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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – December 2nd

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

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.  

Something helpful.  Ultimately, we are responsible for our own behavior and results.  However, it can be extremely helpful to have someone that keeps us accountable.  A person that keeps us accountable can serve as a moral compass, motivator, coach, advisor, and so much more. 

For me, my wife and oldest son are my two go-to sources for accountability.  Both understand my desires, principles, strengths, and weaknesses.  My wife helps keep me pointing North and knows how to get the best out of me with a simple kind word or question.  My oldest son keeps me accountable because I know he emulates my example so closely.  He asks me questions and makes comments that motivate me to stay on the highest-level path, so I can show him (and my other kids) the power we all possess to achieve great things.

Something I believe.  We all have strengths and weaknesses.  Sometimes, we neglect our strengths because we become more focused on our weaknesses.  While addressing weak points can be important, I believe the first step is to triple down on our strengths.

As an example, when I coach football, I try to find one thing a player can do well.  This can be something as simple as proficiency in a fundamental.  Once I find a strength, I put that player in a position to utilize that talent.  Without fail, this always leads to personal success, growing confidence, and a better overall team.  As the player thrives in his strengths, this usually begins to uncover other things they do well and can be capitalized upon.  Start with what you do well, and it will open doors quickly!

Something I follow.  I believe that the best things in life are won daily.  These include great health, personal relationships, success in business, and more.  There is a tendency to become complacent in these areas and stop working hard, giving effort, or caring as we once did. 

That is why I feel it is crucial to try earning wins in these areas daily.  For example, even on my busiest workdays, I focus on giving my best with each patient when I interact and adjust them.  With my wife and kids, there is not a day that goes by when I don’t show (and tell) them how much they mean to me.  When it comes to health, I eat well and exercise each day.  If something is important to you, realize that you must nurture and protect it.  Therefore, do something each day to “win” the things you care most about in life. 

Something I have found to be true.  Hope is never a substitute for action.  Therefore, hoping something will happen and following up with no effort is not a sound plan.  However, there will be times when even someone giving all they have and fighting the good fight will need hope. In those times, the faintest glimmer of hope can become like a spark that fuels effort and action like you’ve never seen before. 

Hope can take on many forms, some large and some small.  I have had times where my hope was to create a successful business and provide for my family, that powered me to work harder than ever.  During some of my toughest and longest races, hope was making it to the next aid station to try and find something to eat or drink to power me for the hours and miles to come.  When I’ve lost people close to me suddenly, the faith that I will see them again one day became my hope.  The ability to tap into any form of hope in your darkest times is a true superpower, and one that will serve you in ways you cannot imagine.

Some quotes I love.

“Remember, you are always responsible for how you act, no matter how you feel.”

“How to destroy a great plan:  Change it when it gets hard.” – Alex Hormozi

“How you do anything is how you do everything.”

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – November 25th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

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.  

An important distinction.  There was a question I often heard playing football in high school and college, “are you hurt or are you injured?”  The implication was if someone were hurt (which was common) you could still play.  If you were injured however, then you were unable to.  Examples of playing hurt included minor injuries, aches, and pain that might limit you somewhat but still allow you to compete.  Injuries were broken bones, ligament issues, and other such things that prevented you from being able to move and compete in a safe or effective manner.

I believe this an important distinction to make not only in athletics, but daily life as well.  In my experience, many people abandon physical activity altogether over the slightest thing.  They are unwilling to play even a little “hurt” which leads to more sedentary lifestyle and a de-conditioning of the body and mind. I am not suggesting anyone do things to cause an injury, but often, working through a little discomfort will help your mind/body in the end. 

An interesting interaction.  I spoke with a young chiropractor this week, who asked me if I have ever felt under-appreciated and if so, how I handle it.  I explained to him that some of my greatest chiropractic accomplishments were barely acknowledged. As an example, I once had a patient that had not left their wheelchair in a full year.  I performed a series of treatments on them and within 2 weeks, they no longer needed to use the wheelchair.  It was a miraculous result, and the patient was honestly still not even remotely nice to me afterwards! 

