You want to make money as an internet professional right?  You want passive income streams that make your life easy correct?  Well this article is focused on how to make money through the internet.

So how do you do it?  Drum roll please……..Valuable Content!

We’ll be using an example that educates people about .  This is a great example what valuable content is, and how we can leverage it to make passive income.

So what is the benefit of valuable content?

Valuable content will let your potential customers find you.  As they search the interwebs for answers to their questions, they will find your content and spend time on your little corner of the web.  It can cause readers to believe in you and strengthen your perceived expertise.  So when they see your brand in the future they are excited to read more from you.  View our example again:  to really understand how to do it.

So what is valuable about this content?  Let’s count the ways:

1. It is useful. It answers questions that the user has been asking.  This is probably the best way to get into the mindset of producing valuable content.  Think about how you can be a useful agent for your customers.  Provide information that solves their problem or points them in the right direction.  If you do this enough, you’ll actually become an authority and people will follow you!

2. It saves people money.  You’ll see that this particular content steers people away from spending money on something that isn’t always necessary.

3. Its educational.  It teaches its readers how to skip the “regular” way of doing something.  By following its advice the reader learns some tips and tricks about how not to spend unnecessary money at the mechanic.  You’ll also learn what to say to your mechanic if you actually do need to go.  And finally, you’ll learn when you absolutely DO need to take your car in and therefore save yourself potentially thousands of dollars in repairs.

Once you have valuable content you can monetize it in many different ways.  The most popular current ways it can be monetized are lead generation, ppc advertising, ppv advertising.

Lead generation means that when folks come to your website looking for services you collect their contact information and either provide the services yourself or sell the leads to those who can.

PPC (Pay Per Click) advertising means selling adspace on your web page.  The advertiser only pays when someone clicks on one of the ads.  This is very popular for advertisers as they only pay when they get results.

PPV (Pay Per View) advertising means that you sell to advertisers depending on how many times someone just sees their ad.  For example if their ad is seen 1000 times, they will pay $10.

Syndication.  This means signing up for a network like or and providing valuable content to their networks.  When someone comes to your content and clicks on one of their articles you will actually get paid.  This is another reason to learn how to provide stellar content as if you get popular on these networks you can make a lot of money.

That rounds out this blog entry.  Follow our advice and you too could soon be rolling in passive income.  Thanks for following us!

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I just came back from a conference in California on how to increase your social media presence online. It was fascinating. I learned a great deal and really wanted to write a post sharing some of the key things I learned while attending this conference.

What Is Social Media?

To avoid any confusion, I first want to define social media, as there are a lot of conflicting views on what it actually is. Social media are sites that allow people and organizations to create and share content. For example, Facebook and Twitter are some of the biggest social networking websites we all love and use. For personal use, this is really simple. You use the platform you like most and in particular, you use the sites where your friends hang out on. If your friends are on Twitter, you probably use Twitter as well.

From a business point of view, it gets a bit more complicated. What I learned from the conference however, is that it’s important to be active on different social networking websites. Below I’ll give you an example how a business can do this.

How To Get Your Message Out To Customers?

In California, I met a dentist who is setting up a website allowing people to find the best dentist in their area. Their website can be found at . We had an interesting conversation about how they are setting up their social media profiles to reach more users. The key takeaway from the conversation was that having just a website isn’t enough anymore. For example, they are setting up different social properties to be able to engage much more closely with people looking for a new dentist in their neighborhood. Social media is making this much simpler, especially with the advent of smart phones.

As a quick example, the website mentioned above is building out a . Such a blog helps them to connect with its users and allows them to share news, pictures and updates with their growing audience. Tumblr has 226 million different blogs on its network, and is one of the biggest blogging websites on the internet. If your business is not on Tumblr, you might want to make some time to ensure you set up your own blog on there to increase social exposure. What’s more this website isn’t going anywhere, as it’s owned by Yahoo.

