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Day 2: 5 Real-life Tips to Achieving (and Sustaining) a Healthier Holiday and New Year
Wellness
Published Wednesday May 22, 2019 by Devin Dilday

5 Real-life Tips to Achieving (and Sustaining) a Healthier Routine

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Precision Nutrition
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Balancing healthy eating habits with all the other demands in your life can be hard—especially with a busy schedule.  But if you’re looking for an effective routine that you can stick to long after the work parties and family barbecues, there’s no reason not to recommit to your health and fitness this summer.


Whether you’re looking for tips to benefit your workout regimen, a more solid understanding of your nutrition or a way to redefine your dietary goals with the help of a professional, here are five ways to jumpstart a healthy plan, thanks to Precision Nutrition

 

Start with one small change.

Diets often fail because they ask you to overhaul your eating habits all at once. What's more effective: many small changes that add up to big results over time. Identify one nutrition tweak you can make today, like adding more veggies to your dinner plate or replacing the burger with a salad. Tomorrow, see if you can do it again, and so on. 

 

Be active—at any level.

It can be intimidating to begin a new workout routine, try a different class or get out of your fitness comfort zone. But you don't have to make huge changes to support your health and fitness goals. Focus on physical activities that you truly enjoy—whether that's walking your dog or yoga or circuit training. If you love it, you're more likely to be consistent, which is more important than the level of intensity.

 

Forget the food “rules.” 

Diets come and go. To improve your health and achieve your fitness goals, you need a plan that fits you and your lifestyle. For help creating an individualized plan, consider tapping into the support of a nutrition coach, who can help you eat, move, and live better—in a way that fits into your real, everyday life.

 

Celebrate your accomplishments.

Even if there’s a lot you want to change about your nutrition, health and fitness habits, make a point of calling out at least two or three things that you're doing "right." Patting yourself on the back for every inch of progress is crucial to staying motivated and on a track toward your goals.

 

Expect resistance—and push through it.

Real talk: Life gets busy. Sometimes our schedules get in the way. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your goals. Challenges and resistance doesn't mean this isn't going to work. It means you have started the hard work of finding a sustainable plan for you!

 

If you want to live your healthiest life, Precision Nutrition could be the solution. With hands-on coaches, they’ve helped thousands get in the best shape of their lives. Try their body transformation program for a complete nutrition and exercise plan that’ll help you get the lasting results you really want. Learn more here!

 

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Original publication date: December 12, 2018

Devin Dilday MINDBODY
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Devin Dilday
Social Media Manager
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Social butterfly by nature, it's no wonder Devin found her niche in the social media and marketing industry. As a native San Diegan, Devin loves spending time at the beach and dining at local hot spots. When she's not working, you can find her at a Pilates, barre or yoga class.
Acupuncture Benefits - MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 11, 2019 by Amber Scriven

How Acupuncture Can Benefit Your Body

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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:

 

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“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. 

 

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“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.

 

Immediate aftercare.
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. 

 

Between sessions. 
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.

 

Share everything. 
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. 


Want to try acupuncture, or another wellness service? Download the MINDBODY app to book something new! 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
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Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.