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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.

Get Back To Healthcare Basics In The New Year

Get Back To Healthcare Basics In The New Year

From the moment we wake up in the morning to the time we go to sleep, the decisions we make have a lasting impact on our comfort, health, and wellbeing. This year, aim to get back to the basics of caring for your back, spine, and overall health.

See how the 4 S’s, Stretch, Strengthen, Stabilize, and Sleep, can help you improve your health:

  • Stretch and Strengthen: Start your morning with a stretching routine to help get the blood flowing early. Add in simple exercises to begin building strength. This sets the tone for the rest of your day.
    • Get a full body stretch, increase circulation, and relax away stiffness and pain with an Inversion table. You can also perform ab exercises on an Inversion table.
    • Using a foam roller is an effective, inexpensive, and easy way to stretch while adding the health benefits of a massage.
  • Stabilize: Invest in back cushions and seating supports to ensure your back and spine are properly supported throughout the day.
  • Sleep: Quality sleep products play an important part in keeping you pain-free so you can have a restful night’s rest. Invest in products that offer back and spinal support all night.
    • An adjustable base allows you to find neutral posture and spinal support while you relax or sleep.
    • A properly fitted pillow should fit your body type and sleep style for lasting support and comfort.
    • Add extra support where you need it most and reduce pressure on the spine with a Bed Wedge System.

Visit your local Relax The Back location to try out our products first-hand and feel the difference of quality support and comfort. We can help you find product solutions for your specific needs. Let’s make 2017 your healthiest year yet!

Fight Insomnia: Tips To Get Back To Sleep

 

Whether it is a difficult day ahead of you that is keeping you up, running through a checklist of tasks you need to finish, or you are wide awake at 2 a.m. for no apparent reason, sleeplessness is an issue we can all relate to on some level.

This sleeplessness is a type of insomnia. There can be underlying health problems that can cause insomnia such as sleep apnea, acid reflex, or chronic pain. Short-term sleeplessness, often caused by a big social change like moving or changing jobs of instance, is considered acute insomnia. If you experience symptoms that last longer than a month, you may have chronic insomnia and should see a sleep professional.

If health problems are not the cause of your insomnia, here are a few tips from Cleveland Clinic to help you get back to sleep.

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What is Stress Doing To Your Body?

While some stress in our lives is okay, even life-saving in some situations, chronic stress can lead to mental, emotional, and physical health issues.

Stress can cause irritability and anger when dealing with life’s challenges – traffic jams on your way to the office, bills, work, kids – these situations can feel overwhelming. It also leads to health issues like high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, slow digestive functions, or a lowered immune system. The infographic below digs deeper into the affects of stress on our body.

Everyone reacts to stressful events and situations differently. Some may recover from events faster than others or react more effectively when stressful situations arise. It’s important to understand your personal limitations and how your body reacts to stress. Try these 10 ways to relax and de-stress when you feel overwhelmed. Many of these techniques only take a few minutes. Is your workplace a significant source of stress? These tips can help reduce stress while at the office.

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#AgeWell At Any Age: America’s Attitude on Aging

 

From the hopes of staying healthy to the fears of not being able to live independently, we all think about aging in some degree, regardless of gender or age. Even so, a recent survey by the American Physical Therapy Association showed many Americans are unaware of how and when old age will begin to affect them.

While half of those surveyed expect to lose flexibility and strength with age, a majority of American adults still expect to be living independently at the age of 80. The APTA feels these contradictory beliefs mean we have a lot to learn about healthy aging.

Negative effects of aging are avoidable. Physical therapists can help adults improve strength and flexibility, without straining hips, the lower back, and knees or causing injury, with tailored exercise routines. During Physical Therapy Month the APTA hopes to educate adults on the benefits of physical therapy as a preventive measure as well as a way to improve physical problems and slow down the effects of aging.

See more information from the survey in the infographic below. You can find more information on physical therapy month at MoveForwardPT.com.  The American Physical Therapy Association also makes it easy to find a physical therapist in your area.

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10 Ways to Stay Active Throughout the Day

Did you know that 1 in 10 premature deaths are caused by inactivity and lack of exercise? The World Health Organization (WHO) lists inactivity as the fourth biggest killer in adults. Research has shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time is degrading to our health, and that our bodies actually thrive on motion. While sitting through long commutes and working even longer hours can make staying active difficult, there are steps you can take to reverse the negative effects of inactivity.

Below, we have listed our top 10 ways to stay active throughout the day:

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Tips From the Experts: Tara Stiles

Tara Stiles is a passionate yoga instructor and the founder and owner of Strala Yoga, a yoga studio in New York. Her approach to yoga, nutrition, and everyday well-being are relatable and inspiring.  Tara has several DVD series, two top selling books and is the designer and face of Reebok’s yoga lifestyle line.

As a busy and accomplished yoga instructor, Tara gives her tips for staying productive throughout the day:

She explains each tip further for maximum comfort and productivity:

1. Stay Hydrated: Keep a big glass of water with you at your desk and in meetings. It’s great for staying hydrated, cutting cravings, and also keeps you getting up and moving around (on your walks to the bathroom)

2. Take mini-yoga breaks: Even at your desk there is so much you can do. Easy twisting side to side, Alternate nostril breathing for focus, and eagle arms to release tension in your shoulders and back.

3. Office Yoga Class: Get your co-workers involved. Round up your office to participate in a lunchtime yoga class, or even before or after work class. At a studio or in the office, practicing together is good for everyone’s health and wellbeing and also good team building!

4. Take a Deep Breath: Find the ease. This is a nice result of regular practice of yoga and meditation and you can also practice during the day. When something is frustrating, take a deep breath or go for a walk if that works for you. Then come back and proceed with ease. Water is stronger than rock – this mindset works in negotiation, just like in yoga class, and the rest of your life. Stay easy and enjoy the ride!

 

For more inspiring tips and yoga tutorials, follow Tara on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook as well as on her website, TaraStiles.com.

Tips From The Experts: Dr. Talli van Sunder

Sometimes we need a little help with ways we can stay productive and comfortable in a work environment whether that is at home or in the office. At Relax The Back, we realize the importance of movement throughout the day and want to help you have a more productive workday. We will be highlighting a number of individuals in different fields who have insightful tips and tricks to encourage you to move throughout the day to increase productivity, energy, and overall health.

Dr. Talli van Sunder is a physical therapist by trade and a health fanatic by passion. She is a 2008 & 2009 Podcast Award Finalist, a blogger, a wife and a mother. She created beinghealthy.tv to help others achieve better health and to share the lessons she’s learned over the years on staying healthy with a busy schedule.

Talli highlights her tips on how to maximize workplace productivity & comfort:

You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook for more tips and inspiration and catch her podcasts at beinghealthy.tv.