Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase “change your habits, change your life.” (It’s also the title of a best-selling book!) As a Charlotte chiropractic clinic who has worked with hundreds of patients to help them transform their health and life through positive habits, we can attest to this statement being true.
But as another popular saying goes, “old habits die hard.” Because we realize that it can be difficult for many people to make big changes (especially multiple changes all at one time), we’re giving you some easy, fast, and practical new habits that you can implement right away and watch your life transform! (In the corporate world, they call these “quick wins”.)
Habit 1: Read (or listen to) one new book each month.
If you don’t like to read, audio books are a great solution. Choose a title that will develop a positive mindset, build your confidence, and steer you toward achieving your life and business goals.
Habit 2: Drink a tall glass of water first thing in the morning.
Staying hydrated is essential to maintaining your health, and drinking a tall (16 oz.) glass of water first thing in the morning improves hydration and helps with weight loss. Just remember to drink at least 4 more of those tall glasses throughout the day, and you’ll notice a positive difference in how you feel!
Habit 3: Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier.
And don’t hit the snooze button, as tempting as it may be! Getting up earlier will improve your productivity. Spend those 30 minutes doing something you normally wouldn’t do for lack of time, such as reading, meditating, or exercising. Now you’ll have no excuses NOT to get that workout in.
Habit 4: Compliment yourself.
This may sound silly, but words of affirmation can be life-changing. Rather than relying on other people to affirm you, as many people do, you can get into the daily habit of affirming yourself. It’s as simple as waking up, going into the bathroom in the morning, standing in front of your mirror, and telling yourself how awesome you are. Watch this video for some inspiration. 😉
Habit 5: Focus on one thing at a time.
Remember when orange was the new black? Now, it’s multitasking. And according to recent research, it’s killing our productivity. Rather than trying to do many different things at once, try focusing on just one thing at a time and watch your efficiency and productivity go through the roof!
Habit 6: Smile.
Smile at yourself in front of the mirror. Smile at the barista when you buy your morning coffee. Smile at your neighbor while you’re on your morning run. Smile at your coworkers when you walk into work. You’d be surprised how this small change can positively transform your entire day. Not only that, it’s contagious! Your happiness will radiate out toward and through you, right into the people you come in contact with.
Habit 7: Get organized.
This isn’t necessarily a daily habit. It can be something you do all at once and repeat every month, every quarter, or as often as you need. Think about how much more difficult it is to get things done when your workspace is cluttered. A neat, organized environment will reduce stress and improve your productivity by a mile. If organization is not your strong suit, you can hire a personal assistant to do it for you.
Are you a runner living in Charlotte NC? Looking for ways to reduce your mile time, increase your speed, improve your endurance, and build strength?
Besides practicing your actual craft (running), you may also want to consider regular chiropractic care as part of your overall fitness regimen. Here are 5 ways a chiropractor can help you become a better and faster runner.
You definitely don’t want to be stiff when you run, which makes flexibility a top priority for most athletes. Chiropractic care improves flexibility by putting your spine into proper alignment and working out any knots in your muscles and ligaments. Increased flexibility means a longer stride and a shorter mile-time overall.
In the words of Shakira, “hips don’t lie.” I see a lot of patients each month whose hips are off balance, causing one side of their body to carry more weight than the other. Being out of balance in this way means your strides will be shorter, causing you to run slower. Similar to how balancing your car’s tires can increase their tread time, a Charlotte chiropractor can improve your run time by adjusting your hips to ensure your body is properly balanced.
Running puts a lot of strain on your joints and stress on your body, especially your lower back, hips and legs. Seeing a chiropractor is an imperative part of your monthly “maintenance” routine, especially if you plan on being a professional runner, as it can help to alleviate some of that strain and reduce the stress on your muscles and bones. Our Charlotte chiropractors have adjusted professional athletes of all kinds and are well versed in chiropractic care for runners.
The impact of each stride can cause your spine to go out of alignment quickly. Over time, as your muscles and joints wear, it can lead to poor performance. As a regular runner, you want to make sure you’re recovering from each run quickly so that you resume activity as soon as possible. You don’t want to be stuck in bed or on the couch for days following a marathon or 5k. A visit to the chiropractor can help ensure your spine remains in proper alignment and keeps your body’s organs functioning well.
Just like balance, good coordination is a must if running is your art form. Seeing a chiropractor improves coordination by keeping your nervous system in check. The spine is the central hub of your nervous system, and as long as it’s in good working order, so will your entire body be.
Wondering if chiropractic care can help your athletic performance as a runner in Charlotte NC? Give us a call at (980) 422-2000, or fill out the form on this page to request a FREE 15-minute phone consultation with the doc!
The neck is extremely flexible. Made up of only 7 vertebrae, this amazing part of your body is strong enough to hold up your head, which, as we all know from the kid in Jerry Maguire, weighs 8 lbs. on average.
Those magical 7 vertebrae not only keep your head up; they also extend it frontwards, backwards, or side to side in either direction.
