The new year – 2015 is here and it is time to set our health goals – again. I caught just a little piece of an infomercial for a fitness workout called JNL Fusion. It seems like it is another at home fitness program similar to P90X or Insanity in that it encourages the viewer to set some health goals. The lady that was sponsoring the program, Jennifer Nicole Lee, made a request of her viewers that was brilliant and simple ” Put yourself on your to-do list”.
Health Goals Should be More Than A Six Pack
I think that we would all agree that as a country we are not very good at setting health goals. We are plenty good at buying premium beer versus junk beer but we are not very good at choosing purified water over premium beer and we are certainly better about talking health and fitness than acting on it.
Before I entered the health care field I was health conscious – which is probably the reason I ended up becoming a chiropractor. Decisions regarding health goals have been easy for me primarily because of my understanding of how our bodies respond to the stresses of a poor diet and inactivity. I also see how my patients have lost their health both through general neglect of themselves or through simple poor decision making that includes everything from smoking to over eating to drinking alcohol and a host of other poor health choices.
These poor health decisions affect you more than you may think. For example, our dietary choices make us prone to inflammation which makes us experience more pain. Inactivity not only results in lack of muscle tone and weight gain but it also hampers circulation which allows inflammatory products to fester in our soft tissues once again leading to pain. The ill effects of smoking and drinking are well known and don’t need to be re-hashed here.
This year, do yourself a favor and “put yourself on your to-do list”. We tend to be really good at making lists of things we need to do but rarely include our health goals.
This year try to make a goal of eating healthier, kicking a few bad habits, exercising more often, taking your vitamins and getting adjusted. Chiropractic care relieves your aches and pains making exercise easier. Chiropractic adjustments also improve the function of your nervous system which will also help you become and stay a healthier person.