Jan
23
2017

Fitness for Fun: Alternative Fitness Activities That Work

Are you one of those people who think that losing weight and keeping fit needs to be done at a rigorous pace and with a totally competitive mindset? Are you struggling with your weight loss program because of this kind of thinking? Are you almost drained of your last ounces of hope that you will ever get fit?

If you’re just beginning to start your fitness journey, or even if you’re already going but feeling a bit burnt out, then you might be approaching fitness all wrong. Getting fit shouldn’t make you feel like you’re in a boot camp. It should be enjoyable, and that’s where fitness for fun comes into the picture.

A lot of people who are overweight, or have health and fitness issues, may not be suitable for those in-gym workouts that are very rigorous and require a lot of correct technique. In fact the gym is just not an enjoyable experience for some people. Lifestyle, like working in an office setting where you don’t have the opportunity for a lot of physical activity, may have also taken over and quite frankly the hours that are being worked aren’t compatible with long sessions in the gym. The good news is that, there are alternative fitness options readily available.

First off, fitness for fun is an easy way to start getting back in to shape. Just because it’s fun it doesn’t mean that it isn’t working. Alternative fitness activities are far from the dumb bell curls that you normally do at the gym, think pillow fights, sports, rock climbing, hiking and the list goes on and on. I hear you say that doesn’t fitness have to be structured? In my opinion alternative fitness doesn’t have to be structured at all, the further from structured the better, as then it won’t feel like work at all!

How do you get back to that fitness for fun mentality? The best place to start is to just remember your younger days. Was there a sport that you enjoyed playing? Did you love to dance back then? Where you a cheerleader once in your life? Why not go back to those activities. Playing a sport that you once loved can be the furthest thing on your mind if your current fitness status is on the downside. However if you just get started you’ll be amazed at the support you will get and that in itself will help you go in the right direction and on the road again to regaining your fitness and health. You’ll also have that super benefit of burning those calories while you play. Remember just to be patient with yourself as you might struggle at first, but you’ll eventually start to feel that you’re getting better at it and before you know it you’ll be back to your old form and shape. It is never too late to take that first step. You could invite your old buddies to play with you as extra incentive and then it’s even more fun as it’s an excuse for a catch up as well, or you can join a local club if none of your buddies are still playing. There are many age clubs around that welcome players with our without experience. I know that for a fact as I’m now at 40 starting to seriously to consider taking up soccer in the local women’s team for the first time in my life to add some more fun into my fitness program.

It’s the same with dancing. When did you last dance? Most women nowadays prefer to join fitness clubs that offer dance classes as part of their fitness for fun programs. There’s a wide variety of dances that you can choose from like belly dancing, pole dancing, and Latin dancing just to name a few. Jazz and Ballroom dancing are also popular choices. This is a great way to learn a new skill and burn those calories at the same time.

Other alternative fitness activities would include playing Frisbee at the park, or learning how to swim, cycling, and even hauling logs with your bare hands. Why not? It’s a great way to keep you fit.

Anything can be fitness when we just stop thinking of fitness in the traditional sense of the word and open our eyes to all the possibilities around us. The best place to start? Just look through the eyes of a child, don’t take yourself seriously, laugh put a skip in your step and go from there.

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Jan
22
2017

Travel Nursing Jobs

Do you have what it takes to get hired for travel nursing jobs? More importantly, are travel nursing jobs really the door of opportunity you’re waiting for or does it simply lead to a more undesirable path? Make sure that you’ve researched completely and made a lot of soul-searching first before making a final decision.

What Makes an Individual Eligible for Travel Nursing Jobs?

Just because you want to have a travel nursing job doesn’t automatically mean your wish will be immediately granted. Just like any other job, travel nursing opportunities are only offered to those who meet the criteria the employer or agency is looking for.

In terms of experience certain travel nursing jobs will require applicants to have the necessary experience before they can be hired. If you’re only beginning as a nurse, it’s possible that you’ll have to wait one more year or so before you can have a fighting chance to get hired.

Expertise can either be shown through your experience or your grades during nursing school. Hospitals may lack experts in a certain field of medicine, and this deficiency is what will make them hire you even if you’re just a recent nursing graduate.

Never mind the absence of experience or expertise. If you meet the hospital’s educational requirements, you may be immediately flown off to your future workplace…abroad!

Travel nursing is a job for the young nurse, rarely are travel nursing jobs offered to people beyond forty. As working in hospitals and clinics requires you to have extraordinary strength and longevity, employers would wish to employ younger people because they’re unlikely to pass out from exhaustion and become patients themselves.

Certain nations don’t exactly enjoy pleasurable relations with each other. As such, even if you’re more than qualified for a certain travel nursing job, your nationality might prevent you from taking advantage of that particular job opening.

Factors Affecting Travel Nursing Jobs

In the event that you’ve all the necessary requirements to qualify for any travel nursing job, don’t say yes just yet…there are still a couple more questions you have to ask yourself before signing on the dotted line.

