One of the most anxiety-inducing questions that can be asked after the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day is, “what’s your New Year’s Resolution?” While most people hyperventilate at the thought of creating a resolution, the idea of working towards such a spur of the moment goal can be overwhelming.
Striving for improvement is a great quality to have, and the best way to nurture it is by setting doable yet challenging goals to make yourself better over more time than the week or two after the new year begins. One of the best goals to start out with is improving your health!
New Year’s Resolutions
The New Year season has ended considering we are a little over a month into 2021, but anytime is a good time to start living a healthier lifestyle and starting without the expectant shadow of the new year is beneficial to many people. The problem with most new year’s resolutions is that they aren’t very specific. The result is usually specified, but the process and timeframe of getting there are not. Many people say, “I want to lose 10 pounds,” but they are left wondering about how to go about this.
In lieu of making sudden changes and resolutions, a better way to go about being healthier is by forming new habits. It has been proven that it is far easier to replace a habit than simply breaking an old one, and this is especially true in the health and wellness scene. As an example of replacing unhealthy habits, instead of getting dessert after dinner, opt for a piece of fruit instead and your body will thank you.
From a chiropractic perspective, losing weight can certainly benefit your bones, muscles, and joints by relieving the stress and pressure put on them. In the same fashion, building muscle and becoming more flexible can prevent injury and decrease recovery time. It pays to be healthy, by reducing medical expenses and allowing you to feel awesome more often!
Building a Lifestyle
Being healthy is all about making choices that will benefit you now and in the future. Creating goals and habits to build a better you is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. So how does one make a lifestyle out of good decisions?
Lifestyles are built from habits, and this is true for both healthy and unhealthy lifestyles. The best way to become healthier is by building up the healthy habits you already have and by replacing the unhealthy ones with smarter choices. This can be as simple as remembering to get up and stretch occasionally if you work at a desk all day, or by incorporating a morning yoga session into your daily routine.
Some habits take longer than others to develop or replace so be patient and research to find out what works best for you. Everyone is different, but all people can become healthier and better versions of themselves through dedication and practice. It is important to stay healthy no matter your demographic to keep you out of the clinic and to make it easier for your chiropractor to treat you should the need arise.
Health and wellness are built through making good choices and then continuing to make them. If you need any help creating a plan to increase your health both preventing injury and expediting recovery, contact your doctor or chiropractor, and they can give you tailored tips on increasing your wellbeing.