Emily Heil CPT, B.S. Health Promotion and Wellness
Sometimes it feels like we go round and round, trying to find a solution to the health goals that we have. It can feel like we take one step forward and three big steps back. But when you understand what you need to achieve your goals, it gives you power (knowledge = power). If you are trying to lose weight, gain weight, have a happy relationship with your food, have food freedom, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, feel happier, have more energy, or just trying to improve your overall quality of life… let me tell you: it is possible. So let me share with you some tips to achieve these health goals.
1 Believe in yourself.
I always tell my clients that if your mind isn’t right first, everything else in your life won’t be right either. So where is your mind today? Are you having thought distortions? AKA: telling yourself something that is not true, such as, “I can’t have more energy during the day when I have all of life’s stressors and the kids calling for my attention” … YES. YOU. CAN. Telling yourself these negative thoughts over and over will subject your subconscious brain to literally look for the negative in life and will in general make your outlook more negative. Why is that? You are training your brain that it is ‘acceptable’ and even ‘normal’ to have negative thoughts. It’s not; we are meant to live fulfilling lives that are productive, positive, and energetic. You can live a beautiful life and do not have to be subject to the negative thoughts that run rampant in your mind. I dare you to turn those “I cant’s” into “I MOST CERTAINLY CAN”. The first step to success in anything is believing that you can do it. Because whether you believe you can, or believe you can’t, you’re right. Bring about a new mindset to your life because you deserve it.
2 Find your “why”
What it means to find your “why”: Why do you want to achieve the goals that you are setting out to achieve? Let’s say you are trying to lose weight. You might say the reason behind that is to make life easier. Ok, now ask yourself, “why would this make life easier”. Because you can then chase your kids around and play with them. Okay, great. Now ask yourself, “why do I want to chase my kids around and play with them?” and your answer might be so that you can show your kids your love for them. That right there is your ultimate why. You want to lose weight so that you can show your kids love. Now, isn’t that more meaningful to you and internally motivating than just “oh life will be easier”?
3 Get in touch with the right resources for you
There are plenty of local and online resources for you to find. If you are having a hard time with always thinking about food and the psychology behind food and food addictions and behaviors, Noom is a great resource that gives you some very logical and science backed research as to why people behave the way they do and how to change your habits one by one and achieve a better mindset with food. This helps you to develop a much healthier relationship with your food choices. If you are looking for nutrition counseling, personal training, bootcamps, and a great supportive community to help you achieve fitness goals, Forever Fit is a fitness studio here in Plover, WI with some great things to offer. If you are looking to optimize your overall health and realign your spine, Infinity Wellness and Chiropractic offers the best chiropractic services in town (not that we are bias or anything). Kali Clark with Sweet spot nutrition is in our office as well. She is our close friend and nutrition coach that definitely would never steer you wrong. If you want to quit smoking, there are plenty of active coalitions in the Portage area as well. No matter what you are doing, there ARE resources for you – you just need to find what works for you. Keep trying because your health is worth it.
4 Find support and accountability
Finding support and accountability is one of the key factors to helping with achieving any type of goals. I know that when anyone (including myself) sets out to change a habit, it is uncomfortable. It sucks sometimes. And it is hard and not easy to change. When those hard times hit, and you slip up (because you will) you need to have someone who has your back. Someone that you can turn to. And someone who can tell you what you need to hear- whether it is tough love, or “it’s okay you’re trying your best and tomorrow is a new day”. Personally, I would take the latter of the two- but that is just me. You do what is best for YOU. Not what everyone thinks you should be doing. Whether this person is your mom, dad, significant other, or just a group you joined on Facebook. You are now being held accountable to them and they will be there to support you.
5 Have a plan
If you fail to plan, you can most certainly plan to fail . Don’t get caught up in the end that you can’t see the steps along the way. Make sure you believe in yourself all the way through, recite your “why” to yourself every day if you have to. Find a resource that can provide you with the support and plan that you need. And recruit your family and friends. They will most likely support your new healthy habits and be proud of you for making your life a little better one day at a time.
If you need help or resources or would just like to chat about achieving optimal health or fitness levels, please feel free to talk with Emily or Dr. Sara in the office. They would be happy to make conversation with you over the adjustment table or in any of the traction units. Plus- who doesn’t love free advice from a couple of professionals?
Many times I see older adults unable to walk stairs, or tell me that they have achy joints. They tell me that their range of motion (ROM) has decreased quite a bit since they have aged and they “just don’t feel as if they could start exercising”. But here is the thing, exercise may be difficult at first but it helps to reduce (if not eliminate) all of the problems that they seem to tell me that they have.
Exercise has many wonderful effects on the body. Osteoporosis is a very big concern for most older adults, but when you exercise, you are actually putting weight on your bones. When doing weight baring activities, your bones are ‘stressed’ which means your body will send a signal that it needs help or repair. This sends tiny cells called osteoblasts to your bones to help with increasing bone density. This is also a good case for those of you who don’t get the recommended dose of calcium to make it a priority to exercise.
