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Want to be successful? Then ask yourself these 5 simple questions (that I’ve learned from books, life and pro wrestling)

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We all define and envision success differently. I believe it’s simply about progressing toward the things we want most in life more so than any certain dollar figure or status. Today I’d like to share 5 questions I think we need to ask ourselves in order to be successful.

1. Will it make the boat go faster? There is a book with this title about an Olympic rowing team determined to win gold. They were so focused on their goal that in the lead up to the games they would ask themselves this question before anything they did – what they ate, how they trained, how they spent their time, etc. If it helped them toward their goal they did it, if not they didn’t. Use this same mentality for your own goals – pursue only the things that will guide you toward what you want.

2. Are you singing it or bringing it? People that are constantly talking a good game, avoiding action, procrastinating and making excuses are examples of “singing it.” These people are usually mostly interested in making themselves feel better rather than achieving a goal. Conversely, those that are focused on taking action, coming up with new ideas and making things happen are full of substance. They’re “bringing it” because they’re focused on getting somewhere. Regardless of what you’re after – don’t sing it, bring it.

3. What can be thrown overboard? As humans we create excuses for ourselves – we’re too old, too fat, too tired, too broke, whatever. Sadly, it’s often these excuses that prevent us from making progress. Figure out your 3 most common excuses and then get rid of them so that you stop halting your own progress. You’ll be amazed at what will follow.

4. Am I going pro or staying amateur? A business man I respect greatly always says “school is never out for the pro.” This means that if you’re truly hungry for something you will continue to learn everything you can about it. That knowledge helps you to continuously improve. An amateur on the other hand fails to do the work and simply hopes good things will happen.

5. Am I taking enough chances? Throughout history, many of the most successful people have had to go against the crowd and take risks in order to achieve their dreams. There is a time and place for playing it safe but if you’re after something big, you’ll need to get comfortable with taking some swings, some of which will miss. The person with the most guts does not always win but the person with none never does.

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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10 Ways to improve your daily routine

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I’m a big fan of routine. Without fail, successful people all have daily routines that keep them productive and energetic. Today I’d like to share examples of things that can help you immediately in your daily routine:

1. Don’t hit snooze. By waking up early you are controlling the day and not allowing it to control you. As an experiment, wake up 30-60 minutes earlier than normal and watch how much better your day unfolds without the chaos of having things timed down to the second with your kids, commute, etc.

2. Always eat breakfast. Skipping breakfast is like driving your car without gas and is a near certainty to have you wandering the kitchen at night ready to go overboard on bad food. Find something quick and healthy for breakfast each morning to kick start your body. Personally, I, begin every day with a shake containing protein, greens such as spinach, celery and/or kale (they’re tasteless in shakes), fruit and healthy fat such as almond butter.

3. Dress to impress yourself. A big part of confidence comes from how we feel about our own appearance. You don’t need to be in a suit or full makeup to leave the house for coffee but spend enough time so that you feel comfortable and project confidence.

4. Exercise. Working out will not drain your energy, it will only create more. Even a brief workout of some kind will help you stay fit, keep your energy high and help maintain sharper focus.

5. Get pumped up. We all draw inspiration from different things. Regardless of the source however, being motivated and enthusiastic will power you in everything you do. I get a lot of my daily passion from interacting with my sons, reading books and watching Youtube clips.

6. To do lists. Writing things down keeps you accountable. Start each day by jotting down anything you need to get done – things as small as a phone call to something that may take weeks to complete. At the end of the day look back at your list, see what has been crossed off and you’ll know instantly how productive you’ve been.

7. Preparation. Make sure you’re ABSOLUTELY ready for whatever lies ahead of you that day. For example, before leaving the house each day I make sure I have what I need for the gym/running, food to eat and whatever I need for business meetings so that I’m not left bored, hungry or ill-equipped.

8. Prioritize. Tuning out distractions is crucial to success. Pay attention to how much time you spend on things like Facebook or email. Then alter those habits and watch how much more you get done.

9. Connect regularly. The majority of successful people have a trusted network of friends and colleagues they rely upon. A business colleague of mine taught me to have daily “outflows” – messages, notes or follow ups with members of my network. Doing this reminds people they matter to you and you’ll be amazed at the impact it has.

10. Schedule time for yourself. We all need time to decompress. Within each day you should have at least a small period of time where you get to unwind and recharge. This is different for everyone but crucial for us all.

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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10 ways to avoid being “THAT GUY”!

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In my younger years back in Boston we had a term for someone that behaved in such a way that it ruined the enjoyment of those around them. There was no worse feeling than to have someone tell you after a night out that you had been “that guy” (allegedly this may have been me a time or two). Today, I’ll discuss examples of being “that guy” (or gal) in daily life that you’ll want to avoid – either in yourself or in the company you keep.

1. “Excuse guy.” Nothing is worse than not owning up to your actions. Constantly making excuses for poor performance or bad decisions only makes you seem weak.

2. “Know it all guy.” Knowledge is a great thing and should be shared. However, it’s best given without making others feel wrong. Enlighten people on new information a little at a time on their timetable. That’s the only way they’ll absorb it.

