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Keeping Down Your Cost of Healthcare

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With the upcoming changes to our healthcare policies many Americans are growing more concerned with the cost of healthcare.  Being proactive and taking preventative measures can help keep your costs down over time. 

Preventative medicine should be an important part of any healthcare routine. Make a commitment to put your health first and work to cut out bad habits like smoking and drinking. Eat well, exercise more and listen to your body. Just as you wouldn't wait until you have a major toothache that can result in a costly procedure before you go to the dentist, you shouldn't wait until you have major back or neck pain until you see your chiropractor.

Regular, monthly chiropractic care can help keep you and your body feeling good.  Poor posture and bad ergonomics put stress on our joints and muscles.  Although we don't always feel pain often times our bodies function poorly due to daily stresses.  Monthly chiropractic care can help to keep minor aches and pains from becoming major ones.  Chiropractic care as well as therapeutic massage work well together to help maintain and regain proper alignment and function of the muscles. Read more about the benefits of therapeutic massage on our blog,  Benefits of Therapeutic Massage.
 
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Make a change to what you eat.  We all know how easy it is to stop and grab fast food but it most cases it doesn't give our bodies the proper nutrition needed for staying healthy.  MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image—a place setting for a meal. (This replaces the older version –The Food Pyramid). The five groups are fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy. The ChooseMyPlate website has a variety of features that are designed for unique needs. My favorite is the Super Tracker this tool will inform you what and how much to eat, track foods, physical activities and weight then personalize the data with goal setting and virtual coaching and journaling. And it is free. Find more information on proper nutrition in a previous blog, Nutrition is Fundamental.

Exercising is also important to keeping our health and there are many small changes we can make to our every day lives to keep us moving.  If the gym is not your thing try some of these tips to get yourself moving.
 
  •  Take a stand at work.  A health buzz word circulating for the past several months is "sitting disease." Sitting too much all day, every day of the year has a serious impact our health. One study showed a significant increase in people's mood and a decrease in their back pain when they stood for just one extra hour a day.  If you work at the office all day, invest in a stand up desk. If a standing desk is not your style, aim to stand up and stretch at least every 20 minutes.
 
  • Start walking.  Set a standing date with a co-worker to get out and walk during your lunch break or before you leave for the day.  When you get home take your pet our for a walk around the neighborhood, offer to walk your neighbors pet or volunteer at a local shelter.  If you are more of an indoor person, invest in a treadmill.  While watching your favorite shows take a walk.  You will be so interested in the plot lines you won't even realize you are working out. 
 
  • Clean up.  Cleaning the house counts as exercise.  Don't discount how much you move when you clean your home and tend your own yard. Scrubbing the shower, mopping the floor, raking the leaves, pushing a mower all count as exercise. All these tasks accomplish the same things as formal exercises: they challenge your muscles and get your heart pumping.