August 2015

What my worst race and your worst day will teach you

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I run difficult races often and am used to pushing my limits. I’ve competed in 24 hour events, run ultra-marathons, endured hypothermia and pain. At the end I’m usually left feeling satisfied with my performance. This past weekend I did a race that was different for me. It was a 13.4 mile race that started on flat ground (by Colorado standards) and then climbed about 8,000 feet before finishing at the top of a mountain 14,115 feet above sea level.

For the first ¾ of the race I had my “A-game”, felt great and was enjoying the experience. Then at about 13,000 feet with about 3-4 miles to go, it began – acute altitude sickness. Apparently my East coast upbringing did not like me being so high up. From that point on I couldn’t go 50 feet without vomiting which then led to excruciating muscle cramps from an electrolyte imbalance. I had zero energy, couldn’t even hold down water and try as I might, could not generate any momentum. It felt like a combination of exhaustion mixed with having the flu so bad you want to sleep on the cold bathroom floor. Even worse, once you’re up that high there are no trees or shelter so I could only drag myself to the side of the path and listen to “are you ok?” about 1,000 times as runner after runner passed me. It took me 3 hours to trek those final 3 miles and all the goals I had for the race were gone except one. I finished.

On your best day things will happen almost effortlessly and produce tremendous results. The question is how will you react on your worst day? How will you respond after a failed relationship, loss of a job or a business venture gone bad? Will you give up or defiantly keep moving forward? I felt embarrassed after that race until my 5 year old asked about it. I told him I got very sick and ran slow and he responded “but I know you finished, because you never quit.” That changed my perspective instantly. I wasn’t embarrassed anymore; I was proud. Your worst days will teach you much more than your best. You’ll learn what you’re made of, become more resilient in daily life and appreciate the good times more. So the next time you’re forced to endure one of those days, embrace what it will teach you; I did.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in 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 Health Concepts I Want You to Embrace

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1. Seek to thrive, not just survive. I remember someone telling me when I was in my early 20’s that you never wanted to be the guy just getting by. Do some soul searching, find out what you want most out of life and go after those things with everything you have. Set your standards high and don’t accept “normal” as the gold standard because normal often just equates to average.

2. There are 2 problems the body can have – too much or too little. Think of any health problem you’ve ever had – physical, nutritional or emotional and it’s likely you can classify it into either of these extremes. From identifying too much sugar or too much drama to not enough exercise or healthy food; balancing these levels leads to amazing benefits and breakthroughs.

3. Genetics are an over-used excuse. The vast majority of your health does not come from genetics. For example, the American Cancer Society reports that only 5-10% of all cancers are genetic. Commonly what we inherit are bad habits rather than bad genes. Regardless of what you inherited from mom and dad, your choices are what will most impact your outcomes.

4. Your body needs adequate nutrients. It is recommended that we get between 7-13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day to sufficiently power the processes of the body. The average American gets about 1 (it varies depending on area). Inadequate nutrient intake can cause a negative cascade effect of many systems within your body (immune, circulatory, nerve, etc). Add in more fruits and veggies and avoid this.

5. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. Motion is like lotion to your body. If you’re not consistently exercising than your body is breaking down faster than it should. Commit to at least 4 days of physical exercise a week and be active as much as possible. I also recommend utilizing care such as chiropractic to ensure your body is properly equipped and prepared to exercise.

6. Thoughts are important. On brain wave scans, positive thoughts are shown to create energy while negative thoughts do the opposite. The average person has between 12,000-70,000 thoughts per day and sadly 80% are negative or self limiting! Do your best to engage yourself in more positive talk, gratitude, etc and you will train your mind to work for and not against you.

7. Be about action. Complaining is the ultimate waste of time and energy yet some people wield it like a superpower. When times or situations get tough, direct your energy toward developing solutions and finding answers rather than whining and wishing.

8. Consistency is king. Whether weight loss or ascending to a higher position at work, it never happens overnight. The key is to continue to do the right things repeatedly day in and day out. That type of consistency can change anyone’s life in a profound way.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in 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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