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7 Tips for more successful New Year’s resolutions

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Today I’d like to share some of my tips for making better New Year’s resolutions:

1. Keep it simple. Rather than making a series of resolutions that you won’t keep, make 1 or 2 (preferably just one) that you can focus on.

2. Be original. Don’t feel you have to copy the resolutions of others. Select something that is important and specific to you.

3. Understand your “why.” A crucial part of any goal is your reason for wanting to achieve it. The more specific you are and the more often you think of those reasons, the more likely you’ll be to succeed.

4. Write your goal(s) down. Statistically any goal that is written down has a far greater chance of success than those that are not.

5. Create action steps. Once you’ve set a general goal it is important to have a series of action steps in place to achieve that goal. For example, if weight loss is your goal than your action steps may involve making it to the gym a certain number of times each week, eating more of a certain healthy food or eating/drinking less of certain unhealthy food on a daily basis.

6. Tell others about your goals. Making others aware of your goals is a good way to keep yourself more accountable. You’ll be far less likely to quit when people are regularly inquiring about your progress.

7. Reward yourself. Resolutions should not be punishment, as you start to make progress it’s okto reward your hard work. For example, when I help people with nutrition I often tell them that if they eat healthy throughout the week it’s alright to indulge in 1-2 bad meals as a reward. Creating incentives like this leads to greater success.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information and regular updates please find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center).

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7 Myths about pain I hear daily

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As a chiropractor I deal with pain on a daily basis. Today I’d like to dispel some of the most common myths I hear from patients regarding pain.

Myth #1: Pain happens because of age. While we certainly heal faster and recover quicker at a younger age, your body does not produce pain in response to your latest birthday milestone.

Myth #2: Pain can has to be either nerve, muscular OR bone related (structural). Your spine protects the nerves that power all of your muscles. In other words, these 3 components are all in such close proximity that what affects one will usually affect the others.

Myth #3: Soreness is the same as pain. Soreness is a sign you’ve placed new or greater stresses upon your body and the effects are usually short lived (1-2 days). For example, returning to physical activity after a long layoff often produces soreness. Pain on the other hand could be something such as a muscle spasm that takes your breath away or a shooting pain down your arm or leg. Unlike soreness, pain will usually cause problems with your activities of daily life and will not usually go away quickly.

Myth #4: If you’re pain-free, you’re healthy. Pain is a symptom, and symptoms are messages from your body that something is amiss. The problem is that symptoms often take months or years to finally present themselves. For example, the first outward symptom of heart disease is often an actual heart attack. Therefore, the absence of pain unfortunately is not a reliable indicator of your overall health.

Myth #5: Only “serious” injuries cause pain. Injuries such as broken bones or diseases like cancer can obviously cause pain, however the amount of pain felt is not proportional to the severity of your condition. In fact, the patients I often encounter in the most severe pain are usually suffering from basic musculoskeletal issues.

Myth #6: You just have to live with pain. In nearly every case, (with proper treatment) there is something that can be done to at least minimize the amount of pain a person is in. Over the years I’ve had many patients that believed they’d have to suffer for life become pain-free, sometimes even after a single visit!

Myth #7: Only wimps go to a doctor for pain. It’s not necessary to get in a car and drive to a medical facility anytime you don’t feel completely 100%. However, there’s no shame in enlisting the help of a specialist to help you correct an issue. I regularly encounter patients that “sucked it up”, continued living in pain and avoided seeing a doctor for years (probably all while driving their friends and family crazy). Without exception, once these people start receiving the appropriate care they all tell me “I wish I’d just come in sooner.”

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please browse our website, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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6 Health Tips To Be Thankful For

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving I thought I’d share some tips I’ve learned over the years that I’m thankful for. These tips have made a tremendous difference in my life and the lives of many others I’ve encountered.

1. Spend less on “stuff” and more on experiences. There are only so many things any of us need and often the more we acquire, the less fulfilled we are. I believe like many that spending money on experiences is far more fulfilling and exciting.

2. Simplify. Rather than adding things to our lives, often subtracting things is the key to happiness. This may include ridding ourselves of people that make us feel bad, minimizing bills and/or debt or any number of other possibilities. Eliminating things we no longer need inevitably leads us to better places.

3. Concern yourself only with what you can control. We live in a world with constant struggles, pressures and difficulties. If we focus on too many of them we become overwhelmed, frustrated and often bitter. The best approach is to apply our efforts to the things we can actually control such as in our business and personal lives. This leads to a more positive outlook, confidence and sense of fulfillment.

