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Lifestyle Changes for Our Physical and Mental Health

By Stephen R. Farris

In our everyday lives we struggle to eat right, stay fit and exercise our minds in a positive way. These three things can impact our mental and physical health and overall well-being. Eating too much fast food will cause us to gain more weight and not provide our bodies with the needed nutrients and minerals it needs. Not exercising at all, or not enough, can affect our bodies to the point we're at risk for heart disease and other physical ailments. Being under constant stress, or in negative situations, can leave our minds drained and fatigued. Not to mention the problems it can cause us physical as well.

There are a few things we can do in order to correct our nutritional, active and mental lifestyles. Let's take a quick look to see where we can begin.


Dancing is a good form of exercise and, depending on the style of dancing, can get your heart rate up too. Most dancing can be done at clubs, but you can probably find a dance class in your town or city and learn different styles of dancing. And if you're not comfortable dancing around a group of strangers, then it's perfectly OK to turn on the music and dance in your living room or kitchen.


Whether it's planting flowers or seeds for tomatoes and okra, gardening can be calming and relaxing on the mind. It gives you a sense of peace and that you're doing something constructive and beneficial with your hands. You'll also gain a few healthy benefits such as stretching and strengthening muscles, become a little more flexible and build stamina.


Writing brings out the creativeness inside of us. It makes us think, challenges us and causes us to use our imagination. Writing can become a stress reliever as well. When we are angry, upset or depressed, writing your thoughts down on paper can help reduce and relieve those feelings.


Listening to music can benefit our emotional health in several ways. Studies have shown that listening to music can boost our immune system, relieve stress and anxiety and get us up and moving if the rhythm strikes us.


Pets can be good for our heart health, according to research. Plus they make good companions if you live alone.

One other hobby or activity you might try is to take a cooking class. It can be fun and creative to learn new styles of cooking. You can even learn to cook healthier too. 

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

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