When it comes to your workouts, it's important to prepare your body properly before you put it through a demanding routine, not to mention set your body up for success after your workouts. Failing to properly warm-up and cool down before and after a workout can result in a serious injury or at the very least an unnecessary amount of soreness after your workout.
Below, Barton Chiropractic Clinic goes over the importance of warming up and cooling down when it comes to your exercise routine.
Warming up is important in order to get your body ready. Start with simple movements and start getting your body moving. Incorporate movements you'll be doing during your actual workout and try to activate the muscles you know you'll be working. When you're warmed-up your body is more pliable, more flexible, and less likely to experience an injury.
Cooling down is just as important as warming up. If you simply stop right after your workout and lie down, your body will get tense as lactic acid gathers in the muscles, which can cause discomfort and soreness. Going on a walk or a quick nature hike is a great way to cool down. Follow that up with a little yoga routine for extra cool-down/active recovery points.
Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today to learn about how our treatments pair extremely well with an active lifestyle.
Labor Day Weekend means for many days spent at the lake, the beach, the mountains -- what have you. Many of us have huge barbecues and spend a significant amount of time around friends and loved ones.
That's all great and we highly encourage safely stretching your legs this Labor Day. However, if you're wondering how to get active during the weekend in order to earn that burger, hotdog, mac & cheese, and the other comfort foods you might be partaking in.
Below, Barton Chiropractic Clinic goes over a few ways that you can get your exercise in over Labor Day Weekend.
First, if the weather and air quality permits, it's a great idea to go on a hike this weekend. Take a 5-10 mile trek in the wilderness to reboot your brain and get back in touch with nature.
Holiday weekends are also a great time to continue to build your meditation and yoga practice, both of which help harmonize the body, mind, and spirit. You'll find yourself calm and having a new sort of inner peace if you faithfully build both practices, taking some time over Labor Day to work on your own self-care.
If you make it to the lake, instead of just sitting on the beach or on a boat, paddleboarding is a great exercise and you'd be far less likely to sustain an injury paddleboarding than you would, say, wakeboarding.
After you get active this Labor Day Weekend, we'll be here if you need to relieve your body from any tension related to your Labor Day activities. Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today to learn more about who we are and how we can help optimize your health and wellness.
Hey, there! It's Barton Chiropractic Clinic. Today we're here to discuss nutrition as the Fall season kicks into gear. Diet fatigue is an actual thing... and the struggle is real. Below, we go over a few ways to mix up your diet with some Fall-friendly creations.
First, it's time to attack the snack element of your diet. Instead of eating potato chips, opt for almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. Concoct a trail mix that you can enjoy throughout the day. Dried coconut, dark chocolate, nuts, granola, and any dehydrated fruit are all your friends. Pro Tip: use dried mango, which provides a low-sugar option.
Next, it's time to get those greens. Utilize powder veggies if you have the resources -- we know supplements can get pricey, but there are local and even online options available that will make your diet/nutrition budget really stretch. Get a nice veggie smoothie down before noon consistently for immense health benefits. Look for ingredients like wheatgrass and spirulina.
Make sure to eat at least one salad -- preferably two -- throughout the day. Dinner can often be a hearty salad with fall ingredients like squash and pumpkin seeds. Make some quinoa and toss it in there with some seasonal dressing for an added kick!
Chiropractic treatment is your friend during this time of year, as the weather gets colder; when our old aches and pains come back to haunt us -- before Halloween even.
Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today to schedule your consultation. We're here to create a custom-tailored drug-free treatment plan that will help you accomplish all your health and wellness goals at the end of the year.
As the world starts to open back up, it's likely that you've gotten a little more diligent about exercise, whether you've taken to the outdoors, built up your home workout situation, or have gotten back to a gym somewhat regularly.
Below, Barton Chiropractic Clinic goes over how to get over exercise plateaus, which come about due to routine. When we do the same workouts and fitness activities, our bodies get used to those actions and motions. We begin to cheat, in a way, by optimizing and simplifying the process. What used to be challenging, at first, becomes simple, even effortless.
During these times it's important to push past those exercise plateaus in order to gain new ground.
Switching Up Your Exercise Routine
First, try switching up the old routine. If you mostly get your exercise at an indoor gym, take your workout outdoors. If you normally run on the treadmill, run outside, which requires more leg power. It will actually feel like a totally different workout. You might find that what you can run on the treadmill with ease requires much more work, for instance.
If you play a certain sport, try implementing another into your schedule, which will end up working different muscles, both in your brain and in your body. You'll learn new skills as a result!
If you've been taking it a little too easy during your off days, or not taking enough time to rest after workouts, then it's a good idea to devise a good active recovery plan. Hiking on your off days, taking a yoga class, and getting close to your local chiropractor are all excellent ways to engage in active recovery. You'll find yourself being more effective in your workouts and recovering at a faster rate.
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For those of us who live more active lifestyles, it might seem like a challenge to eat nutritionally. Many folks equate eating healthy with shopping at the organic foods store, then having to go home and whip up nutritionally-sound creations with all the healthy ingredients we've just populated our refrigerator with.
It's tempting to make excuses. "I don't have time to cook! I'll just go get fast food... again."
Don't fall into this trap. Instead, follow a few suggestions below when it comes to eating healthy when you don't have a lot of time to spare.
Get Used to Grab-and-Go
Every grocery store and convenience store is going to have a grab-and-go. Organic foods companies have taken the initiative and have started to provide healthy grab-and-go options which often include healthy veggies, fruits, clean sources of protein, and more.
Meal prepping is pretty much making your own grab-and-go situation at your home. Take one day out of the week to prepare your meals for the following week and keep them in air-tight storage containers to ensure they stay fresh throughout the week.
Eat and pack foods that you can just wash and eat -- carrots, sugar snap peas, broccoli, kale (yes, you can just eat it as-is!), not to mention fruits like apples, oranges, blueberries, raspberries, and much, much more.
See, eating healthy isn't so hard. And, after you start to eat healthy on a regular basis, you'll find that your body will start to crave healthy foods and recoil from junk. Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today to learn about how our treatments can boost your health -- chiropractic treatment is the PERFECT compliment to a healthy diet!