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In this 200th anniversary year of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, each of us can increase our health and well-being by applying his guidance to our regular exercise activities. Thoreau, one of the United States' greatest writers, naturalists, and philosophers, not only walked the length and breadth of Concord, his beloved hometown in Massachusetts, but also walked and hiked far and wide across farms, riverbeds, parklands, and mountains all over Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

In Thoreau's time, the early and middle decades of the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution was just beginning to impact daily life. In those days, men and women still engaged in substantial quantities of physical labor, and exercise as such was never conceived as necessary. At present, in marked contrast, regular exercise is a key requirement for a healthy life. We need to break away, for at least 30 minutes every day, from our computer monitors and our mobile device screens. Thoreau would not recognize the sprawling urbanity of our cramped cities and their satellite suburbs, but he would likely strongly encourage us to get out there, walk as much as we can, and enjoy as much green space as possible.

For Thoreau, being outdoors was imperative. In his revered essay, "Walking," he informed his readers that he could not stay in his "chamber for a single day without acquiring some rust." Admittedly, our mode of living is quite different from his. For many of us, getting to some green space requires a bit of effort. However, in the 21st century, we need to make sure we're doing sufficient vigorous exercise, and walking on city streets and avenues counts as much as does walking along a tree-lined lane.

For those of us who haven't done any regular exercise for some time, walking is an optimal way to get back in shape. Regardless of one's age, renewing one's acquaintance with the process of exercise should be a gradual process. Start slowly, beginning with a 15-minute walk at a slow pace. Increase your pace over time until you're able to do a brisk 15-minute walk. Then increase your duration in small increments, decreasing your pace if needed. Within, typically, four to six weeks, you've become able to do a brisk 30-minute walk. Longer durations may be appropriate, whenever possible. The federal government recommends a minimum of 30 minutes of vigorous exercise five times a week to achieve and maintain good health.

Regular chiropractic care helps us achieve our exercise goals and is an important component of our overall health and well-being strategy. Regular chiropractic care helps our spines maintain their balance, flexibility, and mechanical integrity, and a well-functioning spinal column helps ensure optimal activity of our nerve system. When the nerve system, our body's master system, is functioning properly, all our other physiological systems are able to do their jobs more effectively. In this way, regular chiropractic care helps us get the most out of our exercise activities and helps us obtain high levels of health and wellness.

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Join us for Earth Day in Midway on April 22, 2017!

10am at Powell Butte Visitors Center:

     Beautify the Butte

     Take a Guided Tour

     Get a Passport for Prizes

Explore Midway.  Get Rewards.

Log onto midwaybusiness.org/b2b for more information!

SAVE THE DATE ........ Saturday, May 6th, 2017 (FREE SHREDDING EVENT)

Your family and friends are invited to take advantage of this free service hosted by Householder Group located at 10135 SE Sunnyside Road in Clackamas, OR 97015.  Simply bring anything you would like to have shredded and AccuShred NW will be in their parking lot between the hours of 9:00am and 12:00pm.  A variety of muffins, fruit, coffee and juice will be served.  

Just a reminder that we are still offering limited openings on some Friday's and Saturday's at 9 am.  This will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY.  You must call to set these dates and times because these may change on any given weekend.  For more information and details check our website's calendar at www.daychiropractic.com or call us at 503/760-7572.

The Midway Business Association meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  Any business owner and staff is invited to attend.  Location is The Pizza Baron at SE 122nd and Division St. from 11:45 am to 1 pm.  Midway Business Association encompasses the area from I-205 to Gresham and Market Street south to Foster Rd.  For more information check out our website at www.midwaybusiness.org

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Prime CD


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Come by our office Dr. Day and his brothers LOVE playing bluegrass together, and we hope that you will enjoy the music on the inaugeral CD. Dr. David Day wrote 2 of the songs on this album, the first is the title track "I'm not Fat, I'm Prime" and the "Stillaguamish River Waltz" in honor of river that ran next to the town where he was raised.

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