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How to improve Golf swing?

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

The most significant part of golf game is swing. You can be a winner if you have a nice swing. It is a difficult task to improve swing. You will need lot of practice if you want to improve your performance in the game of golf. If a player wants to improve his game then he should follow some basic tips. The first thing you should know is the sequence of a golf swing. You can easily play golf by understanding swing. If you want to have more powerful swing then it is very important to know the technique of holding the golf club. For improving your game you should concentrate on the basics of the game.

Regular practice is the key to success in every area of life. If you want to make your swing better then it is very important to perform the exercises which mimic the golf swing. Keep practicing in different weathers because this will give you fast results. Like all other sports golf also needs strength and flexibility. You should regularly train your core muscles. Simple rotational exercise can help you to strengthen your core muscles. You can do it with the help of light weights. Strong muscles mean powerful swings.

It is a good idea to hire a golf instructor. He can analyze your game for finding weak points in your game. Many professional players use this method to improve their game. By following simple tips a player can improve his game in couple of months.

Tips for senior Golfers

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Like most golfers, I enjoyed watching the recent US Masters on television.

It’s great to be able to learn from the best players in the world, by observing how they play and compete. An even better way to learn more from those players is to watch the major golf tournaments with the sound on mute!

Without getting academics on you, in the past decade, neuroscience has recently discovered and have been learning more about human structures called ‘mirror neurons’. A mirror neuron is a promoter neuron which fires both when an animal acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by another. Thus, the neuron “mirrors” the behavior of another animal, as though the observer were itself acting.

In sports, there has been anecdotal evidence amongst sporting champions that modeling and what we now know to be called mirror neurons have played a significant part in those athletes learning their craft. Below is one example as explained by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus:“As with Snead, watching Hogan’s swing sort of stuck with me, and I played like Hogan, or thought I did, for most of that summer, trying to take my left side and keep it ahead of my right and never let it catch up. To me, Hogan looked like he played that way, and I tried to imitate that, kids do those kinds of things. He was always an inspiration to me every time I watched him hit golf balls. I never got tired of watching Hogan play or even just practice”

It is also well known that the father of Tiger Woods, Earl Woods, began Tiger’s tutelage of the golf swing by sitting him in a high chair as a young child, allowing him to observe Earl hitting golf balls. There is further evidence on the professional tour of modeling and the use of mirror neurons from noticeable similarities between the techniques of great players. The synergy of Adam Scott and Tiger Woods’ golf swing is one example.

Observe players from the same college or same area as juniors, and you will see similarities in their techniques, suggesting the use of modeling and mirror neurons.

To use this knowledge effectively, complete the following exercise:

· Watch a replay or live showing of a major golf tournament, and as I mentioned, place the sound on mute. (This will take away some otherwise distracting commentary and crowd noise). Commentary can be entertaining, but is not useful for the purposes of this exercise.

· Take a moment to allow yourself to come up with what it is that you would like to model, or observe from a particular player during the golf showing. For example, it might be the rhythm of their golf swing or their technique when putting. State what it is softly to you, and then spend 10-15 minutes observing that player in the following ways:

· Watch them as though you were a spectator on the course, or even their caddy, and pay closer attention to what it is you want to learn from them. Following that pretend as though you were actually stepping inside their shoes and playing golf as they are. Pay particular attention to how their technique feels to them. As mentioned earlier in this article, you are capable of doing this!

· Finally, watch again as though you were a spectator observing the player on the golf course. The whole exercise should not take any longer than 10-15 minutes.

Of course this is not the only way to learn golf, far from it. My suggestion is to try it and find out if it helps you.

Planning for your dream wedding??

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Did he propose, and you said “Yes!”? If so, congratulations! You are about to embark on one of the greatest journeys known to mankind: marriage.There are lots of emotions that swirl around an engagement. Don’t let one of them be stress, due to not knowing how you will plan for the big day.

The first thing you need to do is to set a budget for how much you and your beloved want to spend on the blessed event. Once you have set the limit, do everything in your power to stay within the boundary you have determined. This will keep your stress level from skyrocketing in and of itself.

Once you’ve done that, if you want help, now is the time to look for a wedding coordinator. But if you’re like me, you want to be in charge of the most intimate details surrounding your wedding day.

Then, you have to get your wedding party list together. You want to make sure all of the ladies and men who will serve as bridesmaids and groomsmen have ample time to get their finances together to rent or buy tuxes and dresses.

Don’t forget about the parents of the precious little junior bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl and ring bearer. You want them to have the finances available for the items they will need to purchase for these little ones, too.

Once you’ve recognized this, it’s time to select a wedding location and the site for the wedding reception. If you are a member of a church already, if it will hold the number of attendees you expect, that is a good place to start in determining a location.

Shopping for the wedding gown is usually the bride’s favorite part of preparing for her wedding day. To save money, a lot of soon-to-be wives are opting for rental gowns. You can get a designer gown at a rental shop from $75 to $300! Which isn’t a bad expenditure for something most only wear once and for a few hours!