What I told my friend was that I try not to worry about whether I am adequately appreciated.  Instead, I focus solely on my process.  By focusing on the process, I take with patients, in business, in my training, during races, etc. I am working to control what I can. When you begin to concern yourself with who is noticing or what they think, you will abandon your tried-and-true processes and begin behaving differently.  Control what you can, do your best, the right people will eventually notice, and you will never need to stress about it.

What I do if I’m not feeling well.  I have not been “sick” in decades despite being around people daily that have colds, flu, etc.  I’m never worried about catching what they have, because I do a lot to strengthen my body’s defenses.  However, every now and then I will feel that my body is struggling to rid itself of something as quickly as usual, so I have a three-step process I follow.

Step one is to increase the level of nutrients within my body.  I do this by trying to consume even more fruits and vegetables.  Also, I double my multivitamin, and take high doses of quercetin, bromelain, zinc, vitamin D, and vitamin C until any symptoms begin to dissipate (usually 2 days at most).  Second, I reduce the intensity of exercise (though I still do it) to give my body a chance to focus more on immune recovery and less on muscle recovery which helps a lot.  Finally, I do what I call the “sweat box.”  When I go to bed, I sleep completely covered in sweatpants, hooded sweatshirt, and socks, then sleep under multiple blankets.  I am encouraging the effect of a fever to burn off whatever virus or bacteria my body is battling.  The next morning, I wake up very sweaty and dramatically improved.   Each of these steps is simple but they never fail me!

A piece of advice I give often.  Many people think of exercise as being strictly for our bodies.  However, exercise increases levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine which are the neurotransmitters of all our thoughts and emotions.  Therefore, some of the best effects that we can derive from exercise are the benefits to our brains and minds.

My advice, is that if you are going through a stressful time or having a bad day, do something physical.  Preferably, something physically challenging, even if for only a short time.  Once you have completed this, you will instantly feel clear headed and able to make better decisions.  When you have a particularly tough day or time in life, you may want to do less with your body, but instead you should try to do more.  Work through some of that anxious energy with exercise and you will notice that you are less anxious, depressed, stressed, and/or unsure.

Some quotes I love.

“If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.” – Ben Hogan

“Struggle is temporary.  Sacrifices are like investments.  Give up the short-term comfort for the long-term win.  Be patient and stay focused.” – Diamond Dallas Page

“Your goals don’t make you unique.  It’s your willingness to pay the price that makes you unique.” – Alex Hormozi

“At the end of today, your kids will have watched you live, or they will have watched you exist.  Your intentionality around remaining inspired, tackling challenges with grace, remaining calm in chaos, and spreading positivity WILL be noticed.  Or it will be missed.  Be noticed.” – Matt Beaudreau

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – November 18th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

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 lesson I’ve gained from my races.  I have competed in some intense events over the past decade that have challenged my mental and physical limits. One of the best lessons I have gained during that time is learning to fight through a temporary discomfort, to accomplish a long-term goal.  If you get warm after being cold, it becomes harder to keep going when it’s time to move again.  It becomes challenging to get back into motion after you stop to rest.  When you wake up in the morning and it’s dark and cold, it’s tougher to imagine getting up to workout. 

The point is, when you find comfort, it becomes more difficult to face discomfort.  It can become daunting, and in these moments your mind will offer you every excuse imaginable to quit (or just not begin).  What I have learned, is if you can fight through that feeling for even another thirty seconds or a minute, you will be amazed at what you can achieve.  All you need to do when it seems as if you can’t go on anymore, is just get into motion.  It does not have to be pretty, just get out of bed, go a few more feet, or hang in for a few more minutes and see what happens.  That effort will prove to your mind that you can persevere, and your body will respond, I promise. 

Something to understand.  I spoke to someone this week that is seeking to accomplish a lofty goal.  I was impressed with the objective, but as they talked about trying to achieve it, they complained about everything they needed to make it happen.  They had a “poor me” attitude about the entire thing.

I pointed out that every single goal will require sacrifice.  That sacrifice can be time, money, exertion, forgoing other opportunities, loss of time with friends or family, or any number of other things.  Regardless of what form it takes, you will need to make a sacrifice to achieve any major goal. I believe that sacrifice is the barrier to entry for major accomplishments.  If you are willing to pay that price, you can achieve amazing things. 

