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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 – October 7th

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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 – May 6th

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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 recent experience.  My wife and I consulted with a woman recently about her nutrition.  She went into detail about how she had slow digestion, and her doctor insisted that everything she eat have high amounts of fiber.  The way things were explained to us, she had some exceedingly rare and unique digestive issues and so we asked her to fill out a food log for us to evaluate.  Upon reviewing the log, I saw no foods high in fiber but did see candy, fast food, and a lot of alcohol.

I do not mention this as a criticism of this person, because it’s not.  She is a nice lady that just needed the right help.  The point I’m making is that we often look for complicated answers to simple questions.  In this case, this woman did not actually have a complex issue, she had simply been eating terrible foods that her body could not process efficiently. 

To correct this, we recommended replacing some of the bad foods she was consuming with better, more nutritious options.  Immediately, she began to improve (in multiple aspects).  To correct any issue, the best way to begin is by addressing the simplest issues and then moving on to more complex ones only if necessary.  Don’t over-think it!

A good reminder.  On Easter Sunday, I was informed that someone had spray painted my office sign as well as those of some of my neighbors.  This bummed me out but, in the end, was a good reminder to me of how best to manage problems when they arise.

First, don’t feel sorry for yourself, just accept that it happened and move on.  Second, get to work on a solution.  In this instance, I researched what might remove spray paint from that surface and went and bought what I needed.  Once I’m on to step two, I already feel better because I’m pursuing something constructive and feel more in control. 

Third, fix the issue.  For simple matters like this, it can happen instantly, but more complex ones may take time.  Regardless, get to work correcting them as soon as possible.  Finally, understand that things will go wrong from time to time, often through no fault of your own. These issues may not be pleasant, but they tend to make you stronger in knowledge and/or resilience if managed properly.

Something important.  Being coachable is one of the greatest assets a person can have in my opinion.  This allows the ego to move to the side, so added information can be taken in and used to make improvements.  Conversely, when someone is not coachable, they tend to remain in a pattern, one that is usually not beneficial to them.

When my wife and I help people in our fitness and nutrition business, I can tell instantly whether they are coachable.  If they are, they will succeed and if they are not, they won’t.  It’s that simple.

The signs that some will allow themselves to be coached, are a willingness to accept criticism, take recommendations, try alternatives, ask questions, and more.  On the other hand, if someone cannot be coached, they will tell you they don’t like to listen to other people, are unwilling to change what they’re doing (even if it’s bringing horrible results), will blame others, and will often seek other opinions only to not follow those as well.  Be coachable, it will make a tremendous difference in the results you can obtain in life.

Something to remember.  One of our clients in our SAM Program was told by her doctor that because she was 40 years old, she would never be able to lose any weight.  Anyone with any experience in this field would understand this is not true but it brings up two important points.

First, never allow one person to ruin a dream or goal for you.  There are many haters out there and usually the most adamant ones are the least knowledgeable.  Find people that can help you attain the goals you want.  In this instance, this woman was easily able to lose weight with basic advice that we provided.

Second, age is only a number.  Your body does not quit when it reaches a round number such as 30, 40, or 50.  As a chiropractor, I constantly hear people blame their age when they’re in pain (even in their twenty’s!).  I promise you; your body does not wait until you hit a certain number and then begin failing on you.  What tends to happen is that someone reaches an age where they stop giving proper effort toward their health.  We certainly have less leeway with our health as we age so lack of effort becomes noticeable quickly.  Do not give up on yourself simply because you reached another birthday, keep battling!

Some quotes I love. 

“You have to change your life if you’re not happy and wake up if things aren’t going the way you want.” – Keanu Reeves

“No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder.” – Elon Musk

“Do what is easy and your life will be hard.  Do what is hard and your life will become easy.” – Les Brown

“Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.” – W. Clement Stone

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – March 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.   

A lesson that has helped me.  When I was in my first two years of high school, my grandfather with whom I was extremely close, was battling bone cancer.  He was a proud and tough man, was a boxer in his younger years and knew everyone in the large town in which he lived.  Much of my personality comes from him and one lesson in particular has been extremely valuable to me.

Going through such a tough battle, my grandfather was counted out many times.  However, he loved gathering at the holidays with his family, so he would always set a goal to attend the next holiday gathering.  To do so, he had to endure great amounts of pain while showing courage and mental strength.

