What to Do When Pilates Isn’t Working

Often when speaking to potential new participants for my Pilates classes, I will often hear the line “My GP/Osteopath/Physiotherapist recommended I take up Pilates to help improve my back pain”. These days it is great that Pilates has a good reputation of improving participant’s lower back pain symptoms (as well as a lot of other benefits).

But what happens when Pilates doesn’t get the results that we expect?

What happens when Pilates doesn’t help our back pain, and even in some cases makes it worse?

Another line I hear a lot of the time, more so in my therapy sessions is “I have done Pilates a few times before but it didn’t help”. I also use to hear this quite regularly when I was working in a health club environment.

So why is it Pilates is not giving some of us the results that we desire?

Here are just a few potential reasons:

Is the bar too high?

If we have heard lots of success stories from friends and family about how successful Pilates has been for them or been recommended Pilates by our healthcare, we can be hopeful that Pilates will correct and resolve all our aches & pains we have been going through. However it doesn’t work like this. Remember that everyone will be different and whilst we may have similar symptoms to others, the underlying causes maybe completely different. It is also worth noting that Pilates is not a form of corrective therapy. It is an exercise system rather than an exercise class, and a lot of people have found that by completing a Pilates classes, their symptoms have improved as by product of learning the correct Pilates method. Another reason worth remembering is that people react differently to everything. For example from working in Pilates and Therapy setting for a few years, I have found some people react really well to deep tissue massage but some people react better to a MET (muscle energy technique) instead for example. My advice would be to find out what the underlying issue could potentially be and also find out what works best for you and decide on a course of action from there.

What’s happening on the inside

Let’s say for example someone attends a Pilates class in the hope of improving their lower back pain symptoms. As a Bodymaster method© practitioner, my initial thought is what’s causing the lower back pain? In the past I have seen rotations in the Pelvis, Rotations in the sacrum, A difference in leg length as being potential causes of ones back pain symptoms. Sometimes it has even been further up the body which has caused one’s lower back pain (thoracic mobility and even shoulder alignment). In a one to one therapy session, I would have the opportunity to carry out a full screening to identify any potential underlying issues. However in a small group class environment we don’t have this luxury. Now sometimes Pilates can successfully help reduce the symptoms of lower back pain and give the participant the opportunity to manage their symptoms. However if you are finding back pain (or other symptoms) are continuing despite starting Pilates, it may be a good idea to have further investigation to see which potential issues could by resulting in lower back pain symptoms, and then create a programme to try to correct the underlying issues. Ones these underlying issues have been correcting you may find your Pilates class then can become a lot more beneficial.

Method of Pilates

With the wide choices and variety of Pilates on offer these days, we are now seeing a big difference in what is delivered in classes. In my opinion, the most important element of a good Pilates class is the method rather than the choice of exercises. Let me take a moment to explain. To me what makes Pilates most beneficial is the actual method of Pilates rather than the exercises themselves. Don’t get me wrong, choosing the most correct and appropriate exercise is integral to the success of any class, however if they are not performed to the Pilates method then I find the success is very much limited. What do I mean by method? Well I am referring to the Pilates principles. These principles vary from training school to training school, class to class or book to book. Whilst these principles vary, I consider the following principles most important:

  • Alignment
  • Breathing
  • Connections (Also known as centering)
  • Concentration
  • Relaxation
  • Precision

Whilst I would consider these 6 to be the most important, there are others which should not be disregarded as well. I always knew these principles where important to the success of a Pilates class, however it wasn’t until I became a bodymaster method© practitioner that I really understood why these principles and the Pilates method were key. I won’t go until the full details of how these principles are beneficial, but you can read my other articles to get this information, in particular the article ‘core stability – why there is so much more to it than planks and sit ups’.

If I’m honest the method/principles of Pilates is the hardest part to get right but in my opinion it is the most beneficial when completed with the exercises. I’m sure we could all pick up a book or watch the latest online video’s for a range of different Pilates exercises, however without adhering the method the success is going to be very limited, in my opinion. I also believe there to be no such thing as a ‘Pilates exercise’ as it is the method rather than move which gives a Pilates class its name.

How big is your class?

One of the main principles listed above and what I consider to be very important ‘precision’. Why? Well to make any exercise effective (and principles for that matter) it has to be done correctly, using the correct targeted muscles and also ensuring which muscles are not intended to be used stay switched off. If an exercise is not done correctly or using the wrong muscles it will more than likely be counterproductive and could result in pain or imbalance.

