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Health Q&A

Posted September 26, 2012 in Advice Column, Waukee

Q: How can I lose weight when it hurts to exercise?

A: More than 60 percent of adults in the U.S. are either overweight or obese, according to CDC statistics; obesity is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. However, many people are unaware that even modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of a person’s total body weight, could improve blood pressure as well as blood cholesterol and blood sugars levels. That’s only 10 to 20 pounds for a person who weighs 200 pounds.

Getting healthy can be a struggle, and many people wonder where to begin. The answer is changing your lifestyle, taking responsibility of your health. “Diet pills and extreme diets do not offer long-term solutions,” says Dr. Rick McMichael, president of the American Chiropractic Association. “Doctors of chiropractic, on the other hand, offer natural approaches such as exercise, diet and hands-on care to help keep you active and able to achieve your weight-loss goals in the short term, and also help you maintain your fitness level and thereby avoid some chronic conditions down the line.”

Consultation with a chiropractor is particularly important when you consider that the effects of obesity on the neuromusculoskeletal system — osteoarthritis, back pain, neck pain and joint pain — often cause overweight people to avoid physical activity and exercise when they need it most. Chiropractic can get you moving. Check out, and see how easy it is.

Answer provided by Dr. Wesley Nyberg, Waukee Wellness & Chiropractic, 710 Alice’s Road, 978-6661.

Q: How can I achieve wellness?

A: Wellness is not a mystery — there are simple things you can do to improve your chances of good health, and here are a few useful principles.

    • Eat right. You wouldn’t put regular gas in a race car, and you shouldn’t put unhealthy foods into your body. Pick fresh, whole foods, especially vegetables and fruits, and then add other foods as desired. Take a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement, and whether you eat three squares or many smaller meals, get into a rhythm so your body knows how to process what you eat.

    • Exercise. You’ll have to move your body if you expect it to work right. It doesn’t have to be weightlifting or running a marathon — three 30-minute walks each week can improve your circulation, your breathing and your strength.

    • Rest. Work hard and play hard, but give yourself a chance to refresh and recuperate. Choose a consistent sleeping routine, and if you miss any sleep, make it up in the following days whenever possible.

    • Reduce stress. Even better, don’t get stressed in the first place. Take things in stride. Most things are not as bad (or as good) as they seem — lighten up, laugh more and if you do feel stressed, then do something to dissipate the harmful emotions.

    • Get regular tune-ups. Just like your car, your body needs to be adjusted from time to time. We all need periodic check-ups to catch problems early and get the appropriate care when necessary. Consult your chiropractor about which wellness professionals you need to keep your body working at peak efficiency — you’ll be glad you did.

Information provided by Dr. Paul Kerkhoff, Kerkhoff Chiropractic, 260 Highway 6, 987-4747.

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