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Making a Plan for Success

Every successful athlete appreciates the necessity of having a plan for reaching top levels of performance.  This plan includes the optimal amount of rest required, the types of training sessions that produce the best results, the best diet in general and also before and after competitions, and the amount of water needed to remain ideally hydrated.  These are just some of the factors that are considered in an elite athlete's training and lifestyle regimen.

Serena and Venus Williams, Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Allison Schmitt, Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh and other Olympic gold medalists could not reach the zenith in their respective sports without having a clearly defined roadmap to help them achieve success.

Even though we may not have any intention of becoming professional athletes, it is still important to have a plan for success in terms of overall health and well-being.  Most people, however, never consider health and fitness from the viewpoint of creating an actual plan that will ensure success. We forget wisdom of the well known axiom - "if you fail to plan, you're planning to fail" which applies to all aspects of life, including to fitness, health and wellness.

Without a plan for optimal health and wellness, we tend to make dietary choices either out of convenience or to satisfy a current craving.  Without a plan for physical activity, we're more likely to lounge on the couch watching television night after night or play video games for hours at a time. None of these activities and habits will help us to attain and maintain optimal health. Instead we end up putting on additional pounds each year, allowing our bodies to deteriorate more with each passing sedentary hour.

So what might we do differently if we had a plan for achieving optimal wellness and health? The most obvious answer is that we would enjoy a health-promoting diet and engage in regular vigorous exercise. We would also make it a priority to maintain an appropriate weight for our particular body type and get sufficient sleep each night. Maybe not quite so obvious is taking time out for regular visits to the chiropractor, but chiropractic care is a key ingredient in planning for and achieving long-term health and wellness. Your chiropractor is an expert in human performance and wellness, who can guide you along your journey to optimal health.

Your doctor of chiropractic can identify limitations and roadblocks to health that can be corrected with chiropractic care. Appropriate diet, exercise, and sufficient high-quality sleep are critically important to good health. The underlying mechanism that coordinates all your body's activities - the nerve system - needs to be in top shape, too. That's where chiropractic care comes in. Talk your Millar Chiropractor about your plans for your family's health and wellness. He or she will be happy to help design programs that will be effective for your entire family.

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How To Get Started?

Creating a plan for success in the realm of health and wellness can start right now, in this moment. As with success in any other area of life, success in health begins with a choice and a shift in attitude. Make the decision to be healthy and cultivate the attitude that you are responsible for your own health.

With a positive can-do attitude and the freedom that comes with making a choice, you're ready to begin working your plan. Following a healthful eating plan will help motivate you to exercise, and doing regular vigorous exercise will encourage healthful dietary choices.  These two factors work in tandem -  each one supporting and improving the benefits of the other.

Start right where you are now - no special preparation is needed.  The most important thing is to start. If you haven't exercised in a very long time, begin by walking five or ten minutes a day for a week. Over the next month, slowly build up your time and then gradually increase your pace. By the time you're able to do 30 minutes of brisk walking, you'll be noticing some amazing changes.

To begin eating a healthful diet, a good place to start is with fresh fruits and vegetables. Choose a variety of colors to receive the most benefit. Avoid sweet drinks and cut way down on fast food, sugar and  other empty calories and you'll be on the road to success!

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