Poor posture develops over time due to many factors, such as lifestyle (time spent on mobile devices), work environment (bad work ergonomics), injury (back pain may cause a habitual change in how you carry your body) and weight gain or loss.
As we age and as poor postural habits develop, it can cause many physical problems. Here are the top reasons to improve your posture.
Less muscle tension
Improved nervous system functioning
Decreased wear and tear on joints
Improved digestive function
Appear more confident
Consider that it takes more effort to have poor posture. Over time this can cause achy joints, sore muscles and fatigue. Outwardly you may display symptoms such as;
Improve your posture, improve your health and your overall enjoyment of life! If you would like a postural assessment, please call our office to arrange for your appointment: 519-258-8544
Longer days, warm weather, fresh air, kids out of school… Are you taking advantage of summertime?
Summer is our chance to relax and enjoy after enduring the cold harsh winter. For most of us summer is the time to enjoy activities like biking, hiking, camping, swimming, barbecues, etc. – not to mention the multitude of festivals and events to be experienced.
In Essex County, our seasons can change quickly and this seems to be especially true for summertime… so here are some ways to take advantage of the summertime.
Get out and be active
Why be cooped up in a stuffy gym, or in lounging in front of the TV or the iPad?
There are so many ways to exercise outdoors, from running to swimming to biking, golf, kayaking, paddle-boarding, etc.
It’s the perfect time to ‘change up’ from the same old routines, and our bodies definitely benefit from these kinds of changes.
Of course, when we are braving the elements we should definitely use sun block and avoid full sun exposure. Injury prevention is also important; take note of uneven terrain and use caution with more ‘extreme’ environments. As with all exercise, proper warm up is essential.
Enjoy locally-produced fresh produce
When we buy produce from the grocery store, it is generally ‘old’ by the time it hits those shelves. Fresh and local food not only tastes better but it has a higher nutrient content because it is fresh. It is not only a good thing to support local farmers, but it is also great to enjoy food that is in-season.
Check out local farmer’s markets by clicking here.
Summer is a great time to enjoy the more important things in life like family. Summer activities are a perfect way to spend time with the ones that you love.
Watch a sunset, go for a walk, eat a Popsicle, play catch… sometimes the simplest activities can create lasting memories.
We believe that wellness and good health is about balance, so take the time to enjoy the bounties of summer.
The days are getting shorter and before we know it, fall and winter will be upon us before we know it… Make sure that you can look back and say, “I had a great summer!”
If one of your health goals is to become more active in your day, we know it can be hard to find the extra time. And when we have the time, say later in the evening, we’re often too exhausted from our long and stressful day to do anything!
Did you know that…
Only 1/5 of Canadian adults are active enough. In other words, only 20% of us are getting 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per week for health benefits. For children and youth, the numbers are even lower. Only 1/10 (9%) of children and youth accumulate the recommended 60 minutes of activity per day.
Getting more physical exercise doesn’t necessarily mean long hours spent daily at the gym – it can be just making small adjustments which will form new healthy and active habits.
Involve your family, friends or partner
Committing to be more active is as easy as spending time with the ones you care about! Simply adjust what you normally do with your friends, family or loved ones and add a little daily activity!
If your girlfriends like to get together for dinner once a week, suggest a brisk walk around the neighborhood first.
Instead of playing video games at home, get your family out for bowling, hit the community pool, trampoline park, or virtual sports centre.
If you’re family goes out to the movies once a week, try walking a few quick laps around the mall first (and skipping the giant, buttery popcorn!)
Invite your spouse out for a short walk after dinner each night, or join a volleyball, indoor golf or badminton league!
And guess what? You’re friends, family and/or partner will feel better about their activity level too, and may encourage you when you feel like just being a couch potato!
There are a lot of easy ways to add a little more movement in your day, but doing it with the ones you most enjoy spending time with make it even more worthwhile.
Get moving Windsor – Essex! Your body will thank you!
From the beginning of our existence salt has been a crucial part of life. In fact the word ‘salary’ is derived from the word salt because salt was at one time in history a form of currency.
We need salt to live. More specifically we need sodium chloride, the two components that make up dietary salt. These two vital components serve multiple physiological functions from nerve conduction, to fluid balance, to muscle function. In fact, if levels get too low, we die.
Salt is part of that naughty trilogy (fat, and sugar making up the other parts) found in most foods considered to be bad for us. This is because these things cause most foods to taste good to us. Without them, we might as well eat cardboard. The bad part of the good taste is that it lends to its addictive nature, and food companies and their marketing teams really take advantage of this. So much so that around 80% of our salt intake comes from processed foods.
So is salt actually bad for us?
Well as with most anything, too much of it not so good. However salt is really not as bad as it has been portrayed to be. Most of us are aware of the dangers of salt consumption contributing to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Most don’t know that too little salt causes more cardiovascular risk than too much salt. More recent research is showing that salt may not be as bad as once thought and the prevailing wisdom was based on mostly flawed studies.
How much salt do we need?
Current recommendations are at about 6 grams (one teaspoon) a day which is considerably less than the current average. However this comes back to the fact that as a society we eat too many processed foods which is the largest contributing factor to high salt intake. So again, as mentioned in previous blogs, it comes down to balance and lifestyle choices, (starting to sound like a broken record!) If we adopt healthier eating habits sourced from mostly fresh and unprocessed foods, salt intake would not be an issue.