It’s Walk to School Week (May 21 -25). Every May, Living Streets, organises a fun themed challenge to encourage children and their families to walk to school and start to experience it’s many benefits. Last year 400,000 children and their families participated in the challenge.
As chiropractors at a busy family chiropractic clinic in Newcastle under Lyme we congratulate you if you are participating in this years challenge. If your not then it’s never too late to go from school ride to school stride.
Why not create your own mini challenge and leave the car at home and walk to school for 5 days? If you have a long school run then leave your car 10 minutes away for the school gates and walk the rest of the way?
As chiropractors we are concerned with the increasing numbers of children and young people who are suffering back pain. Taking regular exercise is so important for the health of children’s spines so incorporating a simple form of exercise such as walking into their daily routines is important.
What better way to do this than walking to school.
If you’re thinking about making healthier lifestyle choices, it’s could be time to be a case of out with the old and in with the new! So here are some surprisingly easy ways you can improve your wellbeing and make your habits the healthiest ones ever!
Drink Coffee to Boost Your Mood
We hear a lot about the negative health effects of caffeine, but let’s not forget that it has its good points too! There is a link between moderate coffee consumption and improved mood. So if you’re feeling like those dark clouds are setting in, try a cup of coffee or two!
Chew Gum to Make You More Alert
Most of us have fallen victim to that afternoon slump, especially after a busy morning in work. But did you know that chewing mint flavoured gum can help to make you feel more awake, reduce feelings of tiredness and improve your concentration levels? It can also work as a stress reliever too!
Stand More and Live Longer
Office workers, beware! Sitting for prolonged periods of time can put you at a higher risk of back pain, heart disease, diabetes and a host of other health problems. It’s simple, if you want to give yourself a better chance of a longer life, sit less and stand more! When you’re at work, try to introduce five minutes of physical activity every hour and make sure you take regular breaks away from your desk or workstation. Small changes like taking the stairs instead of the lift will also make a big difference to your health.
Taking money out from a cash machine is something we usually do without thinking too much about it. But do you wash your hands afterwards? Cash machines have been known to contain the same sickness causing bacteria found in some public toilets. You wouldn’t touch a loo seat without scrubbing your hands, would you?
The mind and body are very closely connected, so it’s important to think positive. The stresses of life can cause some people to suffer from a low mood, so make sure you do the things that help you to keep thinking positively. Join a class, visit friends, de-clutter the house – anything that keeps your mind in good spirits. The happier you feel, the healthier you’ll be!
Here’s to good health!
It’s January and you’re probably feeling bombarded with advice on healthy living. From diet fads to miracle weight loss gadgets, every page we turn and channel we flick to will no doubt promise us a quick and easy path to our New Year health goals. But here, our Stoke on Trent chiropractor sorts out the myths from the facts with our top 5 ways to improve your health this January:
1: Do not ‘go on a diet’; even if Vanessa Feltz’s two-week tummy trimming recipes guarantee to shred you of all your festive weight, don’t go on a diet. Instead, switch to healthier eating habits that you can continue long term. When you lose weight gradually, you are more likely to keep it off.
2: Eat a varied diet. Look for different, brightly coloured fruits and vegetables as these provide plenty of nutrients.
3: Exercise regularly. Activities such as walking, jogging and cycling are easy enough to fit into your weekly routine and will help to improve your overall health and fitness.
4: Laugh a lot. Not only does laughing release the happy chemicals in your brain, but it also strengthens your tummy muscles and relaxes knotted muscles.
5: Stand up straight. A good posture offers a host of health benefits, including a healthier spine.
It doesn’t have to be complicated or costly to make a positive difference to your health this year. Sometimes, it’s the simplest things that have the biggest impact.
It’s Christmas! And what does that mean? A week or two of lounging on the sofa, watching every TV special under the sun while eating and drinking way too much? Not if you want to start the New Year in good health.
We all like to relax over the festive period; and we’re all entitled to indulge, but doing too little over the festive period could set us up for back pain and a host of other health issues. While no one expects you to hit the gym every morning over the holidays, getting a few walks in is a really good idea.
Here our Newcastle under Lyme chiropractor highlights just some of the benefits of walking over the Christmas holidays:
- It can help you to keep those extra holiday pounds off. Remember that unnecessary weight is unnecessary strain on your spine!
- It can help to prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
- It can aid in strengthening your bones and muscles
- It can improve your mood and reduce your stress levels
The more regularly you walk, the greater the benefits. Don’t wait until the New Year to get healthy. After all, poor health won’t wait for you!
For some people, Christmas means stress, stress and … you guessed it, more stress! From gift wrapping to decorating to cooking, the festive season can take its toll on your health! But you can have your most relaxed Christmas ever with these simple tips from our Newcastle under Lyme chiropractor:
1: Keep it simple
Who are you in competition with? Yourself? Your neighbours? The mums at the school gate? Christmas isn’t a showcase and there is no need to go bigger and better than everyone around you. Do the necessary; don’t try to be a hero.
2: Ask for help
Christmas is a time for helping others, so make sure you have people around to help you! If you’re inviting people for lunch, suggest that they each bring something to contribute to the meal. If you have a partner, share the Christmas shopping duties with them. If you have friends close by, organise a gift wrapping party. Don’t be afraid to ask for a lending hand – people like to help, especially at this time of year.
3: Mix it up
Let’s be honest, there comes a time when you just have to let go of those Christmas traditions! If you find yourself dragging your partner to The Nutcracker for the 15th year in the row, or your kids are whining at the thought of yet another Christmas Carol concert, do something else! Christmas is a time to enjoy, not just to stick by the “rules”!
Here’s to your most stress-free Christmas ever!
We all know that a happy mind makes a happy body, but what exactly can you do to supercharge your mental well being? Here are 7 healthy habits from our Newcastle under Lyme chiropractor that will help to get you happy and healthy this autumn:
1: Daily Physical Activity: Make a commitment to doing some form of exercise for at least 20 minutes most days of the week.
2: Intellectual Curiosity: Spend some time in focused thought, exploring new ideas and learning something new every day.
3: Foster Creativity: Think outside of the box; challenge your mind to connect unrelated ideas in new and useful ways.
4: Human Unity: Create and maintain close-knit human relationships and a social support network.
5: Spiritual Connectedness: Look for a source of inspiration that is bigger than you.
6: Energy Balance: Focus on balancing your intake and outtake of calories and reduce your carbon footprint.
7: Choose Simplicity: Embrace the freedom and contentment that comes with wanting and needing less.
The body and mind are very closely connected. Don’t underestimate the power they have on one another.