First of all, in which part of the world are you going to be assigned? Is the country affected by politically influenced wars? Will it be dangerous for you to leave home alone at night? Is your home and workplace in the city or country?

Choosing travel nursing as a career is a very significant point in a career of a nurse, and it can lead to many opportunities that will follow, in any case a nurse considering taking travel nursing should learn everything it can before committing to this professional channel.

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Jan
22
2017

Vacation Rentals and Holiday Home Rentals – "Tips For Renting"

So you’re planning the holidays, you fancy something in the sun, but where to go? Who is coming? How many?
Will we rent a luxury condo or house instead of staying in a hotel? Well you can make big savings by taking a Villa. Plus, you’ll have more space and privacy to relax and enjoy your home away from home. Renting a vacation home is an especially smart choice if you’re traveling with a group of friend or with kids.

Here are some tips to help you get the biggest bang for your buck.

1. Once you choose a destination.
If you’re looking for sensational savings your best bet is to choose a destination where there are a lot of holiday rentals on the market, keeping prices competitive. You can find some of the best bargains on vacation home rentals online if you know what to ask about and how to protect yourself as a renter. Don’t be shy contact the owner and ask for a deal.

2. Comparison sites- way to go!
Now it’s easier than ever to comparison shop when you’re looking to save on a vacation home rental. You can find some of the best rental home listings the net has to offer on sites like holiday121 and other consolidator sites like these. These are referral sites not booking site and you can check out many homes at the same time to get the best prices and most suitable dates and keep a record of sites visited.

3. Don’t send money.
When renting a vacation home, never send anyone money it’s a bad idea. Pay by credit card or PayPal where you have some come back.
Ask for references, and check out their Web site and their track record. Read their reviews! Read the fine print. Is there a cancellation policy? What if you have to leave early? Does it stipulate when you will get your breakage deposit back? Spend the time up front checking things out so you won’t have any hassles later.

4. Know exactly what’s included.
When you book a rental home for your holidays it’s a short term rental and everything should be included, if there are extras like pool heat, these will be stipulated on the invoice.
Most rental homes will say “everything’s included,” but you want to double-check to be sure that there are no hidden surcharges there should not be any.
If utilities, Internet and cable are included, does this mean the property has Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet? Is it basic cable or premium? If electricity is paid is there a cap? Many properties will say they include utilities, electricity and gas and then the fine print says it’s included, up to the first $200.
Recommendation; don’t touch a short term rental that is not all inclusive.

5. Who is the local management company?
Ask who has the local management of the property these are a very important part of the service and backup. Your rental contract should include who to call if your dishwasher breaks or there’s some other problem with the property. It should also state a time frame for fixing any major problems. You don’t want to rent a home and have the hot water heater conk out and end up with cold showers for two week. The information should also be posted in a contact book inside the property. Make sure you have a phone number and email address of the contact and if possible get a second person as a backup.

6. Is the home family friendly?
If you’re traveling with kids, make sure the property you rental is family friendly. Check the bed configurations. If you have three kids and the guest room only has a king-sized bed you could be in trouble. Does the pool have an alarm? (Toddler safety)
Also make sure you see lots pictures of the home. Do you really want to rent a place with a white couch and fancy d├ęcor if your 3-year-old still thinks it is fun to color on everything in sight? Make sure the home you’re renting fits your family’s needs so you’re all comfortable. What about the location? Where is the house what are the local amenities? Is it close to the attractions?

7. Can you bring a pet?
Some vacation rentals accept pets, but they may have a size limit. Some folks would not like to rent a property for their family that had the possibility of a pet staying in with previous guests in the home, unhygienic, so if that may be a problem eliminate pet friendly from your search.

8. Is a refund available if you leave early?
If you think you may want or need to leave early, check your contract to see if you’re eligible for a partial refund. Most vacation rentals are for a specific time period and don’t offer refunds because that leaves the homeowner in a lurch with no time to rent to someone else. Know going in what the rules are so there are no unpleasant surprises.

9. Pick a house that most suits your needs.
Keep in mind when you’re renting a vacation home you’re renting a property that’s individually owned. This isn’t a hotel where if you don’t like what you have you can get something else. Once you book and pay your deposit for a specific property, that’s the property you’re getting, so make sure it’s exactly what you want. Ask if reviews from other renters are available; also remember you get what you pay for so contact the owner. While scoring a good deal is the goal, if it’s too cheap there’s probably a reason check it out. Sometimes the cheapest price is not the best value.

10. Book early.
Avoid disappointment; there are certain times of the year when the villa rentals are on fire, so book early. Also you might look at the availability on the owners web site and pick a slightly out of season time, which brings me back to point one, don’t be shy contact the owner and ask for a deal. A last point to help is a lot of vacation rental owners have links to car rental and cheap flights sites or attraction ticket sites. Try and do a package deal for all three or four services. Good luck!!