What’s this got to do with the size of the class? Well getting everything correct in a class can be quite challenging, and participants will need hands on correction from the instructor, however experienced they are. Even in my small group Pilates classes, which I have a maximum of 7 people, it can be a challenge to ensure safe and effective exercise with such a small number (hence the limit of 7 people). I remember attending classes at Leisure Centres such as Virgin Active & Everyone Active, where the classes had an average of between 25-35 people, it was impossible for even the most talented instructors to ensure safety and correctness when delivering a class, because of the sheer volume of people there. One of the main reasons I have people join my classes these days are based on their previous classes being too big and being sure whether they were doing it correctly.

What’s being done in-between classes

Now this is one of biggest things which determine success in my one to one sessions. In a one to one setting I always give the participants a corrective exercise programme to be carried out, usually around twice a day for two weeks minimum. Now from experience when I use to receive any form of therapy, it can be quite challenging initially to carry out the corrective exercise programme, however it is one of the most important sections to achieve optimal results. Looking back all my participant that have carried out the corrective exercise programme in-between sessions (in a one to one setting) they have always received far more effective results, it has also reduced the amount of sessions required to achieve their desired results. Obviously this will be slightly different to classes, as in a class we are unable to carry out a biomechanics screen which can tell us which areas we need to concentrate on setting the corrective exercise programme for, however what I have found beneficial for a lot of participants, is to carry out and practice the Pilates principles in-between classes, such as breathing, alignment & connections. I won’t go into the exact details of why these will be beneficial (I have other blogs on this) but practising these skills in-between can not only help improve results but they will also help you pick up a better understanding of these principles better, therefore making your classes more beneficial and also achieving desired results quicker. Its worth remembering that there are 167 hours between classes each week (if we do one class a week), so it makes sense to practice these principles in-between as.

These are just a few things to consider to achieve the optimal results from our Pilates class. As always there can also be other factors, but these ones I would consider to be most important and effective.

Thanks for reading.

Alex

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Single & Alone – How’s That Working Out for You?

Would you agree that there are few places lonelier than being in a loveless relationship? Spending time with someone who’s clearly bored, disinterested, perhaps even angry at your mere presence slowly destroys your confidence, self-esteem and faith in yourself. You may even question your ability to sustain future relationships.

Then there are those who’ve had long, successful relationships which perhaps ended naturally through health issues or unexpectedly out of the blue, so leaving them lost, desolate and grief-stricken. They’re faced with doubts as to how they’ll heal, recover and start anew. Being single and alone never really featured as an option for them.

Some people are on a constant mission to find partners for their single friends, seeming to feel that they’ve something missing from their lives. They want everyone comfortably settled in happy relationships so that they’re not alone at social events or holiday times. But are their own relationships so fantastic or are they always compromising and rarely doing what they’d like to do?

Let’s look at being single and alone and ask how that’s working out for you.

Being single and alone doesn’t automatically equate to being lonely, but equally let’s reflect on the dangers of being on your own for too long.

– Have previous relationship(s) left you feeling alone and somehow lacking or unsure as to what to say or do? Are you fearful that being alone means ‘everyone’ will look at you in a negative way? If that’s the case you may find yourself feeling apprehensive at the prospect of even walking into a room by yourself, filled with self-doubt, low in confidence and constantly reinforcing a negative mindset.

– Maybe you’re becoming increasingly insular, self-protective and defensive. Being vulnerable, exposing too much of yourself can feel counter-intuitive. Whilst the need to take care of ourselves is understandable we should also appreciate that forming relationships means being open and receptive to others. It’s an important part of life and a valuable skill when we’re wanting to have any kind of successful, interactive relationship with others.

– Some newly single people prefer not to live alone at first. A house share can be a good stepping-stone as it’s a means of having both private space as well as knowing there’s some company nearby. It can be a less expensive option and not as binding as buying or renting, giving breathing space in which to consider which next steps are best to take.

– Being on our own can become a habit. How often do we hear someone say they’re too set in their ways to change or commit to a new relationship! But if they met someone and were really attracted I doubt they’d think twice about adapting their routine or habit patterns. They’d be prepared to have a go, try something new, enjoy the excitement and look forward to being more flexible in their outlook.

