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8 Important lessons I teach my children

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In honor of Father’s Day this weekend I thought today I would like to share some of the lessons that I have found important in raising my two boys.

  1. Lead by example.  Saying one thing and then behaving in a way that contradicts those words confuses any message.  Above all else, I strive to show my boys through my actions what I truly believe.   Whether it’s exercise, how to treat people, how much time to spend on a handheld device, what to eat or any other example; I know my children will learn more from my actions than my words.
  2. Never give up. Whether physically or in times of trouble I talk continuously to my kids about never quitting.  In fact since they were old enough to talk I’ve asked them “when is a good time to quit?” and each time they respond “never!!”  My goal is to teach them that quitting on what you believe will never leave you at peace, in fact it will eat you up inside.  Conversely, persevering through challenges will lead to amazing achievements and greater self esteem.
  3. Respect your body. From a young age I believe it is important to teach children to enjoy taking care of themselves and that it is NOT a chore to do so.  My goal has always been to empower my kids with knowledge about things such as exercise and nutrition and then allow them to make good choices for themselves.  It is a great source of pride for me that they regularly seek out fun forms of exercise, healthy food (not always), chiropractic adjustments and other positive choices without any prompting from me.  This tells me that my boys see the benefits of those actions and want them for themselves.
  4. Challenge yourself. I talk to my boys regularly about the importance of seeking to achieve things outside of our comfort zones.  One of my favorite recent examples was my son asking to do a race.  His longest previous race was 3 miles so we signed him up for an 8 mile race – more than double what he’d ever done.  He successfully completed that race (through 9 inches of snow and 20 degree temps) and since then I’ve seen both his confidence and belief in what he can accomplish in the future grow.  Comfort zones can be physical and/or mental but breaking out of them is crucial to growth and achievement.
  5. Honor what you say. Throughout my business and personal life I’ve dealt with all sorts of people.  I often tell my boys stories of those I’ve encountered that do whatever necessary to honor their word and how that leads me to respect and trust them so much.  Conversely, I also tell them about people that lie, don’t stay true to their word or make excuses for poor behavior and how that affects a relationship.  I believe showing both sides motivates them to want to continue to behave with honor and integrity at all times.
  6. Put the work in. I try to teach my boys that what you put in is eventually what you get out.  Tough, consistent and smart work will ultimately help sharpen your skill set, increase your resolve and lead to better results.  This lesson is extremely important and applies to almost every (and any) aspect of life.  2 weeks ago after we’d played football at the park my boys designed a series of races for me where I had to carry one of them at a time while sprinting  or crawling with them on my back.  At one point I was bent over breathing heavily and remarked how tough it was.  My older son immediately said “well that’s why we do it daddy, it makes you better.”  Apparently, they understand this particular lesson.
  7. Stick with winners. A major component of how we grow and develop is the company we keep and the people we choose to look up to.  I make it a point to teach my boys to seek out positive role models and to learn from those that they respect and admire.  This helps foster self-confidence, happiness and personal growth.  By seeking out these types of people we create a healthy network of people while also avoiding the personality types that have the potential to bring us down.
  8. Laugh at yourself. I joke around with my boys a lot in fun and creative ways and they have no trouble returning the favor.   I am also not afraid to share embarrassing moments that I’ve experienced in my life with them.  Not only is this fun but it teaches them not to take themselves too seriously and to have a sense of humor about things.  I believe this creates self-esteem, prevents them from becoming hyper-sensitive, helps them relate to people better and makes it easier to laugh off certain mistakes when they occur.
Matt Kenney8 Important lessons I teach my children
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4 Things you should know about your posture

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As a chiropractor I assess people’s posture on a daily basis. In fact, I begin each examination with a basic postural evaluation. As I do this, I would estimate that 7 out of 10 people comment on how bad their posture is or has gotten. Today I’d like to discuss 4 crucial points I often share with my patients regarding posture.

1. Posture is your signal to the world – it tells a story about you whether you intend it to or not. Statistically speaking, when we meet someone we assess them within the first 90 seconds. Therefore, in most cases within a minute and a half we have made impressions of potential friends, clients or business colleague either positively or negatively. Poor posture can make us appear less approachable, not as confident, disinterested or create other unintentional negative signals that may not even be accurate. How confident do you think you appear as you deliver a presentation at work or as you approach that man/woman you’re interested in if your shoulders are hunched forward and your head is down? When you’re at a networking event and you’re slouching and leaning to one side do you think you’re appearing attentive and interested? The point is that your posture is telling a story every second that can either help or hurt you. Great posture will help better convey to the world your true self.

