It’s official! The second month of 2017 is upon us which means (hopefully) New Year’s resolutions have been made and (hopefully) New Year’s resolutions have been kept! Good news – we aren’t here to discuss resolution options or find out how you’re doing in maintaining your resolutions. We are here to talk about your general wellness…which has a whole lot to do with your lifestyle.

There are many categories that define your wellness and affect your lifestyle. Today we are going to talk about five: stress reduction, sleeping, unplugging, eating, and exercising.

stress reduction.  Attend Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, February 14th at 11:30am to hear from Lindsay McCoy with Health Quest Chiropractic. Her presentations have the reputation of getting people out of awareness and into action. She will cover the following information:

  • Presenteeism – Poor health, exhaustion and high levels of stress add to the risk of on the job injuries and mistakes made at work.
  • 3 Stress Components Leading to High Risk for Disease/Illnesses – Physical, Chemical & Emotional Stresses- how to manage and decrease stress factors that limit life expectancy and overall quality of life.
  • Neurological Function – Connecting the brain to body to allow for better balance, coordination and problem solving skills, and higher cognitive abilities
  • Master Control System – Interference that plays a high role in chronic health conditions and symptoms.
  • Ergonomics – Long time spent sitting will decrease neurological function, add physical stress to the brain stem and spinal cord and cause inflammation throughout the body.

Understand how you can reduce stress during stressful work weeks and jam-packed weekends!

sleeping. The wonderful world of sleep! Remember when you were five years old, and your mom had to beg you to lie down and take a nap for an hour? Sometimes, I wish my mom would just show up at my work and demand I take a nap. Now that I know how beautiful sleep truly is, I would not hesitate to just obey my mother and take a nap! Seriously, sleep is important. According to the National Sleep Foundation (do they get to take naps?), the recommended amount of sleep for adults 18 to 64 years is 7-9 hours. How many of us actually get a solid 7-9 hours of sleep per night? Do yourself a favor, turn off Netflix, power off your phone, and make it a goal to get a good night’s rest. Good sleep = more productivity, better health, and turns out – you’ll live longer.

unplugging.  “How does this person afford to travel around the world? Do they even have a job?” The question we ask ourselves every time we scroll through our Instagram feed. Although I do not have the answer to that question, I do know that sometimes you just need to turn off your phone. Since the recent election, I have found that “unplugging” has actually made my life a lot better.  What will you do with all that free time?! Go for a run, read a book, take a nap, or grab coffee with a friend. Unplugging will provide you with more time, less stress, and more happiness.

eating. Eating is my favorite part of the day. If you read our blog post for January, you probably know that. Albuquerque has so many great restaurants with amazing food. Sometimes it’s difficult not to eat out every day or go to lunch with your co-workers. Eating out costs a lot of money, and how many times do we actually choose a garden fresh salad over a green chile cheeseburger? You’re probably going to punch me through the screen for saying this, but I am willing to take that risk. MEAL PREP! Think about it. Meal prepping saves you money and you know what is going into your food. Best of all, it doesn’t have to be chicken, brown rice, and broccoli every day. With information at our fingertips, we have the ability to find awesome recipes that will provide us with delicious, healthy, and tasty meals.

Let’s not forget about water. Does coffee count? Why yes it does! According to the Mayo Clinic, other sources can contribute to your water intake such as tea, juice, fruits, coffee, and even wine! Obviously you shouldn’t substitute these options as a major portion, but they do contribute (even if it is 1tbsp, I’m okay with that). Your ideal water intake depends on your gender, exercise regimen, health conditions and more, but the rule of thumb is still 8-ounce glasses of water/fluids per day.

exercising. Yoga, TRX, running, jazzercise, lifting, crossfit, hiking. There are so many options for us to explore in the wonderful world of physical fitness. Don’t have money to spare for a membership? Well, you’re in luck because our Central Spotlight for this week is Rebel Workout. Rebel Workout is offering a special discount to whoever mentions our ad for February’s Central Spotlight. Rebel opened its doors in November 2013 and is locally owned and operated by Rosa. Rosa’s goal behind Rebel is to have a positive impact on at least one person’s life. It was built on three values: strength, balance, and community. Rebel specializes in TRX suspension training and incorporates sandbells, ViPR bars, battling ropes, BOSU balls, and heart rate monitor training. Classes are total body workouts with cardio built in. Support local business along Central during ART and check out Rebel Workout! Stay tuned for a special YPA deal to be announced later this week!