Don’t make these mistakes!
Training with a heavy bag can be a very rewarding experience in terms of results and the satisfaction you will get from being able to throw punches and kicks to your heart’s content. However, heavy bag training should not be a hectic routine, from which you will learn nothing. Certain bad habits should be avoided when training in such a manner, so you can indeed, become a better fighter.
Here is one article I really enjoyed: http://www.expertboxing.com/boxing-training/bag-training/10-heavy-bag-training-tips
What I learned from there:
Stop focusing on hitting hard – Too many people make the mistake of thinking that hitting hard is what they should do all the time when in front of a heavy bag. There is hardly a bigger mistake than this. What happens when you are so focused on hitting hard the bag is that your movements become sloppy and uncoordinated. Don’t be surprised to see how poorly you will eventually hit the bag. What’s worse is that you can also injure yourself in such a manner.
Don’t signal your intentions – The purpose of hitting a heavy bag is to train for facing a real opponent, so stop developing habits that may signal the other your intentions. For instance, cocking your arm back preparing for a punch will give any flesh and blood opponent a clear idea of where you are going to hit next.
Stop pushing the bag – When you are practicing your punches, focus on coordinating your limbs and do not involve your entire body. For instance, when you are using your hands, your feet should remain firm on the ground, and your body should maintain its balance without throwing itself at the bag.
Don’t hold your breath – The action of hitting a heavy bag requires plenty of effort and stamina from your part. Do not waste it by holding your breath while you are landing your hits. This will lead to instant exhaustion and you will feel too tired for another round.
I live in an extended family. Our hospitality and having a residence in a big city, are the reasons for many uninvited guests. Sometimes the mornings in the kitchen resemble that of a big restaurant. So this summer we decided to get a big 4-slot toaster, to get quick and crisp breakfast.
Being the shrewdest bargainer and also the most money-minded person in the house, I was given the responsibility of buying a good and efficient 4-slot toaster. This became an adventure for me as I got an opportunity to visit many home appliance stores in search of the right one for my large family. Soon I was tired with so many options available in the market. So I decided to list down all the attributes I will be satisfied with. These are the points, I compiled
- Versatile- our local bakery is very efficient. It bakes bread in many flavors and sizes. So I need a toaster which is good for those amazing bread types and slice sizes.
- Lightweight- We have different preferences in locations for breakfast. One day all of us may wish to eat together, right there in the kitchen and the other day we may want to enjoy the breakfast watching the live soccer match in our living room. So my toaster must be easy to carry around, anywhere in my house.
- Controlled toasting- ability to control the toasting is a must. It must range from just a hint of warmth to the crispiest toasts.
- Power-saver- It must not use a powerhouse of electricity, but should use electric power economically.
- Easy to operate- I want it to be operated by anyone. I want it to be operable by my 8 year old kid brother as well. He shrugs away from all the housework, I want to assign him the toasting task. At least!
Now I have a checklist ready. I am sure I will get the best toaster for my family. This list is for all of you too, in case you are in the same dilemma like me.
You cannot compare yourself with truck owners if you are planning to travel in an RV, since they are routinely on the highway and know the routes very well. But you as an occasional traveler in an RV, will face great difficulty in finding your way in the new regions. So you can rely on a GPS system that comes with a range of RV specific features.
You may decide to use your car GPS in your RV, but this will not work for you. The reason is the size and built of the RVs. They are longer, have higher elevation and are much heavier than a car. The GPS, which is installed in your car is specifically designed and created for a smaller vehicle and has the speed and size limits as well. If you try to use them in the RV, you may stick in some difficult situations or places which may leave you in some grave problem.
You have a higher risk of getting into some troubles like arriving on a road that is meant only for small cars, pass through a bridge that is not suitable to bear the weight of an RV or being guided towards an overpass for which your RV is too high. This can be a real difficult position as you may be stopped or issued a ticket by the highway traffic cops for posing a danger to other drivers.
GPS companies have observed this need of RV travelers and are trying to tap huge profits by designing special RV GPS devices to provide updated, accurate and quick location information through a reliable and exact navigational system. The GPS industry has been very successful with the car GPS and the innovation and research being done is sure to give some perfect GPS device for our next vacation.
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Radar detectors are legal in passenger vehicles in many states with the exception of some areas where radar detectors may be prohibited and these areas are basically military bases. Wireless radar detectors are illegal if you are using them near armed forces service stations and I advise you to disconnect any such device when entering such prohibited areas.
If you don’t take this advice, the police officers are going to pull you over unless you un-plug them. I am sharing this information with you because recently I was pulled over by two traffic cops near one of the security check points adjoining a military base. In any case, most of the police officers have no idea what the hell are they doing. Not sure? Check this article!
