Are you in good shape but want to get into better shape for a 5K or perhaps a marathon? If so, then consider the pieces of advice in the below article. These tips can help you get into the top-notch shape in order to compete in your particular race.
When looking for another way to improve fitness sometimes one needs to look no further than their pet dog. By taking the dog on walks around the neighborhood or specific trails an individual can increase the amount of exercise they and their pet get. Apart from all the extra exercise and the benefits from that one will strengthen the bond between owner and their pet.
When walking or running, find a good pace. Pushing your limits might be a good idea with some types of exercise. This isn’t the case when it comes to walking or jogging for your health. If you find yourself huffing and straining to breathe, slow down a bit. The goal is to build endurance, not wear yourself out.
If you are looking to get physically fit, try a Zumba class. Zumba is a very popular new class offered in most gyms across the country. It incorporates Latin dance with aerobic moves. Even non-dancers enjoy the movements and everyone who tries it, comes out of the class burning hundreds, if not thousands, of calories and do workout by spinning on the best spin bike.
Lifting weights is not all about the number of pounds you can put up. It is not even about how many repetitions you can do. The most important part of any weight training is to focus on the quality of each repetition. When you are putting the weight up, do so slowly, making sure you can feel the muscle contract, then bring it back down in a slow and controlled manner. This will ensure you get the most out of each repetition.
Learn to properly use exercise equipment. This is important because you want to make sure that you get the most out of the machines and that you aren’t wasting your time by using them improperly. If you have access to the manual, briefly read it before using equipment. If you’re at a gym, a staff member should be available to explain how to use each machine.
Ideally, your workouts should follow the same order every time: first, work with dumbbells, which works smaller muscles. Next, switch to barbells. Finally, move to the free-weight machines. You will have progressively engaged all the muscle groups in your body and are therefore more likely to see results in all sizes of muscles.
If you are unable to exercise due to time constraints or whatever the reason, try to squeeze in at least 20 minutes of either cardio or strength training, two times a week. Research has shown that those who worked out minimally, used less sick days than those who did not exercise at all.
Do not be deterred by the rain if you’re walking or jogging to get some exercise. Unless we’re talking about some serious torrential downpours out there, a little drizzle never hurt anyone. In fact, as it’s falling, the rain will clean the air and allow you to take in more pure oxygen and thus increase your fat-burning efforts.
If you really want to follow through with specific fitness objectives, a good idea to is to prepay a personal trainer in advance prior to starting work with them. By doing this, you will have a higher chance of following through with your workouts. The reason is because you have made a monetary commitment. You are going to want to get what you paid for.
A great fitness tip is to get your ab work done by doing squats. A lot of people think that doing thousands of crunches is the best way to develop abdominal muscles, but there is a better way. Squats work a lot of muscles including your abdominal muscles.
Put your Netflix subscription to good use when you want to find a new workout video. They are a little buried in the menus, but there are lots of workout videos you can try through their streaming service, and most certainly through their Quickster mail service. Once you’ve decided whether or not you like a video you can make and educated selection of what to buy for your library.
Look at your hands. To be able to lift more when working with weights, keep your focus on your dominant hand. Doing this centers the brain, and allows you to lift more than you normally would. This is a great method to use when you are working on increasing your maximum limits, because your body won’t notice it until it’s used to it.
Therefore, if you follow these tips, you will be well on your way to getting into the shape you need to be in for your race. These tips show that you don’t have to be in your teens or twenties in order to compete in a 5K or even a marathon. You just need to put in hard work, and the results will follow.…Read More
This leaves only one question: How does it help my business?
The explosive development of social media platforms over the last few years has been remarkable but, despite growth that has transcended national borders and demographic lines, it has been underscored by the perception that its advantages were not quantifiable from a business standpoint. The elephant in the room has not stopped companies from signing up and maintaining platforms; however, these initiatives have been met with skepticism by C-level executives who’s attention is focused on furthering business. A new report published by McKinsey Quarterly, based on 4 years of data collected regarding enterprise social media usage, goes a long way toward justifying social media as a tool for businesses to compete and win within their industries.
Not surprising was the insight that Web 2.0 technology is being increasingly used among companies surveyed. At the close of 2010, for instance, 75 percent of companies claimed that they were seeing quantifiable benefits with regards to increasing speed of knowledge and a majority were using platforms to reduce communication costs, increase marketing effectiveness and build customer satisfaction. These same companies; however, were having more trouble measuring social media impact on revenue and operations. When broken down further, it became clear that companies who had fully developed internal and external networks were seeing substantially more benefits than those who were in an experimental stage. The discrepancy in benefits reported alludes to a certain intangible benefit from full commitment to social media and a definite synergy between internally and externally networked processes.
Most importantly, this report was able to take the analysis of social media in business a step further by tying gains in market share and operating margins, two fundamental financial metrics, to integration with social media. The most profound finding from this model is that highly networked enterprises are 50 percent more likely to experience simultaneous guides in market share and operating margins while companies that silo social media, internally or externally, or have not used it at all, were less likely to show gains in these core metrics. While this study brings up as many questions as answers with regards to how social media can provide business value to organizations; the implication of the results is that agile, innovative market leaders are seeing a measurable boost to their respective bottom lines from their commitment to social media.
The assertion, that social media is moving beyond “new” and “cool” to essential and quantifiable, is something that the Emerging Media Research Council is helping our clients discover to leverage new ideas and digital innovation in building their business.…Read More