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Eight Health Tips to Start Your Year Off Right

Our mission at Live Well Chiropractic Center is to keep you healthy. Unfortunately, this time of year is particularly hard on our bodies because of the weather, the germs circulating around, and the innate desire in all of us to hunker down, eat lots of comfort foods and stay inside where it’s nice and warm.

Part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, though, is taking care of yourself and not always giving in to those temptations which can cause you to forgo exercise, healthy eating and other healthy habits. Plus, the sooner you adopt healthy habits, the easier it will be to keep up these lifestyle changes all year long. Even though we can’t be with you every second of every day, what we can do is share our best tips for keeping yourself healthy in between visits.

1. Visit Your Chiropractor With regular chiropractic visits, we can help your body remain in proper alignment, which gives your body its maximum potential to heal itself.

2. Exercise It’s difficult to get up and moving when the weather is cold and your motivation is low. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, exercise not only helps control your weight, but it can also keep you healthy, act as a mood, libido and energy booster, help you sleep better and it’s fun. If you are stuck for a place to exercise, check out these great indoor walking spots.

3. Get Plenty of Sleep Sleep is crucial for good health. Aim to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep a night to ensure better physical and mental health and a better quality of life.

4. Hydrate Experts recommend you drink at least eight cups of water a day. If you have a tough time drinking water, try having a glass when you first wake up, right before you go to bed and before each meal. It can also help to have water with you at all times. If you don’t like the taste, add lemon, cucumber, orange or lime slices. Adding whole or sliced berries also makes for a great tasting glass of water!

5. Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables Experts recommend eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day for optimum health. Sneak spinach into your smoothies, snack on a banana with peanut butter or turn a side salad into a main meal with or without a lean protein on top.

6. Wash Your Hands Hand washing is the number one way to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Remember to wash your hands before you eat, after you go to the bathroom and after you come into contact with other sick people or heavily-populated areas where germs thrive (public transportation, gyms, shopping centers, credit card machines, etc.).

7. Practice Mindfulness Mindfulness is an overarching practice that extends to every part of your well-being. You can do this in the form of meditation, setting aside quiet time, turning off all electronics, spending time in nature or practicing deep breathing.

8. Socialize Being around friends and family in a social setting gives your brain and body a healthy boost and lowers your risk of diseases such as dementia. Enjoy a physical activity or share a healthy meal with someone else and double up on your healthy activities for added benefit.

For more in-person healthy living tips, visit us at Live Well Chiropractic Center. With chiropractic care from our clinic, you can expect to live your healthiest life, no matter the season. Call us today at 513-285-7482 or email info@livewellcc.com to schedule your consultation to learn more about the health benefits of our brand of chiropractic care.

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Indoor exercise

6 Spots for an Excellent Indoor Walking Workout

Winter weather makes things harder on us all. From catching colds to getting stuck in bad-weather traffic, and from the seasonal blahs to dry skin, living through a Midwest winter can be difficult. One of the best things you can do for yourself though is to go for a walk.

Walking (like most exercise) reduces your risk of depression, releases those feel-good endorphins, keeps you from gaining weight, improves your brain function and helps you feel more awake, among other positive changes.

The irony is, even if you want to walk to boost your spirits and get in some exercise, the temperatures can make it more difficult to be outside. If it’s too cold to exercise outside and you don’t own a treadmill, then what are your other options? It turns out, plenty! You can get in a good indoor walking workout right here in town – you just need to know where to look.

Where to Walk Indoors in the Winter

1. Kenwood Towne Centre “The Mall,” as it’s known to us locals, is open for walkers Monday through Saturday starting at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sundays. Safe, warm, and comfortable, one lap around the entire mall (including all corridors) is 1.07 miles. Plus, think of all the additional calories you can burn people watching and window shopping as you walk.

2. Mason Community Center Not a member? Don’t worry, you can purchase a day pass that allows you to use all of the facilities in the center, including an indoor walking track.

