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Healthy Resolutions/ Goals for 2016

Healthy Resolutions/ Goals for 2016

Dr Bret WilsonIt’s a new year and a great time to set some health goals for you and your family. Better health won’t just happen; you need a plan to follow, a measurement to keep score and a time frame to achieve your objectives. Here are a few suggestions of goals that you can achieve to bring you better health.

Increase activity. Your body needs to move on a regular basis to be healthy. The plan should be regular physical activity of thirty minutes, 3 – 5 times per week.  Find a physical activity that fits your current level of fitness and begin slowly, build consistently and as you improve add more activity or greater difficulty.

Sit Less.
Evaluate your job and home activity to determine the parts of those duties that you currently perform sitting that

could just as easily be performed standing.  Telephone conversations, put the stapler out of your reach, create a place you can stand and work at the computer or paperwork. Limit sitting to no longer than 20 minutes before getting up and moving, before resuming sitting.
Increase Greens. Eat a greater percentage of colorful vegetables and fruits and decrease your portions of carbohydrates and proteins. A greater plant based diet has multiple health benefits including weight control, bowel function, improved digestion and cardiac health.

Decrease Whites.
Reduce your intake of refined carbohydrates: sugar, white flour, pasta and breads. Simple sugars and starches are factors in weight gain, alter healthy sugar metabolism and increase the risk of diabetes and other metabolic diseases.

Sleep Better.
Resolve to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Go to bed and get up the same time most days. Have a night time regiment that prepares you for sleep.

Manage Stress.
Stress cannot be avoided but your response to stress and making healthier choices can help reduce the harmful effects of too much stress.  Exercise, diet and sleep can all have healthy benefits. Avoid overuse of caffeine, alcohol and stress eating junk food. Recognize the need to plan time for meditation, reflection and recovery from our busy lives.

Small changes consistently over time can improve health habits. Pick one of these, add your own and then try to add a new modification each month, then add a new one each month. Soon you are taking better care of yourself and you are healthier happier and achieving your goals.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Bret Wilson, DC

Dr. Bret Wilson wants you to move, play and live free from neck and back pain.  For more information about chiropractic, posture, exercise, and how to make better choices about your health visit our website www.bellwestchiro.com.  Find a chiropractor in your area to help you with safe and effective health care.  http://www.acatoday.org/Find-a-Doctor

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