Angry Birds teams up with NASA to teach kids about Math and Physics

For the next 1 ½ years, NASA is adding the very addicting online gameAngry Birds Space Encounter” to their lineup of cosmic wonders in hope to attract the younger generation. The goal of the huge interactive exhibit is to allow kids to experience the creation of their own design of the game and play it at the station. “This could be a great venue for getting some physics and getting some math and getting some science into something that has the connotation as just an empty brain-draining video game that sucks out the creativity from the minds of young people,” Astronaut Donald Petti a chemical engineer told The Associated Press at the grand opening.

Dance your way to Fitness!

We’ve all heard the expression “Time flies when you’re having fun.” This method applies to almost anything you do.  Work, education, recreational time and yes even staying fit.  By taking a break from the weights to breaking it down with the beat, you shed an easy 200-700 calories per hour.  Do this with friends and you have yourself a party.

Zumba, Salsa, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Belly Dancing are just a few different types of dance you can experiment with to boost your metabolism while changing up your regular routine.  Don’t knock it until you try it!

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  • Visit an Expert!  – Not everyone has the ability to just pick up and go.  Going to a class will allow you to take pressure off yourself since everyone is trying to learn it and make mistakes together.
  • View it and Do it! – Another option to consider if you are not ready yet to start attending class, is to purchase the DVD and do it at home.  You get the comfort of being in a comfortable setting while not having to drive home after pouring sweat after a session.
  • Game On! – If you have the Wii or Xbox Kinect, then why not buy the Dance4 game, Dance Dance Revolution, Zumba etc.  This allows you to bring more people in the mix and compete against each other for points, and bragging rights.

Dancing allows you to shock your body in a way that weight training and even cross fit/cardio training won’t do.  It allows you to do it in a setting that is relaxed and fun without the concerns of meeting a certain amount of repetition or goal.

It’s a great way to change your routine in an environment that is meant to be fun and full of energy.  It’s even a great place to meet new friends.

Source:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-80333/Get-dancing–latest-way-fit.html

China predicted to surpass US by 2016

 

China predicted to overtake US - A Game of LifeWe are slowly losing the battle for economic dominance in comparison to our fellow counterparts around the world. Researchers from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from Paris stated that China’s economy will be larger than the combined economies of the Europe countries by the end of 2013, and will overtake the US by the end of 2016.

If you think that’s huge, they also believe that by 2025, the combined GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of China and India will be larger than the combined GDP of France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, US and Canada.

What this could mean for the US is that while the GDP will continue to grow by 3% each year for the next 5 decades, Inequalities will still persist, even though people in the poorest countries see their income quadruple by 2060, with those living in China and India seeing a more than a seven times its increase. This was their prediction on why China is being viewed as the best economic country in the world.

While experts feel that these rising imbalances could undermine growth, countries may change their direction by re-evaluating its current process on how they handle labor and production regulations.  Ultimately this effects how businesses handle their employees in their respected parts of the world.

Source:

http://www.ibtimes.com/oecd-report-says-chinas-economy-will-overtake-us-economy-2016-1146333

Smartwatch Technology…Who will capture the market first?

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As consumers continually wait for the anticipated smart watch to emerge from Apple, rumors are now spreading that Samsung is also in the race.  As Apple’s biggest competitor in the Smart Phone Market, Samsung has stated that they have been in their labs devising a plan to create the next highly contested gizmo in the industry.

In the past, a wristwatch was merely a simple device that told the time, but now several big players such as Google and Microsoft along with Apple and now Samsung are introducing much more than timepieces.

Though no company has provide a deep dive in what their product will be doing, Its exciting as a consumer to see if these big rig companies can make smaller devices with the same functionalities as  the tablets and smart phone do now.

Some key highlights of the advanced watches in their time were Casio’s calculator watch in the 80s, the heart rate monitors for fitness in the 90s, and more recently the Wimm One Watch, that gets updates from WiFi on the hour; the MetaWatch, that allows its wearers to get email and SMS alerts; and Sony’s SmartWatches that offers applications for music, emails and browsing social updates.

Source:

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/77577.html

 

Slim down tips to for your summer body

With sunny season approaching, we all know it’s time to start dropping our winter weight and prepare for our beach bodies.  Below are some helpful tips to add to your already rocking routine to get you to your bikini outfit or surfer wear.

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Eating more Fiber in your meals – Experts believe that women eating 13g of fiber or less a day were more likely to be overweight.  Eating more fiber can lower your caloric intake without making you feel deprived since it requires you to chew your food more which speeds the passage of food through you digestive tract and boost satiety hormones.  The suggested amount for any person would be 25g in forms of fruit such as apples and oranges.

