Formerly Shea Family Chiropractic

Video I am recommending: Pre-workout warm up & Daily preparation  This week in the clinic I came across a number of you "non-stretchers".  I love you guys but man, if you are over the age of 40 and are not taking part in a regular flexibility training routine, you are a ticking time bomb.  To help get you started, take a look at the above linked video I made for you.  Use this warm up before exercise and/or at the beginning of your day upon waking.  You will feel better, be less injury susceptible and have a ton more energy.  You will thank me for this one! Podcast I am loving: The Rich Roll Podcast As you guys know I am on a HUGE endurance sport kick currently.  One of my inspirations for this journey was Rich Roll's book "Finding Ultra" in which he describes his journey from alcoholic to professional endurance athlete.  Roll also has a great YouTube channel and podcast.  He interviews some incredible guests such as Tony Hawk (best skateboarder of all time from San Diego), Wim Hof (the "Iceman"), David Goggins (Navy Seal) and James Clear (Atomic Habits Author).  Roll is extremely articulate, knowledgeable and wise.  If you are looking for inspiration, give this one a listen. Quote I am repeating: "How can you be of service to the people that are already psyched about what you are doing?" ~ Rich Roll How often have you tried forcing your ideas on people who have no interest in what you are attempting to communicate? If you are like me, this happens often.  It has never been very sexy when I tell people they will have to take 100% responsibility for their health. That they must dedicate themselves to daily physical and spiritual practices to allow their mind and body to assist them in getting the life they desire.  It would be a much easier sell to have people continue their bad habits, give them something to feel better and give it to them for free.  Luckily, I have been mining the population long enough to find each of you, our Aligned Life Community.  A group of the most fun, energetic, focused, educated and badass people in Southern California.  Thank you for feeling like you are worth it. Thank you for giving me your trust.  Thank you for reading these blogs each week and thank you for being psyched about living an extraordinary life through a

Running shoes I am loving:  Adidas Ultraboost 20 Historically, I have been a fan of a zero drop running shoe (minimal cushion and minimal or no arch support) due to the inherent strengthening effect of the intrinsic muscles of the feet.  That being said, if you possess a relatively smooth gait pattern, then I strongly suggest picking up a pair of these uber comfortable running shoes.  For me, they have made my longer distance runs significantly easier and more enjoyable.  I also believe they have helped me ward off shin splints and plantar fasciitis.  These shoes are the most expensive shoe I have ever purchased with a retail price of $180.  However, I was able to pick up a pair for $119 at the outlet stores in Carlsbad, California.  The hefty price was a strong deterrent but I have been very pleased with my return on investment.  Give these a shot if you are doing longer walks or runs! Cold weather gear I am wearing: Arm Sleeves Last week on my Sunday morning bike ride I noticed that for the first time in months the temperature had dropped considerably.  It was down right cold and foggy. Having not prepared the correct clothing I suffered through chattering teeth with numb hands and feet. To gear up and make things more comfortable I picked up a pair of arm sleeves.  These are made from a skin tight, stretchy material that covers the length of your arm from arm pits to wrists.  Not only do they protect against the cold but they also provide sun protection as well.  The type of sleeve linked about costs $12 and is a minimal thickness (good for fall and spring), but there are also lined, thicker versions ($35) such as the ones linked here for colder months.  Gear up and get out there! Quote I am repeating: "Life is but the expression of spirit through matter.  To make life manifest requires the union of spirit and body."   ~ D.D. Palmer (Founder of Chiropractic) For the last month I have been constantly trying to remind you how important your daily activities are in creating the long term health and life outcome you desire.  The founder of chiropractic D.D. Palmer understood this philosophy and his message has been passed down by chiropractors for 125 years.  By committing to a daily physical and spiritual practice you insulate yourself from the external world and become more resilient.  Identify what type of practice you enjoy physically

Experience I am recommending: Tuna Harbor Dockside Market Using the recommendation from an Aligned Lif'er (Thanks Mike P.) we checked out this incredible event this weekend.  If you are local to the San Diego area and available on a Saturday morning I strongly suggest checking out this once a week seafood farmers market.  Near the embarcadero and Seaport Village you will get an up close and personal look at the freshest fish, shrimp and crab you can find at a great price.  You can also learn recipes and cooking suggestions from the local fisherman at their booths.  You can also try out a fish taco, salad or sandwich while you walk around.  As you might imagine, this event smells a little "fishy" but it is definitely worth the experience! Book I am re-reading: Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey Every year I skim back through this book to ensure that my financial priorities are aligned with my long term vision.  Concepts such as the "debt snowball" and the idea that my "income is my most powerful wealth creator" (therefore do not waste it by having to put all of your income towards debt) have revolutionized my financial spending habits.  If you are in need of some financial grounding and a rock solid plan, give this one a read! Quote I am loving: "It is not the direction of the wind, but the set of the sails that determines where you will go." ~ Jim Rohn We are all experiencing the same external environment, and yet some people thrive while others suffer.  The reason for this drastic difference in outcome is the driving philosophy of each individual.  Another way of saying this is, what are the beliefs of the person going through the external environment.  Those beliefs determine the level of responsibility the person takes and the volume of their actions towards bettering their situation. This week, be the person who takes full responsibility for your health by committing to daily practices for your physical body and your spiritual life! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC  

Product I am recommending:  Wobble Chair Do you, like me, have kids that are going back to school this week?  If so, equip them for postural success by getting them a wobble chair to do their online classes.  More than ever before, the home work space has become a true concern for parents and children.  I love this product that allows kids to burn energy while they stay in front of a screen.  So far, I have seen my kids far more focused, engaged and happy when using this product during their zoom classes.  The stools come in a few different sizes based upon the size of your child.  To fit them correctly, measure the distance from the floor to their knee.  This is the ideal height of the stool that works best for them.  The idea of this product is chiropractic approved because it encourages an active sitting position and increased blood flow into the spine. Wood project I am building: Tablet Stand To eliminate my kids looking down at their tablets for school I built them simple wooden stands that hold their devices upright.  I got the idea on etsy for $19 each (see link) but was able to create them for free using some scrap wood and wood glue in the garage.  This project also doubles to hold books and magazines vertically for reading. Quote I am spreading: "Stress is created when we do not take responsibility for an area of our lives."  ~ Gay Dickinson in "The Big Leap" Have you ever felt completely stressed out about an area of your life you have neglected or procrastinated?  If so, this quote is a great reminder to use the feeling of stress (that weird feeling in your gut or that constant nagging thought in your mind) as a signal that it is time to take action.  The more stress we feel, the more urgent the need to take complete responsibility! --- Have a kick ass week everyone! In Health, Dr. Devin Shea, DC