Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fitness at Work or by Phone

As a chiropractor I talk to patients on a daily basis about living a healthy lifestyle. One of the keys to a healthy lifestyle is regular exercise. I have heard all the excuses and use them myself at times. I know you are busy and there are a lot of demands on your time. However, I know it makes life even harder if you are trying to get everything done that needs to be done but are not functioning at your optimum potential because of an unhealthy lifestyle.

One way to improve your fitness at work is to take advantage of the opportunities that are available to you on a daily basis. Opt for those activities that demand more effort over those that are more convenient. For example, use the stairs whenever possible. If it is an option, use your own horsepower to get to work via running, walking, or biking. Or park as far as possible when going to work or the store. Keep it as a part of your consciousness to move as much as possible. Not only will it help you burn calories it will help you stay more alert and focused.

Another benefit to healthy living is that many insurance companies and businesses offer incentives for individuals who demonstrate that they are living a healthy lifestyle. Find out if that applies to you and take advantage of those opportunities. Lunch time walking clubs, company sports teams, and interoffice competitions are great ways to get more people on board and create a built-in support system.

Finally, with today’s smart phones, there are some really cool, free apps to help you improve your fitness at home and even at work. One really good one is Workout Trainer on Android. This app will suggest free workouts based on your time restraints, intensity desired and requires little to no equipment. Another good app for running, walking and biking is iMapMyRun which uses GPS to determine and display your distance, time, pace, and calories burned. There are other many good apps out there and they are constantly getting better.

These are just a few ideas to get your wheels turning. I encourage you to start coming up with some of your own ideas of how you can become more active in your work environment. This will be a great start towards a healthy lifestyle that will help you get more years out of your life and more life out of your years.

Dr. Buchan and Dr. McComb are board certified doctors of chiropractic and owners of Kingwood Chiropractic Associates. They have extensive education and training in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, applied clinical nutrition and acupuncture. They are committed to helping you and your families obtain the information which is essential to achieve health and wellness, and through that process empower you to make decisions that will lead to fulfillment of your goals and a life of greater potential. For more information on methods of improving health, go to www.kingwoodchiro.com.

Here is our link to the article in Dockline Magazine, page 28.

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