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New program I am unveiling: Move It Forward
Aligned Life community, I am so excited to roll out a new way to experience greater levels of health and make a bigger impact in our community!  “Move It Forward” is a program designed to reward you for doing behaviors that make it easier for you to get great results with your chiropractic care and donate money to some of the best charity organizations in our area.  One of the most fundamental and yet least common behaviors in our community is doing exercise before getting adjusted.  This simple step of adding in movement before your adjustment benefits you on many levels.   Warming up and stretching your soft tissues, increasing your range of motion and maximizing your strength to improve your posture are just a few of the improvements when committing to this often neglected action.  The way the program works is we have created simple, body weight exercises for each of the different regions of the spine (neck, middle back and lower back).  When you arrive for your appointment, pick up a “Move It Forward” packet, select at least two movements to perform.  Upon completion of your exercises, grab a “Move It Forward” wooden nickel and drop it in the charity box of your choice.  Each time the charity box is full, Aligned Life will donate money to the respective charity.  This holiday season we have selected the San Diego Food Bank and the Toys For Tots programs to donate to.  Thank you for your commitment to your health and to the community!

Exercise equipment I am using:
 Lat and Lift Pulley System
Last week my wife, who is a HUGE gym buff (check out her page on instagram @28unlocked) purchased this pulley system to be used in our garage gym.  Tricep extensions, lat pull downs, face pulls and rows are all things that can be done using this product.  So far, we have loved the added options and are really pleased with the quality and simplicity of the unit.  I also really appreciated how easy it is to get the weights on and off as well as attach it to the pull up bar that hangs from the ceiling.  For $55 this is a steal compared with buying a huge rig for pulley work.  Good stuff!

Quote I am loving: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or how the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.  Who strives valiantly, who errors, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place will never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory, nor defeat.”
~Theodore Roosevelt “The Man In The Arena”
This quote lives on a poster that sits at the top of the stairs in my home.  It is a constant reminder of how to live a full life.  This week I spoke to many of you in the office about the importance of putting yourself “in the arena” of life.  Too often we spend our potentially most productive times sitting on the sidelines while secretly hoping to be the star of the show.  A time must come in which you decide to take full ownership of your world and not be satisfied with being an onlooker.  This week, I encourage you to take risks, live outside your comfort zone, set goals that are bigger and grander than you have ever done before and enjoy pushing your self imposed limits aside.  For it will be FAR better to have tried and failed rather than continue being a passive observer to the opportunities life presents!

Have a kick ass week everyone!
In Health,
Dr. Devin Shea, DC

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