Clearly your neck is very important for everyday function. If you’re struck from behind in a car accident, the neck usually absorbs much of the shock and snaps beyond it’s normal flexible range. This often leads to symptoms such as headaches, muscle pain, stiffness, difficulty concentrating, fatigue and dizziness. Not only that; it may also impact the rest of your body’s function as nerves are compressed and signals to your organs become weakened…
Perhaps you’ve been a victim of whiplash in the past or even recently. At Queen City Health Center, we treat numerous Charlotte car accident victims each month, and we understand that curing whiplash take time. But the good news is, it is curable with the right exercises, regular chiropractic adjustments, and even modifications to your diet and lifestyle. Here are some of our top recommendations for treating and curing whiplash following an auto accident in Charlotte NC.
Tip #1: See a chiropractor! Seems like a no-brainer, right? 😉 Perhaps you’re not sure if or how a chiropractor can help you. Or maybe you’ve heard that chiropractic is not a “legitimate” form of medical care. But chiropractors can help in a number of ways when it comes to curing whiplash.
When you visit Queen City Health Center, our Charlotte chiropractors will start by taking a close look at your neck and spine via an X-ray. Once we see the extent of the damage done, we’ll address it through spinal manipulation. The goal is to get those 7 vertebrae back into proper alignment with the right degree of curvature to promote optimal healing, not just to your head and neck, but also to the rest of your body. We’ll also prescribe some at-home exercises and treatments that you can do to encourage relaxation, strengthen your neck muscles, and train your nervous system toward proper movement patterns and stability.
Tip #2: Change your diet. You may be wondering, “what does food have to do with pain in my neck?” And to that, we say “everything!” As a matter of fact, we recently wrote another post on how to cure pain with dietary changes. Check it out here for more info.
Essentially, certain foods (ahem, sugar…) increase inflammation. In order to promote fast healing, it is best to limit your intake of said foods.
Tip #3: Rest. Make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep—at least 8 hours per night if possible. Your body needs sleep in order to heal itself. Also, be very cautious when it comes to exercising. This is not the time to put added strain on your neck or back by lifting heavy weights at the gym. Give your body time to heal and get permission from your chiropractor before resuming your normal fitness regimen.
Tip #4: Stay hydrated. Just like sleep, your body needs plenty of water to promote fast recovery. Dehydration also carries a host of other symptoms with it, like joint pain, which can amplify the discomfort you’re already experiencing from whiplash.
Chronic pain can be one of the most frustrating conditions to deal with, for a couple of reasons:
#1. You don’t always know what causes it. Sometimes, there can be a physical cause; other times, there is no known physical cause, which usually means your body is generating an inflammatory response to some other unknown or non-physical stimuli. This makes it seemingly hard to cure.
#2. You can’t easily get medicine for it. At Queen City Health Center, we’d actually say that’s a good thing since prescription drugs are toxic. But if you’re in debilitating pain and just want something to manage the symptoms, it can be hard to get medicine from a doctor if they can’t see any physical signs of the pain or if they can’t diagnose the cause. The reason for this is that prescription meds are often abused, and a lot of patients will use “pain” as an excuse to get their hands on legal drugs. As sad as this is, it’s a reality…
Still, many people suffer from chronic pain these days, either as a response to injury, or as the product of another condition such as an autoimmune disease.
As a Charlotte chiropractor, I see many patients who deal with pain in their joints, especially their neck, back, shoulders, hips, and knees. Chiropractic adjustments do help, but there is another formula that I like to prescribe for my patients to maximize their results and live a totally pain-free lifestyle: a modified paleo diet. This diet consists of three main tenets:
#1: Eat colorful foods.
Like the Skittles slogan says, “Taste the rainbow.” But we say don’t just taste it; consume it. Consume it every day of your life at every meal. Fresh fruits and vegetables are your friend. Skittles however, are not. So don’t eat those. Avoid them like the plague.
#2: Lay off the grains, sugar, and dairy.
Grains increase inflammation. If you can avoid sugar altogether for 30 days (and this includes all grains, breads, rice and pastas), your body will detoxify and essentially “reset” itself. We’re pretty confident you’ll notice a big difference in how you feel once you drastically reduce how much of these foods you consume. We also recommend limiting dairy, but if you must drink milk, only buy the organic stuff from grass-fed cows. Goats milk, almond milk, and coconut milk are also great alternatives.
#3: Limit red meats.
Some doctors recommend treating red meat like you treat turkey and only eating it on special occasions like Christmas or Thanksgiving. Replace red meats with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, or, in the words of the Chick Fil A cows, “Eat More Chicken!” Chicken has no effect on the inflammatory response, so it can’t hurt anything. Really, you should consume more wild-caught fish if you want to reduce inflammation. But when you do eat the occasional burger, make sure it’s organic and grass-fed.
The above diet, combined with plenty of regular exercise, sleep, and stress-management, along with weekly chiropractic adjustments, should have you well on your way to living a pain-free lifestyle in no time!
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Queen City Health Center is a Charlotte Chiropractic and total wellness center for individuals and families. With locations across Charlotte, NC and Matthews, NC, we specialize in helping individuals and families find true health and ways to maximize their lives through nutrition, lifestyle classes, detoxification and spinal correction.