I have been in many tough situations in my life and often think back to this to keep me going.  I learned this lesson at a young age, but it took some time for me to learn to apply it properly.  The lesson it reinforced for me was to never give up and never forget your “why.”  When your why is strong enough, you can achieve and overcome far more than you ever dreamed. 

A trait I admire. Toughness is a trait that I truly admire. When I say that, you may have the idea that I’m referring to big muscles and physical prowess.  That can apply, but toughness to me goes far beyond the physical.  In my opinion, toughness is about mental strength, determination, and tenacity in the face of obstacles.

I like to feel I can identify toughness easily. Unfortunately, I do not see it as often as I’d like these days.  However, it is always interesting to me where it can be found.  Some of the truly toughest people I have encountered are women and/or mothers for example.  Toughness usually bares itself with a quiet and humbled resolve to keep going.  Many of the people whom I consider the toughest would likely never refer to themselves as such, but truly are.

Something worth trying.  Recently, I have been going through the process of evaluating various aspects of my life and asking myself what 3-5 things I could improve.  For example, I ask myself this question as a chiropractor, father, husband, athlete, coach, and more.   

The goal of this endeavor is not to become negative, but rather to look for avenues of improvement.  It’s been worth it for me to find small changes or additions I can make to improve myself.  The beauty of doing this is, you’re coming up with answers before you’re forced to.  You can identify ways to improve without being in an emotional or crisis state.  Give this a try, I promise it will be worth it!

Something I believe.  As a chiropractor, I am a believer that whenever possible you should seek out a cure to a problem rather than masking it.  This applies in many ways.  One way in particular is creating the best version of you possible.

This means that if you want more money, better relationships, whatever; you must produce the best version of yourself possible.  If you do that, those things will come more easily.  There is not an endeavor or situation you can name that would not benefit from you being the best version of yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and more.  Become the best you possible mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc. and you will be thrilled at what it leads to in your life. 

Some quotes I love. 

“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” – Tim Ferriss

“Only the fittest of the fittest shall survive, stay alive.” – Bob Marley, Could You Be Loved

“Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been, to stand up taller than you ever were.”

“When setting out on a journey, do not seek advice from those who have never left home.” – Rumi

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

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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 am thankful for.  I began doing these 5 Spots about 3 years ago.  I started by emailing them to a few hundred patients and then later, posting them on my website.  My goal was to journal my thoughts in a format that my children could one day refer to.  At the same time, my hope was that people I sent them to, would find value in them as well.  Though the group reading them was small, the feedback was immediately positive.

The other day I was made aware these 5 Spots have been read well over a million times, which shocked me.  It has been fun to see the readership grow throughout the years, and I was humbled by it.  More importantly to me, however, each week I hear from at least one person that tells me something I wrote resonated with them, inspired them, and caused them to take an action.  Combined with the fact that my older sons now read these columns each week on their own, gives me great pride.  I am extremely grateful for all of you that take the time to read these.  Writing this each week has become a big part of my life that I truly enjoy.  Thank you!

A piece of advice I love.  There is a saying I often think to myself and tell others when the situation dictates, “Be a grown up.”  This is a general statement, but it encompasses a lot.  To me, this simple declaration is a reminder of how to do things properly. 

In my opinion, being a grown up means to be responsible, not complain, show up on time, see things through, give appropriate effort, plan, and much more.  Reminding yourself to act like a grown-up will help guide your behavior toward something productive.

A workout I always enjoy.  Anytime we get a snowstorm, I make it a point to go for a run.  Each time I do so, I get odd looks from neighbors and people shoveling driveways or driving past.  To most, running in cold temperatures and bad elements is terrible and foolish, but I like it.

I always enjoy how quiet and serene things are when the snow is coming down and I love when my footprints are the only ones I see.  More importantly, these runs in challenging elements help get me comfortable being uncomfortable.  This fuels my mental resolve and helps me view challenges in a more positive light.  Whether it’s freezing cold, snow, or the hottest days of the year; I like to train in the toughest elements because it helps me become physically and mentally tougher in my daily life.

A concept I like.  We all have things that stress us out.  Work, finances, relationships, words someone said, world events, etc.  I call these things “mental rent.”  Just as you don’t want to pay too much rent for the place you live or work, you want to work at keeping your mental rent low.

