Our mission is to help you live long and live well. Personally I always think of health as a journey. We all want good health but it is not often that we commit to decisions to truly improve our health. For this blog, we have asked HQ team members to share a commitment that improved their health.
Larissa Robinson, RMT
I am most proud of my decision to give up coffee. I have loved coffee for many years but this spring I committed to a 30 day spring cleaning of my body. I had no coffee and gave up many other vices. I will admit it was challenging at times and not something I could continue indefinitely. Once complete I did feel amazing. I was also surprised to find that I did not want coffee anymore. Without coffee I feel that I can listen better to my body’s needs. When I am tired, I get more sleep. My sleep is better quality. My day does not have to start around getting that coffee. My teeth are whiter. The energy I need each day always comes from within me and not artificially stimulated.
Melissa Morocco, DC
Now that the warmer weather is here, it is time to get back into enjoying the outdoors! I have made it a personal goal to improve my health this summer by getting outside for a 30 minute run 4-5 days a week.
There are so many benefits linked to getting outside and being active. Everyone is aware of the cardiovascular health benefits associated with being active, but physical activity is also a great way to improve your mental health. Physical activity causes our body to release endorphins, these are often referred to as the "feel good chemicals" in our body, which helps to elevate our mood and improve overall mental health.
Another great benefit of being active outdoors is spending some time soaking up some of that beautiful sunlight providing our body with the vitamin D is has been deprived of over the winter months. Vitamin D is essential in supporting and maintaining healthy bones, a healthy immune system and has been linked with helping to reduce the risk of diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
I encourage everyone work on improving their health by getting outdoors this summer and be active!
Shannon Groan, AT
"I am most proud of changing my nutrition and exercise in the last month. I decided to track my food and exercise levels (basic detail) just so I was aware of what I was doing with my body and I have lost 6 lbs. I was surprised how easy it actually is when you put your mind to it! My goal is to be able to run a 5-10 km run without feeling breathless.
Joanna Schultz, DC
I believe that health decisions need to be made with a change that is sustainable for a long period of time. We often hear people saying I have become a vegan, or I have started a running program and I am committed to completing a half marathon race. I think that choosing extremes in your health change can make it difficult to achieve and even more difficult to sustain. That is why I chose two simple things to improve my health. Each morning I manage to consume a smoothie made with greens, fruits, chia seeds and water. It needs to taste good and have many impactful nutritional benefits or I just won't swallow it. I also chose to shorten my workouts but to increase their intensity in order to become more fit. Instead of running for hours at a time, I am completing interval sprints combined with body strength exercises over a short period of time. It saves my body and helps me to manage my time more effectively. So remember, simple sustainable change is easier to manage and become more successful with for your health.
What commitment can you make this summer?