“Getting healthier” is one of the most common new year’s resolutions amongst people living in the UK. This usually involves a combination of dieting and exercise. In some cases, this resolution might also include visiting a medical professional, such as a chiropractor to finally address a long-term health concern, like chronic back pain or poor posture.
Our chiropractors at The Spine & Joint Centre in Ealing offer a combination of chiropractic care, lifestyle advice, and physical therapy that can help you achieve your health and fitness goals in the new year.
In the meantime, here our Ealing chiropractor suggests a few simple changes you can make immediately, for a healthier 2021.
Make Stretching A Daily Habit
Stretching is one of the best ways to keep your muscles strong and healthy. It can also help you maintain your flexibility and a good range of motion in the joints.
The best way to incorporate some stretching into your day is to do it first thing in the morning. A short stretching routine will help you wake up quickly and provide you with a productive start to the day. You will have accomplished a positive action within the first few minutes of getting out of bed!
Our chiropractic team in Ealing can advise which stretches are suitable for you, given the health complaints you may be currently dealing with. There are also plenty of videos on Youtube showcasing short stretching routines.
Spend Less Time Sitting
Spending a lot of time sitting each day can negatively impact your posture and eventually increase the risk of chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Too much sitting can even affect your mental health, increasing the likelihood of anxiety and depression.
Look for ways to avoid sitting, like:
- Walking around while on the phone
- Taking frequent breaks where you stand and walk about (set a phone reminder)
- Using a standing desk
- Standing while watching television or using your phone
- Stand while using public transport
- Go for a walk at lunch
- Have walking meetings with colleagues
- Swap out sedentary activities for active hobbies
Be Mindful About Your Posture
Many of the patients who visit our chiropractic clinic in Ealing are looking for a way to improve their posture. Chiropractors can provide a range of treatments to achieve this goal including chiropractic techniques and lifestyle adjustments.
However, if you want to see a rapid improvement in your posture, you will need to be mindful about how you position your body throughout the day. In other words, you will need to become aware of when you are sitting or standing with poor posture and make corrections as necessary.
Fortunately, there are some great tools available to make this task simple. They include smart phone and desktop apps like Limber, Posture Minder, and Nekoze. These apps will remind you to assess your posture, stretch, or take a break from sitting down.
Try To Eat More Whole Foods
The easiest way to improve your diet is to focus on eating more whole foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, dairy, fish, lean meat, and whole grains. This approach will boost your energy levels and ensure that your body has all of the nutrients it requires. It can also help you lose weight, if you are currently overweight.
Even if you only apply this change to your snacking habits, it will make a huge difference. So, instead of reaching for a packet of potato crisps, opt for unprocessed foods like celery sticks, apple, cheese, nuts and so on.
Exercise For At Least 30 Minutes Each Day
If you get into the habit of exercising every day you will see a dramatic improvement in your health in 2021. Any form of exercise will be beneficial, so if you haven’t worked out for a while, start with a walk around the block and go from there. If you need any tips on the safest ways to exercise or how to build a workout routine, especially if you suffer from a pre-existing health condition, talk to a doctor or a chiropractor.
Seek Out Chiropractic Care More Often
Most people will only book an appointment with a chiropractor when they are in pain or discomfort. However, chiropractic treatments are also useful for improving your general health.
Every day our chiropractic team help patients back to good health.
“If you have pain, I would definitely say don’t leave it to get worse, call the Spine & Joint Centre, and get the problem looked at. If I could give more than 5 stars I would.” Rohini P – 5 Star Google Review
“Within a few sessions Dr Loatey has eased the pain. The exercises recommended by Dr Loatey to strengthen the muscles in my lower back have been amazing and my back now feels better than it has in a long time” Neil M – 5 Star Google Review
“I was having bad headaches daily and struggling with every day activities. I have had 3 treatments so far with Dr Ethan Brownlee and they have made such a difference, worth every penny” Julie O’D – 5 Star Google Review
If you would like to book an appointment with one of our chiropractors at The Spine & Joint Centre in Ealing, give us a call today on 020 8900 9004.