For example, if you are unable to pursue a healthy relationship with someone because you are still getting over how badly an ex treated you years ago, you are paying that person a very high mental rent.  Mental rent is important to understand because the more bandwidth you spend on negativity, the less you’ll have to create progress and growth.  If you’re thinking about someone, something, a past event, whatever, ask yourself if it’s worth putting your hard-earned mental rent toward.  

Some quotes I love. 

“The ones who say you can’t and won’t are probably the ones who are scared that you will.” – Zig Ziglar

“Winners are not people who never fail.  They are people that never quit.”

“Success requires commitment, not a miracle.”

“Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don’t so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head.” – Joe Henderson

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – March 11

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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 believe is important.  One of the things I tell myself each day is to “play with fire”, meaning do everything with a high level of energy and purpose.  In my experience, far too many people go about their days with low energy, just going through the motions.  This is not fun for them or those they interact with.

I believe that if you’re going to do something, you want to give it all the energy you can.  This leads to better focus and success.  It also positively influences other people, events, and results in positive changes within your life.  I am not suggesting you behave in a manner that is not authentic, but you should take steps to ensure that you are going through each day with as much vitality and intention as possible.

An interesting observation. “Give 100%” is a saying we all hear often.  Many people say they are giving one hundred percent, but I do not believe this is always (or even frequently) the case.  The easiest way for me to tell the truth of someone’s effort is by observing patterns.

When I encounter someone that wants to tell me how much effort they’ve put in and how there’s nothing else they could/should be doing differently, these are never the people giving all they have.  People like this usually want you to agree that they’ve exhausted all their options and praise them for what they’ve done.  Not surprisingly, they often blame circumstances or luck for their lack of results and never themselves. 

Conversely, the most successful people I have ever met always feel they can give more.  They do not look for a pat on the back for their efforts, take personal responsibility for all outcomes good or bad, and always seek improvement.  In my life, I have fallen into both categories at times, but my goal for years now has been to only behave as the second group does, taking full responsibility and always seeking to give more.

Something I admire.  I’ve had recent conversations with friends that recently tried to accomplish some amazing things and failed.  Some were in business, some physical, but all were lofty goals that came up short.  Though these people didn’t “succeed” how they expected, I greatly admire them.

We live in a world where it is common for people to play small, take no risks, and then criticize others for taking a shot and failing.  I do not understand that way of thinking.  I would much rather have the guts to go after a big goal than play it safe and not try.  A failure can become fuel for future endeavors so there is never a reason not to try.  Never be afraid to go out on your shield, only be afraid to tuck it between your legs.

Reminder of a great lesson.  I listened to our pastor speak the other day and he mentioned what starts off working will often cease to do so after a period of time.  At that point, you must change if you wish to have success going forward.  This is true in business, marriages, sports, physical endeavors, and much more.

Adaptability is a trait we should strive for because nothing remains the same forever.  As things stop working as they once did or as we’d like, we are faced with two choices.  First, we can complain and/or reminisce how things once were and decide it’s unfair that we’re not still obtaining the same results.  The second choice is that we acknowledge change is necessary, and then adjust.  It’s a simple choice but one that is often surprisingly difficult. 

Some quotes I love. 

“Generally, when a leader struggles, the root cause behind the problem is that the leader has leaned too far in one direction and steered off course.” – Jocko Willink

“Never let people who choose the path of least resistance steer you away from your chosen path of most resistance.” – David Goggins

“Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.  Right is right even if no one is doing it.”

“A child without discipline is a child without love.” – Mr. Rogers

“Discipline is not about being abusive; it’s about setting firm rules and boundaries and then enforcing them.” – Joe De Sana

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

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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.   

How do you get used to running for so long?  After I mentioned the 34-mile run I did in my brother in law’s honor a few weeks ago, I have gotten this question a lot from patients.  The honest answer is that you don’t.

What happens when you present yourself with significant challenges repeatedly is, they never become easy.  Rather, your ability to adapt when things get tough increases.  For example, I have never run thirty, fifty, or one hundred miles and thought it was a breeze.  It’s always grueling but I have developed the ability to make mental, physical, nutritional, and other adjustments where it never seems insurmountable. 

This same premise applies to our daily lives as well.  As we face challenges, we do not become immune to them, but we become more resilient.  Situations that would have once kept us down no longer have the power to do so.    

