Here we go again – 4 months into the New Year!
How are you keeping up with the New Year’s resolutions? Have you started to go to the gym more often to lose those extra pounds that you wanted to get rid of for ages or did you promise yourself on New Year’s day to finally change your diet but forgot all about it a week later? You are not alone!
According to the NHS just 1 in 10 people actually achieve their New Year’s resolution goals like weight loss, more exercising or to finally quit smoking. So why do we resolve at the beginning of every New Year to finally start changing our lives and to realize a couple of months down the line that we are not achieving our goals?
Professor Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire who conducted a study about New Year’s resolutions suggests that the trick is to keep it simple.
Just make one New Year’s resolution, break it down into small steps and reward yourself after achieving your goals. But most importantly, be realistic! Nothing is more depressing than making a New Year’s resolution that is impossible to achieve. Therefore it needs to be something that you can integrate into your daily routine without much hassle.
Your Didcot Chiropractic Team suggests ways to make the rest of your 2016 a healthier one! Here are 5 amazing tips to help you keep on track with your healthier future.
1. Practice your balance! Stand on one leg while brushing your teeth. The older you get the harder it is to keep your balance as you lose your proprioceptors with age. Make sure you have a good balance to prevent injuries and falls!
2. Do some stretches! No more waiting around when you put the kettle on – do hamstring, quadriceps and calf stretches while you wait. Stretch each side 3 times for 30 seconds. Even though the research found stretching just to be very slightly beneficial for injury prevention, it is still great for your flexibility.
3. Stand up straight! If you have a look into the mirror, don’t just check how amazing you look, also check if you are standing up straight. According to the NHS bad posture can potentially lead to pain due to the increased strain and tension in the muscles from prolonged slouching.
4. No more sitting around! Sitting at work all day? Make sure you get up once an hour and walk around for a bit. Sitting is a static posture that increases the load on your discs in your spine which can potentially lead to back pain.
5. Use your legs! Now that the weather is getting better, leave the car at home and don’t use the escalator, use your legs. The American Heart Association suggests to walk 10.000 steps (approx 5 miles) every day to reduce the risks of heart disease and improve overall health.
If the New Year has been holding you back because you have been suffering from back pain, neck pain or any other aches and pains, get in touch with the Didcot Chiropractic Clinic to find out how chiropractic treatments can be suitable for general aches and pains including those of joints, muscle spasms and cramp, prevention of migraine, and more. You can contact us on 01235 510097 for a free chat and advice from the Didcot Chiropractic Clinic.