A great question to ask ourselves.  Are the decisions you are consistently making today going to put you in a better or worse position five years from now?  I think it’s best to consider this in aspects such as financially, physically, mentally, spiritually, as a parent/family member, in business, and more.  As an example, if you are eating poorly and not exercising, it is unlikely you will in better shape or overall health five years from now. 

Good decisions and habits are the lifeblood of our future.  If we repeatedly make solid choices, we put ourselves in the best position to not only thrive now, but years from now as well.  In an ever-complicated world, just ask yourself if the decisions you are making now will help you later.  If so, keep them going.  If not, then consider making changes that will. 

Something I encounter often.  “I’m getting older”, “I have arthritis”, “I’m so busy”, “I don’t eat well”, “I hate exercise.”  I cannot tell you how often I hear things like this from patients and people I meet in my personal life.  We all have struggles and what is easy for some is difficult for others, so I don’t judge anyone.  However, what I don’t like about this kind of conversation is that people are accepting a poor outcome when they don’t need to.  Worse, they are ignoring all options at their disposal to help them in their struggle.

If you have something that you feel is limiting your potential, the correct move is never to accept defeat.  Instead, do real work in finding ways to overcome it, work around it, or turn a weakness into a strength.  It won’t take long before you realize that what you thought was the end of your potential, was just the beginning.  When something gets in your way, don’t stop fighting; start fighting harder.

Some quotes I love.

“Don’t let anyone who hasn’t been in your shoes tell you how to tie your laces.”

“Winners are focused on the race.  Losers are focused on the competition.  And most are so far behind they think they’re winning.” – Mike Glover

“You don’t know what type of organization, family, or crew you have until you take a loss.  That’s when true character, values and intentions are revealed.  Thank God for the losses, they show you who deserves to be there when you win.” – Inky Johnson

“Accepting and embracing our own mortality is necessary to be fully alive in the present.  The biggest mistake we make is thinking we have time.” – Dr. Jeff Blake

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren G. Bennis

“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”  – George Halas

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – November 11th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

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.  

Something I encounter and how I handle it.  Whether regarding spinal health, exercise, nutrition, or business; I regularly encounter people that are quick to complain, but slow to do anything about it.  In other words, people are unhappy with the results they are getting, but unwilling to change (or consider changing) the process that gets them the results.

In my experience, there are two groups within this category.  First, are people that will not change no matter how hard you try to help them.  There is nothing you can do for these people; they have often made complaining part of their personality, do not realize it, and will never change.  In the second group, are people who want to change but are frustrated and overwhelmed.  For these people, I like to start with one or two simple things for them to adjust, that I know will produce results.  If/when they follow the recommendations and see improvements, mentally they now understand change is possible.  This opens their mind to the possibility of greater prospects and things can progress from there.

Something I realized.  Last Saturday, I ran a half marathon (13.1 miles) in my town as part of my ongoing training for my 100-mile race in February.  I remember running my first half marathon in 2010 and as I finished, I thought how crazy (and awful) it would be to have immediately run that race again, to complete a full marathon distance.  It seemed almost unbelievable to me at that time.

When I finished my race Saturday, I had the thought that in February, I will have to run the equivalent of eight consecutive half marathons to complete my race (a couple miles less).  Physically, I am certainly not as fast now as I was when I did that first race 12 years ago.  The only difference is that I have trained myself through being uncomfortable so often (in training and life) to be much stronger mentally than I ever was before.  That strength, allows me to face a daunting challenge like running for 100-miles straight and be scared, yet still know I will find a way to get through and complete it.

Something I found touching.  At church over the weekend, I noticed a couple in their twenties a few rows ahead of me.  The man was deaf, and the woman signed every word of the service to him.  What touched me was that she was enthusiastic the entire time she did so.  It occurred to me how much energy it must take her to listen and then translate with emotion in that manner.  The man would sign back to her, and I could tell from his expressions that he was getting a lot from what was being said.  Watching them interact from afar was a beautiful reminder of how impactful people can be on one another when they give them energy and love.