– A comfort zone tends to become smaller the longer we spend in it. Over time doing what we’ve always done becomes easier, whilst making changes or effort can become less and less appealing. Staying there for too long can ultimately become boring and unsatisfying. But eventually, it becomes second-nature to settle into an, ‘I’m too old to change’, ‘I’ve had my life’ mindset, even though some adjustments and a little effort could reinvigorate the present and the future for you.

– Are childcare responsibilities a deterrent to you finding a new partner? Making the time to go online or go out and negotiate the dynamics of a new relationship can seem like an unnecessary hassle, but small steps can make a difference to easing yourself back into a new social scene. Could you alternate childcare with another single parent; you have their kids one afternoon, evening or maybe an occasional sleepover and they then return the favour. Doing that might free you both up for a few hours and give time to go shopping, have a leisurely lunch or an evening out.

– Booking a different hairdresser to style your hair can introduce a whole new look and reinvigorate your confidence levels. Making a few modifications to your wardrobe can put a spring in your step and inspire you to get out and about, to make new friends. Even if you’re happy being single, are not looking for romance and a new partner, a few simple steps can add some zest into life so you feel even more positive about being single and alone.

– What to talk about can be a serious issue if we’ve been single and alone for a while. Casual chat doesn’t come easily to everyone, especially if recent interactions have tended to be more formal, work-related and purpose-driven. But we can make an effort to remedy that by keeping up-to-date with local news, popular TV, interesting shows and events, so ensuring that we’re equipped to join conversations about topics of interest.

Being single and alone can be fine and is certainly better than settling for a wrong or second-best relationship. But also remember the importance of maintaining a balanced approach to life and ensuring your relationship choices are positive for you.

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Killing Your Job Search With Inept Net-Working

Did anyone ever ask you about openings in your company? It’s painful to say “sorry” to these people, and it’s humiliating for them to ask. Networking for openings doesn’t work.

Well, it was OK when you were just beginning your career. Jack got his high school stock boy job by having a friend’s dad pull strings, and Steve got a job waiting tables by walking in and asking if they needed people. But that works only at entry-level jobs. Once you’ve got a career in mind, it’s unlikely that your friends and acquaintances know the right people to talk to.

Don’t get us wrong. Person-to-person job searching is the hands-down preferred method! It’s just that most people think networking works all by itself. They’ll go to association meetings (usually made up of 90 percent job-hunters and wannabes and only 10 percent doers) and ask about vacancies or openings. They’ll pass out their resumes on the street like flyers. They’ll collect business cards like baseball cards, hoard them, and wish they had some realistic good reason to talk to those people. They hope they’ll be remembered when a vacancy or opening turns up.

Then there’s networking among “primary” contacts. Friends and relatives and acquain­tances don’t like being imposed on; besides, it’s just hit or miss when you ask everyone you know about jobs. You can quickly burn up your network instead of cultivating it.

To avoid this random, billiard-ball-style networking, you need a written and researched plan of whom you want to talk to, how you can make or save them a bundle, what’s going on in their industry that you can key into, and a thought-out rationale and method to get in to see them face to face. You need a clear agenda for each meeting. You must know how to milk the meeting for further contacts by knowing-at least by key information point if not by name-who else you want to talk to.

Remember, your resume is not likely to entice anyone to see you. To generate networking interviews, you need good telephone techniques (including knowing the three ways to reach impossible-to-reach people), a brief and powerful personal profile to sell your future, and you’ll need to avoid the common mistakes that kill job campaigns. These include being “open” to any kind of job; an unplanned, unfocused search; and doing it alone. You’re going to need support and cheerleading from friends and family to get you through the discouraging times-and don’t be afraid to get professional help to assist you in getting beyond your limiting beliefs.

Poor networking is worse than no networking. Meeting people is one thing, making the correct impression is another. Just meeting a lot of people and talking with them doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting closer to a new job. If people aren’t impressed, if they think you’re too arrogant, too pushy, too meek, too timid, too uninformed, not committed enough, too confused, too anything, all that a hundred networking contacts will do is generate a hundred poor impressions-you’ll burn bridges that you’ll have to rebuild later once you get your head on straight.

One client was very excited about how he “knew everybody” in his industry. When we did a candid reference check, we found out he was well known, all right. But he wasn’t famous, he was infamous! He had to shape up in a number of areas, including going back to everyone he knew and revising the impression he’d made.

