Healthy Habits for a Happy New Year
At Burtis Chiropractic Center we like to hear New Year’s resolutions that center around healthy living. However, these goals can be hard to stick with for more than a few weeks. As the only Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner in the area, I have the knowledge and tools to help you make and stick to your New Year’s resolutions! Maybe it’s something as simple as taking a daily multivitamin and making monthly wellness visits to your chiropractor. If you really want to get your body back on track, think about getting a blood draw at our office to give you the inside knowledge on how to bring some balance back into your body and life.
Here is some advice for anyone that has trouble with New Year’s resolutions: create healthy habits for yourself, not restrictions. Small steps in the right direction are a lot easier to stick with than completely changing parts of your lifestyle.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean extreme diets. If you get in the habit of eating healthier by changing a few things, your body will start to get used to it and your cravings will change. For example, if you cut back your sugar intake, your body will start to crave it less and less. (Don’t go for ‘sugar-free’ sweeteners like nutrasweet, aspartame, sorbitol, etc. They can actually cause digestive problems and weight gain by confusing your gut bacteria.) A similar thing happens with water intake. If you drink more water, your body will start to crave it. You will also see numerous other benefits that come with proper water consumption such as brighter and healthier skin, more regular digestive system function, and improved energy. Try to start cooking more meals at home. When you cook at home with quality ingredients, you can make healthy meals the whole family can enjoy.
Another healthy habit you can work on is your sleep schedule. Getting your body and mind used to a regular sleep schedule will improve energy, mood, and overall improve your daily life. Going to bed and waking up within about half an hour of the same time every day is a good goal to make. We have great supplements that have helped lots of people solve their problems with sleep, whether it’s falling asleep or staying asleep.
Exercising is a goal that a lot of people set for the new year. These kinds of goals can often be overwhelming or hard to stick with after a while. If you want to integrate physical exercise into your life, start small. Start by going to the gym three times a week to ease yourself into it. If you don’t want to go to the gym, try something you can do at home. Go for a walk every night before or after dinner, or do yoga in the mornings. Try a few different things until you find something that works for you!
Mental health is another thing that is important to focus on. Simple things like taking some time to meditate, starting and ending your day in prayer, or giving back to others are easy ways to bring some joy and focus into your daily life. Challenge yourself to take a day or even a week without social media. Allow yourself to be present with the world and people around you and declutter your life from unnecessary distractions. Make a habit of eating dinner at the table with the whole family with no phones present to distract you. For people with more serious mental health concerns, consider getting a blood draw at our office to assess your blood chemistry. If there are neurotransmitter imbalances certain supplements can help with this situation. The supplements are all natural and can often restore balance without the side effects of prescription medications.
If you make the right goals for yourself and approach them with the right attitude, your New Year will be off to a healthy start.
Reset Your Life
It’s that time of the year again, a time when people start thinking about changing their lifestyle and becoming healthier, losing some unwanted weight, and resetting their life.
My name is C.J. Johnson, and I am the owner and director of fitness and personal training at Cutting Edge Fitness in Fairmont. This will be my 11th new year as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In my time in a gym I have seen the general trend of “new year’s resolution” clients come in and out. According to Forbes Magazine, 48 percent of all New Years resolutions are fitness related. They also reported that only eight percent of those people achieved their resolution. In another study done by a group of health clubs, most people lose motivation and quit working toward their resolution by February.
This is where I come in. As a trainer/strength coach, my job is based on progression. Progression is defined as the process of developing or moving gradually towards a more advanced state. The word that I really focus in on is “gradually.” Everything to do with body composition change is gradual. Notice, I didn’t say weight loss, I said body composition change. Weight loss is a false description used in the fitness community because it is not an accurate calculation of what actually is happening in the body when we eat correctly and exercise. Numerous methods of “diet and exercise” can help you lose weight, but we use a very specific method to create real change in the body.
What do I mean by body composition change? Body composition is made up of numerous substances of mass in your body to create your total body weight. These things include water, skeletal muscle mass, dry lean mass, and body fat. These are the things we look at to make sure you are losing weight in the right areas (body fat), and gaining mass in the right areas (skeletal muscle mass), to promote a positive body composition change and to improve overall health and appearance. On site, we use a state of the art machine called an InBody 570 to measure all body composition. This allows us to create your meal plans and workouts 100 percent personalized to your body’s needs and goals.
Our goal at Cutting Edge Fitness is to help you along the way, and to make sure you are progressing appropriately according to your short term goals and long term goals. If you are thinking about starting your journey to a healthier lifestyle, contact us and we can get you on the right track. Have a happy and healthy New Year!
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