This summer is a great opportunity to get outdoors when you work in your cardio or fitness routine.
At Espinosa Family Chiropractic we believe that staying active is an important part of staying healthy and avoiding injury. When your body is used to firing on all cylinders and being pushed to exertion regularly, you'll experience a host of health benefits and make you resistant to chronic illness, disease, and, yes, even injury. Below we go over a few outdoor activities you can engage in our in the Sacramento, CA area and beyond.
Paddleboarding is a great way to get outside, soak in scenic views, and engage your core!
2.) Rock Climbing
Rock climbing, as long as it's done safely and on the buddy system, is a great workout that strengthens your back.
3.) Outdoor Yoga
Instead of opting for the sweaty studio, do a solo yoga routine out in the woods or on the beach in the morning.
Running is a great way to strengthen your legs and it's a hard activity to match cardio-wise. Just make sure you're stretching and running with good shoes and practicing good form.
Swimming is another activity that is amazing for your back and your core. Swimming also brings the added bonus of being low impact.
When you engage in any of the activities mentioned above, it's important that you have a good recovery plan, and Espinosa Family Chiropractic is a great companion to an active lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule your consultation. Together, we'll help you achieve new balance and a new level of wellness.
At Espinoza Family Chiropractic our patients can count on getting the best possible chiropractic care for their entire family. Even though our patients come to expect excellence from us, we like to remind potential patients what they deserve when they step through the front doors of a quality chiropractic care practice.
Below are a few stand-out qualities an excellent chiropractor will exhibit at all times.
Everyone working at your chiropractor's office should be helpful, friendly, and make sure that you as a patient get everything you need from your visit.
It's a good idea to check out your chiropractor's background to make sure that they have the certifications necessary to treat you. Make sure to check out their website and their Yelp reviews as well. If they have a Facebook page, make sure to check for good reviews!
Superb Communication Skills
Any chiropractor worth their salt will be able to effectively communicate with you to resolve any issues you have and give you the best possible individualized care.
Your chiropractor's office should be a place where you feel comfortable and cared for. We've heard of some chiropractors operating out of their basement or in their mother's home and a reputable service should never do that to a patient.
If you have any additional questions about what you should expect from a quality chiropractic care practice, contact Espinosa Family Chiropractic today.
Your posture can tell us a lot about the shape of your spine
You may have anterior pelvic tilt, a positioning of the body that involves, you guessed it, an exaggerated forward tilting of the pelvis. In this position, there is also an exaggerated arch in the lower back and, as a result your butt will stick out and your stomach will protrude. This is a problem for more serious reasons than making you look funny. If you allow your spine to remain in this hyperextended position as its normal posture, you are putting yourself at enhanced risk for conditions such as:
- Facet joint syndrome
- Spinal stenosis
Why do I have anterior pelvic tilt?
Sitting too much, the great evil of our time is probably at least partially at fault. When you sit too much, some of the muscles which control your pelvis get overly tight while others get overly weak from lack of use. The general result of this is a net forward tilt of the pelvis and an increased arch of the spine.
How we go about fixing anterior pelvic tilt in Sacramento
Chiropractic adjustment is effective for relieving pressure from spinal joints and realigning the spine which is often a big contributor to pain in cases of anterior pelvic tilt. Furthermore, we focus on unwinding tightness from overworked muscles such as the hip flexors and quads while adding in strength to muscles that are being underused such as the glutes and hamstrings. Increasing the strength of core stabilizing muscles is a great way to make holding good posture easier.
Winter is the unhealthiest season of the year
It is often the point of the year where we feel most fatigued on a daily basis. And there is a biological reason for this: with less daylight, the body produces more melatonin which makes us feel drowsier than normal. This sets the tone for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a mood disorder usually experienced during winter time. But spring is here, and it's time to shake yourself out of it. Need some help? Read on.
Your body weight can be your greatest tool...
...in your quest to lose weight. For many people, a gym is actually a counterproductive place to attempt fitness goals. Unless you are cut out for the high-intensity culture of a gym, it may leave you spun out and actually less motivated regarding your fitness. Body weight training is a ready made solution for those of us who can't be bothered to spend a dime on a gym membership or a set of dumbbells.
Perks of body weight training:
- It's free
- Easy to learn
- Can be performed in your living room
Benefits of body weight training:
- Burns calories to help with weight management...
- ...while building muscle simultaneously, which is important-
- particularly in the core muscle group, which are essential for good posture.
- Increases relative strength, which is your strength in relation to body size and...
- also increases reactive strength, or your ability to elongate and contract muscles.
- Finally, it boosts circulation and improves range of motion.
What do you know, these sound like the same benefits as standard weight training and cardiovascular exercise! Body weight training can be performed as stand alone exercises or as part of a circuit i.e. push ups, jumping jacks, squats, lunges, planks performed without a break in between.