If you exercise and do yoga regularly, are you contributing to your health wellness? Of course you are. What about taking vitamins and supplements? Absolutely. Staying active with regular exercises and having a proper diet and nutrition are only a few components of good health. Not a lot of people know about it. But there are five components to health wellness.
Most people already knew about exercises and proper eating and nutrition. The third part of wellness is good old rest. That’s right. Rest. Passing out when you’re drunk is not considered as rest. Believe me. I tried it and it didn’t work. Your body and mind endure a lot of physical strains and mental stress throughout the day. The cells in your body and mind need to recharge completely before the dawn of a new day.
Have you ever encountered or dealt with someone who is bitter, doubtful and pessimistic? Unfortunately, there are plenty of half-empty-glass kinds of people. I believe that the fourth part of wellness is the most difficult to achieve. You need to train your mind and remind yourself constantly to have a positive mental attitude (PMA). It’s not easy, but doable. If I can develop a PMA, so can you. PMA requires constant self awareness of your actions and thoughts.
There will be time when you forget about PMA, and you’ll slip. You may be impatient and be quick to anger about something. You may regret about what you did or said. And that’s okay. We’re all humans and no one is perfect. The key to PMA is to realize what you did or said and avoid the repeat in the future.
Before I reveal the final part of wellness, let’s think about exercise, nutrition, rest and positive mental attitude. You stay active with regular exercises. You eat well and supplement your diets. You pass out; I mean sleep soundly every night. You’re positive and always look on the bright side. And for bonuses, you have no pain, stiffness or any other symptoms. Your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar level are good. And you brush and floss your teeth twice a day. You have this wellness thing down baby. You’re a wellness superstar.
So, what else is missing? How about taking care of your muscles, joints and spine? When you’re active, you’re using your muscles, joints and spine. Without them you couldn’t walk, run, ride your bike, do yoga or work out at the gym.
Your muscles, joints and spine endure a lot of physical strains and stress during daily living. And these mechanical strains and stress increase with exercises and other physical activities. Why? Because the muscles, joints and spine move when you move. Similar to the mechanical wear and tear in your car’s engine and brakes with driving, your muscles, joints and spine sustain micro-traumatic injuries with daily living, exercises and bad postures. Why do you think people get more pain, stiffness and other muscle, joint and spine problems as they get older? As the wear and tear injuries accumulate, aches, pains, tightness and stiffness become more persistent.
So, how do you reduce the mechanical wear and tear in your muscles, joints and spine? Simple. With preventative chiropractic care. It’s no difference than having a regular tune-up or oil change for your car. You may not agree with me on this. And that’s okay. Positive mental attitude in action baby. You’re entitled to your opinions and thoughts. The final component to wellness is preventative chiropractic care. Let’s think about this before you roll yours eyes.
Chiropractic spinal and joint adjustments restore normal movement which reduce mechanical wear and tear and improve your mobility. Chiropractic soft tissue treatments reduce and prevent build up of fibrosis scar tissues in the muscles which reduce strain and tension in the muscles during exercises and other physical activities.