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Back pain is one of the most common reasons people miss #work, and it’s no secret that work often contributes to back #pain. In recent years, several media outlets have warned the public about the pain and debilitation which results from sitting for too long. But standing for too long also imperils the back, as well as the legs and feet. #Chiropractors often treat cashiers, hairdressers, nurses, security screeners, custodians, and other people who are on their feet all day, but preventive measures are necessary to stop the problem from recurring.

How Standing Affects the Back

Problems in the lower limbs will have consequences further up. When peoples’ feet are painfully swollen or their leg muscles are failing, their posture is likely to get worse. They often subconsciously tilt their pelvises in an attempt to use their back muscles to compensate for tight or overworked muscles in the pelvic region, legs, or core, putting their lower backs out of alignment and increasing wear on their facet joints. Wear to the back muscles also puts uneven pressure on the spinal discs, allowing them to become misshapen and inhibiting their function as shock absorbers.

Good Habits While Standing

Ideally, workers should be able to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day. It’s good to switch about every half hour. While standing, it may be helpful to put one foot up on a bar. In either position, desk workers should position the top of their screens to be at eye-level and tilted slightly up. They should also put the keyboard and mouse on the same level and stand about twenty inches away from the screen. Knees should be bent slightly and be positioned directly below the hips.

The Importance of Foot Care

To prevent lower back pain, the feet are especially important to #care for. Blood pooling in the lower extremities can lead to vascular problems, which come with their own pain and can encourage bad posture. People with Chronic Venous Insufficiency should consider compression stockings. Many chiropractors now offer customized foot orthotics, which provide the feet with more support, and patients are generally discouraged from wearing flat shoes. Anti-fatigue floor mats have been shown to decrease foot and lower back pain. Patients are also advised to move their feet when turning to reach something, as opposed to twisting their torsos.

How Chiropractic Helps

Chiropractic care will likely include some sort of therapeutic #exercise as well as pain relief. Squats are recommended for many patients as a way to strengthen core and leg muscles and to improve hip flexibility. Traction, either with a machine or suspension, can reverse the pressure in spinal discs. Adjustments will put joints back in place, removing pressure from the surrounding muscles and nerves. Therapeutic massages, electric muscle stimulation, and ultrasound therapy also help to reduce muscle inflammation and deliver more nutrient-rich blood to injured soft tissues.
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December 2017 SPARC Newsletter
How the Change of Seasons Affects Our Health
The clock has turned back one hour and the sun has gone into hibernation. This lack of sunshine not only dampens our mood but can lead to #depression in the upcoming winter months. Serotonin is a chemical that influences a variety of body and psychological functions. When serotonin levels are low, we may lose focus, experience low #energy levels, and/or a loss of interest in everyday activities. Additionally, it can cause us to sleep in excess amounts, which will leave the body feeling #fatigued and #muscles feeling sore.
It’s natural to slow down during winter, but it’s important to maintain a positive attitude during this time where darkness is prominent. If you catch yourself falling into a seasonal slump, take time to reflect on what will make you mentally and physically more pleased. If you don’t know where to start, we are here to offer some tips on how to fight the disadvantages of the seasons changing.
Better the Mind and Your Body Will Thank You
If the change in season has you feeling fatigued all the time, making it hard for you to carry out daily tasks, then it is time to improve your mood. Doing things that make you happy can help prevent weight gain, feeling irritable, stressed, or anxious and unexplained aches and pains. In addition to exercising your mental #health by participating in activities that you enjoy, #exercise for your physical health to decrease symptoms of #anxiety and depression.
To keep your mood and physical health stable throughout the New Year, incorporate these tips into your lifestyle.
Take care of your body – You should always put your health before the health of others. Be sure to eat healthy foods, and take advantage of a good night sleep. Physical activity of any kind release endorphins – also known as natural stress fighters – so if you can, hit the gym or exercise in your own home.
Manage stress – Unfortunately, there is no avoiding #stress , therefore, you have to learn how to manage it. You can do this by meditating, taking a calming bath, listening to calming white noise during the day, or by simply venting to a person you trust.
Don’t isolate from family and friends – It’s harder to be social when you feel down in the dumps, but being alone can make the feeling worse. Try to reach out to the people you trust as much as you can because even little interaction can make a difference.
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Chiropractic Treatment for Migraine Headaches

What are migraine headaches?

