Great Tips for Staying In Shape When Preparing for Your Wedding Day

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 The day you get married can be one of the most important days of your life, so most women want to look their best. Not only are they going to be paraded in front of all of their close friends and family, but they are going to have their photo taken more times than they ever will at any other point in their life. From professional photos, to camera phones and Instagram, you want to look better than you ever have before on your special day. Having a great hair and makeup team are key, but there are also some things you can do in advance of your big day to make sure your hair, skin, and body are in tip top shape. After all, you want to shine just as bright as the Zales ring on your finger, right?

Food Choices Are Important

There are so many people who want to lose weight or tone up for their big day and make the mistake of focusing solely on their level of activity. They think that if they are at the gym every day, walking the stairs instead of taking the elevator, and attending a couple of yoga classes every week, that their body will naturally transform into their dream shape. Though exercise is super important when it comes to getting in shape, some people believe that your diet is the biggest contributor. You can run, walk or dance until you are blue in the face, but if you are eating hot dogs and French fries for dinner every night, there is no way you will succeed with your body goals. The best way to make good food choices is to eat a diet heavy in vegetables and protein while avoiding dairy and sugar. This seems to be a good general guideline, however there are plenty of other specific diet plans out there. Take a look at what is available and choose the diet that seems to fit best for you.

Create Accountability

After many years of diet and exercise for different reasons, I have learned that one of the best ways to stay on track with something, is to use the buddy system. If there is someone else, or a group of people, who are aware of your journey, have helped you set goals, and can help you get over setbacks, chances are you will be much more successful than someone who is facing it all alone. Knowing that there is another person who knows what your goal is and if you are doing the things to reach that goal, forces you to be proactive about it and make better decisions. There are plenty of online communities and maybe even a local group you can get involved with, to make your journey to your wedding day body a little easier.

Remember What Really Matters

Even though having the perfect body on your wedding day can feel good, it is important to remember the true value of things in life. …

Rowing to Music – A Fun New and Effective Fitness Training

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Physical training in indoor rowing machines have been popular in many rowing clubs. A new and motivating training form is to use training programs with rowing adapted music. In this article we will look at how to:

  1. Select music suitable for rowing training
  2. Get free tools for audio editing
  3. Adapt music to your rowing training programs
  4. Motivate and inspire your rowing club friends

The goal is to give you an understanding of how to make your very own rowing training programs with music of your personal taste. It is a fun and rewarding experience.

Energetic music with a clear and constant rhythm is perfect for your rowing program

Browse through your music library to find your favorite music that sounds energetic and motivating. Make a folder for the music on your computer and place copies of the music in it. A selection of slow, medium pace and fast music is needed. Ideally you should have about 10-20 songs of each pace.

We will only use music in 4/4 rhythm. To sort the songs pace you need to count the beats per minute (BPM) in the music rhythm. Music with a BPM within the range of 80 to 128 is suitable. On the internet you can find free software that can auto detect the BPM of your music. But the best and most accurate way is to count the BPM manually.

When training in a rowing machine we talk of rowing pace = strokes per minute. Therefore we divide the musics BPM by 4 to find which rowing pace (strokes per minute – SPM) the music rhythm equals. Add the SPM as a note to songs titles.

You can use a standard stopwatch to measure the BPM and divide it by 4 to get the SPM. There is a special stopwatch model called DIGI DT-320 which in a special mode can read out SPM directly, so you only need to push start and stop. Start the stopwatch when you start counting beats 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4 and then stop the watch when reaching the following beat 1. Next step is to edit the music.

Audacity is a free software tool for editing your music

Audacity can freely be downloaded from the Internet. There are versions for both PC, Mac and Linux. There is documentation for the software. Another nice source for learning Audacity is to look for tutorials on YouTube. Audacity offers many advanced features, but we only need a few simple functions for our purpose.

You only need to learn how to:

  1. Import your music into Audacity
  2. Cut away unneeded parts of the song
  3. Fadeout the last 2-3 seconds of the used part of the song
  4. Connect the songs on the timeline
  5. Export the edited songs as a new single music track (the final rowing music program)

The learning curve for using Audacity this way is reasonable short when using YouTube tutorials. Next step is to decide how you will build up your rowing program.

