We are right in the middle of skiing season and by golly do many folks in Guildford love to Ski.
As well as being an enjoyable holiday choice, it offers an excellent cardiovascular workout and stimulates the nervous system.
As skiing is not free of injury (like any holiday for that matter), there are some precautions you can take to reduce the risk significantly.
The month before you go, you should be preparing your body to undertake the challenge of skiing holiday. Get down the gym or pull the bike out of the garage and work on your fitness endurance. Perform exercises to build up your leg muscles and core, e.g. squats, lunges, planks (speak to your chiropractor or personal trainer for further advice on this).
When you’ve finally reached the slopes, take note of the following tips for skiing:
Be sure to consult the chiropractor on your return if you had any significant bumps or falls and have your spine checked. Often, these small injuries can serve as precursors for other bigger injuries. Prevention is better than cure.
With that, if you are off skiing this winter season be sure to have a fantastic injury-free holiday!
Another New Year!
It’s the time of year when most of us will be thinking of New-Year-New-Me resolutions. Whilst some of the blogs you may read offer a more pessimistic perspective and describe how most of us break our resolutions by Valentines Day, I propose a more optimistic viewpoint.
We make resolutions to improve an area of our lives we are lacking in. The outcome, if successful, is an improved sense of well-being, productivity and happiness. After all, you deserve to be happy.
Every year in January, I have line of people coming in asking for help to change their lives, one way or another. Some have finally found the courage to say “I’m fed up with this back pain and how it’s ruining my life. I’m going to do something about it.” Or “I am out of touch with how my body works. I’ve not exercised in years, I’m two stone heavier than last year and I have aches and pains from head to toe. Help me!” January can be a very busy time of the year for the Chiropractor.
Some advice: when deciding what resolution to make, ensure you are doing it for the right reasons. This is your resolution – no one else’s. I ask my new-year-new-me-patients “Do you understand the difference between wanting to improve your health and wanting to want to improve your health?” Where are you on this scale?
Making big changes to your life requires coming out of comfort zones, making some mistakes and learning more about yourself. Self-motivation to make change is hard at the beginning, but it’s even harder to sustain. That’s why in certain situations, seeking professional help is better than doing it on your own. Although immediate results are few and far between, excellent results in the long term are not only possible but also within the reach of most people.
If you have a chronic ailment, for example back pain or headaches, and you need to get the second opinion that you never got round to obtaining, come and see us. In the new year we are offering free 15 minute consultations, with no obligation, during which we can tell you if chiropractic could help you.
I would like to leave you with one of my favourite New Year motivation comments by one of my favourite authors, Neil Gaimen:
”I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
I would like to wish you a very happy and healthier new year.
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