3. “Glory days guy.” My friends and I have a running joke that whenever someone brings up an old high school or college story we yell “Glory days!” and laugh. The point is that whether good or bad, you don’t want to live in the past (though the occasional high school football story is totally fine).

4. “Parade guy.” I use this term to describe a person that takes very little action but in the unlikely event they actually do something, want you to applaud them as if they’re in a parade. Taking action should be its own reward; if you’re only doing something for praise it’s not legitimate action.

5. “No lessons learned guy.” If you’ve done something repeatedly and continue to get the same unfavorable result, it’s time to read the writing on the wall and make some changes.

6. “Maybe guy.” When it comes to commitment you’re either in or you’re out. If you’re going to be in, be in 100% otherwise just say you’re out. People will always respect decisiveness.

7. “One-up guy.” This is a person that can’t be happy for any of your accomplishments. Instead they have to one-up every story you ever tell with something better of their own.

8. “Never reciprocate guy.” This is the person in your personal or business life that you continue to help and show up for. Meanwhile, they’re too busy to ever return the favor.

9. “Poor me guy.” Someone complains constantly about anything and everything epitomizes this guy. Stuff happens and life isn’t fair but it’s like that for all of us and we’re not complaining.

10. “Drama guy.” This person always seems to be in battles with everyone in life. Log on to Facebook anytime and you’ll see numerous examples. It may seem like a great idea to share with everyone why you hate your boyfriend for the sixth time this week but it’s not. Seriously.

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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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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Are you sitting 8 hours or more a day? If so, follow these steps…

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Are you aware that the MOST compressive force you put on your lower back is the seated position? Feel the tops of your hips with your hands and then move toward the spine – from that area downward is where the majority of pressure goes when you sit. Over time this can cause significant health problems. Today I’d like to share 6 things you can do to help yourself avoid those problems.

1. Get up, stand up. Even small (30 seconds to 1 minute) breaks from the seated position can break the cycle of downward pressure. Try to stand up every 20 minutes or so even if only for a brief time, it will make a big difference.

2. Eat better. Poor nutrition will not only cause inflammation but will also weaken the spine. This makes you far more susceptible to lower back pain while sitting. Add in more fruits, vegetables and healthy foods (anti-inflammatory) while drinking less soda and sugary drinks and increasing your water intake.

3. Get to the core of the issue. The muscles that stabilize your spine are very small and deep. To activate them choose 2-3 exercises (you can search Google for core exercises) that you will commit to doing 4-7 times per week. My two favorites are “posterior pelvic tilts” and “bridges” which I do daily in less than 5 minutes.

4. Move it or lose it. Sitting in traffic and while at work is likely out of your control. What is under your control however is what you do when you’re not sitting. Exercise a minimum of 20 minutes per day 4 days per week so that your musculoskeletal system is strong and able to withstand the compression of sitting for so long.

5. Improve your work space. Switching to standing desks, getting a better chair, adjusting chair height, increasing the lower back support on their chairs (with a pad, etc) and altering the position of their keyboard and screen are just a few of the most common solutions my patients mention that have helped their backs while at work. If you think your work space isn’t ideal I’d recommend researching some tips for improving it.

6. Get adjusted. When your spine becomes misaligned even simple activities (such as sitting) may become increasingly painful. Additionally, misalignments that remain in the spine for months or years can lead to arthritic changes and damage. Regular spinal checkups are a simple way to prevent this from occurring while making you feel great.

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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5 Health Myths you should stop believing immediately

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Today I want to discuss 5 of the most common health myths I regularly encounter among my patients and friends.

1. “It’ll go away.” Things like minor strains or sprains can definitely resolve themselves in a short time frame. However, my experience is that patients often suffer for years under the assumption that one day magically their health issue will disappear. When problems drag on for weeks or months it is probably time to find a specialist to help you. As a chiropractor I’ve helped thousands of patients feel better and have had them tell me “I can’t believe I waited so long to come see you.”

2. “You have to be lucky to be healthy.” While there are unfortunate circumstances that can cause problems, the majority of your health is NOT dictated by luck. Rather, it is a function of the choices you make physically, nutritionally and psychologically. Great health does not happen by chance, it happens by making good health decisions regularly.

3. “It’s probably just age.” In my experience, people ranging from their 20’s to their 90’s blame anything and everything on age (nothing worse than a 20 year old blaming age by the way). Obviously each of us will experience physiological changes as we age. However, our bodies do not reach birthday milestones and instantly stop working properly. Increased numerical age does not cause poor health.

4. “The doctor is ALWAYS right.” There is no denying that doctors of any discipline have a high level of expertise and want what is best for their patients. However, ultimately they are just an expert with an opinion. I’ve encountered many patients that have undergone surgeries or procedures, taken medications or had forms of care they were never on board with. Remember, it’s your body and there is nothing wrong with asking questions, doing some research or asking for second opinions.

5. “I exercise a lot so it doesn’t matter what I eat.” It is true that exercise raises your metabolism and burns calories. However, without proper nutrition your exercise results will suffer. Eating well is how your body derives the macro and micro nutrients it needs to build muscle, lose body fat and thrive. Exercise compliments a good diet and vice versa, it’s not one or the other.

