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5 Tips for Effective Running


There are few things in life that get our heart pumped, running is one of them. To be an effective runner, there are lots of things to consider: the right sneakers, the right outfit, the right location (other than the treadmill If you’re a running enthusiast, you’ve probably got it all figured out. In this post, we are going to discuss some simple yet crucial points that will ensure you’re making the most of your runs. Without further ado, here are five tips by URstore for you:

1. Maintain a proper diet.
You are what you eat and that’s even more true in running. If you eat too little you won’t have the stamina needed to do the miles. If you eat too much, you will suffer from cramps. More importantly, the right diet will lead to an ideal eight for racing. You can now watch your weight very closely with a food scale and an activity monitor like fitbit. Simply put, follow the axiom of ‘calories in, calories out.’ Watch your calorie intake and maintain workout schedule accordingly. This is a good way of tracking your progress as well.

2. Keep yourself hydrated.
Ensure you’re having a good amount of water as well as other healthy beverages such as coconut water. The key to proper hydration is to keep a balance, don’t overdo it because in worst case scenarios overconsumption of water has proved fatal. Carry a stainless steel water bottle and stock your fridge with unsweetened coconut water.

3. Mix up your workout.
One sure way of sustaining injuries while running is by not doing any other type of workout. Due to repetitive use of the same muscle groups, you can expose your body to a high risk of injury. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of stretching before and after every run. According to FitDay.com, “stretching after a workout helps to reduce muscle fatigue. When you stretch after a workout, your muscles are warm and you benefit from increased blood circulation.”

4. Maintain consistency and discipline.
Write out a plan and stick to it. Whether it’s an hour a day or whatever your goal is, it helps to write it down. As you follow your daily regimen, it will help you build consistency. Mix high intensity and low intensity running modes to build speed and endurance. It helps to have running buddies to motivate you and keep you company.

5. Dress right.
From shoes to accessories such as headband and smart watch, shirt and trousers, make sure you put some thought into what you will wear during workout session. It’s important to be comfortable in your gear and oftentimes wearing the right shoes is crucial for injury prevention

6 Corporate Fundraising tips for NGOs

“Organizations are either for-profit or not-for-profit; it’s hard to be both. That leaves most organizations with a dilemma – NGOs are usually short of cash (unless they are big and well-known or sit on an endowment). Companies, meanwhile, are expected not only to make money, but also to be responsible corporate citizens. There are lots of synergies here. Yet there are surprisingly few successful partnerships between NGOs and corporations.

I know this because for over a decade I worked for the Centre for European Reform, an independent think tank that takes no government money. During that time, I have made every conceivable fundraising mistake. Here are my lessons.

1. Speak in the company’s interest
If you work for a charity or other NGO, you are rightly proud of what you do. When you have finally managed to get an appointment with an executive or corporate affairs manager of a big company, you will spend most of your allotted hour telling them how your organization is changing the world. However, your counterpart is not paid to change the world. It’s their job to further the interests of the company. Therefore, do your homework about the company, its sector and its strategy. Use your first meeting to ask further questions about the company’s strategy and needs. Then spend 10 minutes at the end telling your counterpart exactly how your organization can help achieve its objective. Then ask for another meeting soon.”

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Challenges Teachers Face

Teaching is probably one of the most demanding jobs because it comes with an immense responsibility of nurturing the next generation. Teachers are only second to parents when it comes to educating kids and inculcating in them important life skills. We look to teachers to provide moral support for students suffering from various types of medical condition or physical disabilities. We also expect teachers to protect kids from being destructive to themselves and their peers by preventing them from getting involved in drugs and violence.

Over time, a teacher’s role who has morphed into a myriad of things. Teachers are expected to wear many hats while being effective in all of them. We seldom think about the difficulties involved in teaching, not least of which is lack of funding for basic classroom needs. URstore works closely with many schools and provides custom clothing for various causes as well as sports gear for teams. We deal with teachers first-hand and facilitate fundraising by giving a ten per cent kickback on all merchandise sold on their online URstore page.

