Many people are looking to 2021 to reset and recharge after a very stressful year. Ways to kickstart a year of healthy living include improving your diet, getting more exercise, maintaining proper posture and seeking chiropractic care.
2020 was an extremely challenging and disruptive year for everyone. As we reset for 2021 and make our health resolutions, what value should we place on improving the quality of our diet, and what tips do you have to help kickstart better nutrition?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Nutrition is one of the five key factors to being healthy. We have a saying, “Junk in equals junk out.” I think a good approach to kickstart nutrition is, number one, eat clean or healthy six days per week and have one cheat day. Number two, on the six good days, try to eliminate all or nearly all processed foods.
What are some tips for creating a sustainable exercise routine? Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when gyms and fitness centers may be closed?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Let’s keep it simple and consistent. Consistency is really the most important part of it. We have a saying that I like, and that is, “Life is motion, and motion is life.” Now, let’s just get moving. Let’s get outside. Go for walks or a bike ride, or try one of the really good home exercise programs. You see commercials for them, like beachbody.com, or a Daily Burn, or another really good one is Onnit 6.
Could you explain why it’s so important for people that sit in front of a computer screen all day to create a healthy workstation and make ergonomics and posture a priority in 2021?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Posture is the window to our spine, and our spine is the window to health. The use of technology is causing forward head posture, which really leads to neck, upper back, mid back pain, headaches, and even fatigue, really with the positioning of the laptop or the monitor. Then, for the people that tend to sit all day, it’s awful for the spine as well because it can lead to lower back pain and also sluggish digestion.
Why should people make chiropractic care one of their health resolutions for 2021?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Chiropractic care is one of the five ingredients to living at your optimal health, along with nutrition, exercise, having a positive mental attitude, and getting good quality sleep. Chiropractic care focuses on strengthening the nervous system, which is the master control system for the entire body. Really, the healthier the nervous system is, the healthier all the other systems will be.
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Scott Gardner visit www.gardnerfamilychiro.com or call 973-614-9256 to schedule an appointment.