How to build your rowing training

Know the Several Health Benefits With Titanium Bracelets

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There are various types of bracelets. Among them, the titanium bracelets are quite a fashionable one. But as they have magnetic qualities, thus, like magnetic therapy they also alleviate the pain of the wearer to some extent. Easy to wear and safe bracelets of titanium can minimize the symptoms of back pain and arthritis. The effects that the bracelets have are as follows:

Helps in Relieving Pain

The titanium bracelets have been a good way of pain reduction. Sometimes it was found to be relieving in carpel tunnel syndrome. The nerves stimulated when magnets are used in a specific area. This helps in releasing the natural pain killers of the body. According to some people, the magnet also stimulates the flow of blood. This leads to the increase in the ionic exchange. Thus, the person will have a gush of nutrients and oxygenated blood into the area.

Initiates Better Healing

They are good as a healing compound. The healing is initiated by the disposing and localizing the by-products of any injury. The usage of the negatively charged magnets if kept in direct contact with the injured area may increase the body’s power to start the healing process.

Boosts the Healing System

The titanium bracelets have a massive role in increasing the white blood cells. The white blood cells are the ones that defend the body against foreign materials and infectious diseases. They also help to remove the toxins from the affected area. This promotes a healthy immune system. The body’s immune system may speed up in this system.

Helps to Increase Energy

A bracelet of titanium can give a person more energy. The magnetic therapy leads to the increase of the oxygen flow in the body. The flow of oxygen plays a significant part in the metabolism of the energy. This also is good for imparting energy through respiration of carbon dioxide. They enhance cellular respiration. The oxygen level in the blood increases and thus, the person feels more energetic.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

The titanium bracelets have anti-inflammatory functions also. This occurs because the normal electromagnetic in the body is restored. A normal electromagnetic property provides relax to the capillary walls. This is also good for the connective tissues and the surrounding muscles and allows proper flow of the blood. The proper flow of blood requires the transfer of the nutrients and the oxygen to the injured place. This causes a decrease in the inflammatory agents and the pain of a person.

Because the bracelets are made of titanium, they are less likely to corrode away. In fact, the titanium bracelets can withstand high-temperature conditions, rough handling, and salt water. Thus you can be sure that they are going to last you for several years.…

Health Tips for Writers: 7 Ways to Reduce Strain and Fatigue From Typing

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People who think writing isn’t manual labor haven’t done any. It’s true you don’t use your legs or cardiovascular system the same way you would in some occupations, but the strain on your eyes, neck, back, and wrists more than makes up for it. Headaches, chronic fatigue, and carpal tunnel pain are just a few of the physical occupational hazards facing writers and other workers who type a lot. As a professional freelance writer, I’ve become more familiar with these writing-related ailments than I care to be. To help others in a similar situation, here are seven ways I’ve found to help reduce strain and fatigue when writing.

1. Create a Comfortable Workspace

First, create a comfortable workspace. Your workspace includes your desk, your screen, your keyboard and other input devices such as a mouse or digital pen, and your chair. Discomfort, strain, fatigue, and pain can result from placing any of these in awkward positions.

Position everything so that you can sit up straight with your screen at eye level, your hands placed comfortably, your back and hips comfortably supported, and your feet placed comfortably on the floor. Adjust the height, lateral positioning, and distance of the elements of your workspace to achieve this.

Avoid placing your screen so that you have to tilt your head or twist your neck to see it. Keep your keyboard and other input devices at a height where you can drape your hands comfortably over them rather than flexing your wrists and fingers up when you type or click. Keep your input devices at a distance where you don’t have to overextend your elbows to use them. Adjust the height and positioning of your chair to conform with these principles.

2. Sit Comfortably

Creating a comfortable workspace is a step towards sitting comfortably, which is another key to avoiding fatigue and strain while writing. Good posture will also help with sitting comfortably. Following a few important posture principles will provide you with solid structural support, minimizing strain and maximizing comfort.

When you sit down to write, keep your head up so that the center of your screen viewing area is at eye level. Keep your neck and spine straight by adjusting your shoulders so that they align vertically over your hips. Let your feet rest supported flat on the floor or a supporting surface.

Avoid posture problems by monitoring the positions of your head, neck, spine, shoulders, and hips. Don’t lean forward with your neck or trunk. Don’t let your head droop. Don’t slouch your shoulders. Don’t push your hips ahead of your upper body. Don’t let your feet dangle behind you or stretch them out ahead of your body.

3. Warm Up

Warming up before you type will help you avoid fatigue and repetitive motion strain. This is especially important if you tend to experience wrist stiffness when typing, but it’s a good practice in general to prevent stiffness and boost energy.

Spend a few minutes warming up your eyes, neck, shoulders, …