While this is very time intensive, there are a few platforms out there which are much easier to use. One of them is Twitter, which you probably use already. What you might now know however is that they have an estimated user base of 284 million. This is massive! Especially if you understand that 500 million Tweets are sent every day. I can’t even comprehend how that’s possible. What is evident however is that if you are working on building out a brand, you need to be on Twitter. This is where your audience spends time online every single day so you just can’t miss the opportunity to talk to them at least every month. I personally am not a fan of the 140-character limit but despite this, I’m still using this to talk to my audience.

Hopefully this recap of what I learned in California will help you to build your own presence online.

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Being an internet professional can be tough, especially when is becoming such a large industry due in part to recent technological advances. Competition among other internet professionals is real, so you need to set yourself apart from the crowd in order to get the jobs you deserve. We need to learn how to better market ourselves and use our skills and hobbies to an advantage.

Creating an internet presence can be a daunting task, so this week we spoke to www.NMIPA.org user, Paul Reid. Paul is a writer and telescope enthusiast, who has told us he used to take any freelance writing gig under the sun as long as it paid. Now, after his recent stroke of genius (more on this below), he is only being offered high paying positions in his niche area, astronomy. Paul said he tends to enjoy taking writing gigs that are in the field of astronomy because he already feels as though he is a passionate expert on the topic, so he can infuse a lot of creativity into the writing and go above the call of duty. We asked him to explain how he stood out from other freelancers.

We met Paul over a short coffee break. He is currently in the midst of revamping the websites of the 39 New Mexico , so you can assume he’s a pretty busy guy. Paul stated that once weekly he takes his kids out to show them the constellations with his telescope and it has become a bit of a tradition. During a particularly slow time for him when he couldn’t seem to land any gigs, he asked himself how he could get more involved in writing for his hobby.

Paul sent out an email blast to local astronomy retailers, schools, , museums and any companies in the area that were invested in astronomy and telescopes to invite them to a free catered stargazing event for kids on behalf of his freelance company, Paul Reid Writes. He wrote up an itinerary, booked a caterer and crossed his fingers that someone would RSVP. He figured that he had been a semi-professional guide for his family for years, so why not try it out on the general public?

Paul stated he had some interest, but not as much as he had hoped. A week before the event was due to set place, Paul reached out to a local telescope shop owner and asked him to partner with him. The telescope shop owner, William Burns, helped Paul by shouting out the event on his own website in exchange for some free freelance work. William apparently is a beloved figure in the telescope world and his stamp of approval per se got the community excited.

A group of 17 children (plus their parents) attended Paul’s stargazing event, which was quite an achievement in Paul’s eyes because he was expecting nothing. He had an assortments of available for observing so that no one really had to wait in line. Luckily for Paul, he did an excellent job at hosting a stargazing night and everyone left with samples of his work. He stated that the very next day he had gotten a call to shake up the astronomy content of a couple museums out in California. Following that, he received word that the was interested in him writing content for all the state funded planetariums.

Paul urges all of you reading this right now to be bold and be different. At first, he thought he was going to make a fool out of himself, but figured he had nothing to lose. Fortunately, his night was a success. What can you do to make yourself stand out in the internet crowd? Is there something you could do to possibly take your business offline?

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As an internet professional who spends a lot of time at your desk you’ve probably thought about how to keep your energy up through the sometimes tedious tasks that you must perform while sedentary for long periods. Keeping a clear mind so that your productivity is high and your work is of good quality is not so hard if you can discipline yourself to eat well. Though not everyone can keep the same diet as everyone else due to health, body type, , or ethics there are some basic nutritional guidelines you can follow in order to be happier and healthier while at work – and for that matter at play and at home too.

Eat lightly

If you can curb cravings and eat simple, light foods you will feel light yourself. A salad or stir fry and some rice will digest easily and provide steady energy after the meal. To make things easy on yourself you can even prepare rice the day before with as little hassle as possible by using the best rice cooker () you can afford. Rice cookers allow you to cook while getting completely absorbed in other tasks and forgetting that you are even cooking as they will shut off automatically when the rice is ready. Fish is another good food touted by nutritionists for its heart healthy qualities and ease of digestion. A fillet knife is of huge benefit when prepping fish. Fish has long been promoted as by mothers trying to coax their seafood-averse children to eat their supper.

