Happy New Years from all of us at Pain Free Lifestyle. It is 2015 and a great time to embark on a new exercise and eating regime.
We all just made it through, as one of may patients called it, the “season of eating”.
Most people will put 2 to 4 pounds or so throughout the holidays. One common statistic that was being thrown around was that the average american consumes 3500 to 4000 calories on Thanksgiving. That is almost double the amount of calories that we should consume in one day.
That is why most of us, if we are not exercising and watching what we eat, will come through the holidays a few pounds heavier. If you don’t do anything to lose that weight, then those extra pounds will stick around and will accumulate throughout the year.
That extra weight will stick around and will accumulate, if you don’t exercise and eat healthy, most of the time.
Exercise and healthy eating doesn’t have to be an all or nothing thing. Someone is not either healthy or unhealthy. No one is perfect. And for most of us, the compromises to our lifestyle that we’d have to make to become ripped and lean with 6 pack abs is way too much. These compromises are way to restrictive (not being able to go out to a restaurant and enjoy a meal with friends) and for the most part, are unhealthy.
From my experience, from I see in my practice everyday, is that most normal people cannot withstand a rigorous exercise routine like crossfit or p90x.
Unfortunately, many people look at themselves as failures if they cannot perform an intense exercise routine like that.
Well I am here to tell you that for most normal people, an intense exercise routine will only cause injury. If you are going to hard with exercise, then you will end up injuring yourself before you have a chance to get into shape.
From what I see in my practice every day, most people who work a regular job, or who take care of kids, or who want to play golf or garden on the weekend, don’t need a crazy intense exercise routine. Most people just need to move.
That is why I created Pain Free Lifestyle. It is an exercise and nutrition program that is designed to be easy on your body, and easy to follow and even easier to incorporate into your lifestyle.
But it has to be a lifestyle change, it is not a temporary diet or temporary exercise routine. Studies show that you will only benefit from exercise if you are consistently doing it.
The main health benefits from eating right and exercise don’t come on after 1 or 2 days. They come on after a month or 2 of consistent exercising and healthy eating. But you have to do it sustainably, and be easy on your body, otherwise you won’t be able to stick with the program long enough to get any benefit from it.
Pain Free Lifestyle was designed to be able to be performed for the rest of your life. You find a level that works for you, and stick with it.
If you are already in pain, then exercise shouldn’t make it worse. There are some conditions, such as osteo-arthritis, that will get temporarily irritated from exercise and from movement, but every study out there says that the arthritis will get worse the less you move, and that exercise will help to slow down the progression of the arthritis.
If you do the right, easy on your body exercises and stretches, then you can stabilize your irritated and painful joints and get more life out of them.
But if you go to hard, then you will break down those already degenerating and arthritic joints, and make things worse.
I am chiropractor who has a master’s degree in Nutrition and specializes in muscle injuries and trigger point therapy. I know which muscles get overused and injured easily. I know which muscles to loosen up and which muscles to strengthen up to stabilize your body and prevent more pain and more injury.
If you are overweight, obese, in pain, haven’t exercised in years, are out of shape, don’t want exercise and healthy eating to rule your life, or just looking for an alternative to the extreme exercise systems that push you way too hard, then Pain Free Lifestyle is for you.
Go easy on your body, because life is not.
Exercise smarter, not harder.
This is the Pain Free Way.