Below is a list of common health “potholes” we all run into – physical, nutritional and mental.
1. Not exercising. If you’re not exercising it’s not a matter of it will catch up with you – it’s a matter of when and how bad. Get started exercising a minimum of 3 times per week for 20 minutes right away.
2. Eating poorly. This just in: eating badly is terrible for you. So bad in fact we don’t have the room here to discuss it. Start with small changes toward better eating and notice how much better you feel.
3. Not letting go of anger. Holding on to anger is like trying to beat someone in boxing by punching yourself in the face. I encountered someone last week that got so angry over something so minor that I felt bad for them. Letting go of your anger doesn’t make you weak, it allows you to move forward and enjoy life.
4. Always waiting for the “right” time. Waiting for the perfect time to begin going after a goal is a sure way to never achieve it. There is never a perfect time, get going.
5. Being reactive rather than proactive. You can either wait for your body/life to break down and then worry about it or you can actively work to improve it now. If you’re proactive you’ll always have better and more enjoyable options.
6. Not building your own confidence. Everyone builds confidence differently but we all need it. Personally I rely on great people around me, competing in races, daily physical activity, public speaking and the success I have with patients to build mine.
7. Focusing on emotions too much. There’s a quote I love – “behind your feelings is nothing, but behind every principle is a promise.” The point is that people often lose sight of what they truly want because they’re focused on how they feel in the moment– tired, sad, etc. Center yourself on your desired outcomes rather than your short term feelings.
8. Not making time for you. Carving out at least a small piece of time for yourself on a daily basis is crucial for recharging your mind. I enjoy working out, writing this blog and reading before bed for my “me” time. You’ll find taking time for yourself will only enhance your personal and family relationships.
9. Living in the past. We all have a ledger that contains both triumphs and defeats. However, what has happened to us is not as important as what we’ll do about it. Smile at your past successes, let your failures toughen you up but move forward with an open mind.
10. Neglecting your spine. As a chiropractor I’m adding this one because I see so many people in pain on a daily basis as a result of spinal neglect. Your spine protects your spinal cord and nerves so as your spine becomes unhealthy, so too will those neurological structures. Treat your spine like your teeth – get regular checkups and take care of it daily (stretching, exercise, etc.).
Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in motivating and helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.