Friday, December 8, 2017
The Road to Resilience
Facing challenges in your life can potentially be a threat to longevity, things like death of a spouse, divorce, illness or other life changing experience. These challenges don’t have to be a threat to those who have experienced significant events in their life, have gone on to live long productive lives. Some traits that helped them bounce back from setbacks like persistence, motivation, and especially the support of a spouse or close friend in tough times all contributed to a resilience that lasted a lifetime. Those who cared about others, who were agreeable but not necessarily social, often thrived in the face of adversity. A sense of accomplishment either in their profession or civic life added to this resilient characteristic. Competition and drive were also very important traits that allowed some to fight back against adversity time and time again. Resilience is not a trait we are born with, nor an inner insight, but a process of perseverance and hard work. The resilient ones had a sense of hope to keep going and that things would get better. Never give up, ever.
“A man who does not ever give up can never be defeated. Fred Thompson
Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: 12 Workouts Until Christmas Day 2
Strength to Bodyweight Ratio
How Strong are you relative to your own body weight? Warm up for your regular weight training workout then complete one or more of these bodyweight assessments:
1 set max reps pushups, pull-ups, or sit-ups
1 set max reps with your bodyweight on the leg press or squat machine
Holiday Survival Tip #13: Reduce the Intensity.
During the holidays schedules can be very hectic and energy consuming. Backing off the intensity of your workouts can help you balance the stress of the holiday with your need to maintain your energy level with all the craziness that can sometimes occur at this time of year. This will allow you to concentrate on the fat burning side of your energy system (aerobic Zone 3) and protect your blood sugar level. Keeping your blood sugar level up can help your overall energy level and boost your immune system. Keep moving just turn it down a notch to stay in balance.
“Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not truly knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men.” Albert Einstein
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