2. Certain aspects of our posture are completely under our own control. Sitting up straight, slouching less and or not having our heads forward staring into computer screens/mobile devices are examples of things we should do to improve posture. What I recommend for my patients positions are “postural checkpoints.” For example, if you find your posture is worst when you’re working on your computer try and train yourself to re-check your posture every 10-15 minutes. After a week or so it will become like second nature and you’ll notice that you’re no longer slouching or staring into your screen as you were previously.

3. Poor posture can lead to serious problems. Bad posture on a daily basis trains your body to remain in those poor positions. This places tremendous amounts of stress on your spine which in turn aggravates your nerves and causes pain and poor function. As an example, people with poor posture affecting their neck often end up with headaches or numbness and tingling into their arms or hands. Postural issues are much more than aesthetic; they can affect your neuro-musculoskeletal system in significant ways.

4. A chiropractor can help with posture. I always like to begin by giving my patients advice on improving their posture. For example, I may start by telling them to keep the breast bone up as this helps the neck, shoulders and hips naturally move into better positions. However, bad posture often comes from poor spinal alignment and/or a weak spine. In other words, the poor posture is a sign of an underlying spinal issue. For these patients I do a thorough postural and spinal check (including x-rays if necessary) in order to identify the problems causing the postural problems and then offer a plan to correct them. In my experience, even a single chiropractic visit often brings immediate and dramatic improvements to posture.

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 visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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7 Ways to Prevent Neck Pain

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As a chiropractor neck pain is something I deal with daily. As a result I’m frequently asked what can be done to reduce it. Today I’ll discuss 7 things I’ve found most effective for reducing neck pain.

1. Computer ergonomics. Neck muscles are small and designed for regular motion – looking up, down, side to side, etc. When they remain in a single position for too long they are forced to carry a greater load than what they’re designed for. Staring into computer screens for hours at a time is the most common culprit for this these days.
The fix: Sit with your shoulders back, head in a neutral (not forward) position, use a bigger monitor and make sure your monitor is in front of you and not to one side.

2. Devices. These days most of us have smart phones or tablets that we use regularly (often too regularly). When reading or playing on them we usually do so with our heads bent forward. This puts significant strain on the muscles and vertebrae of the neck leading to potential problems.
The fix: Rather than bringing your head down toward the device, bring the device up toward you so that you can look at it without bending the neck. This will eliminate neck strain.

3. Sleeping position. Another frequent cause of neck pain is a poor sleeping position – often using either too many pillows or too few. This places minimal stress on one side of the neck while applying significant stress on to the other. Signs of this are difficulty falling asleep due to discomfort and/or pain upon waking.
The fix: A pillow with a cervical contour or simply sleeping with a pillow sized so that your neck muscles feel relaxed on both sides when lying on it will help. Also, avoid sleeping on your stomach as this requires your neck to be turned to one side which will inevitably cause problems.

4. Stretch. In my experience while people often take time to stretch their backs, few stretch or loosen their neck muscles. This can lead to tight muscles, lack of mobility and often pain.
The fix: First, perform basic range of motion a few times throughout the day by simply moving your head and neck forward to back, side to side and then tip it from side to side. Next, do these same ranges of motion against resistance. For example, as you rotate your head to the right, do so into your right hand which is applying gentle pressure toward the left. This helps strengthen the muscles of the neck.

5. Posture. If you look at pictures of yourself you may notice that you have a tendency to have your head forward or tipped to one side. These poor positions are common and apply undue stress to the muscles and vertebrae of the neck and upper back leading to pain and other issues.
The fix: Start by drawing your breastbone back to improve your posture, this will keep your shoulders, head and even hips in a neutral, healthier position. Second, I recommend “postural checkpoints.” These are mental prompts you create for yourself to help monitor your posture. For example, if you tend to slouch while driving, create a checkpoint when you stop to remind yourself to “sit up straight.” After a week or two these become automatic and help decrease neck pain (and other pains as well).

6. De-stress. Stress has a negative effect on muscles making them tighter, less mobile and often sore. This is particularly true for the muscles from ranging from the neck down through your middle back.
The fix: There is no one cure for stress but in general things such as meditation, exercise, spending more time with people that build your confidence/make you happy, creating “me time”, having a hobby and other such things are effective.

