How Strength Training Can Save Your Life
If your dumbbells are getting dusty under the bed, it's definitely time to drag them out. UCLA researchers looked at data from almost 4,000 Americans 55 and over and found that those with the most muscle mass had a 20% lower risk of early death than those with the least.
"We've discovered that your body composition—the percentage of lean muscle mass versus body fat—seems to be a better predictor of longevity than the go-to BMI screening.
HOW TO DO IT:
Using a pair of 5- to 10-pound hand weights, do 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps of each move 3 times a week.
Welcome To August
"Well hello August, how the devil are ya!"
“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”
~ Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker
I’ve certainly been advised in recent months to take care of myself – or I won’t be able to take care of anyone else. We hear it in-flight – if there is an event where oxygen masks drop, put your own mask on first, before that of your children. When you think about it – it makes sense. Yet sometimes are own inherent reactions to sudden or ongoing stress seems to surface.
So if we think this through – being the best version of yourself will certainly impact your abilities and value to your job and the company you work for. But those aren’t always there. We lose jobs, quit jobs, our jobs get eliminated, or we just can’t find a job. But we – you and me, are always going to be here.
There are so many experiences and knowledge gained in one work environment that we don’t always think about how this translate into our own worth in the next job – what we subconsciously take with us.
Consider a thorough self exam – an honest one.
Maybe these items and more, are on your personal to-do list but they never seem to get checked off.
Being the best version of yourself is a gift only you can give yourself. The items above are just food for thought.
Checking them off one at a time is better than never getting to that list. Self-help books, peer groups, classes and other activities may help you get there, but you need to take that first step on you own.
We all work so very hard and dedicate our time, energy and often emotion to our work; yet taking little time for our own self-improvement.