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MY FIRST JOB MAKING THE CUT
If you’re like me, summertime is full of nostalgia. Seeing kids ride their bikes down the street or smelling freshly mown grass takes me back to my own childhood. In fact, lawn mowing was my very first step toward becoming a small- business owner. If it weren’t for those summers all those years ago, Kinetic wouldn’t be what it is today. I was in the fourth grade when I picked up on what the neighbor kids were doing. I saw them out mowing the lawns but never really got why. Then one day, one of these kids mentioned their allowance, and I stopped them — “Wait, you get money for that?!” I immediately asked my dad if I could start mowing. He probably paid me about $5 the first three times I did the job but, after that, decided it was just part of the cost of living under his roof. Fair enough. Thankfully, my dad didn’t completely cut off my income. Instead, he helped me expand. He reached out to friends and family who wanted their lawn mowed by a budding professional. I had soon built up quite the customer base. For a few summers, I had five or six lawns to mow once a week, earning money I could call my own. This experience showed me the value of a dollar and a good work ethic.
When I entered high school, I decided to get a job stocking shelves. While this kept me in air conditioning during the hot summer, it wasn’t quite the same as my “grass roots” business venture. I had managers and
shift supervisors looking over my shoulder, a big departure from my solo operation. While I learned a lot about working as part of a team, I also picked up on the fact that I didn’t want to be someone’s employee my whole life. yards gave me a greater sense of personal responsibility and accomplishment. I’d always made sure to do a good, thorough job caring for other people’s yards because it reflected on me and made the landowners happy. Stacking cans a certain way just because a manager said so didn’t have the same appeal. So, while it didn’t kick-start a career in landscaping, those mowing summers of my youth still taught While the money was better stocking shelves, mowing
me one of the most important business lessons: I wanted to do work I could be proud of and call my own, the kind that put customers first and brought a smile to their faces. When the choice came to either continue working in big box therapy centers, or take a leap with Emilie to start our own community-focused clinic, my decision was clear. This summer, Zack and Nathan are officially taking over lawn care duties. To be honest, I haven’t decided whether or not I’m going to pay them, but Nathan is already showing that entrepreneurial spark. Maybe I’ll help him find some leads, like my dad did for me. So, do you know anyone who needs their lawn mowed? –Mike Ulmer
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Everyone with a smartphone has heard time and time again that looking at your phone before bed is a bad idea. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “The use of electronic devices in the bedroom further disrupts the natural pattern of the sleep-wake cycle” primarily because of the blue light emitted from the screen. While most scientific data pertaining to sleep recommends you place your phone in another room overnight, those who toss and turn regardless of phone location might benefit from using technology rather than tucking it away. Here are three FREE sleep apps that might help you get to dreamland faster. PZIZZ While there are many apps that claim to help people fall asleep quicker, very few are programmed to prevent sleepers from growing bored of the same monotonous soundtracks. Pzizz combines music, sound effects, and binaural beats, and an embedded algorithm generates a slightly different track each time you use it. SNORE REPORT Many troubled sleepers who are able to fall asleep are jolted awake shortly afterward. The inability to stay asleep throughout the night can stem from a multitude of factors, but snoring
tends to be the most common. The Snore Report app records through the night to detect any snoring sounds and then provides the user with an overview of the previous night’s recording, including an index to determine snore intensity. Using this app might not help you fall asleep faster, but it could offer helpful information about why you aren’t able to stay asleep. SLEEP CYCLE ALARM CLOCK Instead of setting an alarm to jolt you out of sleep at a specific time, choose a window of time to wake up with the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock. The app will sense your sleep movements and ring an alarm when you’re in the lightest stage of sleep. This way, you’ll wake at the optimal time, feeling refreshed rather than groggy.
“I am so grateful for Kinetic and their staff, but I’m especially grateful for Amanda. This young lady has the ability to move you to greater heights than you think possible.