Exercise really can look like anything from a walk, to yoga, to simple stretching or very high intensity workouts. There are so many things that you can do to move your body. When your body begins to move, something even more cool happens than that bones forming #sciencenerdslovefacts. Your body will begin to produce endorphins which are basically “happy hormones”. When we sit in our houses all day or don’t move much, a cloud of gloom will likely begin to form over our heads. But these endorphins work almost like drugs, or sugar, in the thought that they make us feel happy or feel a sense of less stress. Along with the increase in endorphins, science has shown that this decreases the speed and chances for memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Moving also increases our abilities to multitask and be creative, so get moving!
Let’s talk joints and range of motion. It may be hard to move at first, but with time and dedication, you will be able to increase your range of motion through movement, stretching (and chiropractic care, of course). Each time you move your joints, there is a lubrication mechanism in between your bones to help it move more smoothly, without pain, and help you feel effortlessly in control of your body. The more you move, the more lubrication is happening. So even if it hurts, try to stretch. And then try to stretch a little further the next time around. Try to make big circles with your arms, then maybe go a little bigger next time. Keep pushing yourself, and I promise you will see results.
As you age, if you keep your muscles strong, bones strong, and joints healthy, you will be able to walk up the stairs at age 80. You’ll be able to love on your grandchildren and great-grandchildren the way that you really want to. And you will be able to live your best life and find optimal health for what stage of life you are in. I said it before, but I will say it again. Yes, it will be hard. And yes, it will be worth it.
As a professional fisherman I do not have the choice of fishing on only the nicest days. In fact, it seems like the weather never cooperates and I’m fishing in wind, rain and cold temperatures. What that means is I’m wearing heavy soaked rain gear that is constantly pulling on my shoulders causing back and neck pain. Additionally, the lakes will often be rough and making long boat rides thru rough water is anything but enjoyable. In fact, I have had numerous instances of severe back pain caused by slamming into waves. All of this wear and tear on my body can negatively affect my fishing performance and the longevity of my career if I do not take care of myself.
One of the first things I do after returning from a tournament is get an adjustment from Dr. Sara. After a rough tournament my body needs to be realigned and an adjustment can often times lead to immediate pain relief. I also try to get an adjustment before I leave for a tournament as I know routine adjustments will allow my body to handle the cross country drives and on the water punishment I put it through. I also fully believe that over time chiropractic care will lengthen my career and help me perform at the highest levels.
I encourage all fisherman regardless of skill level to consider chiropractic care. As the routine wear and tear on the shoulders, elbows, back and legs can lead to severe pain if left untreated. Routine chiropractic care can prevent injury and long term affects, which will continue to allow each of you to pursue your passion as it does mine.
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What is Wellness Chiropractic?
More often than not, when we tell someone that we are a chiropractic office, they immediately associate our vocation with neck and/or back pain. What many do not realize, however, is that chiropractic is a health care modality that provides significantly more than just a solution for pain. Chiropractic is a lifestyle that involves all aspects of wellness, including exercise, nutrition, personal development, and stress relief. We have been fortunate to work with people from all walks of life (including newborns, children, and adolescents) and the outcome has been miraculous.
We define chiropractic as the discovery and removal of the vertebral subluxation, which is interference that is taking place in your Central Nervous System (CNS). It is important to recognize that our CNS is the master controller of our entire body and it directly correlates to our ability to function and exist. People who are suffering from allergies, asthma, headaches, and other conditions are living in a subluxated state, but when we provide these individuals with an adjustment, we are able to remove the interference, and the condition dissipates. In addition, patients who are under regular chiropractic care actually prevent these situations from impeding upon their lives.
When visiting our practice, we take the chiropractic lifestyle to a level where it becomes REAL for you. Not only do we offer the adjustment, but we combine these programs with tips on fitness, nutrition and stress relief. We take into account your entire body and the lifestyle choices that you make when developing customized protocols for you to follow. With this being said, please contact our office today so that we can schedule a health consultation with you!
The “status quo”, as we define it, is the set of beliefs that people acquire regarding their health that they then consider to be “THE TRUTH.”
Did you realize that our country continues to become more overweight and obese, yet the number of “FAT FREE” items has increased dramatically?
Did you realize that for the first time in history our children are not forecasted to live past the age of their parents?
Did you realize that, according to the American Medical Association, the third most likely thing you will die of as an American is now a medication that was properly prescribed?
Unfortunately, these questions are only the tip of the iceberg, but they are also the reason why we are extremely unique.
We offer people all natural, noninvasive, and completely customized healthcare solutions that focus on an inside-to-outside philosophy. The Central Nervous System is the master controller of your entire body and when there is interference, your body will not perform at its full potential. This interference is called a subluxation, and as chiropractors, we have been trained to find and remove this nerve interference which will help you achieve optimal health.
