Your Personal Marathon

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Marathon running is a sport that began in 1896 at the first modern Olympics held in Athens, Greece. Today, marathon road racing is big business. The Boston Marathon attracts about 20,000 participants. The New York City Marathon is twice as large, with more than 40,000 runners. Successful marathoners train for 4-6 months to be able to complete the 26-mile run and cross the finish line on their own two feet.
Marathon running is not for everyone, but the principles of successful marathon running can apply to all.1,2 If we conceive of a personal “marathon” as completing 6 months of a health-and-wellness program, we may accomplish a task as big and impactful as completing a 26-mile “regular” marathon.

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Proprioception – Making Your Body Smarter

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Your body’s awareness of where it is in three dimensions is critical to your ability to function effectively in the world. This awareness depends on proprioceptors. These specialized nerve endings are part of your nervous system – your body’s master system.

Nerve signals are transmitted from proprioceptors in joints and muscles, along nerve pathways, to spinal nerves. Spinal nerves connect to the spinal cord, and from there signals are transmitted to the brain. But spinal nerves are a potential bottleneck to the free flow of information. These nerves may become irritated or inflamed, blocking accurate information from reaching the brain and accurate instructions from reaching the rest of the body.
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Bad Habits Lead to Bad Health

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Did you know that drinking too much soda or other carbonated beverages could interfere with calcium absorption – a problem that could eventually lead to osteoporosis? Or that slouching at a desk all day or tapping away at a computer keyboard can lead to poor posture? Click the following link for the rest of this important health article.

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Top health tips

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Top Two Tips for Reaching Your Normal Weight

It’s well-known that one-third of American adults are overweight and an additional one-third are obese. In addition, 17% of U.S. children and adolescents are obese. Worldwide statistics are similar. These facts are strongly associated with ongoing epidemics in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Obesity may cause diseases which require lifelong treatment. Personal action is needed to begin to restore good health, but it’s important to understand the specific nature of the actions to take.

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Post Holiday Tips

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The day after Thanksgiving is a milestone of sorts in America. It reminds us of just how quickly the year has gone by— and how close we are to the holiday season. This realization— coupled with the fabulous sales at major department stores and malls everywhere— helps make the day after Thanksgiving our biggest shopping day of the year. And until we flip the calendar over to a new year, the chaos just doesn’t let up.

“Our bodies have the capacity to do a little more than we normally do,” says Dr. Scott Bautch, past president of the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) Council on Occupational Health. “But our bodies do not adapt very well to doing a lot more than we normally do. Since the added demands of this season can stress the capacity of our bodies, we need to do everything we can to help ourselves. Eat right, drink plenty of water, stretch, exercise and take a few minutes to slow down and reflect on what the season is all about.”

So relax and enjoy the holidays! Dr. Bautch and the ACA encourage you to consider the following tips to help keep you and your loved ones healthy, happy and safe this season.
Treat Holiday Shopping As An Athletic Event

Stay hydrated! Drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day. (Coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcohol are diuretics/dehydrators. Don’t substitute them for water.) On shopping days, you may need to drink even more water.
Be sure to stretch before and after a long day of shopping. When you are stressed-out, your muscles are less flexible than usual.
Wear shoes with plenty of cushioning in the soles to absorb the impact of walking on those hard shopping mall floors. According to recent studies, 60% of women report wearing shoes that are uncomfortable.
Make sure the clothing you wear is as comfortable as possible. It’s a good idea to wear layers, because you may be going from a cold environment (outdoors) to a warm environment (indoors).
Leave your purse at home. Wear a light fanny pack, or if necessary, a light backpack instead. Pack only those items that are absolutely essential (driver’s license, credit card, etc.).
If you start to feel some pain, nip it in the bud. Apply an ice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes, then take it off for a couple of hours. Repeat a couple of times each day over the next day or two.

“During the holiday season, we’re running at absolute maximum capacity, which can lead to stress and even depression,” says Dr. Bautch. “Why do so many people become depressed around the holidays? We need to stretch and stay hydrated to increase our capacity, so we are not overwhelmed by the activities of the season.”

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Injury Recovery and Prevention

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Chiropractic Care, Injury Recovery, and Injury Prevention
Underlying causes of sports- and exercise-related injuries often involve complex biomechanical imbalances. A person may spend vast amounts of precious time and money trying to find effective therapy, but still may not achieve a permanent solution until they begin chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care specifically addresses biomechanical issues at their source by detecting, analyzing, and correcting imbalances in spinal joints and spinal muscles. The spinal column is the body’s mechanical center. All efficient movement – involving the torso, pelvis, legs, and arms – begins with proper functioning of the spinal column.

By identifying and correcting various spinal imbalances, your chiropractor will help you recover from your injury faster and help you prevent new injuries in the future. The overall result is greater enjoyment of the time you spend exercising and greater benefit from new and improved levels of fitness.

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