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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – August 27th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  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.  I listened to a podcast the other day and the guest compared the freedoms we enjoy in this country to a buffet.  I think this analogy works for a few reasons. 

First, just like a buffet, there will be some things that really appeal to you and others you won’t like.  Second, the ability for you to select what you do and do not want to eat is crucial.  Vegetarians wouldn’t want to be told to eat meat, while others may not want to touch vegetables, etc.  In either case, the point is, we shouldn’t limit choices based on someone else’s preferences.  Finally, if someone were monitoring the buffet and telling you what you should be eating and why, it would be a dangerous precedent.  Maybe the person telling you to eat the beef owns cattle.  Perhaps the person encouraging you to eat the desserts sells a weight loss drug that you might find useful after years of sugar.  The point is, if there are choices seemingly available to you but someone is there to make sure you only pick certain things, it’s not a buffet; it’s a prison cafeteria.  Shutting a buffet down when you see people making choices you would not isn’t cool, freedoms work the same way. 

Something I believe in.  I had a new patient last week that came in (while I had a chiropractic student shadowing me) and was incredibly forthright in what he told me.  He gave me information on how he was feeling but also was candid as to things he’d done wrong and what steps he’d taken to remedy those actions.

This was an example of something I believe in strongly – people that are honest, humble and want to change; have already won half the battle.  On the road to change, we are usually our own worst enemy.  We make excuses, we get embarrassed, and/or we blame people and circumstances for our shortcomings.  Those who take ownership over their actions, admit that they could use help and are willing to do what is necessary to get there; will always succeed. 

A good reminder.  My dog is an older boxer that is sadly near the end of his life.  One night this week I went to bed and after about an hour of sleep I heard him barking which he rarely does.  I came down to check on him to see what he needed.  I adjusted him and gave him a treat, but he was still not relaxing.  At this point, I understood that he was barking because he didn’t want to be alone downstairs and, in his condition, he was unable to come and find me.  I moved his bed next to the couch, petted him until he fell asleep and spent the night next to him.

This experience with my dog was a good reminder to me of a lesson in life.  Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone is to just simply be there for them – listen, hold their hand, give them a hug, show them kindness, etc.  We can’t solve every issue, even though we’d like to.  At times, the best we can do is just be there for someone, so they don’t feel alone.

A trick I have relied on many times.  Have you ever had to go to work (or somewhere else) after a fight with your spouse, getting bad news about something, or feeling like there is something you’d much rather be thinking about than work?  This happens to all of us at some point and can be difficult to deal with. 

What I have found effective over the years is compartmentalizing.  When I get to work, I know my patients need me to be on my game.  I must give them the courtesy of my full attention and provide the very care possible.  If I am distracted about something this cannot happen.  Therefore, if I have something on my mind, I tell myself it must go into “the box” and I compartmentalize by imaging putting my trouble into a steel box and locking it away.  It doesn’t mean I am ignoring the problem or not acknowledging its existence.  Rather, it is an act or prioritization – I make myself focus completely on the task at hand without worrying about anything else.  Once I have finished what I need to, I allow myself to reopen that box and deal with whatever I must.  Years ago, as my first marriage was falling apart, I had to do this on an almost daily basis to get through a workday.  Last year when my brother-in-law died, I also had to use this technique.  Your mind cannot be in two places at once so use “the box” to help you focus and prioritize better.

Some quotes I love.

“The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.” – George Orwell

“The dream is free, the hustle is sold separately.”

“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.” – Confucius

“Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt.” – Mahatma Ghandi

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – August 20th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

A concept I took from coaching that I apply to life.  Years ago, as I was beginning to coach, I happened to run across the saying “you are either coaching it or allowing it.”  Quite simply, this means that you are either encouraging a certain behavior or it is permeating because you have failed to address the problem.  If my players are not hustling, arguing, not following instructions, etc. then it is my fault either because I taught it to them or allowed it to continue. There are few situations that can’t be brought back to the simple question of “am I coaching this or allowing it?”

It is also excellent advice for everyday life.  If you are around negative people, then you taught them to be that way or failed to get away from them.  If you’re not meeting your goals and are unhappy, you either want it that way or are unwilling to do what it takes to get to a better place.  With everything you do, you are either manifesting something or letting it happen.

