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Importance of Social Connections

Throughout history people have found the most success when it is in social groups. Whether hunting, farming, or working a day-job the social connections we form and nurture are imperative to our health. Studies show that social connections have a larger effect on your health than high blood pressure, obesity, and smoking. In our society today we are already seeing the affects of a world connected through the internet rather than socially face-to-face. Depression, anxiety, and mental health disorders are at an all-time high. Read on to discover how social relationships can provide one of the biggest health boosts in your life.

  • Quality of Life
  • Prolonged Life
  • Mental Health Boost

There are many ways that social relationships can improve the quality of your life but most importantly, social groups provide us the feeling of belonging. They give us an identity and also provide a form of support. Being a part of group of people with similar problems, triumphs, and daily tribulations helps with dealing with your stresses. You can learn from others who have experienced all kinds of situations before and avoid hardships in the future. Another benefit of having more friendly relationships is having more people out there with an already positive view on yourself. The world grows smaller and smaller as technology connects us and the chances a future employer knows one of your friends gets better and better then more friends you have. Having a far reaching social network also helps to expand your professional network in this fashion.

In the world’s “Blue Zones” where people have the longest life on average, there are a few common factors. Closeness to the equator is one, being on the water is another, and finally is social constructs that aim to include seniors. It is very common in western society that elderly are left on their own due to spouses passing or families moving elsewhere. “Blue Zones” have seniors that are active in their communities on a daily basis and it is keeping them alive. With this information in mind, make as many friends as you can and develop relationships that will last into your elderly years as it is proven to prolong your life.

With the feeling of belonging, social relationships also boost self-confidence, happiness, self-efficacy, and reduce stress. The absence of these feelings regularly is what can cause mental disorders such as depression and anxiety which are quickly becoming huge problems in our society. By gaining self-confidence and self-efficacy through building quality relationships we open up new horizons to ourselves and we believe we can do things we couldn’t before. Having the confidence is essential for setting, achieving, and resetting your goals in your life. Having good social relationships are going to go a long way in keeping your mental health in a positive state.

The benefits of fostering healthy relationships are numerous and apply to most parts of our daily lives. It effects our quality of life, our health, and our mental state which are with you in every activity you do. What is also important to remember is that creating these relationships requires trust, understanding, and a willingness to open up and connect. It may require many attempts or very few, but what is important is to never stop trying. You have everything to gain from finding a new friend, so try it today.

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Mark Evestaff

Charles and his team of highly educated staff are dedicated to helping every person who walks through their door. They're serious about the success of their clients and each program is personally tailored to fit each individual's needs and goals. At EAT, I was welcomed with a friendly atmosphere, no ...

Charles and his team of highly educated staff are dedicated to helping every person who walks through their door. They're serious about the success of their clients and each program is personally tailored to fit each individual's needs and goals. At EAT, I was welcomed with a friendly atmosphere, no judgments, and the best training I've ever had. Any gym takes commitment, but few gyms are so committed to you. I highly recommend checking this place out if you're looking to take your training to the next level.

Jessie Colmer

Training at EAT has changed my life, and I couldn't be more grateful!From my first meeting with Charles & Neil, all my concerns - as a female & a non-athlete - about "gym culture" were set to rest. The owner Charles has created a incredibly positive, professional environment, and ...

Training at EAT has changed my life, and I couldn't be more grateful!From my first meeting with Charles & Neil, all my concerns - as a female & a non-athlete - about "gym culture" were set to rest. The owner Charles has created a incredibly positive, professional environment, and this standard of friendliness & respect is shared by the training team, as well as the clients.

Shannon Conrad

If you are looking for a great place to train in the downtown core with knowledgeable, experienced and top notch trainers this is the place to go. Whether your goal is to get stronger, build muscle, lose fat, perform better, recover from an injury... these guys will be able to ...

If you are looking for a great place to train in the downtown core with knowledgeable, experienced and top notch trainers this is the place to go. Whether your goal is to get stronger, build muscle, lose fat, perform better, recover from an injury... these guys will be able to help you. Tyson Staples has been my trainer/strength coach for over 7 years now and I can confidently say he is one of the best!

Alejandro Sosa

As a martial artist and athlete, I highly recommend getting in touch with Charles and the EAT team. Not only did I excel in the training room but in my performances in competition. Charles and his team are very knowledgeable when it comes to high performance training and have strongly ...

As a martial artist and athlete, I highly recommend getting in touch with Charles and the EAT team. Not only did I excel in the training room but in my performances in competition. Charles and his team are very knowledgeable when it comes to high performance training and have strongly built the foundations for me to always improve on and off the mats. I noticed very quickly my strength, speed, and reaction time improved in just a couple sessions started in 2016 and haven't looked back since. Thank you Charles and the EAT team for the great work.

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