Add 5000 more steps to your day – Researches say that an average person takes about 5000 steps between going to work, errands and chores at home.  By adding more steps, you increase your health by increasing your HDL cholesterol, lowering your blood pressure, and improving your glucose control.  A study in South Carolina Univ. shows that of the 109 individuals, those who took more than 9000 steps were healthier and thinner than those who took less than 5000.  Using a pedometer to log your extra steps or just aiming for about 50 minutes (2 ½ miles extra per day) will help in slim your down.

Drinking more H2O – If you are not already doing it, drinking up to 8 glasses of water will help speed your metabolism.  The best benefit of drinking water is that you do not gain extra calories.  By drinking a glass before any meals or snacks is a great way to lose a few pounds without feeling dehydrated.

Work only 8hrs a day – Researchers from the University of Helsinky did a study on 7000 adults.  They found that those who packed on extra weight was due to having logged an excessive amount of overtime hours.  Stress along with an unhealthy lifestyle had a direct effect in changes to their hormones.  By setting limits to your workday, you give yourself time to do other more productive things such as taking a walk in the park, cooking a healthier meal and reducing your stress levels.

Eat more fresh produce – Try to trim excessive sugar and refined carbs that will cause your blood sugar to sky rocket.  Eating things like baked sweet potato, grapes and pasta are a great substitute for russet potatoes, dates and pizza.  By eating less glycemic index you can shave additional weight while lowering your sugar levels.

To learn about more tips on how to get slim for the summer, click the link below!

Source:

http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-tips/weight-loss-numbers-really-matter?cm_mmc=Fit_Life-_-Original-_-8%20Ways%20To%20Speed%20Your%20Weight%20Loss-_-10%20Slim%20Down%20Strategies%20You%20Can%20Count%20On

The Value of Marketing to your Business Sales

In any Industry, marketing plays an essential piece to informing your consumers that you are here.

An article written by Scott Gillum “How Marketing Impact Sales Performance” states that some of the key functions of Marketing are:

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Increased opportunities in sales due to marketing support – In short, by having effective marketing support, it will aid in consumer’s awareness of the product or service available.

Sales Coverage – Consumers are often asked where they saw the ad within a set range of time (90 days). With effective marketing activity, sales will increases the larger perception range of the product or service.  In return, it allows the sales to understand where the market trend is and who is responding to their efforts.

Sales enablement – Finally, marketing identifies any shifting in the consumer’s buying patterns.  Effective marketing strategy can classify consumers based on competitor pricing and target market.  This give any industry leader the ability to review their own products/service and see if they can match or beat out everyone else in their vertical.

Source:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gyro/2013/02/25/how-marketing-impacts-sales-performance/

Unleash your Inner Beast!

 

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If you are 20 years or older, congratulations! You have been a part of society surviving a handful of catastrophic (and funny) events.  We have survived the Y2K, The end of the world (3times), the end of times (Mayan calendar), and potentially the Zombie Apocalypse.  You owe it to yourself to look in the mirror and say “You are awesome; now let’s take it up a notch!”

The year is now 2013.  After going through the past 2 decades now is the time for action.  Believe it or not, all of us have an inner beast inside. No matter what level of fitness you are at, each and every one of us has a driving force that makes us compete against others or ourselves.

There is a lot of misconception about being fit. At one point or another many of us may have said to ourselves any or all the following below:

  • I need to spend “X” amount of hours at the gym
  • I need to get on a diet to lose “X” amount of pounds
  • I need to buy that program because…
  • I need to join “that” club because…

If you feel that you’re ready to unleash the beast within, below are a 5 helpful hints to get you there:

  1. Set a goal for yourself – Don’t worry about the magnitude, there’s a old saying “You can’t conquer a mountain without taking your first step.” Seeing that goal “on paper” on your mirror, at work, in your wallet or in inside your car’s dashboard is your first step to success.
  2. Design a plan – Think of this as your roadmap to your goal.  Understanding what it takes and the tools to get you there will ensure that you don’t fail.  This can be a calendar or a check list used to track your workouts, food intake and proper rest time so your body maximizes its potential.
  3. Get a trainer/success coach – getting assistance is a great way to guide you.  Experts in fitness can normally provide you with a wealth of knowledge.  What foods are the best to meet your goals, routine exercises and moral support.
  4. Start sooner than later – It’s better to start tomorrow than next month.  You don’t need to get crazy on your first dive in, but accomplishing it the first time is a great way to pump you up.  Don’t let that drive fade by waiting too long.
  5. Don’t Quit – The hardest part about any journey is the will to keep going.  If you feel that this is the cause for any past attempts to get fit, my suggestion is to take it easy but don’t quit.  Take a day or 2, but not a week or a month.  Unleashing your beast mode requires time, but once you have it, you need to keep at it so you don’t lose your momentum.  Switch up your workouts from time to time so you don’t get bored of it.

