Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot
On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way. I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.
What gets you out of bed in the morning? A patient made a comment to me this week that they liked my energy level and were curious what motivates me when I get out of bed each morning. I hadn’t ever really thought about this before, but I think I would sum it up best by saying “pride.” I always want to do anything I do to the best of my ability – that includes being a father, doctor, businessman, staying in shape, going through my daily routines, etc. I’ve never been the most gifted in anything I’ve done but I love trying to be the hardest worker and attaining success through the grind. Living for the grind is my thing. Most days are good, some are terrible but either way I want to do something to improve in some way every day. Taking pride in that is what allows me to get up each day excited.
An easy fix for a common problem. I will often hear from many of my female patients that are exercising regularly that they are extremely sore after every workout. It is very common to be sore when beginning exercise or after a particularly challenging workout, but it should not be a debilitating soreness after every workout. This soreness is often a sign that the body does not have the proper macronutrients to recover. In women, this is often due to having not enough protein in the diet. Exercise breaks down muscle and the protein will help it rebuild and recover. When it’s not recovering properly, repeated soreness is often a symptom. If this applies to you (male or female), try adding in some additional protein (this can be anything – shakes, meat, fish, nuts, yogurt, etc.) and seeing what kind of a difference it makes. This should help a lot!
Something I have been enjoying. Over the past week I have had a chiropractic student observing me as I treat patients and run my business. What has been nice is helping to teach someone all the little details that I feel I would’ve loved to have known when I was where she’s at now. It’s been a big boost to me working with a student that is so passionate because it reminds me of the small details of my craft that to some degree, I’d forgotten how much I love. I’ve told people for years that one of the most useful dynamics you can create is to pair an experienced veteran with someone that is younger and passionate about a certain field or interest. The more experienced person will tend to regain passion while the younger person can gain some of the tools of the trade you only learn through time and experience. It ends up becoming fuel for both!
Do you have any New Year’s Eve traditions? I start every New Year’s Eve day with a long run every year. About 5 years ago my older boys and I started the tradition of doing ice baths on New Year’s so we’ll mix that in at some point and then later my oldest son and I will cook a nice meal for everyone. On New Years Day it’ll be a morning of exercise and getting stuff done before we binge watch Cobra Kai season 3. Nothing too crazy but we’ll enjoy it!
Some quotes I love.
“If you get tired, learn to rest not to quit.” – Deion Sanders
“If you look at the people in your circle and don’t get inspired, then you don’t have a circle. You have a cage.” – Nipsey Hustle
“If life knocks you down, try to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up.” – Les Brown
“Please don’t feel discouraged because you are slightly behind. Life isn’t a hundred-meter race against your friends, but a lifelong marathon against yourself. Rather than focusing on getting ahead of your friends, first try to discover your unique gifts.” – William King Hollis
“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.” – OG Mandino
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