April 2015

10 health ‘potholes’ to avoid

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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.

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6 Reasons to challenge yourself

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Later this week I’ll compete in an ultra marathon, one of my most challenging events yet to date. As the race approaches, it has gotten me thinking about why I like to compete and why I think it’s beneficial for others to do so – whether it’s a small local event or something much tougher. Today I’ll highlight 6 reasons you should consider signing up for something in the future.

1. Everyone needs a goal. Having a goal is good but having an actual date on the calendar you need to be ready for is even better because it will keep you from slacking.

About a year ago after not running longer than 3 miles or competing in any races for 2 years I went on a 7 mile trail run. Within 3 days of that run I had signed up for 3 races including a 24 hour event. I realized on that run how badly I missed having a goal to shoot for.

2. Begin down a healthier path. Once you sign up for an event you’ll notice you’re more willing to make healthier changes. These may include changing how you eat and drink, how you think, ridding yourself of bad habits, committing to getting out of pain or any number of other things. Many of the most profound changes start with a simple catalyst.

I’ve been studying exercise, nutrition and better ways to care for the human body for a long time and some of the most valuable information I’ve obtained came while preparing for an event.

3. Raises training intensity. Whether you’re looking to shed some pounds or are an Olympic hopeful, having something to train for will instantly make your workouts more intense and beneficial.

I’ve had many days where I only feel like running or training for a short time and want to call it an early day. However, with an event looming I always find the will to keep going because every workout seems to matter more.

4. Inspire others. Everyday people don’t often think of themselves as inspirational however it’s likely that many of your friends, family and co-workers will identify more with you than anyone else. Enter an event and I promise you that you’ll motivate someone else to do the same.

A big inspiration for me is seeing how excited my children get when I finish an event and the questions they ask me about it. Setting an example for them is important to me.

5. Stretch your comfort zone. Competing in a strenuous event (that term is relative to the individual) forces you to face adversity both mentally and physically. Successfully dealing with that adversity during a race will carry over into your everyday life and make you more adept at handling challenges.

Being cold, tired and uncomfortable in my races has made me more comfortable whenever I encounter obstacles in my personal or business life which has made a tremendous difference for me.

6. Sense of accomplishment. Confidence is king. One thing that can quickly build confidence is accomplishing a goal. Signing up for a race or event (especially one out of your comfort zone) and then completing it will create confidence and momentum in other aspects of your life.

Calling upon recent athletic successes continues to make me confident and leads me to achieve loftier goals in my personal and business endeavors.

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.

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