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Why Our Holiday Party Is Good For Your Health

If you still haven’t decided whether to come to the Kindred Holiday Party a week from today, here’s another reason: it’ll be good for your health! 😉

If you don’t believe me, check out Mark Sisson’s recent post about research on the physical benefits of positive emotions. Here are a couple of the findings:

“[P]ositive emotions “broaden” or open our field of vision. They invite musing, play, and invention.

Don’t let this dude sneak up beside you…join us on Dec. 21st for some celebratory goodness instead!!

Good feelings…enhance our “global” (i.e. big picture) thinking, and even expands our perception of what’s in our peripheral vision. As subtle as these cognitive benefits can seem, they could mean the difference between life and death in the hard scrabble, unpredictable world of our forebears.”

Our interpretation: Come to the holiday party or you’re more likely to get eaten by a bear.

“From a physiological standpoint, research has shown that positive emotions as varied as love, compassion, and gratitude encourage “harmonious” heart rhythms. In other words, emotional equanimity fosters synchronized, balanced, and efficient physiological patterns in the cardiovascular and nervous systems. Other research suggests that even more abstract positive emotions like hope and curiosity offer protective benefits from diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes.”

In other words: The holiday party is medicine. Medicine is good for you. Take your medicine. You want things that are good for you, don’t you??!

Well, alright then! See you at the party.

Today’s WOD:

Back Squat: 1X3 @ 90%, 1X1 @ 100%, 1X1 @ 105%, 1X1 @ 110% 1X1 @ 105% – rest 3:00 between sets.

Notes: Percentage is based off of your 3RM from 2 months ago.

-then-

3 rounds for total reps of:

2 minute AMRAP of:

5 Squat Clean to Thrusters 135/95#
25 Double-Unders

*Rest 1 minute.

1 minute AMRAP of:

Burpees

*Rest 1 minute.

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