Summer’s here, I hope that you’ve been outside enjoying it as much as you can! For this weeks blog we’ll be discussing bad habits, specifically how to unlearn bad habits. I know each person has at least one bad habit or vice and it’s something that you should make a goal to start changing.
The reason why I’ve chosen this topic is that there are so many people out there that let their bad habits take control of their lives. This can also potentially be destructive to their bodies and health.
It’s like if you go to gym…sure, it’s being healthy and that’s good. BUT, if you start going without any training on how to properly lift weights or do certain workouts, you’ll learn these bad habits and can injure yourself. When you finally realize that you’re doing it wrong, or you have injured yourself, it’ll take a very long time to learn the right way.
The reason being is that your body likes to be “lazy” and revert back to its old ways. You have to be persistent at changing things because trying something once and expecting change will not help you.
A good example is Charles Barkley, the famous basketball player, who wanted to play better golf. He had participated in a golf competition and people were shocked at how bad his swing was. Instead of just accepting, he hired a coach and put in the time with practice. It took a lot of work but you can see the difference in the video below.
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A lot of people believe that getting older leads to limitation because of age. This is not true! Just because we get older doesn’t mean we should be “put out to pasture” and should feel limited. The famous South African, Gary Player, is a good reason why this isn’t true. He is 77 years old and he is fitter than most 22 year olds out there right now. He eats right, exercises daily and is mentally focused.
There is no excuse to say that you’re “too busy, too tired, etc” to make a change in your life. Here is an inspiring interview with Gary Player.
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With anything, the more consistent you are with a sport, exercise or routine the better you become at it. Sticking with a new, healthy routine, will make you proud of yourself in the long run. This will make you want to push yourself and try other new healthy initiatives.
How Does this Relate to Chiropractic?
If you keep your bad habits things will never progress and you will be taking steps backwards towards health and happiness. Likewise, if your spine develops poor alignment and dysfunction from years of bad habits (Not being checked for Subluxations regularly), it will take added effort working with a chiropractor to reverse the damage.
A corrective care schedule is likely needed to re-train ‘normal’ back into your spine…undoing years of structural weakness, faulty muscle memory and abnormal motion. The good news? Just how proper training can eventually improve a bad golf swing, proper adjustments and a consistent schedule can improve poor spinal mechanics.
Make a change if you you’re experiencing bad habits in your life. If you haven’t had your spine checked, call and speak to a chiropractor in your area!