Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot
I interact with hundreds of patients each week and get asked a lot of questions. On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.
How are you handling social media in these negative times? Honestly, I continue to be on social media less because of how angry and divisive it can be. My consumption of social media has always been about the positive and fun stuff and never really about the negativity or preaching to others. Therefore, if I get on there now and notice that I’m starting to feel bummed out or angry, I just get right off. If I see something cool, nice, funny, or uplifting then I am more than happy to engage. When I see things that I personally don’t agree with or care for, I simply let it be. A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of my oldest son and I at the shooting range and mentioned what a nice afternoon we had. A woman attacked me over it citing our political climate and other things. I just deleted her and moved on rather than worrying about defending myself. Life is too short to spend it arguing online with people you don’t even care about in the first place.
A recent inspiration? I have a patient that read my 5 Spot a couple months ago when I discussed the importance in our current times of focusing not just on defensive measures but on being proactive with your health first and foremost. He explained to me that he’d never really considered until he read that how much control he had over his own health. Prior to that time, he saw it mostly as just genetics and luck and he explained to me all the excuses he’d make when he wasn’t feeling like he thought he should. In the past 2 months he has lost over 20 pounds and continues to transform old unhealthy habits into healthier, lifestyle changes. In just 8 weeks, he is honestly already a different dude and it makes me so proud. He took responsibility for his health, changed his mindset, and then changed his habits and it’s making such a tremendous difference.
Something I’ve been enjoying? My youngest son is almost 2 now and he has a mutant form of my energy. As a result, he rarely slows down and wants to constantly be in motion. Both of his older brothers play football, so he seems drawn to the sport himself. Each morning before work and at night after work, he and walk to the football field by my house and he runs around with his ball yelling “set hike” again and again, jumping and diving. Watching him get so excited and sharing that time with him gives me a ton of joy and has been an amazing way to start and end my days. There’s a lot going on these days but during that time with him I don ‘t worry about anything except enjoying our time together.
What will you do for the 4th of July? Anyone that knows me or has followed me on social media knows that I am extremely patriotic. For years now, on Memorial Day and 4th of July (and often a couple other days throughout the year) I will do a long run carrying the American flag. Part of my runswill take me through trails where there are often runners and cyclists that get excited to see the flag and then as I run next to the main roads, many cars will honk and yell encouragement. It fills me with pride when people get excited over the flag, so I always enjoy doing it!
Some quotes I love?
“Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution.” – Albert Einstein
“If you don’t program yourself, life will program you.” – Les Brown
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