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Jan
22
2017

Fashion Shopping For Tall Ladies

Shopping for a tall lady, 5’9″ and up, is a difficult task. You have to consider the inseam on slacks and jeans, the length of sleeves and where the waistline falls. Being 5’10″, I am notorious for taking the hem out of pants.

Places NOT to shop:

When shopping for pants that cater to taller women, you want to stray away from Bebe, Victoria Secret, Metro Style, Macys,Dillards, and Banana Republic. Trust me. I have tried slacks from ALL of the stores above and none of them quite seem long enough. Every now and again Bebe, which caters to petites, will carry a pair of slacks with an inseam greater than 33 inches.

Where TO shop:

When shopping for slacks and you are tall. The internet is your friend. While the selection of tall slacks in stores such as Banana Republic and Ann Taylor may be limited, these stores offer longer inseams when shopping online. J Crew is another store that offers a great tall selection online. If you would like to walk into a store for slacks, The Gap, Express and New York and Company carry longer lengths in slacks.

Denim

When shopping for denim jeans for tall ladies, the same stores listed above will work. However, if you are into designer denim, you would want to learn which brands cater to tall ladies. Rock and Republic and Seven of all Mankind have longer inseams. When shopping for denim for someone 5’9″ or over, you would want to look for a 34 inch inseam. Designer denim brands like True Religion and Citizens of Humanity, cater to shorter ladies.

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Jan
21
2017

Internet Marketing Gone Stale? Maybe It's Your Attitude

Heard it all before? Yeah right… I always get a kick out of people those that are in their own business and tell me they’ve heard it all before. Ask those same people how business is… “things are tough, the economy stinks” a number of not-so-brilliant statements start pouring out of their so-well-educated mouths.

The funniest ones are those who say they have heard it all… never implement any of it… and complain about how it is all re-hashed information that isn’t of use to them and their business. Those are the ones that are always on the lookout for the next shiny object they can blow their money on.

The pay-per-click product of the week.

The Google arbitrage million dollar formula of the month.

The software-that-does-it-all-for-you-while-you-sleep magic bullet that promises them riches overnight.

Ask those same people how many new strategies they have tested in their business in the past month. Or how many new lead generation campaigns they tested. Or what kind of new customer communication campaigns they have sent out to their prospects and buyers in the past work week.

That’s about the only way to shut them up about how flipping brilliant they are.

“Well, nothing recently.”

“The last one didn’t work out so well.”

“This internet marketing stuff doesn’t work. Direct mail is too expensive and never gives a good enough return. “

Blah, blah, blah (insert stupid excuse here).

Here’s a tip that is guaranteed to make you a bundle.

Implement one new marketing activity a day for the next month.

It can be as simple as writing an article that you send out to your list, meanwhile copying that same article to one of the online article banks.

Copy that same article to your blog (which you just need to have…. period).

Mail that article out to your buyers.

To your prospects.

Consider each of those one marketing activity a day.

Day 1 – write an article and email it to your list.

Day 2 – post it to your blog

Day 3 - send it to the article directories

Day 4 - get 200 copies of the article printed and mail 100 of them to your prospects

Day 5 – send the other 100 printed ones to your buyers

Then do something different.

Day 6 – call 5 of your past clients to see how they are doing. Leave a brief message if they don’t pick up. Tell them you are just phoning to say hi, see how they are doing, and see if they have any feedback for you.

Day 7 - call 5 business owners that would make a good joint venture with you. See if they have any ideas on how you could do a co-promotion to each others list.

Day 8 - find 5 online forums that your prospects would likely visit – invest 2 hours there and dig around looking for comments and feedback people are leaving. See what kind of questions they are asking. Look for the ones that come up on a regular basis.

And so on.

You can do one thing a day like this.

Things like: a tele-seminar, an article, a blog post, a press release, and so on.

Are any of the above ideas rocket science?

Are they shockingly new ideas?

NO!

BUT, have you done any of them lately?

Have you actually taken the initiative to do one thing a day to build your business (checking email is not a proactive marketing task, nor is talking to friends on Facebook, or sending out an inspirational quote on twitter).

I’ll tell you what.

You do one thing a day like this for the next 30 days.

Every single day.

Each time you do one or more of them make sure your website link is there, along with your phone, facsimile and email.

Just because you have heard them before, doesn’t mean they aren’t any good.

How can you possibly expect to grow a business when you haven’t even implemented the BASIC tools like this? You can’t. It isn’t about all the fancy shiny objects out there on the internet. It isn’t about waiting for the “next big thing” that will make you a bundle.

It is ALL about taking massive action on a daily basis.

You do that… and if you can honestly show me what you did, and show me the lack of any results from all that effort… I will pay you $20.

It may not be a lot… but it will be my apology to you as obviously my ideas suck and didn’t make you money.

I doubt you will come back to me with zero results.

I have been doing this for 8 years now, and have never seen this simple system not work.

I dare you.

Double dare you.

Just try it.

And report back what happens.

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