Can you believe we are two weeks into the New Year already? For the many of us the arrival of 2018 is the perfect opportunity to kick start our health with New Year resolutions; Give up chocolate. Join a gym. Exercise more. Stop drinking. The list goes on!
As owner of Total Chiropractic and a practicing Chiropractor myself, I would like to take you back to health basic’s this January with three simple ways you can make a big difference to your well-being. I will be introducing you to these at a pace of one a week, so stay tuned. They are not ground breaking innovations – the things that make us healthy and keep us healthy rarely are. But they are the foundation to our day to day health and so easy to implement.
Sit Less – Move More
See what I said about not being groundbreaking!
I cannot stress enough the importance of breaking your day up with regular movement. With so many modern day commitments to office based jobs, sitting for long periods of time is something a lot of us do. Is not only bad for your back (and as a chiropractor I see a lot of people with sitting related back injuries) but it has also been shown that more time spent sedentary (meaning: a type of lifestyle with little or no physical activity) can increase your risk of diabetes and cardio -vascular disease.
So what is the ideal? The British Chiropractic Association recommends getting up and moving around every 30 minutes – and I would probably agree. However in the real world that may not be possible – so maybe we could all aim for getting up and getting away for our desk for 5 minutes in every hour. A good desk posture is also important – sitting well at a desk can help take pressure off your spine and improve your posture.
We also need to move more, a recent study has shown that 20 minutes of activity a day can make a real difference to your health. A brisk 20 minute walk at lunchtime, getting off the bus one stop early or going for a walk in the evening. They all count and you don’t need any gym equipment to do them.
Obviously what I am suggesting here is not going to make you super fit or incredibly healthy. But is does get the foundation in place for you. Once you are moving more and sitting less then you can build up your activity levels (here are some suggestions) steadily until they become a habit and not a resolution and that is the best way to change your life.
Join me next week for ‘2018 Health Basics – Part Two’
Rosie Piercy MChiro DC