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A.D.'s Corner

Written by Dr. Scott Silverman Thursday, 03 December 2009 12:53

Keeping Yourself Motivated in the Weight Room 

In order to train hard and stay motivated year round, here are some suggestions for the athlete, fitness enthusiast or beginner.  

1) Familiarize yourself with the benefits of exercise. We are more motivated to do things that we'll benefit from. Knowing exercise improves both physical and mental health can motivate people to continue it. The more we benefit, the more motivated we are.

 2) Create your "reasons list." Keep a piece of paper and pen handy for a couple of days. Jot down EVERY reason you can think of that you want to get healthy/get fit/lose weight through consistent exercise. Real life examples include: improve health, look good, improve athletic performance and prevent heart disease. Also, exercise creates more energy to spend quality time with one’s family.

3) Exercise with a friend. Statistics tell us that people who exercise with a friend are more successful at exercising consistently. You can keep each other accountable. Knowing that someone is waiting for you to exercise with them can be great motivation to show up and get it done!

4) Try to exercise first thing in the morning, every morning. Our bodies were made to be active on a daily basis, and when we are, all sorts of positive things happen. People who exercise six to seven days in a week first thing in the morning are much more successful at exercising consistently than those who do it twice a day. It doesn't have to be a huge workout everyday. Get out there and take a 30-minute walk.

5) Train for a local walk or run in your area. This can be great motivation to exercise on a regular basis. I've seen many people transformed from sedentary beings to lean exercisers because they decided to enter and train for a competition. Don't think you can't do it...YOU CAN!

6) Reward yourself! Aside from the obvious health benefits, you may try the biggest loser type motivator, whereby if you meet a certain goal you can allow yourself that special reward.

7) Keep records. Write down your exercise time (minutes) each day. Keep a running total for the month and year. Calculate your average exercise time per day. Set some lofty goals and try to attain them.


A.D'.s Corner

Written by Dr. Scott Silverman Wednesday, 21 October 2009 12:48

Chilling out when the heat is on! 

We have all seen athletes who lose their composure. It’s safe to say with the exception of a John McEnroe or a few others, anger does little to help one’s performance. For many athletes controlling emotions are a difficult task. Take the pitcher who throws at a batter’s head, the hockey player who draws a senseless penalty or the football player who gets unnecessary roughness calls. All in all, controlling one’s emotions can prove valuable in one’s athletic performance.

Controlling your emotions begins with a deliberate decision to keep composure and emotional restraint at all times. You should be very mindful of your feelings in every situation whether it is euphoric or sorrowful. You should avoid the belief that people are entitled to lose control in special occasions or that people have the right to let out their emotions in specific circumstances. You should stop adhering to the belief that athletes are just humans that are entitled to lose composure.

In attempting to obtain emotional control the athlete should understand that emotion is actually dependent on one’s behavior and not the other way around. To put it simply, you feel sad because you realize that you are frowning, contrary to the popular notion that you frown because you realize that you are sad. In social psychology, it has been discovered behavior influences emotions, and not the other way around. Therefore, a 20-yard roughing the passer penalty can set a lineman off into major anger. With this key information at hand, you are empowered with the ability to influence feelings by modifying behavior.

A common cause of emotional outbursts is having problems. Oftentimes, when people are faced with difficulties, they react by panicking or by being angry. However, these are not solutions to the initial problem - they are sources of problems themselves. When you are in a state of panic or in a fit of anger, your mind is clouded with emotions so that the situation is not seen clearly. This does make it harder to think of concrete solutions to the problem being dealt with. Whenever a problem comes, instead of immediately throwing tantrums or pacing restlessly, you should stop, breathe, and evaluate the entirety of the circumstance. This way, the problem can be viewed in a clearer perspective, and solutions may be thought out more logically. For example, if you strike out in baseball or softball, go directly to the bench, take a deep breath and use previously discussed visualization skills to see what needs to be corrected.

One very valuable tool in emotional control is the ability to pause. While there are no pause and play buttons in real life, people have the capability to stop themselves, and take a break in certain situations that usually cause emotional outbursts. Before shouting and screaming out of a disappointing occurrence, you should first take a break to think and reflect. Pausing in itself is a form of emotional control. At this point, you can think if letting go of the emotions is indeed necessary. You should also think of the consequences that the emotional explosion would entail. If the emotions involved in the situation are too strong to withhold, you can think of reasonable emotional expressions such as clenching your teeth instead of screaming when you are upset, or smiling instead of jumping around when you are elated.