Something I do not like to hear and what I prefer to do instead.  “It’s really tough so I’m…”  I hear a version of this all the time, and it usually begins with a desired outcome or behavior and then is followed by an excuse taking the form of “but it’s hard.”  We’ve all done this, but the reality is that almost anything worth doing or achieving will be hard.  I’m yet to read the biography of someone that talks about how easy their life was on the way to success or triumph. 

Rather than spend time explaining and focusing on why something is so hard, deconstruct it for yourself.  What are the hurdles?  How can you overcome them?  What would be a solid first step to solving the issue?  I find that taking these simple steps changes something that seems too hard or overwhelming and feeds you confidence that you might just be able to succeed after all!

I concept I take from my athletic career and use regularly.  When I played football in high school and college, I learned the term “playing hurt.”  This doesn’t mean that you play through serious injuries but refers to getting out there when you aren’t at 100%.  Maybe you’re sore, slightly hobbled, feeling sick, unmotivated, don’t feel like being there, etc.  but you still go and play.

I have found this invaluable in life as well.  My job is to help my patients who are not feeling well.  As a result, I never miss work unless it’s for an event or vacation.  When my life has gone through turbulent times, haven’t felt well, have been in physical pain, you name it, I have still been there, and my patients never know because I refuse to show them, I’m not at full strength.  I use this in other aspects of life is well, but the point is, most of us are rarely at 100% and there will always be reasons to quit, skip, or avoid our responsibilities.  The best policy is to suit up and show up unless you absolutely cannot, and those instances are extremely rare!

A great practice to either begin or continue.  I am a huge proponent of alone time.  It is not because I want a break from my family or patients, merely because the time alone allows me the time to get myself properly primed for the world and situations around me.  Sometimes I take this alone time before anyone is awake, sometimes while running, other times just pulling weeds in my yard.  Regardless of how I go about it, I take some time to think through issues, prepare for things of importance and reflect on things I can improve.  Make sure you find some time for yourself in a day so that you can do the same!

Something I told my sons recently.  My oldest son is on the high school football team.  One of the players has a form of autism (this is my diagnosis based on what I’ve seen and know).  At a practice last week, he came up and began talking to me and my two younger sons.  He was very kind and polite and was especially nice to my 3-year-old.  I really found him to be a good kid.  From a distance, I noticed a few of the other players kind of mocking him and at their game the next day, they chanted his name but not in a way that I felt was meant to support him, but rather as if he were the butt of the joke.  I was mad and upset.  My son had no role in it (and was unaware it even happened because he was playing so much, plus he wouldn’t anyway) but I shared my feelings with him and his brother. 

I told him that anyone that would make fun of someone or mock someone like that was inherently insecure and weak themselves.  These are never the type of people you want around you because they are always the first to leave when any challenge arises and will follow the pack regardless of whether it is right or not.  Furthermore, I expressed my admiration for the young man who was willing to show up with no friends on the team and play an incredibly physical sport, all with a smile on his face.  That type of person is someone I want around because they are strong in the face of adversity and never abandon the people they care about.  Most of the toughest and most successful people I know would never take the time to put someone else down but will always take the time to lift someone else up.  Be that type of person.

Some quotes I love.

“I just told my wife “I’m sorry we have to raise children in these dystopian times.”  She recalled a quote she read just today: “Never feel sorry for raising dragon slayers in a time where there are actual dragons.”  – someone sent this to me, not sure where it’s from

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking

“When the whole world is running toward a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.” – C.S. Lewis

“Nobody is coming to save you.  So, save yourself.” – Ray Care

“If you can’t win in an imperfect circumstance, you are not good enough to win it.  If everything has to be perfect, then you have to get better.” – Kyle Dake

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – August 13th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  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 often in practice.  When I meet with new patients, they often tell me how high their pain tolerance is but then follow up with how much pain medication (prescription and/or over the counter) they take daily.  I bring this up, to point out, that pain is a message that your body gives you that something is amiss.  Your body is prompting you to do some investigating, find the issue and figure out what it will take to correct.  Masking these signals with medication does not mean that you have a superhuman ability to endure pain, it means you are blocking those signals and the issue remains. 

Pain medication certainly has a place, but it is not meant (or designed) as a long-term solution.  A body that feels pain is simply transmitting a signal in the same way your car does when the check engine light comes on.  What you choose to do with that information is up to you but seeking to fix a problem will always be more effective than covering it up.

A concept I love.  There is a Navy SEAL I follow on social media that talked recently about “spot checks” – times when another person will look in on you and make sure you’re living up to your potential.  He used an example of a friend texting, saying he was in town and asking if he wanted to go on a long run together.  This was a “spot check” of sorts to see if he was still staying in shape.

