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2017 April Issue

Is Your Wardrobe Hurting Your Back?

Women may be used to hearing that high heels can be a source of back problems, but did you know that other articles of clothing may be doing your body more harm than good? If you’re dealing with back aches, examine your weekly wardrobe to see if you’re wearing any of these items frequently.

1. Skinny jeans. This popular fashion trend may be cute and comfy, but new research says that tight jeans may restrict movement in the hips and knees, interrupting proper body posture.

2. Backless shoes. Wearing sandals without a back can lead to foot problems as you’ll walk differently than you normally would.

3. Oversized shoulder bags. Men, women and children who carry heavy purses or backpacks every day can develop back problems. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your bag is no more than 10% of your body weight and not carried to one side.

Sneaky Ways to Eat Your Veggies

Kids aren’t the only ones who may need to infuse their diet with more veggies. Some adults have an aversion to anything that’s green and healthy. Fortunately, there are some easy, sneaky ways to get more of the good stuff into your daily diet.

One of the simplest ways to eat more vegetables is by tossing them into your morning smoothie. Kale, spinach and other nutrient-dense greens blend well with fruit, Greek yogurt, almond milk, or other smoothie staples.

Another tasty way to add vegetables to your diet is by replacing pasta with them. A nifty kitchen tool known as a spiralizer allows you to quickly turn zucchini, yellow squash, beets or other vegetables into curly, pasta-like strands. Pair them with a healthy marinara for a guilt-free, delicious dinner.

Just as eating more vegetables is a healthy habit, getting regular chiropractic care may help you enjoy better overall health.

Why Work at a Standing Desk?

As sitting has been dubbed “the new smoking,” it’s increasingly important to incorporate more movement into your everyday life. One of the best ways to do that is to swap sitting for working at a standing desk. Spending more of your workday standing could reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

A variety of standing desks are on the market today. The advantage of an adjustable standing desk is you can stand for half of your workday and sit for the other half.

Consider alternating between sitting and standing every half hour to hour. To add more variety, try marching or jogging in place or even dancing to your favorite tunes while you work. You might be surprised by how much energy you’ll have by standing more!

But as standing will have you battling gravity all day, consider regular chiropractic adjustments with us.

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