Happy New Year

Jan 10th 2017

Happy New Year!

I am really excited to be starting the New Year by extending my chiropractic clinic to Newport, based at the fantastic facilities of St Josephs’ Hospital in Malpas.  Having been born and raised in Newport, it’s a goal I’m proud to be finally achieving!. 

So, what does 2017 have in store for you?  Typically, it’s that time of year when many of us are committing to improving our lifestyles, getting fitter, losing weight and being healthier.  A recent study by the University of Leicester has shown that by getting more active and walking JUST 20 MINUTES a day we can achieve most of these!

A brisk walk can help to:

Improve mood- a moderately brisk walk instantly improves mood and reduces stress by triggering the release of endorphins, the brains ‘feel good’ triggers.

Improve energy- walking increases our body’s blood flow creating an energised feeling and reducing feelings of fatigue.

Lower risk of heart disease- a 20-minute walk reduces the chances of heart attack or stroke by 8%. A 40-minute walk decreases those factors by an impressive 18-20%

Extend life-we know there is a strong link between early death and inactivity, a regular 20-minute walk can reduce premature death by a third!

Reduce risk of diabetes-walking after a meal helps to reduce your blood sugar levels and can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, particularly important for those diagnosed as ‘prediabetic’.

Stronger memory- studies show that a daily walk can help lower the risk of dementia and improve spatial memory.  Regular walkers have a larger hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for memory and learning.

Weight loss- The obvious one! Walking burns calories, reduces visceral fat (the hidden fat around our organs) and can help take inches off the waistline!

Whether it’s getting up a bit earlier to walk to work, squeezing in a quick stroll in your lunch break rather than sitting at your desk or getting out when you get home, regular walking will have profound effects on your health.

From my point of view as a chiropractor it’s also a great way to help reduce low back pain!  Low back pain is estimated to affect up to 80% of us at some point during our adult lifetimes and although I am trained to lots of musculoskeletal complaints, low back pain is by far the most common complaint people come to me with.  I regularly advise my patients to walk more to aid their recovery.

If I can help you with any aches and pains that maybe stopping you from putting your 'best foot forward' in the New Year, whether that's running the #Newport half or just wanting to be at your best to tackle all your new year resolutions, take a look at my New Year offer which is running throughout January which will give you a consultation and treatment for only £33!

So, to conclude my first blog of 2017, I wish you all a happy, healthy New Year.  Live better, move better, feel better!