September 2014

Feeling tired? Try these tips to increase your energy…

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One of the most common symptoms I am asked about by my patients is a lack of energy. Going through life is challenging enough without feeling run down, so here are a few of my tips for increasing your energy.

1. Eat less sugar. When you consume refined sugar (such as in breads, sugary drinks and table sugar) your body must produce large amounts of adrenaline and insulin to remove it from your blood stream. This creates a brief spike in energy followed by a drastic crash. If you reduce your sugar intake you’ll avoid these ups and downs.

2. Exercise more intensely.  Any exercise is ultimately good but if you want to really to raise your energy levels, try upping the intensity. Intense exercise provides amazing physiological benefits such as fat burning, endorphin release and much more. Don’t be the person at the gym that reads the paper for 15 minutes while sitting on a machine, be the one that exerts yourself and leaves sweating and you’ll immediately notice you’re more energetic.

3. Don’t skip breakfast.  Not eating breakfast is the equivalent of trying to drive your car without gas. Avoiding breakfast has been proven to decrease energy levels throughout the day. You don’t need an elaborate breakfast but you should make time for a yogurt, shake or anything quick and healthy to get your energy levels heading in the right direction.

4. Eat more frequently.  Low blood sugar causes immediate and drastic fatigue and is caused when your body goes too long without eating. Select healthy, whole foods like proteins, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, etc and eat them more frequently throughout the day to keep your blood sugar stable and energy constant.

5. Avoid drama. Stressful situations rapidly drain our energy.  We are all forced to deal with stressful situations at times but the key is to avoid the self-inflicted variety. If you’re involved in some drama seemingly every day and you have no energy as a result, it may be time to make some changes.

6. Get some holistic help.  As a chiropractor I have witnessed thousands of my patients improve their energy dramatically after receiving adjustments. Everyday activities such as prolonged sitting, staring at a computer, poor posture, repetitive motions and more all apply stress to the spine which in turn causes nerve irritation. Re-aligning the spine removes nerve pressure allowing your body to operate more efficiently which leads to increased vitality. In addition to regular chiropractic checkups, I also recommend acupuncture and/or massage which are other natural ways to stimulate your body’s energy.

Matt KenneyFeeling tired? Try these tips to increase your energy…
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6 Tips for a stronger mind and more productive life

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I’m a big believer that one of the most valuable tools a person can possess is a strong mindset. This enables a person to plan effectively, deal with crisis and move forward productively. Like anything else, thinking in a constructive way takes practice. Here are 6 tips I recommend for strengthening your mind.

1. Keep the past behind you. Far too many people spend crucial energy focused on what has already happened instead of what could be happening. Instead of dwelling on what used to be, start focusing on how you want things to be.

2. Take “smaller bites”. Many of us have so many things that need to be done that it can become overwhelming. Rather than allowing the stress this causes to set us back, the key is to take “smaller bites.” Focus on and complete 1 task at a time before moving on to the next. This will allow you to simultaneously focus on the task at hand, accomplish things, feel better and still progress toward your ultimate goal(s).

3. Trust yourself. When things get challenging many people have a tendency to question how (or if) they’ll ever be able to find a solution. Rather than adopting that negative mindset, have faith that one way or another you will succeed. Many of the most admirable people I’ve encountered were just normal people that refused to give up on finding solutions to their problems.

4. Don’t compare yourself. With things like Facebook, there is a greater tendency than ever for people to compare themselves to their friends and acquaintances. Ultimately this is damaging, exhausting and unproductive. Rather than worrying about how you stack up versus others, focus on whether you’re growing into a better version of yourself.

5. Put others first. As human beings we often have a tendency to spend so much time in our own heads that we don’t focus enough on those around us. Placing energy into helping others (even in small ways) without worrying about what we’ll receive in return has the tendency to produce profound results. I’ve personally experienced time and again in my personal and business life that those I help often end up returning the favor to me in amazing and unexpected ways.

6. Use the ” 1 hour rule”. This is a trick that I adopted many years ago and often tell my patients about. When you’re faced with an obstacle in life there is nothing wrong with admitting you’re upset. Take an hour to feel the emotions – cry, scream, punch (preferably pillows not people) or do whatever necessary to allow some of that emotion to be released…but only for 1 hour. After that hour you need to come out prepared to create solutions to whatever issues you may be facing.

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4 Quotes that continue to inspire me in my daily life

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I am a huge fan of using quotes for inspiration to help me achieve greater happiness and success within my personal life, business and athletic endeavors. Today I’d like to share 4 quotes that continue to inspire me and why.

1. “Action expresses priority”. This is a quote from Ghandi I ran across years ago that I think of often. I don’t care what you are trying to achieve – whether it’s making more money, being more competitive in a sport or landing a date with a pretty girl; it will take action. Ultimately the effort you apply to your goal will determine whether or not you succeed. If you really want something, begin laying out the steps necessary to attain it and then start making it happen!

2. “Don’t let a win get to your head or a loss to your heart”. Like most people, I’ve had some enormous victories in my life as well as some extremely low points. This quote is my reminder to try and always keep myself on an even keel. When things are going very well for me I’ve learned to appreciate those blessings but never to be arrogant or selfish about those successes. Conversely, if I encounter difficulties I don’t feel sorry for myself or act as if they’ll continue forever; I just accept that it’s part of a cycle and move forward. Being able to enjoy good things and deal with the bad things without changing who you are as a person is extremely valuable.

3. “Run when you can, walk if you must, crawl if you have to; just never quit”. I think of this quote often while out on long runs or during grueling workouts. Aside from the motivation it provides to me physically however, I also feel that it applies to everyday life. There are times when life does “run” along in amazing fashion – new jobs, bigger raises, new relationships, etc. Sometimes our life proceeds more like a “walk” and brings a mix of good and bad. Finally, there are times when we feel like we’re “crawling” through difficulties such as losing a job, divorce or the loss of a loved one. This quote helps remind me to enjoy my life and maximize my opportunities while realizing that at times things may slow down or even become extremely difficult. Regardless of where I’m at in those phases I maintain a focus on the big picture and keep moving forward, refusing to ever be beaten or to give up.

4. “All the money in the world can’t buy back good health”. As a chiropractor I see a variety of people every day spread throughout the spectrum of health; from excellent to terrible. The constant among those in excellent health is that they are always proactive in their decisions and happy with their results. Conversely, those with poor health are often regretful at the poor choices they’ve made and where it has landed them. This quote reminds me to always strive for great health because when it’s gone it can be difficult or often impossible to recapture. In order to maximize my health and the enjoyment it brings to all aspects of life I will always strive to eat well, think well, exercise and continue the holistic care that has served me so well for so many years (chiropractic, acupuncture and massage mainly). Knowing how successful this formula can be I also recommend my patients do the same for themselves.

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Matt Kenney4 Quotes that continue to inspire me in my daily life
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