Health and Fitness for Busy People

Health and Fitness for Busy People

Dear friendliest friends,

Whenever I ask my patients whether they perform their exercises that is prescribed, their excuse would be either they forgotten or they are busy.

As I work from 9.00am to 6.00pm daily, when I get home, all I want to do is to jump on the bed and lay there till I go all limp and doze off. I bet most of you are similar to me. For me, I know that I am gaining weight when I feel like I have a double chin. Its bizarre but quite accurate. My 2 main secrets to maintaining a healthy weight are: –

1. Lemon water every morning before consuming any food. Lemons have many beneficial properties. On top of providing Vitamin C and antioxidants for good skin and immunity, it also acts as a detoxifying agent. It cleanses the gastrointestinal system bringing about a healthier and smoother digestion. Lemons also freshens smelly morning breath which comes from the colony of bacteria living in our mouth. Most importantly, lemons aids in weight loss as they are high in pectin fibre which helps fight hunger cravings. Therefore, I swear by lemons.

2. 30 minutes of yoga
Yoga helps to strengthen muscles in the body through postural consciousness. This is especially important for someone who has scoliosis but there are a lot of movements that are deem ineffective for scoliotic patients who are interested in doing yoga such as the cobra, sun salutation, etc. Yoga can be very individualized as you can tailor the exercises to your own ability. I absolutely love yoga.

I think everyone needs a motivation in everything they do. Being a health professional, my goal is to help patients attain a healthy lifestyle. As per previous posts, I mentioned that we chiropractors are not only bones, nerves and muscles specialists, we are also friends, counsellors, nutritionists, exercise specialists, etc.

Disclaimer: My 2 secrets may or may not work for you. It has worked for me but please get further advise before attempting anything. What floats my boat, might not float yours so make decisions based on best discretion.

p.s: Did you know by the time you go to bed at night you are about 1 cm shorter than when you woke up that morning? This is because the cartilage between your bones is compressed throughout the day.

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