Laughing Provides Health Benefits

Laughing provides health benefits and also helps relieve stress.  Laughing is a free way to boost your mood and diminish pain.  It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine.  This theory proves to be true as research shows that laughing can have physical, mental, and social benefits.

Laughing can have a positive impact on your physical health.  Laughter can help boost immunity, lower stress hormones, decrease pain, relax your muscles, and help prevent heart diseases.  A good laugh has the power to relieve tension caused by stress for up to 45 minutes.  So next time you’re feeling on edge, ask a friend to tell you a joke to trigger endorphins.  Laughing can also benefit your mental health in the following ways:

  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience

In addition to contributing to your physical and mental health, laughing can also provide social benefits.  Sharing laughs can help create bonds and strengthen relationships.  Laughter is always a good icebreaker when meeting new people.  Humor is a way for groups to bond and feel more comfortable around each other.  Laughing is contagious and can attract others to us.  By sharing laughs with others you can help improve and maintain relationships.

Exercise Improves Quality of Life

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The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate activity each week.  One way to accomplish this is to workout for 30 minutes at least 5 days a week.  Exercise helps to boost mental wellness, improve physical wellness, and prolong your optimal health.  Engaging in physical activity helps to improve your overall quality of life and also helps encourage you to spend some time outdoors!  Finding an exercise that you enjoy can be difficult. One way to overcome this battle is to make exercise enjoyable!
Are you looking for a day filled with motivation and inspiration?  Join Lavanga employees in the Wounded Hero 5k on June 13  at 10:00am!
The Annual Wounded Hero 5K is an event located in Warminster Pennsylvania to bring the community together in a show of support for our nations wounded Heroes.  This fun filled patriotic family event includes the 5k, The Manion Mile walk, face painting, balloon clowns, moon bounce, food and live entertainment and most importantly our wounded Heroes as guest speakers!  All proceeds raised from this event will go towards Operation Ward 57‘s Honor & Courage Program.  For more information about the Wounded Hero 5K, click here.
Contact Lavanga Chiropractic to help be apart of the walk!

Benefits of Personal Training

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Sometimes getting motivated to exercise feels impossible.  If you are struggling to reach your see results, a personal trainer can help you develop the right workout plan to meet your goals!  Personal trainers provide endless benefits to your health!  Personal training is great for if you need help losing a few pounds, toning your arms, flattening your stomach, learning new exercises, and so on.  Seeking out a personal trainer means that you are ready to make a commitment to your health and fitness.

The following are just a few ways personal training can benefit you!

  • Getting started.  Half of the struggle is starting to workout.  Personal training will help you get started and develop an exercise routine that is tailored to your fitness goals!
  • Learn proper technique and form.  Personal training allows you to learn how to properly do an exercise.  This benefits your health in the long-term and helps to prevent potential injuries.
  • Achieve your goals.  If you are striving to reach significant fitness goals, personal training will help keep you on track!
    If you are interested in personal training, try out a trainer, look for qualifications and style, search online, and ask yourself how well they teach.

Personal Training is now available at Lavanga Chiropractic!  Call (215) 364-1112 for more information!

Are you Lacking in Happiness?

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According to research, happiness is, to a large degree, determined by your genes.  Psychology professor David T. Lykken, says that “trying to be happier is like trying to be taller.” We each have a “happiness set point,” he argues, and move away from it only slightly.

If you notice that your genes are lacking in happiness, try the following strategies to help you foster positive emotions!

  1. Make a choice to become happy.  Happiness is an achievement that takes effort!  Decide to choose attitudes and behaviors that will lead to happiness.
  2. Cultivate gratitude.  University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman suggests performing a daily “gratitude exercise.”  Everyday, try listing a few things that make you happy!
  3. Foster forgiveness.  According to research, holding grudges can affect physical as well as mental health.  Let go of bitterness and resentment in order to embrace happiness.
  4. Counteract negative thoughts and feelings by making a commitment to think positive thoughts.  If you find this challenging, try practicing mediation, rhythmic breathing yoga, or relaxation techniques.
  5. Money cannot buy happiness.  Research shows that once income climbs above the poverty level, more money brings very little extra happiness.

Need help getting motivated?  The Lavanga Group is here to help! Call (215) 364 3231 to schedule an appointment today!

Healthy Diet and Brain Health

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According to the American Academy of Neurology’s most recent study, eating healthy is linked to stronger cognitive health. Their healthy diet included not much red meat, moderate alcohol, and lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts and fish. The study included over 27,860 participants over the age of 55, from 40 different countries, and the participants were studied for an average of five years. However, certain health conditions were excluded at the start of the study, conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or peripheral artery disease, and participants who had experienced stroke or heart disease during the study were no longer followed.

The baseline measure of cognitive health was a thinking and memory skill test at the start of the study, two years into the study, and finally five years from the beginning. Only 14% of those with the healthiest diets showed a decline in thinking and memory while 18% of those with the least healthy diets showed a decline. The numbers for the healthiest diets included 5,687 people, with 782 showing cognitive decline, and 5,459 participants with unhealthy diets, 987 showing a significant cognitive decline. The relative difference from these figures produces 24% lower likelihood of a drop in thinking and memory for people eating well.

However diet in later life is only part of the picture. Study author Dr. Andrew Smyth of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, says “Adoption of a healthy diet probably begins early in life, and a healthy diet might also go along with adoption of other healthy behaviors.

In conclusion, “we report that higher diet quality is associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline. Improved diet quality represents an important potential target for reducing the global burden of cognitive decline.”