In some cases, you may not be able to repair the damage. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Poorly conducted or ill-prepared networking will only make things worse every time.

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Why Working Out at Home Is Better for Skinny Guys?

I used to love going to the gym but my life has gotten busy and time had to started to slip away. I eventually stopped going to the gym because of this. But I don’t regret it at all. Working out at home has made my life so much easier. To show you the difference let me give you a run down of my typical trip to the gym.

I would get changed, fix my hair (because you have to look good at the gym, I mean the girls looks great?), hop in the car, drive for 15 minutes, workout, drive for 15 minutes, get home. Pretty typical workout. But did you notice the time cost of going to the gym versus staying at home? That’s 30 minutes of wasted time commuting in my car. Not to mention the time it took me to get changed for the gym. If I had stayed at home I would have been ready in a snap! Advantage #1 Going to the gym takes committing time where as working out at home doesn’t.

The second reason why working out at home is better is that there are other people inside the gym. To further elaborate on that it’s the intimidating guys and the extremely attractive girls. As a skinny guy whenever I walk into the gym I get intimidated by the gym monsters that spend the greater part of their life in the gym. They’re there flexing in the mirror and lifting weights that would crush me instantly. At home I’m the strongest guy there! I love that feeling and I refuse to give it up.

The girls at the gym are a whole different issue. I just can’t stop starring it’s as simple as that! I am constantly finding new ways to capture a glance without them noticing (or anybody else for that matter). This detracts and distracts me from me working out. I love them but I prefer to be able to focus, and don’t tell me to ignore it and focus at the gym. Females are a site to behold. At home all I have to look at is my own mug. Which I like but it’s no Kate Upton look alike. Advantage #2 Not distractions!

The third reason I like working out at home is that it’s cheaper in the long run. At least for me because the amount of weights I can life is not heavier than myself (yet!). Also my local gym membership price is ridiculous. I purchased some cheap weights and a straight bar from a local yard sale (yes mom you did say yard sales are great places for deals). They may not be glamourus but they get the job done. I mainly just do a workout that I found online which is called “the skinny guy home workout”. Sp Advantage #3… Money!!

Overall working out at home is better because I don’t have to commute, I don’t get distracted or intimidated, and for it’s been cheaper in the long run! Join my in my cause to dump the gym and workout at home!

Thanks for reading!!

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Working From Home – Survival Tips From Molly

If you know me, you’ll know that I am a person that needs people — I have often referred to myself as ‘short attention span,’ as constant human interaction and distraction is needed for me to function.

Although I survived Day 1 of WFH (working from home), I can tell you it wasn’t easy. Starting out on Day 2, I have compiled a list of items that will (hopefully) get me through the next few weeks and may even help others as well!

  1. Keep your routine. I normally wake up between 4:00 – 4:30 am and start the day. Clearly, I don’t work out — but I do consume loads of coffee, review the emails that came in overnight, and watch the news on TV.
  2. Don’t change your work start time. I typically leave the house by 6 am, so now that there is zero commute time, I come into my home office and start my day at 6:30 (and just think of all the extra coffee I can consume during the non-commute!).
  3. STAY CONNECTED! During the workday, stay in contact with co-workers and management. Since this is shaping up to be the ‘new normal,’ in order to be effective in your job you will need to collaborate with others… whether it be a phone call, email, or a chat session with team members.
  4. Focus. Being at home has its distractions, like a garbage truck going by, dogs barking, or a bird fluttering outside your window. Regardless of the distraction, it is important to focus on your job. What works for me is compiling a daily list of ‘need to get done today’ items. Although work-related distractions will inevitably happen (the impromptu meetings or screen shares), you will at least have your daily short list of items to bring you back to the tasks at hand.
  5. Lunch. I am not a lunch (or breakfast, for that matter) person, but being at home and knowing that there is food available makes me want to eat lunch! It isn’t all bad, though. Getting away from your desk for the 15 or so minutes is a great way to clear your mind and feed your belly. And if you throw a load of laundry in at that time? Score!
  6. Setting your end time. The beauty of working from home is not having to travel, and without the commute I always feel that I can work a little longer and get more done. That is a perk, but don’t go crazy. By that, I mean if you hear the 10 pm news from another room, you may want to cut back a bit. Set an alarm on your phone for your ‘ideal’ end time… for me, it is set for 7 pm.