Based on your wedding location, get in your mind’s eye the décor you want to display for not only your viewing pleasure, but that of your guests. Do you prefer candelabras or beautiful flower arrangements and ribbons? The good news is, it’s your day, and the choice is yours.

If you have enough time, Save the Date cards are fun little reminders that can be sent out before your invitations. Your invitations should go out at least a month in advance. There are so many styles to choose from these days. Remember your theme, and go with that, and you’re sure to make the best decision in selecting them.

Don’t forget the photographer and videographer. Make sure you capture every moment, so you can look back and cherish the day you and your beloved became one.

But whatever you decide to do, just make sure you make your wedding day a day that brings back sweet memories that was enjoyed not only by you, but by everyone in attendance that special day.

12 most common problems of working women

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Working WomenThousands of professional women today are discovering a startling and deeply disturbing truth – which their professional lives are no longer working. Often this realization hits a woman smack between the eyes in midlife, and is experienced as a full-blown crisis. In fact, there are 12 common crises professional women are facing today, all sharing one common theme – disempowerment — the inability to advocate effectively for oneself or move forward in positive, self-affirming and productive ways. “These 12 crises hit hard, and have a significant negative impact on emotional, behavioral, and professional functioning,” says Kathy Caprino, M.A., author of the forthcoming book Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose.

Women are waking up to realizing, after dedicating years to building successful careers, that their work, or the way their work impacts their lives, needs significant revision or serious negative consequences will occur. Many women are realizing that what they’ve been trying to achieve is no longer sustainable or desirable.

“This is not an isolated experience,” says Caprino. “While professional men experience many of these same dilemmas and challenges, women experience these uniquely and differently from men. Women clearly need new empowered thinking and supportive programs, and a substantial revision to the current competitive career model that was tailored to men’s needs, not women’s. This is a growing phenomenon of significant proportion, and we need to address it now.”

Throughout her corporate professional life, Caprino herself went through all 12 of the professional crises she writes about, before finding a way to reinvent her professional focus and identity. In the course of 6 years, she transformed from a corporate Vice President to an empowerment coach, author and speaker focused on helping professional women address, and move successfully beyond, all forms of disempowerment.

Research on Professional Crisis in Women

Caprino’s research study, called Women Overcoming Professional Crisis: Finding New Meaning in Life and Work, co-sponsored by The Esteemed Woman Foundation, includes in-depth interviews with over 100 women across the country ages 35-55, in a broad array of fields, who developed mid- to high-level careers that by all standards were “successful,” yet they realized, sometimes with shock, sometimes with relief, that this professional track must be altered, and soon.

Caprino cites many different aspects of professional crises and typical circumstances that can trigger them. Crises for professional women often involves deep loss, discrimination, toxic environments and work relationships, crushing competitive warfare, chronic exhaustion and illnesses that resist treatment, inability to juggle the full responsibilities of work and home, as well as unreasonable demands that exact great personal sacrifice. According to this research, women continue to feel marginalized and unable to express or fulfill their life needs, despite stellar achievements and high ranks in the corporate hierarchy.

Contributing Factors to Crisis

Women today hold a entirely different set of expectations, priorities, and longings from previous generations. According to Caprino, many factors are colliding uniquely at this special time in women’s development, bringing about a radical shift in what women are hoping to achieve. This shift brings with it new beliefs about what is truly important in life, and what women are capable of. “Our role models as we were growing up, in general, didn’t prepare us for how to achieve, let alone conceive of what we most want now that we’re in mid-life,” Caprino explains. “We’re in a ‘new frontier’ – we know we can ‘have it all’, but we don’t necessarily want it all as it is now. How many of our mothers faced that crisis?”

What Women Want

What are professional women longing for when crisis or “breakdown” occurs? Women who have gone through significant professional transition reveal that when they were in professional crisis, they struggled with the absence of one or more of the following benefits of a fully empowered life.

They long for, but couldn’t find the way to:

· Honor or express their various facets

· Respect the work they do and their colleagues, and be respected in turn

· Be treated fairly

· Earn the money they need to

· Expand their self-reliance

· Achieve “quality of life,” flexibility, or control over what they do and how they do it

· Balance their numerous important life roles

· Make a significant positive difference in the world and in the lives of others

· Utilize their voices, talents, and abilities

· And finally, contribute fully in ways that reflect their unique needs and values without being negatively judged or renegaded

Professional breakdown, then, involves realizing that you are struggling — and failing — to attain a positive life experience that includes: passion, power, purpose, security, integrity, self-reliance, and balance. For some, addressing crisis and making room for positive life change requires a good deal of inner and outer work. But for others, only small tweaks in one critical dimension are enough.

