We’ve all heard that sitting is the new smoking. Try to combat this by taking sitting breaks. Set yourself an alarm: each hour stand up and take a short walk, whether it’s to the bathroom, the water fountain or just a lap around your desk, your body will thank you.
2) Move more
“I will go to the gym more this year” – instead of failing at the same resolution we make every year, try starting smaller. Even little things like taking the stairs instead of an elevator, parking your car farther away, or taking a walk around the block are beneficial for your health. Every thing counts!
Our slogan at Lawrence Park Health Clinic says it all – movement is medicine.
3) Drink more water
Considering our body is made up of approximately 70% water, it is a pretty important part of our diet. Try substituting at least one pop or sugary drink each day with water. Try carrying a water bottle around with you every day so you’ll have easier access at all times.
4) Eat more fruits + vegetables
Start with substituting one food per day with something fresh. If your usual afternoon snack is something processed. Try switching it with an apple or carrots and hummus. Another tip is to portion out your dinner plate so 50% of the contents are vegetables and the rest is split between protein and carbohydrates.
Set a bedtime for yourself and stick to it. Allow for 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Even better, try to turn off all screens at least 30 minutes before sleeping so your body can get itself ready without that extra stimulation. Sleeping is so important for both your mind and body.
6) Be proactive with your pain
Combat your pain before it gets chronic. At the first sign of pain, go see your chiropractor, physiotherapist, athletic therapist, massage therapist or medical doctor. They will be able to give you treatment and active care to work on at home. The goal is to get rid of the pain quickly and teach you ways to manage things on your own. The longer pain has settled in, often, the longer it takes to go away. Don’t procrastinate seeing someone!
For a more complete assessment of your health and to work on specific goals you have set for yourself, book in with one of our knowledgeable practitioners at Lawrence Park Health Clinic. Our north Toronto chiropractor, physiotherapist, athletic therapist, massage therapists and personal trainers would be happy to work with you to achieve your optimal health in 2016!
Author: Allie Dennis, BSc. Kin (Hons.)
Toronto Chiropractic Intern | CSEP – Certified Personal Trainer