Here are some challenges faced by teachers across our country today that are not related to finances.

1. Lack of parental support
In a lot of areas, parents have more say what kids can and can’t do. Starting from what time they have to go to bed at to whether or not they can have a cellphone and everything in between. It is up to parents to inculcate respect for teachers within their kids. And in general also, if parents create a healthy environment in the home, kids will have prospects at learning in school. A broken home gives rise children that have difficulty concentrating in class and will have many behavioral issues as well.

2. Varying levels of students’ skills
Not every student is alike and each one of them has varying needs and skill levels. As classroom sizes continue to grow, it becomes even more tough to give one-on-one attention to students. Teachers often feel helpless when they’re forced to adopt a cookie-cutter approach to teaching due to time constraints.

3. Student behavior
The list of students’ behavioral issues can go on and on. Some kids have issues to attention, others have clinically diagnosed learning disabilities. But these are not behavioral issues, these are just challenges that teachers have to be smart about handling. But what happens when a student is not willing to learn or do homework or pay attention. What if a bunch of students group against the teacher and create an atmosphere of rebellion inside the classroom?

4. Issues that come with today’s technology
Cellphones are a big nuisance when it comes to student concentration in class. For teachers, cellphones pose a more serious issue because it opens doors for cheating during assessment. Cellphones are portable and has a lot of features that are problematic – one such issue being access to social media. Problems with cyberbullying has become rampant and widespread access to smartphones only exacerbates this epidemic. Of course, there are many other issues that come with technology. A lot of learning today is based on digital content yet it would be naïve to expect all students to have the same access to computers outside the school. This creates a dilemma for teachers whether they should promote digital learning or accommodate students that come from less privileged families and rely on traditional methods of pen, paper and books.

5. Issues with assessment and grading
As pedagogy embraces latest research on cognitive psychology, teachers are left wondering whether dated methods of assessment are a good litmus test for students’ learning. Does it make sense to expect a student with a reading disability to take the same test as kids with no such impediment?

57 Engaging Fundraising Event Ideas

“Fundraising event ideas have become a staple in many organizations as a way to help with fundraising event planning, entertaining and engaging your donors.

The key to having a successful nonprofit fundraising event is by encouraging engagement while still keeping it fun. If you can’t get your attendees engaged then your event will quickly lose steam. So make your initiatives fun, try new ideas and see what your donors value the most.

One idea to get your nonprofit started is to use text reminders and more traditional promotional channels to boost participation which is the first step in guaranteeing the success of your event.”

Below is a list of over 50 event fundraising ideas that you can easily implement at your organization. Whether you’re a small or large organization, there’s definitely something here that will be sure to fit for your organization.

Fundraising Event Ideas From A to Z

5K Run/Walk
Low-cost with high ROI…easy to promote fundraising event idea…team crowdfunding fun for all ages. A 5K Run/Walk fundraising event can be all these things for your nonprofit organization. Not only can you raise funds for your cause by incorporating crowdfunding for nonprofits into your fundraising event, but through the sharing of your campaign by participants with their network of friends and family, you’ll also organically raise awareness for your org’s mission.

First choose the size and location of an event you can reasonably manage. Then save a date and set some realistic fundraising goals for your nonprofit. Themes add an extra element of fun…survival races and fun runs seem to attract more participants!”

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5 Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer

Summer is around the corner but in the midst of all the excitement it’s important not to overlook the need to beat the heat. Kids themselves may not be conscious of what their bodies are telling them. They may drink less water than needed or wear warmer clothes than required. There are many negative health impacts of excessive hot weather. Dehydration, sunburn, lethargy and heat stroke are just a few such side effects. It’s your job as a parent (or guardian) to ensure the scorching sun’s rays don’t affect your kid negatively.

