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Take Small Steps Toward Greater Health in the New Year

Whether you were among the throngs of shoppers who lined up outside big-box retailers after that piece of pecan pie, or the scores of those who clicked their way through Black Friday finds online, you participated in a favorite pastime: extreme shopping.

“People who wait to do all their holiday shopping on one day in an extreme way are similar to their approach to health. They jump into restrictive plans for their health that aren’t sustainable,” said Dr. Siow.

They often feel stressed about their health and think they have to make drastic changes to get on track. For example, someone who’s a couch potato who rarely takes walks decides to start running an hour a day. That approach is not only unsustainable, but will also result in stressed and strained joints and pain.

Or a person desperately trying to shed extra pounds will go on a crash diet, and for example, subsist on green juice or cabbage soup. None of these measures are sustainable, because they’re extreme.

Tiny Tweaks Can Yield Big Changes

There’s a better way-making small incremental and sustainable changes that have a lasting impact on your health. When you can commit to something small without turning your life upside down, it becomes a habit. And when it becomes a habit, you can maintain it.

Here are some ideas:

  • Walk for 5 minutes or do some stretches for 5 minutes a day, and gradually increase the time.
  • Add an extra serving of fruits or vegetables to your diet.
  • Limit sweets and choose ones that are healthier, such as a piece of dark chocolate.
  • Switch your morning coffee for lemon water.
  • Get adjusted once a week or month.
“It’s so much easier to make small changes, which will compound and create a big result,” said Dr. Siow.

New Year, New You

As the end of the year is rapidly approaching, now’s a great time to give yourself or someone you love the gift of health. Until January 31, 2023, you can get the following: consultation & examination, report of findings, and initial Network Spinal treatment.

You can pick up gift certificates for family & friends at the front desk!

If you’re experiencing good health, that’s something to celebrate and be thankful for. We look forward to helping you continue your journey of lasting health and wellness. Here’s wishing you a happy and healthy New Year and beyond!

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