Happy New Year! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to enter into 2017 fully re-charged!
Many people begin a new year by creating one or more “New Year’s Resolutions” to implement throughout the coming year. More often than not, these resolutions seem to fall through the cracks just a few short weeks into the New Year. Why is that?
First and foremost, many people base their resolution off of what to “give up”. Some people tell themselves that they will lose weight by going on a diet. This means “No more sweets”, or “No more fast food” or “No more carbs” – even though pasta is their absolute FAVORITE meal. Others decide to lose weight by exercising; however, the approach usually includes something along the lines of “Instead of watching my favorite TV show, I’ll spend 30 minutes on the treadmill running at a full sprint the entire time”, even though they are giving up their absolute FAVORITE television show and they have never run a day in their life. Approaching either of these resolutions in this way is NOT setting yourself up for success, but instead setting yourself up for failure. You may be able to give up your favorite television show while enduring an exercise that you absolutely hate for a little while, but eventually, the upcoming dread for “workout time” will outweigh the benefit in your mind and you will go right back to watching the show instead of exercising.
So what’s the best way to approach a New Year’s resolution?
Rather than taking something away that you love, try adding just ONE thing at a time to your routine that "isn't so bad". What exactly does that mean? Instead of giving up your favorite television show for treadmill time, how about watching your favorite show WHILE you are on the treadmill? And, if you absolutely hate running, then DON’T start off with running. Simply increase the incline on the treadmill and start with power walking until you build yourself up to a jog.
If you absolutely LOVE pasta, then don’t cut it out of your diet cold turkey. Try eating a small salad FIRST and then go ahead and enjoy a small bowl of pasta. The salad will not only supply your body with beneficial nutrients, but will partially fill you up so that you won’t eat as much pasta as you would have without the salad. It’s a win-win. You get some raw veggies, cut down your pasta portion size, and STILL get to enjoy your favorite pasta dish.
Approaching resolutions in this fashion will ensure that you can better stay on track. Is everyone perfect? Of course not – there are times when you will still want to skip that treadmill workout even if you are simultaneously watching your favorite show. In much the same way, there will be times when you want to skip the salad and down a mega-portion of pasta instead. However, you are more likely to stick with your new goals this way than if you attempt to cut everything out of your life all at once.
As always, we are here for all of your neurostructural correction needs here at Pillar Chiropractic. Diet and exercise are crucial elements to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but don’t neglect the health of your spine and extremities – the FOUNDATION of your body. If you are experiencing any secondary conditions due to neurostructural shifts of your foundation, such as low back pain, headaches, shin splints, digestive problems, carpal tunnel, along with many others, a neurostructural corrective care plan may be the New Year’s Resolution that you need to be sure that you are functioning in tip-top shape!
What are some of YOUR New Year's Resolutions? What action steps will you take to hold yourself accountable? Comment below and let us know; we'd love to hear what our practice members have set for the 2017 goals!
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