January Audit: The big picture of your Health: Looking Ahead

What is the secret to staying healthy?
What’s the one thing that I need to know to stay healthy?

Most people insist that there is just this one thing that can get them better. That will make them pain-free. That will prevent accidents and ensure that health is something never to be worried about again

Here’s the deal: there is NO one thing.

I’d like to shift your thinking from looking at your health as something to fix versus something to maintain.

The long game is the thing that works the best in your health  – all day everyday.

And you’ve heard this idea in many different ways  – the analogy of the tortoise and the hare, prevention is better than cure  – they all ring true. And here’s why

We are consistently overloaded with multiple decisions that we need to make on a daily basis.  What shoes to put on, what color shirt to wear. What route to take to work that won’t make us late. It is positively exhausting! And it has gotten worse over time.

Think about the first time you went to the cereal aisle in the grocery store. How long did it take for you to make a decision. Which one is the best one? The healthiest? Which one just tastes good!?The second that you found that one you probably defaulted to taking it up everytime you did your shopping. Cause that was the best decision then!!

Fun fact: The number of different types of breakfast cereals in the U.S. has grown from 160 in 1970, to 340 in 1998 to 4,945  in 2012.

Imagine if you had to find your favourite cereal and sort thru 4,945 different brands!

We tend to default to decisions we made already, but they can become dated and not serve us the same.  There’s a reason that most adults know better than to go for Frosted Flakes or Fruit Loops that they inhaled as kids. – we know it’s not the best nor healthiest choice. And our metabolism no longer supports these types of foods without a consequence. Not to mention fruit loops really shouldn’t be eaten due to the the food dyes (eg. Yellow #5, Red #40) present that are banned in other countries.

So at some point as we changed – our food choices changed. The same has to happen for your health.

Your body is a living thing – strong, evolving, resilient. But not infallible.

If given the wrong fuel it will fail

If given the wrong care it will fail

And really it comes down to making the right call at the right time.  It requires that you pay attention to the signals that your body send you and make adjustments as you go. More about the body’s signals in my next blogpost!

There is no magic wand when it comes to your health. But there are some pretty magical solutions that can be life changing if you apply it the right way.

So as we close  January, let’s do a quick honest assessment of where you are with your health goals

Have you kept up with all of your 2018 health goals?
What things do you feel like you need to change?
What are you struggling with right now?

Shoot me a message and let’s talk about your 2018 and how it can be a transformational year for you!


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Danelle Dickson PT, DPT, OCS

Danelle Dickson PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist at Performance Plus Physical Therapy
Danelle Dickson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Morgan State University in 2003, then her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware in 2007. After graduating, she earned her  Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification in 2012. She is continually increasing her knowledge base with post graduate continuing education from manual based courses such as Institute of Physical Arts and St. Augustine courses. Additionally, she has also presented research at local (APTA) and international (IADMS) conferences on dancers, and has published her research with Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.

Danelle combines her 10+ year of clinical, research, and administrative experience  to produce a well rounded, patient driven experience at Performance Plus Physical Therapy. She currently works with patients with orthopedic, sports and Performing arts conditions, along with taking care of the local dance population, and mentoring local physical therapy students as a clinical instructor.
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