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What Is Northwest Wellness?

What Is Northwest Wellness?

Northwest Wellness is the lifetime vision of Dr. Lorri Nichols of Federal Way, WA.  Beginning as a small chiropractic practice in 1989, Northwest Wellness has grown into a multidisciplinary, integrated practice providing comprehensive health care to Federal Way and the surrounding community.  Our practice consists of primary care, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, nutrition and weight loss to serve all of your health care needs.

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Benefits of Using A Fitness Tracker

Benefits of Using A Fitness Tracker

Fitness trackers have become increasingly popular over the past several years. The technology in these devices has evolved and they now have many new capabilities. If you are someone who enjoys seeing objective data about your health and wellness, these are a great tool for you. Many of the devices allow you to sync with friends and family to create fun challenges with one another and hold each other accountable with your fitness-related goals. Read more to learn about the benefits of these devices. 

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Monthly Challenge: Exercise Is Energizing!

Monthly Challenge: Exercise Is Energizing!

We all know that exercise is beneficial in many ways and is an important component of overall health and wellness. However, for many of us, exercising consistently is difficult to do. Many people who have not developed a good habit of exercising, find it to be both time consuming and energy draining. Unfortunately, exercise does take time out of your day and there is no easy way around that. However, I will argue that once you become consistent in an exercise routine, it will no longer feel as if it is draining your energy. In fact, it may seem counter-intuitive, but exercising can actually make you feel more energized throughout the day!

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Spring Is a Great Time for a Yearly Detoxification!

Spring Is a Great Time for a Yearly Detoxification!

Spring is just around the corner!  It is the perfect time to take a week or so to do a yearly cleansing detoxification.  Generally I eat healthy, drink plenty of water and do my best to avoid environmental toxins.  However, the winter months and the holiday season can present a challenging time to follow my normal routine. We also live in a society where there is limited control over the toxins that come from the environment.   Each Spring I take the opportunity to “clean house”.  This isn’t a fast or a restricted calorie diet; instead it generally consists of a regime of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, chicken or fish and a combination of cleansing herbs and protein/cleansing drink. The foods that are avoided are refined flours, wheat, sugar, soy, dairy, caffeine and alcohol.   This year I used the Xymogen 6 Day Detox Kit which has been my favorite of all the ones I have tried so far.  The kit includes supplements that are designed to cleanse the colon and liver, draw toxins from the digestive and lymphatic system and provide your body with essential nutrients.

The Benefits of Detox are:        

·        Re-establishes healthy eating habits

·        Promotes weight loss

·        Promotes detoxification of heavy metals

·        Stabilizes the pancreas and blood sugar spikes

·        Cleanses the lymphatic and digestive system

·        Improves the look of skin, hair and overall appearance

·        Improve digestion and detoxify the digestive system

I also focus on creative recipes and continued to make our evening meal an interesting event.  We served sparkling water form wine glasses, setting a pretty table and cooked new and interesting dishes each night.  The most difficult items I found to avoid where coffee and cheese, which have always been two of my favorites.  The good news is, by the time the 6 days are over you lose the cravings for the things that should be limited in your daily diet and it is relatively easy to continue a healthy diet the rest of the year.

Want to give it a try?  We have Xymogen 6 day Detox Kits available at Northwest Wellness in Federal Way.  For more information, please call 253-927-0660.

 

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New Year, New Healthy Cooking Ideas

New Year, New Healthy Cooking Ideas

With the new year, comes new inspiration, new resolve. Did your resolution have anything to do with living a healthier lifestyle? Me too. Healthier eating? Me too. Are you already tired? Like you, I'm busy with a full-time life but I want to eat well and not rely on unhealthy options just because I'm running behind. Because I'm not the most creative person in the kitchen, I turn to the internet for motivation. Healthy eating isn't difficult, but it does take preparation, consideration and discipline.

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Staying Fit Through The Holidays

Staying Fit Through The Holidays

For most of us it is difficult to fit in all the exercise we need and to eat with proper nutrition throughout the year.  The Holiday Season makes that even more challenging; shorter days with more hours of darkness, holiday parties and preparation with too little sleep and too many tasks to accomplish leave little time for exercise.  There is no question that my fitness levels drops this time of year.

In some ways I think that is OK.  I train hard through the year and feel that there are times where my body needs a rest.  As a result, I make proper rest and nutrition a higher priority rather than attempting to follow a strict workout plan.  Here are a few ideas to help get you through this holiday season:

·         Strive for 8 hours of sleep. This time of year it’s better to get that extra rest than wake up for an early workout.

