Balance Your Lifestyle
In the midst of a global recession and daily life that seems increasingly complicated, most people would agree that these are particularly stressful times.
Good job opportunities have become scarce, retirement nest eggs have diminished, and energy prices have set record highs. In addition to these financial troubles, there always seems to be a disaster looming, such as Hurricane Sandy or regional tornado outbreaks, or other environmental catastrophes like the Gulf oil spill and the Fukushima disaster. Or as simple as getting a speeding ticket on your way to work. It is not difficult to see how these and other stresses can create actual physical stress on the body.
Some of the common physical effects of stress are chronic muscle tension, insomnia and other sleep difficulties, frequent headaches, digestive problems and abdominal pain, asthma, allergies, depression, high blood pressure, and chronic inflammation.
Prolonged stress can lead to long-term consequences. Chronic hypertension, for example, may lead to heart disease, stroke or heart attack. Long-term inflammation can result in diabetes, weight gain, and even kidney disease.
One thing we can do to reduce stress is to be proactive and take action steps that support our health and well-being. Topping the list of action steps are the usual suspects – good nutrition and regular exercise. Of course, we all know we “should” be eating good food each day and participating in regular physical activity, but the struggle for most of us is that we really don’t want to do what we “should” be doing.1
We can reduce our chronic stress levels by deciding to take action. It helps to choose healthy behaviors because we want to, not just because we think we “should”. The concept of personal choice is very powerful and liberating, and it can often lead to more permanent shifts toward healthier behaviors.
Good nutrition and regular exercise have been proven to have many positive effects on a person’s health – neutralizing damaging free radicals, reducing inflammation, reducing a number of health risks such as high blood pressure,1,2 and helping us feel healthier, happier and more energetic.
Making a conscious choice to improve our health also improves our lives in countless ways. By choosing a Balanced Lifestyle, we become active participants in manifesting good health. Everyone in our lives benefits by our renewed energy, increased productivity, creativity, and zest for life.
Choosing a program of chiropractic care is Part of a Balanced Lifestyle. Chiropractic treatment helps our bodies work more efficiently and effectively, directly reducing physiologic stress and indirectly improving our ability to manage the stress in our daily lives.
Dr. Dean Sakhai, D.C. with DocOnTheSpot.net is an expert in health and wellness, and he will be happy to assist you as you design food plans and exercise choices that will work best for you. Don’t forget that being healthy is a choice! Choose to have a Balanced Lifestyle.
1Viera AJ, et al: Lifestyle modifications to lower or control high blood pressure: is advice associated with action? The behavioral risk factor surveillance survey. J Clin Hypertens 10(2):105-111, 2008
2Elmer PJ, et al: Effects of comprehensive lifestyle modification on diet, weight, physical fitness, and blood pressure control: 18-month results of a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med 144(7):485-495, 2006