4.19.2014

Running, Strengthening, and Conditioning

"Running becomes…well…a tiring affair, just like sitting or standing for long periods of time. When we tire we lose focus. And when we lose focus we slump. As our parents used to tell us, sitting or standing up straight does make a difference. 

So what is that difference exactly? When we are upright, our shoulders more easily sit in their proper “shelf” without any excess effort. When the shoulders are in their proper place, the elbows more easily swing forwards and backwards for a taller, less twisty run posture and faster run times. Easy. 



But when we slump, our shoulders dump forwards and our elbow trajectory shifts side to side. This side-to-side motion forces us to battle that excess rotation we previously discussed, and spend way more energy than we would have to just to run slower. Not good if we want a faster marathon. 

The good news: we can train uprightness and shoulder position, once again, with our pushup. When executed with the proper intention, the pushup develops the positional strength and endurance to stabilize the upper back for longer periods of time. By screwing our hands into the ground and keeping our elbows by our rib cage, we can train shoulder stability and resist the internal rotation and flared elbows that happens with fatigue. So here’s the test. Can you do 15 butt-squeezed full range of motion pushups? Good. Now can you do them with elbows in and hold for 3 seconds? Better. 

So go ahead. Check your posture, test your pushups, and watch your arm swing. You’ll be surprised by the change you can make."

4.18.2014

Toes-to-Bar

4.17.2014

Throw-back Thursday: Flight Safety Video


As a tribute to Delta's first safety video premiering in the 80's, our latest version is 80's themed to continue our emphasis on safety in an engaging way.

The safety video was filmed over 20 hours on a Delta 777 in Detroit. More than 100 people including 20 actors, 80 extras, six flight attendants and a pilot are featured in the video dressed in 80's fashions including authentic Delta flight attendant uniforms, leg warmers, hair scrunchies and neon colors. There are also cameos from some of our favorite 80's stars including basketball player Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who had a cameo in the movie "Airplane", as a Delta first officer. We also have our favorite '80s alien, Alf, and even an original member of Devo, Gerald Casale, safely storing the popular energy dome.

We introduced safety videos designed to be constantly updated with fresh scenes to reward even the most frequent of frequent flyers for paying attention.

4.15.2014

Tuesday Tips & Tricks

Trace your kids' feet so you can go shoe shopping 
without having to drag them along.

4.14.2014

4.13.2014

Choir Notes


Blessed Are the Meek
From Music and the Spoken Word
Delivered By: Lloyd D. Newell

The prophet Moses is one of the great leaders in history. He is honored and revered in multiple faith traditions worldwide. Raised as a prince in Pharaoh’s court, Moses grew up with every advantage. He was educated and powerful; as the scripture records, he “was mighty in words and in deeds."1

And yet he forsook his wealth and worldly acclaim and became a humble servant of God, dedicating his strength and abilities—even the rest of his life—to helping others. In the end, he was described as “very meek, above all the men … upon the face of the earth."2 

We often think of a meek person as one who is passive, unassertive, even shy. Surely that does not describe Moses, who boldly stood before Pharaoh, liberated the Hebrews, and parted the Red Sea. So how is it that a great leader like Moses could be considered both mighty and meek? 

Perhaps Moses learned something about meekness—and power—during his memorable encounter with God on the mountaintop. Perhaps it was his understanding of the true Source of power that enabled him to be powerful himself, and at the same time meek. 

Thousands of years later, the need for meekness abounds in a world that prizes hard-hitting brashness and self-promotion. Some disregard meekness, thinking that success comes only from aggression and competitiveness. But meekness is not weakness. Meek people are secure in who they are and yet are teachable. They don’t feel a need to overshadow others. They are not easily provoked. Their abundant attitude enables them to put the needs of others above their own. 

Of all the virtues vital for life, perhaps meekness is among the most essential, for without it there is no growth. It demands an honest evaluation of one’s heart. It asks us to acknowledge our imperfections and be strong enough to make changes. Meekness comes of knowing that anything we do well is a gift from God. Perhaps therein lies the truth of this statement, made by another who was known for both His meekness and His power: “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."3

1 Acts 7:22.
2 Numbers 12:3.
3 Matthew 5:5.

4.11.2014

Handstand

4.10.2014

Full

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’


The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else—the small stuff.


‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.


Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.

4.09.2014

Entitlement

One young man went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the initial interview, and now would meet the director for the final interview.

The director discovered from his CV that the youth's academic achievements were excellent. He asked, "Did you obtain any scholarships in school?" 

The youth answered, "No."

"Was it your father who paid for your school fees?"

"My father passed away when I was one year old. It was my mother who paid for my school fees.” he replied.

"Where did your mother work?"

"My mother worked as clothes cleaner.”

The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

"Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?"

"Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, my mother can wash clothes faster than me."

The director said, "I have a request. When you go home today, go and clean your mother's hands, and then see me tomorrow morning."

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back home, he asked his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy, but with mixed feelings. She showed her hands to her son.

The youth cleaned his mother's hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother's hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother winced when he touched them.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fees. The bruises in the mother's hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his education, his school activities and his future.

After cleaning his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director's office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth's eyes when he asked, "Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?"

The youth answered, "I cleaned my mother's hands, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes. I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, I would not be who I am today. By helping my mother, only now do I realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done on your own. And I have come to appreciate the importance and value of helping one’s family."

The director said, "This is what I am looking for in a manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.”

This young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and worked as a team. The company's performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop an "entitlement mentality" and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent's efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, they may be successful for a while, but eventually they would not feel a sense of achievement. They will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying our children instead?

You can let your child live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch on a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your child learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

4.08.2014

Tuesday Tips & Tricks

If your baby or young children hate having water in their face, 
invest in a kids' shower cap.

4.06.2014

Choir Notes


Just Do What You Can
From Music and the Spoken Word
Delivered By: Lloyd D. Newell

We can’t do everything for everyone, but that shouldn’t stop us from doing something for someone. Noted author and religious leader Neal A. Maxwell was a very compassionate but busy man. He had on his office wall a useful reminder of this reality of life by Anne Morrow Lindbergh: “My life cannot implement in action the demands of all the people to whom my heart responds."1 That’s not so much an excuse to ignore the needs of others as it is a perceptive statement about pace and wisely doing what we can.2

We serve no one well when we try to run faster than we have strength or do more than is wise. We can’t do all things or be all things to all people. If we feel burdened by the demands of others, we just do what we can. If we feel overwhelmed by responsibilities and duties, we just do what we can. If we regret that we can’t do more for more people, we just do what we can.

The question comes down to “What can I do?” And that is best answered by each person individually, according to our situation and circumstances. Not only is it different for every person, but it also changes over time. During certain seasons of life, perhaps we can do more—giving of our means, our unhurried time, our resources. At others, perhaps our offering is more simple—a prayer, a phone call, a smile, a kind word. If we genuinely offer what we can, we will be comforted with the joy and peace that come from knowing our offering was authentic and sincere.

The same principle applies to our health and happiness, our well-being and goals, our obligations, expectations, and relationships. If we just sincerely do what we can, then little by little, our honest efforts, our wholehearted contribution—even if it doesn’t seem like much—can make all the difference.

1 Gift from the Sea (2011), 116.
2 See Deposition of a Disciple (1976), 5.

4.01.2014

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3.31.2014

Music Monday

Christmas Countdown