Eat regularly

If you eat small amounts regularly you will avoid the low in energy that comes after eating a large meal. You will also avoid the low that comes from not eating enough. Snacks like nuts and fruit can keep you going through a long boring task. Definitely forgo the donuts and coffee if you can, they are a combination practically tailor-made for an energy high followed by a sugar crash – especially if you add lots of sugar to that coffee. Along with the short snack breaks try to take small breaks from your desk and get up and walk around. If you can do a little stretching – especially your shoulders – as hunching in front of a computer is especially hard on your upper body.

Drink Water

You’ve heard it a hundred, or maybe a thousand, times: drink plenty of water. If you do drink a lot of coffee you are likely dehydrated as coffee is a . To stay hydrated a good rule of thumb is to drink one glass of water for every cup of coffee. Sometimes fatigue is simply due to mild dehydration and a couple of glasses of water will quickly bring you back to a good level of energy and alertness.

Try following these three simple food guidelines for one week and see if it makes a difference in your work day. Or experiment with it: try one day on one day off so you can compare a light diet with a heavier one and determine if there is any benefit for you.

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Technology has changed dramatically in the 21st century.  Today most business is conducted online which provides many opportunities for internet professionals.  If you think about anyone who you know in business, or a business service that you use, your first thought is usually to go to their website for information.

Internet professionals specialize in designing websites, programming, set up, maintaining and monitoring websites, consulting, as well as managing many other aspects of the internet.  They are extremely busy managing those sites so that when you click on a link, conduct a search, or fill out an application, everything works the way it should.  They also are often involved in areas like social networking, e-publishing, and e-marketing.

Many internet professionals work for themselves or work from home, so convenience is important when it comes to cooking, cleaning and doing other chores.  Below are 3 gadgets that will make your life easier as a busy internet professional.

Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

This is a great gadget for doing those household tasks like vacuuming.  Frequently called a robovac, the robotic vacuum cleaner is programmed to do the light cleaning that you often don’t have time for on a daily basis.  They cannot compete with a full sized vaccum cleaner, but they are perfect for getting dust and debris up from hard floors or carpeting.  Many of these have features like spot mode, dirt sensors, full bin indicator, multi-room navigation, scheduled cleaning, boundary markers, cliff sensors, boundary markers, and remote control.  They are hands free and can be programmed to operate even when you are out of the house.

Robotic vacuum cleaners are compact so you don’t have to lug them around like you do the larger vacuum cleaners.  With this product, you only have to take out the big vacuum cleaner when you want to deep clean your floors.

Rice Cookers

Rice cookers are ideal for busy professionals on the go who don’t like to cook, but would prefer a home-cooked meal over take out.  on the market today are electric, convenient and user friendly.  As an internet professional, you know how important it is to program so that a system is easy to use.  Many of the electric rice cookers use fuzzy logic which means the cooker does the work for you.  There is no guess work as to whether your rice is undercooked or overcooked.  Pre-programmed computer chips built into the cookers enable it to determine the right cooking time and temperature according to the type of rice you are cooking.

Features also include a keep warm option so that when your rice is finished cooking, it automatically switches to keep warm.  In addition, some rice cookers have steamers and accessories that you can steam vegetables with or make your entire meal at the same time that you are cooking your rice.

Electric Knife Sharpeners

Whether you like to cook, hunt, or just collect knives, a busy schedule does not always allow for knife sharpening.  However, knife sharpening is important because a dull knife can be a dangerous knife.  That is because you have to use more pressure when using a dull knife and there is more of a possibility that the knife will slip and cut you.

