1. Trim Your Belly And Abdominal Region With 5 Cardio Exercises

    Article written by Walter Noris

    Toning and cardio workout

    Toning and cardio workout

    Belly fat is the most stubborn type of fat which troubles most of the people belonging to both the sexes. Men are the worst sufferers from belly fat because their body fat cell distribution is designed in such a manner that the fat storage gets predominantly directed to the belly region. Women too accumulate a lot of belly fat and love handles, either due to an unhealthy lifestyle or due to pregnancy. But the golden rule to lose belly fat quickly lies in the inclusion of cardio exercises in the lifestyle. The cardio exercises can be as simple as jogging, aerobics or as strenuous as pushups, crunches. The best cardio exercises that target belly fat have been summarized here.

    Cycle your way to own the washboard abs

    Can´t go out? Do some indoor cycling

    Can´t go out? Do some indoor cycling

    Biking or cycling sounds rather simple to battle to tummy bulge, isn’t it? But in reality there can never be an easier and enjoyable way to trim the stomach fat. Even if you can’t go for cycling, you can always opt for the gym cycle to do this highly advantageous cardio workout. Cycling for about one hour in a day can really help you in winning the battle with bulge because this high intensity cardio workout helps in toning the abdominal and stomach muscles. Your stomach core is strengthened a lot by cycling which would mean that your belly will start looking leaner within a week of doing cycling. Also, you will be able to lose more than 300 calories at one stretch by cycling for one hour. Your belly fat will slowly melt away with this cardio exercise.

    Shape up your belly by doing some stomach crunches

    Doing stomach crunches must be a part of your cardio routine if you want to completely eliminate belly fat. The crunches are considered the ultimate form of cardio exercise because they help in tightening, strengthening, slimming and reshaping the stomach muscles in the shortest possible time. These stomach crunches can be done by men as well as women. The fat in the stomach will be slowly melted away and lean muscle formation would start by doing crunches. However if you’re not familiar with stomach crunches then you should learn from some gym instructor or take the help of online video tutorials.

    Enjoy swimming to beat the heat while shaping up

    Swimming is always a great exercise

    Swimming is always a great exercise

    Swimming is a water sport that is enjoyed by everyone for fun. But what goes unnoticed is the fact that swimming is one of the most powerful forms of cardio exercise if you want to tone your stomach. Swimming is a complete exercise which requires the usage of most your body parts. But, swimming actually tones the upper and lower portion of belly really well. Swimming combines the benefit of resistance training along with high intensity cardio. You can burn anything between 500-800 calories by swimming 2000 yards at one go. Also, butterfly stroke is said to be highly effective in reducing the belly fat.

    These three cardio exercises will help you in achieving weight loss that that will be targeted for the abdominal region or belly. Scientifically it’s not possible to lose fat from only one portion of the body. But these three miracle cardio exercises will help you in losing `more fat’ from the belly.


  2. Are You a Shopaholic? 3 Ways to Know

    Article written by Walter Noris

    Shop addiction is serious

    Shop addiction is serious

    The psychology of addiction says that any repetitive behavior is addictive. And as any repetitive behavior indicates, addition is clinically significant. Shopping addiction is no exception. Just like any other, it becomes a serious problem if it spirals out of control. So don’t be the next person to make a Shopaholic confession. Pay attention to these signs and do something about them.

    You feel a sense of relief when shopping

    You go shopping to not to think

    Shopping is not the answer to your problems

    Anything pleasurable releases hormones in the brain called dopamine and endorphin. These are considered as the happy hormones. These hormones do not come out until a person actually goes out shopping. So the sign of addiction is evident: a person will go out shopping in order to experience “happiness.” But it doesn’t end there. Shopping addicts will run out of interest from the items they shopped for almost immediately. That indicates that the effect of such hormones is gone.

    In life, a lot of things give us the “thrill.” Some people play video games, some people eat, some people have sex, and some people travel. The same operates among shopping addicts. But people who struggle with their finances are the most affected because some end up incurring debt. Think about gambling and you’ll get a clear picture.

