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Improve Your Habits, Improve Your Health

Better health is on everyone’s mind. Nevertheless, it can be difficult to get on the right track. We often set expectations too high and if we do not accomplish our goals we feel defeated. Setting smaller, realistic goals to improve our health will help us achieve the bigger picture in the long run.

Consider your daily habits. Are there any you feel you could improve upon that could lead to better health and wellness? Acknowledging these habits and taking small steps to work on them will allow you to establish a new, healthy pattern. From the minute you wake up, your actions have an effect on your energy, your mood, and your health. Whether it’s drinking enough water throughout the day or maintaining proper posture, we have created a list of habits you can form to improve our overall health and wellness.

While they may seem small individually, these habits have a big overall effect that will continue to improve your health down the road.  And remember, a general rule is that it takes about 21 days to form a new habit. Consistency and patience is key to long-term health.

  • Massage and stretching: Ease muscle tension, improve circulation, flexibility, and overall relief by incorporating massage and stretching into your routine. In as little as 10-15 minutes a day, you can reap the many benefits of these practices.
  • Tech screens: It is no secret that today’s society is constantly attached to screens; TVs, tablets and smartphones are at every touchpoint. By using ergonomically designed mounts, such as a Monitor Arm or by simply bringing our phones to eye-level, eye strain, muscle fatigue, and the risk of pinched nerves or back pain is minimized.
  • Maintain posture: Proper posture can prevent neck and back pain, headaches, and muscle fatigue. This How-To Guide for Perfect Posture will help you sit or stand properly no matter where you are.
  • Hydrate: Carry a 16 to 20 oz bottle of water with you wherever you go. It is easier to remember to drink water if you always have some nearby. If you have trouble getting enough water, use timers on your phone or the internet to get through at least half of your body weight in ounces of water a day.
  • Exercise, daily: 30 minutes a day is all it takes to be on your way to better health. Sign up for a favorite workout class, walk 15 minutes away from your house in the morning and then back, set scheduled workout times in your calendar, or find a friend who can be your accountability partner. Workouts do not have to be intense to be effective if you’re starting to get back into a routine. You can work up to longer, more concentrated exercises.
  • Sleep more: Aim to get at least 7 hours of shut-eye each night. Come see our sleep experts if you are having difficulty sleeping. We can provide sleep solutions to keep you comfortable and supported throughout the night.

4 Ways to De-Stress This Holiday Season

Thde-stresse holiday season is filled with merriment, family time, gift giving, and traveling. Holidays can also provide much needed rest and relaxation. Unfortunately, this time of year can be filled with stress, angst, and anxiety and often leave us feeling more tired than rejuvenated. The average American will spend roughly 42 hours a year on holiday activities. That’s nearly one standard workweek a year spent shopping, wrapping and returning gifts, attending holiday parties, cooking, and traveling. Stress can do more than ruin your pre and post-holiday plans; it can also cause harm to emotional and physical health.

If you’re feeling more stressed than rested, here are a few ways to de-stress this holiday season:

  • Healthy Habits: Sticking to your fitness routine and healthy habits during the holidays can help keep stress levels down. Make time for your favorite workouts, book club, etc.
  • Recharge: Turn off your tech devices or leave them in a different room all together. It will give your eyes a much-needed break from a screen while allowing you to rest and recharge as well as spend quality time with family and friends.
  • Treat yourself: Set aside time to pamper yourself and relax. Soak in a warm bath, meditate, or listen to soothing music. Melt away holiday stress and tension with one of our many massage
  • Refocus: Take some time to set goals and plan for the upcoming months. New Year’s resolutions and health and fitness goals can help you get back into your healthy habits and exercise routine after the holidays have passed.

We hope these tips help you have a stress-free and pain-free holiday season with family and friends. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.