Archives for July 2017

Cigarette Smoking – A Cause of Your Child’s Asthma

It is true that we all care for our children. We can do virtually anything to keep them hale and hearty. They are our bundles of joy and we are happy if they are. If this is so, why our men and some women do not comprehend the effects of passive smoking on them? Well, may be we are not aware about it. Rather, we do not tend to comprehend unless our children suffer from some or the other problem due to our smoking. Do you know that a nasty asthma spell that made you and your child sleepless whole night can be due to your smoking?

Here are some hard facts about effects of passive smoking on children:

(1) Children are in growing stage and they have faster breathing rates than adults. This makes them more vulnerable to cigarette smoke because they inhale more smoke.

(2) Research shows that children growing in smoky houses develop respiratory and other allergies more (almost twice) than those growing in smokeless atmosphere. Even the rates of hospitalization are more in these children.

(3) Children who smoke passively are seen to have more behavioral problems than others.

(4) The mental development in such children is also seen to be subnormal in some cases.

(5) If the child already has mild to moderate asthma, he or she is likely to get more frequent attacks in smoky homes. Also the symptoms like shortness of breath, chest tightness, cough, wheezes, etc are much severe in these children.

(6) Some studies revealed that the learning abilities are pretty much compromised in children growing in smoky homes, though the exact cause could not be traced. Mathematics, reasoning abilities, logic, and reading are seen to be affected more.

(7) These children showed conflictive tendencies while dealing with their peers and school teachers. A confused type of behavior was also reported.

(8) When both parents smoke, the child is seen to be absent from school more often due to respiratory illnesses than those children who have habit-less parents.

(9) Even children who are not born with asthma are more likely to develop it even before second birthday.

(10) Secondary smoking means more colds, coughs, and sore throats.

(11) Even some children need ear draining due to accumulated wax due to passive smoking.

(12) These children have higher risk of developing lung cancer in adult life than children who do not smoke passively.

(13) Low birth weight babies are born to parents who smoke. Obviously this is the reason of many future maladies right through childhood and adulthood.

(14) If mother is a smoker, the baby has twice more risk of dying a cot death than the baby whose mother doesn’t smoke.

(15) Recovery time is much longer in children from any illnesses who are passive smokers.

Well, from the above facts, don’t you think that the babies are amazingly fortunate whose parents do not smoke? Yes, you are right to think that. All the men’s health and fitness and women’s health and fitness magazines shout about the negative impacts of passive smoking on our children. If still you do not stop smoking, it indicates you do not love your children!



Source by Sam Loyal

Choose The Perfect Jeans For This Spring

Although jeans are a year-round part of our casual wardrobe, nothing beats the feeling of having a new pair as soon as we got rid of winter’s cold. And with a pair of light wash denim jeans, you can never go wrong. Spring is the perfect season to make the transition to more colorful, lighter clothes. If you have a great body to show off, a pair of jeans is the right choice. Read the following article if you do not know exactly what jeans to wear this spring.

If you haven’t read some fashion magazines recently, then you have probably the latest trends and fashion-stylists ‘suggestions for this spring. In nine out of ten cases, the words on every designer and stylist lips are: skinny jeans. Yes, you heard it, ladies, this year is the year of the skinny jeans. When you’re not going to fancy meetings or dinners, where a sophisticated look is desired, skinny jeans should be the alternative. A casual tee and simple slides or sandals, paired with jeans is the right match. It’s a 3 minute outfit that will give you a fresh, playful look. Tuck your tee into your jeans, just to highlight your wasp-waist that you are proud of.

The need for lighter, heat-deflecting clothes is accentuated in spring. Lighter denim jeans, besides being a bit more comfortable, due to their thinner and flexible texture, have the right colors and textures to give you a chill and comfortable feeling. And you can wear them with light-colored blouses and t-shirt to match them.

Skinny jeans are so fashionable and so easy to customize and it leaves room for our imagination. A pair of high-waisted denim jeans, combined with a navy blue blouse or a stripped t-shirt, a French beret and a pair of glasses would give you a really chic look and youthful apparel. Skinny jeans also go well with a pair of high-heels, allowing you to make a bold, but stylish statement.

Men should also opt for denim this spring. Blue slim stretch fit jeans, paired with a motorcycle leather jacket will give anyone a very tough, masculine look. Darker blue denim jeans are also an excellent choice when paired with jackets. Light blue or uniform blue jeans, with rolled up cuffs are more suitable for a casual look. And for a vintage look, jeans with gradual frontal fading are exactly what you need.



Source by Gurgu Ciprian

Why is Good Employee Communication So Important During an Economic Downturn?

