Health Version Of Year In Review (February 01, 2010)
February 1, 2010
Over the years I have written many articles covering topics ranging from arthritis to kidney stones. Seeing as this is the first article published in 2010, I thought that it would be a good idea to re...
Over the years I have written many articles covering topics ranging from arthritis to kidney stones. Seeing as this is the first article published in 2010, I thought that it would be a good idea to review some of the more important health topics we have covered in the past.
The first topic I want to talk briefly about is proper nutrition. Now that the holiday season is over, it is important that we return to our normal and healthy diets. Remember the key to eating well on the road is moderation and variety.
Try to focus on eating foods that are low in fat and sugar content. Foods like hamburgers, french fries and pop should be avoided. Eating fresh vegetables and whole grain wheat are good choices as our bodies can use these nutrients very efficiently. When possible, try to eat several small meals a day rather than one or two large meals.
This eating schedule allows the body’s metabolism to run more smoothly. Finally, try to avoid eating highly-processed foods or foods that contain many chemical additives.
In addition to eating well, it is important to try and maintain an active lifestyle. I know that it is difficult to stay physically active while you are on the road, but every little bit helps. Even simple things like walking around your truck while it is being unloaded or parking at the back of the parking lot will make a major difference.
Due to the fact our bodies were designed to move, it is important for our joints and muscles to be in motion in order to be healthy.
Physical activity is also very important for our hearts and cardiovascular systems. Ideally, you should try to get about 20-30 minutes of physical activity, three to four days per week. As we age, our muscles become tighter and stiffer. By performing a few simple stretches on a regular basis, you will be able to slow down this process. I am sure that all of you have noticed it gets a little bit harder with each passing year to put on your socks in the morning.
As a result, another important aspect of physical fitness is maintaining flexibility. The benefits of good flexibility include reducing your chances of injury as well as increasing the range of motion of your joints. Last but certainly not least, it is important to get the proper amount of sleep in order to be at your best during the day. As you know, our bodies perform many restorative functions while we sleep.
For most of us, six to eight hours of sleep per night is what our bodies require. Again, I know that it is sometimes hard to get the proper amount of sleep while on the road due to scheduling issues such as window times or just-in-time freight, however try to get the proper amount as often as possible.
-Dr. Chris Singh runs Trans Canada Chiropractic at 230 Truck Stop in Woodstock, Ont.