An important concept.  I’ve had recent dealings with a small business owner making common mistakes.  Blaming others, spending money looking for the magic bullet, ignoring the need to work hard as an individual, worrying about the future while ignoring the present, micro-managing, and more.  This reminded me of the importance of leadership.  When the leader of an organization, team, or family displays shaky leadership, it has an unsettling effect on those around them.  It’s like the captain of a ship not knowing what direction to proceed. 

Leadership to me is not a one-time event or series of words.  Rather, it is the actions that a leader displays to those around them.  When those actions show consistency, integrity, intelligence, planning, etc., it builds confidence in those around them which leads to better performance.  When a leader displays poor qualities such as indecisiveness, quick temper, failure to take responsibility, lack of drive, poor preparation, etc. it leads those around them to lose focus, interest, and productivity.   Strong leaders are crucial to families, businesses, teams, and all groups of people.

A great lesson.  My youngest son is 3 ½ years old and says “I love you” all the time.  He’ll say it to me, his mom, and then list off his siblings, and grandparents.  What he does every time that I like is that he includes his own name in there.  He tells himself that he loves himself.

Though he’s so young, this is a lesson for all of us. Sometimes we forget to love ourselves but it’s crucial.  We often have kindness and compassion for those around us and talk to ourselves in a way we never would to others.  Take a lesson from my son and “love you some you!”

Something I often hear.  “I don’t have time.”  I hear this often about exercise, self-care, business matters, and more.  This is usually another way of saying it’s not a priority and I don’t think I’ve ever heard it from someone that is incredibly successful or legitimately busy.

High performing people always prioritize what is important and get what must be done finalized.  Conversely, those that are scattered often do a lot, but much of it is unimportant and could be avoided by prioritizing better.  Anyone can be busy, being productive is the key.  If you find yourself saying you don’t have time, take a hard look at where some of that time is going, and you may be surprised how much you can free up.

Some quotes I love.

“Failure is not aiming too high and missing.  Failure is aiming too low and hitting.” – Marc Mero

“Behind every strong person is a story that gave them two choices:  sink or swim.”

“There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.” – Zig Ziglar

“Sometimes the reason that you’re suffering is because you won’t let go of the things that’s biting you.” – Jordan Peterson

“Life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve.  This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent.” – Tony Robbins

“The repetition of affirmation leads to belief, and once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” – Muhammad Ali

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

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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 concept.  “Why does this keep happening?”  This is a question I get often from patients regarding a recurring issue such as back pain.  In terms of your spine there are many variables, but the ultimate answer is usually that the person has not changed their behavior.  This is an important concept in chiropractic but even more so in life.

If you are receiving a result that you don’t like but making no effort to get a different outcome, you are earning that result.  We can’t always know instantly what the solution to a problem may be.  However, one certainty is that repeating the same behavior will create the same result.  If you want to change the outcome, focus on what leads you there and make choices according to what you’d like to see happen.  As simple as this is, people often focus too much on what is happening to them and not enough on how much power they have to change it.

A story I love to tell.  About 6 years ago, my oldest son (who was nine at the time) and I ran a race together.  It was an 8-mile run that we’d picked out ahead of time as something that would challenge him.  The race took place in April and 2 days before the race we got about a foot of snow.  The race was still able to be held but the course was snow-covered and temperatures in the single digits. 

As we arrived at the race, we saw many people simply turn around and go home.  They decided it was too cold, they didn’t want to run through snow, and called it a day.  My son and I stayed and ran the race.  He never complained and in a race of hundreds of people, he finished third in his age group of 19 years and younger.

Did he take third place because he ran so fast?  No, because honestly, he did not.  He took third place out of three people.  Dozens signed up within his division but only he and two others showed up to run. My son took third because he suited up, showed up, and persevered. 

This is a powerful and teachable lesson.  We cannot always rely on talent, skill, or good fortune to succeed.  Sometimes the difference between success and failure is having the guts to show up and keep going when others will not.  Also, difficult conditions often present great opportunities for those willing to seize them. 

Something I heard and loved.  I was watching a motivational video on YouTube by Eric Thomas, and he said, “You can’t just have energy when you have energy.”  This resonated with me.  To me, this is all about maintaining your level of exertion when your body and mind are telling you it’s ok to rest. 

When I run, I don’t find out what I’m made of until the wheels fall off the bus and I’m exhausted, in pain, and/or facing more miles still to go.  During a workout, the reps that really matter are the ones I struggle to barely get when my muscles feel like they want to give out.  Many of my best moments with my children are when I find just a little bit more energy to play with them when I am exhausted after a long day.  Many of my best adjustments are those that I’ve fit into a hectic schedule when I didn’t feel like I had the juice to do another.