I love this concept not because I have people showing up at my door and looking to race me, but I like the overall premise which is to always be living my brand.  When someone sees me at a restaurant, I will be eating healthy, neighbors will see me leaving my house to go run, my kids will see and hear me working out in my yard or garage, I will always give each individual patient the best treatment I possibly can on each visit, etc.  I want to behave as though at any second if someone were to show up and “spot check” my behavior, they would have proof that I am living by example!

A trait I often find that is missing.  I notice more and more that the difference in levels of success has far less to with talent or circumstances than intensity.  I see this among business owners, athletes, you name it.  Let’s use business as our example.  Person 1 sends out emails, does mailings, performs the basics of what they think should build business and sees little or no return. They tell anyone who will listen how much they’ve done and cry the blues that nothing has come back to them.  These people are usually already on a countdown to quitting.

Person 2 does the same thing but with more intensity.  As a result, they adjust, try new things, and refuse to take no for an answer.  They spend no time complaining and work until they begin to see results at which point, they gain confidence in addition to their intensity.  If you’re not gaining the traction you want in each endeavor, take a hard look at the intensity you are (or are not) bringing forth.

An analogy I think works.  Have you ever had a car sit too long in a garage or in your driveway and when you go to start it back up the battery is dead?  It’s a bummer and could easily have been avoided by simply starting the car up at least a couple times per week. 

Your body is similar in this regard.  If it is not used, it will lose power and be much harder to get going when you decide you want to.  Rather than allow this to happen, make sure you’re keeping it regularly active.  This includes exercise of all types, walking, hiking, biking, and/or countless other options.  Choose whatever works best for you but remember that if you don’t use it, you will lose it so keep moving!

Some quotes I love.

“Imagine eating the exact same dinner every day because you only have the same ingredients.  The only hope is going out to procure different ingredients.  It’s the same with the trajectory of your life.  It’s made up of the ingredients you’ve had so far.  Want a different life?  Go get new ingredients.” – Kevin Miller

“If you run with the lame, you will develop a limp.” – Louie Simmons

“A wise man once said, ‘be careful who you let on your ship, because some people will sink the whole ship just because they can’t be the captain’.” – Tim Kennedy

“Freedom is not free.  Freedom comes with responsibility.  The responsibility that comes with having free speech and free access to information, you have to do your own research on both sides of any issue if you don’t want to be an idiot.” – Colion Noir

“Lions never forget who poked them through the cage.” – Ray Care

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – July 30th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

A concept I believe in.  Competing in ultramarathons as I do; I am often running and alone with my thoughts for hours at a time (as many as 30 in my longest races).  What I’ve learned is that your mind is your biggest strength and your greatest weakness.  To maximize strength and minimize weakness, you must avoid negotiating with your own mind. 

The reason for this, is that your mind has a built-in protective mechanism.  When things get tough or challenging, your mind will do all it can to get you to stop and seek comfort.  It will tell you you’ve done enough, it really doesn’t matter, you’re too tired, you could get hurt, etc., but it’s all nonsense.  Conversely, if you can use your mind to think positively then you will find yourself pushing past your previous perceived limits and shattering goals you didn’t know you could.  Both outcomes are always possible, the biggest variable is your mind.  The mind is a tricky thing so be aware that anytime you start doing something hard, your mind will begin trying to convince you to stop.  Don’t negotiate with terrorists and that includes your own mind!

Can you get adjusted too much?  I suppose this is theoretically possible under the right circumstances though extremely unlikely.  Even in chiropractic school when we practiced on one another so often (and weren’t yet good at doing so!) it never became a problem.  My receptionists usually ask to be adjusted daily (their choice not mine) and notice excellent improvements as opposed to more sporadic care.  When I’ve worked with other chiropractors, I usually received daily adjustments because of the benefits it provides me. 

In my experience, when people are getting adjusted even somewhat more frequently, they begin to have less vertebrae that are misaligned and soon need fewer adjustments to maintain a healthy spine.  Each individual case is different but well-performed adjustments would be difficult to over-do. 

A type of workout I’ve been enjoying.  With my two youngest children being 3 and (almost) 1 years of age, I spend a decent amount of time in parks.  This week, I’ve been taking them to the parks before 7am when it’s relatively cool outside.  As I’m there, I play with them and will work out around them as well for fun.  This includes pullups, dips, pushups, abdominal and core exercises, jump squats and more.  It’s enjoyable for me, the little ones think it’s funny and mimic what I do.  This plants a seed in their young minds that exercise is important and enjoyable while allowing me to exercise with my kiddos in a unique way.

