June 2015

5 Ways to live like an athlete even when it’s not game day

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As a chiropractor and athlete myself, I regularly treat and interact with people that compete in a multitude of sports. Today I’m sharing 5 common traits among athletes I think we should all embrace to improve our health and quality of life.

1. “Be bulletproof.” This is my term for preventing injuries. Many factors play into the avoidance of injuries but the ones I feel are most important are: varying your workouts, getting different types of exercise (cardiovascular, weights, yoga, etc), stretching and getting enough recovery sleep (7 hours minimum). I also recommend receiving holistic checkups such as chiropractic adjustments (every pro team has a chiropractor for a reason!), acupuncture and/or massage. Remember, the human body, much like a sports car is designed for high performance. Don’t allow a lack of preventative maintenance to turn your Porsche into a garage-bound piece of junk.

2. “Don’t put sugar in your gas tank.” You would never think of putting anything other than the proper fuel into your gas tank for fear that your vehicle would break down. The same analogy applies to what you eat and drink. If you want to be healthy, pain-free, performing well and feeling great than you should seek to put only the best things possible into your body. I’d recommend decreasing/eliminating alcohol, sugary drinks, sugar, white flour, artificial ingredients and any medications you don’t ABSOLUTELY need. Next I would increase water intake, fruits, vegetables, protein source, and healthy fats and make sure to take a good multivitamin/mineral.

3. “Challenge yourself.” I read once that the difference between a jogger and a runner is the signature on a race application. Whether it’s physical activities, your job or personal life it is imperative that you constantly challenge yourself. That means different things to each of us. Personally I sign up for increasingly difficult races, publicly speak regularly (this was unthinkable for me years ago) and spend many hours analyzing my business and implementing strategies that lead to growth.

4. “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.” One thing I’ve found that athletes understand better than most is that regardless of how great you are, how much you’ve prepped or how amazing your intentions may be; sometimes stuff is just not going to go your way. These instances are NOT failures but rather opportunities to make you more resilient. For example, I ran a race last weekend and felt great going in but within a couple miles my tank was on empty and it was a struggle. No matter what I tried I just couldn’t get things going like I normally do. Midway through the race I just accepted that it was a “grind it out” type of day. I wasn’t thrilled with my finishing time but refusing to quit when I was exhausted and hurting was satisfying. Feelings like that help me deal with adversities that confront me in my personal and business life. The difficulties in your life are ultimately what will help you grow as a person.

5. “There is no secret sauce.” Our country has an obsession with quick fixes. Unfortunately when it comes to your health, there really aren’t any. Learn from trial and error, take baby steps, set goals both short and long term, learn from people with more experience and embrace consistency. You won’t win the war overnight but you’ll start winning the battles that lead you there.

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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8 Anti-aging tips you should start today

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As a doctor I see people of all ages. What has always interested me is how certain people have the health and vitality of people far younger. Conversely, many younger people I encounter often look and feel decades older. Today I’d like to share my favorite tips for anti-aging I’ve found successful for myself and patients.

1. Addition by subtraction. Want to instantly feel better? Start by getting rid of as much of the following ingredients as possible (but be aware our country puts this junk in everything): hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners (aspartame/Equal, sucralose/Splenda, saccharine/Sweet N Low, acesulfame-K), food dyes, white sugar and white flour.

2. Eat clean. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying food that’s not super healthy now and again, however the majority of your diet should be clean. I recommend multiple servings of fruits and veggies, healthy fats (nuts, avocados, seeds, oils, etc), beans and proteins raised without antibiotics or hormones. Eat more fresh foods and fewer foods in boxes or bags.

3. Up the intensity. Short duration, high intensity exercise maximizes the hormone output that prevents aging. For example, instead of hitting the gym and doing 3 sets of an exercise with 1-2 minutes rest in between; try using a heavier weight for 8-12 reps and then resting only 20-30 seconds before the next set. Then start your next exercise following the same principle. For cardiovascular exercise try intervals or look up “burst training.”

4. Decrease or eliminate alcohol. Alcohol decreases metabolism, disrupts hormone production and ages skin at an accelerated rate. Eliminate as much as possible and you’ll look and feel far younger.

5. Increase nutrient intake. There is little to no chance you’re getting all the nutrients you need from food. I recommend adding in a whole food multi-vitamin, vitamin D (especially during the fall and winter), antioxidants and fish oil supplements.

6. Sleep at least 6 hours. One of the most important anti-aging hormones is growth hormone which is stimulated and released during sleep. Make sure to get at least 6 hours of restful sleep per night. I also recommend sleeping in as close to total darkness as possible.

7. Challenge your brain. If you don’t use it, you lose it. Stimulate your mind through problem solving, overcoming challenges, reading and other activities that will keep it sharp and performing maximally.

8. Get proactive, holistic care. Medical checkups are designed mainly to identify problems, not prevent new ones. Holistic care is designed to help you avoid future problems while maximizing your health and well being in the present. In addition to your yearly physicals I would recommend some combination of chiropractic care, acupuncture and massage therapy. This probably sounds like a shameless plug (and it kind of is) but the healthiest people I encounter continue to utilize these forms of care to look and feel younger.

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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