or simple yoga sessions in which you use your own weight to tone your muscles

Balance everything - Support your favorite sports with perfect balance. Use dance classes or yoga and tai chi to maintain good posture and a strong sense of balance. Or do a daily routine at home with mat and standing routines like this balance test from the Mayo Clinic.

Balance Test from the Mayo Clinic

  • Use this exercise daily to improve balance.
  • Stand with fee apart, hands on hips
  • Lift the right leg up and bend it back at the knee
  • Hold the position for 30 seconds if you can
  • Return to start and repeat on the other side
  • Increase number of repetitions and balance improves
  • As a variation reach out as far as possible with one foot
  • Or try balancing on one leg on an unstable surface such as a pillow

Stop in at The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you today to get up to speed. Learn more about the affordable personal healthcare package that eliminates the hassle of insurance. No reservations are needed and clinics are open weekends and evenings.

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

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