4. Complain less. Ultimately, complaining is wasted energy and effort. Instead of making excuses or directing blame to others, work on coming up with solutions. Your friends and co-workers will thank you but most importantly, you’ll feel better.

5. Find new challenges. I believe it’s important to continually test yourself in new ways. Sign up for a difficult race, volunteer for a new position, give a presentation or do anything that requires you to step out of your comfort zone. Meeting new challenges raises your confidence and teaches you to become stronger and more effective in everyday life.

6. Do not neglect your health. Ignoring your health such as being inactive, eating poorly or doing nothing about your pain will INEVITABLY end up catch up with you and land you in crisis. Even worse, often times once you’ve reached crisis level you’ll end up with fewer options for correcting your health issues. Become more proactive about exercising, eating better and getting yourself out of pain before it’s too late.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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20 Quotes to motivate anyone!

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Later this week I will be competing in a 24 hour race that I began training for 6 months ago. In addition to the physical training, I’ve concentrated extensively on being ready mentally. Below are some of my favorite quotes for persevering in any aspect of life.

1. “If it comes easy, if it doesn’t require extraordinary effort, you’re not pushing hard enough. It’s supposed to hurt like Hell.” – Dean Karnazes

2. “Strength does not come from physical capacity, it comes from indomitable will.” – Ghandi

3. “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway

4. “You adapt, evolve, compete or die.” – Paul Tudor James

5. “There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.” – Pat Riley

6. “Fall down 7 times, get up 8.” – Japanese proverb

7. “If you are not on the edge, you are taking up too much room” – Macho Man Randy Savage

8. “What counts in battle is what you do once the pain sets in.” – John Short

9. “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one” – Bruce Lee

10. “There Are Two Ways to Do Something … the Right Way, and Again” – Navy SEAL saying

11. “Don’t let a win get to your head or a loss to your heart” – Public Enemy

12. “Whatever you have to do — just find an excuse to win. Keep going.” – from the movie Lone Survivor

13. “Always do what you’re afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

14. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain

15. “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

16. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

17. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

18. “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” – Victor Kiam

19. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

20. “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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How to use the 80/20 rule to improve your health!

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One of the things I often mention to my patients to improve their health is to follow the “80/20 rule”. This means is that if you follow healthy fundamentals 80% of the time, then the 20% of the time when you aren’t as strict won’t negatively impact you nearly as much. In other words, it’s a way to make progress while still having flexibility with your decisions. Here are some specific examples:

1. Nutrition. Inevitably when anyone wants to begin eating better they begin thinking of the foods they’ll no longer be able to eat. There’s no reason you have to abandon the treats you enjoy altogether, but you should “earn” them first. Eat well 80% of the time and then take pleasure in the 20% of the time when you’re dying for something decadent or less healthy.

2. Beverages. Bad beverages are essentially liquid calories and a recipe for weight gain, inflammation and poor health. You should make water and healthy beverages your best friend 80% of the time and make alcohol, juices, sugary drinks, artificially sweetened drinks, etc the exception to this rule.

3. Exercise. I am a firm believer that EVERYONE should exercise and that EVERYONE has time to do something to accomplish this, even if it’s only 10 minutes a day. Since there are 52 weeks in a year, if you worked out 80% of those weeks it would equate to 41 weeks. That means in a year you’d theoretically be able to miss 11 weeks (nearly 3 months) and still have exercised 80% of the year. Shoot for this 80% goal at minimum, exercise at least 3 times per week during those weeks and you’ll notice amazing results.

4. Thoughts. Researchers estimate that human beings have anywhere from 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. Unfortunately it is also estimated that for many people, 80% of these thoughts are either negative or self-limiting. The most successful people in athletics, business and life understand the link between positive thoughts and achievement. Make an effort to start thinking more positively about yourself, your life and the people and events around you and you’ll notice a profound difference. As an example, I recently read a book on the extremely difficult Navy SEAL training. Many of the instructors interviewed mentioned that while the program itself is so physically grueling, mental toughness was a much more reliable indicator for success than physical prowess.

5. Relationships. This is not a category most people would apply the 80/20 rule to, but I feel it’s important. All relationships have ups and downs but my opinion is that you need someone that makes you happy and also helps make you better as a person. If you believe your partner provides this for you 80% of the time (or more) than you’re probably with the right person! If however, that’s only the case 20% of the time (or less), than it may be time to make a change. Being with someone that makes you unhappy detracts from every facet of your life. You owe it to yourself to find someone that helps make your life better. This same principle can also apply to friendships.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please continue to search our website, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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10 Exercise Rules You Should Follow

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1. The perfect time to start is…now! If you’re waiting for the ideal time to start working out, it’ll never happen. You’ll be better off and feel much better if you simply start something now.

