Monday, March 14, 2016

*** ANNOUNCEMENT: The 5:30am class is now by appointment only! Talk to Adam for details. ***

Workout of the Day

AMRAP in 4m of:
3 Push Jerks @ 155/105#
6 Pullups

–Rest 2 min, then–

AMRAP in 4m of:
6 Hang Power Cleans @ 155/105#
6 Box Jumps @ 30/24″

–Rest 2 min, then–

AMRAP in 4m of:
12 Deadlifts @ 155/105#
6 Burpees

*score = total reps across all AMRAPs

Emotional Farting, or Why Complaining Is Terrible for You

When I was 8 years old, my dad offered me a deal. “If you don’t whine for an entire day, I’ll build you a fort,” he said. Not just any fort, mind you. My dad is a carpenter; this was gonna be a serious fort, with a ladder, trapdoor, slide pole, and sand box underneath just for kicks.

I took the deal in a flash. I’m not sure that I was 100% successful in not whining, but he graciously built the fort anyway. In reality, I think he was already planning to build the fort for me. Asking me to not whine was just a bonus for him.

I try hard to avoid complaining today, but it’s not always easy. This article suggests that being negative all the time is self-perpetuating. The more negative you are now, the easier it is to be negative in the future. The good news is that it cuts the other way – if you force yourself to be happy and not complain, you can literally rewire your brain to be more positive. Here’s a snippet from the article:

Why do people complain? Not to torture others with their negativity, surely. When most of us indulge in a bit of a moan, the idea is to “vent.” By getting our emotions out, we reason, we’ll feel better.

 

But science suggests there are a few serious flaws in that reasoning. One, not only does expressing negativity tend not to make us feel better, it’s also catching, making listeners feel worse. “People don’t break wind in elevators more than they have to. Venting anger is…similar to emotional farting in a closed area. It sounds like a good idea, but it’s dead wrong,” psychologist Jeffrey Lohr, who has studied venting, memorably explained.

Check out the article, then come back here to post your thoughts.

One thought on “Monday, March 14, 2016

  1. I’m working on my mental health all the way around – finally realizing that I have some major obstacles to overcome that I’ve always just “dealt with.” Having that realization, and getting the help I need have made a huge difference in my everyday life – at least now I’m recognizing when I start to go off track. Cutting down on my venting…that’ll help keep my brain in a happier state, too! Something to work on, for sure. Choosing to be happy.

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