Although manual knife sharpeners do a wonderful job of sharpening your knife as well as give you more control, are faster, more convenient and easier to use.  Manual sharpeners require a lot of practice to acquire the skill of sharpening your knife just right.  Electric sharpeners usually have built in angle guides and up to four stages in many cases to maintain your knife blade.

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It’s insane just how crazy the social media revolution is right now. I remember a simpler day where there was just Facebook and it was just for students. Now everyone is on Facebook, both personally and professionally. But it doesn’t stop there, it seems like everyday we need to open another social media account somewhere. I manage my Linkedin account, my twitter account, my Pinterest account and frankly these are a struggle already. I’m not sure whether I really want to add another account that needs my constant attention. On top of that, I manage the social media accounts of a lot of my clients, which are starting to be a real pain.

For this exact reason I did some research to find out which new social media platforms are worth investing my time in and which ones can be ignored. During this research I was amazed to see just how many new companies are bringing a new social media idea onto the market. Many are just the same old thing you’ve seen before, but some have the chance to revolutionise the social media balance of power. In this article I’ll focus on one that has really caught my attention, which is Rebelmouse (https://www.rebelmouse.com/). I urge you to go check it out after reading the article in case you’ve never heard of it. It’s really quite something!

Rebelmouse is a platform that came out of nowhere and is certainly different to it’s competitors. While I’m not sure I like the logo of a badly drawn mouse, the website itself does seem to work. I set up an account for a client of mine. Take a look at their here. If you compare this to their you’ll see the interaction with your audience is completely different.

The key of this platform is to allow you to engage more deeply with your audience, something I’m currently testing. I’m finding it hard to get my head around it, but it does make this list because it is gaining a lot of traction and it is just a little different than all the other platforms out there.

It has more than 300,000 pages and has around 18 million visitors each month which is surprisingly high for a new service. It is attracting some major companies, which makes me think even more that this site is set to grow rapidly. I did notice that the site is designed for the increased uptake in mobile devices as it works a lot better on my phone.

In any case, Rebelmouse is a platform you need to get to grips with soon in my opinion as it will be used more and more. I’m certainly learning as much as I can about it and setting up a page for some of my clients to test out the results. So far I haven’t really seen any increase in audience engagement, but then again, we’ve only just set the pages up.

I’m curious, have you used Rebelmouse? What was your experience – did you like it or hate it? Let me know, I’d love to hear some of your opinions.

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There are many things that can cause your computer to run slowly, or just plain break down. Anything from malware to bloatware, old components to dust can be a potential hurdle to your computer’s continued performance. One thing you might not consider, however, is pests. Everyday nuisance critters can also wreak havoc on your computer, as well as your kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. Not to worry, however, if your computer has been taken over by a different kind of bug, there are several solutions. First, let’s see what you might be dealing with.

The most common problem in computer cases is ants. Often times you’ll get crumbs, spilled soda (), even dead skin cells, that will accumulate in your computer. Sucked in by the fan or simply spilled in through a ventilation hole, this crud will accumulate in, on and around your components. However, what’s crud to us is like a feast to pest creatures, and they will come looking for it. Ants are the most common household pest, able to get into just about anything, and you never get just one. They can overheat your components just by their numbers, and any that die will add to the mess and clutter in the tower. Also, they may be a species that can chew through things to reach food!

The second most common type of critter you may find in your computer is the common house cockroach. These bugs are able to squeeze into just about any opening, will eat just about anything, and multiply just about anywhere. Unfortunately, this can mean that your computer tower just became a new nest for these creepy crawlies. Like ants, they will head for food, and can cause overheating damage, chew damage and since they’re bigger, even get stuck in the fans on your components!

The last critter we’ll talk about is mice and rats. These creatures are significantly bigger, not only in terms of size, but also in terms of problems. Mice and rats are chewers, often stripping wires and cables to help build nests, which can damage your computer significantly. They’re also liable to get caught in one of the many high speed fans on your computer, paw or tail, and cause serious damage to themselves and your component. Finally, they can chew holes, build nests and cause general mayhem in the otherwise orderly world of your computer.