Maintain staff productivity

No news is definitely not good news from an employee communications perspective. October 2008 research from Weber Shandwick showed that 71% of people felt that their company should be communicating more about current economic problems. Unfortunately, the uncertainty caused by lack of internal communications can cause staff to be less productive. In fact, Workforce Week reported in October 08 that 48 percent of staff said that the economic uncertainty has caused them to be less productive at work.

Maintain operational effectiveness

Uncertainty due to a lack of effective internal communication can cause high performing employees to jump ship. Low morale within remaining staff can impact customer interactions and damage brand identity. Uncertainty can also damage a company’s culture. Competition for internal resources can increase between (and inside of) departments. Focus can shift onto projects that ‘look good’ but don’t really contribute towards real business objectives. Good employee communications can enable you to retain your best employees, protect your company culture and maintain the strength of your brand. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, it costs at least one-third of a new hire’s annual salary to replace them. There are also associated opportunity costs such as lower productivity during re-training to consider. It is much more cost-effective to retain good staff and profitable customers than to replace them.

Retain revenues in a shrinking market

If demand for your organization’s products or services is reducing, in order to keep revenues healthy, it becomes even more important to drive organizational performance to increase your share of a shrinking market. In a competitive marketplace, organizations need to be agile, to reduce process inefficiencies and to increase effectiveness across the business. Effective employee communications plays a critical role in achieving these goals with an investment that’s small compared to value gained. Good employee communication is a competitive advantage.

Employee communication tips during an economic downturn:

Don’t cut employee communications

When budgets are tight and the future looks uncertain a knee-jerk reaction can be to pull back to the bare essentials and not try anything new. Organizations may be tempted to cut costs in areas such as Internal Communications at a time when effective employee communications are even more essential. The Return On Investment (ROI) of effective employee communications can be huge. Watson Wyatt’s 2007/2008 Communication ROI Study showed that: “Effective employee communication is a leading indicator of financial performance…a significant improvement in communication effectiveness is associated with a 15.7 percent increase in market value”. Firms that communicate effectively are also four times as likely to report high levels of employee engagement as firms that communicate less effectively. Good employee communications can also help create an advantage that competitors aren’t likely to have. Involve your Internal Communications team in strategic planning sessions. They will be able to make proactive recommendations on items that have a communication component along with suggested employee communications strategies. Internal communications breakdown can be a major source of inefficiency. As can inaccurate, slow-moving, or non-existent information and mixed messages. Breakdowns cause people and processes to under perform. A good internal communications team can help to identify and eliminate the root cause of communications breakdowns.

Internal Communications Channels – Tips:

Engaging. Use engaging employee communications channels. Overt tools such as Desktop Alerts can be used to achieve maximum cut through for important and/or urgent messages and updates. Digital Signage on screensavers provides a more passive and visual way to raise awareness of key themes. Web 2.0 channels allow you to quickly and easily set up secure online blogs, discussion forums and interactive helpdesks with little budget or IT resource.

Measurable. Ensure the channels you use provide full reporting on message cut-though and readership. This can be particularly important for HR communications during uncertain times.

Track performance. Use staff surveys and polls as a way to assess what’s working, measure attitudes and levels of understanding as well as tracking trends.

Targeted. Use channels that allows messages to be customized and targeted to specific staff groups.

Repetition. Use a range of different ways to communicate and repeat key themes so that messages do not become ‘wall paper’.

Reduce information overload. Use a staff Emag to aggregate ‘news and admin’ updates in order to reduce email overload and the impact it has on productivity.

Drive performance. Use staff quizzes to gather cost savings or efficiency initiatives, reinforce messages and new behaviors.

Build community. Use staff electronic   magazines  to allow staff to tell their own stories in their own words. Social media channels should be authenticated to employees computers to allow staff to securely participate in online discussion forums and blogs.

Be visible, honest and open “By stepping up and communicating more with their employees, company leaders will enhance their company’s standing, consolidate their position of trust in challenging times and head off any inaccurate rumors or fears.” Harris Diamond, CEO of Weber Shandwick Be willing to communicate before you have all the answers. Employees need communication ‘right now’ to remove uncertainty that may be hindering their productivity. Not communicating with employees does not mean that they are not communicating. It means that you have lost control over any positive messaging and the chances are excellent that your employees are painting a far worse picture than is actually occurring. Tell employees what you know, what you don’t know, and when you will provide further information. Explain the steps the organization is taking to identify issues and resolve problems. Don’t make promises you may not be able to keep. Be open and transparent with performance data. Candor helps gain public support for necessary actions that may follow. Employees rarely feel worse after having positive contact with a genuine, candid leader. A CEO / senior managers blog can act as an ongoing ‘town hall meeting’ that makes senior managers more accessible to staff. Staff can ask questions and seek clarification in a format that is similar to open dialogue.