“Having fun and getting healthy describes my experience with all the staff at Kinetic. I’ve been greeted each time with smiling faces which helps with recovery. I truly thought I would never use my right hand
Approximately three months ago, I had a total knee replacement at the age of 91, and that isn’t easy. Amanda worked hard, and through her caring guidance and expertise, and my determination, I am walking and about to run. Amanda, I will be forever grateful. Thank you.” – Christine Masur
this well after such a short time. I couldn’t even sign my name on my first visit, and now here I am writing my story. Thank you so very much! Big hugs to all, especially Amanda.” –Rosemarie Beu
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Golf season is in full swing, which means it’s time to have a talk about lower back pain. More than perhaps any other sport, golfing has a high rate of spine injuries, even in young people. In fact, the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) of Golf found that over 28% of golfers suffer from lower back pain after every round. If you are coming off the green wincing, here are a few preventative steps you can take. WARM-UPS As with any sport, it’s important to stretch and thoroughly work out your muscles before a game of golf. It can be tempting to just head out and start swinging, but neglecting to stretch is the most surefire way to leave you clutching your back. Instead, take the time to stretch your shoulders, torso, Tips to Keep Golfers Golfing
hips, and hamstrings before your first swing. Taking a few light practice shots on the driving range is also not a bad idea. PROPER SWING POSTURE No one likes having their swing criticized, but the truth is that many people internalize some key posture mistakes that place undue force on the hips and lower back. The most common mistake we see is golfers setting up with their tail hip higher than their lead hip. Instead, you want your hips to be neutral or the lead hip to be high and the lead shoulder to be low. This will keep tension off your
that bending over and lifting would be exhausting on its own if you weren’t already putting stress on your spine.
This is why you should
Sudoku seriously consider getting an integrated bag with a built-in stand. Also, if you carry your own bag, use one with dual straps to evenly distribute the weight. Of course, if range of motion issues or chronic pain are keeping you on your back and off the back nine, a trained physical therapist can help. We have our fair share of golf lovers here at the clinic, and we would love to give you more specific tips to improve your stance while keeping pain at bay.
spine on the backswing. BRING THE RIGHT GEAR
The need to constantly pick up and put down your golf bag can also play a role in lower back pain. All
Watermelon Cucumber Skewers
Skewers are a Fourth of July favorite, but these are not your classic kebabs. They’re a fresh, light, and fun way to start a barbecue. Oh, and they don’t require any actual cooking.
INGREDIENTS • 1 medium-sized
• 1 bunch fresh mint leaves • Salt, to taste
watermelon, cubed • 2 cucumbers, cut into 1/4- inch rounds • 1 block feta cheese, cubed
Equipment • 1 packet of bamboo skewers
DIRECTIONS 1. Assemble skewers by placing one watermelon cube, one cucumber round, one feta cube, and one mint leaf on skewer in that order. Repeat until skewer is full. 2. Lightly season with salt and chill in fridge until right before serving.
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INSIDE Mike Made Mow Money PAGE 1
3 Free Apps to Help You Catch Those Z’s PAGE 2
My PT Story PAGE 2
Pain After Golfing? Take These Steps PAGE 3
Watermelon Cucumber Skewers PAGE 3
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As the scorching summer sun beats down, it’s hard to remember that just six months ago you were shivering through the winter, whether that meant a chilly 50 F or bitter subzero temperatures. But if cooler temps sound like paradise, and a dip in the pool is no longer keeping you cool, it might be time to take a vacation somewhere chilly. Check out these three destinations to avoid the summer heat.
get away from the unbearable summer heat. With temperatures rarely exceeding 60 F — the average high for the country — packing is easy for this relaxing vacation. Take a relaxing dip in one of the country’s many hot springs or enjoy tremendous views of the fjords. Even better, you can tour the country at any time because it’s sunny almost 24 hours a day. What could be better than a midnight hike around the fourth happiest country in the world?
ALASKA No place says chilly quite like Alaska. Trips to Alaska can be expensive during this time of year, but when you step into that crisp air with a cool mountainous view, you’ll understand why it’s a popular summer voyage. Travelers can choose to fly or take a cruise ship, and many cities feature tourism-packed excursions. A
NORWAY Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to give up your skiing hobby! Venture off to Norway and experience some of their most popular summer ski resorts. After a day or two shredding the slopes, experience the popular Norwegian Opera and Ballet in
few notable locations include Anchorage, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and Denali National Park and Preserve.
Oslo or choose between numerous outdoor and indoor exhibitions. Best of all, you won’t even break a sweat, as the average temperature in Norway’s hottest month barely hits 70 F. Bordering Sweden and northern Finland, Norway can even be the beginning to a cool European tour this summer.
ICELAND Just as its name suggests, Iceland can be the perfect destination for travelers yearning to
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