Feel Better Every Day: Simple Health Tips Everyone Can Use

A Column by Dr. Julie Sieben.

A Column by Dr. Julie Sieben.

There are a number of simple things people can do to stay healthy. Here is my top four list.

1. Meditate: Taking the time to meditate each day has been clinically proven to reduce stress, reduce pain and improve quality of life.  This simple act of slowing down and breathing can do wonders for our overall health.

2. Get adjusted: Chiropractic is continually being vindicated as a cost-effective, reasonable and safe way to reduce chronic lower back pain. Chronic pain in any form can eat away at your quality of life.  Since 80% of us have lower back pain at some point in our lives, it is nice to know there their may be a simple way for you to take control. Most insurance companies are realizing this and chiropractic care is covered by most insurers these days, even Medicare.

3. Even a little exercise helps: Studies support even short bouts of exercise, say 10 minutes a couple times a day. Even bouts as short as 10 minutes can improve blood lipid profiles, lower blood pressure; decrease BMI and lower waist circumference. These results all mean good things for your heart health and quality of life. One of the benefits of doing short bouts, one, two and even three times per day is something called EPOC. After a bout of exercise we enjoy an increased metabolic rate. This means that we are burning calories more efficiently for a period of time after exercise, no matter what the length. So even if you can’t make it to the gym or for your usual 30-minute work out, some exercise really is better than nothing.

4. Be consistent: Avoid the all or nothing mentality. Little things do add up to big results over time. Think about compound interest, or the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Don’t give up, be consistent, keep going.

 Julie Sieben of Orleans is a chiropractor, exercise instructor, personal trainer, and wellness consultant.

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