So, what to do if you have or suspect you may have creatures nesting in or munching on your computer? The first step is identifying what you’re dealing with. Use the guide above to help determine the type of damage that may have been done, look for droppings from rats or mice, and any dead insects for other potential critters. Once you know what you’re dealing with, you can appropriately respond. Usually some store bought traps for ants and roaches, placed strategically around your tower, will help reduce and eliminate the problem. Buying mouse traps or humane alternatives can help you catch and contain a mouse or rat. Also, keeping your computer clean regularly with air canisters can help keep the debris and crud that these pests consider food out of your machine. As a bonus, this will also help reduce overheating. Until next time, take care and good luck!

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There are a lot of people who start a blog, put lots of effort in writing the best articles, but soon find that no one is reading anything they write. The problem with blogging is not the quality of your articles, it’s the number of visitors you receive. From experience, I know that not getting any visitors to a new blog can be incredibly discouraging. That’s the reason there are so many unfinished blogs out there on the Internet. Here I’ll post some quick tips on how to build a blog providing free healthy living information, and make it so that you will receive visitors.

Understand your reader

Who are you making the website for is the first question you need to answer clearly before starting a blog. Who’s your target audience? If you don’t know that, you’ll end up writing about too many different topics, and be too broad. For example, do you want to target people wanting to lose weight, people who have diabetes, or people who want to live a healthier life? All three of these are widely different groups of people, and will want to read very different blog posts. To use as an example, I found a website dealing with alkaline living which does some things right and could improve on other aspects. We’ll analyse both the good and the bad.

Write great quality articles

Have you ever visited a blog, and noticed that little effort was put into the article? Don’t make that mistake. Research your topic well and then provide high quality content for your blog. Make sure simple things like grammar and spelling are perfect to avoid losing readers halfway through your articles. Quality really is key for a good blog.

I found a great example of a high quality article for this case study on our Alkaline blog. It deals with finding the . This article is concise, has high quality pictures to make the website look better and targets a specific audience (i.e. people wanting to live a more alkaline life). If you’re looking to find an alkaline water machine, you’re likely to receive a lot of value from this article.

Use enough high quality images

People get bored quickly, so it’s important to really attract someone’s attention when they first visit the page. Like we mentioned before, using high quality pictures is an easy way to entertain your readers and make them stay on the website. You could take the pictures yourself or buy stock photos online. I tend to do both for the best effect.

Keep it simple

I’m not sure why, but new bloggers always want to complicate things. They want a fancy website, a great user interface and so on. But at the end of the day, your readers will not care all that much about looks. Sure, it needs to look professional. But taking our alkaline living website as an example again; this is a very simple design. There is nothing eye-catching about it. It has a simple, clean and easy to use interface. Finding different topics is easy which is important as you want your user to browse around your website as long as possible!

Stick to one topic

It’s not always a good idea to have very different topics on your blog. We’ve already hinted at this when mentioning how important it is to understand your audience. I’ll use our example website to make this point clearer. The website is about helping people live a healthier lifestyle. It provides information and recommendations on health products. We noticed a page completely dedicated to an , which is a hives treatment. In effect it does not have all that much to do with living a healthier lifestyle. However digging a little deeper, it does fit into the general theme of health advice. So in this case it’s acceptable; seeing that a hive treatment could be construed as health advice.

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The need to look well groomed, on-point in fashion and to have a customized look is on the rise these days, as people no longer dress to fit in or culture themselves for discipline but to express themselves, and this is not just restricted to women anymore.

Today, both men and women have grown very conscious about their presentation in general, and is one of the top reasons why hair, nail and general beauty salons and spas have sprung up everywhere, and more noticeably on the Internet.

Those who are running salons and beauty spas have to have an online presence to make headway today and to attract new and retain old customers, and this is a new niche where the beauty of a salon really lies.

There are a number of very important steps that a website designer or developer must be very careful about when creating or designing a website for a nail, Hair, or beauty salon.