Everyone has had a headache at some point and we are all familiar with the throbbing feeling that can linger and really slow down your day. But there is more than one type of a headache, and chronic migraine sufferers will tell you they experience many other symptoms that can put a screeching halt to all activity for hours and even days. Migraines come with the throbbing sensation but also cause sensitivity to light and noise, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, and stomach pain.

Certain people with migraines may be able to predict the onset of an episode due to a trigger or early warning symptom, but the exact cause of migraines is unknown. Most theories acknowledge an interruption in either nerve activity, blood flow to the brain, or both. Because the precise origin of migraine headaches is unknown there is no known cure for a chronic migraine condition. Migraine sufferers are typically advised to avoid known triggers and get enough #exercise and sleep. Over-the-counter medications help some find relief, but others report instant relief of symptoms followed by a “rebound migraine” the next day.

How can chiropractic help manage migraines?

Chiropractic treatment will not cure #migraines , but it is one of the few ways to be proactive against migraines and help prevent them. Migraines can begin with tension in the neck, but even patients without migraines find keeping their neck free of kinks helps improve frequent headaches. Dysfunctional vertebrae in the neck can cause increased muscle tension and interrupt the nerves that control blood flow to the brain. Chiropractic #adjustments relieve the pressure and tension that results in headaches.

Regular #chiropractic adjustments also help facilitate healthy blood flow and nerve function. For a chronic migraine sufferer, it may take weeks of consistent adjustments, but patients will experience a significant improvement in migraine frequency, intensity, or both. Improving alignment of the bones in the neck and spine can prevent #headaches and migraines, and adjustments also keep the body in balance.

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SELF-GUIDED IMAGERY
Mindfulness techniques can assist a person substantially in achieving improved levels of #health and well-being. These methods, including #meditation and guided imagery, are gaining prominence as more traditional #medicine group practices, hospitals, and teaching institutions 1,2 are embracing an integrated approach.
Learning the basics of mindfulness methods is easy and straightforward. Success in applying these techniques requires attention and discipline, and one's capabilities in these areas increase with time and practice.

Guided imagery involves picturing a peaceful, relaxing setting and may incorporate persons, animals, and other living beings in the imagined environment. The purpose of the #exercise is to focus and immerse yourself in the quiet and soothing surround. The benefit derives from profoundly shifting one's habitual focus on #stress and stressful circumstances onto positive images that help support health and #healing .3
To begin, you seat yourself comfortably in a location where you won't be disturbed or distracted by others. You close your eyes, take a few relaxing breaths, and affirm to yourself that you're going to have a positive experience. You start the self-guided imagery session by picturing a favorite place, one that is enriching and uplifting, such as a beach, nature trail, or mountain habitat. The environment does not have to be one with which you have actual experience. The power of self-guided imagery is that your imagination is, in fact, your open-ended guide.
For example, if you're on a beach, you could first focus on the sensation of the warmth of the sun on your skin. Feel how it feels. Really focus on the aliveness that the sun's rays generate throughout your entire being. Picture yourself in your comfortable beach chair and experience the textures and tactile sensations of your casual, colorful beach attire.
After a while, you may choose to walk down to the shoreline. Feel the warmth of the sand on the soles of your feet. Experience the contours of the sand and how your balance has to adjust with each step to match the miniature hills and valleys of the sandy shore. Hear the deep rumble of the ocean and the gentle susurration of the waves. Focus on a sequence of waves. See them rise, crest, and crash on the shore. Experience the ebb and flow of your own heartbeat and your own breath, your personal internal rhythms that align with the rhythms of the ocean shore.
Your self-guided imagery sessions may last for five or ten minutes. You could do these sessions daily or one or two times a week. Essentially, you're telling yourself a wonderful story that you experience in your mind's eye. Your self-guided imagery sessions are filled with beautiful images, sounds, and even music that provide an experience of peace, fulfillment, and happiness. Over time, the results include reduced stress, greater awareness, a heightened sense of presence and being-in-the-world, and improved health.

