Getting through tough times requires not only spiritual grit but emotional intelligence, mental focus, and physical strength. It is the later I want to emphasize this month because we, unfortunately, tend to get off track this time of year. Our schedules fill up with activities, and before we know it, we’ve missed weeks of exercise. Worse yet, we get sick and lose all our momentum and just give up until the first of the year!
I’ve shared many times how strength training helps build lean muscle mass and increase bone density, but here are a few other positive side effects of resistance training:
- Working your muscles hard requires a lot of energy. A by-product of this process is the creation of adenosine, which makes you sleepy, helping you rest better at night (Chris Winter, MD & author of The Sleep Solution). Side note: Caffeine temporarily blocks the production of adenosine!
- Lifting weights two times a week reduces inflammation markers associated with heart disease. A Mayo Clinic study found that muscle work promotes the secretion of cytokines, a type of protein that fights inflammation.
- Resistance training burns more energy than cardiovascular workouts and blasts fat cells at a higher rate. As a result, your metabolism will speed up helping with weight loss.
- Muscle work may ward off diabetes. According to Sheri Colberg, PhD. At the American Diabetes Association, our muscles are our body’s main storage tank for glucose. When we gain more muscle, we have more room to store glucose rather than it circulating in our blood stream.
- Pumping iron can reduce anxiety. Breaking a sweat while working out interrupts your stress hormone release and will reset your brain-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal response (University of Kentucky research).
Not to sound corny, but it’s time to pump you up!
If you read both Your Life and Your Career this month, you’ll see a theme: social media. When historians look back at the invention of Facebook and the like, I think they will judge it as the most destructive force against human connectedness in our world’s history. More and more celebrities are unplugging and closing their accounts. Yet, millions upon millions still look to internet-based social platforms to fill their relationship needs every day.
What started off as a nice way to see what friends and family were doing has become an out-of-control buzz of inappropriate and immature behavior that has fueled breakups, divorces, hurt feelings, and unfriendliness at epidemic proportions. If you are like me and you still see some benefit of keeping your account open, Health Magazine offered some tips to keeping it real in their September issue:
- Don’t inflict your emotional state onto someone else. Often times, what we read in a post doesn’t have the emotional punch with think it does, but because WE are already upset, we take it wrong. Step back for a moment. Don’t overreact but rather filter the message through calm, rational thinking and then craft a response (if necessary).
- Don’t assume everyone is out to get you, put you down, or hurt you. We’d all be less stressed if we just thought the best of one another before jumping to conclusions as to what one really meant by “that” comment. When in doubt, private message someone—or call them—to find out.
- Quit worrying about being perfect. If you fear retaliation or attacks from your so-called friends over a post, you may have the wrong friends! We should be able to share life’s events without carefully crafting every single word as to not offend anyone. If someone gets upset over something good happening in your life, they are the ones who need to read this newsletter.
- Quite feeling guilty about what is or isn’t happening in your life. We aren’t supposed to be competing with our friends as to who has the best selfie photo. If that is the depth of your friends, I say again…you might need new friends.
Like any technology, social media needs to be kept in its place. Don’t let it consume, control, or overtake your life. If you do, your Facebook feed might be more alive than you are.
Besides breaking down our culture, I believe social media has also negatively impacted the business world. It certainly has benefits, but it’s time we put the human back into human interactions!
When email first started entering the workplace, I remember sensing we were going to lose something very important. Fast forward to today with social media and texting, and we have. We’ve lost the human connection. Email and texting are fast and efficient, no doubt. However, they lack emotions. No emoji can truly show someone’s spirit. Without seeing someone’s eyes, you can’t see their soul. Without voice cues, we cannot hear what is on someone’s heart. I, like you, am grateful for all our technologies that afford us to conduct business worldwide. I just believe we have put too much emphasis on the tools and have forgotten the people.
Technology is flat and lifeless. Read above in the Your Life section, and you learn that we tend to bring OUR emotions to the table when reading texts or posts. Sit down with someone, and they share with you their feelings, not yours.
As companies, we have a fine line to walk. We must continue to excel and enhance our efficiencies; yet, we must retain honor and dignity with one another. Texting crucial conversations does neither. Facebooking behind coworker’s backs breaks trust and burns bridges.
As leaders, we need to be the example and put value upon relationships—internal and external. Have you ever tried to reach your company from the outside? Can your customers even get a real-life human being? We’ve gone too far, and we are erasing our humanity. For all our sakes, I hope we can remember that humans are what make all of this work.
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