An Interesting observation.  I had several random conversations this week that brought about a similar theme.  Though the details varied, the essence of each conversation was “I’m really stressed so I’ve been making bad choices physically, mentally and nutritionally.”  Each person went on to explain in detail why this was the case.

What interested me was that no one ever says that they’re too stressed to do the right things but often use this as an excuse to do the wrong things.  Have you ever heard “I’ve been feeling down so I started exercising and eating better to help myself out”?  Likely not.  None of us like to feel anxious, stressed, etc., but doing things we know are wrong and that don’t benefit us is certain to only worsen the problem.  Things won’t always be perfect but if we’re trying to get through a tough time and we know bad choices will make it even tougher, we should avoid them. 

Some quotes I love.

“The worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Terry Pratchett

“I’ve found that the areas that I complain about the most are directly tied to the places where I need firmer boundaries.” – Nedra Glover Tawwab

“Don’t punish yourself for making poor decisions but be relentless on yourself for standing still.” – Tom Bilyeu

“All that matters is how you feel about yourself when you are by yourself.” – Tom Bilyeu

“I always think more of a man who keeps his word and less of a man who doesn’t.  Integrity is a simple litmus test and universal principle of trust, credibility, and influence.” – Ryan Michler

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – July 23rd

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

**Note – this Friday night I am competing in my first race since March 2020.  I’ll run from 7pm to 7am in Highlands Ranch and will likely run about 45 miles.  I’ve been thinking back on some previous races as I get ready for this one and so today, I’m sharing some of those experiences but more importantly what they taught me.  Runner or not, you should get something valuable from them!

Lesson 1.  I did the Pike’s Peak Ascent in 2015 which is 13.1 miles from Manitou Springs to the top of Pike’s Peak.  Around tree line (13,000 feet) I got altitude sickness which I’d never experienced previously.  I vomited about every 10 feet for the final 3 miles of the race (which took me 2 hours) and lost nearly 10 pounds in that 13-mile race.  I looked like I could’ve been an extra in the Walking Dead.   The race had a staggered start, and I was getting passed by people (including my wife) that started 30 minutes after I did.  It was bad, but I finished.

On the day of the race, I was very embarrassed that this happened.  I’d trained hard but failed in my eyes.  In the days following the race, people asked me how it went and frankly I was ashamed to tell them.  What I noticed however, was that the people I told would say “I can’t believe you still finished.”  It then began to dawn on me that I never once considered quitting during the race.  The lesson this taught me was this – you don’t really know who and what you are until you face adversity.  Getting through a tough time isn’t always pretty but that’s ok.  In the end, just getting through it will tell you more, and do more for you than any race time (or anything else) would.

Lesson 2.  In 2014 I competed in the World’s Toughest Mudder – a 24-hour obstacle course race featuring lots of dirt, climbing, cold water and running.  The race began at 10am at 80 degrees and by midnight there was a 60 mile per hour sandstorm that brought temps down to the 20’s.  Going in and out of the cold water and then dealing with these temps resulted in hypothermia for me and many other participants.  The medical staff was kicking people out of the race left and right for this reason and I had to hide from them at the end of each lap to avoid this myself.  Quick disclaimer – I’m not suggesting you do this, but I was fine with it!

Most of the race was the most miserable I’ve ever felt in my life – bone chilling cold, exhaustion, pain and more.  The lesson that it reinforced to me though was simple – things always get better so just keep going.  I kept telling myself during that race all the things I would enjoy again soon – warmth, lying in my bed, eating certain foods, playing with my kids, feeling rested, etc.  This was my way of reminding myself not to quit because I felt so horrible but instead to keep trudging on because things would improve before too long.  When things are bad, we can become overwhelmed and our instinct is often to quit but if you can persevere, it will soon improve, and you’ll be proud you didn’t stop.

Lesson 3.  I’ve done a lot of races and many of them have been exceptionally challenging.  Sometimes they go as well or better than I planned.  Other times it goes far worse, and I don’t reach my goals.  What I’ve learned is that it’s better to take a chance on something big and fail then to sit back and not attempt it. 

