Dear Practice Friends,
Since last summer, I have been writing to you about a number of ideas: potential, purpose, awareness, focus, and creativity. In addition to being integral to any discussion of self-betterment, they represent 5 of the 6 core values of our business, with the last (but not least) being self-discipline, a principle that goes hand in hand with New Year’s resolutions.
Self-discipline gets a bad rap, because it is often conflated with will-power. It’s true enough that making a positive change in your life requires intentionality and a desire for something different, and a measure of will-power can be just the thing to push you out of an old, tired groove you’ve cut over years. But will-power flags from time to time, doesn’t it? There must be something more to self-discipline than just will-power that keeps people engaged in a new behavior long enough for it to gain traction in their life.
New Year’s resolutions often revolve around desires for healthier, more meaningful living: stop smoking, drink less, eat better, get in shape…because I’ll feel better, look better and move better. At the heart of the issue lies a choice between short term gratification (pizza now) and mid to long term satisfaction (the body I want).
Rather than setting ourselves up for failure through expectations of Herculean will-power, we can avoid a lot of pitfalls by seeing self-discipline as a series of mindful choices based on what we really want. When we take a moment to breathe before leaping at something immediately appealing, we inject a precious moment of awareness into our decision making process. In the space of that awareness we can take some perspective on our situation, and ask ourselves the vital question, “Is this really taking me where I want to go?” Having taken the pause to consider our situation, we create a degree of freedom for making a wise choice that hadn’t been there the moment before. After three weeks solid of choosing to eat well and get regular exercise, the pizza may be the wise choice, a well deserved reward for meeting your goals. You get to decide that by taking the moment to stop and breathe and consider.
A wise choice will almost always be congruent with where you want to go, or the person you wish to be, and self-discipline is a process of inquiry and choice making. On this day of renewal, my wish for you is a year of choosing wisely.
Monthly Class Calendar and 2014 Rates
New Class! CORE™ Athletic Conditioning
This unique training program from Merrithew Health & Fitness™ focuses on functional fitness, targeting core strength and kinesthetic awareness leading to improvements in total-body strength and power. Jumpstart your metabolism in just 30 minutes while challenging legs, core and upper body using the medicine ball, resistance tubing, Halo™ trainer and stability ball.
The CORE Athletic Conditioning class starts Thursday, January 2nd at 530p. For a snapshot of MH&F’s new CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ programming, click here.
SPECIAL WINTER VALUE – Between now and March 21, combine the CORE class with the 30 minute Jumboard class at 5pm or the 30 Minute TRX Express workout at 6p on Thursday evenings and save:
- Get your first class for as little as $16*
- Take a second class same day for as little as $8 more.
- Take a third class and pay only $4 more!
*$16 class rate applies to house account holders
Welcome to Practice!
A warm welcome goes out to our newest members of the Practice community, who started with us in December:
Madison Anstadt, Rosalind Bertolo, Joanne Cronin, Jon Holt, Sallie Luther, and Leah Marron
We are thrilled to have you with us. Welcome aboard!
Research: Sex as Exercise
How much energy is actually exerted during sex? Thanks to a scientist at the University of Quebec in Montreal, we now know the answer. Gretchen Reynolds uncovers the truth of how successfully passion burns kilocalories in the article from the NY Times’ Well section.
Sex as Exercise
Research: What Happens in the Brain After a Concussion
From the Health section of the NY Times, Gretchen Reynolds writes:
“Scientists have found that after a concussion, reactive oxygen molecules flood the brains of mice. The findings for the first time hint at the possibility of treating concussions through the rapid use of antioxidant drugs.”
What Happens in the Brain After a Concussion
Is it Good to Sweat?
Also by Gretchen Reynolds writing in the NY Time’s “Ask Well” section, comes an answer to the questions:”Are there any health benefits associated with more sweating during a workout? If so, is there a difference if sweat is induced by heat (e.g., hot weather) vs. aerobic exercise?”
Is it Good to Sweat?