As everything in life, being proactive is key. Don’t wait for signs of dehydration or heat stroke, take proper measures to ensure your kid stays healthy. Here are five tips for URstore to help you beat the heat this summer:

1. Hydration is key.
The amount water needed to hydrate your kid properly varies based on their age, height and level of activity. Keep a bottle of water handy for your kid in their room, in the car and in their knapsack. Being hydrated throughout the day is key to optimal health. Hydration also acts as an effective treatment for sunburn.

2. Partake in cool activities. Literally.
It can be a shower with some cold water, a quick dip in the bath tub or even splashing one’s face and head with cool water. Don’t forget to wear cool clothes made with cotton so your skin can breathe easily. Go swimming with your kid. Swimming is one of the best sports for kids and in summer it’s even more fun because you don’t have to go to an indoor pool. You can go to any beach and let loose with your kid.

3. Make frozen desserts at home.
Home made ice cream, popsicles and fruit punches are great desserts to make for kids in the heat of summer. You can turn making these desserts as a fun activity by getting your kid involved in making them.

4. Go to parks.
Or any area with with lots of greenery and a large space to play outdoor sports. You can set a time each day to walk to the local park with your kid and play Frisbee or ball. Keep your kid active can have a positive side effect of keeping you moving.

5. Keep the home and your car cool.
Depending on where you live, you might be fine with a fan or have to get an AC for your home. Keep your home well ventilated and clean your fan and/or AC before summer starts. You can also get your car windows tinted to prevent lots of sun from coming in. Never leave your kid or pet in the car unattended, certainly not in the summer.

20 Biggest Tech Advancements in Sports History

In the beginning, sports and technology didn’t always seem like the most natural pairing. What did you need in baseball other than a bat and a ball? Or in basketball other than a ball and a hoop? How much could you really change? As we’ve seen over the years, though, there’s always room for improvement with our most beloved pastimes. Whether it’s for the purpose of making a good thing great, or fixing a broken system altogther, technology has played a major role in perfecting the sports that we love to analyze and agonize over. Out of all the changes that have been made, though, these are the 20 biggest tech advancements in sports history.

The Shot Clock
Year Introduced: 1954
Sport: Basketball

Before the shot clock was introduced, basketball was struggling to gain any traction as a major, mainstream sport in America. Scoring was low and, much to the fans’ disappointment, teams would often decide to hold the ball and stall once they were in front. After one particularly lackluster contest between the Fort Wayne Pistons and the Minneapolis Lakers ended in 19-18 “victory” for Fort Wayne, the NBA realized that they were going to be in serious trouble unless they made some changes. In 1954, the Syracuse Nationals’ owner, Danny Biasone, introduced the 24-second shot clock after experimenting with the idea during his team’s scrimmages. In 1953, the year before the league adopted the clock, scoring averaged a mere 79 PPG. Thanks to the change, that number jumped to 93 PPG only one year later, and the NBA has never looked back since.

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“Why I Love Ugly Uniforms” – Todd Radom

“Growing up in Yonkers, N.Y., I was, at best, an indifferent athlete. I washed out of Henry S. Richards Little League after a couple of unspectacular seasons. Later I joined the track team for a year in high school — mainly to socialize — and I still remember the uniform. In fact, I still have it. It is red and sleeveless, with white letters displayed diagonally, reading “Roosevelt.”

I watched games with great intent. I was focused on Reggie Jackson’s titanic home runs, but I was also mesmerized by the green and gold Oakland A’s uniforms.

I doodled sports logos on school notebooks and conjured my own teams — not so much for games as for creating logos and uniforms for them. I studied the cap marks of Major League Baseball teams and rendered them in painstaking detail with felt-tipped markers and cheap ballpoint pens.

I was fascinated by the visual culture of sports, and I still am, having devoted my life to sports design. Lucky for me, as a young baseball fan, I hit the lottery: My formative sports-aesthetics years came in the 1970s, the game’s most vibrant, colorful decade, with its smorgasbord of audacious and often garish uniforms. Bold graphics and sensationally showy colors were synthesized into some of sports history’s most memorable uniforms — a golden age of sports identity.”

