Health-E-News August 2012
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Chiropractic at the Olympics
More than 100 chiropractic doctors from North America are treating athletes at the 2012 Olympics. They have been chosen to help members of USA judo, weightlifting, wrestling and sitting volleyball win a medal. This is the first time that a large group of chiropractic doctors have traveled with Olympic bodies to represent the US at the games. It is also the largest contingent of chiropractic doctors to have been selected to support and care for athletes.
Terry Steiner, 2012 USA Women's National Coach commented, "I have seen a tremendous value in our partnership as it pertains to the performances of our Olympic team. I can further see the positive, life-long effects these doctors can have on their lives after London."
Chiropractic doctors are not only being utilized by athletes at the 2012 Olympics but also by the 2010 Major League Soccer World Champions, Colorado Rapids, US Martial Arts, the International Brazilian Jujitsu Federation, many top MMA teams, and hundreds of athletes and teams at all levels and all over the world including 'World's Fastest Man', Usain Bolt.
Usain Bolt's (fastest man alive) secret - Chiropractic
What's Usain Bolt's secret to being the fastest man alive? One of them is Chiropractic. Several Olympic athletes receive Chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis. So when watching the Olympics watch for athletes who talk about Chiropractic, or who are adjusted on tv, just like Usain Bolt!
Usain Bolt receiving Chiropractic care from Dr Michael Douglas
So What's the Correct Way To Sit? Read To Discover...
With so many people sitting in front of a computer all day long, plus time sitting while driving, and time watching TV, learning how to sit properly and take 'microbreaks' to avoid muscular imbalances is vitally important. Use this checklist for 'proper sitting' while driving a car or sitting your office:
- Sit up against the seatback with a tall spine.
- Adjust the seat pan length so you can permit a fist to pass between the front of the seat and the back of the upper calf.
- Adjust the back rest in the car up and down to your comfort level. It should be placed firm against your back and may be tilted a bit backwards for more comfort. Your head should rest comfortably against the head rest.
- Adjust your hips so that they are level and square.
- Lightly draw your belly button in towards your spine.
- Lightly push the back of the head against the head rest while maintaining a level chin.
Learning how to sit right can save you from spine complications later in life. Make sure to talk to us about assessing the way you sit and whether it is affecting your health.
Combining Exercise And Proper Eating Key For Weight Loss
A healthy diet and the right amount of exercise are key players in treating and preventing obesity, and a new study now reveals that an increase in physical activity is linked to an improvement in diet quality.
The data from epidemiological studies suggest that tendencies towards a healthy diet and the right amount of physical exercise often come hand in hand. Furthermore, an increase in physical activity is usually linked to a parallel improvement in diet quality.
According to Alonso Alonso, "physical exercise seems to encourage a healthy diet. In fact, when exercise is added to a weight-loss diet, treatment of obesity is more successful and the diet is adhered to in the long run."
Eating and physical activity are behaviours and are therefore influenced by cognitive processes that are a result of activity in different areas of the brain. Previous studies have already assessed changes in the brain and cognitive functions in relation to exercise: regular physical exercise causes changes in the working and structure of the brain.
The experts point out that these changes seem to have a certain specificity. The Harvard researcher supports the notion that "regular exercise improves output in tests that measure the state of the brain's executive functions and increases the amount of grey matter and prefrontal connections."
Inhibitory control is one of the executive functions of the brain and is basically the ability to suppress inadequate and non-conforming answers to an aim (the opposite of this would be impulsiveness), which makes modification or self-regulations of a behaviour possible.
TRUE health is achieved by the combined effect of a healthy diet, exercise, Chiropractic care, and more.
Staying Active Can Add Years To Your Life
Whether you exercise every day or not, you still need to cut down the time you spend sitting in a chair.
Sitting for more than three hours a day can cut two years off a person's life expectancy, even if he or she exercises regularly, a new study finds. Watching TV for more than two hours a day can shorten life expectancy even further, by another 1.4 years.
The findings suggest that when it comes to gleaning health benefits from physical activity, it may not be enough just to get the recommended amount of daily exercise - the government advises about a half-hour of moderate activity a day for adults. But what about the other 23.5 hours of every day? Researchers say it's important not to spend it sedentary or sitting.
In the same way that both pushing the gas and hitting the brake can adjust the speed of your car, researchers say that physical activity and sedentary behavior independently affect your health and life expectancy. Whether "you're physically active and meet the exercise guidelines, or if you're not active," says Peter Katzmarzyk, professor of epidemiology at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and lead author of the new paper published in the online journal BMJ Open, "sitting is bad."
You can start by getting up from your chair intermittently at work. Take walks around the hall in your office or try holding walking meetings instead of sitting around a table. Get up to chat with your colleague instead of sending an email. Standing doesn't take the place of exercise, but it should replace a good chunk of time you spend in your chair. The key is to spend as little time as possible sitting down.
Ask us for other tips and ideas on how to stay active during the day.