·         Take an extra 10 minutes to do regular stretches throughout the day.

·         Walk as much as possible; take the stairs when you can.

·         Drink 8 glasses of water daily.  There are so many health benefits to this and it is important to keep hydrated with the cold weather and holiday parties.

·         Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits and health proteins throughout the normal day.  Then you can indulge a bit on the sweets and treats at a holiday party.

·         Take 5 minutes daily to practice deep breathing to relive stress and increase oxygenation. 

·         Fit in your regular workouts when you can, even if they are for an abbreviated time.  A little exercise is better than none at all

Be sure to take time to enjoy the season and understand that there will be time in January to restart your program and maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the year.

For more information on health and fitness contact Northwest Wellness in Federal Way, WA at 2539270660.

 

 

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Take Your Winter Workout Outdoors

Although it’s still technically Autumn in the Pacific Northwest, the Winter weather is upon us. For many people, working out during these colder months becomes more difficult because of the weather. Many people end up stuck in the gym for their workout routines. If you’re the type of person who enjoys being physically active, but doesn’t enjoy a standard gym routine, this can be a tough time of year. It’s not as easy to get outside and go for a bike ride, a walk, or a hike. However, the Pacific Northwest has so much to offer in the Winter months with regards to outdoor activities.

Winter time in Washington can be a beautiful thing if you embrace the cold and wet weather. Here are three outdoor activities that you can try this Winter to take your workout outdoors.

1. Go for a Winter hike

Hiking is a great way to stay in shape. We are lucky in Washington with how much awesome nature we have to explore. Even in the middle of winter, there are plenty of hiking trails that are easily accessible. Be sure to dress appropriately for the hike based on the weather and trail conditions. The Washington Trails Association website is a great resource for anyone looking to do some Winter hiking. They have everything you need to know about almost every hiking trail including conditions, trip reports, and accessibility. If you’re not sure at which hikes to do, check out the recent trip reports section to see what other hikers are doing this time of year.

2. Hit the Slopes

Skiing and snowboarding are excellent activities for you to get a good Winter workout in. The first day on the slopes will surely wake up some muscles you may not have used in a while. It’s a great activity to improve your balance and proprioception as well. Washington has many options when it comes to ski mountains. Snoqualmie even has night skiing! Get out on the slopes this Winter and take your workout outdoors. 

3. Strap on You Snowshoes

If skiing and snowboarding sound too intense for your tastes, you may want to look into something a bit milder such as snowshoeing. However, don’t underestimate this activity! Snowshoeing can be very tiring so be sure to wear layers and bring enough water. Mount Rainier is a great place to strap on your snowshoes and go for a nice stroll. There’s plenty to look at up there and you can either choose a designated trail or blaze your own. As mentioned earlier, the Washington Trails Association also has some great information on good areas to go snowshoeing.

Don’t let the Winter weather get in the way of your workout routine. There are plenty of great outdoor activities you can try that will give you an enjoyable physical challenge. Whether you’re training for a specific event, dealing with an injury that’s holding you back, or just want to be able to perform your best for the activities that you love, the physical therapy department at NW Wellness is here to help. Please feel free to contact us at any time. Get outside and enjoy the weather!

Northwest Wellness is located at:

37430 Pacific Hwy S.

Federal Way, WA 98003

Phone: (253)-927-0660

 

 

 

Get outside! The health benefits of walking outdoors.

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·         Fresh air! Need we say more

·         Challenge and improve your balance. Walking on uneven surfaces can actually benefit your joint awareness and stability. Just be aware of any trip hazards.

·         Improve your bone health. The force of impact during walking can actually help stimulate bone growth.

·         Build your muscles and get your heart pumping. Add some elevation gain.  Progress from a gentle incline in your neighborhood to a wilderness mountain hike. This can help strengthen muscles and increase activity tolerance.

·         Get happy! Step up your pace and allow the endorphin release to enhance your mood.

 

If you have been experiencing pain or discomfort, making walking difficult, reach out to our Physical Therapy team at Northwest Wellness . We have an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals to meet all of your health and wellness needs. Our goal is to help you get back to living an active, healthy, and pain-free lifestyle.

Northwest Wellness is located at:

37430 Pacific Hwy S.

Federal Way, WA 98003

Phone: (253)-927-0660