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Archive for October, 2012

Exercising at Home is Fun

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Exercising at Home is FunWorking out at home is not that boring and unexciting as one thinks it to be. The only thing is that you need to motivate and discipline yourself to be ready to exercise at home.

Any day when you get up and see that it’s pouring heavily and you cannot step out or if you have got up late and missed your morning walk, well then exercising is a good option. In fact, exercising at home can be really fun only if you follow a few interesting tips.

  • Get New Workout Gear: When you are working out at home, do not wear your pyjamas and exercise for that will make you lethargic. Invest a bit in a good set of workout gear, especially the one that you are comfortable with like shorts or track pants, comfortable pants and a good pair of shoes. Dressed in a perfect sportswear will boost your confidence and you will take exercising seriously.
  • Put on your favourite peppy music: Before starting to work out, put on your favourite music, preferably the one that is in your mind at that time. This will help to keep your spirits high and you can work out better with more zeal.
  • A Fitness DVD: While working out at home, a fitness DVD will help you to do the appropriate exercises, especially when you do not have a personal trainer to help you out. These days there are lot many good fitness DVD’s available like for yoga, aerobics or any dance form. It makes you feel as though you are working in a gym and at times, you even get motivated seeing the person working on different poses.
  • Do the Right Workout: Working out at home, you must also ensure to choose the right workout as that will motivate you to do more and more. Like if you are a person who gets too bored walking on the treadmill then you must try doing pilates, yoga or zumba.
  • Set up a Routine: Working out at home requires you to inculcate a lot of discipline. Although, you have the option of working out anytime during the day, but it is preferred to fix up a time and dedicate your workout only for those hours. Fix up an hour and stick to it every day-it’s going to be fun. You can always set a reminder on your mobile so that you do not miss out on your regular work out.
  • Stock your fridge with healthy eatables: To remain healthy, it is essential to intake healthy food. Therefore, make sure to stock your fridge with good food like juice, soya milk and fresh fruits that will help to keep you in good health and also motivate you to get that good shape.
  • Make a reach your goal list: You can hang a note on your fridge or wall that can remind you of an upcoming event for which you are trying hard to get that perfect shape. That could be a friend’s wedding, dating or anything.
  • Put a Picture of your Slimmer Self: You can put your slimmer pictures in front of while you are doing the work out. It could be your picture in your skin tight jeans or you may even put of your favourite celeb that you admire to the core. At times, you can even ask a friend to join for it would be fun to chit chat whilst you work out.

Try out the above mentioned tips, it’s fun to work out and you could also get that perfect shape and fit back into all your old clothes that you had been fancying from long.

-By Angelica Campbell

My Dog teaches me to be a Good Public Speaker

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

My Dog teaches me to be a Good Public SpeakerSpending a few hours with a pet is so relaxing. I love watching my pet dog playing around. It’s nice to see him running around the trees, kicking the ball and looking out for new stuff.  Likewise, he also wants me to get involved with him when he is playing around. Probably, he feels that if I do not join him, then I’m not enjoying and might not allow him to come out the next day. Therefore, he keeps moving around me showing every action that he wants me to get involved with him. And, if I join him just for the sake of playing not showing too much interest will automatically make him lose all interest in playing and he will just go back to his place.

Same is the case with your audience too! When you speak up something, they will want to you speak on the topic that interests them. They are present there to hear you on a particular topic. Therefore, you have to speak things connected to your topic. Talking about your problems at home, your car or boss is not a concern for them. Just like your dog- he is not bothered about your problems, while playing with him you have to be in full spirits.

Make a Plan and Stick to it!

The worst thing is when you promise your dog for a walk and then dawdle around before going out. When you start doing things that have got nothing to do with a walk, this will make your dog quite agitated and impatient. For, he would be all excited to go out! Therefore, when you make a plan stick to it.

Your audience too will pay attention to the start of your speech and for that you should have a well set plan as what are you going to speak about. And, make sure to stick it! To keep their attention intact you will have to be an effective speaker, else you will find iPods, iPhones and iPads coming out and you have lost the audience.

How you end the game!

While playing or taking a walk with my dog, I will go on till the moment I see him getting tired. And, as soon as I see a bit tiredness reflecting on his face, I will try to end the game on a good note. Like I would pat his back and he would wag his tail. Ending on a good note means that he is looking forward for more such moments.

Well, even your audience will expect things to end things on a good note. They are investing their time to listen to you, thus make sure to wrap up things when things are getting too long or probably when people have started losing out on interest. Put an end to it in a healthy manner and also give them something that they will remember. They will remember your speech in a positive manner even after you are done with the talking.

 As speakers, we try to communicate with our audience in the best possible manner. And, to speak in the best possible manner, one has to just practice and practice. I have found an excellent mentor to help me out, and that’s my dog!

In regards to public speaking, I’ve learnt a lot from my pet like:

  • No matter, how I have spent my day, when I’m in front of the audience, I have to let things go and concentrate in the moment.
  • He keeps reminding of trying new and interesting stuff. You have to do a bit of home work so that you know what you are talking about.
  • Finally, no dog in the world will wait for you, if you do not have an idea what the dog is doing- so you have to be alert and catch up with the need of your audience.

 Well, I have found a good mentor in my pet, hope you too can relate the above mentioned facts with public speaking. It seriously works, try them!

 -By Angelica Campbell