7. Checkups. As mentioned in my introduction, neck pain is something I deal with daily because of how effective chiropractic can be in curing it. Our spines our constantly pressured via many of the things mentioned in this post. This can lead to arthritic changes of your spine (long term) as well as pressure on nerves that cause pain and other unpleasant symptoms (short or long term).
The fix: Treat your spine like you would your teeth, get regular checkups so that problems do not develop and so you’re not forced to endure unnecessary pain.

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 visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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My 10 favorite exercise tips

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1. There is never a perfect time. Whenever I speak to people about exercise I always like to start with this. The longer you wait the tougher it is to get started. Begin today even if it’s just a little something to build your confidence and generate some momentum moving forward.

2. Pain and soreness are different. Soreness is an expected response after new or intense exercise and will subside usually within 1-3 days. Pain on the other hand is an abnormal response that can debilitate you in the short term and make you worse in the long term if you try to push through it. If you’re in pain visiting someone such as a chiropractor that can correct the problem is a good option.
3. Avoid stopping and starting. I speak to people regularly that get into a groove with exercise and then take weeks off at a time. The more you stop, the harder it is to start again and your progress will also suffer. Some weeks you may be able to do more than others but avoid the temptation to do nothing for extended periods of time.

4. Shake it up. Your body is an efficient machine. If you give it the same stimulus each time it has no reason to get stronger, faster or produce better results. For gym workouts vary your weights, workout order, exercises, rest between sets, etc. For cardiovascular training vary your distances, pace and terrain. Changing things up always produces better results.

5. Don’t get married to 1 type of exercise. Many people fall in love with a certain type of exercise they enjoy and ignore everything else. I know weightlifters that spend hours at the gym but forget that the heart is also a muscle and that cardiovascular exercise is important. Likewise, I know runners and cyclists that don’t understand that weight training would only make them more successful at those activities. Have a variety of exercise for better results.

6. Quality over quantity. There is a misconception that exercise must take hours at a time in order to produce results. This causes many people to avoid it altogether. The reality is that you can achieve excellent results in minimal time if you do it properly. I work out 4 days a week in the gym and my weight workouts usually only take me 20-25 minutes because I rest only minimally between sets (15-30 seconds) and never stop moving.

7. Intensity matters. While there’s no such thing as a bad workout, if you’re showing up to a gym and reading the newspaper for 5 minutes between sets your results aren’t going to amount to much. When you exercise focus on what you’re trying to accomplish and give it all your effort while you’re there.

8. Set a goal. People often set very generic goals such as weight loss or trying to have a better body. In my experience, the more broad the goal the less likely the chances of attaining it. What I encourage people to do is sign up for a race or an event. Doing so gives purpose to your training and motivates you to not show up out of shape. Even better, find an event out of your comfort zone and you’ll train harder and smarter than ever before. I’ve known far more people that have lost weight and built better bodies after signing up for 5Ks or mud runs than I have in making New Year’s resolutions.

9. Make it convenient. The best gym in the world won’t help you if you can’t make it there regularly. Select workout spots, types of exercise, etc that will make it the easiest for you to stay consistent.

10. Find someone that knows what they’re doing. I see people at the gym with great intentions that have no idea what they’re doing and are at risk for injuries as a result. Find a qualified trainer or someone with experience to show you some basics. This will give you confidence and lead to better and faster results.

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 visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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Are you committed to a great outcome? Ask yourself these 4 questions.

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In life there are goals we know we can reach and those that we have a desire to reach but will not come easily. For the latter there are steps that must be taken and questions that need to be asked if we’re ever to get there. Today I’d like to share 4 steps I feel are crucial to achieving any major personal, professional or athletic goal.

1. Find your why. Motivation and inspiration are great for getting started. However, they are often easily forgotten once things start getting challenging or serious. Before you set out to achieve any goal you must honestly answer the question of why you want to achieve it. Is it money? Family? Self satisfaction? A desire to improve yourself? Once you’ve nailed down your why, quitting no longer becomes an option because your goal is personally tied to you in a more profound way which makes you willing to do whatever is necessary to achieve it.

2. Be willing to pay the price. To achieve anything worthwhile you’re going to have to sacrifice. I’ve had people ask me to help them lose weight in one sentence and then tell me they’re not giving up certain foods or habits in the next. These people will never succeed. The people that accomplish big things are those that are willing to adopt new strategies, eliminate old habits, adopt new ways of thinking, work harder, eliminate certain comforts and take risks.

