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How We Can Help on Your Fitness Journey

You’ve made the decision to invest in your health. 

You’re going to drink more water. 

You’re going to eat more fruits and vegetables. 

You’re researching fitness memberships. 
 

How do you get from making a decision to change  to actually changing your lifestyle?  

Sure, willpower is a big component. But go easy on yourself. If it were easy to simply will yourself into adopting healthier habits, we’d all be Olympic athletes. 

You need to set yourself up for success. And that means surrounding yourself with the right resources and incentives for you. 

Having a gym membership doesn’t mean you’ll work out. It needs to be the right membership for you, so you’ll actually use it. 

Think through the following: 

  • Do you need to distract yourself while you do cardio? Pick a gym with TVs built in to the machines. 

  • Do you thrive off the energy of others? Sign up for group fitness classes. 

  • Do you need someone to proverbially kick you in the tail and hold you accountable? Try a personal trainer. 

  • Will you be more likely to work out if you know that there’s a steam room, sauna, or even a massage waiting for you at the end? Pick a fitness center with those options available. 

Just like being a gym member doesn’t mean you’ll work out, having a fridge full of lettuce doesn’t mean you’ll eat healthily. 

If you struggle with making healthy food choices, schedule a meeting with a dietician or nutritionist to set you on the right path.  

You don’t have to do this alone. In fact, we’re inclined to say that you shouldn’t do it alone. Questions? We’re here for you. 

Percieved Identity vs. Real Life

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” 

—Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

This is one of those quotes that sticks in the back of your brain, rolling around and making its presence known every now and then. 

So many of us view ourselves in a certain way. We’ve carved out an identity and, we think, a lifestyle that reflects that identity. 

But what do our day-to-day choices, priorities, and time expenditures truly reflect about that identity? 

An example: We know someone who always described herself as a voracious reader. She listed reading as a top hobby and favorite pastime. But life gets busy. And when she actually sat down to look at how many books she’d read in the past several years, the total was abysmal.  

Her solution? She abandoned a long-held preference for physical books and started checking out audiobooks through her library, using an app. Now she “reads” up to 25 books per month. Double-speed. 

What’s the gap between your perceived identity and your day-to-day choices? 

Perhaps you see yourself as an avid learner but you haven’t actually taken a course since college.  

Perhaps you see yourself as a social butterfly but you haven’t made any new friends in ages.  

Perhaps you see yourself as highly cultured but you attend cultural events once in a blue moon. 

Perhaps you see yourself as an athlete but you haven’t picked up a tennis racket since John MacEnroe retired. 

You get the idea. 

Your gap might not be quite so concrete. Maybe it’s simply about the amount of time you devote to pursuits outside of work. 

Whatever it is, we all have a gap. Many of us have a lot of gaps. Mind the gap. Close the gap. It’s never too late. 

 

  

Re-thinking Your Corporate Retreat

Considering organizing a corporate retreat for your company? Maybe you’re resisting because you’re picturing awkward trust-falls. Perhaps you assume it’ll just feel like being stuck at work 24 hours per day. 

It’s time to re-think. A well-planned corporate retreat at a great destination can completely re-energize your team. It provides a major shake-up, changing pace in a way that few other corporate actions can. 

Corporate retreats can facilitate camaraderie among team members, but it’s not just about making friends. It’s about finding common ground, and aligning together toward a common goal. That’s powerful, and the effects can last far past the end of the retreat.  

What would it be like if your entire team suddenly got along better, understood and supported one another better, had a stronger sense of what everyone brought to the table, felt valued both individually and as a group, experienced increased loyalty to the company, had a clear idea of what their superiors expected of them, and felt motivated to reach their potential? 

Sounds like a pipe dream. But these are all common outcomes of good corporate retreats. The key word here: good corporate retreats.

Planning is key. Choose a destination where people can immerse themselves in the event. It needs to be sufficiently removed from their daily lives so as to cause a clear and positive disruption. It needs to be a place that offers a blend of comfort and challenge. And it needs to be somewhere that can accommodate your logistical and technological needs. 

It just so happens that we have a place in mind.

Get in touch with us and let us help you plan a memorable, transformative event. 

 

  

Why Offline Relationships are Better Than Online

Could your social media habit be ruining your social life—and maybe even damaging your mental health? 

In theory, social media is a great way to stay connected with other people. After all, how else would you have reconnected with that girl you used to hate in preschool, or the guy you waved at one time in high school?

We jest, of course, but many of us rely heavily on social media to cultivate, reignite, or maintain social relationships. 

However, we may be doing ourselves a disservice. A significant study from the Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health at the University of Pittsburgh found a remarkable association between social media use and feelings of social isolation. 

The study focused on young adults (up to age 32), but the results are eye-opening for those of us in any age group. You might think that the heaviest users of social media felt the most connected, but the study found the opposite to be true.

Those who spent more than two hours per day on social media were twice as likely to experience feelings of social isolation than those who spent 30 minutes or less per day on social media. 

Does that mean that cutting down on your social media consumption will improve your feelings of connectedness? Not necessarily. And the study didn’t attempt to prove causation.

But one thing is for sure: research has demonstrated time and time again that face-to-face social connectedness is strongly associated with an individual’s wellbeing.

So whether or not you plan to start cutting down on your social media use, you might want to consider investing time in offline relationships. Your social life and your mental health will thank you. Now go schedule a coffee or dinner with someone.  

A Bit of History at The Commodore

If you’ve spent any time around a toddler—or teenager—you likely know that the best way to get them to do something is to insist upon the exact opposite. 

That’s the exact philosophy adopted by a significant portion of the population during the Prohibition era, which extended from 1920 to 1933. Rather than eliminate alcohol from the culture, as the legislation intended, it drove the practice underground. Literally, in many cases. 

One such case: The Commodore Bar & Hotel. This St. Paul landmark originally opened in 1920, the same year Prohibition went into effect. According to reasonably verifiable local legend, a speakeasy operated in the basement of the hotel.

This space was reportedly frequented by a who’s who of St. Paul society, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda (who lived in the hotel upstairs). It also attracted some notorious out-of-towners, including members of murderous matriarch Ma Barker’s gang, and possibly even Al Capone himself. 

We certainly don’t condone illegal activity, but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy hearing tales of the Commodore’s nefarious roots. If these walls could talk—well, they’d probably keep their mouths shut due to 90-year-old threats of gangster retribution. 

Once Prohibition ended, the Commodore opened an above-ground (and legal, this time) bar with stunning Art Deco detail. It thrived as a hotspot that exemplified the joie de vivre of the jazz era. 

Today, the bar and accompanying restaurant have been painstakingly restored. The bar features original design elements and the whole space evokes throwback glitz and glamour. Join us for a crafted cocktail so good it should probably still be illegal.