When you pick up a bottle of vitamins or supplements they are invariably listed in order of weight, beginning with the one that has the highest content. Sometimes however, these labels are not so easy to read as they may well include items which are not vitamins or supplements at all and are simply required to help make the tablets, e.g. fillers, sugars, coatings. Also, vitamins are sometimes listed with their chemical name making it even harder to work out. The following is a short table listing those chemical names and the correspoinding vitamin for your reference.
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Sometimes, establishing and maintaining a positive mental attitude in business (or in your personal life for that matter) is less about being POSITIVE, and more about not being NEGATIVE. How many times have you planned to do something or agreed to do something, and before the day comes around you talk yourself out of it? This is often the case when something is outside of your comfort zone. You find excuses. David Schwartz called in Excusitis in his book The Magic of Thinking Big (great book by the way!).
Fibre: We're often being told we should eat plenty of it or more of it. As a child I remember being told by my grandfather I should eat my potato skins on my jacket potatoes as that's where all the fibre was. But what exactly is fibre? Why should we be eating it? Where do we get it from (apart from potato skins) and how much is enough?
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So you have registered, validated your email, added your profile and added at least one class. Awesome. Well done! Also, a big thank you for getting that far. We will have already tweeted your class details at least once and a web page has been created for your organisation and for each of your classes. However, while most of our members fill in the basics, many don't take advantage of all the promotional opportunities available to them.
How many of us placed business cards at the top of our "must buy" list the day we started in business. There's nothing quite like the thrill of holding that small pile of cards in your hand with your business name and contact details for all to see for the first time. It says that you are a business owner, that you are significant, that you are master of your own destiny... Awesome!
But after handing them out to friends and family why is it that most of them sit on your desk, in a gym bag, the car glove box, or a jacket pocket for the next few months getting dog eared and/or gathering dust? Sound familiar? Then you are missing a trick my friends, because a business card is a mighty tool.
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So, last Friday I attended the first of a few Christmas "dos" this year, and true to form I found myself sharing a table with a chap who was heard to say, not once, but twice, my personal favourite of nutritional titbits, "Of course, you shouldn't eat any fruit really, it's full of sugar."
I resisted the temptation to run screaming from the room, or indeed to get on my soap box. To be fair, I was a couple of pints down and stuffing my face full of Balti and naan bread so any nutritional lesson from me at that time would be a bit rich, but I did resolve to write a short article this week explaining why fruit, sugar packed or not, is not evil!
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Probably more often than you think. Even if you don't actively promote your business (why not?) then just in the course of day to day activities you'll be asked this question time and time again. Perhaps when meeting someone for the first time socially, or chatting idly to a stranger at a bus stop.
Everytime you are asked this question it's an opportunity to promote your classes, be they fitness classes, dance classes or martial arts, and/or anything else you do for that matter.
Yet so often, we are caught out and mumble an unprepared, sometimes even flippant response; "Oh this and that", "I teach dance to people who will probably never be able to master walking!", "... (something) ... classes ... (mumble) ... fit". Even the more confidant replies will be limited to "Oh I teach dance", "I'm a martial arts instructor". Is that enough? Maybe, but you could still be missing out on potential class members by not opening up a bit.
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Last week in "Stress (Part 1) - What is it? What causes it?" we looked at what stress is from a physical perspective and what the primary causes of it are. In Part 2 we'll look at the effects of stress on our health and more importantly what we can do to manage it when it does occur.
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In 2012 it was estimated that work related stress cost the UK economy over 6 billion. In addition to that, further billions are spent on stress related disease through the NHS and further working days are lost to non work related stress. But other than a generalised "stressed out" feeling, what is "STRESS"?
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Whether running dance classes, martial arts classes or fitness classes, a class instructor needs to possess the following qualities. Most instructors do, or at least most of them, and all of us are stronger in some and weaker in others so it never hurts to be reminded.
Put some of the following tips into action and you'll not only see more people coming back each week to your classes but you'll likely see a few new members as word spreads as well!
Most of the following are in no particular order, but I'm going to start with THE MOST IMPORTANT one first as so often it's overlooked in larger classes, especially the ones run by the bigger gym chains...