We see patients ranging from all ages (even newborns) and with a variety of conditions. We connect like-minded people who are looking to live with more vitality than ever before.
There is a quote that I live by and it is important that I share this with you:
“You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” – BJ Palmer
Why do I find this important when I am inviting you to hire me as a speaker?
Well, I do what I do because I am driven to dramatically transform the life and health of each person I encounter. Whether that is in a one-on-one setting, or in front of a large group, I recognize that the words that I share have the ability to alter the way people look at their lives.
Think about this…
Life is comprised of the choices we make on a daily basis.
Some choices might seem small and inconsequential, like what am I going to eat for lunch, while others are more significant, such as choosing the perfect house for my family to make memories in.
The reason I am sharing this extremely obvious fact with you is because people make choices based on their life experiences.
If I had to guess, you are probably someone who has influence over a group of people, which is why you are considering having me speak to your group, and all of the people who you have influence over are making decisions each day based on the experiences they have had.
The only way to help empower them to make better decisions, whether this is how they handle stress, choices regarding their health, or their internal motivation, is to expose them to additional life experiences.
The quote from above says it all – you truly never know how far reaching something you think, say, or do will affect millions of lives in the future. This is why introducing new life experiences to the people in your company, in your group, or in your congregation that helps them begin to assess their life and health will pay enormous dividends.
- Can you imagine a group of people who recognize the importance of their health?
- Can you imagine a group of people who are able to handle and adapt to the normal stresses in life?
- Can you imagine a group of people who have incredible levels of energy?
- Can you imagine a group of people who have mental clarity and can deliver better results?
This can become possible once I speak with your group!
My passion is health, wellness, and personal performance. My years of studies and my work with 1,000’s of people will enable me to truly empower and educate your group to dramatically improve their lives.
Please call our office so that we can arrange a time to assess whether my message is something that will benefit your group and remember:
“You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” – BJ Palmer
What do you think of when you hear the word “Chiropractor”? It means so much, we thought we’d share this quick overview with you.
A wise man once shared, “Upset is caused by either thwarted expectations or miscommunication.” At Infinity Wellness and Chiropractic we strive to eliminate both so you will have the best chiropractic experience possible. From the moment we meet you in the community or in our office we want you to know exactly what to expect every step of the way in accomplishing our Vision, “That every human being discovers their full potential.”
New Patient Experience
For many people, walking into a chiropractic office for the first time can be intimidating. Our office and what you’ll experience are unlike any medical facility you’ve ever visited for a reason. We want you to know ‘why’ and ‘what’ we do to serve your specific health needs.
In support of our Vision to guide you towards discovering your full potential, we provide an unequaled standard of chiropractic care for our patients. We not only address the immediate symptoms of your health challenges but we find the cause, work to correct it and assist you on the road to wellness.
Choosing to take charge of your health is an important decision and finding a team of doctors with the credentials and know-how is an even greater step. Rest assured that you are in good hands. It is important in this office that the techniques we use are advanced, researched and valid. Our state-of-the-art technologies ensure that you receive the best possible care. We work with each patient on an individual basis providing a unique approach to each health condition.
We begin with an initial thorough evaluation with a history, scientifically-based examination of your posture, spinal alignment, and function. This often involves x-rays as a way to pinpoint the root cause of your spinal misalignment. Your treatment plan is then customized based on your individual needs, placing you back on the road to health and freedom.
Educating Our Community
Our Mission says it all. “Integrating the body and mind, creating every higher levels of health and humanity. Technology, education and service are the foundation to greater personal impact, well being, and consciousness for families and individuals of all ages.” We are passionate about educating you on the devastating effects of subluxation, how to correct it and relaying the most up to date, cutting edge research regarding true health and wellness.
About Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic Care was founded in 1895 by D.D. Palmer. Chiropractic as a profession is only 117 years old. As a result, there is a lot of misinformation about ‘the world’s greatest kept healthcare secret’. We want to provide you with answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding chiropractic. Bring your questions to your visit and we will be happy to answer them as we help uncover this “best kept secret”.
Help us get the word out by sharing your successes. Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or share on our Facebook page.
We believe that in order for you to succeed with our chiropractic care, it is essential to establish a synergistic relationship, where we both achieve more together than we could on our own. Please review our ideal patient characteristics to determine if what we deliver is what you’re looking to find:
- Willingness to consider a natural strategy to manage and eventually eliminate the condition
- Belief that it’s possible to resolve issues without pharmaceutical drugs
- Readiness to change your diet to achieve a desirable outcome
- Open to trying a complete nutritional cleanse
- Understand that health is one’s most precious asset
- Trust in chiropractic to being the solution
In summary, if you are ready to commit to living a life of health and wellness (even if it means abandoning your current lifestyle choices and adapting new ones), then we are absolutely right for you, as we will do everything we can to empower you to make your life more ALIVE than ever before. We are excited about the possibility of