A question to ask yourself.  I saw a quote by John C. Maxwell this week, “People will summarize your life in one sentence, pick it now.”  This quote got me thinking about what that sentence might look like for me.  To get an idea, I began thinking what the top five to ten personality traits are that I am known most for.  For example, I think that almost everyone that knows me would consider me to be extremely energetic and positive.  What would people most associate with your demeanor, character, and behavior?  Are you pleased with how you are viewed?  If so, continue what you are doing and if not, start making some changes. 

Some quotes I love.

“They wrote me off, but I didn’t write back.” – Geno Smith

“Inaction usually carries a higher price than a mistake.  Bet on yourself and get going.” – Dr. Josh Handt

“Everyone wants to be a fighter and kick some ass, but being a fighter is also being on the wrong side of a beating.” 

“Many things have fallen only to rise higher.” – Seneca The Younger

“Don’t find a fault, find a remedy.” – Henry Ford

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – November 4th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

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.  

Something I follow. There is a quote from Joe DiMaggio that I encountered years ago that continues to stick with me, “The reporter asked, “why did you play so hard.” “Because there might have been somebody in the stands today who’d never seen my play before and might never see me again.”   I find this poignant because it is a reminder that someone is always looking at the example we set (or do not set).

I use the premise of this quote as a guideline for how I behave as a father, husband, doctor, coach, athlete, and more.  If someone were watching my behavior for the first time right now, would they think I set a high standard and good example?  There are times when that is not the case, and I become determined to correct it.  When I feel I have met the standard and set a good example, then I try to focus on setting an even better one. 

Something I find helpful.  When I was a kid, our cable TV had 6-7 stations and we all knew when our favorite shows would be on.  Today, there are so many options when you turn on your TV or streaming service, you often scroll for 10 or 15 minutes trying to find exactly the right show.  When someone recommends a show to you these days, they must also tell you where and how to watch it.  Options are great, but they do tend to complicate things at times. 

That is why I like to limit my options whenever possible to increase productivity.  I wake up every day between 4:30 – 5am without an alarm.  Half the time I want to stay in bed, but never give myself the option of hitting snooze or lying there.  As far as workouts are concerned, I just start them (whether I feel like it or not) so I don’t offer myself the choice to skip.  In business, I have a lot to accomplish each day, so I never allow myself the option of going online and wasting time doing nothing.  Simplify your options and you will find your productivity improves.

A great reminder.  I got a text from a former player that I coached in football. I coached him from age 9 through 12 and he blossomed into one of the best players I have ever had.  He has thanked me multiple times for helping to build his confidence, and I continue to be proud of his development as a player and person. 

On Saturday, he finished his high school season and sent me a nice text message.  He was excited about something he’d done in his game and was grateful that he’d first learned those skills when I coached him.  It meant a great deal to me to hear this from him.  It was also a great reminder of the honor and responsibility that comes with coaching kids.  How you treat them can have a positive or negative impact later.  The kids I coach often emulate what I (and my other coaches) teach them, so we strive to remember that in our behavior, work ethic, habits, points of emphasis, and more. 

An effective test.  Is there a goal you are trying to achieve personally, professionally, physically, or mentally?  If so, there is a simple test you can use to determine whether you are growing toward it or away from it.  At the end of each day, look back at how you spent your time that day.  Did you do anything to further that goal?  If so, did you dedicate the appropriate amount of time and effort?

This test helps build the tool of self-assessment and accountability.  As an example, if you are trying to grow your business but look back and realize you spent more time scrolling social media than you did working on your business, you failed the test.  Conversely, if you are trying to lose weight and look back on your day and realize you worked out, went on a walk, and ate healthy foods; you passed.  Grade yourself out at the end of each day, it creates more accountability and leads to better results. 

Some quotes I love.

“In spite of your fear, do what you have to do.” – Chin-Ning Chu

“While genetics loads the gun, it’s your inner and outer environment that pulls the trigger.  There is indisputable evidence now that no longer allows us to use ‘genetics’ as a crutch for our mental and physical illness.  The food you eat, the people you eat it with, and the TV that’s playing in the background all effect your health and well-being.” – Mandy Trapp

“You know what you have to do, you just have to make it a priority.”

“How others see you is not important.  How you see yourself means everything.”

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – October 28th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

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.  

