Performing at your best requires you to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes quality sleep, exercise, a healthy diet and a positive attitude. There are strategies and tips to follow to overcome obstacles and find the motivation to achieve your peak performance.
So how is it harmful if a person is not performing at their best?
Dr. Ken Freedman: Your level of performance determines your quality of life. So, if you are not performing at your best, you can’t be as successful in business, athletically, or in your personal life as you could be if your body were performing at its best. It’s kind of like your car. If your car is an eight-cylinder car but it’s only firing on five cylinders, it may still run and get you where you need to go but it doesn’t do it as well. It doesn’t function as well. You don’t get as good mileage. It breaks down more easily. It’s not as safe. And it’s the same thing with your body. The better your body performs, the better your experience.
What are the things that interfere with a person’s ability to performance at peak levels?
Dr. Ken Freedman: Well, it’s anything that interferes with the body’s ability to function at its best, Liz. The number one cause is a condition called vertebral subluxation complex, or subluxations. Now, a person’s ability to perform at peak levels is based upon how well energy flows between the mind and the body. Subluxations are a disruption in the flow of that energy and they come about when the spine misaligns and gets stuck and irritates the nerves and creates a physiological short-circuit, impairing the body’s ability to be able to perform and function optimally.
It impairs the body’s ability to be able to adapt to stress, to heal from injury and disease, and enable a person to relate to themselves and the world around them. Because the interface between us and the world around us is the energy that’s flowing over the nervous system and our ability to be able to perceive things clearly. That’s why healthier, high performance people go for regular chiropractic check-ups, because the primary role of chiropractic care, what really distinguishes it from every form of healthcare on the planet, is that chiropractors are the only profession that is specifically trained to detect, locate and correct subluxations.
We all need to eat healthy, but isn’t it easier to grab fast food or rip open a bag of chips? So what advice do you have for busy people to make healthier nutritional choices?
Dr. Ken Freedman: Liz, you know what? I think that the habits we develop and we reinforce are what become easy. A healthier person finds a very difficult time going into a fast food restaurant to grab a bite to eat. It’s important to develop habits that support your plan for success. I would recommend you read labels. You shop at stores that offer abundant choices of healthier foods and snacks. And if you’re concerned about fast food or falling off the wagon, so-to-speak, then you can pack a bag with healthy bars and snacks. Keep it in the car so if you do get hungry or you need something impulsively, you’ve got something there so you’re not tempted to go off the rails.
And do you have any tips on finding the time and motivation to exercise on a regular basis?
Dr. Ken Freedman: Yeah. It would be the same thing for exercise as it would be for diet. Some people say they don’t have the time or motivation to eat well, or exercise, or get rest, the things that also impact a healthier lifestyle. I think first you have to understand if you’re the type of person that moves either towards benefits or the person that moves away from consequences, and then link those prime motivators to that activity. If you’re the type of person that if you’re smoking and you move away from consequences and I tell you that you’re going to be healthier if you stop smoking and you’re not going to have the same dry cleaning bills, and your teeth will be whiter, that’s different if you move away from consequences than your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, lung problems, and the associated costs and compromises in your lifestyle. First, you’ve got to figure out where your hot buttons are and then focus on those things to be able to motivate yourself.
If I am the type of person who moves away from consequences but people are motivating me with benefits, I might understand them. They might be logical to me, and I could agree, but they’re not going to motivate me the same way that the fear of consequences would be. So you’ve got to figure out who you are first, and then use that as a tool to be able to give yourself the leverage that you need to make the changes that you need to make. And then, you’ll be surprised on how you find the time and the motivation and the resources to exercise, or eat healthier, or get your rest, or do the things that you really want to do that are going to make a big difference over the long haul.
So that leads to the next question. Most people don’t make sleep a priority. Can getting more sleep every night actually make us healthier and more productive?
Dr. Ken Freedman: Well, saying more sleep makes us healthier is kind of like eating more food makes you healthier. Yeah, it’s about the amount of sleep you get, but it’s also important to talk about the quality of the rest that’s part of the healthier lifestyle.
What is the right amount of sleep? Most expects will say it’s about seven to eight hours, but the answer is really unique to each person and their age, and stress levels, and their level of health. What can people do to improve the quality of their sleep? Well, you can keep consistent bedtime answers. You can select a great mattress and a great pillow, have light-blocking curtains, get the TV out of the bedroom. Don’t read in bed. Eliminate the glow of electronic devices. You can avoid stimulants that would keep you up like caffeine or chocolate after dinner. And I also think it’s important to make sure you have regular chiropractic checkups and make sure that your spine and body are in great alignment. Because when you are lying down, if you have pain or things are out of position, it’s just going to cause you to feel discomfort and it’ll keep you up and interfere with the quality of your rest.
Many people have a challenge finding time to focus on their own needs. How can people overcome obstacles to creating and maintaining a healthier lifestyle?
Dr. Ken Freedman: That is a great question, Liz. Most people who have had challenges finding time to focus on their needs, figure out very quickly once they’ve lost their health. Think about what it would mean to you if you lost your ability to work or live independently, your ability to move well, or enjoy the quality of your life. Every day, people make decisions that support either a wellness lifestyle or an illness lifestyle.
Start with small steps. Park further away and walk a little further to get into the store. Put down the candy bar or the chips, and grab a piece of fruit. I’d recommend you call and schedule a no-cost consultation with me to discuss how chiropractic care can be an easy affordable foundation to making a healthier, more productive life.
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Ken Freedman, visit www.freedmanchiropracticcenter.com or call (732) 254-6011 to schedule an appointment.