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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – January 24th

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I interact with hundreds of patients each week and get asked a lot of questions.  On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.

What causes the “cracking” noise during an adjustment?  It doesn’t offend me, but I’ve never liked the term “cracking” when talking about an adjustment because nothing is cracking or breaking.  The sound occurs (with certain chiropractic techniques) when a joint is moved.  As this happens, a little bit of air and nitrogen are released from the joint and thus the sound is heard. Just like if you press into your knuckles it can cause that sound, the spine works the same way.

A recent observation?  I have a friend that coaches a flag football team of young kids.  His team is currently undefeated and this past weekend their opponents showed up to the game and willingly forfeited because they expected to lose badly.  All expect one of the parents on the forfeiting team supported this decision and I found this horrible to say the least.  In sports and in life, it is never fun to lose but losing is a great teacher.  Losing teaches us what needs to be improved and makes us re-evaluate what we’re doing to get there.  It also gives us an appreciation for success and winning and how challenging it can be to attain it.  I think the faulty message that was sent to that group of kids with that ridiculous forfeit was that unless you’re sure you can win, it’s not worth trying.  It also told them that no one thought they could handle it if they tried and failed.  Making things too soft for kids (and adults) only makes them soft and weak, take a loss and move on.

Something I’d recommend more people do?  I am a huge fan of doing some type of exercise in the morning.  This does not have to necessarily be your main workout or anything super lengthy or intense, just something to get moving.  I believe this gives you a tremendous edge as you begin your day.  You feel refreshed, more alert and like you are ahead of schedule already.  I now do a 10-20-minute moderate intensity workout without any equipment each morning for this reason and it gets me ready for the day.  Give it a try, you will be glad you did!

Is there something you recommend for improving posture?  There are 3 main recommendations I make regarding posture.   First, focus on keeping your breastbone up.  This simple step helps the rest of the body to naturally get into healthier positions.  Second, create what I call “postural checkpoints.”  For example, when you’re driving or at your desk you may find that you tend to slouch.  Going forward, when you hit a stoplight or as you complete a portion of a task at work, remind yourself to sit up straight.  If you begin doing this, soon it will become intuitive and will greatly improve your posture.  Finally, receive chiropractic checkups on a regular basis.  Much of our poor posture is a response to having misalignments in the spine and our bodies adapting bad positions to accommodate them.  Therefore, a regular tune-up here and there can prevent and/or fix this.

A quote I love?  “How you do anything is how you do everything.” 

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – January 17

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I interact with hundreds of patients each week and get asked a lot of questions.  On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.

Should I work through pain or soreness?  I have this discussion regularly and I think it’s important.  Soreness will happen anytime your body is exposed to a stimulus to which it is unaccustomed.  This could be the start of exercise, a new type or form of exercise, more weight or reps, running more than usual, lifting boxes around your home, etc.  Soreness is very normal and can be worked through without risk of damage.  Pain is different.  Examples of this would be improper motion, something feeling pinched, abnormal symptoms or basically a feeling of something not being right.  These are signals your body is sending to you that something is in fact wrong.  Trying to work through this is likely to cause more injury.  So, soreness is fine to work through while pain is not. 

I’ve heard if I get adjusted once I’ll have to get adjusted forever, is that true?  I have gotten this one thousands of times and it always baffles me.  Chiropractic adjustments are meant to help your body function better so that you can feel and move better.  If that appeals to you then you are welcome to do it as much or as little as you like.  Good nutrition, brushing your teeth, exercise, dental checkups, massage, physical therapy and much more are also meant to help you, though few people ever ask whether if they do those once they’ll need to do them forever.  While an adjustment is likely to make you feel and function better, there is no process that begins after an initial adjustment that would necessitate you getting adjusted forever unless you decide you want to.   

A piece of exercise and/or nutrition advice I think everyone should follow?  This time of year, many are trying to eat better and exercise more.  Based on my experience, here is my number one piece of advice…just start!  Will you make mistakes?  Yes.  But you will learn from mistakes and the trial and error will help you.  Many people get “paralysis by analysis” where they feel they need all the perfect information before beginning anything.  Sadly, many of those people never begin at all.  When I look back at my early days of exercise and eating better, I want to laugh and trust me, you would too.  I really had no idea what I was doing but I stuck with it and learned from mistakes.  Eventually that produced knowledge and efficiency and it will for you too.  Just get started and adjust as you go.

Something useful I’ve been using?  I love motivational videos on YouTube.  I’m usually up by about 5am and I will often go onto YouTube first thing and start watching videos while I have a cup of coffee.  After a few Rocky or Navy SEAL videos or something with Les Brown, Jocko Willink or David Goggins in it I’m fired up to start doing something physical like burpees or pushups.  This really helps me get primed up for the day.  Motivation can’t finish a job for you, but it can definitely help you get started so utilize it!

A quote I love?  “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” ― Bruce Lee

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – January 10th

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Dr. Kenney’s 5 Spot

I interact with hundreds of patients each week and get asked a lot of questions.  On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.