The point I took from Eric’s great quote is that the ultimate test is how you’ll behave when you have little to nothing left.  Everyone succeeds when things are good, and their tank is full.  The special people succeed when they’re exhausted and at less than 100%!

Something I have found to be true.  When we are facing challenges be it physical and/or mental, things can get rough. Sometimes we feel we are making little progress and the task can seem insurmountable.  What I have learned challenging myself physically and mentally through my workouts, habits, competitions, and more is the cardinal sin you can make is to whine, complain, or tell yourself or others how difficult something is and how hard it will be to complete. 

When you take a tough situation and add negativity to it, things will instantly shift from difficult to impossible.  Complaining also causes collateral damage by affecting everyone around it.  When you complain, you take someone near you off their track and make it tougher on them.

I talked with a long-time patient of mine this week going through another bout of cancer.  As he caught me up on what was going on with his health, I commended him on how positively he has dealt with everything.  He told me he didn’t see any other way to go through difficult times other than taking it one step at a time and as positively as possible.  If he were not this way, his tough situation would be exponentially worse. We cannot always control what we go through, but we do have the power to make it better by focusing on how we go through it.

Some quotes I love.

“Every man dies, not every man lives.” – William Wallace

“Don’t expect front row seats if you’re giving nosebleed effort.” – Eric Thomas

“The most unconscionable acts in human history were conducted by those ‘just following orders.’” – Tim Kennedy

“There are only two options:  1.  Make Progress.  2.  Make excuses.” – Mark Devine

“When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous.  We are timid only when there is something we can still cling to.” – Ian Smith

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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 question to ask yourself.  The technology we use is constantly upgraded.  Our phones, televisions, software, etc. are always moving from one version to another.  As this occurs, we expect the most updated version will be better in some way than its predecessor.  This is how it should work for people as well.  Therefore, a good question to ask is whether you are currently a better version of yourself than you were last month/year/decade/etc.?

The key is not to make this assessment simply based on age (you’ll be older, that’s a given).  Factors to consider are your levels of activity, priorities, relationships with those important to you, level of happiness, contentment, and on and on.  Ideally, you should look back and see progress in different areas.  If you do not feel this is the case, what can you do differently to change that?  The goal is not to be perfect but simply to be moving forward.

Something I believe in.  When I was early in my career, my boss and chiropractic mentor told me about “outflows.”  These are small acts of gratitude that you say or do for someone.  For example, one of my son’s former coaches is a part of a church group that he attends.  His words have aided and helped my son, so last week I took a little time and wrote this coach a nice message, about what a great mentor and role model he’s been for my son and the other young men.  He was extremely appreciative of this gesture.

We live in a world that can be negative at times.  Taking a little bit of time to point out to someone that they’ve helped you, you liked something they did, can be extremely powerful.  Sometimes that one act of kindness can motivate them in ways you may never fully appreciate.  Don’t be afraid to say or do something nice for someone else!

A type of workout I’ve been enjoying.  This week I began experimenting with “tabatas” within my workouts.  Tabata is a term for an interval workout where there is a period of extreme exertion followed by a rest period and then the cycle is repeated.  Commonly the exertion is for 20 seconds, and the rest is 10 seconds with the length of the tabata totaling 4 minutes.

These can be done with cardiovascular exercise such as in a spin class, but I’ve been incorporating them into my weight workouts.  For example, I’ll do a moderate weight on squats for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds and then repeat that again until 4 minutes are up.  You may be thinking that 4 minutes isn’t long but if you do this properly, it’ll be a true challenge.  Best of all, for those of you who do not have much equipment to work out with, you can make amazing workouts using this style using nothing but bodyweight exercises. 

A good reminder.  Recently I made the decision to get involved in a new business endeavor involving nutrition and exercise.  This is an area in which I am passionate and have decades of experience.  However, as with any new venture, there is a lot to do. As someone that thrives on routine, I have found myself thinking about all that needs to get done, and struggling to make sure I find the time to do everything.  Though this is challenging, it is an excellent reminder.

I believe you should always strive to have something in your life that challenges or scares you a little.  These are the types of things that keep you focused and draw you a little further out of your comfort zone.  Whether it’s a new business, side hustle, speaking engagement, signing up for a competition or something else, it’s great to have a challenging goal in front of you that you need to work hard to achieve!