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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4 Reasons you should start caring about your spine

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A weakening spine such as those with degeneration (arthritic changes), osteoporosis and misalignments can cause a multitude of problems. Conversely, a strong spine offers many benefits. Below are my top 4 reasons I think everyone should strive for a strong spine.

1. Your posture won’t suck. A weak spine often causes negative postural changes. Like it or not, posture conveys a wealth of information to those around you including confidence level, approachability and more. If your posture is bad it’s likely your social and business interactions are less impactful than they could be.

2. Less pain. Other than keeping you upright, the purpose of your spine is to protect certain parts of your central nervous system. Due to the close proximity of your vertebrae to your spinal cord and spinal nerves, if your spine isn’t healthy than your nerves will suffer. Suffering nerves create pain and other symptoms, something no one wants.

3. Keeps you young. An unhealthy spine leads to decreased motion which often spreads to the extremities. A strong spine helps you maintain flexibility allowing you to stay more active and enjoying life more. Equally important is that it will help you avoid spending your golden years hunched over, limping and worrying about climbing stairs.

4. Better sleep. Difficulty getting to sleep and/or staying asleep can come from both mental and physical causes. Physically, the most common reason is the inability to get or remain comfortable. This is often due to a weak spine that is sensitive to even the slightest positional change. Stronger spines lead to more restful sleep.

So how do you achieve a stronger spine? I feel the following are the most crucial:

· Regular exercise to strengthen muscles and bones such as resistance workouts, yoga, core strengthening, stretching, etc.
· Regular chiropractic checkups similar to dental checkups – maintain a healthy spine in the short term while also preventing problems from forming long term.
· Massage therapy to clear out tension that can lead to weakening spinal muscles and joints.
· Healthy nutrition such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, water and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium to aid the recovery of muscles and strengthen bones.

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 Steps for going to the next level

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I enjoy reading and listening to people that are successful in endeavors ranging from business to athletics. In particular, I enjoy learning about the lessons that their pursuit of success has taught them. Below are some lessons I think can help anyone go to the next level in their endeavors.

1. Be all in all the time. I’m a huge believer that if you want something to happen, you need to take action and keep the pedal down. Maintain focus, discipline and effort and you’ll be shocked at your results.
2. Play well with others. Many people after about the 2nd grade forget the importance of working well with others. Without exception, the most successful people I meet understand the benefit of teamwork. Co-workers, business contacts, your social circle, people you seek advice from and other such sources are all people you’ll want to work well with for best results.

3. Plan all you want but the enemy gets a vote too. In spite of your best efforts, things will occur that can bring you off course. Accept this as part of the process and learn to adapt and be out of your comfort zone.

4. Go on instinct. Planning is important. However, many people prevent themselves from getting anywhere due to “paralysis by analysis.” Don’t over-complicate it, if you have an idea or a goal, just let it rip and get started because that’s ultimately how progress is made.

5. Stay in your 3 foot space. I read a story recently in which someone learning to rock climb was panicking while suspended hundreds of feet off the ground. As he started looking down and off into the distance, the instructor a few feet away from him said “looking around won’t help you, just stay in your 3 foot space.” This means that in life focus on what is in front of you and what you can control. Everything else is wasted energy and distraction.

6. Make pain your friend. Most people are afraid of pain; however it serves many valuable purposes. Pain helps you change, can make you stronger and helps you seek solutions. As a chiropractor I have helped many people transform their lives and become healthier and more active. A majority of those people initially came to me because pain prompted them to do so.

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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The important life lesson my 8 year old can teach you…

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A few weeks ago my son was involved in a minor ski accident during which he hit his head while wearing a helmet. As a precaution for a concussion, he was kept out of activities for 1 week. Near the end of that week he told me how restless he was. Then he said “Daddy, running is my momentum. Playing is my momentum.” I had him explain what he meant and he went on to tell me that essentially those 2 things in particular made him so happy and fulfilled that all other parts of his life were better. I loved it and it got me thinking what forms of “momentum” were most important to me. Below are mine, what are yours?

· My sons. More than anything else in the world, my two sons (8 and 5 years old) motivate me. I always want to achieve more and to set a better example for them.

· Exercise. I cannot imagine life without exercise. I rely on the gym, going out for runs and hiking to keep me charged up, sharp and ready to face anything.

· Races. I love to compete and find that doing so has a carry-over effect to all aspects of my life. Races that take me well out of my comfort zone are my preference because afterwards I’m more accustomed to overcoming adversity. Stretching my boundaries physically makes me far stronger mentally.

· Reading. I read a ton. I find great motivation from different types of books but my favorites are biographies and autobiographies, especially of people that have endured a great deal. A few of my favorites include: Warrior Elite, Unbroken, Lone Survivor, Man’s Search for Meaning and Spartan Up.

· Personal Relationships. From my girlfriend to my oldest friends to my business associates; I’m always motivated by those around me. As people we are a reflection of those we most often associate with. I’m proud to say mine continue to lead me into great directions.

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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