Finally I wanted to share an article on exercises for the average person written by Mark Clark.  Feel free to modify the workouts based on your goal.  Keep the weight at about 40%-60% times you maximum rep in the beginning, and add more if you need it in the later weeks if its not enough. This should give you a basic 7 day routine to get you started on the track back to fitness.

Monday

Focus: Weight Lifting

  1. Warm-up with light jog, jump rope, or elliptical machine for 5 minutes
  2. Dynamic stretching (lunges, pushups, pull-ups, squats with no weights, etc.) for 5 minutes
  3. Barbell squats
  4. Dumbbell lunges
  5. Barbell bench press
  6. Rows (can use row machine or barbell)
  7. Dumbbell side lateral raises
  8. Crunches
  9. Leg lifts (for lower abs)
  10. Static stretching

Tuesday

Focus: Cardio/Functional Fitness

  1. Warm-up with light jog, jump rope, or elliptical machine for 5 minutes
  2. Dynamic stretching (lunges, pushups, pull-ups, squats with no weights, etc.) for 5 minutes
  3. For 30 minutes, do something FUN and active! This could be running with friends, playing basketball, walking in a park, swimming, golfing (no golf carts), playing tennis, dancing (Zumba, Hip Hop, Belly Dancing), Plyometrics, or just about anything that gets your body moving.
  4. Static stretching

Wednesday

Focus: Body Weight Lifting

  1. Warm-up with light jog, jump rope, or elliptical machine for 5 minutes
  2. Dynamic stretching (lunges, pushups, pull-ups, squats with no weights, etc.) for 5 minutes For 30 minutes, do something FUN and active! This could be running with friends, playing basketball, walking in a park, swimming, golfing (no golf carts), playing tennis, dancing (Zumba, Hip Hop, Belly Dancing), Plyometrics, or just about anything that gets your body moving.
  3. Pushups – 3 sets of as many as you can do in 1 minute
  4. Pull-ups – 3 sets to failure (you can use assisted pull-up machine or a buddy to hold your legs if needed)
  5. Superset: 10 lunges each leg (no weight), then 10 squats (no weight), repeated for 1 minutes – 3 sets of this
  6. Your choice of abs (machines, etc.) – Do at least 2 exercises
  7. Static stretching

Thursday

Focus: Cardio/Functional Fitness

  1. Warm-up with light jog, jump rope, or elliptical machine for 5 minutes
  2. Dynamic stretching (lunges, pushups, pull-ups, squats with no weights, etc.) for 5 minutes
  3. For 30 minutes, do something FUN and active! This could be running with friends, playing basketball, walking in a park, swimming, golfing (no golf carts), playing tennis, dancing (Zumba, Hip Hop, Belly Dancing), Plyometrics, or just about anything that gets your body moving.
  4. Static stretching

Friday

Focus: Cardio/Functional Fitness

  1. Warm-up with light jog, jump rope, or elliptical machine for 5 minutes
  2. Dynamic stretching (lunges, pushups, pull-ups, squats with no weights, etc.) for 5 minutes
  3. Dead lift (make sure you have someone show you how to do this if needed – form is absolutely critical)
  4. Dumbbell lateral lunges (lunging to the side)
  5. Military press with barbell
  6. Chest cable fly 2-3 sets
  7. Lat pull-downs 2-3 sets
  8. Decline sit-ups 30times 2 sets
  9. Bridge holds for 20-60 seconds
  10. Static stretching

Saturday

Focus: Cardio/Functional Fitness

  1. Warm-up with light jog, jump rope, or elliptical machine for 5 minutes
  2. Dynamic stretching (lunges, pushups, pull-ups, squats with no weights, etc.) for 5 minutes
  3. For 30 minutes, do something FUN and active! This could be running with friends, playing basketball, walking in a park, swimming, golfing (no golf carts), playing tennis, dancing (Zumba, Hip Hop, Belly Dancing), Plyometrics, or just about anything that gets your body moving.
  4. Static stretching

Sunday

Focus: Off Day

Source:

http://blog.vitasouth.com/basic-workout-routine-for-the-average-person

On your mark..Get set..Develop!!!