Internal Communications Channels – Tips:

An RSVP Desktop Alert is an ideal channel for maximising employee attendance of face to face briefing sessions. Such desktop alerts can provide available date, time and venues options and automatically populate the employee’s outlook calendar with the selected appointment. Reporting tools make it easy to see which staff are attending which sessions. You can plan room sizes, catering etc and close off specific date/time options as rooms become filled. Video: Credibility, conviction and passion are best conveyed by visual cues. When face to face is not possible, staff can benefit from seeing engaged and informed senior leaders through video. Consider delivering video messages with a pop up alert notification. Recurrence and/or click through options can be specified to ensure maximum visibility and ROI for video messages. Use Web 2.0 channels that have been specifically built for internal employee communications. Ensure they are easy to use meaning and little IT resource, training or budget is required to implement them.

Be timely Coordinate your internal and external messages and be timely. Employees should hear company news from the company first. Nothing is worse to an employee’s moral than hearing about changes to their organization from media sources or family and friends before they have been informed by their employer. Keep track of when employees last heard from you and schedule when you’ll send updates, regardless of developments.

Internal Communications Channels – Tips: Pre-schedule messages: Pre-schedule messages to coincide with market or media releases. Formats like desktop alerts and scrolling news feeds achieve high message cut-through. Scrolling news feeds: If you use RSS feeds in your press releases/newsroom or website, set up an employee scrolling news ticker so staff automatically receive the news releases the second they become public. This is especially important for publicly listed companies as this can be a good way to make sure you keep employees in the loop as much as possible. Use a channel that that doesn’t require staff to take the time to opt in to important RSS feeds. Alternatively, if you want to personalize announcements to staff, you can also easily create an internal news ticker and schedule it to appear at an appropriate time.

Manage Rumors Manage rumors. Get information out early and explain that you will provide regular updates, rather than letting rumors proliferate whilst you wait. In the absence of alternative information, staff may accept available rumors as “the truth” (if the rumors weren’t true they would have said so) causing you to lose your best people first. Some organizations set up an online discussion forum specifically as a ‘rumor mill’ where staff can anonymously post anything they have heard. Executives may not want to sanction a rumor mill. However, rumors exist regardless of the channel and a discussion forum provides an opportunity to correct them quickly. Limit potential damage from managers’ informal conversations that are overheard and serve only to undermine other communications efforts or create rumors. Use secure channels for electronic ‘manager only’ communications. “Today, whatever you say inside of a company will end up on a blog, So you have a choice as a company – you can either be proactive and take the offensive and say, ‘Here’s what’s going on,’ or you can let someone else write the story for you.” Rusty Rueff, a former HR executive at PepsiCo.

Internal Communications Channels – Tips:

Web 2.0 channels: set up secure online forums that are authenticated to individual employee’s computers. Ensure that the level of access, moderation and anonymity can be easily specified for each forum and/or specific staff groups. Set up automated desktop alerts to notify specified moderators that new posts require moderation or an answer which can help ensure responsiveness.

Involve managers in delivering messages

Employees prefer communicating with their immediate manager than with any other level of management. This is especially relevant during times of uncertainty. So use your team. Make sure they know how and what to communicate, and that no one is a bystander. It is also helpful to get a wider communications support team in place – not just the core communications or management team, but a wider network of champions, supporters and coordinators. What will the company look like if it’s successful? This vision needs to be expressed at a high level and then translated down to individual departments and staff in terms of what it means to them. Line managers and supervisors are a great resource for providing this context. Measure and manage the effectiveness of line manager communication with employees. What gets measured gets done.

Internal Communications Channels – Tips:

Staff surveys and employee polls can help you measure the effectiveness of managers as communicators. A short poll to assess how well each employee understands key messages can be related back to individual managers to provide a measure of the manager’s communications effectiveness. What gets measured usually gets focus and priority. Blogs: Get with it and get key managers to blog about the current economic situation and related initiatives. Encourage staff to ask questions and seek clarification. Staff blogs will help staff realize that managers are human too and they are doing all they can to minimize the impact upon the organization. Interactive secure helpdesks. Set up secure web 2.0 channels as staff helpdesks. Managers can meet online to discuss strategies, share ideas and to plan. This is especially useful when managers are in different locations. Schedule and target messages so that, when appropriate, mangers can be targeted with updates, via a desktop alert or scrolling news ticker ahead of their teams. This allows them plan how they will react and provide further context when their team are subsequently updated, and to prepare answers to possible questions from staff.