3. Challenge your limit. Our society is set up for comfort and to a degree we all need it. However, overcoming challenges that fall outside of our comfort zone is ultimately what makes us more resilient and helps take us from “good” to “great”. Each and every time you push yourself out of a physical or emotional comfort zone your capacity for success grows by re-defining what you once thought of as difficult or normal. For example, your body tries to budget your energy output so it begins producing signs of fatigue at about 60% of your max physical output. If you never challenge that limit you will always get tired around the same time. However, if you aggressively push through that threshold and do your best to expend every bit of energy possible, your body develops a new frame of reference for what tired is. This will train your body to go past that 60% mark allowing you to create more speed, endurance and power going forward. Challenging any limit physically or emotionally works exactly the same way.

4. If you’re stalled, get help. On the path to a goal it is not uncommon to find ourselves stuck due to lack of knowledge, lack of experience, personal baggage or old habits. Sometimes we simply just don’t know what we don’t know. Rather than quit or begin making excuses, enlist the help of someone that can help you. Those with experience that have overcome problems you’re having are excellent examples of people that can assist you when your momentum stalls. Admitting you need help to achieve a goal does not make you weak; rather it is a sign of how committed you truly are.

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 visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

Matt KenneyAre you committed to a great outcome? Ask yourself these 4 questions.
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What my worst race and your worst day will teach you

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I run difficult races often and am used to pushing my limits. I’ve competed in 24 hour events, run ultra-marathons, endured hypothermia and pain. At the end I’m usually left feeling satisfied with my performance. This past weekend I did a race that was different for me. It was a 13.4 mile race that started on flat ground (by Colorado standards) and then climbed about 8,000 feet before finishing at the top of a mountain 14,115 feet above sea level.

For the first ¾ of the race I had my “A-game”, felt great and was enjoying the experience. Then at about 13,000 feet with about 3-4 miles to go, it began – acute altitude sickness. Apparently my East coast upbringing did not like me being so high up. From that point on I couldn’t go 50 feet without vomiting which then led to excruciating muscle cramps from an electrolyte imbalance. I had zero energy, couldn’t even hold down water and try as I might, could not generate any momentum. It felt like a combination of exhaustion mixed with having the flu so bad you want to sleep on the cold bathroom floor. Even worse, once you’re up that high there are no trees or shelter so I could only drag myself to the side of the path and listen to “are you ok?” about 1,000 times as runner after runner passed me. It took me 3 hours to trek those final 3 miles and all the goals I had for the race were gone except one. I finished.

On your best day things will happen almost effortlessly and produce tremendous results. The question is how will you react on your worst day? How will you respond after a failed relationship, loss of a job or a business venture gone bad? Will you give up or defiantly keep moving forward? I felt embarrassed after that race until my 5 year old asked about it. I told him I got very sick and ran slow and he responded “but I know you finished, because you never quit.” That changed my perspective instantly. I wasn’t embarrassed anymore; I was proud. Your worst days will teach you much more than your best. You’ll learn what you’re made of, become more resilient in daily life and appreciate the good times more. So the next time you’re forced to endure one of those days, embrace what it will teach you; I did.

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 visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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8 Health Concepts I Want You to Embrace

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1. Seek to thrive, not just survive. I remember someone telling me when I was in my early 20’s that you never wanted to be the guy just getting by. Do some soul searching, find out what you want most out of life and go after those things with everything you have. Set your standards high and don’t accept “normal” as the gold standard because normal often just equates to average.

2. There are 2 problems the body can have – too much or too little. Think of any health problem you’ve ever had – physical, nutritional or emotional and it’s likely you can classify it into either of these extremes. From identifying too much sugar or too much drama to not enough exercise or healthy food; balancing these levels leads to amazing benefits and breakthroughs.

3. Genetics are an over-used excuse. The vast majority of your health does not come from genetics. For example, the American Cancer Society reports that only 5-10% of all cancers are genetic. Commonly what we inherit are bad habits rather than bad genes. Regardless of what you inherited from mom and dad, your choices are what will most impact your outcomes.

4. Your body needs adequate nutrients. It is recommended that we get between 7-13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day to sufficiently power the processes of the body. The average American gets about 1 (it varies depending on area). Inadequate nutrient intake can cause a negative cascade effect of many systems within your body (immune, circulatory, nerve, etc). Add in more fruits and veggies and avoid this.

5. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. Motion is like lotion to your body. If you’re not consistently exercising than your body is breaking down faster than it should. Commit to at least 4 days of physical exercise a week and be active as much as possible. I also recommend utilizing care such as chiropractic to ensure your body is properly equipped and prepared to exercise.

