Friday 23 February 2018

Happy New Year! Happy New YOU!


We are in to the first week of the new year, so how are those resolutions going?  If you are anything like me, you make them only to be broken within the first month. Don’t put that unnecessary stress on yourself this year. Do something easy. Baby steps if you will.  As human beings, we are all creatures of habit.  Let’s face it, if we make an unrealistic resolution we are only going to disappoint ourselves. Start small with reachable goals. By doing this, you will find pride in what you are doing that will motivate you to set more difficult goals down the road.  These small goals are what I like to call “maintenance goals”. They are the little things that help you to maintain your health, prevent you from getting into bad habits that could catapult you into even worse habits.  From diet to exercise to stretches, I’ve got you covered.

“Maintenance Goals” for 2013

1. STRETCH! Even if you are not in a regular exercise routine, you need to stretch. Massage therapists often use the phrase “Repetitive Motion Injuries” or RMI’s. Again, we are creatures of habit and we have a tendency to subconsciously do everyday things the exact same way. Doing the same motions everyday WILL catch up to you. Especially the position we sleep in, the position we drive in, the habits we perform at work. So what do we do about this? Stretch. Even if you stretch 10 minutes a day. It’s better then nothing. My suggestion? Stretch 5 minutes in the morning before you get out of your pajamas and 5 minutes in the evening before you get into your pajamas.

2. PAY ATTENTION! Pay attention to your posture. It’s all about body awareness. Muscles hurt for a reason and yes, it is something that you are doing. So what do you do? Change it.

3. DRINK MORE WATER! Drinking eight glasses a day is hard, so don’t set that goal. Just set the goal for more and eventually eight glasses won’t be that far fetched. If you are thirsty, that means you are already dehydrated. Also, sometimes hunger can be mistaken for thirst.  Have you ever felt hungry for no reason? Try drinking a glass of water first then wait 10 minutes. Most of the time the hunger will subside and you know it was dehydration, not hunger.

4. MOVE IT! Please don’t set unrealistic exercise goals. You know what you are capable of or what you will realistically do daily. Even walking briskly for 2 miles a day is better then nothing. Just do something! Anything! Obviously breaking a sweat is better for burning calories, but moving your butt as opposed to sitting on it is just plain healthy.

5. MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF!  Treat yourself every now and then to a massage, acupuncture session, or chiropractic appointment. It is an investment that pays off. Don’t wait until you can’t move your head to get a massage. Massage is a preventative therapy, meaning you are to use it to prevent an injury. I like to compare your body to a car. Everyone gets oil changes to prevent their engines from stalling. Yes, it’s a pain in the butt to make the time and shell out the $40+ to get them, but in the end, it’s worth it. You have a happy engine that eventually prolongs the life of your car. What’s the difference between that and maintaining yourself? Nothing, only that it is MORE important to maintain yourself and to take care of yourself.  Mentally and physically, you need to take care of yourself.

6. EAT LESS, EAT SLOWER!  You don’t have to cut out the things you love to be healthy, just eat them in moderation.  You crave the things you love because of the currency and abundance in which you eat them.  Slow down! Take the full lunch hour to eat.  Connect with your food.  It takes time for your food to go down the esophagus and enter your stomach. If you think you are still hungry, just wait 10 minutes.  If you do, you will find that actually, you are not still hungry.

There you are! Six manageable goals for the new year. Resolution, Smes-olution. You have got these in the bag. After all, it’s better than nothing and it’s for a better, healthier YOU.

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