Have a Great Day – Start with a Great Morning

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

Happy and Healthy Morning HabitsResearch 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
    • Meditate
    • 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.

Mid Year Health Check-In    

Renewing health goals Huron Church Chiropractic 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

Proactive Versus Reactive Health Care

Proactive Health Care advice Windsor On 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

National Health and Fitness Day

National Health and Fitness DaySaturday, June 3rd is National Health and Fitness Day in Canada: What a great opportunity to get your family active and take stock of your overall wellness!

Good health is more than just eating right; it’s about general wellbeing. Here are some suggestions to commemorate National Health and Fitness Day:

  • Plan some outdoor activities with the family
  • Enjoy quality down time together; keep the electronic devices away and have some real conversations
  • Prepare healthy meals together
  • Start a discussion with your family on how you can all be more active, healthier and happier

Enjoy!

Volunteering is Good For Your Health

The Benefits of Volunteering Windsor Essex April is Nation Volunteer Month. Volunteering not only benefits your personal cause; it’s also good for your health!

Emotional

When we give to others, we feel better about ourselves. Volunteering can help create a sense of purpose in our lives and improves happiness.

Reduce stress

Focusing our time and energy on others helps put personal challenges in perspective. Reducing stress has many physical and psychological benefits.

Good example

Your commitment to volunteering sets a positive example for your family, friends and your community.

Extend your network

Volunteering to a cause you care about will place you in contact with like-minded people. These bonds can help create a sense of belonging, which will benefit you personally and professionally.

Learn and grow    

Volunteering can help with personal growth as you may learn a new skill, be challenged, mentally stimulated, meet new people and be more active in your community.

It may be hard for you to find time to volunteer, but the effects of your commitment will have far reaching positive implications for you and for your community!

If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities in Windsor – Essex, here are a few resources for you to check out.

WEVolunteer
Indeed.ca
Kijiji Windsor – Essex

Healthy Travel Tips

Travel tips for a healthy vacationEscaping the Windsor – Essex weather this winter? Lucky you! While traveling, it’s important to consider your spinal health.

Here are some tips to help you take care of your spine while traveling.

Pack light – Carrying overloaded suitcases, moving them in and out of vehicles can be extremely stressful on your back, and your vacation is the worst time for an unexpected injury! Pack your necessities in small, lightweight, easy to move bags.

Be mindful when lifting heavy bags to never pivot at your waist, which places tremendous stress on your spine and lower back. Rather move your feet and lift with your leg muscles, not your back.

Utilize curb side assistance and/or your shuttle/cab drivers to help with your heavy or awkward to maneuver bags.

Move, stretch, move – Sitting for prolonged periods isn’t natural for the human body. Make a point to move and stretch every 30 minutes if possible when traveling.

Be aware of your posture – Sitting in cramped or uncomfortable plane, train or car seats can hurt your spinal health. Be certain your lower back is well supported with the use of a travel pillow, and that your knees are bent at a 90% angle and your feet have a footrest.

Staying hydrated will help your brain and muscles function normally in the abnormal travel situation.

Know your limits – With the winter weather, many of us are used to a less active lifestyle. Be certain not to over exert yourself while on vacation and stretch before all physical activity.

Review your travel medical insurance – if a medical emergency should arise, be absolutely certain that you’re covered. Even a minor medical problem while outside of Ontario can cause financial devastation.

We hope that you enjoy your time away!