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

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

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

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’m looking forward to.  In August 2020, my brother-in-law, Sam died unexpectedly at the age of 32.  He was my wife’s youngest brother, and we became very close in the time I knew him.  He was my assistant coach in football and business partner and co-founder of Mile High Cryotherapy.  February 4th is his birthday so last year I began the tradition of doing a “Sam Run” each year in his honor.  Therefore, each year on his birthday, I create a route and run my own “race” equal to the age he would have been.  This year will be 34 miles which I’ll run throughout Highlands Ranch along trails and roads.

I understand this isn’t how most people would honor a friend, but it works well for me.  I am not someone that complains or dwells on things (even something as tragic as this).  Therefore, the miles are my time to process my emotions and to visit with him in my own way. 

When I run long distances, my mind becomes clearer than at any other time.  In this case, I use this clarity to think about my friend and by the end I’m at a better place than when I started.  This is my therapy, and it helps keep me positive and productive even when dealing with such a significant loss.

Something I believe.  I had two separate conversations with people this week that had embarked on what I would call a lifestyle transformation involving exercise, nutrition, mental, habits, and more.  I talked to the first person and asked how their program had been going over the first couple weeks and they told me it was hard, but they were seeing excellent results.  The second person also told me it was hard, and they’d quit and then proceeded to give me 4 minutes of reasons why.

Both conversations reminded me of a saying I like to use, “If it’s hard then do it hard.”  If you are going to embark on any worthwhile challenge, it is not going to be easy.  Most people quit when the first challenge hits.  To be the type of person that accomplishes the extraordinary, you’re going to have to be tough, gritty, persistent, and tenacious.  If you’re not, you will not succeed in the long run. 

If you’ve outlined a goal that is important to you, prepare yourself to keep going when things get so tough you don’t know if you can go on, because that will happen.  The effort it takes to attain a lofty goal is like a gas tank.  Most are willing to give a quarter of a tank.  Be the person that is willing to run until you’re on fumes and even push it in neutral if you must.  That’s what it takes.

Something I loved.  My oldest son and I were having a conversation and he mentioned a kid in his strength and conditioning class.  He told me that even though he was skinny, he is always taking furious notes in their strength and conditioning class, and then working ridiculously hard when they get to the weight room.  I love hearing stories about people that don’t complain about what they didn’t get genetically or ability-wise, while at the same time maximizing their production through effort and consistency. 

I told my son that as a coach or business owner, I’ll always take people with a desire to learn and great work ethic over people more talented.  People like that tend to not make excuses and work the hardest because they don’t have the same level of natural ability to fall back on.  A saying I love is “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” 

An excellent lesson.  My oldest son and his friend love to go house to house and shovel driveways when it snows.  They work hard and do excellent work.  They’ll usually do 8-10 driveways and charge $20.  My son told me that when they offered their services to one guy, he told them $20 was too much and that $15 was the right price.  I think this shook him a little and he asked me if he was charging too much and what my thoughts were.

I explained to him that by the fact people were hiring and re-hiring he and his friend so often, the price was not an issue.  They provide a great service and should be compensated for their time.  Next, I told him that one person wanting to pay less for a service is not a reason to sacrifice your own time and effort for less than you deserve.  Finally, I told my son that if he were to lower his price based on that guy’s recommendation, he’d regret it.  When we do a job the best we can but for less than we’re worth, we can become resentful.  Offer the best service you can, make sure it’s as high quality as possible, and then charge what you’re worth for it!

Some quotes I love.

“If you feel it in your stomach, it’s your intuition.  If you feel it in your chest, it’s your fear.  Pay attention to your body.  It is your guidance system.” – Rich Lopp

“What would the world be like if people stopped avoiding the things they knew they should do?” – Jordan Peterson

“I don’t think people’s opinions need a warning or disclaimer label.  If you’re offended or upset about other’s words and opinions, don’t listen to them.  Or do and get over it.” – Ryan Michler

“Life is a book.  Every day is a new page, every month is a new chapter, and every year is a new series.”

“Every next level of your life will demand a stronger you.”

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