If you’re like most, you haven’t spent much time thinking about your flexibility and sense of balance. Believe me, having good flexibility and being able to maintain your balance in a variety of situations is a remarkably accurate measure of personal health.
Too many times I’ve seen patients suffer thought life-altering injuries caused by the combined effect of poor balance and inflexible joints.
You might be surprised to know that good flexibility and balance are two keys to living well longer.
The good news is that no matter your age, you can improve your flexibility and balance.
I encourage all my patients to make weekly flexibility and balance enhancing sessions a lifelong habit.
Flexibility and balance exercises can be surprisingly challenging at first. Don't give up!
Your health will improve. And, you’ll be much more likely to stay active longer in life. Make improving flexibility and balance a life-long habit to enjoy these benefits:
There are so many wonderful ways you can choose to improve your flexibility and balance. Before you start it's vital that you consult your healthcare professional to learn proper exercise techniques and which types of flexibility and balance exercises are safe and effective for you.
So get out there. Be active. And live life to the fullest, longer.
No matter how you choose to be active, keep these recommendations in mind before you start:
Dr. Dukes is here to help you succeed. Call to schedule your wellness exam with Dr. Dukes today and soon you’ll be building fitness habits that will keep you living well longer.
Do you know where salt is hiding in your food? Even consuming sweet foods and drinks may take your sodium intake to unhealthy levels.
Sodium intake is linked with high blood pressure – a contributing factor to many health issues such as stroke and heart disease.
The challenge for most of us lies in the hidden salt that we don’t know we’re ingesting. The average person today ingests about 3,400 mg daily, a whopping 48% above the recommended intake.
So how much is 2,300 mg? It may sound like a lot but it’s just one teaspoon.
80% of the average American’s salt comes not from our salt shaker, but from the processed and packaged foods we love such as:
THE SALTY SIX
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists what it has deemed the “Salty Six” – some of the most popular prepared foods with sodium levels that you should watch out for:
Checking labels is the only way to know how much sodium is in your food. If you buy packaged or processed foods, choose foods that are labeled “sodium-free” or “very low sodium.”
The Holidays can be such a blessing…and so exhausting.
We have so much to be grateful for. If you’re like me, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the blessings of family and friends and forget to take care of yourself. Soon your body lets you know you’ve done too much.
That’s why it’s so important that you stay focused on your health through the holiday season. Make this year different. Be prepared for the stress and avoid illness and injury by focusing on these 7 health tips: