Proper hydration allows your heart, brain, and muscles to function efficiently, as they provide nutrients to your cells and helps flush out toxins and bacteria. Most people need from 1-2 liters of water per day, but these measurements can vary depending on your lifestyle. Since kidneys lose some of their ability to eliminate water as we age, it is crucial to not lose sight of your hydration regime throughout the years. It is possible to drink too much water, especially if you suffer from liver, heart, or kidney disease. Some medications make you retain water, so make sure to speak with your doctor about what is right for you. It’s best to drink water throughout your day in smaller sips, not all at once.
We all know that exercising is good for us - but sometimes it can seem intimidating. The good news is that you don’t have to join a gym or do 50 push-ups perfectly, but you do have to be consistent in moving your body. Moderate-intensity exercise for 30 minutes (like a brisk walk) daily is a great way to stay in shape. Of course, depending on your age and lifestyle, you may need more if you have a specific goal in mind, such as weight loss or muscle gain. Exercising also increases your brain health, lifts your spirit, helps prevent diseases, and improves your day-to-day life.
Stretching improves your flexibility, lung capacity, circulation, and digestion, while reducing back, neck, shoulder pain and headaches. It is important to stretch daily, as it allows your muscles to stay flexible, healthy, and young. Stretching improves blood circulation, regulates hormone production, and decreases cortisol, which is the culprit of stress-related issues - and yes, it also lifts your mood! If you are not sure how to start a daily stretching routine, read this blog post to discover 10 stretches you can easily do from home.
In our highly productive society, we may be hesitant to relax because we feel like we should be “doing something.” Ironically, sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves and others is to sit back and relax. When we take time off - to just be - we actually improve our breathing patterns, get more energy, clear our minds, and can improve in our decision-making. Relaxing is not synonymous with binge-watching shows, but meditation, rest/sleep, gentle walks, and stretches can all be part of your relaxation routine.
Wear Appropriate Clothes
Clothing is something we wear everyday, and we should be thinking about gearing up the right way. Find shoes that will give your foot arch support. Remember that your feet carry the weight of your body everyday, and without proper support you could cause long-lasting damage over time. Make sure that your shoes cover the ‘outline’ of your foot, providing support to every part. If you have questions about what kind of shoes are right for you, Dr. K is happy to help!
This is another tip that we’ve heard time and time again: that eating a balanced diet is good for you. The reality of the situation is that it is. Besides common goals of eating well (like weight loss), there are numerous other benefits. They include: preventing diseases or managing any current ones and improving mood, memory, and gut health. Eating well will help you feel good, which in turn help you perform the above practices with more ease and joy.
Becoming and staying healthy is a cumulative effect of all the above, as well as a positive outlook on life, meaningful friendships and relationships, and having time to enjoy your hobbies. If you do these practices in between your chiropractic visits, rest assured that you are doing what you can to nourish your body, mind, and spirit! When you are ready, Dr. K is waiting for you to relieve any stress & pain, and help you take your health to optimal levels! Don't wait too long as the most benefits come from regular chiropractic visits, which can range from weekly to monthly. Call us at (828) 277-0903 if you have more questions about the right chiropractic routine for you!