Amy and I went to a Halloween party last weekend dressed as PeeWee Herman and Miss Yvonne. Yes my costume included a "shoe mirror" 😉 During the party someone asked me "what's the secret word for today PeeWee?" and I thought why not add a similar feature to ICI.com.
Note: yes I am aware that Groucho Marx first popularized "what's the secret word" on his TV show.
Eustress - It's not a secret word and you may have never heard it before. I first heard Author Tim Ferriss use it in the 4 hour work week. Eustress is simply defined as Good Stress. More here. Tim describes eustress as stress that has a defined end where you can recover. Any form of physical effort is eustress except for when an athlete is over trained - and you know the result of over training, don't you?
If you are familiar with the "wear sunscreen" song, which is a musical version of a commencement address, you may remember the line: "do something everyday that scares you". Placing yourself is scary situations, then experiencing relief, is a form of eustress. Some examples would be: public speaking (teaching your first class), skydiving, asking someone out on a date, asking for a raise or competing in a race.
When I use eustress in class, I explain that the eu prefix is the same as in the word euphoria.
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How about some pictures of you and Amy in costume? Too funny!
Another example for instructors is being willing to step out of the box and teach a little differently than the norm. Correct bad form or contraindications, push for HRM usage, teach a base building program, doing your first endurance class, using mind-body cueing that you’ve never used. A little bit scary for some instructors who are at clubs that really stress the all-out approach, or where the most popular instructor teaches every CI move in the book, or who scoff at mind-body introspective style of teaching. Scary….but oh so empowering when you see those lightbulbs go on with your students!
and yeah, John, i was going to ask the same thing – where’s the photos man!
Coming soon. How come no one told me my wiki link didn’t work?