The problem with most people who are unable to control their emotions is that they dwell too much on the present situation. It is undeniable that the height of emotions experienced in certain circumstances could be overwhelming. However, these are also the times when you are vulnerable to do things that you might regret later on. To avoid this, it is important to examine how things would go in the future.

Emotional control is indeed difficult to master. But with will power and determination, it can be achieved. You just have to be aware that emotions do not really have the power to overcome people. On the contrary, people have the ability to watch over their emotions and control them to what they think is necessary.






Letter: Thank You GC and Congrats to McQuair and Farnan

Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00

I’d like to extend my utmost appreciation and thanks to the Glen Cove community, including the district administrators, GCTA, all district employees and the GC PTA for all your efforts in helping to pass this year’s school budget.  Even though this was one of the lowest budget increases in many years, without all of your support, this would not have had such a positive outcome.  This has been and continues to be a difficult and tumultuous economic year, and next year might be just as difficult as well. Our school district and all government agencies must manage with great fiscal prudence, offering the best educational opportunities for all of its students - and the voters showed their ongoing support for this Board with the passage of this budget.


Letter: ‘No’ to Any Cell Tower

Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00

The recent Sea Cliff Village public meeting with mayor Bruce Kennedy and trustees was packed with residents questioning the decision of the Board to reopen the alarming possibility of a cell tower on Altamont Avenue – again.


Letter: Don’t Take Out Tax Rage Locally

Friday, 14 May 2010 00:00

Quality public education is the lifeblood of democracy. The oxygen that nourishes democracy’s lifeblood is money. Take away the money and public education and democracy suffer. All over the world, the most ruthlessly totalitarian countries and societies, and those most plagued by all manner of fundamentalism, tribalism and violence have the most uneducated populations.

 For years, powerful, self-serving interests—unregulated corporations and investment companies, and the politicians who are beholden to them—have siphoned off our country’s wealth, our collective oxygen. Their greed and abysmal stewardship of our collective wealth have plunged the U.S. and most of the world into a very deep and dangerous recession, leaving most ordinary people gasping for air.


Letter: Glen Cove Board of Education Unanimously Approves Budget

Friday, 14 May 2010 00:00

After many months of working together with the administration and community the Glen Cove Board of Education voted to adopt the proposed 2010-2011 school budget, which represents a commitment to continued student success and ongoing long-range fiscal responsibility. Thanks to the continued support of the community, student achievement is at an all-time high in the classroom, on the stage, and on the playing field. The Board of Education is very proud of the progress that has been made and believes the proposed budget will provide the funding needed to continue to support the district’s goals.


Letter: Critique of BOE’s Planning Incorrect

Friday, 07 May 2010 00:00

As a new member of the North Shore School Board, and as an economist, I welcome the opportunity to respond to board of education candidate Paul Echausse’s critique of the board’s planning. In particular Mr. Echausse is upset that the board did not take into account “the fact” that recessions come around like clockwork once every eight years. To avoid cutbacks in lean years, he argues, the board should have saved in fat years.


Letter: Two GC BOE Trustees Thanking Union

Friday, 07 May 2010 00:00

Although we are trustees on the Glen Cove Board of Education, we are writing this letter as individuals, not on behalf of the board. We are writing to sincerely thank the Glen Cove Administrators’ Union for their cooperation and generosity in negotiating a freeze on their salaries for next year. This sacrifice by each of our individual administrators allowed us to lower the proposed tax levy by $80,000. They did so despite the fact that, in this year’s proposed budget, the board cut 15 percent of the administrator positions in the district. The Administrators’ Union could have insisted that this money be used to save a job for one of their members. However, they recognized that, in order to get this budget passed, we needed to lower the proposed tax levy as much as possible, and agreed to allow us to give all of this $80,000 back to the taxpayers, in the hope that the Glen Cove community will support the budget. 


Letter: Please Get Out And Vote on Tuesday, May 18

Friday, 30 April 2010 00:00

As our children get older, we sometimes become less involved in the school district due to our busy schedules. However, during this year and in the next couple of years, we need the strength of all of our parents including our middle school and high school parents to not only get out and vote YES on the school budget but help the younger generation of parents learn the facts!


Letter: Sexting

Friday, 30 April 2010 00:00

Sexting is a rather recent problem that has damaging effects on young high school students. Sexting is the forwarding of nude or semi-nude photographs through the use of a cell phone or any other electronic media.  School districts are finding that more and more teenage girls are sending obscene pictures of themselves to boys. Sexting gets out of hand when male students trade images with their friends through their phones.


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