That’s it. Hopefully these tips will help you, as well as help me, get through these somewhat challenging times. In the meantime, stay safe, wash your hands, and get to work!!

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Changing Cities As a Working Couple

Marriage is universally considered as settling down. The reason is simple – once you get married, you tend to stay in one place for long. This becomes truer in an age of the working couple, where both spouses are bread earners. The purpose, then, for changing cities is very often a huge career opportunity for either of the spouse. This entails some important issues which should be addressed before the decision to move is made.

Job for the Second Partner

The biggest concern is ensuring that the second partner gets either a transfer or a new job. Otherwise this results in one member of the working couple having to take a big sabbatical or resign without a job. Even if they get a transfer within the same company, their quarterly/ yearly review may be affected. Properly addressing this concern will ensure there is no dent in the household finances. Look for contacts and old friends living in the city. They will help you in setting up both professionally as well as personally.

Office Distance and Commute Options

The location of their home selected should be at a commutable distance from both offices. If personal vehicle is not an option, then availability of public transport to both offices should be checked. The best-case scenario happens if the offices of both members of the working couple are in the same area.

Family and Vehicle Concerns

After the concern of career opportunity, getting a good school for the children comes in next. Their education and daily travel must be planned well in advance. Changing cities also means taking in consideration the change in your vehicle registration. Moving to a different state may mean different laws in this regard.

Managing the Move

Packing and moving requires a lot of attention and planning. Since both partners are working, it is possible that either of them alone will not be able to devote the required time. The best solution is to choose a good packer and mover who will ensure stress-free shifting while both partners take turns in supervising the move.

Changing cities essentially means uprooting the eco-system for both people. Both spouses will feel the impact of this change acutely. Properly addressing the concerns will keep your settled life from being hit by the turmoil of change. So, believe that the best lies ahead and look for the big career opportunity to move ahead in life.

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Fitness Tip: How To Hydrate and Replace Electrolytes When Working Out

Water is essential to life. A few days without it could result in death – it’s that important. So considering a hydration strategy, especially when working out in the heat is essential to overall health. We lose water through respiration, sweating as well as urinary and fecal output. Exercise speeds up the rate of water loss making intense exercise, especially in the heat, a possibility of leading to cramping, dizziness and heat exhaustion or heat stroke if adequate fluid intake isn’t met. Correct fluid intake is an important priority for exercisers and non-exercisers in the heat. Water makes up 60% of our bodies. So it’s incredibly important to for many different roles in the body.

The Role of Hydration In The Body:

Water has many important jobs. From a solvent to a mineral source, water plays a part in in many different functions. Here are some of water’s important jobs:

– Water acts as a solvent or a liquid that can dissolve other solids, liquids and gases. It can carry and transport these things in a number of ways. Two of water’s most important roles are the fact that water transports nutrients to cells and carries waste products away from cells.

– In the presence of water, chemical reactions can proceed when they might be impossible otherwise. Because of this, water acts as a catalyst to speed up enzymatic interactions with other chemicals.

– Drink up because water acts as a lubricant! That means that water helps lubricate joints and acts as a shock absorber for the eyes and spinal cord.

– Body hydration and fluid exchange help regulate body temperature. Don’t be afraid to sweat! It helps regulate your body temperature. When we begin to sweat, we know that body temperature has increased. As sweat stays on the skin, it begins to evaporate which lowers the body temperature.

– Did you know that water contains minerals? Drinking water is important as a source of calcium and magnesium. When drinking water is processed, pollutants are removed and lime or limestone is used to re-mineralize the water adding the calcium and magnesium into the water. Because re-mineralization varies depending on the location of the quarry, the mineral content can also vary.

Which Factors Determine How Much Water We Need:

What factors affect how much water we need? All of the following help determine how much water we need to take in.

Climate – Warmer climates may increase water needs by an additional 500 mL (2 cups) of water per day.

Physical activity demands – More or more intense exercise will require more water – depending on how much exercise is performed, water needs could double.

How much we’ve sweated – The amount of sweating may increase water needs.

Body size – Larger people will likely require more water and smaller people will require less.

Thirst – Also an indicator of when we need water. Contrary to popular believe that when we are thirsty we need water, thirst isn’t usually perceived until 1-2% of bodyweight is lost. At that point, exercise performance decreases and mental focus and clarity may drop off.

