For the first time, I’ve invited a guest blogger to share her wisdom on my blog! Dr. Jennifer Yakimishyn of Foundation Chiropractic Co. in Oakville will share with us her steps to a healthier life. Let me know if you can figure out which tip is my favorite!
8 Steps to A Healthier Life by Dr. Jennifer Yakimishyn, Chiropractor
When asked what the most important thing in your life is, common answers are family, health and occupation. But, if you’re like most Canadians, health is the aspect that usually needs the most improving. Without adequate health, you can kiss most of your other goals goodbye. Declining health and vitality will rob you of the energy you need to enjoy time with your family or reach your professional goals.
With that in mind, there are 8 steps that can help promote health and healing without much time investment. If you do these, I will guarantee that you will be healthier. The more of these you do, the better and more in charge of your life and health you’ll feel.
1. Sit Less, Move More:
As humans, we are made to move. No, this doesn’t mean running around on a daily basis, but rather spending a good portion of our days walking, standing and moving in general, rather than sitting. If we don’t move, our bodies get used to a sedentary state and our health declines. Movement is beneficial for our cardiovascular health, as well as our mental health. One way to incorporate more movement is to do some form of exercise that you enjoy at least 4 times a week. Like hiking? Find a hiking group or take your furry friend for a nice walk at Rattlesnake Point
2. Get More Sleep: Sleep is often the single most undervalued aspect in our lives—and yet it is the one with the most immediate power to improve our lives in every waking moment. If you’re left feeling emotionally drained and physically fatigued during the day, aim to get just one more hour a night. It will leave you feeling more physically energized, emotionally resilient and mentally clear.
3. Eat Less but More: Food is fuel, and real food—healthy proteins, vegetables (complex carbohydrates) and fruits —are high-octane fuel. You feel best when you eat in small doses more frequently throughout the day, beginning with breakfast. When choosing fruits and vegetables, try and pick the ones with the most colours for an extra boost of vitamins. When you eat small meals and snacks throughout the day, your body is better able to absorb and process the nutrients it just received and you won’t be left with that after-meal fatigue that we experience when we eat a large meal.
4. Renew Yourself: We are not designed to work eight or more hours straight. Instead, we were designed to alter between moving (spending energy) and resting (renewing energy). Ideally, take a break every 90 minutes, even if only to spend a minute or two stretching or breathing deeply. Every little bit matters, and it all adds up.
5. Be Present: The greatest gift you can give someone is your undivided attention. After all, it’s better to be fully present with someone for an hour than physically present, but distracted, for multiple hours. The best way to start is by having cell phone free time when meeting with friends for coffee or when sitting down to enjoy a family meal.
6. Feed Your Mind: Our brains work better if we challenge them, and life becomes more interesting when we do. A great way to challenge our mind is to read a new book, learn a new language, play a board game with friends, learn a new skill, such as how to play the piano or fix a car, or attend an art class.
7. An Attitude of Gratitude:
It’s so easy to notice what’s wrong in our lives than to notice what’s right. Gratitude
has tremendous power; if it is sincere and heartfelt it makes a big difference to our outlook. One quick and easy way to be more thankful is to write down one thing you are grateful for every night before bed. Do this for 20 days straight and your mind will be trained to think more positively!
8. Less Interference, More Life: Chiropractic care can literally change your life, and enable you to live a pain-free, healthy life. NeuroStructural chiropractic care ensures that your spine has proper structure which will reduce or eliminate pressure on your nerves. These nerves are responsible for every single function in our body. Chiropractic care will help eliminate pain and inflammation, reduce fatigue, and, most importantly, restore normal nerve flow to all your organs and tissues, giving you the energy, drive and peace of mind to go out there and enjoy every aspect of your life.
Dr. Jennifer Yakimishyn is co-owner of Foundation Chiropractic Co
., a state-of-the-art chiropractic clinic in Oakville, Ontario. Dr. Jennifer is a member of the International Chiropractic Paediatric Association which has allowed her to develop the knowledge and experience needed to focus on paediatric, pregnancy, and family care. Looking for a great chiropractic experience for your entire family? Give the office a call (905-599-4804
) and mention this blog post to receive $50.00 off the price of a NeuroStructural Examination.