At Holistic Pain we have one goal in mind: to help people who suffer from chronic aches and pains find relief through natural solutions. Our team of doctors, including a chiropractor and neuropathic specialist, use our collective knowledge to create products that we feel can benefit our patients.

But we don’t stop there. We also research and share information about a variety of holistic health concerns, treatments, and solutions for individuals who want to fight against pain in the most natural ways possible. To do this we share a blog filled with insights, information, and research that supports all levels of healthy living.

We also believe that without a balanced approach to health that takes into account the mind, body, and spirit, your overall treatments will be less effective. We want everyone to understand how their bodies and lives are connected to themselves and to the community around them.

We thought we would take a look at the articles we’ve published in January to recap our research and message for you, the reader.

How to pick your resolutions

We started out the year looking at the most common New Year’s resolutions and giving our readers a way to choose which ones were right for them to focus on in 2015. We evaluated the topics of losing weight, volunteering, quitting smoking, getting a new job, and traveling. For each subject we named all of the reasons you may want to consider these choices, how to select your resolution properly, and how to execute your New Year’s plan. We offered information on the right tools to make these happen for you this year.

The best fitness apps

Speaking of tools, our next two topics showcased tools you can use to be a better you in 2015. We started out reviewing some of our favorite fitness apps that you can download today to start getting yourself in shape. We suggested several apps to get you connected and get you motivated. Our personal favorite is an app called Walk, which weaves a tale of intrigue that only you can save the world by walking. It really puts a new, fun spin on exercise.

Top tools for exercise program

After looking at specific apps to help with exercise motivation and tracking, we evaluated some other tools that can help this January. Many of these are things you can do right in your own home to make exercise easier and more fun. We suggested investing in the right shoes for your workout as well as enlisting an exercise buddy to keep you both motivated. There are also suggestions for everyday household items that can make exercise easier for you at home.

Exercise for cancer patients

Next, we took a look at a couple of specific demographics and reviewed ways to make exercise easier. For cancer patients, we looked at the common pain conditions related to cancer and how they might affect fitness. We also reviewed scientific studies that demonstrate how exercise can help with cancer recovery. Finally we listed a few simple exercise ideas that are easy for cancer patients to incorporate into their treatment routines.

Exercise for arthritis patients

In January, we also looked at another chronic pain demographic that can often have a hard time with exercise and movement: arthritis. Arthritis causes a number of pain responses in the body and, while it may seem like rest is best, the truth is that movement can help arthritis patients manage their pain better. We made several suggestions for exercises that are safe for arthritis patients including yoga, walking, and swimming.

Is high-intensity interval training (HIIT) right for you?

We also looked at the recent trend of high-intensity interval training this January. Many specialized gyms and franchises are opening all over the country, so what does the average consumer need to know about HIIT? There are some concerns and risks when it comes to this form of exercise, but there are also many benefits. We looked at some of the things to consider when thinking about starting this type of program.

Practicing holiday charity all year long

Next, we took a closer look at the ways in which charity provides a sense of goodwill even after the holidays are over. Specifically, we wanted to showcase the need for blood donations to the American Red Cross during the winter. Blood donations are lower in the month of January but the need is higher. We encourage people to donate blood or, if they cannot, volunteer or donate money to the organization.

Practice visualization for better health

We also want to encourage all of our readers to change their mindset this season by visualizing success, health, and wellness. We offer tips for increasing your visualization techniques and using it to make exercise more fun to help you achieve your health and fitness goals in 2015.

Beat the winter blues

We also took a deeper look at the condition called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as well as normal wintertime blues this January. Depending on the underlying causes of your feelings this season, you may want to consider some specific therapies or treatments that can help you beat the winter blues and improve your overall mood.

Finally, just this week, we looked at supplements to enhance exercise as well as which ones to avoid. We also provided some information on new research that can help people quit smoking in 2015.

What were your favorite Holistic Pain blog posts in January?

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