Regular #chiropractic Care and Mindfulness Techniques
Whether you're engaged in meditation, guided imagery, awareness practice, or breathing exercises, musculoskeletal aches, #pain , soreness, and tension can interfere with what you're attempting to accomplish. Unless you're an advanced mindfulness student, these physical ailments can easily become the focus of attention and drain #energy from your #healing process.
Regular chiropractic care can provide effective solutions to these daily musculoskeletal stresses and strains. By detecting and correcting sources of nerve interference and spinal biomechanical dysfunction, regular chiropractic care restores optimal functioning and structural integrity to your body's skeletal and muscular framework. As a result, you're able to breathe more easily and fully, get more oxygen into your system, and deliver more healing #nutrition to the regions of your body that need them the most. In this way, by helping to resolve and heal stumbling blocks to your concentration, focus, and attention, regular chiropractic care provides great benefit to every mindfulness practice.
Zech N, et al: Efficacy, acceptability and safety of guided imagery/hypnosis in fibromyalgia - A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Eur J Pain 21(2):217-227, 2017
Nooner AK, et al: Using Relaxation and Guided Imagery to Address Pain, Fatigue, and Sleep Disturbances: A Pilot Study. Clin J Oncol Nurs 20(5):547-552, 2016
Charalambous A, et al: Guided Imagery And Progressive Muscle Relaxation as a Cluster of Symptoms Management Intervention in Patients Receiving Chemotherapy: A Randomized Control Trial. PLoS One 2016 Jun 24;11(6):e0156911. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156911. eCollection 2016

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THE LONG GAME
We've heard a lot lately regarding how certain nations play a long game in terms of regional influence and global geopolitics. The concept of a so-called long game is interesting in that it implies a more than common degree of patience and a commitment to outcomes that are evaluated over decades and generations, rather than months or years. Importantly, strategies and tactics that produce desired results in the international arena may be applied with success to the long-term #health and well-being of ourselves and our families.
In terms of good health, a person's unfolding strategy always consists of putting into place #lifestyle behaviors that appropriately support the desired long-term goals. For example, eating a #healthy #diet and engaging in regular vigorous #exercise have been proved of great benefit in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.1,2 Â The primary categories of chronic diseases include cardiovascular disorders, #diabetes , overweight/obesity, and cancer. Most person's long-term health goals would naturally focus on avoiding the onset of these various disorders and diseases or preventing their progression to a chronic state. If one is late in arriving at a decision to engage in self-care, as frequently happens in our society, the good news is that lifestyle behavior change is always beneficial. What is required, for all of us, is to adopt the perspective of the long game.

For example, obtaining the necessary long-term benefits of an exercise program requires a certain amount of dedication and persistence. Any exercise is good, but regular exercise is much better. Our bodies are dynamic and adapt positively to physiological and mechanical stresses, such as the stresses imposed by an exercise program. But that same dynamism will cause a metabolic breakdown of #muscle and bone if those tissues are not being worked and utilized consistently. Our bodies are very smart and are designed to work efficiently. Biochemical components of structures that are assessed to be unnecessary will be redirected to better purpose elsewhere. In other words, the "use it or lose it" principle applies. If we want to build strong muscles and bones that will serve us well and help us avoid injury over the course of many years, we need to engage in regular vigorous exercise ongoingly.
Thus, committing to the long game supports our desire for a long life of good health.3 Â There can be gaps, of course. People are very busy and there may be stretches, even lasting months, when there just isn't time enough to do necessary exercise. The solution is to minimize these gaps as much as possible, make sure the gaps don't become the new routine, and re-engage in regular exercise as soon as feasible. Adherence to our long game strategy will help achieve across-the-board wins in the areas of health and #well-being .
Regular #chiropractic care is an important part of the long view regarding your family's health and well-being. Even though we engage in healthy lifestyle activities, events frequently occur that have a negative impact on our health. The events themselves may be not obvious, hidden from view as a result of originating in our day-to-day environment or seemingly harmless mechanical stresses as we bump into things, trip over a crack in the sidewalk, or pick up a laundry basket filled with clothes.
But these little insults often have a cumulative effect in causing spinal misalignments and nerve interference. We're not aware of the health effects of nerve interference at the beginning. Over time, nerve irritation that results from spinal misalignments may cause neck pain, back #pain , and #headaches , and even problems with the digestive, endocrine, and immune systems. Regular chiropractic care, as a consistent part of your family's routine, helps prevent a wide range of problems from getting started, and helps us get better faster from the problems that may have brought us to our chiropractor's office in the first place.