An interesting comparison.  By chance, I have recently spoken to two of the people in chiropractic I have spent the most time around in my career.  The first is someone that I don’t particularly care for.  The examples he set are ones I go out of my way to never follow, and my business style is the opposite of his.  That said, whenever I see this person, they never fail to tell me how much they’ve helped me.  They want to take credit for the success I have had, despite having no role in it. 

The second, I consider my mentor and someone about whom I cannot say enough wonderful things.  I use the lessons he taught me in chiropractic and business daily.  When I talk to him and give him acknowledgement for my success, he is humble and appreciative but always insists on giving me all the credit.  Successful people tend to be excited with the success of others, while insincere or selfish people tend to want credit for things they had no part in. 

Something cool.  One night this week my 2-year-old daughter woke up crying and my wife could not console her.  Normally she is easy to soothe and would go right back to sleep, but this time was different.  Something seemed odd about her cry to me, so I went into the room, picked her up and palpated her spine.  I felt a misalignment in her back that can affect the nerves connecting to the stomach and intestines.  I adjusted her (took about 30 seconds), put her back down and went back downstairs. 

One minute later my wife came downstairs and said the second I adjusted her she stopped crying and was asleep almost immediately.  My wife was happy and amazed that I was able to do that for our daughter so quickly.  This type of thing is common in children.  Misalignments of a child’s spine usually manifest more as visceral symptoms (as opposed to pain) such as colic, reflux, tummy troubles, ear infections, bed wetting (enuresis), and more.  Once the spine is re-aligned, it can often improve instantly.  I have been blessed to help thousands of children doing just this throughout my career and it always makes me proud. 

A lesson I think of often.  When I ran the Leadville 100 in 2019, it was the toughest race I’d ever done, which is expected when running one hundred miles, all at two or more miles above sea level.  I struggled and as I came into an aid station at mile forty, I was cooked.  I entered the aid station and fell to my knees exhausted. 

Instantly, a volunteer came over to me and brought me a drink and food that he thought would help.  He gave me a few seconds to drink and then said “You are a muscular dude to be doing this race and you’re doing amazing!  I am seriously proud of you!”  Before I could even say thank you, he reached down, scooped me up to my feet and said, “but you’re falling behind, so you need to get the F out of here right now!”  He pushed me out the door and I took off running.  I think of this often because it always reminds me that what we want to hear is never as important as what we need to hear.  Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone is give them the hard truth.

Something I believe.  I was speaking to someone about “toughness” this week and they were asking what I thought it meant to be tough.  When I was younger, I would have thought of it exclusively in physical terms.  However, as I’ve gotten more life experience, I realize it is much more.

True toughness comes when you face something that by all accounts should destroy you but does not.  When you reach a low point but still trudge on, you’re tough.  If you don’t think there is any way you can continue but still do, you’re tough.  When things seem hopeless and yet you are still able to find a reason to have hope, you are tough.  Expressed in these terms, toughness is something that any of us can attain.  While there can definitely be a physical aspect to toughness, the mental portion is far more important. 

Some quotes I love.

“Sometimes the battle is between you, and the old you.”

“The longer you entertain what’s not for you, the longer you postpone what is.”

“One person can help bring you to the top or help bring you down.  Be mindful of who you let in your circle and most importantly, who you let in your mind.” – Joe De Sena

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – October 21st

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

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.  

Something I liked.  I listened to someone use the metaphor of roots versus branches recently.  Our roots are what keep us grounded but go unseen.  Branches are visible to everyone but less important to the stability of a tree and require the roots to even exist.  As your roots grow, so shall grow the tree.  Thus, we must focus on building the strongest roots possible. 

Strong roots are built in things others cannot see.  This includes solid principles, good habits, consistent behavior/actions, learning from mistakes, willingness to learn, and much more.  The roots that are grown in the dark when no one is looking, are the ones that produce the beautiful branches that everyone can see in the light.

Something to always remember.  Think of any major accomplishment you have had in your life in business, athletics, personal life, or anything.  Looking back, would you say that it was easier to attain then you’d expected?  We tend to look back and realize that it was far tougher than we ever would have imagined in attaining that goal.  In fact, if you knew hard it was going to be, you may not have even begun at all. 