Provide 2 way communications channels

Provide opportunities for two-way communication. Invite employees’ questions, concerns and suggestions. Welcome all kinds of feedback including negative comments…sometimes people simply need a place to vent frustrations before they emotionally move on. Acknowledge emotions and probe deeper to understand the real issues. Use face to face meetings for sensitive issues and allow plenty of time to hear responses and answer questions. Staff may think of additional questions later on, therefore channels should be in place to address these subsequent questions. Web 2.0 tools can provide an opportunity for a genuine conversation as an alternative to ongoing face to face meetings. Other alternatives such as opinion polls and suggestion boxes can also be put in place.

Internal Communications Channels – Tips:

Staff opinion polls allow you to ask for information on specific issues. Even though it is not face to face, they can be used effectively to keep information channels open. Online staff discussion forums can provide a virtual meeting where people can share their ideas, opinions, and if necessary, let off steam. Staff Discussion Forums allow people to post ideas anonymously. This is a good option for finding out what staff really think. In case this all sounds too risky, use a highly secure platform that provides a range of moderation options to allow you to keep a close eye on the conversations. Targeting options will also mean that you can set up specific secure forums targeted to specific groups (meaning that negative feeling doesn’t have to ‘infect’ the whole organization).

Focus on outcomes and drive performance

Don’t overly focus on cost cutting and productivity messages. These messages are clearly important but it is also necessary to help staff stay positive by inspiring them, highlighting genuine good news stories and keeping focus on future opportunities rather than just the current pain. Show your strengths. Reinforce the core competencies and values that make your organization successful. Talk about how they will help the organization thrive in the future. Maintain a positive focus on achieving performance targets. Don’t let negative views of the economy be an excuse for failure to meet targets.

Internal Communications Channels – Tips:

Use a staff electronic  magazine  format that makes it easy for anyone in your organization to contribute news items. Include articles showing how employees are modeling new values or implementing new strategies Screensavers as digital signage: Use screensavers as a communications channel to paint a picture of the future, promote top performers, show visual representations of achievement against target, carry motivational images etc. Countdown clocks on screensavers can also be a great motivational tool to create a sense of urgency when the end of the financial year is in sight. Scrolling news tickers: A daily news ticker for targeted employee’s computers carrying the latest sales, production or performance figures. Staff Quizzes: Use staff quizzes to increase capability and motivate staff (injected with some humorous options and with a prize incentive). Web 2.0 channels: Provide an interactive online helpdesk to allow staff to ask questions about any aspect of the business or their role. Nominated moderators can provide support in an evolving, tag-able and searchable repository of knowledge.

Engage Staff in reducing inefficiencies

Involve staff and solicit their ideas for cost reduction and efficiency campaigns. Enlisting the help of employees to cut costs lets them know that ‘we are all in this together’. Once a few success stories are found, highlight them in staff communications channels (printed  magazines , newsletters, E-Mags, etc). Tell stories about what departments or individuals are doing to reduce cost or increase efficiencies. Offer rewards or a personal thank you for good ideas and initiatives.

Internal Communications Channels – Tips: Staff Surveys: push staff surveys and opinion polls directly to employee computer screens. Use this format to get staff to submit cost savings and efficiency ideas. The level of persistence for uncompleted surveys can be specified thereby ensuring maximum staff participation. Often the ideas and suggestions received can have a dramatic and positive impact on the business. Online staff forums: use a platform which allow secure discussions to be set up for targeted groups of employees. Discussion forums of this nature can be an excellent way to gather business improvement ideas and suggestions Staff e-mags: Select an easy to use format that allows any member of staff to submit articles. Encourage staff to submit short updates about what they or their department are doing to reduce cost and/or inefficiencies.



Source by Sarah Perry

Can You Burn Fat With Only Supplements?

The supplements which help you burn fat actually suppress your appetite making you want to eat less and thereby to lose weight faster. They also induce more energy that keeps you going in a long and intense workout which helps to burn fat. For any of the supplements to work you need to have a strict schedule for exercises and a proper diet program. In order to fight weight you need to burn more calories than you consume and this can be achieved only through proper diet combined with physical activity.

Water retention is caused in the body because of excess sodium content in the body along with fat. For men it is mostly in the abdomen area, and the hips, thighs and buttocks are affected for the women. This excess body fat is mostly the result of exceeding caloric intake, eating odd at hours and lack of exercise. The best way to burn fat is to reduce sodium intake, reduce calories and reduce fat. The best and healthy way to fight fat is through diet and exercise.