I saw something last week from a businessman I respect, and he said that most people are so afraid to fail that they don’t want to act unless they know it’ll succeed.  They want to go 3-0 and say they’ve never made a mistake.  He said his goal was to make the best decisions he could but end up around 112-94.  In other words, win more than you lose but remain unafraid to try and fail.  When I sign up for something, I want it to scare me, and I want to conquer it.  I’ll give it everything I have and hope to succeed but if I do not, I’ll learn from it and move on to something else.  Never be afraid to fail but be constantly afraid to risk nothing. 

Lesson 4.  People often ask me what is my favorite part of a race?  My truly favorite part is after the race when my body is destroyed and moving to do anything is a challenge.  The reason for this is, when I’m in that state, I know I’ve given everything I had.  The soreness and discomfort simply remind me of the effort and exertion.  

The lesson this has taught me is there is no form of respect more crucial than self-respect.  Deep down, we know when we’re doing the right or wrong thing, when we’ve given everything, or we have not.  Personally, I enjoy any the scars associated with a maximum effort whether it be in a race or any endeavor.    

Some quotes I love.

“Action expresses priorities.” – Ghandi

“Leadership is an action, not a position.” – Donald McGannon

“If you don’t invest very much, then defeat doesn’t hurt very much and winning is not very exciting.” – Dick Vermeil

“The real risk is doing nothing.” – Denis Waitley

“A lot of people have the talent to succeed but do you have the guts to fail?” – Denzel Washington

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – July 16th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

A workout I liked (that also helped me).  I’ve been reading the book “The Man in The Arena” by former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher who was falsely accused of war crimes and then found innocent.  He mentioned a workout he did while being held in the brig (military prison) that I tried out.  I used a barbell with a moderate weight and did 8 deadlifts, 8 rows, 8 power cleans, 8 military shoulder presses and then 8 back squats.  This was done without putting the weight down and this was one set.  I did 8 total sets, and it was a solid challenge. 

More important than just the single workout was that it broke me out of a rut.  When you do anything long enough you go through periods where it can get repetitive, boring, etc.  This workout inspired me to come up with some similar ones of my own and it’s been more fun and challenging working out over the last week.  Change up your exercise in some form or fashion all the time and it will help greatly!

Why don’t you fast?  How come you don’t do yoga?  I used these two random examples because I’m asked all the time why I do or do not do certain things for my health.  Patients often wonder why I don’t follow a certain type of nutrition or exercise plan that they are fond of.  People get excited about what they like so they tend to think that by not doing what they do, you don’t believe in it.  This is not usually the case, it’s just that we simply can’t do everything.

I’ve been into fitness and nutrition for decades, so I try different things and keep what works best for me.  Does that mean other things are wrong or that there aren’t other things that would work?  Of course not.  I just simply cannot do everything so through trial and error I’ve had to prioritize what I think helps me most.  I recommend doing the same for yourself.  Experiment and then stick with what gets the best results. 

A postural change to start making now.  With as much technology as we use these days, it’s easy for us to spend too much time staring down at devices or lurching our heads closer toward our computer screens.  Over time this decreases the natural curvature of the spine and begins putting pressure into the spinal cord.  This can also lead to stiffness, pain, muscle fatigue, cervicogenic headaches, numbness/tingling and more.  To prevent this, concentrate on creating better neck positions for yourself.  When you’re on a computer, keep your breastbone up and keep the neck neutral.  Avoid looking up or down into the screen and make ergonomic changes to facilitate this, as necessary.  With your phone, do not stare down at it.  Instead, raise the phone up closer to you.  By making these changes, you will feel better in the short term and avoid issues in the long run as well.

A tip for low energy.  There are many causes for low energy but a common one is adrenal fatigue.  This occurs when your adrenal glands become over-worked causing a hormonal disruption in sleep and energy level (among other things).  Two things that will nutritionally wear on the adrenals are over-consumption of sugar and/or caffeine.  Once this happens the body needs to use more B-vitamins causing a deficiency that results in even less energy (and often more pain). 

To address this, decrease (or eliminate) simple sugars you eat/drink and try to decrease caffeine consumption.  In addition, take a B-Complex supplement to build back up your levels.  I recommend doubling your B-complex for 1 week and then taking it daily thereafter.  If you follow these steps, you will notice an increase in energy!

Some quotes I love.

“When it’s your time, is the goal to leave a well-preserved body?  Or do you really want to use it?  A body with stories that says you’ve pushed it and at times suffered, and you sought its potential.” – Billy Yang

“Don’t ‘fake it til you make it.’  That’s garbage advice.  Face it til you make it.  Get up.  Work hard.  Fail.  Stand back up.  Face it again.  Do a little better.  Fail again.  Get back up.  Repeat.” 

“Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

“Go for it now.  The future is promised to no one.”  – Wayne Dyer

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – July 9th

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

Something that really inspired me.  The oldest and most prestigious ultra-marathon in the world is the Western States 100, run in California each July.  The race has a 30-hour cutoff time so to receive a belt buckle that recognizes you as an official finisher (the best runners usually finish under 24 hours) you must finish in under that time.  This race ends on a high school track and between hour 29 and 30 is considered the “golden hour” – where approximately 60-70 back of the pack runners will finish in front of a full stadium of people.  These runners are not the fastest by any stretch, but if you’re looking to be inspired, they won’t disappoint.  Many of these runners have trained for months and are battling down to the second in order to say they made it.

I watched a video of this “golden hour”, and it inspired me tremendously.  Not just because I’m a runner but because it was a spectacle of regular people doing uncommon things.  My favorite was a very ordinary looking woman who came around the track being led in excitedly by a group of 12 or so runners whom she’d likely never met cheering her on and trying to get her to that line before that 30-hour mark.  The crowd was going crazy, and this woman kept going with everything she had and made it with only seconds to spare.  Her finishing was like a victory for everyone there, it was so cool! 

I was so proud of her for completing that goal because I know what goes into it myself.  Most importantly though, I know that if that woman made an impression on me, then there was someone else that saw her that she likely motivated to do something special in their own life.  Maybe it was one of her children, maybe it was a stranger in the crowd or someone that saw that video.  I guarantee you though, someone saw that woman finish that race and it became the catalyst for them making a huge change in their own life somehow.  I love this type of inspiration!

Something I really enjoyed.  On the 4th of July I ran carrying the American flag as I do on the patriotic holidays.  As I do this I always enjoy interacting with other runners, cyclists, people in their yards and cars driving by.  It’s awesome that people get so excited to see that someone is proudly showing off the flag.  Afterwards, I was asked to be in the Highlands Ranch parade which I enjoyed as well.  I got to hold my youngest son and watch him waving his flag and waving to a sea of people wearing red, white and blue.  It was a special moment that I will remember for a long time!

A helpful tip I’ve been using.  When we sit, we tend to let our stomachs spill forward which is bad for our posture.  As the stomach is allowed to do this, the spinal muscles relax, the spine starts to come forward with our shoulders and before we know it, we’re slouching badly.  Repeated time and again, this will have a negative impact on our musculoskeletal systems. 

A simple tip to help correct this is to focus on drawing the stomach back.  Mentally picture yourself trying to bring the belly button back toward your spine.  As you do this, the core muscles will engage, and the lower back and abdominal areas will tighten.  This helps to protect our spine and muscles as well as avoid pain syndromes and other issues that come from poor posture.  Start doing this and you’ll notice a big difference in how things feel, especially as you’re sitting. 

Something important to understand about your health.  Many people like to blame anything and everything about their level of health on circumstances, genetics, and/or bad luck.  Are these components of our health?  Of course, and in some cases, people can be dealt a bad hand in one of these areas.  However, most of the time, we have the power to control the majority of our own health destinies.  How?  By watching what goes into our bodies, controlling what we do to/for our bodies and doing our best to keep ourselves mentally fit.  Regardless of your genetics, circumstances, or fortunes; you always have the power to impact your own health if you make positive nutritional, physical and mental changes. 

Some quotes I love.

“The code of the West:  Live each day with courage.  Take pride in your work.  Always finish what you start.  Do what has to be done.  Be tough but fair.  When you make a promise, keep it.  Ride for the brand.  Talk less and say more.  Remember some things aren’t for sale.  Know where to draw the line.” 

“Emergencies have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have eroded.” – F.A. Hayek

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On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

Something that helped me.  I’ve been running almost daily to get prepared for my next ultramarathon race in July.  I was checking my stats on my watch one night and had the thought that I was running kind of slow on most of my runs.  For the types of races I do, speed is not a necessity, and I can certainly get through my next race just fine, but I felt like I was going slower than I should in training.

The next day, I decided that I would really push the pace and ended up running over a minute faster per mile.  Doing so has had a carry over effect into all the subsequent workouts after that time.  It was as if I instantly reset what my “normal” was.  I’d been getting too comfortable in my training and as my intensity decreased a bit, I didn’t notice it until I looked at my stats.  Once I brought that intensity back up, my body responded with an improvement in overall performance.  Not everything you do will be at 100% each time out but it is crucial to push yourself regularly to prevent from becoming complacent and going through the motions. 

