On Fridays I like to share experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant. I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.
A simple piece of advice. “Have some pride” is a piece of advice I give myself often, and one I wish I could give others as well. As simple as this is, it has wide-ranging applications. If you’re late all the time, have some pride and show up on time. If you respond to stress by yelling at everyone around you, have some pride and stay calm. If it’s always someone else’s fault and you make constant excuses, have some pride and start taking responsibility. Whatever the situation may be, having pride means that you behave in a manner you won’t regret. When I tell myself to have pride, I am reminding myself to act in a way that aligns with my principles, sense of decency, work ethic, morals, and more.
An interesting interaction. My sons and I stopped at a fast casual restaurant last weekend. I like to tutor my sons about business so as we waited for our food, I remarked to them that if I had a business that needed someone, I would hire the gentleman working the counter.
They wanted to understand why I said that, and I explained that he was enthusiastic, had control of his environment (wasn’t frazzled that it was busy), and I could tell by how the other employees reacted to him that he was respected (despite being younger). I believe that being energetic, organized, and calm under pressure are huge. If someone has that, everything else can be taught, and they will excel at whatever they do.
Do I think young kids should be exercising? I do believe that the younger kids can start doing some form of exercise, the sooner the better. However, I think exercise at younger ages should have variety and an aspect of fun to it, rather than being overly intense or regimented. For example, when my two older sons were younger, I would put them through obstacle courses or let them try unusual things like flipping tires or battle ropes. As they got to around age 12, they got interested in working out with weights, so I helped them with that. The sooner children can get an appreciation for exercise, moving their bodies, and the benefits thereof; the better!
An analogy I think works. Have you ever watched a commercial for a pharmaceutical, where everyone looks happy and fulfilled as they tell you what the wonder drug will help you with? Looks amazing, until they start mentioning the side effects, right? Just like taking a medication causes side effects, the choices you make each day will as well.
Everything you do to your body or put into it will have a side effect. Those side effects will either be positive or negative depending on the choice. When you are eating nutritious food or exercising, the “side effects” are likely to be more energy, weight loss, better sleep, lower stress, and more. When you’re eating food that isn’t good for you, drinking a lot, and making poor choices, the side effects are likely to be weight gain, lethargy, lack of motivation, anxiety, and the like. Think of every decision you make for your body in this way, and it becomes much simpler. Choices will either harm you or help you, it’s that simple!
Some quotes I love.
“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”
“Listening never gets you in trouble but talking can.” – Mike Tyson
“Laws not applied fairly or evenly are not laws.” – Tim Kennedy
“The best leaders are passionate about developing emerging leaders, because true leaders don’t create more followers, they create more leaders.”
- Don’t forget to follow Dr. Kenney on Instagram @Coloradochiropractor
- To see previous Friday 5 Spots, visit www.newbodychiro.com