The New Year. Resolutions. Promises. Quick fixes.
You may have noticed, THEY DO NOT WORK!
The problem is, you have goals to meet, and you have conveniently put them off, just to start them in the New Year. All is not lost, there are easy ways to get healthy in 2015!
The first step in your process is to create realistic goals. Let’s look at 5 areas of your health that you can easily create an impact:
- Diet – my experience has taught me that it is easier to add food that is beneficial to your diet than it is to subtract food that is not serving you. As an example, if you eat too many cookies at night, you would start by adding nuts or seeds at night, and not change your habit of eating of cookies at night. You might add a salad at lunch if you have a sandwich every day at lunch. As you add healthier components, you will have less of a need to rely on your unhealthy components. Adding beneficial steps over time, congratulating yourself on your success, that’s the way to change habits.
- Exercise – many people join a gym in January as part of their New Year’s Resolution. Statistics from IHRSA show that 80% of January’s new Health Club Members stop showing up at the gym by February. http://www.quora.com/What-percentage-of-new-gym-members-in-January-stop-coming-after-February. A more realistic plan would be to first define your goals. Is it to lose weight? Is it to develop strength? Cardio? Cross training? If you are someone who has not developed discipline through exercise, begin on your own, or with a friend. If it’s cardio you seek, how about walking or running three times a week? Create your own workout from a variety of online sources? Strength? Try pushups, burpies, or get a set of dumbbells, and see if this is something that really excites you. Create measurable goals for a month or two, and if you’re still in love with what you are doing, then take the next step and join your Health Club!
- Sleep – according to this Gallup Poll, http://www.gallup.com/poll/166553/less-recommended-amount-sleep.aspx 4 in 10 Americans get less than seven hours of sleep per night. Lack of sleep has been linked to health problems and cognitive impairment. Take a look at how much sleep you get. First, determine if it is enough. If not, look at what you do before you go to sleep. Look at your habits. Once again, if you’re watching TV every night just for the fun of it, ADD SOMETHING NEW! Read a book before you watch TV. Go for a walk after dinner. Talk to a friend on the phone. You may notice that watching TV does not hold the same prize as it used to, and you may be able to go to sleep earlier, and sleep more soundly.
- Your attitude – How do you show up in your life? Take a realistic view of how others see you. Are you someone others want to be around? Do you want to be around others? Are both these scenarios acceptable for you? If not, WHAT CAN YOU ADD TO YOURSELF so that you are someone that others want to be around or that you now want to be around others. You are you hanging around with? Are they consistent with your values? If not, what can you add to your life? There are hundreds of Meetup groups just in Boulder. http://www.meetup.com/cities/us/co/boulder/. Studies show that socialization is key to maintaining good mental health and warding off diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-11-2008/friends-are-good-for-your-brain.html
- Optimally functioning Nervous System – What I love about the first week of January is the experience of my patients who have their first adjustment of the New Year. It’s like the bells and sirens are going off again for the first time. After a few weeks without care, you Nervous System begins to fall back to the old normal. You may not realize it at first, but when your Nervous System gets woken up again, you really take notice. In less than two days, here are some of the comments I have received after a patient’s first adjustment since before Christmas:
- “Wow, I felt my whole left side let go. Did you see that?”
- “I feel so much more relaxed that I had been.”
- “I had a headache for a few days before I came in and it’s gone now.”
- “This is how I remember it being.”
If you are currently a patient receiving care in my office, CONGRATULATIONS! My commitment for 2015 is to help make this year the HEALTHIEST year you have experienced. How? It’s easy, just follow the care plan that we set up together.
If you are not currently a patient, my request is to use the tips above to reconsider being a patient again. What is realistic, in terms of time, energy, and money? My motto has always been, some care is better than no care! If you are interested in restoring optimal Nervous System function by correcting damaging subluxations, please give me a call or reply to this email.
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to an amazing 2015!