We all know that living a balanced healthy life means eating right, taking time to relax, getting a good night’s rest and EXERCISING!!! We are so blessed here in the Okanagan with amazing spots for hiking, biking, walking rollerblading, swimming, skiing, snowboarding, rowing, wakeboarding, golfing, and pretty much every outdoor activity out there. Now that the weather is getting warmer and the sun is starting to come out more, it’s time to dust off your summer gear to get out there and do some amazing things for your health. We are no longer accepting excuses for inactivity – there is no excuse.
If you’re not already active, or you know that you’re not active enough the best thing you can do to get off your couch is to find something active that you love to do. You may have to try 100 things before you find that thing, but keep trying until you do. Give yoga, zumba, crossfit, nia, weight training, ballet, triathlons, walking, soccer, rugby, volleyball all a try.
There are lots of labourers in the valley and we often hear “my job is physical, so I don’t need to exercise” but moving your body is only half of the exercise equation. By taking the time to do a workout, even if it’s a 20 minute walk on your lunch break, you’re saying two really important things to your body: First that you are important enough to take 20 minutes for, and second that you are taking that 20 minutes to enjoy yourself and step away from your work and other responsibilities. Physical jobs also tend to be repetitive creating a physical stress in and of itself and regular exercise outside of work helps to balance the strain of repetitive motions on the job.
Moderate physical activity is a piece of how our bodies turn off the chronic stress that we are constantly putting it under. You know that amazing feeling you get after you exercise? That’s what a stress free body feels like. That is what it feels like when your stress cascade of hormones, muscle tension and racing thoughts all get reset. Gentle exercise hits your reset button to momentarily create a stress free body. A stress free body is at its highest potential to heal from infections, colds and flus. A stress free body (an exercised body) has a far less likelihood of developing chronic diseases of lifestyle, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Moderate physical exercise is just a piece of how our bodies turn off chronic stress. The proper diet with whole organic vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and meats; as well a proper supplementation of those vitamins, and micro nutrients that our foods are deficient in, is also very important. Decreasing the “chemical” stress that we put into our bodies through food preservatives, flavour enhancers, sugar alternatives pesticides, herbicides, and medications, helps decrease the chronic stress in our lives and optimize our overall health.
So today after reading this column we are urging you to try something different – learn a new game and get outside and play. Instead of taking the cart for your weekly golf round, walk 18 holes. Instead of fries with that clubhouse, get a side of seasonal and local organic vegetables. Try something new, or rediscover something old that you used to love it will enhance and optimize your entire health experience, so that you are hitting that reset button with the most efficiency possible.
Yours in Great Health.
Questions or Comments? Contact Drs. Pillipow & Tremblay at Health In Hand Family Chiropractic. http://www.healthinhand.ca/ or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Travis Pillipow DC, BSc.
Dr. Sarah Tremblay, DC BHPE
Health In Hand Family Chiropractic
104-1195 Industrial Rd. Kelowna, BC VIZ 1G4
Adjusting you for a better life!