The Need-To-Know Men’s Health and Fitness Tips for The Summer

Summer is slowly approaching, is your body ready for the beach? If you do not have the six-pack stomach, broad shoulders and sexy arms that you have always dreamed about, it is time to get started. Now is the perfect time to take your health seriously and get your body beach ready. Optimal men’s health and fitness is easy to achieve with just a few steps. When you stay consistent and dedicated to your health and fitness, the results can happen quickly.There is more that goes into fitness than just heading to the gym and randomly working out. When there is a method to your madness at the gym, you will realize greater results. Men’s health incorporates a wide variety of issues including – eating properly, lifting weights and performing cardio exercises. With these three components, it will be easier to achieve the beach body you dream of.The Role that Diet PlaysDiet is one of the most important components of men’s health. It does not make sense for you to go to the gym, work out as hard as you can, and then come home to eat an unhealthy meal. There are things your body needs in order to function properly that can only be obtained through the proper diet. A few simple tips to follow in order to achieve your optimal body include:
Drink water – This is one of the most important things you can do for your body, especially if you work out. It is recommended that you drink at least 64 ounces each day.
Eat small meals – Smaller meals throughout the day keep your body fueled all day long, speeding up your metabolism and preventing you from grabbing unhealthy snacks in between meals.
Fill your plate with as many colors as possible – This is the best way to get all of the proper vitamins and nutrients in your system, by choosing many different fruits and vegetables at each meal.
Fitness and Weight TrainingIn order for your weight training to be the most successful, choose 3 days a week to lift weights and dedicate each of those three days to a specific body part. This is important so that you can focus on only that body part, performing the recommended 3-4 different types of exercise for that body part and achieving optimal results. When you focus on one body part at a time, you can perfect the look you desire for that targeted area. Just as important as lifting weights is taking a rest day in between your workouts. After working out a targeted body part, make sure to give those muscles at least 48 hours to rest and recover from the workout.The Importance of Cardio WorkoutsWhile weight training is perfect to help your muscles grow; cardio workouts are important to help your body fight the fat. Cardio exercises should be performed 3-4 times per week and should be done at an intensity that still allows you to have a conversation without becoming winded. Cardio sessions can last anywhere from 20 minutes to a maximum of one hour to be the most beneficial.

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The Basic Digital Photography Secrets That You Should Know

The digital camera makes it so easy for beginners to just walk around taking loads of pictures of random subjects with no concern for what’s actually in the photograph. Well, here’s some basic digital photography tips that might help you to slow down and think before you shoot.We have all seen it before or maybe we are guilty of it ourselves. I recently went on a short break to Venice in Italy and for anyone that has not been there before I cannot begin to describe the volume of people that is on every street, no matter where you are in the centre of Venice. So, as you can imagine, the opportunity to grab yourself a really good shot is difficult in such a beautiful location. Time and time again you can spot people getting caught up in the trap of ‘point and shoot’ photography. They just stop, point the camera, shoot and walk. Some of the people don’t even stop, they just shoot the frame as they’re walking. At the end of the day, when they return home and upload the pictures onto their computer, all they have is lots of pictures. Actually what you’re left with is lots of pictures that show you were in Venice but nothing worth showing your friends.This leads me on to the main error of this ‘point-and-shoot’ technique. When taking a picture hold the camera firmly in both hands and point the camera lens at the subject of your photograph. This should cut out all the blurry or shaken pictures that you would normally have to delete from your camera. Another problem is the constant use of the LCD when taking pictures. The LCD is only a few inches wide on most digital cameras and sometimes doesn’t give a true representation of the shot. So maybe when shooting once off shots you could take the picture using the viewfinder. You will be surprised how this will slow you down and help you think before you take a picture.Digital cameras come with many and various modes built into them. As beginners, we have all been guilty of setting the camera to the auto mode and just leaving it on auto for years. I would say that most people’s early pictures have all been taken on auto mode. The auto mode is a white balance mode which can sometimes leave your shots feeling a bit cool or empty. A small tip would be to take the same picture in a few different settings, view them on your computer and learn the level of differences between the modes. The cloud setting on your digital camera will add more red and yellow colours to your pictures. This will give them slightly warmer and more colourful tones. The level of difference in modes will vary from camera to camera so get out there and practice using the different modes.I hope these few short and basic digital photography tips will help you to cut down on the number of frames you have to delete at the end of each vacation. Make sure to practice with the different modes and slow down.