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Long Term Effects of Sports-Related Injuries

“Athletes may not realize the long term adverse effects of injuries sustained while participating in competitive sports at the high school level.
The wear and tear athletes subject their bodies to in their prime of their athletic career most often leads to serious health problems later on in life. Some of the most popular sports that put players at a high risk of being injured include basketball, soccer, football, volleyball, tennis, badminton, softball and baseball.

Although baseball and softball are entirely different sports, the injuries suffered by players from both sports are notably similar. Softball and baseball are both sports where injuries mainly occur from overusing muscles or from acute trauma that occurs suddenly and by force.

“Overuse injuries occur over time due to stress on the muscles, joints and soft tissues without proper time for healing,” Elizabeth Quinn said from the “Sports Medicine” section of About.com. “They begin as a small, nagging ache or pain, and can grow into a debilitating injury if they aren’t treated early.”

Common injuries from baseball and softball include tendinitis, torn rotator cuffs, shoulder separation, tennis elbow, knee ligament injuries, broken wrists, broken fingers and bursitis of the elbow and shoulder.”

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Things to Know Before Getting a Pet

Things to Know Before you Get a Pet

Research shows that having a pet results in decreased blood pressure and cholesterol which, in turn, reduce the risk of heart disease. But most people don’t get a pet because it’s scientifically proven to be beneficial to health. People get pets because pets are awesome, loving, and they make great companions. Pets are extremely smart and emotionally intelligent so much so that the Canadian government has declared them to be sentient beings and not property. This is a major victory for all animal-rights activist groups. Now the question is how do you get yourself a pet? Here are five things to know if you want to get a pet.

1. It’s a big responsibility.
The amount of chores involved with getting various animals may differ but the biggest responsibility of having a pet is giving it love. You have to spend time with your pet, play with it, create and follow a meal schedule for them, among many other tasks. It’s crucial to note that while it’s a lot of fun to have a pet, taking care of a pet requires a lot of work. Assess your life to see if you have the time and willingness to dedicate yourself to a pet who will rely on you for everything (i.e. food, shelter, entertainment, love, etc.)

2. It can be costly.
It can cost up to a thousand dollars a year to sustain a pet, not including emergency trips to the vet. Check your budget to see if you have room for this expense. For starters, you have to buy a pet carrier, leash, toys, grooming tools, food utensils, and much more.

3. You need to prep your home.
Like parents of a newborn baby-proof their homes, you must also pet-proof your home. Dedicate a small space for the new family member. Remove any sharp objects and ensure that your backyard/balcony doesn’t have any plants that are poisonous for pets.

4. Training will take time.
The amount of time it takes to train a pet will differ by type of animal and the age you brought it into your home. This period can seem like a lot of work but if it’s all about how you approach things. If you see every little task as a chore, then the whole experience will be cumbersome. But if you take every step as it comes and look forward to what’s coming, the journey will be more beautiful than even the destination.

5. Pet insurance comes handy!
When it comes to pet insurance, it’s better to be safe than sorry! A friend of mine had to shell out $1500 to the animal hospital for treating his cat for a urinary blockage. Though you have to pay a couple of hundred dollars for the yearly deductible, pet insurance is still worth it. Shop around for a plan with the most value so that it pays off to have it in a time of crisis.

10 Ways to Build Trust With Your Customers

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“When deciding on your business, the first step is to identify a need or ongoing concern of your target market and provide a solution for it. In the case of China, the concern was the worsening levels of air pollution. The quality of air in China had been deteriorating that it opened the doors to a new industry called “Air Farming.”

Say what?

In 2012, a Chinese millionaire named Chen Guangbiao started selling “fresh” canned air in China for $0.80 a pop. According to Chen, the air is collected in the mountain tops of Xinjiang and is “available in different flavors such as ‘Pristine Tibet’ and ‘Post-Industrial Taiwan.’” Chen sold 100,000 cans in his first day of business.”