Feeling the Burn of Gym Protocol

Deborah DiSesa Hirsch: Feeling the burn of gym protocol By Deborah DiSesa Hirsch
Published 12:00 am, Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I’ve become a gym rat. Who knew? I always thought I’d rather have a root canal than join a gym.
But here I am, running on the arc trainer (a true torture machine), and loving it. You can burn a thousand calories in an hour, so who couldn’t love this? I enjoy pushing the resistance up and trying to do it as fast as I can, even when the sweat is flying off me.
There’s a whole protocol at the gym. Almost got whupped when I removed a towel from the treadmill (hey, I thought someone just left it) and a man towered over me and said, “That’s mine.”
You just don’t take someone else’s machine. Even when they’re not on it. Recently the person who usually uses one of the ones next to (older, less workable) mine, didn’t come in at her usual time so I jumped on it. When she did finally come in, her eyes almost burned through my skin.
“Didn’t think you were coming in,” I…

Want to Not Explode When Your Kids Are Fighting Over the Remote And You've Had a Hard Day? Streamline.

Who wouldn't rather not explode when their spouse forgets their anniversary?  Or their kid leaves his dirty clothes on the floor one last time?  How about when your mother-in-law says, "That would look nice on you, if you could lose a few pounds"?

Believe me, I've been there.  But now a new study is saying that there's a way to control our emotions by streamlining them.

You heard me right.   Streamlining.

The many strategies people use to manage their emotions fall into three core groupings, according to newly published research from the University at Buffalo, as reported by

The idea is to help people manage, or more constructively deal with, their emotions, since a lot of psychopathology is related to difficulty in regulating emotions.

“The groupings can be useful for clinicians who are trying to better characterize the nature of the emotion regulation difficulties their clients are having,” says Kristin Naragon-Gainey, an assistant professor …

Interrupted? You'll Probably Make More Mistakes

I hate it when I'm interrupted.

Now a new study says highly trained workers in some occupations could actually be at risk for making errors when interrupted, according to two Michigan State University psychology researchers, as reported by

The reason: Experienced workers are generally faster at performing procedural tasks, meaning their actions are more closely spaced in time and thus more confusable when they attempt to recall where to resume a task after being interrupted.

“Suppose a nurse is interrupted while preparing to give a dose of medication and then must remember whether he or she administered the dose,” says Erik Altmann, lead investigator on the project. “The more experienced nurse will remember less accurately than a less-practiced nurse, other things being equal, if the more experienced nurse performs the steps involved in administering medication more quickly.”

That’s not to say skilled nurses should avoid giving medication, but only that h…

Who Knew? Extreme Adversity Can Make Us Extremists

Who would have thought it?  Personal adversity builds extreme political views.  According to, stressful events are a catalyst for polarized beliefs.

Why is that so?

“Our results suggest that truly disrupting personal life experiences can lead to changes in liberal and conservative political attitudes, possibly permanently,” says Roxane Cohen Silver, UCI professor of psychology & social behavior and lead author of a study linking personal adversity with more firmly held opinions.

Both the number of past stressful events and those occurring over the prior year consistently predicted more firmly held opinions, whether conservative or liberal.

“We found that adults who experience a range of adverse events over their lifetimes, such as serious illness or a community disaster, are more likely to express extreme or polarized views on a variety of topics. This appears to be the case even when those topics, such as political opinions, have little or nothing to do wi…

Are You What You Eat and Who You Know? Only If You're a Woman

OK, who isn't sick of counting calories?  Or, if you're a Weight Watcher's aficionado like I am, points?

Now a new survey is saying not only are we what we eat, we're also who we know.

Say what?

Put simply, a new study by by Vanderbilt University researchers reveals new nuances in the links between a person’s weight and the socioeconomic status of the people close to them, and suggests that gender plays a significant role in that relationship, according to

Though in the West high socioeconomic status is associated with slenderness, the relationship between status and weight is actually more nuanced than that. Using nationally representative data from the 2004 U.S. General Social Survey, Lijun Song, professor of sociology, and graduate students Philip Pettis and Bhumika PiyaSong analyzed the relationship between an individual’s weight as measured by a visual evaluation, the socioeconomic status of the people they’re close to as measured by their …

What's In a Name? Do You Look Like Yours?

Do you look like your name?

A new study says it's entirely possible.  Research shows people can match names to faces of strangers with surprising accuracy, according to

Now, I'm not so sure I look like a Debbie.  I'm not bouncy and cute, with swinging blonde hair, like Debbie Reynolds, who I suspect I was named after, as there are no other Debbie's within miles of my family.

Big surprise.  It may have something to do with the cultural stereotypes we attach to names.

I could never see naming a baby "Fred" (as my first boyfriend's parents did), or "Arthur," or Selma.  Those names conjure up old people, I'm sure, unlike "Tiffany" or "Heather" or "Sean" or "Ethan."  (Don't know what you make of names like "Apple" and "Blue.")

But names can give away a person's age, it's come to my attention.  You don't see too many Dolores' or Betty's (or Debbie'…

Do Your Co-Workers REALLY Like You? How to Tell,and Why It's Important

Now here's a scary thought. What do your co-workers think of you?

A new study says, people who don't like you, you might not have a clue.

“We looked at whether people understood what other people in the workplace thought of them,” says Hillary Anger Elfenbein, professor of organizational behavior, at “You tend to know who likes you. But, for negative feelings, including competitiveness, people had no clue.”

Researchers initially surveyed salespeople at a Midwestern car dealership where competition was both normal and encouraged. A second study included surveys from more than 200 undergraduate students in 56 separate project groups. All were asked similar questions about their co-workers, and what they assumed those people thought of them. When the responses about competition were analyzed, the results were striking: While there were those who were pretty detached the their co-workers, they completely canceled out.

In other words, co-workers have no clue …