Where do you get your energy from, is it coffee or what?  Though it’s not something I play up, my energy level is something people notice and comment on regularly.  I do drink a little bit of coffee but even without coffee my energy is the same – at work and at home.  My energy comes from a combination of things.   I am a very positive and grateful person, so I enjoy my family, my work and many of the simplest things in life.  I get enough sleep each night, exercise daily, eat well and deal with stress so that it does not dictate my life.  Years ago, when these things were not the case, my energy level was only a fraction of what it is now.

A common health misconception you encounter?  Something I’ve noticed over the years is that people blame age for everything.  In fact, I had a guy this morning who blamed his back pain on his age…he’s 24.  Seriously?  The reality is that as we age our bodies do become less efficient than they were in our youth.  However, chronological age does not dictate health.  I will often sit down with a new patient I would assume to be in their 50’s but is actually in their 30’s or vice versa.  Things will change physiologically as we age but we can slow or accelerate that process through our health choices.  In my experience those that eat well, exercise, manage their stress, complain less, etc. are the ones that look, act and feel less than their actual age.  Those that don’t will age faster.

A book you love?  “Can’t Hurt Me:  Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds” by David Goggins.  This book is written by a former Navy SEAL that had a horrible upbringing, became obese and was not progressing well in life.  He has gone on to become an absolute, no BS guy that has accomplished a great deal while never forgetting what got him there.  He is an intense dude and I really gravitate to how he sees things.  I read this book last year and upon finishing it, signed up for the Leadville 100 to challenge myself.  In August when I competed in Leadville I saw and briefly spoke to David Goggins who was also in the race.  Knowing I was competing in a race that he was in and having a chance to briefly meet him was a great honor for me. 

A recent observation?  As I mentioned last week, my wife has an online fitness business.  Her main focus is women and she helps many on a daily basis.  She has a large community on Instagram and over the past couple weeks she received messages from a handful of women.  All gave long stories about how they’ve struggled to get fit, lose weight, feel good, etc.  All of them then asked Mary if she’d be willing to send them a week or two free so that they could try the program without paying the $20 per month.  Mary was more than happy to help them and since the workouts are sent via email, asked for an email address.  In every case, the women said they were unwilling to provide an email address (you could literally create one just for this).  I found this interesting because it reinforced to me the adage that “if you’re serious you’ll find a way and if you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”  I also found it significant because so many people do not realize that the ultimate impediment to their progress is their own habits and thinking. 

A quote I love?  “A setback is a setup for a comeback” ― T.D. Jakes

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – January 3rd

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Dr. Kenney’s 5 Spot

I interact with hundreds of patients each week and get asked a lot of questions.  On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.

Do you drink alcohol?  For whatever reason, people must be curious about this one because I get it frequently.  The answer is that I no longer do.  In my older years I would drink beer or wine on the weekends at times while cooking or relaxing.  Though I wasn’t a huge drinker, I also wasn’t the type to have a half a glass of wine.  Over a year ago, I overheard a conversation between my two older sons and a friend of theirs about how they never wanted to drink.  That got me thinking.  Then I started to think about how as someone that prides himself on taking his fitness to the highest level, alcohol always felt “off brand” to me.  In fact, after a sip of alcohol I would already be thinking about what I’d do the next day to almost punish my body to get rid of it.  After considering all these things, I decided that alcohol wasn’t really bringing anything to the table for me and I decided to give it up.  After a year of no alcohol I can say that I do feel even better than I did, and my level of fitness has increased too. 

A form of exercise I’ve been enjoying?  This will sound like a shameless plug but is not.  My wife has an online fitness business called The Perfect 20.  These are 20-minute workouts that can be done without equipment, anywhere.  Over the past week with the holidays I started doing a few of these workouts for convenience and they are amazing!  I enjoy the brief, intense workout that I get, and it helps me get a total body workout that also strengthens my core.  I had some hip soreness for about a week and it was gone after one of these workouts and it seems to be really helping my running as well.  It took me about 8 months to finally start doing these workouts but they’re going to remain a major staple of my routine going forward.  Feel free to check these out at www.theperfect-20.com or on Instagram and Facebook.

A snack I enjoy?  I am not a fan of sweets, but I can really get down with some chips and dip.  I regularly (aka pretty much daily) enjoy gluten free rice chips or tortilla chips with hummus, guacamole or even organic sour cream with hot sauce mixed into it. 

Are you a fan of New Year’s resolutions?  Yes and no.  In my experience, most people make “resolutions” more like a wish list than they do any sort of a plan of action.  As a result, most resolutions are already dead by the Super Bowl.  What I am a fan of is setting some sort of a goal (short term or long term broken up into short term pieces) and developing a plan of action.  I’ll use weight loss as an example because it’s so popular.  Rather than resolving to lose 70 pounds, I’d prefer to see someone have a goal to lose 10 pounds in the next month and 70 for the year.  Then rather than just joining a gym and hoping for the best, write down and execute the plan for January.  For example, I will go the gym 4 days a week, I will take 3 long walks per week, I will cut out bread, drink more water at work, etc.  The plan will remove guesswork and stress and help you attain your first goal.  Once you hit the first goal, you’ll then have more confidence to get to the next one.  So, my advice is to set goals and then back them up with a realistic plan of attack.    

A quote I love?  “If you want to take the island, then burn your boats. With absolute commitment come the insights that create real victory.”  — Tony Robbins

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