There is much evidence emerging from this study that women can and are successfully dealing with these major mid-life transitions and goals, and are reaching new levels of success, integration, and satisfaction. Finding new positive approaches to life and work is not only a possibility, but a necessity–and a blessing -for those Caprino has interviewed and works with. In Breakdown, Breakthrough, Caprino shares the real-life inspirational stories and solid coaching advice from 12 women who overcame their specific crises of disempowerment, and reinvented themselves to great success.

“Study participants have shared some truly amazing and inspiring stories of resilience, strength, courage and perseverance,” according to Caprino. For example, one participant, Theresa Wilson, Founder of The Blessing Basket Project (see www.blessingbasket.org) turned personal tragedy into global blessings. In 1999, during a traumatic time of crisis for Theresa, friends and family showered her with their love, support and prayers, through cards and letters of encouragement (sometimes from people she didn’t even know), that Theresa would then place in what she called a “blessing basket.” From this experience, Theresa envisioned and built a non-profit organization that now provides sustainable employment and prosperity wages to more than 3,000 weavers throughout 6 countries around the world. The lives and communities of these weavers have been dramatically improved thanks to Theresa and her vision. In turn, the weavers create beautiful baskets that help change the lives of those who use them to cherish their inspirational messages and items that spread faith and hope.

Overcoming Professional Crisis: A New Model of Empowered Living

The inspirational real-life stories and coaching advice that emerged from Caprino’s study helped her develop a New Model for Empowered Living, which presents a comprehensive coaching, behavioral, and spiritual framework for exploring how women can restore their power and reconnect to their true and powerful life visions. Breakdown, Breakthrough outlines a new model for understanding and overcoming women’s disempowerment.

“Overcoming these professional and personal crises is not an easy feat, but it is very doable,” Caprino states, as her own life has borne out. As one interviewee in her research study — an organizational design consultant turned life coach — stated, “I realized that my purpose in life is to express who I am as fully and creatively as possible, and to do so required a powerful ‘shedding.’”

This shedding, according to Caprino, is one of three critical steps in the process of effectively managing one’s crisis of disempowerment. The three key action steps are:

Step Back – to gain a new, expanded, and empowered perspective of what is working, and what isn’t

Let Go – of all actions, beliefs and behaviors that hold you back and keep you small

Say Yes! – to yourself, and to the new life visions that compel you. Say Yes! to moving toward that which you can’t live without.

The goal of Breakdown, Breakthrough and Caprino’s seminars and work is to help women break down what isn’t working, and break through to a more authentic, fulfilling, and joyful life through conscious choices from an empowered standpoint. “These crises in our lives occur for an important reason,” Caprino says. “Once we pull the lid off our denial that life is not working as well as we wish it to, and pull ourselves together as women to marshal our abilities, talents, and resources, there’s absolutely no telling how far we can go. The first step is to recognize that the time for change is now.”

Walking - The best and easiest exercise.

Saturday, May 31st, 2008
by Sck

You might have noticed that, by just changing your diet, you haven’t really seen a noteworthy reduction in weight. What the human body needs is a little exercise. Sometimes you can achieve this by a simply changing your lifestyle a bit. For example, you could just get off your couch occasionally and go for a walk. Studies in the UK have shown us that there is a crucial difference between walking patterns of normal and overweight people. Overweight people don’t get any walk on Sundays. So it would be a good idea to get out and walk a bit on Sunday so that you keep yourself fit. Take a look at the study – overweight people experienced a drop in walking to the tune of 2221 steps on Sundays while people with normal weight showed no such reduction.

Fitness Walking is one of the best ways to keep you healthy and strong. Walking briskly on flat surfaces, say experts, is a great way to burn calories without the risk of muscle strain. You could walk uphill to increase the intensity of your workout, give your heart some exercise and build some muscles.

Before you begin walking, though, here are a few things you must keep in mind. The most important thing you need to buy is a pair of good walking shoes. You may chafe your skin or suffer from blisters by not wearing the right kind of footwear. Shoes with soft rubber soles will keep your heels from soreness. You could get extra padding by wearing thick socks – but make sure they’re cotton. Don’t wear awkward shapes and high heels as they will harm you in the long run. Apart from walking shoes you might need to buy a water bottle. Sure, you have bottles but you would rather have one that you needn’t lug around, leaving your hands free. You should keep yourself hydrated while walking and a water bottle is a good idea, especially if you’re going on a long walk. Some people like having a heart monitor so that they can check out their heart-rate while walking. Some like to have music with them. Remember not to dress too heavily though you should keep weather conditions in mind as well.

Once you have everything you need, you should find a group of beginners. You don’t want to join a fitness walking group that will leave you behind. Motivation is very important for any exercising activity and being in a group that will push your limits and still leave you behind can be demoralizing. You can’t just jump into a strenuous routine from the start. You need to work up to pace gradually.

Remember, fitness walking is different from regular walking. For best results try interval walking out. Alternate between slow and fast walking for up to one minute at a time for about ten repetitions. This will reduce your body fat while increasing your metabolism and making you fitter. You can have the body you want to – just walk. You can find out more about how walking is good for you online.

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