Beyond The Adjustment Table
Welcome back to the Corrective Chiropractic blog! We love having you here. A part of being your own health advocate is taking time to research, learn, and apply healthy habits to your life. By now, I’m sure you have noticed that chiropractic goes far beyond the adjustment table. It’s a lifestyle! With that being said, we are always going to encourage you to continue learning about your health. It relates to your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Influence Beyond the Adjustment
Have you ever heard the motivational quote, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Or what about… “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” Whichever one sounds more familiar to you, the heart behind them both is the same. It’s true! While we are uniquely impacted by the people closest to us, the influence doesn’t just stop there.
Friends Of Friends
Did you know? The first major study regarding social influence was conducted by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler. They started by analyzing data to see what the effects of obesity on family members and friends. According to their results, if your friend becomes obese, you yourself are 45 percent more likely to gain weight over the next two to four years. More unpredictably, Christakis and Fowler found that if a friend of your friend becomes obese, your chances of weight gain increases by about 20 percent (even if you don’t know that friend of a friend). The effect still shows up one more person out. You see, if a friend of the friend of your friend develops obesity, you still sit 10 percent more likely than random chance to gain weight as well.
Identify and Increase
We share this data not to scare you. Instead, we care to challenge you! First things first. Take a bigger look around you. Where do you sit inside the larger network of your social community? Are you in the right surroundings to propel you towards reaching your specific health and wellness goals? If not, identify and increase contact with the people who will enable you to become the healthiest person you can be. As always, we are rooting for you!