These are:

The website must be designed for a specific audience

A web design professional is trained in creating websites that are not only functional but light and easy to use for the target audience. The color and layout of a salon and beauty website will be largely determined by whether the salon is unisex or just for their fairer sex.

Websites that cater for the beauty needs of women will have more pronounced and brighter colors and a more enticing style and trendy but legible font.

Go for responsive mobile-friendly design

In this age of smartphones and tablets, everyone wants to see a mobile version of their favorite services when they go online on a small device, and a full version when visiting on a computer.

A modern salon website should be responsive which essentially means that the design and development of the website should respond to a user’s behavior and type of device they are visiting on. A responsive design website is a mix of flexible layouts, grids and images and intelligent utilization of CSS media queries.

Use high quality images and multimedia

When commissioning a professional to design a professional beauty hair or salon website, one of the most important considerations is the quality of content and multimedia elements of the website especially images.

It is prudent that the website owner finds high quality and relevant multimedia including images and banners that will set the online spa or beauty salon apart from the competition. Where possible, avoid using stock imagery or pre-set website templates for uniqueness.

Optimize content for Search Engines

Setting up a beauty salon website is not only time consuming but also very demanding in terms of content preparation, selection and selection even before the actual design begins.

The website owner must be diligent in selecting the content to include in the website, and especially the keywords and terminologies the website will be optimized for search engines.

It is also a good idea to link the website with social and networking sites () to gain maximum reach of potential clients and ensure that people seeking the specific services and products the website deals in are easy to find.

Simplicity always rules

Just as they say content is king, simplicity rules when it comes to the internet. A winning salon website that is sleek and easy to navigate eliminates confusion and frustrations that often send visitors away and instead helps them find what they are looking for in a shorter time.

A simplistic website also achieves better results in convincing visitors to subscribe for newsletters, sign up for offers and come back again.

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It is a common belief that the Internet is everywhere. At least, for most people in developed countries where 10 MBPS is considered slow, the world ends where there are no Internet connections. Sadly, this view of the world defines the digital divide.

There are a lot of Internet websites. In fact, there are hundreds of millions of websites and the number keeps growing exponentially. Among the factors fueling this explosion are Internet marketers, bloggers, and experts with information to share. There are websites dedicated to like http://www.albllc.biz; and there are websites for a lot of other things. An example of these typs of users who have gotten a lot of traction online is a search engine optimization expert like this .

Positioning is Key

Having good positions on search results has become the main focus of a lot of sites. However, with the which Google has been releasing, it seems that the only real way to get good placement on search engine results pages is to have a good quality website and interesting web pages and content.

The concept of a usable Internet search is something that Google has been working on for quite some time now. They have succeeded in their own goals. This has also been a disruption for Internet marketers as well as for various experts in the field of .

In terms of a disruption, it means that experts can now be defined as those who have kept up with Google and have continuously been getting good results regardless of what updates are released by the search giant. It also forces Internet marketers to stop gaming the system. The penalties, which Google has given out, may seem harsh as these include outright exclusion from indexing as well as from search results.

The future of the Internet is not uncertain. The exponential growth is expected to continue and does not seem to slow down soon. What is uncertain is the shape the next stage of growth will take. Google and other search engines have evolved, and there are now sites that compare look-a-likes, instead of exact searches. The various social media as curating sites as well as indexing and bookmarking sites seem to be coalescing into one amorphous mass. This may be bad news for some, but it could be good news for a lot of users. This is an opportunity for Internet marketers to present their products and services as a link in social media, and as important parts of Web 2.0.

These developments are also pointing towards the possibility that social media will be search and that search itself becomes social media. Right now, trending topics are being used in various social media to gauge sentiments as well as interest on news stories. It should be no wonder that these new developments will continue, and will be assimilated in search as the search giants define it.

