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3 Tips for Improving Your Health

By Virginia Laird

When discussing the need to improve your health with your physician, it can be intimidating, overwhelming and unwelcomed. You may immediately imagine the need to spend long hours at the local gym, but this is not the only way to make changes. In fact, improving health begins with what you decide to put in your body. Diets do not work in the long term, because most see them as a temporary fix to reach a goal with no regard as to how to actually stay there. Fitness gurus prefer to use the term lifestyle change when it comes to dealing with achieving and maintaining long-term success when improving your health. There are a plethora of things from which to choose, so much that it can be overwhelming when determining where to begin. Here are a few tips provided by personal trainers when starting on the path of improve your health:

  • Don’t start with too much change
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Cut out some of the junk

Don’t Start with Too Much Change

The idea of a total change overnight may be enticing, but the truth about change is that it can be difficult. Begin with small changes to help increase your ability to be successful. A few things to consider as starting places could include:

  • Increasing your water consumption
  • Finding time to go for a walk
  • Eating breakfast daily 
  • Not skipping lunch

Get Plenty of Sleep

As an avid night owl, and one who burns the candle at both ends, I know the struggle of trying to get enough sleep. It is important that you get enough sleep to allow the body to heal and repair from the stresses of the day. It is recommended an average adult get a minimum of six hours of sleep each night.

Cut Out Some of the Junk

Cutting out junk can be a difficult one, especially for those who struggle with a serious sweet tooth. This has been and will always be my personal battle. For me, there is nothing better than a big piece of chocolate. It is wise though to cut some of the junk out. I have found that limiting my junk to only one day a week has actually helped curb my cravings for all things chocolate. I will admit, however, the first month was the most difficult. Really difficult.

Now that you have the facts, it is time to select the small changes you will make and begin improving your health right away!

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

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