Both the officers were very strict and I too showed courtesy and co-operated with them. They searched my vehicle thoroughly, but they were not able to find anything. Upon asking why they were frisking my car, they asked me if I have installed any speed radar. I told them that I don’t have such a device in my car. I crossed the check post without getting any ticket. I had not broken any law, but still got searched. No, I don’t have any hard feelings towards them since they were doing their duty and that too was linked to our own safety.
Although it wasted twenty minutes of my time, but the incident made me realize and I decided never to use radar detectors as it is a serious offense, if caught. I won the mouse and rat chase that day, but only because I was right in every way since I didn’t have any radar detector in my car. If you have nothing to hide, always let the police check your vehicle voluntarily and you will be able to avoid any hassles.
One more thing I would like to share is that it does not make any difference whether you have an expensive or less expensive radar detector; you are going to get a ticket for both over speeding and using a radar detector, if caught by police in the restricted areas.
I am on the heavier side of weight, ever since I remember. I was a chubby baby and an overweight teen. As I entered my youth, my aberrant eating habits and my carefree attitude made me an overweight person. This came with many health issues that demanded an urgent need of weight reduction. I decided to face this challenge.
The first step was to plan an effective exercise routine. This part was still easy. One of my friends has recently brought the franchise of a renowned gym chain. He offered me its membership at a 40 % discount as an inaugural offer. So I jumped to the opportunity since this gym was really good and was visited by many celebrities as well.
The second step was a bit difficult for a foodie like me. I could not desist myself from eating. My gym-owner friend too suggested that the breakfast is the most important meal of a day. I had to take a healthy and balanced breakfast, to help me in reducing my weight. So I decided to begin my day with fruits, but within a few days I felt that without some carbohydrates I may cease to exist.
So I decided to take toast at breakfast, as it is considered to be good in fibers, easy to digest and delicious with a hot cup of coffee. I never owned a toaster, this was the time I wanted to have one. I ordered a 2-slot toaster after reading multiple reviews; 2 slice toaster seemed to be sufficient for me. It came within two days of placing the order. I was delighted with the compact shape and quick heating of the toaster. It made the perfect toasts I had ever eaten.
So after one month of using the toaster and of course the exercise regime, I am inspired to share my experience of reducing weight and I feel so light as well as happy.
Home is a place which needs regular maintenance and repairs to keep it livable. It involves painting, drilling, plumbing, polishing, scrubbing, grinding and many other such tasks that are usually done with hand held tools.
To help us in completing these upkeep tasks speedily and efficiently, many power tools are available in the market. Among them, I would recommend that a drill press must be kept by every house, since it is the most versatile tool. A drill press helps us in these following domestic activities-
- Drilling holes in walls for pegs on the walls to hold pictures and other hanging items
- To make holes in wood for creating some easy and simple furniture items
- To loosen the fixed doors and windows
- Make holes in partitions or walls to lay electricity wire runners.
- To fix doors, windows or small wall shelves.
- To fix cabinets or closets on a wall.
- To make holes for hanging kitchen and other appliances.
If you are planning to get one, then before you order look for these features in a drill press-
- Accurate- The drill press must be precise in its operation. Its precision lies in the fact that how clean, straight and accurate holes it can drill with required depth, diameter, and inclination complying the design needs.
- Quickness- Drill press must make the holes speedily while not affecting the accuracy and settings needed for the work piece. You can chose from handheld or motor operated drill press according to your convenience and need.
- Capability- the capability will be measured by the power of the motor. A powerful drill press is suitable for the professionals, but for domestic purpose they must have sufficient power to save the user from fatigue.
- Flexibility- you should be able make the holes of any dimensions, shapes or on any surface without any issue.
- Security- Drill press must be safe to use. It must have a clamp to hold a piece of work to a drill press’s table.
A multitude of needs makes it necessary to have a handy drill press at home. But ensure that your chosen model has all the mentioned features.
I recently shifted in this city. The worst thing here is the strong winds that are the routine of a day’s weather. With such windy conditions and being near to a desert I face one problem every day. Each part of my house gets covered with layers of fine dust and other debris. For me, with severe knee pain, keeping my house clean is the greatest challenge.
I was in search of a good cleaning appliance, when one day I stumbled upon a TV commercial while switching between channels. It was about an electric broom. Its design was quite different and looked flexible as well. I vacuum my house, but it was limited to some specific areas, being a wired appliance. I wanted some handy appliance for the exteriors of my house as well. So I was immediately attracted to this efficient looking and reasonably priced cordless housework appliance and ended up ordering one for me.
When it arrived, I was happy that it lived up to my expectations as far as compactness and looks were concerned. It is a powerful device and could clean up a room within a few minutes. It is lightweight and is battery operated as I saw on this website. So now I am able to reach the farthest and most cramped places of my house and clean away any kind of dirt whether dry or wet on a rainy day.