Some quotes I love.

“If you don’t fight for what you want, don’t cry for what you lose.”

“You never hear stories about people who quit.” – Commander David Sears

“I want to be in the arena.  I want to be brave with my life.  And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked.  We can choose courage, or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both.  Not at the same time.” – Brene Brown

“You’ll never be criticized by someone who is doing more than you.  You’ll always be criticized by someone doing less.  Remember that.” – Denzel Washington

“The only thing standing between you and your dream is the bullsh** story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” 

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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 recent experience.  As many of you know, last Friday I ran thirty-four miles to honor my brother-in-law who would have turned thirty-four that day.  Halfway through my pre-planned route, I came to my first series of trails.  Due to the snow last week still being on the ground, the footing was not great, but it was well traveled and not terrible.  After a few miles of that, I came upon the beginning of a 7-mile section of trail that didn’t appear to have so much as a single footprint on it.  That would mean I’d be blazing my own trail in the cold through ten inches of snow, up and down hills; not ideal for any long run.

At this point, I had the choice to either continue my current route knowing it would be hard, or detour to paved roads and make it easier.  I chose the hard way and it ended up being more challenging than I expected, each mile feeling as if it were three.  It was cold, I fell several times, I was in pain, and was in the middle of nowhere.

All that said, this is the portion I’ll look back on and remember fondly.  When you challenge yourself and then overcome, there is a feeling of accomplishment and pride.  Trudging through that snow alone, I talked aloud to my late brother-in-law often, and brought myself into a stronger mental state than when I began the run.  If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you so remember to seek out those challenges when you can.

Something I believe.  Focusing on winning is extremely important.  It helps keep us driven, determined, and with an eye on the end goal.  This is crucial but things do not always end up as we’d like.  For that reason, I believe something that is just as important as winning is learning how to take a loss.

I saw several examples over the past week of people or groups that lost in various endeavors and behaved shamefully.  They made excuses, involved people that didn’t need to be, cried foul, said things weren’t fair, and on and on.  They compounded their loss by embarrassing themselves with poor behavior.

No one should ever want to lose.  But if it happens, there are ways to handle it so that it turns into something positive in the future.  Evaluate your performance, ask what you could have done differently, what can be improved, what you learned, etc.  Do not make excuses, feel sorry for yourself, or get down.  Take it on the chin, own it, and grow from it.

Something I heard and loved.  One of my son’s previous football coaches spoke at his church group this week.  He told a story (that I was in attendance to witness) from 2 years ago.  They were playing in a tight game against an extremely physical team that was hitting hard and talking a lot.  They hit our quarterback often and got into his head.  He came to the sideline to get a play from the coach facing a 4th and 32, down 6 points, with under a minute left in the game.

He told the coach that he was scared.  The coach asked if he meant scared about the situation or getting hurt and the player told him that he was just scared.  At that point, his coach told him the play and told him that one of the players would be open on this play, that he’d make a perfect throw to him and that they’d score and win.  That is exactly what happened.  He completed a 74-yard touchdown pass on that play and my son’s team won one of the craziest games I’ve ever seen.

The point the coach made by telling this story was that sometimes in life, you may not believe in yourself.  In those times, it may be the words of someone else that help you.  Furthermore, there will be times when it’s you that needs to hear these words and other times when you are the person that must deliver them to someone else.  When used properly, there is great power in your words to help others, and theirs to help you!

A concept I believe in.  In the lead up to the memorial run I did for my brother-in-law last week; I was asked by many patients and friends what my backup plan was.  In other words, what would I do if it were cold, if it snowed, if the roads and trails were tough to run on, etc.?  Would I postpone, and if so, to when?  My answer was that I was going when I’d planned regardless. 

When there is something important to you, do not allow yourself to negotiate it with anyone (including yourself).  Honor your commitment in the way you promised and give all you have.  If it seems like it will be harder than you expected for some reason, begin it anyway.  Honor your commitments by showing up and giving nothing less than your best.

Some quotes I love.

“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”

“Your energy introduces you before you even speak.” – Kate Broddick

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does.  Keep going.” – Sam Levenson

“Food is the most overused anxiety drug.  Exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant.” – JJ Virgin

“Freedom is not a reward for compliance.  That’s how jails work.”

“It will be hard but hard does not mean that it will be impossible.”

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