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Davies MJ, et al: A community based primary prevention programme for type 2 diabetes integrating identification and lifestyle intervention for prevention: the Let's Prevent Diabetes cluster randomised controlled trial. Prev Med 84:48-56, 2016

Pandey A, et al: Relationship Between Physical Activity, Body Mass Index, and Risk of Heart Failure. J Am Coll Cardiol 69(9):1143-1146, 2017

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When we think of healthful #lifestyle choices we generally consider requirements for a healthy diet and regular vigorous #exercise . We want to be sure we're eating a wide variety of foods from the primary food groups and that we're careful to watch our daily calorie intake. In the realm of exercise, we want to do a minimum of 30 minutes of vigorous exercise five days a week. These lifestyle recommendations apply to young and older adults, older children, and teenagers, that is, the entire extended family. But many people neglect to take into account the third pillar of #healthy lifestyle enhancement, that of getting sufficient rest. Obtaining sufficient restorative, refreshing sleep may be the most underrated and under-discussed lifestyle choice.1,2

The amount of sleep necessary to maintain good #health varies among individuals, but the minimum requirement is most often reported as seven hours. For most of us, getting less than seven hours of sleep a night on a regular basis will likely be insufficient to support physiological functioning. For example, the great philosopher Immanuel Kant famously got up at 5 am every day. But Kant went to bed at 10 pm, thus obtaining seven hours of restful sleep per night.

Sufficient rest enables our bodies to recover from daily stresses and strains and repair damaged cells and tissues. Getting less sleep than we need, over time, results in #muscle and joint stiffness and tension, otherwise unexplained aches and pains, impaired digestion with a wide range of symptoms, emotional irritability, and disordered cognitive function.3 Without sufficient sleep, people become more easily confused and forgetful. Decision-making becomes flawed. It becomes much more difficult to analyze and comprehend the big picture, whatever the undertaking. If these symptoms sound all too familiar, the source of the problem may frequently be identified as failing to get the amount of sleep you really need.
Thus, contrary to the six, five, or four hours of sleep a night that business "gurus" and "consultants" claim they thrive on, seven hours of nightly sleep is a basic requirement for the vast majority of people. Eight hours of sleep is great when you can get it. The question becomes, how in our very busy lives is it possible to get this amount of sleep? The solution lies in following, approximately, the lifestyle chosen by Kant (1724-1804), the giant of the Enlightenment who needed optimum good #health in order to support a lifetime of tremendously fruitful activity. Personal discipline comes into play. For example, arising at 5:30 or 6 am might work better for us, but we would need to make sure we go to bed at 10:30 or 11 pm.
Many may find, once they've become aware of the significance of this lifestyle upgrade, that seven-and-a-half or eight hours of sleep per night works best for them. The key is to get the rest that's right for you. Over time, you and all your family members will notice the difference, as each one begins to fulfill this necessary component of healthy living. The long-term result is good health, #happiness , and enjoyment in life.

How Regular #Chiropractic Care can Improve the Quality of Sleep

We are not in charge during our sleep periods, that is, what happens when we sleep is not under the control of our conscious selves. All our physiological mechanisms, known as vegetative functions, proceed on their own. Just as when we're awake, our heart, lungs, and digestive organs operate independently of our conscious instructions. But if we're not controlling these life-sustaining systems, what is? The nerve system is in control, both when we're asleep and awake. As our body's master system, the nerve system makes sure that all the physiological systems are online, all the time.
But the nerve system itself requires maintenance and upkeep. That's where regular chiropractic care comes in. Regular chiropractic care detects and corrects sources of nerve interference that would degrade the performance of our body's master system. By helping to optimize spinal alignment and reducing the effects of nerve interference, regular chiropractic care helps us function efficiently and effectively. The result is good health in the present and assistance with ongoing health and well-being in the future.

Dulloo AG, et al: Nutrition, movement and sleep behaviours: their interactions in pathways to obesity and cardiometabolic diseases. Obesity Rev 18(Suppl S1):3-6, 2017


Saunders TJ: Combinations of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep: relationships with health indicators in school-aged children and youth. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 41(6 Suppl 3):S283-S293, 2016


Chambers AM: The role of sleep in cognitive processing: focusing on memory consolidation. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Cogn Sci 2017 Jan 3. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1433. [Epub ahead of print]

