Dr. Brian Kerner, DC, QME | Article

Good Health Takes Commitment

My son just earned his Black Belt! As I watched my 10 year old take his Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Test, I thought about how much perseverance and commitment he had shown to get to that level. For over four years, at least three times a week, he trained to achieve a degree of mastery. Along the way, there were days when he did not feel like training, but he did it anyway. In the end, he accomplished his goal and, in the process, became incredibly fit both physically and mentally.

The same level of commitment is needed to reach one's health goals. Whether it is losing weight, decreasing pain, increasing fitness, improving muscle strength or improving stamina, regular exercises and stretching is often needed.

To get the best results from Chiropractic care, a certain degree of commitment is necessary as well. Along with coming in for your adjustment, it is vital to perform the recommended home-based stretching and strengthening as well as an aerobic exercise program. Of course, in the beginning, it may be too soon to start a strenuous work-out routine. As the initial pain and inflammation lessen, a gradual increase in exercise is often recommended.

Exercising at least three times a week is vital to one's health. Perhaps we can reward ourselves with out own personal "black belt" when we reach our desired health and fitness goal.

Just like my son attaining his goal, one should strive to follow a program of visits and understand that there is a process to go through before optimal results are achieved. If you have a recommended treatment plan of say twice a week for six weeks, it is very important to follow the schedule. If you miss visits, this can affect your healing time.

Make sure to keep your appointments, do your recommended exercise program, and eat health promoting foods. In this way, you will be out of pain quicker, your body will heal faster, and most importantly, you wil be stronger and less likely to have future problems.