Staying active now can go a long way toward being active into one's golden years . People who are active today generally experience less joint pain and inflammation, with the result being the ability to remain active at a time of life when many other people are facing living with joint pain or having to be subjected to joint replacement surgery.
Even small, incremental changes can make a huge difference farther down the road. The American Chiropractic Association sponsors National Chiropractic Health Month every October. Each year is given a theme, with 2013's being "Get Vertical." This public health awareness campaign helps the chiropractic profession highlight some of the small, manageable changes people can make today to keep being active for the rest of their lifetime.
For example, chiropractic professionals note that people who sit for long hours of the day at a desk can experience significant joint pain. To help alleviate these symptoms, chiropractors recommend taking brief walks once or twice an hour or using a standing desk. Additionally, taking micro-breaks in which neck rolls, shoulder shrugs and other small stretches are performed has been shown to be beneficial.
Other easy changes that are recommended by health professionals are regular workouts and a healthy diet. Experts stress that it's not necessary to exercise at a highly strenuous level. In fact, 20 minutes to half an hour of exercise three to five times a week is usually enough to start feeling the benefits. It's also vital to eat a healthy, well balanced diet that focuses on good fats and fresh fruits and vegetables. Filling up on these nutritious foods is also a great way to limit the intake of less healthy white flour, refined sugars and red meat.
While joint replacement surgeries like knee and hip replacements are common happenings today, chiropractors hope that by getting the word out about these simple lifestyle changes these procedures will be less common in the future. Practicing a few of these tips today can make them habits tomorrow, and result in not needing invasive and expensive surgery farther down the road.
Sure, we know it's only August. But school starts in less than a week and before you know it, October will be upon us. Why not start "Getting Vertical" today?
Your Health . . . It’s Worth It!
Dr. Kate Gerber & Dr. John Gerber