How Old is Too Old for Exercise?

A lot of people made resolutions to get healthy this year and one way to do that is to get their butts back in the gym. But there are definitely obstacles that keep people from the gym, and one of those things is age.

A new poll finds that 40% of Americans believe they are “too old” to work out, and shockingly the age at which most Americans feel they are too old to exercise is just 41. Of course that’s far from the only reason people skip the gym. In fact, 42% of people say “not having time” is the biggest thing keeping them from exercising.

And then there are people who simply find excuses for skipping their workout. The top reason for skipping a workout is because someone’s too tired (56%), followed by having too much work to do (36%). Other reasons include: 

  • It's already late (30%)
  • The weather is too bad (28%)
  • Ate too much (23%)
  • Stayed late at work (22%)
  • Would rather watch Netflix (15%)
  • It's dark (12%)
  • Bad traffic (12%)
  • Workout buddy canceled (11%)
  • But it turns out most people would feel better if they just got their booties to the gym. The poll finds that 68% of people say they’d feel more energetic if they exercised regularly, while 64% would feel more motivated and 59% would feel happier.

Source: SWNS Digital 

If you’ve been binge watching the Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” like the rest of us, you’re probably at least thinking about trying to clear the clutter from your home. Unless you’re a minimalist, you probably have a bunch of disorganized stuff in your space but living in that clutter can be stressful for your brain. So if you need a little motivation to clear the clutter in your place, check out these effects it has on your brain.

  • You're overloaded by stimuli - When there’s a lot of stuff in the area you can see, it causes our senses to work overtime on stuff that isn’t necessary or important, psychologist Sherri Bourg So basically, too much clutter overwhelms the brain.
  • Your stress levels skyrocket - There’s a link between living in clutter and higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. A study found that for heterosexual couples who live in cluttered spaces, women tend to have higher cortisol levels than normal and so did the men who did the housework.
  • You have a lot of competing agendas - Sorting clutter can pull your brain in a bunch of different directions at once and that can be bad for cognitive functioning because it’s hard for the brain to sort out whether to tidy this first or put that away. So the clutter makes decision making tougher.
  • Your attachment to your possessions can be overwhelming - We hold onto our stuff because we have memories, love, and our hopes for the future invested in them, but it turns out, too much of that “possessive love” can be bad for the brain. According to one study, personal attachment to objects can make us feel more “at home” in a space, but too many of them can do the opposite. Clutter was found to make folks feel negatively about their space, like they’re drowning in a sea of stuff. Sound familiar?
  • Your judgment becomes less reliable - Another studyfound that our brains work differently when we try to make judgments in cluttered spaces, we tend to make the wrong call and are less confident in our choice than we should be.
  • You become more impulsive - Messy surroundings could lead you to do more Internet shopping than you planned. A study found that people sitting in cluttered rooms were more likely to say 'yes' to purchasing thingsimpulsively than folks seated in tidy spaces.

Source: Bustle

Let’s face it, nobody really likes to sit through a presentation at work, which makes it even harder to keep folks' attention when you’re the one giving it. Well, it turns out there are a few things you could be unconsciously doing that’s sabotaging your ability to keep folks interested, and a few simple words could be the culprit.

Experts note that you will quickly ruin a presentation if you give anyone the idea that being there is a waste of time, and there are certain phrases you could be using that will immediately sabotage just that.

They include:

  • “Sorry/I’m Tired/Jet-Lagged/Hung Over” – There’s no reason to share this in a presentation. What do you think it will get you, sympathy? Basically it’s like telling people there’s a reason this presentation is going to be terrible, so you’re basically preparing them to be disappointed. Regardless of how you feel, you shouldn’t use your physical condition as an excuse.
  • “Sorry, I didn’t have time to prepare” – Not only does this immediately lower your audience’s expectations, but it shows them a lack of respect, since there is always at least some time to prepare. If you were indeed given insufficient time to be ready, be smart with your time, focusing on the most important things like your opening and closing, since it’s important to hook your audience in, and to end on a high note. 
  • “Oops, there’s a mistake on this slide” – First off, you really should double and triple check things in order to avoid this happening at all costs. Even get someone else to do a once over with fresh eyes. If you still wind up with an error, don’t mention it or draw attention to it, unless it’s a glaring and major error. It could be something only you recognize, so don’t acknowledge it if you don’t have to. And if you have to point out something that may have slipped through, don’t use the word “error” or “mistake.” Instead just state what it should say and send them a corrected copy later.

Source: Fast Company

What if you woke up one day and found out that you couldn’t hear half the people in the world’s voices? It sounds like the plot of a movie, but it really happened to a woman in China, who recently woke up one morning to find she couldn’t hear her boyfriend’s voice.

The woman, only identified by her last name, Chen, was rushed to the hospital, where an ear, nose, and throat specialist determined exactly what was wrong. She was diagnosed with “reverse-slope hearing loss” - which means she can’t hear low-frequency sounds. The condition is extremely rare, the Thigpen Hearing Center reports that only about 3,000 people in the U.S. and Canada combined have it. High-frequency hearing loss, where it’s difficult to hear women and kids’ voices, is much more common.

The cause of Chen’s hearing loss isn’t clear, but doctors suspect stress and fatigue are partially to blame. According to the Thigpen Hearing Center, factors including genetics and illness can contribute to this condition. And the good news? Chen should make a full recovery and could be hearing her boyfriend again soon.

Source: Hello Giggles

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