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Why a Healthy Body Leads to Fewer Accidents & Greater Recovery

Staying healthy can often minimize the injuries that result from accidents. A healthy-fit Body (both mentally and physically) has the capacity to see accidents before they happen (thus preventing an individual from sustaining injury). If an accident does occur, the healthy individual will most likely minimize the harmful bodily injuries that may occur. People “in good shape” also recover much quicker from their injuries than non-fit individuals.

Dr. Jeff J. Mollins (accident specialist) has been treating patients injured in accidents (automobile, work, construction, slip and falls) for almost 30 years. Dr. Mollins is well aware that accidents will happen. No matter how careful you are, accidents inevitably occur.  Dr. Mollins also knows that the healthier you are, the better you will respond to all the potential harmful effects involved with sustaining an accident. Here are some suggestions for fitness and good health:

  1. Get enough sleep – The number of hours of sleep necessary differs depending on the individual. Six hours of sleep is typically recommended. A rested body will typically be more mentally and physically aware, less stressed, thus less likely to be distracted and sustain an accident. In addition, lack of sleep is related to obesity which may also result in an individual sustaining an accident. Sleep deprived individuals also heal slower when injured.
  2. Exercise to strengthen core – Although most accidents are unavoidable, a body with a strong core will not only heal much faster (especially if the sustained injury is  spine related).  An individual with a toned core will be less likely to sustain severe injury when involved in a traumatic accident (like a slip and fall) than a person with a weak core.
  3. Watch your weight – Overweight individuals tend to have more accidents and recover at a much slower rate. Individuals that are overweight place more stress on their spine and joints. Heavier people can even sustain an injury by simply sitting too long (this is common in sedentary jobs, such as truck driver, computer analyst, etc). Try to eat sensibly and get regular exercise to keep weight in check.
  4. Minimuze alcohol intake – Alcohol numbs the senses therefore makes you more prone to accidents (especially if you are driving). Drinking too much can also cause  weight gain which (as stated above) can lead to accidents.
  5. Reduce stress by having a positive mental attitude – Stressed out or depressed individuals are more distracted and tend to have more accidents. People under mental duress will heal much slower from injuries sustained in accidents.  My suggestion is to try to keep a positive mental attitude every single day.  If you feel you are overwhelmed, seek professional help immediately.

The most important thing to do after you have suffered an injury from an accident is to see a doctor immediately.  Health always comes first (even if you think you are not injured).

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