It did help me with my painful knee. I no longer bend on my knees to clean the places under the bed and my living room couches. I use this appliance for cleaning the spaces closer to the roof. It cleans all the dust in a jiffy. I am really happy and thankful to its visionary inventors, for giving such a helpful tool for the people like me.
Year 2013 is the most unforgettable year of my life since I saw death very closely. Even after so many years of this incident, I could not believe that it all happened to me. It started with a trekking trip planned by the students of my last year of college. Initially I was not interested in this excursion as the term exams were nearing, and I still have to complete my project. But somehow my friends persuaded me for this adventure.
When I was packing my backpack for the trip, my dad placed a weather radio and gave me instructions to use it ( you can find useful information here). I ignored this conversation since I was pretty sure about the pleasant weather at the place we were going to. On reaching our destination, we immediately started trekking with a goal to reach the top before evening. We had a plan to a whole night camp at the peak. It was so exciting. On reaching halfway, we stopped for lunch.
As I was trying to locate my food pack in my backpack, I felt the weather radio, which got switched on accidentally. As soon as it powered on, we heard a loud shriek actually the loud weather alarm. Startled by this sudden, shocking sound, everyone got alert and listened to it carefully. The weather radio was transmitting information about a destructive storm on the way. When we heard the location, we all were petrified. The storm was heading very rapidly towards the location where we were standing.
I immediately instructed my group members to start backwards to the base as fast as possible. Thankfully everyone listened to me and understood the gravity of the situation. We hastily headed back to a place of shelter, which was specially constructed for the trekkers like us. We spent the rest of the day and night in this small but rock solid shelter room and kept hearing the most frightening sounds of the storm we ever heard.
In the morning, after a frightening and wakeful night, we stepped out of the shelter. We could estimate the power of the storm, by the destruction it had caused. Later we were helped by the rescue team in reaching our homes safely. Our parents were very worried, but just because of a small device we all were back with our loving families To this day, when we all friends sit together, we still remember this day and count our blessings due to which we are still alive.
Last year I wanted to surprise my husband with some amazing gift, on his birthday so that he could fall in love with me all over again. I searched over the web and browsed through many magazines, but to no avail. Everything looked so ordinary and common, that was I was about to drop this idea of surprising him, when one day I had a conversation with my father-in-law over the phone.
He told me that he is planning a fishing trip for the coming weekend. I suddenly remembered my husband telling me occasionally about how he misses his childhood days at his parents’ house, when he used to have frequent fishing trips to the lake nearby. I was struck by a brilliant idea.
I immediately ordered a fish finder device, about which I heard a lot. My husband is the proud owner of some of the finest fishing rods, but could not use them due to lack of time. I knew that this device will inspire him to pursue his favorite hobby.
So, on his birthday, I gifted him this wonderful gift. He was surprised and wanted to use it at the earliest. I asked my father-in-law if we could join him on his planned fishing trip. He said we can and so we went to my husband’s country side family house.
Next day, we started early towards the lake with all our fishing gear and the fish finder. On reaching the lake we used the fish finder with a little reluctance, as we were not sure about the results. But it was really a surprise when we could locate the fish’s position right on the finder’s display and were successful in catching plenty of them. My husband confessed that he had the best fishing excursion ever. He thanked me profusely for this wonderful gift and I was too happy for the most special person in my life.
Last week my school where I work as a teacher, organized a very valuable hands-on learning session, as a part of a series of sessions for social and family issues. I found this particular session pretty interesting, since it was not meant to teach us any specific skill that we could use in our kitchen or at home, but it was meant to take better care of our toddlers while driving.
I too have to travel many times with my one year old son, so I was really eager to participate in this session. The whole staff of our school was happy to meet the local police officers who co-organized this training session. We all were shocked to know that in most of the road accidents the worst victims are the kids under two years of age. The most common reason for this was improper or ill placed baby car seats.
A good read on this subject: http://www.babycenter.com/2_how-to-install-an-infant-car-seat_10338943.bc
This team of experts demonstrated the correct way to attach a car seat and to buckle the toddler in the seat for a safe ride. They also told us that the seat must be purchased according to the baby’s age and weight, since the baby should sit comfortably in it. They also told us to buy seats with proper padding, belts, reliable buckles and manufactured with all safety norms.
I asked about the ideal place in a car to fix the car seat. I was told that rear center is the best place to sit the baby since this is the place least affected in case of a mishap. It was also stressed that the infant seat should be checked properly each time without fail when travelling with the baby on board. The car seat must be replaced with bigger sizes as the child grows in weight and size. You cannot risk your child’s life to save a few bucks.
At the end of this revealing session, we went back, well equipped with the knowledge to take better care of our babies while driving.