Different techniques work for different people with different body types. Modifying your diet is the easiest way to burn fat. Substituting high calorie carbonated drinks and fruit juices with water can help you bring down the calorie intake significantly. Without physical activity the body’s metabolic system goes into a shutdown mode. Excess calories get stored up as unwanted fat in the body when there is no exercise to the body. The unused surplus calories is the body fat. The only way to speed up the metabolism which helps to burn fat is through exercise. Eating 4 to 5 small meals per day also helps to increase the metabolism rate. For a person with a dominant endomorph body type it is impossible to burn fat without any physical activity.

Programs offered by P90X (Power 90 Extreme) include rotations or emphases, classic, and lean and doubles that an individual can opt for based on their personal goals and requirements. It is best to read the user P90X reviews of the workout before choosing a program to burn fat. The P90X workout programs include strength training, plyometrics, yoga, cardio and stretching. They use a method of cross training that emphasizes on muscle confusion where they change the methods of the workout schedules by the order of exercises, and new steps and movements in the exercises.



Source by Josh F Myers

Do You Know Where You Are Going? (Start Setting Outcomes)

Have you ever asked yourself that question? I hope you did and if you didn’t; then here is your chance, because today we are going to talk about goal setting with a twist. Because the word goal does not have such a positive value for me, I’m supplementing it with outcome. Outcome has a whole new ring to it and I like it.

I would like to share my process with you around the subject, so if this is a challenge for you, you can learn from my experience instead of having to go through it yourself. However if you like to learn the hard way, the choice is yours.

Let me give you a heads up when it comes to my relationship to setting outcomes. Setting outcomes used to be a challenge for me. Just hearing the words “Setting Goals” would make the hair on my back stand up. No worries, I don’t have a lot of them. (The hair I mean.) The concept of writing things down in a linear fashion just didn’t appeal to me one bit. I had a lot of resistance towards it. So I simply didn’t do it.

But what I came to realize is, every time I wanted something in my life I would think about it and in time it would end up becoming a reality. Years later, I started reading all kinds of materials about how to get what you want in your life and a lot of these materials were talking about writing things down and how much more powerful that was than just thinking about stuff.

By then I understood that if there is resistance there is learning and I started to look into it. What I came to find out is this: I was trying to apply a technique without being connected to myself. Creating a list out of just intellectual wants is very different than creating something that comes out of being connected to yourself and connected to the bigger picture of your life. In order to do that, I needed to spend some time just with myself. (And that is a challenge for a lot of women entrepreneurs. Sitting still is not one of the top favorite business techniques.)

This was a big revelation for me. So the question now was: How was I going to make this work in the way that was fun, easy, creative, and resonated with who I was?

After trying a lot of different things this is the formula I came up with:

  1. Get clear on what you want.
    I know for a fact that when I’m not clear with what I want, things end up stumbling in my life. Here is the first rule of thumb: Get clarity with yourself. Pick one or two outcomes that are most important to you. Too many outcomes at one time will most likely de-focus you.
  2. Write it down.
    Despite my resistance, I have to say writing your outcomes down makes it more concrete, more tangible, and clearer. Figure out the best way for you to write things down. Some people say “make your outcomes as tangible as you can to the last detail” and some say “your outcomes can be more general.” What works best for me is somewhere in the middle. Different things work for different people. Try both ways and see what happens with each.
  3. Create a visual image of your outcome.
    This step really makes it work for me, because I’m a visual person. Create a collage of your desired outcome and put it somewhere you can see it constantly. This way, visual images can get imprinted in your subconscious mind and you are more likely to manifest it into reality. Just pull out your old magazines and cut out images and words that speak to you in relationship to your goal. Glue it together on a piece of paper and voila! You have created a visual anchor for yourself. This is a very powerful tool that greatly speeds things up if you use it in combination with writing. Remember your brain sees pictures before it sees the words. Utilize it for yourself!
  4. Create a game plan.
    Now it’s time to look at what are the steps to take to make your outcome happen. Having a game plan in easy steps pulls it all together, so you can take action. Action is what gets things moving. If you just sit there and do nothing, hoping for the best, not much is going to happen. Trust me I tried. This is what I suggest: Get your butt off the couch. As you are taking the steps pay attention to what they feel like. Don’t just do things because you think they are right. Do them when they feel right and you’ll be able to see a big difference in your results.
  5. Find a support buddy.
    Since staying consistent with one’s action on a daily basis can be challenging and our motivation can only carry us so far, this is a way to take care of that. I know it has been challenging for me. You don’t have to do it alone! Get someone in a circle of your friends who wants to work on something in their life and you can support each other and keep each other accountable. This way you are more likely to stay on track and not procrastinate. If you can’t find a friend, nowadays there are plenty of places on the net where you can find someone who is looking to have a support buddy and do it that way.
  6. Watch for the clues in your life.
    This is the exciting part! Here is where you pay attention and look for a thread that holds the pieces of your puzzle together. In plain English, you are watching for signs that will show you that you are on the right track. It will be little things that start to manifest. For example: Say your outcome is to publish a book. You go to an event and you happen to meet a publisher. That is a great sign you are on the right track. You couldn’t plan this better if you tried. Pay attention to how the universe speaks to you and you will get much further than just making lists.
  7. Celebrate your successes.
    This is as important as the rest of the steps. Why? Because in our over-productive society we have a tendency to just keep going from one thing to the next without acknowledging what we have accomplished. Or better yet, we belittle what we have done. By celebrating our successes (however big or small) we create space for greater things to happen in our life, and at the same time it is a way to honor ourselves and our journey.

