Posts Tagged ‘central park’
Dec 22, 2011
It’s that time of year again. Resolution time.
Are you going to get in shape? Eat healthier? Take care of that chronic back pain?
New years is a natural time to think about the future. That’s a wonderful aspect to New Years resolutions. It gives us a natural moment to think about change.
We all know the problem with New Year’s resolutions. They’re made to be broken. So what to do?
1. It’s about change
The key to a new years resolution is not to think of it as a special occasion to make a change. You’re just ready to improve yourself, that’s it.
2. Make it small
One key way to stick with a resolution is to make it simple. Changing our habits’ isn’t easy. Start small. Do something reasonable.
A great change to make is trying to eat non-processed organic food. When my family started to eat local organic food we started slowly.
We started with only dairy, moved to meats and vegetables from there. Then we started going to the farmer’s market. Finally after a couple of years we joined a CSA.
3. Make it fit in your schedule
Biking to work is one of the best ways to stay in shape. We all have to commute anyway. By getting on your bike, you’re combining getting to work with your exercise routine. I find it to be one of the most relaxing times of the day.
May 17, 2011
I suffered two herniated discs in my back due to a running injury shortly after running a half marathon. After my injury, I went to several specialists and was treated with cortisone shots, physical therapy and chiropractic support. None of those efforts paid off and my back was still severely sore. I had pain while walking and difficulty doing normal activities at work and home. Typically, I would have just waited patiently as I healed. This time, however, I was three months away from participating in my first marathon — the Boston marathon — and I very much wanted to at least try to complete my training program and finish the event. One of my doctors recommended acupuncture and I found Joseph Alban online due to his high ratings and location. Joseph was very understanding of my situation and provided me terrific treatment which worked quite quickly. After my first treatment I began to feel better. I started running again… one mile on a treadmill slowly. Then, gradually, I increased my running and moved to Central Park for outdoor running which is much more difficult on the joints. Over time and with continued weekly treatment from Joseph Alban, my back pain significantly declined and I increased my running to prepare for the marathon. Towards the end of my training, my knees began to give me some pain and I asked Joseph to treat them as well. This addition to the weekly treatment helped and I felt ready for the marathon. I completed my training program and ran the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2011. I finished in under four hours, beating my original, pre-injury goal time and I had no back or knee pain (none) during or after the marathon. Thanks to Joseph Alban I accomplished a tremendous personal accomplishment and maintained good health.