Monday, March 3, 2014

Did Sisyphus Work Out?

In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a king of Ephyra punished for chronic deceitfulness.  He was would roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down.  He was compelled to repeat this action forever.

Sounds like real-life.  3 fitness tests you should be able to pass article recently posted on Fox News,  asked readers to evaluate their physical health.  Here are the 3 simple tests to judge your health:
  1. Waist size less than half your height (Failed that one)
  2. Hold the plank position (strict push-up form) for 2 minutes (Failed that one)
  3. Get to and up from a seated position with minimal use of hands and knees.  Score is 1-10 with losing a point for every use of hand or knee.  Score less than 3 was associated with a five time higher likelihood of dying versus people who got an 8 or above.  (Got a 7)  This was not a controlled double blind study.
Your physical health is a great predictor of your mental health and your work performance.  In the blog I wrote last February, Prolonging Your Career, I discussed how adding the constant stretching program Restorative Yoga, my flexibility has gone from 5% to 60%.  My blood pressure has lowered and I have lost a little weight.

Some find that gyms open 24-hours are beneficial, and heading there after a shift beneficial.  Especially when a shift has been stressful, a good workout can relieve tension and enable one to return home with some of the tension productively disbursed. 

Being a health care provider is a stressful job, so it is imperative that you take care of the shell surrounding the brain by working the core surrounding your waistline with a consistent strength and conditioning program such as Yoga, Pilates, TRX, Personal Training, etc.  Working out is a Sisyphus-like task, but does have its rewards.

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