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Health Professionals: What is Your "One" Thing You Recommend?

I'm writing a story for the next Geist and Carmel Community Newsletters on personal health and fitness for 2012. I know there are a lot of trainers and health professionals out there, so I'm looking for some help.

Email me or post a "comment" to this thread with that one thing you would recommend to any client that is looking for a healthier 2012. Exercise, diet, everyday tips are most appreciated and you'll be credited of course in the story! Keep your answers to 100 words or less if possible.

Thanks in advance for your input.

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Comment by Pam Riggins on January 12, 2012 at 1:23pm

Most people believe they need to have back pain to go to a Chiropractor, but not so!

You may be suffering with chronic pain, pain from repetitive motion, knee, leg, arm, neck, or hand pain or tingling sensations, or even numbness with no back pain whatsoever, but that is where the pain originates.  Our spines are truly our "backbone" entwined with our nervous system.  So before heading to the pharmacy for drugs or the hospital for surgery, visit your Chiropractor.  A few spinal manipulations, alignments, or stretching may be all you really need.

Comment by Cynthia Reynolds on January 9, 2012 at 8:54am

We have a very popular saying in mental health that's taken from our wonderful airline industry..."please secure your own oxygen mask before assisting others with theirs..."

I believe this is a great reminder of how we need to be a priority to ourselves before we can be there for others. Many people confuse being a priority to ourselves with being selfish, but it's very different. Making time for yourself and being your own priority means taking care of yourself: physically, emotionally and spiritually, which will allow you to be fully present with those around you. The best gift you can give others is your own health! Take the time to make yourself a will be easier to be the "giving" person so many of us want to be because we will be less tired, less worn out and less resentful about giving of ourselves.

Comment by Genie Goykhberg on January 8, 2012 at 5:00pm

We are NOT what we eat!

The Best Organic Food if indigested turns into toxin in our body.

Make sure you DIGEST what you eat!

Good digestive enzymes taken with meal help to digest and assimilate what your body needs and eliminate what it doesn’t!

If you don’t digest protein exercise can do more damage than good.

Exercise is not for everyone - Stretching Is!

Have you ever seen a cat /a dog opened their eyes and run as we do?

Until they stretch every muscle they wont leave their “bed”.

P.S. Proteolytic enzymes taken between meals clean "the house”.

Comment by Stephanie Osborne on January 8, 2012 at 4:12pm

Being healthy is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. Be aware and educated about what goes into your body.  Eating the right foods is the biggest adjustment to make.  That is the fuel for your workouts, for your life.  If you don't have the right fuel, you won't perform your best.  Find a form of exercise you love.  You may not "love" any of it at first.  That's only because your body isn't used to it.  It isn't easy.  Nothing worthwhile ever is.  Give different things a chance for at least two weeks, maybe even a month, before you give up on it and decide it's not for you.  You may surprise yourself.  Try running, swimming, yoga, group fitness, even home workouts with accountability partners to keep you going. The worst thing you could do for yourself is to stop.

Comment by Tom Britt on January 8, 2012 at 3:45pm

great advice everyone! I want to use your profile photos to go along with your quotes, so if you don't have one or don't like the one you have, please update it or send me a new one!

Comment by Susan Rose on January 8, 2012 at 12:11pm

 As a 30+ year RN and breast cancer survivor, I would say to be assertive with your own health care- if you have a concern and your doctor doesn't listen, find a new doctor that will.  Get your yearly screeings and if something isn't right, be proactive in following up with it.....listen to your body!.............and live joyfully:)

Comment by Melissa Webb on January 8, 2012 at 12:09pm
Move every day! Any kind of movement will work. Walk, run, lift weights, take a spinning or yoga class. Just MOVE!
Comment by Heidi Tumbarello on January 8, 2012 at 11:23am

1) Make exercising non-negotiable by writing it on your calendar like any important appointment. 

2) Exercise as early as possible in the day....less likelyhood of other events interfering with your work out....stuff always comes up throughout the day...and your work-out will be the first thing to be sacrificed if choices have to be made.....

I realize I mentioned 2 things I think are important :-)

Comment by Tod Esquivel on January 8, 2012 at 10:49am

Make sure you eliminate any blood sucking vampires of people, places and things that will hold you back from getting faster RESULTS in 2012!


Practice self talk of positive mantras that get you pumped up and motivated in 2012!


Bring/involve a friend, family member, neighbor, co-worker, bf/gf, kids or spouse with you in your 2012 journey!


And dominate/beat up your fears of success or failure!  We all have them.  I have them too.


Indiana's Fitness Guy!

Comment by Jerry and De'Andre Owsley on January 8, 2012 at 10:16am
Make sure you start your day with the right vitamins and supplements. Learn to incorporate healthy, quality products into your diet. Quick fix diet pills and energy drinks can harm your body. Get on a good supplement plan and you can change your overall health and energy level.

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