That is why it is important to remember that we often must go through the toughest challenges to achieve our greatest goals.  If it matters to you, you will do whatever it takes to get there.  That may require more exertion, time, problem solving, and faith than you ever thought necessary, but if you want it, that’s what it will take.  As an example, my goal is to finish a 100-mile run in February.  I will run over 1,000 miles in 6 months before I even get to the start line and will need to run 27 or more hours straight to complete the actual race.  I accept that it will be even more challenging to complete that goal than I thought when I signed up to do it.  If it’s a goal you care about, just get started and understand it’ll be a tough road to get there, but worth it in the end.

A piece of advice I give often.  I am asked regularly what my advice is for people that want to get up earlier and exercise.  My answer is always two parts and simple.

First, don’t ever use the snooze button.  Though it may seem it, I promise you are not gaining anything from an extra 5 minutes of sleep.  Honor your commitment to yourself and get up on time, no “snoozing.”  Second, when you’re trying to build the habit of getting up and exercising, just focus on waking up and doing something (weights, run, walk, hike, etc.).  Do not worry if it’s your best effort or not when you’re just starting out.  Simply waking up and doing ten push-ups is better than sleeping in and doing nothing.  Focus on building the habit and worry about the intensity as you go along.

A great lesson from someone I admire.  My father-in-law is one of my favorite people, and I love being around him.  He was a teacher at Chatfield high school for 47 years and had a unique style that combined fun, teamwork, and breaking through comfort zones.  That style made him a local legend, and I rarely go places with him where someone doesn’t yell out “Mr. Clark!” and ask to take a picture with him.  Before he retired in 2019, a film crew made a short movie about him that showed him in action teaching and being interviewed as well.  Two things stood out to me that I think are great lessons. 

The first lesson is to utilize your own personal gifts whatever they may be.  His style was not traditional, but it worked because it was genuine and authentic.  When you’re not yourself, people sense it and don’t respond positively.  The second lesson is, if we can focus on the little corner of the world that we control, we can make an enormous difference.  My wife posted the movie about her dad on Facebook, and I spent 30 minutes reading amazing comments from his former students.  They mentioned repeatedly how his class helped and influenced them.  Do the best you can with what you have, and you will have a positive influence on others, who in turn will carry it forward. 

Some quotes I love.

“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.” – James A. Garfield

“Your mind has to be stronger than your feelings or you’ll lose every time.”  

“You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner?  The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – October 14th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

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.  

Something I learned in practice.  Years ago, I worked with another chiropractor who would encourage me to draw out the length of my visits with chit chat and other pointless things.  That seemed wrong to me, so I refused to do it.  Instead, I would listen better, focus more, work efficiently, and try to give patients the best treatment I could in less time, not more.  Soon I became far busier than the other doctor because people saw me as more “thorough” and I “spent more time with them.”  In other words, I focused on the quality of time rather than quantity and the patients noticed the difference.  We often glorify the numerical amount of time we spend on things, but that number is less important than the quality of our efforts. 

Something I believe.  My wife is helping a woman in our program with nutrition and exercise.  This woman is very honest with her food logging and the other day after doing well, she admitted that she’d ditched her healthy foods for Doritos and Snickers bars.  I believe that a time like this can be critically important.

As humans, we get into patterns of behavior, some good and others not as much.  If I had to guess, I would bet this woman has done this before, has felt ashamed and unworthy, then gone back to her old habits.  Rather than allow that to happen, my wife acknowledged what the woman had done, then made kind, common sense suggestions on how to correct it going forward.  The woman immediately went for a long walk and got back on the program again.  I believe that all it often takes to make enormous progress is to see (or have someone show us) a new path forward.  If we can get on that path even for the briefest of moments, it can be enough to break an old pattern and convince ourselves we can succeed. 

Something I’ve been using with success.  I ran across the “knees over toes” program on Instagram created by Ben Patrick.  I had previously heard this mentioned on the Joe Rogan podcast but forgot about it until recently.  This program is a series of exercises that strengthen the lower body muscles as well as stabilizing the knees and ankles.  With as much running as I do; this is right up my alley.

