Today in our culture people are pressed for time and we become busier and busier with our schedules.

Often we have to sacrifice activities in the day and more often than not the activities which help the most for a healthy lifestyle are cut out to save time in the day.

I am guilty of this more than anybody. I love fast food, especially a Whataburger #1 with cheese and jalapenos.

Sometimes I skimp on walking up to the station from my home because instead of walking for five minutes, I make it there in thirty seconds in my truck and save time. It’s all about priorities and it’s now become a priority for my life.

A lot of talk the past few weeks in the news has been over the issue of health care. For myself, I am taking charge of my health because it is one of the few areas of life we can significantly impact.

I asked my chiropractor, Dr. Jenna Hillman of Hillman Chiropractic about the state of wellness and she offered these words.

“In a time when health care is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, you may wonder what you have to offer to society in terms of health. Will you be an asset or a burden? With over $2.6 billion spent on healthcare each year, the U.S. is still one of the sickest nations on the planet. We’ve been convinced that the road to true health is through a doctor’s office, that health comes from an “outside-in” process, rather than from the “inside-out”. Truth is, if you want to conquer rising healthcare costs you have to do 1 simple thing... choose.”

In most cases, health is a choice. It’s a daily, even hourly choice. It’s taking the stairs, rather than the elevator. It’s getting up 20 minutes earlier for that morning jog  It’s consuming real unadulterated meats, vegetables, and fruit rather than something that can live in a box or a can for over a year without going bad. It’s time we get back to the basics, and it starts with a simple choice.”

Three Beginning Steps on the Way to a Healthy Lifestyle: Week 1

1.) Walk up the stairs to work instead of taking the elevator.

2.) Eat fruit and drink water instead of getting potato chips and cokes.

3.) Workout or jog three times a week.

I will be posting weekly on my progress in my taking charge of my health through proper eating and exercise. Join me as start these steps to a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Jenna Hillman is a chiropractor at Hillman Chiropractic at 8302 Indiana Ave. Suite B.