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Target announces its partnership with Fast Company magazines to sponsor a competition for the best mobile app or mobile website for the retailer.

Developers that are able to become finalist can earn $10,000 for their prototype with the winner being compensated for the amount of $75,000.  Target will then work to bring that concept to life. Casey Carl SVP of Multichannel and President of Target states “Innovation is core to Target’s culture and strategy, and we are always looking for new ideas to enhance the shopping experience for our guests. We’re proud to partner with an innovative publication like Fast Company, and we can’t wait to see what the developer community brings to the table through the Retail Accelerator.”

Source:

http://www.chainstoreage.com/article/target-and-fast-company-launch-mobile-competition?goback=%2Egmp_60855%2Egde_60855_member_222010384

Is it time to change out your wardrobe?

With daylight savings time (DST) right around the corner, it’s time once again to swap out our wardrobe to fit the season.  Away with the winter coats and heavy sweaters for a lighter tops and bottoms.  Storefronts and online retail stores piling up thousands of styles to match your every day consumer.  I am no fashion guru, I leave that to all the experts who writes articles for those magazines.  But what I do know is that we are at the age where your clothes help define the kind of person you are representing to the world.  Regardless of what you’re into, having the right apparel can motivate you to do great things.  From finding the next great career to becoming a cross fit  athlete, we feel better when we are in the right state of mind.  That’s what this article is really about.  I am not telling you to buy $500 worth of new clothes, but making minor additions to your closet can be a wonderful way to jump start that thought of pursuing your goal.Image

From sports clothing to work wear and everything in between, the internet has provide us a great way to view everything we need in a click of a button.  Below are my recommended sites to checkout for all sorts of wardrobe replacement if you have not already done so.

  • Amazon.com – This is your one stop shop for everything from comfortable house wear to James Bond 007
  • Trunkclub.com – Great place for guys to shop clothes for newest trends
  • AKBeloved.com – a great stylish place for the average girl/woman
  • REI.com – Go here if you live life outdoors. Free shipping for purchases over $50
  • Zappos.com – Free shipping & Free returns on all purchases with a variety of apparel/shoes from A-Z

Sources:

http://www.amazon.com; http://www.trunkclub.com; http://www.akbeloved.com; http://www.rei.com; http://www.zappos.com

Whats your “secret sauce” to a healthy relationship?

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If you’re in to this sort of thing, then you probably know that a healthy relationship can make this part of your life more meaningful, joyful and fulfilled.  I consider a healthy relationship with a person to be like owning a well maintained vehicle.  Regardless of time, model or year, as long as you do the regular maintenance (like having a date night, tell them how much they are appreciated, do something nice etc) and your 30k, 60k, 90k (anniversaries, birthday, or a special event) then life is good.

I don’t know many healthy relationships where couples don’t have a misunderstanding once in a while.  I personally believe it’s unfair to you and your mate to have to give a part of yourself up to please the other person or vise versa; the tips below are a good way to create and maintain a balance.

  • Speak Up – If something is bothering you, it’s best to let it surface early than waiting till the pot is overflowing.  This way you don’t catch the other person off guard.
  • Respect your other half – Even if you think it’s not a big deal, it still shows your partner that you value their feelings
  • Compromise – This is a big one.  All healthy relationships understand that it’s a 2 way street.  It’s a true testament to give a little to take a little.
  • Be Supportive – Be the shoulder to cry on, be the shield when you need to be, and be the friend that lends the ear to their problems while offering solutions.

But it doesn’t end there.  I was taught a simple saying that stuck with me up to this day. “Separation brings Appreciation.” The way I interpret this is to give yourself some well deserved “you time”, and let your partner do the same.

  • Go out with friends by yourself so you never lose that part of you
  • Continue or get into hobbies that you like
  • Don’t share all your logins and passwords to all your bank accounts and social media sites

On a final note, enjoy each other’s time. Be spontaneous and do fun stuff like going on a road trip, visit memory lane on where you both first met, join some activity together and continue to create (more) fun memories.  Each of us is responsible to adding your own ingredients and spices to create our own relationship’s “secret sauce.” You only live once so don’t take life so seriously that you spend it alone.

Now go to your other half, plan something and show them what they mean to you.  Just be sure to take pictures for your scrap book!

Source:

http://www.loveisrespect.org/dating-basics/healthy-relationships