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WALK THIS WAY
Whether you're going out for a walk or a run, to the gym to lift #weights , or to the pool to #swim a few laps, the self-affirmation involved in the concept of "going out" or "going to" something for the sake of #exercise is quite substantial. For most of us, it takes an extra effort, an extra application of willpower, to get us out of our chair or off our sofa and get moving in the direction of #physicalacticity . For those who are able to overcome our own inertia and actually get out there and exercise, the rewards can be great!
The message to get out there and exercise comes to us from many directions. Often it’s our spouse or partners, family #doctor , or close personal friends who encourage us to exercise. Other times it’s the onslaught from newspaper, magazine, and blog articles that tell us we have to exercise. Radio and television programs feature droves of celebrity #fitness experts telling us about the miracles of this or that type of exercise. Implicit in this messaging is the notion that there's something wrong with us, that we're not being a good person if we're not doing what everybody else is.
However, despite the badgering of family and friends and the constant prodding of media sources, it remains true that exercise is very good for us and we all actually know this.1,2 The real missing piece for each of us is the recognition that exercise is in our self-interest and that we will proactively choose to take action on our own behalf. In other words, no one can convince us. We as individuals are the only ones who can make that difference.
How do you get to that place of choosing? First, by being willing to undertake a truthful self-assessment. If you find that you'd like to lose #weight , have more #energy , or have more restful #sleep at night, then you might choose to begin a program of regular exercise. You do this, not as a result of someone telling you that you need to, but as a course of action that you have chosen. Then, being a reasonable person, after approximately six to eight weeks of participation in your new activities, you assess the results. If you like what's going on, then you'll probably choose to continue.
And then, surprisingly, if you've reevaluated and reaffirmed a few more times, you may wake up one day to find that you have become a person who exercises. You no longer have to think about this. You no longer feel that exercise is a burdensome activity. You actually now enjoy these activities and authentically appreciate the wonderful results you have been obtaining. The hidden benefit, of course, is that your family, friends, coworkers, and your community at large are reaping the rewards, as well.3
Anunciacao PG, et al: Blood pressure and autonomic responses following isolated and combined aerobic and resistance exercise in hypertensive older women. Clin Exp Hypertens 38(8):710-714, 2016
Loprinzi PD, Sng E: Mode-specific physical activity and leukocyte telomere length among U.S. adults: Implications of running on cellular aging. Prev Med 85:17-19, 2016
Marson EC, et al: Effects of aerobic, resistance, and combined exercise training on insulin resistance markers in overweight or obese children and adolescents: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Prev Med 93:211-218, 2016 self-improvement lifestyle enhancementhttp://sparcchiropractic.com/blog/b_79990_walk_this_way.html
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THE FOUR SEASONS
Change is an undeniable force that impacts everything. Nothing in the physical world, either on Earth or in the Universe itself, is able to resist change and ultimate decay. Supernovas, for example, are the final explosive moments of massive stars. Our own changes through life are not as dramatic, but nonetheless, they are just as meaningful, often profoundly so.
Some #life cycles such as that of a leaf or butterfly are studied and appreciated as symbols of change. Yet, the physical changes we go through over the years and decades are often lamented instead of revered. We could mourn for our youthful selves, regretting our losses and wishing we could have retained what used to be, or we could return our perspective to the forces of life proceeding in and around us. In doing so, we come to realize we are not required to passively accept the march of time. In the context of physical #health , we may focus our attention on the things we are capable of doing to resist the impact of the passing years and maintain and even upgrade our levels of #fitness , health and well-being.
Realistically, physical structures do break down. For example, our intervertebral discs, the gelatinous shock-absorbers situated between pairs of spinal vertebras, begin to lose their maximum water content shortly after birth, owing to the ongoing effects of gravity. Thus, intervertebral disc degeneration is inevitable. But we can resist the process and slow the progression or loss, by pumping physiologic fluids back into the disc via physical activity and regular vigorous #exercise . In this way, we rehydrate our intervertebral discs to the available maximum, improving our flexibility, agility and #mobility as we do so.
Overall, lifestyle upgrades such as ensuring a healthy nutritious diet1,2 and engaging in regular vigorous exercise five times a week3 help us be proactive against the effects of the passage of time. We may not be able to run a six-minute mile at age 60, but that's not the point. What we can do is become much fitter and much healthier than we have been. We can lose weight and add pounds of lean #muscle mass, sleep more restfully, have more #energy throughout the day, upgrade our musculoskeletal adaptability, and improve our long-term health and well-being. We have the time that is ours to have.

