All that “mind, body, and spirit” shpeel? There’s definitely some truth behind it.
The more we age, the more falloff in performance there is of our cellular machinery. Metabolism slows, our minds aren’t as sharp, we get tired easily. To compensate, we rely more on sleep and stimulants such as caffeine to keep us going through the day. Or for you crazy yahoos out there: Five Hour Energy Drink, Red Bull, and Monster.
All of these physical highs and lows have an impact on our daily outlook and, in turn, our social activity.
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It’s a direct correlation: the more energy you have, the more social you tend to be. Slack on exercising or good diet and you’ll most likely be going to bed early and spending time with your “true” loves: Netflix, Hulu, and cable TV. Don’t get me wrong, I love kicking back at home for some peace and quiet; it just shouldn’t get to the point that you see friends and family only a couple times a month.
Let’s do a quick survey, eh? If you’re not too lazy, answer these questions, yes or no….and be honest:
1) Do you choose a book or movie more often than going out with friends?
2) On weekends or nights that you meet friends, are you in bed before 11pm?
3) Do you tend to only go out on Saturday nights because you’re too tired on Fridays?
4) When you show up at a party, is the first thing you do is to find somewhere to sit?
5) Do you ever shoot a friend down because he/she lives too “far” away (i.e., 30min)?
6) Does it take you three cups of coffee, a cold shower, and a Red Bull to recover from food coma so you can head out with the gang?
If you answered, “yes”, to three or more of these you’re in danger of being lazy, both socially and physically. You probably don’t have a regular exercise routine (working out ten minutes every ten days doesn’t count) and/or don’t maintain a healthy diet. As a result, you’ve developed a complacent lull when it comes to social activity and prefer to have a monotonous, low-key life outside of work. Your mental outlook isn’t just regulated by everyday events; you’ve got to take into account your body’s energy levels and hormones that fluctuate day to day and hour to hour. Diet and exercise are tantamount to these effects.
what’s the solution??? ….you need “SINGLE STAMINA”
“Single stamina” is a term coined from the TV show, “How I Met Your Mother”. It’s a pretty funny but very telling concept that points out how different single people are compared with couples when hanging out.
- stay on their feet to maximize mobility and social interaction in the room
- choose different forms of lubrication (liquor, shots, etc.; I don’t know what you were thinking, bub)
- go from group to group like a sugar-loaded, hyperactive six year old with attention deficit disorder
- hit the dance floor like it’s their job
- stay out late and close out the bar
- battle other couples for seats…which technically is social interaction but not the kind that I mean here
- stick with wine and weaker drinks so they don’t worry about hangovers the next day
- avoid eye contact with strangers and spend a lot of time texting or reading email
- avoid the dance floor like the plague
- check their watch every ten minutes getting ready to go home
I’m not saying only singles have exciting lifestyles (insert “marriage = death” jokes here). “Single stamina” only serves as an example to point out the benefits of exercise for social activity. Let’s face it, most of the couples you know don’t work out much anymore or at least don’t have a chance to. They’re the ones that tend to stay home a lot and keep it low-key. The friends, singles and couples, you’ve got that do keep it healthy are more inclined to stay active, outgoing, and adventurous. (By the way, my entire argument is based on couples that don’t have kids. That’s a whole other story.)
Choose the easy route and go through life somewhat satisfied.
OR put in some work and reap the benefits.