16 Jan January 16, 2017

A New Year, A New You

Silhouette young woman jumping over 2017 years on the hill at sunset, while celebrating new year.

Many of the most popular resolutions for this time of the year involve weight loss or a new gym membership. Some of the most common reasons people give up on these particular resolutions so quickly typically involve pain, soreness, or injury. Taking a single day off to recuperate quickly turns into two and three days, and before you know it, you are starting over yet again. The doctors at Optimal Chiropractic have a few helpful tips for keeping up with your resolutions.
1. Find an accountability partner
This doesn’t need to be a personal trainer necessarily, just someone to keep you on track and accountable. Workout partners are great, but be careful! You want to make sure their goals are in line with yours and you both maintain motivation. It can be a lot more difficult to stay on track with someone dragging you down or not holding up their end. Someone to help you write out a plan and set attainable goals including when you want to meet those goals is a great start for any resolution.
2. Work toward a larger goal
Be specific! It can be more difficult to attain a goal of “I want to lose weight” or “I’m going to start working out”. Find something that will push you so that you can work toward a specific goal or event. For example, find a triathlon in your area or an obstacle course race such as a Tough Mudder or Spartan Race with friends to not only train for something fun but something that will also be challenging and give you variation in your training.
3. Don’t forget to stretch!
Mobility is incredibly important at all stages of training. It will not only help to prevent injury, but will also aid in recovery after a workout.
4. Don’t sweat it if you miss a day
Just get back on track! Schedule “recovery days” for yourself. Your body needs that time off throughout your training to recuperate and prepare for all of the new changes you are trying to make. If you get sick or injured, keep moving and stay active! Take the time to allow your body to heal, but continue to work on stretches or smaller movements so that it does not feel like you have to start all over.
5. Get adjusted!
Chiropractic adjustments help to keep your nervous system functioning optimally. Movement at the level of the joints will also aid in proper muscle and soft tissue mobility. By treating injury and dysfunction of the spine and musculoskeletal system, adjustments help to prevent smaller aches and pains from becoming more serious.
Developing a well-rounded program to treat all aspects of your health can be very valuable for successfully achieving your health and wellness goals. Contact the doctors at Optimal Chiropractic for more information on how we can help you obtain optimal health naturally.

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