In the spirit of full transparency and a bit of tough love, we’re going to have a chat about taking care of ourselves as mothers and the importance of it. Your health is an investment not an expense, mama.
There is quite a theme going on here, isn’t there? My very last post was about dealing with mommy guilt when it comes to wanting to take care of yourself.
I decided to take that a step further and bring in the big guns and interview my good friend and personal chiropractor, Dr. Jonathan Jameson.
But before we get to that, let’s get back to the tough love and I’m going to give you this bit of tough love by telling you a story.
For every single client that I take on, whether it be virtual or face to face, we have a free consultation. We discuss in detail what they hope to accomplish, and we talk about what we will do to work towards those goals.
I tell them up front that each journey takes time, effort, and commitment.
There are absolutely no shortcuts. Once we discuss that, I make a recommendation on program and let them know the prices.
Some gals don’t even blink and write the check because they’re ready to go and they are determined to reach their goals.
While other times, their mouth falls open and says, “Oh gosh, I can’t afford that. Can you give a discount?”
To which I respond, in as kind of a manner as I possibly can: “No, my friend, I cannot. I have studied and continue to study the human body and all the ins and outs of fitness. That process is a never ending process. I read and learn every single day. There are 3 licenses to my name and 3 more on the list to be obtained. I teach you how to create a lifestyle and love your body to your goals. This kind of focused dedication to clients is worth every single penny. You’re investing in the only body you have. You’re not throwing money out the window.”
Let’s take this a step further, shall we?
Nothing truly great thing ever comes free.
Freedom? Never free. True health and fitness? It’s not free. It will cost money, time and effort. But guess what? It’s worth it.
But enough of my talk, let’s get to Dr. J. He owns his own practice at Pinnacle Chiropractic in Little Rock, AR.
Name, Credentials, and Background & How Long Have You Been Practicing?
Dr. Jonathan Jameson BS in Kinesiology with the emphasis in Exercise Science, BS in Life Science from Logan College of Chiropractic, and Doctorate of Chiropractic from Logan College of Chiropractic and been practicing 8 years.
From a professional standpoint, what experience have you had helping women who have recently had children (women with children 5 years of age and younger)
Pregnancy causes many changes in a female’s body. I have provided prenatal care for many women that have experienced LBP and pelvic pain from carrying their growing baby. I also have seen women post-partum due to lingering pain from epidurals, pain in the upper back and neck from breastfeeding, and general joint related issues that arise from taking care of a newborn.
What is the biggest issue you see among young mothers in regards to their health?
They are usually so consumed with taking care of their new bundle of joy that they put whatever they are dealing with on the backburner until it develops into a larger issue.
What would you say or do you say to women who tell you that “being healthy is expensive”?
I heard a great statement a few years ago and it stuck with me. “If you think being healthy is expensive, try getting sick.” There is a lot of truth to it. We all know how expensive medical care and prescriptions can be.
What are three tips that you would give someone who is struggling with the concept of seeing their health as an investment and not a cost?
- Change your perspective on how you view health. A lot of people view health as no pain and no symptoms then I am good. That is a dangerous view point. It is much better to take the approach to prevent disease rather than get rid of it once you get it.
- There is no greater investment to make than in yourself. Investing in becoming healthier is the only investment that is guaranteed to pay off. There is absolutely no downside to taking the necessary steps to improve your health.
- It will be worth it. The benefits far outweigh any risks. A mentor of mine once said, “If you don’t have your health what do you have?” Being the healthiest version of yourself will not only have a positive impact on you, but on your family and work as well. You owe it to yourself!
Investment in regards to health isn’t always about money, a lot of mamas say they don’t have the time to invest in their health. How would you help someone overcome that mindset?
We are all given 24 hours in a day. How we use them is up to us. First and foremost, you have to make the choice to be healthy. If we are all honest with ourselves, we can find 30 min in our day to exercise. I would encourage them to write everything down that they do in a day’s time. I think they will be shocked at how much time they truly have.
What are the top physical and mental benefits to a regular workout routine?
Exercise will provide increased mental clarity, lowers stress levels, improves bone/joint health, easier to maintain a healthy weight, lowers risk of obesity related diseases, and increases strength.
Lots of women are purchasing supplements such as fat burners, and celebrity supplement X, do you see these as necessary?
Nothing beats making healthy food choices and exercising. The only thing I recommend is that everyone should take a multi-vitamin. It is virtually impossible to get all the vitamins and minerals that our body needs strictly from our diets.
What is your top tip for a young mama who has hit a weight loss plateau and is ready to overcome that hump and really take charge of her health again?
Keep at it! Hardwork pays off. If it was easy everyone would do it. No better time than now to start. I have many more clichés pick your favorite.
What other thoughts do you have in regards to your health being an investment and not a cost?
I said it earlier. There is no greater investment than the investment in yourself. You will not regret it! You will be glad you did it and your family will be glad you did it.
You heard it straight from the doc’s mouth. Invest in yourself, mama.
Don’t let the pressure of your own brain telling you that you’re not worth the investment keep you from doing what you know is good for you.
His top tip for young mamas is my same top tip. Don’t ever give up. Keep at it and your body will reward you.
Small steps every single day lead to big results. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed and discouraged. Pay no attention to another’s journey. Your journey is your own.
Don’t be afraid to invest in yourself and your progress!
You’ve got this.
**If you are in the Little Rock area and would like to request an appointment with Dr. Jameson click here.