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Everyone knows that gym fees are getting more and more expensive and then paying a trainer on top of that can sometimes be a hassle or a little out of one’s budget. The HealthNation wants to help! Here are 5 workouts that you can do in the comfort of your own home, office, etc without spending a dime at your local gym.
1. Push ups
Muscles Used: Chest Muscles and Triceps
Push ups can be done almost anywhere in the world. Whether at home or on the road, all you need is a space as long and as wide as you. By doing push ups you are not only building your pectoral and tricep muscles, but you are also increasing your stamina.
2. Sit ups
Another exercise that can be accomplished almost anywhere, sit ups are a great way to work both your abdominal and back muscles. There are multiple forms of sit ups as well that will keep you intrigued in your exercise.
A great exercise to strengthen both your thigh muscles and your gluteus maximus. Just as the previous, squats can really help build stamina. Also you will add some shape to your glutes and thighs.
4. Back Extension
OK, so I know how scary it can be to do back exercises. Especially since many people, including myself, have had serious back pain in their lives. The truth to the cure is a shocking one: by doing back exercises you are actually going to make your back a lot better and stronger. Back extensions work both the stomach and back muscles.
Although you may feel silly and stupid jumping up and down in one place, you are really getting an awesome work out. Your calf and thigh muscles are working every time you push your body up into the air. Another great stamina work out, jumping in place will get your heart pumping for sure.
Lets Get Fit!!!
By: Brandon Gumaer
Is Cleveland getting some excitement back into their town?
May 26, 2011
The city of Cleveland has been plagued in the sports world for over the last fifty years. There have been many moments in Cleveland sport’s history where Cleveland is the team that is receiving the bad end of a moment in sport’s history. Just to name a few moments that Cleveland fans would probably want to forget about is when Michael Jordan hit that game winning shot over Craig Ehlo to win the game and win the series. This past summer the city of Cleveland felt a big shock throughout their city and were all in disgust when Lebron James a home grown product from Akron, Ohio the face of the franchise left the Cleveland Cavaliers to sign with the Miami Heat to make his chances better at winning an NBA title. I could go on and on about how many different teams in Cleveland sport’s history have failed to succeed, and one of the biggest blows to the city’s history is that when owner Art Modell of the Cleveland Browns moved the team to Baltimore which still upsets people all throughout Cleveland.
The one thing that the city of Cleveland has going for them is that shockingly the Cleveland Indians are the best team in baseball. They are the first team to 30 wins. They have been playing the best baseball throughout the league better than the common powerhouses of the Yankees, Red Sox, and Dodgers. This all comes to a shock when the Indians have always been the laughing stalk of the league and have had record low attendance due to the downturn in the economy with a city that boasts an unemployment rate of 8.2%. Though the Indians do not have a payroll nearly anywhere close to the powerhouses of the Yankees or the Red Sox they are just getting back to the basics and just playing baseball, which is the key to their success. The Indians have had great play from their young shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera from Venezuela who is succeeding offensively and defensively. He has made himself into one of the top candidates to be the starting shortstop for the National League team in the All Star game. Cabrera currently has a batting average of .312, 10 home runs, and 34 rbis. In his last two games Cabrera is hitting 8 for 9, 3 home runs, and 7 rbis. Cabrera is clearly making a case for himself to be considered either the best or one of the best shortstops in Major League Baseball. His great play, has translated into an incredible home record for the Indians at 19-4. Also the Indians have the highest differential of + 67, which means they have the highest difference between runs scored and allowed. Though many claim that it’s only May and that we should just wait for the Indians to cool down, and that the powerhouses of baseball usually prevail. Do not underestimate Cleveland, I believe that if they continue to play the baseball that they are capable of playing they should find themselves in the playoffs come October.
By: Cy Sepasi
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Investor Relations and Social Media – Time to Stop Denying the Apparent
At this point in the twenty first century, social media has been embraced by businesses as a useful and necessary tool. Companies are using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and a number of other social networking sites to market their wares, locate potential employees, and connect with potential customers and partners. On the flip side, consumers have taken to the social media-sphere in droves, sharing opinions about products and companies they patronize or are connected to in some way. Until recently, companies had yet to realize how powerful social media can be from an investor relations standpoint, but it is now becoming clear that if a company doesn’t take control of IR, then investors and customers will.
The heavy regulations on disclosure coupled with the sheer speed with which information (and misinformation) travels across social media platforms has kept many investor relations departments wary of using social media in their efforts. There is no doubt that IR can be difficult and risky over these platforms, but if companies don’t control and monitor the information, they risk damage from the words being spread by individuals across the online community.
In 2007, an individual named Eric Jackson used social media to make waves inside one of the largest companies on the web: Yahoo. In the online world, Jackson was a relative nobody. He ran a blog that garnered less than ten visits per day, and a Twitter account with a small following. One day, he decided to voice his opinion on Yahoo, a company that he held a total of 96 shares in. He wrote a post on his blog (view post here: http://breakoutperformance.blogspot.com/2007/01/shareholder-activism-blogging-and-plan.html) expressing his dissatisfaction with the management performance of Yahoo CEO Terry Semel, and included a few videos with his suggestions. He asked his fellow investors to band together for change, and his post went viral. Shortly thereafter, Jackson had built a pool of Yahoo investors that represented nearly three million shares of Yahoo. It wasn’t long before Semel resigned his post as CEO, and Eric Jackson’s efforts were considered the biggest contributing factor to Semel’s demise.
Today, networks where investors small and large can discuss companies, evaluate proposals, and band together for change exist all over the web. Stocktwits.com, affluence.org, wikinvest.com, and many others have very active users who share information and opinions about the companies they invest in, and it’s not always good news for companies. StockTwits and Wikinvest are aggregating data and building a robust network of traders who are anything but short on opinions.
So what’s a company to do? Step one is monitoring the information being disseminated across social media networks. It is paramount for a publicly traded company to keep an eye on what the public is saying in order to track corporate reputation on the web. Misinformation must be addressed publicly immediately, or the news will likely be received by the masses as fact. Once the proper monitoring strategy is in place, a company can begin to engage with consumers and investors.
The use of Facebook Groups and Twitter profiles is a no brainer for an IR department. Real time release of public information should occur from the horse’s mouth, not an activist investor with a bone to pick. Once a company has shared information via social media, it can engage followers for feedback to better understand sentiment and prepare for problematic issues before they spiral out of control into proxy battles. The speed at which information travels over the web can cause spikes and dips in a company’s valuation, so controlling what spreads and monitoring the response are key for investor relations professionals.
It has been said that people will deny change until it is apparent. It was only a few years ago when people didn’t want to text message or have a Facebook profile; now texting and Facebook are apparent, and you’ll be hard pressed to find someone denying them. The same is the case with investor relations and social media. Although it can be a daunting and frightening task to bring a company’s IR efforts onto Twitter, Facebook, and the like, there’s simply no more denying the need. A company who refuses to accept what has become apparent risks serious trouble. Eric Jackson, owner of a mere 96 shares of one of the largest companies in the world, proves the power social media can play in the world of investor relations.
By: Eric Rice