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“Use it or lose it”?

“Use it or lose it”?

   When you put a few years on your body, sometimes you don’t move as well as you used to. Some people end up in a wheelchair, or they move so slow, people assume they’re older than they are. Have you ever heard the saying, “Use it or lose it”?

   Well that saying can apply to you when you’re older, of even before. Let’s apply this saying to your health and how you move. If you don’t move, if you’re not using your joints and muscles on a regular basis, you may lose your ability to move over time.

   So the big question is, how do you maintain mobility? I mean are you really worried about it? Do you think you’re going to move freely the rest of your life if you’re not taking care of it now?

   Is stretching a key? It can be, but I don’t feel it’s the real key. The good thing is, stretching not only helps your body stay loose but it also helps break up adhesions and tight muscle areas.

   When a gate hasn’t been opened for a long time, what happens? The gate begins to rust and becomes really difficult to open. But the good part is, once you begin opening the gate, over and over again, the rust starts to break up. The more you move the gate, the better the rust breaks up, and the faster.

   Like the gate, opening up tight areas through regular adjustments, walking, and stretching allows oxygen and nutrients to better enter areas of the body that are being used.

   Stretching can be really good for you and slow down the aging process as well. If you move better, you’re going to feel better. Performing stretches can also boost your body’s ability to perform better and help prevent you from injuring a muscle or joint. If you’re not always doing some kind of exercise, you’re setting yourself up for failure if you want to have a good qualify of life as you age.

   Getting checked, stay adjusted, drinking plenty of water, getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night, and doing different kinds of stretching at least three or four times a week can improve your health!

Dr.Hesselberg

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