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Sitting at your desk eight hours a day is a great way to make money and pay the bills. However, have you ever gave any thought to what this is doing to your body? People every day are having heart attacks and other serious health issues due to the lack of exercising. People do not want to be bothered with exercising because it is boring and tiresome to say the least.

Going to the gym and working out is just not an appealing idea, because it takes time away from other things that we have to do in our daily lives, and suddenly getting to the gym just is not all that important any longer. Why would anyone want to spend an hour or longer going to the gym, and doing something that they really do not enjoy? Life is tedious enough, and adding one more thing to the long list of what we do not enjoy, is something we do not want to do. But on the flip side, we all know how important it is to get some sort of exercise.

This is where considering taking up martial arts comes in. Mixed martial arts is not only a form of self-defense, it is also the best complete form of exercise, not only for the body. But for your mind and well-being as well.

Mixed martial arts is a rigorous workout that forces you to use every part of your body, all of your strength and it demands that you focus. While you are learning how to balance, how to move, how to defend yourself. You are also keeping your mind sharp, you are paying attention to not only your instructor, but to how your body feels and how it is responding to what you are asking of it.

While learning mixed martial arts and pushing yourself to the limit, you are also learning techniques to keep your mind focused, your spirit calm. How to control all of your anger and frustrations. Martial arts is not about learning to hurt someone, it is about peace and self-control, as well as self-defense. All of this plays a role in our well-being and happiness.

When sitting at your desk all day and putting up with screaming employers, demanding customers and ill-tempered co-workers, you have to find some way to release all of your pent up energy and anger or you are going to explode. Mixed martial arts offers the perfect way to release your tensions and anger, it also helps you learn how to defend yourself if you are ever in the situation where you have to.

Keeping you mind sharp, your reflexes quick and your spirit calm is very important in having a happy and relaxed life style. All of it ties into each other and the outcome is a healthier, happy, and well-adjusted person. Exercise is vital to our survival, but it is dull, and unless a person continues to go to the gym continuously all of their muscles will once again become flabby and useless.

With Mixed martial arts. You honestly want to go back all the time, it is not something that you have to force yourself to do.

When enrolled in mixed martial arts, you make true friends, you have a dedicated and experienced instructor, you have fun and most importantly, you become not only physically healthy, but mentally healthy as well.” – Martial Arts Coach.

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In this day and age, we have the world at our fingertips. Technology has brought us to the point that we can accomplish astounding amounts of work without even leaving the comfort of home. Countless companies employ workers who spend their 8 hour days sitting at a desk, staring at a computer. Obviously, this sedentary lifestyle can lead to many issues. Obesity rates in the first world have soared in the last 30 years

Sitting for any extended period of time can lead to serious issues. Your body is not made for this level of inactivity. Additionally, if you are like millions of other people and exhibit , this can only increase your problems. On the extreme end, we are looking at poorer mental health, higher risk for heart disease, and a higher risk of obesity. Standing desks is one way to combat this, if your company allows it. If you must sit during an entire normal work day, indicate that you should at least stand and get your blood flowing every 30 minutes.

Sitting all day can also affect your dietary choices. Prolonged sitting can lead to weight gain from increased appetites and lowered energy output. Keep your choices healthy and practical. As always, lean meats and plenty of fruits and vegetables is always going to be your safe bet.

Consider fitting some into your standing breaks. There are so many stationary exercises you can do from your desk. Getting creative is essential in this case. The following are some ideas to get you started.

Chair Squats:

Lower yourself as if you are going to sit in your chair. Just as you are about to hit the seat, come back to a standing position. Remember good form and do not use your hands to support yourself.

Push ups:

Pushups don’t have to be boring. Consider placing your feet on the wall or in your chair. Or vary the distances between your hands for wide-armed, standard, and close-hand pushups in order to target different muscles. Try a pushup using only one leg or attempt to master the dive pushup. Keep it fun and they will stay interesting.

Dips:

You can use the assistance of your chair or desk in this case. Turn away from your desk, placing your palms down flat. With your legs stretched out before you, place your weight on your arms and bend your arms to dip down. Press back up and you have completed a rep.