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A Perfect Party: Help Your Entertainer To Help You

As a London children’s entertainer of over 17 years experience, I’ve been to a fair few parties. How many I couldn’t possibly accurately calculate, but I’d hazard a guess that I’m probably past my thousandth party. With all this experience I’ve become acutely aware of what can make or break a children’s party, especially from the entertainer’s perspective. Ideally when hiring an entertainer, the intention is to have a fun party with as little stress as possible. This doesn’t come without some planning and the best parties come from good team work between the client and the entertainer. Communication is vital, make sure you spend some time chatting to your entertainer to make sure they know what they are doing. Personally I feel an entertainer who is willing to compromise and bend to all requests may suggest an entertainer with little or no experience. An experienced entertainer is a source of many hints and tips for making your party successful, so don’t be afraid of picking their brains. A wise client is one who listens to suggestions from the entertainer and works in conjunction with them. Good teamwork is essential for a smooth and calm party. I don’t know about you, but I like to avoid chaos at all costs.Let’s start with BALLOONS.Balloons. What party is complete without them? They provide instant festive decoration and are a party must. Right?Right. But there are also times when balloons can be the cause of party chaos.As an entertainer who wants to make sure my client’s party experience is a calm and controlled affair, I walk a tightrope of sergeant major/party-pooper. It’s a fine balance of keeping control but also not destroying the fun atmosphere. After all, fun is what a party is about. But out of control fun can soon descend into very unpleasant chaos. This is easily avoided though by taking some precautionary measures.When clients book a party with me, I suggest to them that if they are having balloons, to make sure they are kept off of the floor.Party-pooper alert? Hmm, maybe, but balloons are great fun to play with on the floor as long as there is no other planned activity going on. If you are having a free play /soft play session for your party, by all means cover the floor with balloons. They are a simple and cheap way of keeping small children busy. Combine balloons with a few bubbles and that is a party in itself. But and this is a big BUT if you have booked entertainment for the party, keep the focus on the booked entertainment. Children find it hard to focus on one thing if there are lots of other things going on at the same time and that inability to focus often leads to all-consuming chaos.Keep balloons tied up and out of reach if you don’t want loose balloons to become bouncy weapons and missiles, perfect objects to hurl into puppet booths or bash puppets/entertainers/each other with.Don’t underestimate the noise balloons can create when in a child’s grasp, the squeaking and bursting and general distraction they can cause can’t be over-emphasized.Helium balloon ‘forests’ can be a beautiful decorative feature, but make sure that the dangling string is just out of children’s reach otherwise expect a few children to take on the role of chief balloon collector and claim them all. If there is to be a puppet show, make sure helium balloons are away from the front of the stage as the constant bobbing of the balloons can completely obscure the view for the majority of the audience and also risk popping on the hot lights. On that note, do bear in mind that some children are balloon phobic especially if they happen to be autistic and sensitive to noise. Balloons can then be a very terrifying thing, unpredictable and very loud when popped. We want to minimize tears and disruption and maximize fun by thinking in advance.So to summarize:Keep ‘air’ balloons off of the floor if you are having entertainment and use them for decoration and going away gifts at the end of the party.Make sure the string of helium balloons is just above the reach of the tallest child at the party to minimize squabbles and disruption if you want to make a forest of helium balloons.Tie helium balloons firmly to the child’s wrist on departure- they have a nasty habit of flying to the moon if you don’t. ( The balloons that is, not the children!)Consider tying helium balloon to each of the chairs at the tea table. This is a great way of adding instant party pizzazz but keeps the balloons in a secure place.Be mindful of any left over latex from burst balloons, small children can easily choke. In my time as an entertainer, adults have been known to use the stretchy stuff to make makeshift caterpaults to fire at the entertainer… Hmm. Not great. Silly grown-up’s hey?

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