Now you try! Let me know how it goes. Here is to your success!

Enjoy and whatever you do, don’t forget to have fun!



Source by Erika Gombosova

Pinellas Trail – A Great Place to Exercise

The Pinellas Trail is an exciting addition to Pinellas County Florida. This trail extends over 34 miles throughout the county and gives residents a place to walk, bike, jog or stroll on a safe pathway. Over 90,000 people a month use this trail that was first opened in 1990. It has become a great place for families to stay active and encourage their children to exercise with them. You can often see families riding bikes, rollerblading or even taking a walk after dinner. What a great way to stay connected with your family and make that one on one time that often gets lost in the shuffle of daily life.

There is a Pinellas Trail organization that oversees that the trail remains a safe, clean and enjoyable place for residents. They have also positioned beverage stations periodically along the trail to provide a place for people to stop and get refreshments if needed.

And don’t forget your four legged friends. Pets are allowed on the trail on a leash and it is a great way to help your animals stay active. Many people have found it difficult to get the exercise they need in traditional neighborhoods or along busy roadways. The Pinellas Trail offers that safe place to enjoy the Florida sun that we all moved to this area for. So get out and enjoy this part of your town!



Source by Robert Lipply

Easy Cardiovascular Exercise That Helps To Prevent Pregnancy Back Pain

Cardiovascular exercise can help to improve muscle endurance, which will prevent pregnancy back pain that is a common problem that occurs to most pregnant mothers. Other benefits of cardiovascular exercise also include decreasing risk of heart attack, reducing level of blood pressure and increasing the energy level. During pregnancy, women should exercise at a mild to moderate level and not to the point of exhaustion.

Specifically, they should perform 20-45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise and 3-5 days a week.

One good form of pregnancy exercise is walking which is suitable for working the leg muscles with minimal impact and strain to the joints. Walking outdoors can be more interesting if you vary the routes and include small inclines some days to challenge yourself. Consider walking with a partner or friend to make the workout more fun and time will pass quickly. Avoid reading books or magazines on any gym fitness equipment as it tends to force you into poor posture, and increases the risk of losing your balance.

Riding a bicycle is another great exercise that can help to prevent pregnancy back pain since it improves total body endurance. During pregnancy, it is safer to use a stationary bicycle to avoid the risk of abdominal trauma due to falls on a regular bicycle. Early in pregnancy, some women find the recumbent bicycle to be more comfortable because it has a backrest to support the spine. In this way, the spine is well protected and reduces the likelihood of pregnancy back pain.

In addition, swimming is another excellent form of cardiovascular exercise that has been very effective against pregnancy back pain. This is because water activities are relaxing and decrease the force of gravity acting on the spine, which can significantly improve back pain. If you are not a good swimmer with a back pain problem, you can always use alternatives such as walking in waist deep water or kicking while holding onto a float.

Some fitness centers and hospitals offer pre-natal group exercise classes, which generally incorporate a combination of low impact aerobics, strengthening and stretching exercises designed specifically to prevent pregnancy back pain.

If you wish to understand more about the effective ways to prevent pregnancy back pain or easy back pain relief methods, you can visit this informative site: Pregnancy Back Pain



Source by Sky Joe

How to Buy Government Foreclosed Properties and Find Unexpected Bargains

Government foreclosed properties for sale are available to the general public. If you are looking for a bargain, buying a government foreclosure could be a very interesting alternative to the regular house market.

Perhaps you dream of owning your own home but do not have enough money saved. In this case, government foreclosed properties could be a profitable operation provided you handle it with extreme care.