    You lie about the items you shop

    In the same way as drug addiction, alcoholism, and gambling, addiction to shopping also causes people to lie. They lie about what they buy and they lie that they are actually out shopping. This indicates a degree of denial and a refusal to recognize that something might already be an addiction. While alcoholics hide what they drink, Shopaholics hide their source of money. That explains why some of them have secret bank accounts. That’s not just the problem though. Because shopping addicts are in denial, they refuse to recognize the effects of their addiction even when these are obvious. This explains why family and social relationships are compromised. The result: guilty feelings.

    You fight with your family and friends

    Because shopping addicts do not recognize the negative effects of their addictions, people who notice it usually point it out. The first to do it is usually the person’s family especially when he or she is married. The strain that this creates causes other family members to come in and before the person knows it, his or her friends are stepping in too. While all these people get involved in a fight, they might not know that the other person is already a shopping addict. Nonetheless, they come to help by re-orienting the person to the realities of his actions. Unfortunately, not everyone succeeds.

    A helping hand is what you need

    A helping hand is what you need

    Addiction to shopping involves an impulsive and a compulsive nature. A person is compelled to make himself better and his impulse is to seek relief by shopping. Once relief is experienced, it won’t be long before the person goes on a shopping spree again. In this case, when a person tries to change, he might experience withdrawal symptoms. A few people manage but most require professional help. If you have the slightest inkling that you are a Shopaholic, don’t hesitate: reach out.


  3. Weighing Things: To Be A Boss Or Not To Be?

    Article written by Walter Noris

    Are you weighing your options?

    Are you weighing your options?

    You have all the money to invest into a business. You got your retirement or your income tax return, so you wanted to venture into a business. You have read all journals and blogs about how to do it, and how to be a boss of your own business. Indeed, after long years of being employed to a company, and being a subordinate of your superiors, one thing a person would wanted to try is to be a boss after all. It is not bad to think of it, but if that is what you want, take time to sit down and think. Don’t just think hundreds of times, but if possible, millions. It may take time for you to come up with a decision; surely it will be best since it is planned well.

    Advantages of being a boss

    Being your own boss has its advantages

    Being your own boss has its advantages

    • Simple—you are the boss. You don’t have a boss to pressure you to do tasks within that span of time. You won’t have someone to break your head when the bell rings. No more office politics and no more office mates who’ll drop you down to get that spot!

    • You own your profit. Since it’s you who invested on it, and you’re the one working for it, definitely, the profit goes back to you. When something turns out bad, then you don’t have someone to fire, but you have to console yourself to do better.

    • You hear and apply your own idea. When you were still employed, you have your own idea as well on how to make the management better, but it was not heard. Now that you are the boss, it’s your ideas that matter. What you wanted to do with your business, what packaging you want for it, it’s all yours.

    • You set your own time. You can start late, and stop working early. You can also do otherwise.

    • You are tax free! Self-employment will not require you to pay taxes to the revenue department, unlike when you were employed.

    • It is you who make decisions, and then it is you who will claim the glory.

    Disadvantages of being a boss

    • It was stated on the pros as well that you own your time, but it can be included to the cons as well. When you were employed, you work 8 hours a day, in excess to that, you are paid for overtime. If you own your business, you can stay up late working on a task with no guarantee that you’ll be earning from it.

    • Warning for failure! There is a study that 4 out of 5 businessmen failed on their first launch. But this is not to scare you to make your own business, but to warn you.

    • You stress yourself. Since you are the boss, all the tasks and decision making are on to you. It is understandable that making decisions is very stressful, so better prepare yourself for more of it.

    It carry too many responsibilities

    It carry too many responsibilities

    Try to assess and evaluate these key points. This may not be 100% true but it is closer to reality. At the end of the day, whether you’re the boss or not, you still make the decision on how to make your life a better one.