3. Forest Fair Village (formerly Forest Fair Mall and Cincinnati Mills) Spacious (okay empty), quiet and well-maintained, you can walk (or even run) around its 1.5-million square feet of mostly abandoned space, save the few other walkers. One lap around both levels of the mall is 1.8 miles. Open at 6 a.m. Monday through Sunday.

4. Crossroads Community Church Oakley Walk the indoor walkway on the mezzanine level (there are a few steps). Ten laps equals a mile. Open at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday. Closed to walkers Sundays.

5. Tri-County Mall Walk around both the lower and upper levels of the mall and you’ll have logged your first mile. The mall is open at 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday.

6. Mayerson JCC Register online for a free guest pass and try out its three-lane, elevated, rubberized, 1/8 mile indoor elevated track with climate control. Open at 5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

At Live Well Chiropractic Center, we want you to make the most out of your winter workout—even if that means taking your workout inside. For a sports injury or a regular adjustment, we’d love to see you. Call us today at 513-285-7482 or email info@livewellcc.com to schedule your consultation and learn more about the health benefits of our brand of chiropractic care.

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Injury Free Winter

4 Ways to Stay Injury-Free This Winter

Snow, ice, rain, sleet, hail — some climates see it all in winter (and some might see it all in a 24-hour period). While some of it can be pretty to look at, oftentimes that beauty comes with its own set of hazards, by way of icy walkways, snow shoveling, sports injuries, or car accidents. The good news is, with a little preparation and know-how, you can avoid serious injury for yourself or others this winter.

Tips for Preventing Winter Injury

1. Prevent an icy situation. The best way to keep from falling on the ice is to make sure there’s nothing slippery under your feet. Make sure to salt or use a de-icing solution on all your steps and walkways before the snow hits. If this isn’t possible and you find yourself needing to clear the snow or ice after the fact, make sure you have on boots with good tread and that you take short, careful steps or use available railings for balance while you put down the salt. Carry your cellphone as well, in case of emergency.

2. Slow down that shovel. Don’t let it fool you — shoveling snow is hard work. Not only are you lifting heavy snow off the ground with a shovel, but you’re also carrying those heavy loads off your walkways. Doing all this exercise in the freezing cold only makes the task more difficult. However, it’s better to go slowly and take breaks if necessary to avoid back strain or a twisted neck muscle. Rushing through the job only sets yourself up for injury. Make sure you are wearing boots with a heavy tread and warm clothing, including a hat and gloves and face protection, if necessary.

3. Recognize the need for speed. Slow speeds, that is. Weather-related accidents account for 1,235,000 vehicle crashes a year! To avoid adding to this statistic, take heed when driving in bad weather. Only drive if you absolutely have to, and pay attention to area road conditions and closures.

If you must get on the road, remember to dress appropriately, to warm your car up ahead of time, and to make sure to remove all snow and ice from all of your windows and wipers before heading onto the roads. Drive slowly and give yourself plenty of room and time to stop in case your car slides.

4. Exercise caution. If you want to get outside for some exercise — whether that’s going for a walk, a run, sled riding, or playing another outdoor game, you’ll need to take extra precautions in winter weather.

• Make sure you are well hydrated and that you have water on hand during your activity. Just because you’re cold doesn’t mean you’re not sweating.

• Use appropriate footwear for your activity, and double up on warm wool socks to keep from getting frostbite. The same goes for hats and gloves.

• If you’re already tired, skip the activity. The cold weather can take more out of you than you think, which can lead to injury or illness.

• Use the buddy system. Never venture out alone on a winter hike or decide to ice skate on a frozen pond without bringing someone with you. That way, there will always be someone to help or call emergency services, if necessary.

• Watch the weather reports. If more snow, ice, or rain is predicted, don’t risk getting stuck outside. Wait until weather conditions abate before resuming your outdoor activities.

At Live Well Chiropractic Center, we know sometimes injuries can be unavoidable. If you are dealing with pain or an injury, we can help, and with chiropractic care from our clinic, you can expect to feel better. Call us today at 513-285-7482 or email info@livewellcc.com to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about the health benefits of our brand of chiropractic care.