I have been incorporating parts of this program into my daily routine and have immediately noticed less popping in my knees, better strength throughout my runs, and my leg muscles feel much looser and stretched out.  Best of all, the exercises I am adding in are quite simple and require little or no equipment.  If leg strength and/or knee stability is something you need, I would encourage you to check this out.

An effective tool.  I love the movie “Chef” about a chef that loses his high-level job and opens a food truck.  In one scene, his sous chef and young son are serving a free lunch as a thank you to some workers that helped them.  His son tries to serve a burned sandwich and doesn’t think it matters because they weren’t paying for it.  The chef and sous chef see this and are not happy.  The father then takes him outside and speaks to him, explaining that every sandwich they serve has their name on it and behind it.  Serving something (free or not) that is not up to their ambitious standards disrespects and de-values what they do.  It’s a great scene and valuable lesson.

What I believe can be effective, is finding something that we feel strongly about – cooking, business, a hobby, exercise, etc. and then apply those standards to anything we care about. As an example, I am a physically intense guy and put a ton of energy into my training to get the results I desire.  However, I apply those exact standards to being a chiropractor, father, husband, and coach.  The lofty standards I hold myself to in once aspect, I hold myself to in the others.  Find something for which you have incredibly high standards and then try to apply similar standards in other aspects of your life.  You will be thrilled with the results. 

Some quotes I love. 

“Small hinges swing big doors.”

“Your triggers are your responsibility.  It isn’t the world’s obligation to tiptoe around you.” – Brand MacDonald

“Shout out to everyone making progress that no one recognizes because you never let anyone see your darkest moments.  You’ve been silently winning battles and transforming yourself, be proud of every step you’re making in the right direction.  Keep going because you got this.” – Diamond Dallas Page

“Athletes eat and train, they don’t diet and exercise.” – Lori Jones

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

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.  

Something to try.  Do you stress often?  Many people become overwhelmed at even the smallest form of uncertainty, discomfort, struggle, or inconvenience.  But is this necessary?  Think back to the issues that have really gotten you worked up and stressed about over the past few months.  Next, think about where those issues stand as of now.  Were they worth getting that upset over?  Do they seem smaller now than they did before?  The purpose of this exercise is to remind ourselves that much of what we deal with is not the big deal we make it.  Then, next time something pops up that gets us worried, we can hopefully remember this fact and act accordingly.

An analogy I like.  The seasons of our year vary greatly.  Some bring warm weather, cooler temperatures, snow, rain, sunshine, you name it.  Likewise, our lives are full of seasons that bring us both the best and worst of everything.  It is vital that we understand this, so that we don’t put too much emphasis on any one period.

Personally, I have experienced every season you could imagine.  I’ve seen the highest of the highs and the lowest of lows in my 46 years.  What that has taught me, is that when things go badly, they always inevitably improve.  Likewise, when things are going amazingly well, some challenge always arises and disrupts it.  Viewing our lives as a series of seasons helps us avoid making rash decisions while keeping our mindset strong to deal with whatever life may throw at us. 

Something important.  One of the things we need to be careful of are the stories that we tell ourselves.  These “stories” are the self-talk that we feed ourselves that can be positive and uplifting or negative and limiting.  Spoken enough times, any story becomes believable. 

Over the past year, I’d been telling myself that I was slowing down, and that I wasn’t as capable of running the types of races I had run before.  I told myself the story that I “needed” to slow down a bit.  One day in July, I just decided I wanted to sign up for a 100-mile race and things changed overnight.  I am 2 months into my training and already faster, more explosive, and determined than I have been in years.  I am the same person, I just decided to start telling myself a different story, one that served me better.  Tell yourself a better story and watch what happens!

A good reminder.  Like many, my watch tracks everything I do.  All my runs, load impact (how much exercise done in a week), heart rate, sleep patterns, and more.  Since I’m preparing for a major race, my training has been continuing to increase in volume and intensity.  Last week, my watch began telling me “Please rest” for six straight days.  Naturally, I did not listen.

I’m not suggesting that we should ignore data, but since I am preparing to run one hundred miles, not stopping when my body is fatigued is part of the training.  What was interesting was the more I pushed through, the more my body responded positively.  In other words, my body became accustomed to the training and my watch began showing faster levels of recovery even without rest.  This was a reminder to me, when we think we are at a stopping point or need to rest, we are often not even halfway through our tank.  More importantly, pushing through in these times helps reset what you once viewed as “normal” or possible, and you will seek to achieve more as a result.

