Hearkening back to our previous post, there’s some issues we face here in Huntsville. This is a great city to raise a family- great school systems, good economy, low crime rate, and healthy real estate. If you’re going to live in Alabama, you should be here. At SpineCare we see a problem. The prosperity we are experiencing can be a double edged sword. While you can afford to live a life of ease here fairly cheaply, living that life of ease means you’re risking health factors you may not be aware of around you. Take a deep look into your own life and see if any of these apply to you.
- Over-worked bottoms. Huntsville is very much a white collar work town. While there are some who stand, run, lift, or jump at work, most of us just sit. And sit. And sit. All day long! While you do in fact run less risk of breaking bones, the injuries you can get are slow, like the frog in boiling water. Many people complain of back pain and rarely does it stem from picking up that flower pot on the weekend.
- Bunches of Buffets. Buffets abound in our city. We very much adhere to the American Dream of chasing the “food coma,” a swelling yet tiring feeling in your stomach. While this might be a pleasurable experience to some, few understand that those feeling are actually your body diverting most of your energy to your stomach in an attempt to process EXCESS food. Many healthier countries encourage slower eating and filling up 8 out of 10 fullness. Our desire to feel full lingers in our pants size and extra weight causes strain on our muscles and bones.
- Going to the Gyms. We are moving forward as we see more gyms open up but only 18% of Americans use their membership consistently. Not only that but we have far less runners and cyclers than other cities. Even if you don’t sit long at work, consistent exercise is key to a healthy body.
Don’t panic. These are all problems we can solve together! Encourage your co-workers to stand up and take stretch breaks. If you want to go to a buffet, get a water and eat until you begin feeling full. If a gym membership seems intimidating, start by walking your neighborhood every other day. We can help too so call us today for a free consultation!