I have a special level of distaste for these sorts of headlines. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but there is no 7 Secrets that is the answer to everyone’s problems. If only it were that easy! What really makes people healthy doesn’t involve secrets. At one point or another you’ve always known. It’s DOING the 7 (or 10, or 20, or 1, whatever) things that makes you healthy. But let’s use an example to drive home this point…
So if we had a person who was:
- Eating a diet of meat, veggies, some fruit and occasional nuts/seeds
- Supplementing with fish oil, probiotics and vitamin D to shore up the deficiencies created by our food manufacturing practices and lack of interaction with nature
- Exercising in a way that challenged their strength, flexibility, speed and cardio respiratory endurance
- Visiting musculoskeletal focused healthcare practitioners like chiropractors, physiotherapists and massage therapists to optimize and ensure quality movement and positioning in their life
- Spending free time on hobbies, and with family/loved ones
- Working on tasks that contribute and make a difference, feeling like an important part of the workplace and/or community
- Getting enough, good quality rest/sleep – waking rested for the next day
Would this person be healthy or unhealthy? MORE importantly, would a person who was doing all these things, who stopped doing even just one of them get healthier or less healthy?
The answers to these questions seem obvious, but how many of us aren’t doing “all of the above”? Most, of the answers from the folks I help in the clinic and gym would probably be considered better than most, but far from complete. “Typical” answers from the general public hit on few, if any of these health producing necessities. It’s difficult asking someone to change such a significant part of their lives (sometimes ALL of it).
So what is the solution? Achieve as many of these points as possible – EVERY DAY
1. Eat in a way that supports your goals, be they health-related or fitness-related.
2. See a variety of movement evaluating practitioners, Chiro, physio, massage. Get your tight spots evaluated and addressed properly – you aren’t special or perfect, we all have our tight spots.
3. Use your body! Exercise, play sports, move frequently. We can help 😉
4. Respect your body – your health team can provide suggestions as to what you need to mobilize on your own, but experimentation and practice will reveal what you need to work on regularly as well.
5. No TV, cell phones or other lit screens for 30-60 mins before bed. Use this time to stretch, read or “exercise”. Make sure it’s early enough to get 8-10 hours of sleep.
BONUS 6. Keep a journal. Write out your goals, your thoughts and feelings. See how your life compares in reality to how you’d like it to be. Awareness precedes choices, which precede results (thanks Robin Sharma).
So, if you are not achieving the level of success you’d like – evaluate your choices for areas you can improve and realize that how you eat, move and think affect your life in every aspect!
Ask me if you’re interested in Chiropractic & Wellness Lifestyle care, as well as if you’d like any suggestions for other Healthcare practitioners!
You can reach me by my contact form (located at the right of this text) OR phone (705) 521-4790. You can also check my availability and book your own appointments through this link.
Stay healthy Friends!
Dr. Adam Ball