We know why water is important but how do we go about hydrating properly? Fluid balance or proper hydration is similar to energy balance (food intake vs output). It is important to avoid fluid imbalance for health.

We get water not only through the beverages we consume but also through some of the food we eat. Fruits and vegetables in their raw form have the highest percentage of water. Cooked or “wet” carbohydrates like rice, lentils and legumes have a fair amount of water where fats like nuts, seeds and oils are very low in water content.

Fluid Needs By Bodyweight:

One of the easiest way to determine how much water you need is by body weight. This would be the basic amount you need daily without exercise. *Yes, you’ll need to find a metric converter like this one to do the math.

Water Needs: 30 – 40 mL of water per 1 kg of bodyweight

Example: if you weigh 50 kg (110 lb), you would need 1.5 L – 2 L of water per day.

Hydration Indicators:

You should be drinking water consistently (not all at one time) throughout the day. The body can only absorb a certain amount of water at a time. Any overzealous drinking could lead to health issues.

Thirst – As stated above, if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

Urine – The color of your urine is also an indicator of your hydration level.

colorless to slightly yellowish – hydrated

soft yellow – hydrated

pale gold – hydrated

gold, dark gold or light brown – possible light to moderate dehydration

brown – dehydrated

Hydration + Electrolyte Strategy:

These easy steps will help you to hydrate daily plus before and after workouts.

1. Determine how much water you need to drink on a daily basis using the body weight formula above.

2. Pre-hydration – Drinking about 2 cups of water BEFORE intense exercise ensures adequate hydration to start.

3. During Exercise – 1 cup (8 ounces) of water mixed with electrolytes (about 3/4 water to 1/4 electrolyte) every 15 minutes approximately.

4. After Exercise – Fluid intake is required to assist in recovery. Recovering with a mix of water, protein and carbs is a great idea in addition to electrolytes if needed. Formula: Approximately 15g of protein, 30g of carbs, electrolytes and water.

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Virtual Communication: Staying Professional While Working Remotely

Be Mindful of Your Background

Piles of laundry or personal photos may be fine when you’re having a video chat with friends, but for professional interactions, you need to curate a more polished background. I have been on calls where I see clothes hanging in the background or closet doors open. Treat your background as you would your work space in your office. Take some time to consider where you will be making calls from, and do a test run in advance to make sure nothing unexpected is creeping into the frame. Can’t find an appropriate space in your home? Many programs, including Zoom, allow you to use a picture as a virtual background.

Keep Your Information Private

If you’ll be sharing your screen at any point, take care that your personal computer activity isn’t on display for all to see. Have your slidedeck open in the background and ready to be uploaded to share. Whenever possible, share the specific application that you want your audience to see (e.g., a PowerPoint presentation or Word document) rather than sharing your full desktop. If you are sharing an internet browser, be sure to close all unnecessary tabs beforehand. You should also be aware that if you search in the address bar of your browser, auto-complete may reveal previous searches to your audience. To avoid this, clear your history, or navigate to sites before sharing your screen.

Minimize Distractions

Family members or pets can be a major distraction if they wander into your frame while you’re speaking. If you can, make your call from a room with a closed door, and put a sign outside beforehand reminding people that you will be on a call at a certain time. If you’re unable to isolate yourself, try to make calls with your back to a wall so that no one needs to walk behind you as they cross the room. If you have a furry friend who just can’t resist cuddling you while you work, put them in a closed room or distract them with a toy or long-lasting treat before you begin. Of course, working from home has it’s challenges and consider the audience on the call. Many won’t mind the occasional child or the pet – but many will mind the pet barking.

The virtual platform is here to stay. We will be continuing to conduce business in the new “hybrid era.” Be sure you move forward professionally in this new chapter.

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Part Time Online Jobs Working From Home Will Produce A Great Income For Stay-At-Home Moms!

How would you like to be doing the same thing you are doing right now at your present job, but do it by using part-time online jobs working from home? It seems ideal! If you are a mom, you will be able to stay at home with your children. Not only would this give you more time with them, it would, save you exponentially on childcare, gas, work attire, etc. You may even have the potential to make your own schedule and choose which part-time online jobs working from home you take. The biggest question for most people; is it worth it? Would the hours really be part-time, or would you be spending more time on part-time online jobs working from home than you did before at your offline job? Is it legitimate?

