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When it comes to fitness, luck and chance aren’t really part of the equation. Apparently, you can’t just chase rainbows and pots of gold in hopes of magically becoming fit (even though that sounds like cardio to me). It may not be as easy as we’d like, but it’s not impossible either—nothing a little hard work and dedication can’t accomplish. After all, life is about making your own luck, right?
Here are five tips you can use to make a little of your own luck in getting (and staying) fit.
They say abs are made in the kitchen and, to be completely honest, sometimes my abs are made of Cheetos. But it’s true—to get the best results out of your body, you should put the best food into it. While this is great in theory, it’s not as easy to put into practice once the week starts getting hectic. That’s where meal prep comes in.
It’s the part that takes the most planning and commitment (ugh, I know), but it makes the biggest difference in watching what you eat. Pick a day at the beginning of your week and make it your dedicated prepping day. You can even make a party out of it by inviting a few coworkers or friends to join. Pin and plan your meals, go bulk shopping and get cookin’. This is definitely more work upfront, but will be a life-saver when hunger strikes and you have nothing to eat but Lifesavers. Not sure where to start? Check out some tricks from the prepping pros.
Another way to build your own luck in staying fit is to create a routine that you like—and then stick to it. Map out your week with which workouts you’ll do each day, and at what time. Write it down in a planner or calendar so that it becomes real, not just an idea. Hold yourself accountable and commit. And when life happens, you can still be flexible and make changes, just try to replace rather than remove everything you reschedule.
When it comes to routines, the MINDBODY app is a great tool you can use to book weekly classes or appointments. Pick a day (oh hey, maybe do it on meal prep day) and schedule your classes for the week. You can see the schedules of your favorite businesses, or try something new each week using the Explore and Deals Near Me features. It even syncs what you book to your calendar—no more excuses.
If you’re anything like me, you try to pull the busy card every chance you get to justify missing a workout day (or week). Instead of bailing, find some time in your day-to-day to incorporate fitness, even if it’s in small ways. Maybe you make a point to take more walks throughout your day, or do living room workouts while you binge-watch your shows. You can even do living room workouts while you binge-watch your shows. You don’t have to make it to the gym every single day, but you can still do a little something to better yourself anytime you get the chance. It’s all about the little things.
Often when we think of fitness, we think of gyms and dumbbells and lots and lots of sweat. (Just me? Oh, okay…) But there’s a whole other component to fitness that can’t be ignored: being mentally, in addition to physically, fit. Take some time each day to reflect and focus on yourself and where you’re at mentally. Breathe. Amidst all the noise in your life, find some peace and quiet. Whether it’s meditation on your own or a weekly yoga class that helps you chill, don’t skimp on the mindfulness workouts. Your brain (and your body) will thank you.
Once you’ve become a meal-prepping, routine-planning, mindful machine, it’s important to look back at where you started. Throughout your fitness journey, keep a log or journal to track your efforts. Even if it’s as simple as writing down what you did each day and how you felt, it will show how far you’ve come. It’s hard to feel the small daily changes, but check in each month. You might be surprised at how much you notice you are growing and changing. Celebrate your milestones and be proud of your accomplishments—and use them to motivate you to be even better.
As much as we’d love for getting fit to be about luck, it’s really all about preparation and dedication. Start small and work your way up. You’ll eventually make your own luck and see real results, and that’s better than a pot of gold any day.
Acupuncture is extremely beneficial for various ailments ranging from digestion to carpal tunnel, but the level of effectiveness varies from person-to-person. I’ve had Sciatica patients spend months combating their back and leg pain, and others hop off the table in two hours, never needing a follow-up appointment. Some rotator cuffs take six weeks; others take two years.
Why is this?
While your body's response to acupuncture depends on the complaint or injury, it also depends on your overall health, and how well you take care of the injured site between sessions. If we eat junk food all the time, are inactive, don’t sleep well, or overwork ourselves, then injury is imminent, and recovery is going to be hard. Equally, if we ignore an injury or don't care for it, then we will likely stay injured for longer.
So, let’s break down what’s best for you when it comes to acupuncture:
“How often should you get acupuncture with specific ailments?”
This is different for everyone, but here are some general guidelines.
More is better.
Acupuncture has cumulative effects, so while most feel relief after one session, it likely will not have resolved the issue. Multiple follow up sessions are needed, and for your own comfort, it’s recommended that you use sessions before the effects have completely worn off each time.
Every time you receive a session, your relief should be more significant, and the effects should last longer—bringing the injury closer to resolution. With this in mind; the worse the injury, the more frequent you’ll want to receive acupuncture. Several times a week is standard, that way you will get out of discomfort faster, and you’ll need fewer sessions overall.
Understanding acute versus chronic ailments.
Some acute symptoms like nausea, dizziness, bleeding, swelling, or anxiety will clear up on the spot. However, for recent injuries pertaining to tissues, like a strained muscle, you can use three acupuncture sessions in one week with great effect. For example, with strained lower back muscles, you will feel less pain in one session, a significant reduction in inflammation and symptoms within three sessions. An ankle sprain is a little more serious and may take two or three weeks, but the general idea is the same.
With stubborn pain, or chronic issues like sciatica, skin rashes, nerve pain, hormone irregularities, it can take a bunch of sessions to see lingering results. Often there will be relief right after each session, but the symptoms return quickly (albeit with a little less vengeance). This just means the results are happening in smaller increments. For this reason, your practitioner will tell you to come in over three times a week for two or three weeks so you’ll get more relief faster, but you can space the sessions out as you begin to feel better.
“What can I do to make my acupuncture benefits bigger?”
As mentioned, how you care for yourself between sessions makes a big difference. Here’s a few pro tips.
Your practitioner will give you specific directions they want you to follow for your ailment, but generally, after an acupuncture visit, it is wise to drink a lot of water and rest.
Here’s the obvious thing we don’t often consider. If you get instant relief for your pulled hamstring, but then you go running the next day, it’s going to take forever to heal! That injured body part needs to be pampered and catered to. Your acupuncturist will give you food, supplement, lifestyle, and movement suggestions to use between sessions– use them all.
I’ve seen countless patients walk in with frozen shoulder, spend 90 minutes in the chair with various points and stimulation techniques, and then leave swinging their arm painlessly with 50% more range of motion. If they eat well, do their physical therapy, and are kind to their shoulders, the effects will last. Then, next time, we can add another 50% on to their range of motionBut, if they paint a house or swing a baseball, then I see them go right back to square one overnight. How we take care of ourselves between sessions really matters.
You will want to note any changes; no matter how small or irrelevant they seem. Your practitioner is armed with many protocols and techniques. They will always start with the combo that they’ve seen work best for your complaint, from there they will work backward or tweak it slightly based on the information you give them. Make sure to tell them every detail, even if it seems unrelated.
One lady, with unrelenting pain, finally revealed a game-changing nugget to me while nonchalantly laughing about her need to wear neck scarves everywhere. I found out she had been experiencing chills and had a significant aversion to wind during the summer. This “irrelevant” snippet made me radically change the protocol, and she was pain-free and healing rapidly within four sessions.
So, there you have it. How acupuncture benefits various body parts depends on the area concerned, but also on how we treat our bodies before, during, and after injury.