Where do government foreclosures come from?

Government foreclosed properties exist because homeowners stopped repaying their mortgage or paying taxes and the house was foreclosed upon. As a result, the lender or some government entity claimed and repossessed the foreclosed property and put it up for sale.

Government foreclosed properties sell for amounts that are well below the market price and are therefore very sought-after.

How to go about finding government foreclosure homes

There are different places where you can search for government foreclosed properties. Local real estate magazines and newsletters of the conventional sort continue to be a great source for finding foreclosures.

However, you do not need to limit yourself to traditional resources. The Internet can be a treasure trove of government foreclosed properties provided you can keep focused and organized. There are so many foreclosure listings online that you can easily get lost.

Generally, local real estate agents are a very good source for different types of foreclosure listings too.

Something you should never do is rushing to buy a government foreclosure because you think it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is a recipe for disaster.

If you have no experience in buying foreclosures, do not purchase any property until you have comprehensive information about the state of the property and you have pondered it carefully. Engaging a real estate agent or a professional that guides you in this transaction is your best insurance.

Visiting the government foreclosed homes

Foreclosure laws vary from state to state, also regarding what you can do before actually buying the government foreclosed properties. As a general rule, though, you will have to inspect the house you are after and hire specialists that alert you about structural building issues, if any.

Unresolved liens on the property or other legal problems are also something that you need to take into account.

If it is the first time you are buying a house and you do not seek professional advice, you do not know what you can get into. You will find that some government foreclosures are in a reasonably good condition while others are rather run down.



Source by Mei Fontana

Benefits Of Exercising Equipment

In this fast moving world, we are certainly being burdened under the pressure of work, difficulties at the workplace and life too. This burden is surely affecting the health of the individuals to a much greater extent as never expected before.

Humans have always in constant search of techniques which will help them to be fit, healthy and more and more strong to all the difficulties faced. To be healthy and fit, we today prefer to go to gyms and certain related places which allow us to spend time on our body and make it more fit.

But problem arises when one could not get enough time to go to a gym for daily exercise, the condition of that person’s health tend to decrease at a much faster rate. One needs to spend a certain amount of time on this problem as it could greatly hamper his physical, mental and overall growth too.

Fitness Equipments

Fitness equipment refers to the various equipments being used by an individual to be physically fit. These may include all types of gadgets available in the market, which keep a track of the personal fitness of the person at any given day and time.

Be it Fit-Bit, any type of wearable gear this technology used in making equipment related to this field has made a huge impact as one could easily know the number of steps walked, calories burned, heart rate, pulse rate and many more with just a click.

Easily available in the market at a lower price they help keep a true check on personal fitness, helping them be popular with the masses today.

Gym Equipment

Gym freaks are the individuals who tend to keep a constant check on their fitness and spend much more time for their body. They keep a regular visit to the gyms in addition, they keep the equipment related to workout at their place of living to keep in a constant touch with their schedule of exercise.

Their exercise equipments include a wide range of sets of machines for their regular use at home saving much more time. Dumbbells, weights and many other machines have a great inclusion in the list as they tend to be the most common of the workout equipment.

They help the transformation of a person’s house to the level of a professional gym. These gym equipments are easily available at shops and even on the internet at various rates, providing a whole new range of opportunities for the individuals to be of benefit with their purchase.

One need to be in full knowledge of their use in homes otherwise it may prove dangerous, even for the lives of the users. While being at the positive end, these help people to a great extent with their uses helping save their time, low cost, ease of use and easy installation.

All in all, these equipments have fully changed the concept of fitness for each and every individual and his daily routine.



Source by Shalini Madhav

Use the "Global Elite’s" Own Strategies to Free Yourself From Their Control

From the day you are old enough to begin speaking, perhaps before, you begin being conditioned to believe what they want you to believe. Most of what we are taught to believe via our public school system and the mainstream media is never the whole story. Always, crucial information has been omitted, and in fact actual untruths are taught as fact. This raises some questions. Why is information being omitted? Why are we being instructed in one direction when the exact opposite might be far more beneficial to us? Who benefits from you and I believing things about history, banking, our financial system, and world politics that are just not true? Most if not all of you already know this information. Many of you probably know more about it than I do. When I began learning this though I wanted to figure out how to at least find a way to escape their grip to some extent. So instead of just continuing to educate myself about how deep the conspiracy went I began to study and research possible solutions.