2. You have time!! There is no debating that many of us have very busy schedules. However, regardless of your schedule there are pockets of time in any day when you can find some way to train.

3. The best place to exercise is…the place you’ll actually show up to. My advice is to select a gym, yoga studio, etc that is close to your home or office so that you’ll be able to get there regularly without a hassle.

4. Start off slow. A classic beginner mistake is to try and make up for lost years by going overboard in the first week of exercise. This results in extreme soreness, decreased motivation and quitting. After a period of inactivity, even mild exercise will create a profound positive change in your body so there’s no need to go too crazy. Think marathon, not sprint.

5. It’s not supposed to hurt. There is a big difference between soreness and pain. Soreness comes when you begin to use muscles in a different way than they’re accustomed, that is normal. Pain is a warning signal your body gives you that something is not working as it should. Soreness can be worked through, pain should be addressed.

6. If you’re in pain, find someone to help you before you begin exercising. Many of my patients come to me in pain and are depressed that they cannot exercise as a result. I always tell them that the first step is to alleviate their pain so that they can begin moving and feeling normal again. Once that is achieved, exercise will be much easier and more effective.

7. Use a variety. In order to maximize the health benefits of exercise, it’s best to have a mix of preferred activities. For example, working out with weights will build strength, running/cycling will improve cardiovascular function and yoga will improve flexibility and core strength. Select different types of exercise and you’ll get great results without becoming bored.

8. Steadily increase your intensity. Your body is an efficient machine. As a result, it will only continue to make progress if you impose increasing demands upon it. Try different things to make your weight workouts, cardiovascular exercise, etc more intense and you’ll notice you progress faster.

9. No workout plan can make up for a terrible diet. There is not enough space to describe what a healthy diet is comprised of. However, just understand that without proper nutrition your body will not achieve maximum benefit from any form of exercise.

10. Train for a reason. Statistically, signing up for even a small race like a 5K leads to greater exercise compliance than anything else. Find an event that interests you, sign up and you’ll be far more driven to exercise consistently.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For additional information please browse our website, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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6 Tips for a stronger mind and more productive life

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I’m a big believer that one of the most valuable tools a person can possess is a strong mindset. This enables a person to plan effectively, deal with crisis and move forward productively. Like anything else, thinking in a constructive way takes practice. Here are 6 tips I recommend for strengthening your mind.

1. Keep the past behind you. Far too many people spend crucial energy focused on what has already happened instead of what could be happening. Instead of dwelling on what used to be, start focusing on how you want things to be.

2. Take “smaller bites”. Many of us have so many things that need to be done that it can become overwhelming. Rather than allowing the stress this causes to set us back, the key is to take “smaller bites.” Focus on and complete 1 task at a time before moving on to the next. This will allow you to simultaneously focus on the task at hand, accomplish things, feel better and still progress toward your ultimate goal(s).

3. Trust yourself. When things get challenging many people have a tendency to question how (or if) they’ll ever be able to find a solution. Rather than adopting that negative mindset, have faith that one way or another you will succeed. Many of the most admirable people I’ve encountered were just normal people that refused to give up on finding solutions to their problems.

4. Don’t compare yourself. With things like Facebook, there is a greater tendency than ever for people to compare themselves to their friends and acquaintances. Ultimately this is damaging, exhausting and unproductive. Rather than worrying about how you stack up versus others, focus on whether you’re growing into a better version of yourself.

5. Put others first. As human beings we often have a tendency to spend so much time in our own heads that we don’t focus enough on those around us. Placing energy into helping others (even in small ways) without worrying about what we’ll receive in return has the tendency to produce profound results. I’ve personally experienced time and again in my personal and business life that those I help often end up returning the favor to me in amazing and unexpected ways.

6. Use the ” 1 hour rule”. This is a trick that I adopted many years ago and often tell my patients about. When you’re faced with an obstacle in life there is nothing wrong with admitting you’re upset. Take an hour to feel the emotions – cry, scream, punch (preferably pillows not people) or do whatever necessary to allow some of that emotion to be released…but only for 1 hour. After that hour you need to come out prepared to create solutions to whatever issues you may be facing.

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