When it comes to the responsibility of taking care of a car, the key word is maintenance. You ensure that you put the right type of fuel into your vehicle so it can run most efficiently, and you take it in for regular oil changes, tire rotations, and tune-ups so you can avoid major calamities down the road.
The question is, in light of how well you care for your car, how well do you take care of your own body?
Most people wait for a major breakdown in their body and then go in search of a solution, rather than performing maintenance on their body along the way (much like you do with your car). Unfortunately, the “quick fix” for these ailments is often expensive or requires treatments that can wreak even more havoc on your body.
You only get one body (no trading it in for a newer model!) so it’s important to take a proactive approach to your health, rather than remaining in the defensive cycle of tackling problems as they come up.
Ready to break the cycle? Here’s what you need to do to start performing proper maintenance on your body…
Just like a car that sits in one spot for too long will result in a dead battery, your body needs to move in order to stay healthy and functioning well. Aiming for 30 minutes of moderate activity 4-5 days a week is a great way to get your heart pumping, blood flowing, and body moving, all of which are essential to a healthy life and body.
Eat More F.O.O.D. (and less C.R.A.P.)
F.O.O.D. is an acronym for Fruits and veggies, Organic proteins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and Drink Water, and represents the cornerstones of a healthy diet. Consider this the proper fuel that your body needs in order to function at it’s highest potential.
In contrast, C.R.A.P. is an acronym for Carbonated drinks, Refined sugars, Artificial sweeteners/colors, and Processed foods, and represents all the things that lead your body to breakdown. Consider these things like putting diesel fuel in a regular gasoline engine; your body can’t process them and they will create a multitude of problems for you if you overload your system with them, so it is important to cut these out of your diet as much as possible.
Go To The Chiropractor
Although they are most definitely helpful when calamity strikes, Chiropractors are in the business of ongoing body maintenance. This is why you are encouraged to visit your chiropractor to get adjusted regularly, even if you aren’t experiencing any pain. Chiropractic doctors are professionally trained to identify areas of the body that could cause long-term problems, and to help realign those areas so that they body can continue performing as it was designed to.
Consider this like a routine maintenance and tire-rotation on your car. If you skip these appointments (and their subsequent adjustments to your vehicle), you could end up with misaligned tires that start to pull you off in different directions when you’re trying to drive straight down the road (and the potential for a more major breakdown in the future).
Maintaining a healthy body is just like maintaining a healthy car; it requires ongoing care and attention in order to run smoothly and avoid major problems whenever possible. By implementing these body-maintenance strategies, you can set yourself up for a long, healthy life.