MERIDIAN — “ .... and E-liminate the negative and don’t mess around with Mr. In Between.”
What a great song, and what a great message for us all. For a long time I had a metal sign in my office which read: “Think Good Thoughts.” (It was replaced with “Be Nice or Leave.”) But seriously, studies have been conducted and books written over the years proving the power of positive thinking.
Remember the half full, half empty glass theory? Which are you? Researchers have found that in a study of 2,800 people with heart disease, those with the greatest optimism about their heart problems were more likely to be alive 15 years later — while those who were the least optimistic were 30 percent more likely to die during the study period, Now that’s grim.
My next question after hearing that would be, "Can I change my way of thinking?"
Seeing how the number of students in exercise classes has grown and requests for more options of other classes are growing at Meridian Activity Center (and I’d guess Anderson Health and Fitness Center, Meridian Community College and other fitness facilities and spas are also experiencing an increase in interest), plus media encouraging us all to change – start walking, get fit, eat right, etc. is telling us that we can change our way of thinking – more and more people are doing just that.
In January, we invited fitness therapist Dr. Stephen Kay to sit in on our exercise classes to see if we needed to make any changes. Right now we offer: floor exercise, seated exercise, two advanced yoga classes (is how I refer to them), two strength-training classes, Slimnastics and Zumba. Dr. Stephens suggested we offer a beginners yoga class, or some way to better delineate the class so the student finds the right fit. He also suggested we offer a class on back exercises or home safety (getting up from the floor) or aging and posture.