A new year has come around again and suddenly we’re in 2023, writes Reading Chiropractor Beccy Norman. So often we end up focussing too much on cutting things out and depriving ourselves. Maybe life could be easier and more sustainable if we focussed on adding things in instead of cutting out? In the spirit of this I’ve compiled a few things I think would be of great benefit and the best way to start improving your health habits.
A couple of years ago I read a book by James Clear called ‘Atomic Habits’. If you haven’t already read it then you should – I can’t recommend it enough! James looks at the process of habits rather than just goal setting with no clear pathway of how to achieve them.
A major goal i recommend to my patients is to drink more water. For women we need about 2.7 litres a day and for men 3.7 litres. This then increases if we are exercising or consuming things like coffee or alcohol. Our bodies are 55-60% of water. Therefore, if we aren’t properly hydrated this affects every function in our body, from our brain , to our skin and our muscles. Proper hydration can help reduce pain and protect your joints and muscles by keeping the cartilage soft and pliable. Dehydration pulls fluid out of your tissues, which causes overall body aches and pains.
The second goal I also try and get my patients to add into their lives is Pilates. Pilates is a low impact exercise that improves core strength, flexibility and can also help to prevent injury. There are lots of different classes available and this is largely up to personal preference. However, I always say start with an in-person class with an instructor, and this will be a great kickstart to improving your health habits!
According to James Clear, the author of ‘Atomic Habits’, the four main pillars to create a good habit are as follows:
The idea of these steps is that they can be applied to any habit and they can also be used in reverse to break a bad habit. It’s never easy to start a new habit but I promise it will be worth it when you look back on 2023 as a healthier, happier person. If you want to learn more then the “Atomic Habits” book goes in to much more depth and I recommend enough. I sincerely hope that these ideas can help you continue the process of improving your health habits.
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