Monthly Archives: May 2014

Don’t lose ground: quick, easy vacation workouts

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Don't Lose Ground: Quick, Easy Vacation Workouts You’ve spent months working on that beach body, but chances are when you actually make it to the beach you’re going to ditch the long hours on the treadmill in favour of lying on your back sipping drinks with a salted rim. That’s what vacations are all about!

Our Fitness Coach Connects team has collected some short workouts that draw on the principles of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) so you don’t lose ground during your well-deserved vacation.

Skip the Elevator

Waiting for the elevator is time you’re not going to get back and it’s time you could be using to burn a few extra calories. Walking up those stairs will burn roughly 200 calories every 30 minutes, but you could …

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SEXTORTION: The New Cyber Predator – PART 2

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SEXTORTION:  The New Cyber Predator - PART 2Last time, we discussed the phenomenon of sextortion and cyber-predation, dangerous crimes that have grown out of the age of social media and internet. How does one fall victim to these crimes, and how can we protect ourselves and our children?

How Cyber-Predators Find their Victims

Predators are individuals, generally part of a network, who monitor live internet web rooms. Once they identify someone they think is emotionally vulnerable, they begin to gather information about the teen; where they live, their peers, their family, and information about the school they attend. It begins through social media. The predator uses verbal coercion, starting with compliments and flattery once there is engagement with the victim. The predator may disguise himself as a …

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SEXTORTION: The New Cyber-Predator – PART 1

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SEXTORTION:  The New Cyber-Predator - PART 1When I was a teen, many moons ago, stealing a look at The Catcher in the Rye at the library was risqué. My girlfriend discovered her neighbour’s stash of Playboy magazines in the garbage and carefully relocated them beneath a large landscape rock in her yard for our later consumption and giggles. There was excitement in the taboo.

Exposure to and the disclosure of the forbidden fruits of soft porn and foul language were more closely guarded and difficult to access in another generation and time.  Goodness, even everyday realities were considered too brazen. Tampon commercials and lovemaking pitches to sell condoms were not even on the radar. Even TV couple Desi and Lucy had single beds, and television rules …

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Social media or social mania?

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Social media or social mania?It seems that nowadays everyone is on social media in one form or another. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and countless blogs are only a small sampling of the social media outlets available to anyone who wants to share their thoughts and experiences. I personally subscribe to five social media websites and they keep me connected to my friends and family, help me learn new things, and share my ideas. But recently, I have heard about potential problems linked to social media usage, and I was curious to see what social media is being used for by my peers.

Did you know?

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Navigating the waters with a new boss

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Navigating the waters with a new bossUnless you consider your current boss the devil incarnate and would be only too happy to have a new one, most of us experience some grief when we lose our current boss, and anxiety, fear and stress when we get a new boss.

We know our old boss. How they behave, what they want, how we get along with them, how they rate our performance – all of these things we are familiar with. So even if they’re not the greatest managers in the world, we know them. And in knowing them, there’s a familiar comfort.

A new boss is a journey into the great unknown for many of us and this tends to shake up our world pretty dramatically. …

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