For help getting motivated to maintain a healthy diet, contact the Lavanga Group today, to discuss your options.

Stop Procrastinating and Get Motivated

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Whether you put off going to the gym, doing the laundry, or finishing your taxes, you are most likely guilty of procrastinating.  Staying motivated isn’t easy, however, the alternative can be harmful to our health.  The stress brought on by procrastination can create chaos in our lives.

Researchers found that procrastination can have a major impact on a person’s mental health.  A 2007 study revealed that students who described themselves as procrastinators reported higher levels of stress and illness at the end of a semester versus the students described as non-procrastinators.  Although procrastination is common among students, it is not limited to them.  Joseph Ferrari, a psychology professor at DePaul University reports that 20% of U.S. adults are “chronic procrastinators.”  Dealing with the stress on a daily basis can have a major impact on our lives and the people around us. To stay motivated and avoid potential anxiety, it is helpful to make a schedule and get into a routine.  Other helpful tools to avoid procrastination include:

  • Make a list
  • Break tasks down into segments
  • Recognize when you have thoughts of procrastination
  • Eliminate distractions

Forming a plan will keep you motivated and also help relieve stress that is harmful to your health.  With help setting goals and staying on track, contact The Lavanga Group today!

Stress Management

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Do you often feel overwhelmed and stressed out?  When you are stressed, your body responds by making hormones that speed up your heart.  This usually results in faster breathing and also bursts of energy, which is called the fight-or-flight stress response.

Feeling stressed is normal and sometimes even useful.  Stress can help you work hard or react quickly.  However, if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have negative impacts on your health.  Stress is liked to headaches, upset stomach, back pain, and trouble sleeping.

What can you do about stress?  Check out the following stress management techniques:

  • Find out what is causing stress in your life.
  • Look for ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
  • Learn healthy ways to relieve stress and reduce its harmful effects.

Massage Therapy is also a great way to relieve stress. Massage therapy has proven to boost energy and increase concentration.  “Massage therapy can be effective for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, lower back pain, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, circulatory problems, and recovery from a sports injury,” says Mary Beth Braun, President of the merican Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).  To read more about massage therapy for stress relief and much more, click here.

For more information about stress management techniques, contact the Lavanga Group today!


Home Cooking and Healthy Eating

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The only thing better than a home cooked meal is a healthy home cooked meal.  Home cooking can be beneficial to your health and your well-being.  Just like anything else practice makes perfect! With the help of magazines, food networks, and social media, healthy home cooking is becoming more of a hobby and less of a task.  The more you cook at home the more efficient you become and the more you grow to enjoy it!

Creating meals at home isn’t as time consuming as you may think.  Keeping your ingredients and kitchen organized can save you time when prepping meals.  You can also enjoy a home cooked meal without even cooking every night…simply cook an excess amount in the beginning of the week and store it for future meals!  This way you and your family can reap the benefits of home cooking even when you are crunched for time!

Another benefit of home cooking is learning about the nutritional value of the foods you eat.  The more you cook the more health conscious you become.  You’ll soon discover the differences between healthy and unhealthy ingredients.  Being the chef also gives you control over the ingredients—this helps you monitor what you and your family consume.

Home cooking helps create memories.  In addition to creating healthy meals, home cooking also creates family bonds.  What was once considered a chore is now an enjoyable family affair…after all, everyone has to eat.

To learn more about nutrition contact the The Lavanga Group today!

Bad Posture Affects Your Health

  • Bad Posture Affects Your Health

Bad posture can have many negative affects on your body and health.  Repeating poor posture can actually change and adapt your body’s alignment, causing you to experience pain.  Bad posture can cause what is referred to as a hunchback.  This is when your back forms a C shape at the top of your spinal column.  Bad posture can also cause rounded shoulders, which is common for people who work mostly at a desk.  To find out what may be causing your bad posture and ways to correct it, check out this site!

While a slow, slumped walk tends to make you drowsy, skipping helps you to avoid bad posture and raise energy levels.  A great exercise to help stretch your back and boost your energy levels is skipping.  According to an experiment, you are more likely to feel or think of something positive when you are sitting up straight.  Having good posture is important to your health and overall happiness.  In fact, your body language has the power to shape your personality and even change your hormones.  Check out Amy Cuddy’s famous Ted Talk to learn more!

If you are suffering from back pain due to bad posture, contact Lavanga Chiropractic today!

Keeping a Schedule

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Life can get pretty hectic sometimes.  Juggling your work life, family life, and personal goals is not easy.  To help manage your time, try to keep a schedule.  You can do this by using a planner or even your smartphone.  Writing down your daily tasks can help you manage your time more efficiently.  It can also help you stay motivated to complete those tasks.  By keeping a schedule, you are less likely to forget things!

When you are writing down your schedule, remember to keep a realistic time frame.  Give yourself enough time to complete each task.  You should also try to prioritize your schedule.  Make it clear which items are important and necessary to get done on that given day.  This will help you to stay motivated to complete the most important tasks first.  Another way you can stay motivated is by crossing off items after you complete them.  You’ll feel good after scratching them off your schedule.  Try to always have our schedule by your side.  If you use your phone to keep a schedule, try setting yourself reminders.  This often comes in handy when you have an appointment you may have forgotten about.  If you keep a planner, make sure to carry it with you so you can update it when needed.  Another way to stay motivated is to schedule in some free time.  A little break every now and then will help you stay energized and fresh!  The whole point of a schedule is to help you stay organized so that you can be more productive with your time.  To read more about effective scheduling, visit this site!

If you need help staying motivated, contact the Lavanga Group today!