Friday, September 23, 2016

Where is our village?


I recently read a blog post about the loss of the village in modern developed nations and its devastating effects on mental health and feelings of security. Actually, its focus was on the effect of parents and particularly mothers, but I think the point holds for everyone and so I want to bring it up here.

We often mention social support as one of the lifestyle factors that contribute to health and wellness (along with things like nutrition, sleep, recovery, proper movement, etc.). But we are kind of vague about it because social support can look different for different kinds of people in different circumstances - and also because I don't really know what it is. The post I read helped clarify it for me and I'm starting to think that lack of social support is a major problem for a lot of people, myself included. The author argued that until recent times, we lived in small, physically close, multi-generational groups where there were many people (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors) to help raise our children; this provided crucial practical and emotional support for both parents and children and also allowed people to feel more secure, knowing the people around them and having comfortable boundaries (both environmental and behavioral).

Think about our modern lives: we are actually quite isolated from other people. Most of the people I see in a given day I don't know. I rarely have meaningful conversations, and I rush from one thing to another without anyone to pick up the slack, and without being there for others - without making the connections that are so vital to being human and keeping sanity intact. We as people evolved over hundreds of thousands of years in small tribes, and that is how we are wired to function - working together, not handling the burden on our own.

My hope with the gym was that we would form our own tribe or village, a group of like-minded people who connected several times a week, who could be there for each other, and who would eventually spend time together outside of formal gym time. It is still quite early, but I already see this developing. Beyond this, I encourage you to spend some time thinking about what your social support network is like, whether it is family, friends, or a combination, and how you can build and nurture it. I know I will be thinking about this and working on it.



Workout

snatch-grip push press 5x3
2 TGUs between sets

then

10:00 KB snatch test
24 kg for men and 16 kg for women if you can



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snatch-grip push press 5x3
2 TGUs between sets

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10:00 KB snatch test

24 kg for men and 16 kg for women if you can



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