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Easy Ways to Get Back in Gear

By Sandy Schroeder

We are all at a jumping off point as we move back into regular routines. You may have a list of all of the things that need doing. Or you may be just deciding which area to attack first. 

Psychologists tell us this can be stressful or joyful. We can decide to improve as we go or just try to slide back into normal routines. 

Here are some of their tips for making everything better. 

Reconnect with your doctor - You may have done Zoom meetings, but now it's time for regular checkups and appointments, coupled with questions about weight, health numbers such as blood pressure, and any other symptoms that you have.  

Get moving and keep moving - You may have done some walking or biking, but now is the time to put a full activity program into action. Pick the most comfortable times in your schedule and choose the exercises that are the most fun for you. Expect to sleep better and feel your spirit lift. 

Do dental and vision checks - Schedule visits for the whole family to catch any changes that have occurred.  

Reconnect with everyone - It has been too easy to postpone calls and visits, but now it's time to review your connections with friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Send out texts, emails and cards and make some calls to schedule lunches, dinners and weekend parties.

Cook up some surprises - Celebrate your new freedoms with suppers on the patio, weekend brunches and lots of barbecues and picnics. Invite everyone over or head to the park. 

Make every weekend fun - After so much downtime, weekend bike rides, nature hikes or camp outs can be the start of a new trend. Do a family brainstorm to find out what everyone wants and where you should head next weekend. Then take pictures while you are out there and post them on your family bulletin board.

Eat well - As you become more active take time out to shop for the most healthy menus. Then involve the whole family as you prepare your favorite fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean meats, fish and poultry. As the summer rolls ahead, stay hydrated with citrus, watermelon, sparkling water and unsweetened teas. 

Reach out to help - In all of the commotion, it is easy to overlook seniors who may still be cooped up, patients in the hospital and animal shelters that could use a helping hand and more supplies. Add some special outings to your week and take the whole family to lend a hand to clean the park, deliver cookies or help out at your local animal or marine shelter. 

Once you start moving everything will be easier. Watch for smiles and enjoy every minute.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lexington, S.C.

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