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The Bullhorn, Issue #031 -- Monthly Motivator for October 2008
October 15, 2008

Just the right push to succeed!

New Exercise Standards

Well, the government has finally caught on! For the first time ever, the federal government has issued Physical Activity Guidelines. These guidelines were based on years of research and data and hopefully, their conclusions come as no surprise. In short, it states:

  • Regular physical activity reduces the risk of many adverse health outcomes.
  • Some physical activity is better than none.
  • For most health outcomes, additional benefits occur as the amount of physical activity increases through higher intensity, greater frequency, and/or longer duration.
  • Most health benefits occur with at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking. Additional benefits occur with more physical activity.
  • Episodes of activity that are at least 10 minutes long count toward meeting the Guidelines.
  • Both aerobic (endurance) and muscle-strengthening (resistance) physical activity are beneficial.
  • Health benefits of physical activity occur for children and adolescents, young and middle-aged adults, older adults, and those in every studied racial and ethnic group.
  • Health benefits of physical activity are attainable for people with disabilities.
  • The benefits of physical activity outweigh the risks of injury and heart attack.

For a complete guide and definitions of activity levels, you can download this report at the Health & Human Services website.

So what does this mean for us? Hopefully, it just affirms what you already know. But the more subtle impact should be one of growing endorsement of fitness within our culture. I would hope to see employers start to foster an environment of fitness through programs and paid time off for their employees to exercise, recognizing the benefit it will give their employees and their organization. (Note: the Japanese culture’s practice of exercise prior to the start of the workday).

I’d hope to see less of physical lackadaisicalness in our society. For example, I had to laugh this afternoon as I walked into a building and stood behind a crowd of people waiting for the elevator to go ONE floor up, while a small group of us took the stairs?!

A culture of physical well-being can become a reality. Use your circle of influence to raise awareness, and watch the dominos tumble!

The Great Outdoors

I have to admit that long runs can be quite a drag in the winter & summer…but I love running in the Fall! I had a 3+ hour run last Saturday which was downright pleasant. The smell of the falling leaves…the crisp air under the starlight morning…there some motivation that no mere mortal can supply.

I have to admit that long runs can be quite a drag in the winter & summer…but I love running in the Fall! I had a 3+ hour run last Saturday which was downright pleasant. The smell of the falling leaves…the crisp air under the starlight morning…there are some motivations that no mere mortal can supply.

No matter where you live or what season you’re in, chances are good that you’ve got a slice of nature worth exploring. Trees, fields, running water, packed sand, dew-covered grass, crashing waves, moon, stars, sunrises, sunsets…nature has endless diversions and attractions for a nice walk or run.

It’s easy to get stuck inside of our homes or offices and look for reasons why we don’t have time to work out, but once you get out there, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner. I find myself making new discoveries on every run and noticing details I never would have seen had I been driving by.

So if you’re used to the gym or it’s been awhile since you’ve ventured outside…get out there and enjoy it! Whether it be a local park or neighborhood, nothing beats the feeling of an outdoor workout. Happy trails!

A Good Investment
for Bad Times

In these times of economic turmoil, I thought I’d pass along a tip that’s worked out really well for me and my family…this website! Since I started this website back in 2006, I’ve watched it grow into something much larger than I ever imagined possible. It is and will remain an outlet for me to share information about my passion and hobby (fitness & running), but it has become a nice source of income, as well. Since 2006, my wife and I started 2 more websites (Plan a Magical Vacation & Camping Field Guide) and we’ve happily watched them grow into income-bearing sites, too.

During the past few months, work and family constraints have cut back my website building time to just a few hours a month…yet the income continues to grow (unlike my other investments?!). It really is unreal how the website continues to gain momentum over time. For those that have passed it along to family and friends….thank you!

So what does building a website entail? I had ZERO experience with web-building, when I stumbled upon Site Build It (SBI!). I had a topic that I liked and that I wanted to share with others…that’s it. Through their on-line tutorial guide, helpful forums, and wonderful network of people, I built The Fitness Motivator site. Nothing magical, just persistence. Their guide analyzes my pages for search engine optimization and even recommends profitable page ideas that are related to my topic. From their site-building tools, e-mail service, newsletter delivery, and other guides and tips, they make it very easy to build a successful web business. And while it did take several months to see fruits from my labor, it grows and continues to grow month after month.

So how does a website make money anyway? This was the question that started my quest. I wondered how search-engines and informational sites were making any money. Then I heard success stories from SBI-folks about their passive income sources of Google, Amazon, and other affiliates. You’ll notice that my site has some ads and product links…these referrals make money for the site. I don’t see details of the sales, ship products, or deal with invoices. I write product reviews about running gadgets and toys that I like and if someone clicks on a link through my site…I get a commission….period. No pressure sales, no stress…I just share honest experiences and information and allow Google and trustworthy affiliates to post related ads on my site. And all that being said, I get multiple monthly checks from Google, Amazon, and affiliated running vendors. It’s a great deal.

I’d highly recommend it to anyone that wants a good return on their investment of time. It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme…I doubt there is such a thing anyway…it’s just a very good tool to build a profitable business. It takes motivation and persistence, but what good business doesn’t. What it doesn’t take is hours to learn about web-building and new technologies…that’s what SBI brings to the table. If this is something that interests you, I’d be happy to share my experiences and tips with you, or you can go to SBI’s site to read other people’s testimonials and successes.

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Encouragement to Succeed!

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