6. Thoughts are important. On brain wave scans, positive thoughts are shown to create energy while negative thoughts do the opposite. The average person has between 12,000-70,000 thoughts per day and sadly 80% are negative or self limiting! Do your best to engage yourself in more positive talk, gratitude, etc and you will train your mind to work for and not against you.

7. Be about action. Complaining is the ultimate waste of time and energy yet some people wield it like a superpower. When times or situations get tough, direct your energy toward developing solutions and finding answers rather than whining and wishing.

8. Consistency is king. Whether weight loss or ascending to a higher position at work, it never happens overnight. The key is to continue to do the right things repeatedly day in and day out. That type of consistency can change anyone’s life in a profound way.

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 visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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10 Myths about Back Pain

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Below are 10 myths about back pain I hear repeatedly in practice.

1. A chiropractor will make you worse. I’ll be honest, not every chiropractor is good. As with any profession, there are people that are great and those that aren’t. However, there is nothing dangerous, risky or irreversible in a chiropractic treatment that poses any danger to making your back pain worse. Personally I take the time to listen to my patients, thoroughly examine them, explain my findings and then provide excellent adjustments. In my 9 ½ year career I’ve had no instances of making anyone worse and have created results that speak for themselves.

2. It’ll go away on its own. In my experience, very few back issues go away on their own. Much like a rattle in your car is not likely to resolve itself, your back pain isn’t either. It’s better to address it when it occurs and get it fixed before it becomes more problematic.

3. It’s just muscular. As a general rule if your back pain begins and resolves within 48-72 hours it was likely a muscular strain. If your pain progresses past that point though it’s probable that strain has caused structures such as vertebrae and discs to become involved which will then aggravate your nerves causing prolonged pain and dysfunction.

4. There is an instant cure for back pain. I’ve certainly had large numbers of patients leave my office pain-free after a single visit. However, it is common for it to take multiple treatments. Much like 1 workout cannot remove years of weight gain, there is no treatment (chiropractic or otherwise) than can instantly undo years of spinal neglect and/or injury.

5. You need surgery. A surgeon friend of mine sums it up best , “surgeries can me a miracle when necessary but are intended to be a last resort after all natural options have been exhausted.” I’ve known many people that have rushed into surgeries only to be left in pain, frustrated and with fewer options afterwards.

6. Back pain is always “serious.” Back pain can come from something as simple as a single vertebra being misaligned or something as complicated as stage 4 cancers. Interestingly, things such as misalignments and spasms that are highly correctable often cause the most pain while cancer and other serious diseases often affect the spine immensely but cause little to no pain until later stages. Just because you have back pain does not mean something ominous is occurring.

7. There is one cause for all back pain. There is not one single cause for all back pain. Rather, it is a combination of muscles, spinal structures and nerves reacting to the stresses we put upon them from our daily activities and habits that causes back pain.

8. Medication cures back pain. No one wants to be in pain and I don’t fault people for using pain medication. However, back pain is structural in nature (involves the spine, nerves, etc) and no chemical can cure that. Unfortunately pain medications carry serious implications to many of our organs and thus should be used sparingly wherever possible in favor of things designed to cure the problem rather than cover it.

9. You will instantly experience pain if there is a problem with your back. The spine often takes months or years of misalignment, degeneration and/or stress to start causing pain. I see people daily that have begun having back pain without any recent injuries. This is because the spine is capable of absorbing a lot of physical stress over a long period of time but at some point it reaches a point where it says “no more” and you begin having pain. Worst of all that pain often begins with something simple like getting dressed or bending over.

10. There is only one cure for back pain. As a chiropractic patient and chiropractor I can obviously attest to the effectiveness of adjustments in relieving and curing back pain. However, I know talented acupuncturists, massage therapists and exercise specialists (just to name a few) that also get great results in this regard. Depending on the cause of your back pain one thing may work better than the rest or they may all be effective.

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 visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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5 Ways to live like an athlete even when it’s not game day

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As a chiropractor and athlete myself, I regularly treat and interact with people that compete in a multitude of sports. Today I’m sharing 5 common traits among athletes I think we should all embrace to improve our health and quality of life.

1. “Be bulletproof.” This is my term for preventing injuries. Many factors play into the avoidance of injuries but the ones I feel are most important are: varying your workouts, getting different types of exercise (cardiovascular, weights, yoga, etc), stretching and getting enough recovery sleep (7 hours minimum). I also recommend receiving holistic checkups such as chiropractic adjustments (every pro team has a chiropractor for a reason!), acupuncture and/or massage. Remember, the human body, much like a sports car is designed for high performance. Don’t allow a lack of preventative maintenance to turn your Porsche into a garage-bound piece of junk.