Until these persons are brought down, I would still like to be able to foil their designs as far as my own personal life is concerned, and the lives of those I care about if possible. But in addition to this I want to be a factor in helping others to free themselves from these extremely evil but very intelligent and powerful persons. That education takes many forms. If you are a person trying to fight them directly, or perhaps you are trying to do some good for society in another way, wouldn’t you agree that if money was not a concern for you, if you didn’t have to work 40 or more hours a week, you could be far more effective in what you are trying to accomplish? Of course. So the first part of what I began to research was methods to free myself financially.

This meant getting financially educated. And I am sorry, but no school in this country offers any real financial education. There are no Wealth Creation 101 classes, International Banking and Investment 101 classes, etc… because the very persons controlling the curriculum of every public school, private school, college or university in America are these same “Elite” and if you were to become truly financially educated then you would go from being one of the herd to one of the ranchers, and the ranchers do not want their cows disappearing and turning into other ranchers! Simple analogy I know but it’s absolutely true. So, my point is, whether we like it or not, once you are aware of the ways in which they are keeping you under their thumb, milking you of the majority of your lifetime earning power, the next step in getting out from under their yoke is to get yourself truly financially educated. Catherine Austin Fitts calls it, “Voting with your money.” Their power is their money. The money they take from you. The money they have control of when you keep it in a regular bank, especially the big banks. Taking that away from them is the most effective attack a person can make.

Getting financially educated means learning how to remove your money from their system. Privatize your banking. This means learning how to utilize international private banking. This means learning about Asset Protection. This means learning how to literally drop out of the IRS’s computers (100% of income tax goes offshore to these bankers to pay the interest on the national debt – interest on money created out of nothing – interest on nothing!).

But how are you supposed to learn all of this? This information/education does not grow on trees. It is in fact pretty tough to find. Again, that is by design. These Global Elite have worked tirelessly for over a century, probably longer, to make sure that it is very difficult for you to learn what they know, and to have your mind so conditioned that even if you were to come across the information you would be unlikely to believe it. Are you willing to accept their control?

This also means learning how to rid yourself of the need for the drugs produced by their Pharmaceutical Companies. These companies are as powerful or more powerful, and evil, as the worlds Arms Dealers. There are currently cures for cancer, AIDS, and virtually every other illness and/or supposed terminal disease in existence. But the Pharmaceutical Cartel, which includes the American Medical Association (AMA) and the FDA, work tirelessly to keep them suppressed. They have assassinated people, burnt down labs, stolen research, polluted our food and water, all to keep us sick, keep us buying the drugs to suppress our symptoms rather then finding out how to make ourselves well. Not only this but they create and greatly publicize ridiculous fake diseases like the Bird Flu, (give me a break!) to sell billions of dollars in dangerous unnecessary vaccines, that once again make you sick in some other way ( like mercury poisoning) so you will have to buy other drugs from them. I personally own a device that when tested on 16 terminal cancer patients, cured 100% of them. But you will never see it on NBC news or CNN or read about it in a medical journal or national health magazine. Again, in addition to making yourself healthy, you are taking more money away these guys. Hurting them where it hurts most.

And finally, you have to become educated in the law. The law is highly intimidating to most persons and usually inspires significant fear. Once again, this is not by chance. This is by design. If you become educated as to what your rights really are and you learn how to enforce and exercise those rights, you are once again a threat to them. You might not just immediately let that IRS auditor into your house and provide him with evidence against you, breaking your right not to incriminate yourself. You might actually ask him if he has a warrant. There are some basic principles of law, not complicated, that once you learn can make you somebody’s worst nightmare in a court of law. “Know the law and be well disposed to use it.” … Thomas Jefferson

In conclusion, if you really want to learn how to regain the personal privacy and freedom, the rights that were supposed to be guaranteed you in the constitution, you must become financially educated and legally educated. You must also educate yourself on how to truly stay healthy. I have an information package I would be happy to send anyone interested. It includes three articles, 2 DVDs and 2 audio CDs. Just email your mailing address to [email protected] and I will drop one in the mail for you. There will be information in that package on an organization I am involved with whose entire purpose is to provide all of the aforementioned education, as well as the tools and professionals to help you achieve all three of those educational goals. But even if after receiving the info pack and going through it, you should choose to pursue this information on your own and from other sources, I say wonderful. If you don’t get this education through us I urge you, please get it from someone. Just get it. I will have achieved my purpose in sending you the information. I will have been a factor in freeing another person and taking some more money out of the “Global Elite’s” pockets.

This article was written by R. Wayne Wood. Full reprint rights are extended to anyone who might wish to publish this article. Please include this paragraph with Wayne’s contact info: R. Wayne Wood – (541) 677-9055 – [email protected]



Source by Wayne Wood