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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – February 14

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

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

Do you pressure patients to adhere to a certain care plan?  I do not.  I am honest with everyone and certainly provide guidance and recommendations, but never make demands or try to convince anyone of what to do.  As I see it, my job is to help people with whatever they’d like my help with.  If that means a single visit or a lifetime of care, I’m still going to give them my best.  I truly believe many of my patients would do far better if they used my services more regularly but that is not my decision.  My practice is very low stress and people are free to come as much or as little as they’d like.

Something I’ve been doing lately that’s really helping?  Historically I do very little stretching.  I’ve always been very flexible and thus have never really adhered to any major stretching program.  However, over the past 2 weeks I have begun prioritizing stretching more.  I have focused on my back and legs with all the running I’ve been doing in preparation for my next race.  It has made a tremendous difference and I’ve really felt that my legs are far fresher and more rejuvenated after I stretch them.  I’ve also tried to stretch briefly during my long runs every hour or so and that too has made a big difference for me.

A cool moment I’ve experienced in one of my races?  A few years ago, I ran the Pike’s Peak Marathon – 13.1 miles and 8,000 feet to the top of Pike’s Peak and then 13.1 miles right back down.  It’s a grueling race and considered by many to be the hardest marathon in the country because of all the climbing and descending it requires.  With about a mile to go I was running down Ruxton Avenue in Manitou Springs and my tank was empty, I was dragging.  Suddenly out of the crowd a super upbeat woman began running next to me.  She said, “you can do this, keep going, you’re almost there, we’ll finish this together!”  She really brought me back to life and I was able to finish strong.  The interesting part is that while I remember running with her for a while, she wasn’t there when I finished the race and I never actually saw her leave my side.  Years later, I’m still 90% sure she was real.  Ha.

A piece of advice I share regularly?  I believe strongly in incremental progress.  This means that your goal today is simply to be a little bit better in your endeavors than you were yesterday.  So, I encourage everyone to go a little bit harder, a little bit further, a little bit faster, a little bit longer, a little bit more something every day.  If you challenge yourself to do this, it becomes less daunting to get from 1 point to the next and before you know it, the progress really adds up.    

A quote I love?   “Perseverance I think is important for everyone.  Don’t give up, don’t give in. There’s always an answer to everything.” – Louis Zamperini

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – February 7

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

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

Something I’ve been eating recently?  My oldest son has gotten me on a kick of eating avocado toast for breakfast.  For those that are unfamiliar, this is toast with a smashed avocado on top.  I will usually toast 2 pieces of high-quality gluten-free bread and press some garlic into the warm bread.  Then I put a half avocado on each and smoosh them up.  I put sea salt on top and sometimes will add a splash of lemon and some arugula as well.  Avocados have very healthy fats in them, and I feel highly energized everytime I eat them.

A recent source of inspiration?  A chiropractor friend that is my age was recently hospitalized for a heart problem.  He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met but hadn’t been taking the time to eat well or exercise in some time.  I spoke to him last week and he is sounding and acting like a different person.  He had just run for an hour straight at 11 minute per mile pace and was thrilled.  What inspired me was that he began telling me that he was committed to maintaining a truly high level of health going forward and that he was excited to see what he could accomplish going forward.  I love when people take something scary or negative and use it to propel themselves forward to a higher level.

A recent observation?  As a heath care provider, when I go to restaurants or the grocery store, I often will inadvertently hear people talking about their health.  Something I notice regularly is that when I hear people talking about being in pain or having a lot of health problems and then I look at what they’re eating, drinking or buying it’s very rarely good.  It’s usually a lot of highly inflammatory and processed foods, microwavable items, soda, chips and the like.  What I wish more people understood is that just like your car requires the right fuel to perform optimally, so does your body.

A natural remedy I use?  When our bodies encounter foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses, our temperature increases in order to burn them off and we get a fever.  Most people when they’re feeling sick try to actively stunt their fever which may feel slightly better in the short term but prevents the body from healing as quickly.  I very rarely get sick but if I do feel myself coming down with something and I have a fever, I try to enhance the fever.  I will literally sleep in multiple layers with a hooded sweatshirt on and then wrap myself in several blankets (this approach will not be popular with your spouse so find your own space).  I will wake up after this very sweaty but every single time I’ve done this, I’ve felt better.  Increasing the body’s temperature allows the body to fight off the virus or bacteria faster.

A quote I love?   “Luck is the last dying wish of those who want to believe that winning can happen by accident.  Sweat, on the other hand, is for those that know it’s a choice.”

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – January 31st

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

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

A piece of nutrition advice I like?  Most grocery stores are laid out so that the perishable (aka fresh) items are along the perimeter.  The fruits and vegetables lead into the proteins that lead into the dairy section, etc.  Your nutrition should include more of these fresh items and less of the packaged and processed items that you’d find on the shelves in the middle of the store (not all are bad obviously).  Natural foods are difficult to over-eat, will provide nutrients, boost energy and satisfy you so that you’re not hungry and looking for quick sources of energy like sugar.  Eat more of the foods you’d find on the perimeter and your nutrition will improve immediately.

A workout I’ve been enjoying?  Truthfully “enjoying” is more like “completing” but it’s still a good one.  In my 100-mile races there are always a fair number of large hills (or mountains) involved and thus climbing is part of the deal.  Covering so many miles, only the elite can physically run every hill.  For a guy like me, big hills mean powerwalking in most cases.  To prepare for this, I put a treadmill up to its maximum incline level which on a good machine is steep.  Then I set the speed to 4 miles per hour.  As simple as this sounds, walking a 15-minute mile at that incline is quite a challenge.  Depending on when I do it, I will go anywhere from 1 to 4 miles in this manner.  Physically this gets me ready for the large hills and mentally it gets me ready as well because in general I hate treadmills and find them boring.

A recent observation?  A good friend of mine just started his own podcast.  I’ve listened to podcasts for over a decade and my assumption was that they’d be very expensive and time consuming to start.  He and I had lunch and I expressed this to him.  As it turns out, he uses his phone, an app and a $17 microphone to create his podcast.  Other than being proud of him, this stood out to me because it occurred to me that many times in life, we avoid things that we feel will be too tough, complicated, time-consuming, etc. when in fact they are well within our grasp. 

A cool moment recently?  Last week I accidentally knocked my Kindle off a countertop and the screen broke badly which is a bummer because I read so much.  A few days later my 13-year-old son saw that it was broken, and I told him what happened.  He then disappeared upstairs for a while and when he came back down, he told me that he’d used some Amazon gift cards that he’d gotten for Christmas to order me a new one.  I was very touched that he would do that, and it meant a lot to me. 

A quote I love?   “Alone we go faster, together we go further.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – January 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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