Great advice I often think of.  Before I ran the Leadville 100 a couple years ago, a runner that had completed the race several times gave us all some advice.  He said “you’ll be out there tomorrow and you’re going to think you’re smarter than you are.  You’ll start worrying about your VO2 max, mineral levels, and all sorts of other things that you shouldn’t.  If we were that smart, we wouldn’t be running 100 miles through the mountains at 2 miles above sea level.  Your mind will give you all sorts of things to worry about to try and get you to stop but all you need to do is keep going forward and you’ll be fine. ”

The reason I love this advice is that it’s a reminder of how we often make things overly complicated in our lives.  Ultimately though, when we keep it simple, refuse to quit and just keep making progress, things tend to end up just fine.  Don’t overanalyze, stay focused, remain in the present and keep progressing.

A concept I believe in.  When I coach football, I tell my boys that mistakes are unavoidable.  They’ll make them as players, and I’ll make some as the coach.  What we want to avoid however, is making the same mistakes again and again.  This is especially true of mental mistakes.  If the same errors are being made mentally it often indicates a lack of focus and/or awareness.  These types of errors are usually easily corrected by asking better questions, paying closer attention, and preparing better. 

This concept applies not just to football but to life in general.  Mistakes are a great teacher and without them we would not learn as we should.  We must heed the knowledge they provide and improve as a result.  If you find yourself in the same misfortunes, then it’s time to start doing things differently.  As I tell my guys – “if we’re going to make mistakes let’s make them full speed and at least make different ones than the last time.” 

Do I take nutritional supplements?  I am a fan of the “keep it basic approach” to supplementation.  That is not to say that taking a wide variety of nutrients isn’t beneficial, but I personally keep it simple.  I take a whole food multivitamin (derived from fruits and veggies not synthetic), calcium/magnesium supplement, vitamin D (mainly in fall and winter when I’m not getting sunshine as much) and fish oils on and off.  If I’m building up toward a major race, I’ll also use a joint supplement as a preventative measure for my joints.  Overall, my goal is to take in as many nutrients as possible from my food and then fill in the holes or address any specific needs I have through supplementation. 

Some quotes I love.

“Some poor, phoneless fool is probably sitting next to a waterfall somewhere totally unaware of how angry and scared he’s supposed to be.” – Duncan Trusell

“The only difference between salad and garbage is timing.”

“The number one reason people don’t reach their goals is that they trade what they want most for what they want now.” – Zig Ziglar

“When you’re wrong, admit it.  When you’re right, be quiet.” – Mark Devine

“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance.  Strong men believe in cause and effect.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

“If you need to come back more than once doesn’t that mean chiropractic doesn’t work?”  A patient mentioned to me that her husband told her that if you need to go back to a chiropractor more than once, that was proof it didn’t work.  She did not agree but asked for my thoughts.

What I told her was that if that criterion was true of chiropractic than it was also true of dentistry, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, personal training, and many other examples.  In general, the things that are best for your health and body are not meant to be done once – exercise, stretching, brushing your teeth, showering, you name it.  Even allopathic treatments such as taking medications or chemotherapy for example are not meant to be done once. 

Best parenting tip?  With Father’s Day having just passed, I was asked by a friend what my number one parenting tip would be.  My answer is that my number 1 goal is to raise my children to have confidence in themselves.  How I achieve that varies from child to child but in general factors like maintaining positivity, pointing out strengths, assisting with weaknesses, being honest, communicating well, and setting a good example with my own actions are all crucial. 

The goal is to raise children so that they believe in themselves enough to make good decisions.  I did not grow up confident in myself and every poor decision I made in my younger years can be traced back to that in some way.  Confident children are more likely to become leaders, avoid peer pressure, seek bigger goals, achieve more, be less likely to depend on drugs or alcohol, and so much more.  It’s not always easy to get kids to be confident but it will be worth it.

Something I often notice.  Time and again I notice that some of the most stressed people I encounter are some of the least organized and have no routine.  Stress comes at us from many directions, and some is out of our control.  What is under our control though is how we structure our days and time.  “Winging it” for people that tend to be anxious is a recipe for more worry.  Building a routine that addresses an efficient way of accomplishing what needs to get done each day will create “wins” as things are done rather than stress as they’re not.  You are also likely to notice that you carve out much more time for yourself as things get completed faster.  If you’re stressed, look at your routine and how it’s affecting you. 