2. “Don’t put sugar in your gas tank.” You would never think of putting anything other than the proper fuel into your gas tank for fear that your vehicle would break down. The same analogy applies to what you eat and drink. If you want to be healthy, pain-free, performing well and feeling great than you should seek to put only the best things possible into your body. I’d recommend decreasing/eliminating alcohol, sugary drinks, sugar, white flour, artificial ingredients and any medications you don’t ABSOLUTELY need. Next I would increase water intake, fruits, vegetables, protein source, and healthy fats and make sure to take a good multivitamin/mineral.

3. “Challenge yourself.” I read once that the difference between a jogger and a runner is the signature on a race application. Whether it’s physical activities, your job or personal life it is imperative that you constantly challenge yourself. That means different things to each of us. Personally I sign up for increasingly difficult races, publicly speak regularly (this was unthinkable for me years ago) and spend many hours analyzing my business and implementing strategies that lead to growth.

4. “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.” One thing I’ve found that athletes understand better than most is that regardless of how great you are, how much you’ve prepped or how amazing your intentions may be; sometimes stuff is just not going to go your way. These instances are NOT failures but rather opportunities to make you more resilient. For example, I ran a race last weekend and felt great going in but within a couple miles my tank was on empty and it was a struggle. No matter what I tried I just couldn’t get things going like I normally do. Midway through the race I just accepted that it was a “grind it out” type of day. I wasn’t thrilled with my finishing time but refusing to quit when I was exhausted and hurting was satisfying. Feelings like that help me deal with adversities that confront me in my personal and business life. The difficulties in your life are ultimately what will help you grow as a person.

5. “There is no secret sauce.” Our country has an obsession with quick fixes. Unfortunately when it comes to your health, there really aren’t any. Learn from trial and error, take baby steps, set goals both short and long term, learn from people with more experience and embrace consistency. You won’t win the war overnight but you’ll start winning the battles that lead you there.

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

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8 Anti-aging tips you should start today

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As a doctor I see people of all ages. What has always interested me is how certain people have the health and vitality of people far younger. Conversely, many younger people I encounter often look and feel decades older. Today I’d like to share my favorite tips for anti-aging I’ve found successful for myself and patients.

1. Addition by subtraction. Want to instantly feel better? Start by getting rid of as much of the following ingredients as possible (but be aware our country puts this junk in everything): hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners (aspartame/Equal, sucralose/Splenda, saccharine/Sweet N Low, acesulfame-K), food dyes, white sugar and white flour.

2. Eat clean. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying food that’s not super healthy now and again, however the majority of your diet should be clean. I recommend multiple servings of fruits and veggies, healthy fats (nuts, avocados, seeds, oils, etc), beans and proteins raised without antibiotics or hormones. Eat more fresh foods and fewer foods in boxes or bags.

3. Up the intensity. Short duration, high intensity exercise maximizes the hormone output that prevents aging. For example, instead of hitting the gym and doing 3 sets of an exercise with 1-2 minutes rest in between; try using a heavier weight for 8-12 reps and then resting only 20-30 seconds before the next set. Then start your next exercise following the same principle. For cardiovascular exercise try intervals or look up “burst training.”

4. Decrease or eliminate alcohol. Alcohol decreases metabolism, disrupts hormone production and ages skin at an accelerated rate. Eliminate as much as possible and you’ll look and feel far younger.

5. Increase nutrient intake. There is little to no chance you’re getting all the nutrients you need from food. I recommend adding in a whole food multi-vitamin, vitamin D (especially during the fall and winter), antioxidants and fish oil supplements.

6. Sleep at least 6 hours. One of the most important anti-aging hormones is growth hormone which is stimulated and released during sleep. Make sure to get at least 6 hours of restful sleep per night. I also recommend sleeping in as close to total darkness as possible.

7. Challenge your brain. If you don’t use it, you lose it. Stimulate your mind through problem solving, overcoming challenges, reading and other activities that will keep it sharp and performing maximally.

8. Get proactive, holistic care. Medical checkups are designed mainly to identify problems, not prevent new ones. Holistic care is designed to help you avoid future problems while maximizing your health and well being in the present. In addition to your yearly physicals I would recommend some combination of chiropractic care, acupuncture and massage therapy. This probably sounds like a shameless plug (and it kind of is) but the healthiest people I encounter continue to utilize these forms of care to look and feel younger.

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

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