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We all know that exercise is important in our daily lives, but we may not know why or what exercise can do for us. It’s important to remember that we have evolved from nomadic ancestors who spent all their time moving around in search of food and shelter, traveling large distances on a daily basis. Our bodies are designed and have evolved to be regularly active.
Benefits of regular physical activity
If you are regularly physically active, you may:
- reduce your risk of a heart attack
- manage your weight better
- have a lower blood cholesterol level
- lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers
- have lower blood pressure
- have stronger bones, muscles, and joints and lower the risk of osteoporosis
- lower your risk of falls
- recover better from the period of hospitalization or bed rest
- feel better – with more energy, a better mood, feel more relaxed and sleep better.
A healthier state of mind
A number of studies have found that exercise helps depression. There are many views as to how exercise helps people with depression. Exercise may block negative thoughts or distract people from daily worries. Exercising with others provides an opportunity for increased social contact. Increased fitness may lift your mood and improve sleep patterns. Exercise may also change levels of chemicals in your brain, such as serotonin, endorphins and stress hormones.
Aim for at least 30 minutes a day
To maintain health and reduce your risk of health problems, health professionals and researchers recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days.
Physical Activity Guidelines
The Australian Government’s Physical Activity Guidelines state that:
- Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.
- Be active on most, preferably all, days every week.
- Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes (2 ½ to 5 hours) of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes (1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours) of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week.
- Do muscle strengthening activities on at least two days each week.
Ways to increase activity
Increases in daily activity can come from small changes made throughout your day, such as walking or cycling instead of using the car, getting off a tram, train or bus a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way, or walking the children to school.
See your doctor first
It is a good idea to see your doctor before starting your physical activity program if:
- you are aged over 45 years
- physical activity causes pain in your chest
- you often faint or have spells of severe dizziness
- moderate physical activity makes you very breathless
- you are at a higher risk of heart disease
- you think you might have heart disease or you have heart problems
- you are pregnant.
Pre-exercise screening is used to identify people with medical conditions that may put them at a higher risk of an experiencing a health problem during physical activity. It is a filter or ‘safety net’ to help decide if the potential benefits of exercise outweigh the risks for you. Usually, the benefits will far outweigh the risks. Print a copy of the adult pre-exercise screening tool and discuss it with your doctor, allied health or exercise professional.
The West Africa Traditional and Alternative Medicine Award has named Spinal Clinic Limited, the Chiropractic Centre of the Year and leader in the chiropractic services industry.
The CEO of the company, Dr Bryan Cox, received the award at the 2018 edition of the West Africa Traditional and Alternative Medicine award held at the Golden Tulip on Saturday.
The award is aimed at celebrating and reorganising companies and individuals in the traditional and alternative medicine sector who have demonstrated excellence in their profession as well as shown leadership and commitment in their respective organisations.
Dr Cox, in an interview with Myjoyonline.com after the ceremony said, the Clinic was committed to helping people to achieve health through standard Chiropractic care.
‘As a clinic, we believe that chiropractic is for life and we encourage each of our members to live a healthier life.
“It is our goal to continue to touch lives on people’s spine and by doing this, we would spread spinal health throughout Ghana and beyond,” he said.
Spinal Clinic’s award was one of many awards announced at the event which was graced by various people including government officials and representatives of traditional and alternative health practitioners across West Africa.
Other awards picked by the Spinal Clinic were, Outstanding Leader in Chiropractic care 2017 and Hall of Fame for Customer Service 2016.
Dr Cox was recognised as the first African to be awarded the distinguished fellow of the International Chiropractic Association award.
Spinal Clinic is a member of the Chiropractic Around the World (CAW), an organisation that educates the public about the importance of chiropractic care as well as provide free treatment to the less fortunate in society.
The Clinic which operation began in Ghana in 2006, is providing safe and natural chiropractic treatment to people with vertebral subluxation complex in one or more area of their spine.
THE MANAGEMENT of Spinal Clinics Limited has extended its service to Tema with the aim of boosting ultimate health and educating people on the importance of chiropractic care.
The company focuses on the essence of spinal care and the impact the spine has on the rest of the body.
The opening of Tema Spinal Clinic brings the number of clinics set up by the company to four since its inception six years ago.
The others are in Tamale, Bolgatanga and Accra while the Tema Clinic which used to be at the Nungua barrier has now been moved to Tema.
At a ceremony to open the clinic in Tema, CEO, Dr. Bryan L. Cox called on government to reduce the import duty on equipment brought to Ghana for use by chiropractics.
The Spinal Clinic, he said has through its Chiropractic Around the World Project educated millions of people through the media about the importance of keeping a healthy spine.
On the company’s future, Dr Cox noted that land has been secured for the establishment of a Chiropractic College in line with its bid to touch the lives of thousands of people ‘one spine at a time.’ The school is expected to serve the whole of West Africa.
The clinic’s aim is to provide the best chiropractic care to the masses with ‘not only the best hands-on care but also the latest in chiropractic technology to help alleviate symptoms quicker and help hold adjustments longer,’ he said.
Dr Cox announced he had written a book for children expected to get the younger generation to acquire more understanding about the importance of the spine.
The handy pocket sized book is designed for everyone, especially people on the go who do not have time to read large books.
Titled ‘Love Your Spine,’ it has questions and answers that will help induce readers to think about spinal health.
Dr Cox observed that the Spinal Clinic has since its existence succeeded in deepening lay people’s understanding of chiropractic care and the importance of the spine.
‘At one time, only the rich understood the importance of the spine and experienced the benefits of chiropractic but now many people are seeing its benefits.’
The Spinal Clinic Limited, a chiropractic care facility, has been named the Chiropractic Centre of the Year at the West Africa Traditional and Alternative Medicine awards 2018.
The award recognised Spinal Clinic Limited’s safe and quality care as a benchmark for excellence in the traditional and alternative medicine sector.
Each year, the traditional and alternative medicine award recognises individuals and companies that play significant role in health and wellness in Ghana .
It also celebrates excellence in chiropractic, herbal medicine, homeopathic, and other alternative clinical practices, among others.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Spinal Clinic Limited, Dr Bryan Cox, who received the award at the ceremony in Accra, said he was highly honoured for receiving the award.
“As a clinic, we believe that ‘chiropractic’ is for life and we encourage each of our members to live a healthy life. It is our goal to continue to touch lives on one spine at a time and by doing this we will spread spinal health throughout Ghana and beyond,” he said.
Spinal Clinic’s award was one of many awards announced at the event which was graced by various guests of honour including government officials and representatives of traditional and alternative health practitioners across West Africa.
Spinal Clinic is a member of the Chiropractors around the World (CAW), an organisation that educates the public about the importance of chiropractic care and provides free treatment to less fortunate people in society.
The clinic, which began operation in Ghana in 2006, provides natural chiropractic treatment to people with vertebral subluxation complex in one or more area of the spine.
It has over the years received many recognitions, including the outstanding leader in Chiropractic care 2017 and hall of fame for customer service 2016.
Source : www.graphic.com.gh/news/health/spinal-clinic-adjudged-chiropractic-centre-of-the-year