Many people are interested in part-time online jobs working from home, but most of them don’t really know enough about how online jobs work. Many people seem to be concerned that they would have to put even more hours into these online jobs than they presently do. Moreover, since many of us have children and other responsibilities, we just cannot invest any more time than we already do. This is the best part about these part-time online jobs working from home; you have the option of making your own hours, and picking and choosing whom to you give your services.

The main way to know if the job or company is legitimate is to research it. Try to find others who are currently working for them, or have worked for them in the past.

Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s going to be simple, because it’s most likely not going to be easy, especially in the beginning. Even though you are working from home, you are still working at a job. Just like at your current job, you will have certain expectations. You will also have competition from all over the world. There will always be many people with better skills and more experience offering the same services, to your online employer for less money.

How do you keep up? Be professional. Work and act just like you would on an offline job. Don’t miss deadlines. Your current employer will not tolerate a missed deadline, so don’t expect your online job to tolerate it either. You will probably be communicating with your employer electronically, whether by email or some other electronic media. You may never see them or hear their voice, but you still have to use professionalism. Just remember to always use proper grammar and be polite. This will set you well above the rest.

Another way to impress your employer with these part-time online jobs working from home is to excel in your job training and show a desire and willingness to learn. If you can learn the job skills more quickly and do the job more effectively than others, the employer will never even think about letting you go for someone else.

The biggest thing that you should keep in mind is; you are not going to make millions while implementing these part-time online jobs working from home. Just like in any offline job, it takes hours of experience and dedication to begin to generate a large amount of money. However, if you do your best, keep your deadlines, and let your employer know how dedicated you are, you may find yourself making more money and being more successful while using these part-time online jobs working from home than you have ever believed possible.

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5 Ways To Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome Working From Home

As the number of individuals working from home continues to rise so does the amount of time working remotely at a computer screen.

The extra time spent on a computer, whether it be at a desktop, tablet, e-reader or cell phone, is creating more potential for eye related issues. This can lead to what is known as Computer Vision Syndrome or CVS. An improperly positioned device can bring on CVS, resulting in eye dryness, irritation, a loss of concentration and an overall negative impact on work performance.

This occurs for several reasons. First, significant muscular effort is required to sustain clear vision at close working distances. Over hours, the visual system simply experiences muscular fatigue. Secondly, sustained close work also commands tremendously focused attention and can result in perceptual tunneling that increases distractibility and reduces attention span.

Finally anyone working at a computer has impaired blink function. The blink produces moisture and is an essential component of how the eye takes care of itself. Regular blinking occurs about 15 times per minute. However, studies indicate blinking only occurs about 5 to 7 times per minute while using computers and other digital screen devices. Less moisture on the eye’s surface can cause blurring of vision, watering, and burning of the eyes.

Here then are five ways to combat Computer Vision Syndrome and maintain optimal eye health.

1. Position the viewable area of the screen a little below the line of sight. Assuming good ergonomics at the desk and chair, the computer should be positioned for a slightly downward gaze.

The lightly downward gaze is easier on the eye than looking straight across or viewing upwards.

It helps bring the eyelid down and helps eliminate the chances of being affected by drafts, especially when an air conditioning unit is in the room. It helps protect against dryness. In addition, proper screen position promotes good posture with both feet flat on the floor.

2. Eliminate or reduce screen glare. Light toxicity or discomfort can result from too much glare. It can impact one’s ability to perform their normal job function. A good test is to place a folder over your head as you look at your work terminal. If it becomes easier to read with the folder than the user may have problems with discomfort and disability glare.

Glare can be reduced by placing a screen on the computer terminal. Anti glare coating on eyewear can also help.

3. Minimize exposure to blue light. As computers become more modern and sophisticated, so does exposure to blue light. This type of light has immediate consequences including impact on long term macular health, the part of the eye that processes 20-20 vision. Also blue light can impair the sleep cycle. Filters and coatings can help reduce blue light exposure.

4. Allow for workstations to enable peripheral vision. Workstations should be built to permit ambient visual stimulation or eye activity going on in peripheral vision. Vision performs best when it is exposed to a full range of visual stimulation not just one type while blocked from seeing others.

5. Take breaks. To best prevent computer related eye stress, users should maintain mindfulness about blinking, position screens in the right spot, avoid multiple screens, and take breaks. Getting up, moving around, and perhaps mild stretching or rotations of the arms, wrists, neck, and back, will help alleviate a high degree of eye stress and ensure a more productive work experience.

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