Lunges:

Just your standard lunge– just make sure you have the room to do it! Alternate legs and feel the burn.

Situps and Crunches:

Like the pushups, these can be varied to target different areas of your core. Twist to target your obliques, pause when you’re only halfway up, throw in a few leg lifts. The possibilities are endless.

When you’re out of the office, make time to get a solid workout in. Swap your button-up for a t-shirt. Kick off your loafers and change into a proper pair of fitness shoes – . And when it comes to footwear, everything from your weight to your feet to your experience level can change what would be considered the “proper running shoe” for you. As always, take care to research .

In the meantime, don’t fear the desk job. There is an incredible amount of support for the fact that sitting all day is bad for you. Times are changing, albeit slowly, and sometimes we have to adapt in order to overcome before our bosses catch up. Be an advocate for your own health and that of your coworkers. Speak out to make changes and in the meantime, keep your self up and moving.

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Many today chose to work from home. Many of us have everything we need to get working right here on our own computers. Working from home is the ultimate dream for many of us. No smelly public transport, only tapping away on your keyboard every day in your sweatpants or pijamas. Another plus is unlimited fridge raiding capabilities!

After falling in love with a romantic Italian man, I decided to leave my job in England and head out to Italy. I soon realized I didn’t do my research as the city I landed in wasn’t English language friendly. This meant I found it very difficult to find a job. So, I took my own initiate and began to work for myself, at home. This undoubtedly made a huge impact on my life.

Since working from home I genuinely feel that I works incredibly longer hours, because I find myself wanting to prove to myself that I can do this. I can work from home and be productive. It’s important to have everything you need before working remotely, like a , up to date computer/laptop, printer, scanner, etc.

Over time I’ve had to develop techniques which have certainly helped me to keep my sanity and most importantly, my productivity.

1 – Change of scenery

A usual symptom of working from home is the notorious cabin fever. You constantly wake up in your house, eat in your house, work in your house and finally sleep. It can suddenly become horrifyingly easy to avoid leaving the house for a few days at a time.

To fight this, it’s ideal to work from different location as frequently as you can, or at least once or twice a week. Even if it’s just heading across the road to your favorite café. The change of scenery is fundamental and I promise you that’ll you will be amazed at the difference it will have on your daily mind set and work productivity.

2 – Escape the computer

Once you finally finish your work for the day, you must switch off your computer! Don’t close the your laptop or place your PC into sleep mode. Genuinely and physically shut it down. Don’t touch it again till morning!

Shutting down your computer or laptop helps to provide a distinct cut off point when work ends and your home life begins. It also makes compulsion email checking very difficult. Finally, it allows a break for your eyes and computer.

Now that you’re switched off, why not do something different? Go watch your favorite TV show, cook dinner, anything that doesn’t involve your laptop or computer. You need to draw a line between home and work to prevent driving yourself mad.

3 -Take a break

If you find that you’re struggling to focus and your attention is wandering, feel free to take a 10 minute break. One bonus about working from home, or for yourself is that you can work to your own pace that suits you.

Instead of fighting the urge to check your Facebook account, a good tip is to give in. Get up from your desk, make a drink, take a look at the newspaper or social network sites. Then, once your 10 minutes are up, return to work. Just don’t let 10 minutes turn into an hour!

4 – Create boundaries

One major problem of working for yourself at home is that you can suddenly become permanently available, or that’s what your friends and family believe. People suddenly assume that you can go to lunch with them ‘because you don’t need to get back to the office’.

You must be straightforward from the start. Set your Skype to ‘DND’ or ‘invisible’ and explain politely to friends and family that you’re still required to work during the day, even if you aren’t in an office.

5 – Stick to a routine

Lastly, and I believe this is the most important; make sure to set your alarm and get up each morning at the same time. Pretend that you are leaving the house. Make sure to get dressed, and follow the usual routine you would have when going to the office.

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