Some quotes I love. 

“My greatest success has come from doing the obvious things that others can do but choose not to.” – Cameron Hanes

“If everyone would strive to be the captain of their team as opposed to the MVP, there would be a lot better teams.” – Derek Jones

“Every day, in a hundred small ways, our children ask ‘Do you hear me?  Do you see me?  Do I matter?’  Their behavior often reflects our response.” – LR Knost

“Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.” – Mark Twain

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

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.  

An analogy I like.  In boxing, there is something called a “standing 8 count.”  This is when a fighter has not been knocked down, but is out on their feet, and the referee gives them an eight count to gather themselves to see if they can continue.  Life often gives us these standing eight counts.

A couple Saturdays ago, I woke up with concerns about my son and his leg injury, and what I needed to do for him.  Half the stuff in my house didn’t seem to be working, I had a ton of things to get done, and then I was having a day where I really was missing my late sister.  I took a standing eight count for sure.  However, I then went on a run to clear my thoughts and got back into my regular routine.  This helped take away stress and help me pave the way forward.  Before long, I felt much better, clear headed, and the issues didn’t seem as big.  We all take a beating from time to time, but if we gather ourselves in the proper way, we can continue on. 

Something I’ve learned in my career.  As a chiropractor, I see people in pain every single day.  Some of these people come to me with tolerable symptoms, but others come to me in what might be the worst pain of their life.  People dealing with discomfort at that level often come into my office crying or super irritable.  When I was early in my career, I would focus a lot of my energy on those emotions.  I felt bad for them so I would become distracted by their emotion, and I’m sure my treatments were not as effective as a result.

Though I have empathy and compassion for everyone I treat, I no longer get distracted by a person crying or upset with how much pain they are in.  That may sound cold, but it’s not.  What I came to realize, is my patients need me to do the best job possible to help them, not just be a cheerleader.  If my house were on fire, I would much rather have the firefighter working to put it out and save my family, rather than tell me how bad he feels for me.  Sometimes the best thing you can do is set emotions aside and stay focused on a solution. 

A recent interaction.  I was at a football game recently and one of the other dads that I’m friends with came up and asked me how the training for my 100-mile race (running) was going.  We talked about it for a bit and then (in a nice way) he said “wow, that must suck.”  Honestly, it doesn’t.

I have trained for races like this in the past where I treated it like a job and sucked all the joy out of it.  This time, I have chosen to enjoy the process and that simple decision has made all the difference thus far.  It’s been fun trying new methods of training, learning from previous mistakes, eating a ton (I burn a lot of calories!), and thinking about my sister and brother-in-law who recently passed away (I’m running to honor them).  The goal is to run one hundred miles straight at the race, and I believe I will achieve it, but I want to look back and know that I appreciated every part of the journey to get there.

Something I believe is important.  I spoke to someone recently that referred to themselves as a “health coach.”  This is certainly something I thought would be up my alley, so I asked them to tell me more.  They proceeded to tell me what they could do to help their clients and it all sounded fine.  However, they went on to tell me their own “health” habits, none of which matched what they were preaching to their clients.  Even worse, they had numerous excuses for why they weren’t personally following what they were telling others to do.

It is easy to talk a good game, but actions will always tell the story.  When someone says one thing and does another, credibility is lost.  People immediately sense something doesn’t add up.  What people say is almost irrelevant, how they behave will tell you everything you need to know.  Furthermore, when you find people acting in a way that supports good principles, morals, habits, choices, etc.; those are the people you genuinely want to associate with.

Some quotes I love. 

“The quickest way to succeed is to start now and figure it out as you go.  You can’t learn to drive in a parked car.”

“We seem to be getting closer and closer to a situation where nobody is responsible for what they did but we are all responsible for what somebody else did.” – Thomas Sowell

“A sign of character is focusing more on how you treat others than how they treat you.  Narcissists feel entitled to get respect.  They aim to be the most important person in every room.  Humble people strive to show respect.  They aim to make everyone in the room feel important.” – Adam Grant

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

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