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Buscemi S, Giordano C: Physical activity and cardiovascular prevention: Is healthy urban living a possible reality or utopia? Eur J Intern Med 017 Feb 16. pii: S0953-6205(17)30069-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ejim.2017.02.007. [Epub ahead of print]http://sparcchiropractic.com/blog/b_79871_the_four_seasons.html
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CHIROPRACTIC IS THE KEY TO A BETTER OPERATING SYSTEM
A computer’s operating system is the vital component that enables the device’s hardware and software resources to function as one. But when the system is compromised by malware or a computer virus, its performance can suffer or even lead to a total device crash. Our bodies, and the systems that keep us operating, can be compared to the interworking of a computer. Our hardware is our #muscles and tissues, our software is #nerve signals, and our operating system is the nerve system itself. Just like a computer’s operating system, it is our nerve system that enables our hardware and software resources to function together as one.
The #nervousystem is composed of the brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves, and the peripheral nerve system, the latter consisting of large, long branches of the spinal nerves and numerous successively narrower and smaller branches of those branches. The brain, as the center of the nerve system, originates signals that coordinate the activities of all the other physiological systems.1 These signals are transmitted down specific pathways to reach specific target structures. These targets – the cells – that comprise the tissues and organs of your cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems, are what keeps you alive. The cells do their job and then transmit responses back to the brain via the nerve system. These responses consist of status reports, requests for additional materials, and other information regarding local conditions. The brain processes this new information and issues new instructions.
It's easy to see how the now commonplace analogy between the brain and the computer came to be. However, it's critically important to recognize that the brain is most definitely not a computer. Regardless of the ability of lightning-quick systems to rapidly sort through huge masses of data, such processing speed and relative accuracy are not the manifestations of intelligence. Rather, these computer feats are wonderful mechanical accomplishments owing to human ingenuity. In the absence of human designers and programmers, there would be no supercomputer.
In contrast, human consciousness utilizes the human brain to arrive at new solutions to problems. These novel solutions are emergent, meaning they could not be predicted by analysis of the information at hand. Computers are not capable of emergent behavior. Thus, our animating principle not only guides the functioning of our bodies, but may also guide our choices, decision-making, and functioning in the world.
#chiropractic #chiropractor #health #exercise #manipulation

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Banos O, et al: The Mining Minds digital health and wellness framework. Biomed Eng Online 2016 Jul 15;15 Suppl 1:76. doi: 10.1186/s12938-016-0179-9.
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START 2017 ON THE RIGHT PATH
New Year's resolutions, beloved by some and loathed by others, are an integral part of the New Year's tradition. We wish our relationship to the new year to be one of joy and anticipation, and we hope that we'll be able to forge some new habits and accomplish some new things that will further the welfare and #well-being of families and ourselves.
For most of us, #exercise and a #healthydiet are at the top of our New Year's resolutions lists.1 We may have made such commitments in the past, only to fall by the wayside of our exercise routines or see the pounds we worked so hard to lose slowly creep back as we became less committed to our #nutrition plans. The resignation that lies concealed behind the all-too-thin veneer of lifestyle upgrade optimism is ready to leap forward at the slightest opportunity and slam the brakes on any forward progress we’ve made.
We need to be on the lookout for such internal negativity and put a stop to it before it hampers our mental and physical abilities to fulfill our New Year's resolutions. Memories of the lack of previous success may be at the forefront of our consciousness whenever we think about recommitting to healthier ways. The only way we can set ourselves in motion is to acknowledge those memories and past experiences and then reorient ourselves and focus on what we intend to accomplish in the present.
In order to successfully fulfill our New Year's resolutions, we need a #rehabilitation plan to get away from the addictive hold our memories have on us. The center of this plan is an intentional focus on what there is to do today. We help ourselves by setting out #goals for today and then committing ourselves to accomplishing those tasks. We gain personal power, day by day, when we complete our daily list. Gradually, step by step and meal by meal, we begin to build new habits of #health
Our exercise and nutritional plans begin to become realities as we accomplish our daily, weekly, and now monthly goals. Soon we begin to have more energy throughout the day and sleep much more restfully at night. We stand taller, our skin appears brighter, and our sense of well-being and self-confidence begins to be noticed by our families, friends, and coworkers. Now we are well on the way to fulfilling our New Year's resolutions and enjoying long-term health and well-being.2,3http://sparcchiropractic.com/blog/b_76092_start_2017_on_the_right_path.html
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