Something cool.  I’ve been running a few miles each morning before work pushing my daughter in a jogging stroller.  I’ve been using some of the same routes and I began to see the same group of 4 African American women probably in their early 70’s each day.  I started saying hello to them and joking with them which they liked.  Now I see them on almost every run and these young ladies cheer for me (and my daughter) like I’m finishing an Olympic marathon.  They always make me smile and it makes my day every time I see them!

Some quotes I love.

“You can’t win when you’re surrounded by losers.  You can’t lose when you’re surrounded by winners.” – Ian Smith

“I trained 4 years to run 9 seconds and people give up when they don’t see results in 2 months.” – Usain Bolt

“A son who is loved by his father becomes a father who loves his son.”

“Almost all bitterness is wanting someone else to fulfill something for you that you can only now give to yourself:  forgiveness, integrity, compassion, action.” – Brendon Burchard

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

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On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

Something important I read up on this week.  I was reading some orthopedic journal articles and one I found significant was the effect of weight on your knees.  Common sense tells us that if our body is meant to support a certain range of weight and we go past that amount, it will apply intense pressure to our foundation – in this case knees.  What I found interesting was that for each pound lost, 4 pounds of pressure would be alleviated off the knees.  Therefore, a 10-pound weight loss would be a reduction of 40 pounds of pressure on your knees.  This article really drove home to me how important it is to our joints for us to maintain a healthy weight. 

An interesting experience.  My family and I went to a food truck event last weekend and had a lot of fun.  At one point, my youngest was bouncing in a jump house with probably 10-15 other kids and somehow the air compressor disconnected.  This caused the bounce house to immediately lose air and start collapsing inward.  Some of the kids were scared, some were fine.

What made it interesting was the response of some of the parents. One dad immediately began holding up the entrance and calmly told the kids to move one at a time and come through to exit.  Another mom reassured the kids that everything was fine and helped relax them.  Both responses were perfect.  Conversely, one woman hovered at the entrance and panicked which began to freak out some of the children inside.  As my son came through the exit, she continued to do this and even began crushing him as she tried to get to her child who was in no distress or danger.  I had to yell at this woman and (gently) move her to snap her out of this and get her off my son because she was in such a stressed state, she didn’t realize she was trampling my son and another child.  This was a great reminder to me of how to behave in a stressful situation.  Staying calm is the best way to keep others relaxed and focused on a resolution.  Freaking out takes a bad situation and makes it go nuclear.  As someone I look up to likes to say, “take a breath, look around and make a call (decision).”

Is it bad to self-adjust your spine?  I get this question all the time.  If your spine pops during regular stretching or when performing basic ranges of motion (like rotating the head for example) then it’s generally fine and a sign that your spine is de-stressing itself.  If you’re bending over furniture or forcefully putting pressure into your own spine to get it to “pop” then it’s possible the noise you’re hearing is your spine going into a good position but it’s as equally possible it’s also going into a poor position and becoming misaligned.  Therefore, it’s best to avoid this type of thing.  If you feel the need to pop your spine it’s likely a sign that something is misaligned and you’re in need of an adjustment.    

A concept I love.  My oldest is training 4 days a week with his high school teammates for football and he and I work out together on his off days as well.  He’s got an amazing work ethic and I’ve noticed that as his enthusiasm and intensity go up, so do mine.  I push harder when he’s there and then when he isn’t. 

This is a something I believe in wholeheartedly – associating with people that make you better.  When you can get around people that are passionate, successful or just doing something well; it drives you to do the same.  Conversely, when you get around people who are average, unmotivated, lazy, etc. then you tend to become that way yourself.  Everyone in your life does not have to be amazing, but the people you spend the most amount of time around really should be if you want to keep getting better.

Some quotes I love.

“Fear is a habit, so is self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness and resignation.  You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: “I can” and “I will.”” – Napoleon Hill

“Success is both very personal and relative, depending on where you would like to be in your own life.” – Les Brown

“If you need a pass to prove you are free, you are not.”

“The less pain we tolerate, the more average we become.” – Jack Butcher

” Doctors don’t make you healthy.  Teachers don’t make you learn.  Trainers don’t make you fit.  Coaches don’t make you rich.  At some point you have to understand that life is 100% your responsibility.”

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

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