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Why Moderation is Key in Health and Wellness

By Genevieve Cunningham

Sometimes changing our health can feel like a serious chore. It’s just hard! Where do we begin? What do we do? Do we go all in or take it slowly? While there are a million ways to make significant changes, one of the easiest changes that we can make is to simply think in moderation. What does this mean? And how do we do it? If you’re ready to finally get your health moving in a positive direction without stressing out over the process, take a look at why moderation is key to your health transformation.

Excess Brings Negative Consequences

Usually it’s not the product itself that brings negative consequences, but rather the excess of a particular product. While there are some exceptions -- illicit substances and such -- food and drink are generally most harmful when we use them to excess. One cupcake probably won’t hurt you, but the problem comes when we can’t stop at just one. If we think in moderation, we can enjoy our little guilty pleasures without harming our health.

Moderation Prevents Burnout

When we’re too strict about health, it usually backfires. We restrict ourselves so much that our mental resolve breaks. When we don’t allow even a single piece of chocolate, we eventually give in and reach for the whole bar instead of a small pinch. Instead, think about eating chocolate -- or whatever your guilty pleasure -- in moderation. Similarly, exercise in moderation. Going all out can absolutely lead to burnout, but taking the slow and easy approach allows us to grow accustomed to the idea without burning ourselves out in the process.

Moderation is Sustainable

One of the biggest mistakes when it comes to health is not thinking about the long haul. We might be able to follow a diet for a week or a month, but is it sustainable? Is it something that we can keep going for a lifetime? When we aren’t thinking in moderation, the answer is usually no. Dieting and exercising in moderation allows us a lifestyle that we can maintain for the rest of our lives. And this means better health now as well as long into the future.

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing when it comes to health. It can be a slow and steady pace. When we use moderation to our advantage, we can create our healthy lifestyle as we go. We can avoid many of the traps that come with heavy restriction and promote healthy living instead. Use these tips to get you moving toward better health, and create a life that works now and for the rest of your life.

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

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