When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. — Marcus Aurelius
Research has shown that the most successful people in the world share similar morning habits. Many of these habits involve establishing a healthy start to the day. To find the extra time to add these healthy actions into your day, it’s recommended that going to bed at night and rising in the morning 5 minutes earlier, each day for a week.
Consider adding one of the following healthy morning ideas to your new routine each week.
- Avoid sensory overload for the first half hour in the day and leave cell phones, TVs and other electronic devices off.
- Drink water immediately after waking to help start your digestion and hydrate your body.
- Open the blinds and if possible spend a few quiet moments outside.
- Take 5 minutes to stretch, breathe deeply and listen to your body.
- Spend 5 minutes doing one of the following:
- Reading something positive or motivating
- Write in a journal
- Listing things that you’re grateful for
- Listen to music
- Repeat positive affirmations to yourself
- Take a few minutes to review your plan for the day and prioritize based on importance.
- Eat a healthy, fresh and well-balanced breakfast.
When you are able to approach your day in a purposeful and calm manner, the benefits will last throughout even a hectic day. The healthy actions in your morning will compound and spread, positively affecting your entire life.
School’s out for the children in Windsor and Essex County and many parents and caregivers are wondering how to keep their kids active this summer. Perhaps you want to limit the time your children spend on electronic devices, keep their brains active, encourage creativity and build family memories.
We suggest creating a healthy and active summer bucket list as a family.
Here are some fun, healthy and low-cost considerations for your family’s summer bucket list.
- Visit a farmer’s market and see if your family can make a full day’s healthy menu from only local products
- Create a goal of how far to walk along Windsor’s Riverfront
- Challenge your family to bike a lengthy portion of the Greenway
- Walk all the way from the Visitor’s Centre at Point Pelee to the very tip of the Point
- Be “junk food free” for an entire week
- Work together on a low-cost backyard project, such as building a campfire pit, a fairy garden or a pallet project
- Disconnect everyone from wifi and cellular data for a day and spend the time working on a family project or playing board games
A bucket list can create lasting family memories, and adding healthy challenges may just become healthy habits.
Let us know your healthy bucket list items! Good luck and enjoy!
It’s a special day for Canadians and Canada as we come together to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday!
How you are celebrating? Whether you’re a die-hard patriot or use this holiday as relaxing downtime away from work; there are so many fun activities happening in Windsor – Essex.
Here are a few fun suggestions for a fun and active Canada Day:
- Parades – there are several family-friendly parades and activities happening in Windsor and Essex County communities. Check out the local community calendar in your municipality.
- Explore – visit a community you haven’t been to in a while. Rediscover their parks, beaches and green spaces.
- Prepare a fresh summer meal – check out a local farmer’s market and challenge your family to prepare and enjoy a “local-only” meal.
- Create a summer bucket list – involve your family to create a list of all the fun things you plan on doing together this summer.
From all of us at Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre, we wish you a fun and active Canada Day. Enjoy!
Many of us may find it hard to believe that we’re nearly half-way through the year, but the calendar doesn’t lie!
With the bounty of summer nearing and all the fantastic outdoor activities available to us in Windsor and Essex County, now is a great time to review and renew our commitment to improved health.
How are you doing with your health goals? Are you more active? Healthier? Happier? Less stressed? Here are some considerations and healthy inspiration for you:
We’re here for you! If we can help you, please reach out to us. 519-258-8544
Here are Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre, we believe in a “proactive” health care model.
What is proactive health care?
Proactive health care involves continually taking steps to maintain good health before illness or injury occurs. By working to prevent the occurrence of disease, illness or injury; this model for self-care is better for our health care system and ourselves.
When we take action to monitor and manage our health, we reduce our dependence on our health care providers to manage our illness.
It’s easier to maintain good health than manage sickness.
What is reactive health care?
Reactive health is managing our illness, disease or injury which is more likely to involve surgery, medication, hospital stays, ER visits, chronic pain management, time away from work and a less active and happy life.
Proactive health tips:
- Schedule regular visits to your primary physician, dentist and chiropractor
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Monitor your blood pressure and have your blood tested as recommended
- Regularly perform self-examinations
- Take steps to boost your immune system with vitamin C and antioxidants
- Avoid pollution and toxins in and outside your home
- Stretch and exercise regularly
- Avoid processed foods
- Stay hydrated, drinking plenty of water
- Get restful sleep
- Practice stress management techniques
Final considerations about proactive or preventative self-care:
- You will be better able to avoid potential health problems
- You will more likely to detect early symptoms of disease or illness
- Early detection may help with treatment of your illness or injury
Regular chiropractic care is an important element of a preventative health care approach. We would like to be your partners in your proactive health strategy: Please call us to schedule your appointment and to discuss your wellness plan. 519-258-8544
Tendonitis is a fairly common musculoskeletal problem which is the result of excess strain to the soft tissue, in particular, the tendons.
A tendon is a connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone.
When the tendon is inflamed, it may be painful, swollen, warm to the touch and possibly associated with a grinding sensation.
Tendonitis is a common problem as the result of repetitive movements, such as working in a factory, on a computer or while playing sports. It can be acute pain or a chronic problem and more common as we age.
Help for tendonitis
It’s important to identify the likely cause of the stress to the tendon and remove or at least reduce it. If there’s damage or irritation to the tissue, it may be beneficial to try other approaches such as:
- Cold LASER Therapy
- Stretching techniques
- Braces to help support the area and reduce stress on the tissue
If you’re suffering from tendonitis, please give us a call to schedule a consultation. We offer services that can help you. 519-258-8544