Tuesday, January 19, 2016
After over 10 years of working with people to improve their health, one of the most common hurdles I still see is how to build more activity into their day. So many people I meet with are stuck thinking that they have to exercise for a hour to get any benefit from it. This simply is not true.
Think of it this way; you want to take a long weekend trip, and you want to pay cash for it. You start saving $50/month in order to reach a final goal to pay for the trip. You still plan the trip even though you don't have the ability to pay for the trip right away. You "bank" or save the money to reach your end goal.
Exercise can work the same way. Physiologically you can benefit from "banking" your exercise by breaking it into manageable chunks. You don't have walk 3 miles or lift weights for 30 minutes in order to reap the many benefits of physical activity. All you have to do is to get moving for 15 minutes, at least two times per day. If you can fit in more 15 minute sessions, even better!
In our physical medicine practice we see may people who are stuck in a very dangerous rut. It hurts them to move, so they stop doing most physical activity, which only compounds and makes their problems worse. I have encouraged patients to start small. Do laps around your backyard or in your driveway. The point is to get up and get moving! Our bodies were made to move, not sit. Sitting is literally detrimental to your health, especially the health of your spine.
If you don't feel like you can even walk without pain, sit and stretch your legs out in front of you (then make sure to call me for a consultation because that's not normal!). Get your body moving as much as you can without pain.
Get out there, and get moving!
Wishing you all the best,
Dr. Angela Tharnish
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Monday, January 4, 2016
Happy New Year!
The first full week of the year always brings a lot of excitement for me. It's a time to get refocused after the holidays, and to get excited about all the people I want to be able to help in the next year.
There's always talk about new year resolutions and how people want to leave the previous year behind them for the promise of a better one ahead. I often wonder how this practice came into existence. Why do we place such emphasis on a new year as a starting point for goals? What happens to those goals when obstacles arise in our path?
For me, distractions abound as a working mother. Helping manage the lives of other people (little or big) lends itself to getting distracted from your own goals and life. It becomes easy to fall into a routine and "go with the flow" of every day life. If you add any physical aliments to your life, it can become easy to get off track. Frequently, I am reminded of how many people suffer with symptoms that interfere with their ability to live the life they want. Whether the interference affects their physical activity or their interactions with family and friends, the symptoms remove them from their life.
I want to encourage as many people as possible to stop letting physical obstacles keep them from attaining the goals they have for themselves. Headaches, back pain, diabetes, heart disease all take you out of your life and away from your path toward goal attainment.
I have a limited number of spots for people this first month, of this new year, to help them create action steps necessary to improve their success of fulfilling their goals. I am including a 30 minute consultation, at no charge, to remove any hesitations that might be present due to cost. I don't want cost to be a reason for anyone to ever stay stuck on a path they are no longer happy on.
Please don't wait. Seize the day and take control of your life and improve your future!
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Wishing you a great start to a sweet 2016!
Dr. Angela Tharnish
Chiropractic Physician & Wellness Consultant