Benefits of #cycling

Whether you wish to lose weight or tone your thighs — cycling is your remedy.
CyclingRegular cycling has been stated to help you lose weight, reduce stress and improve your overall fitness. You can also fit this form of training in your every day workout regime with ease. Apart from this, it’s also the best form of transport. It saves your money, gets you fit and is also good for the environment.

It’s also known to be a low-impact type of exercise so it’s easier on your joints than running or other high-end aerobic exercises, while getting you into shape.

Cycling increases calorie consumption and also raises your metabolic rate, which in turn helps you to lose weight faster. It helps improve blood pressure and cures hypertension. It prevents heart diseases and also reduces the effect. Benefits in cardiovascular health. It reduces the chances of getting a stroke. Reduces diabetes and cancer It also aids in reducing stress, anxiety and depression. It also improves your muscle strength and is a non-weight bearing activity. Regular cycling leads to improved muscle strength and improved mobility and coordination.

Safety guidelines…

But here are a couple of things that you need to keep in mind while you are cycling outdoors.

Use arm signals, before you turn right or left. Look behind before you take a turn, overtake or stop. Obey road signs and traffic rules at all times. Don’t ride on the pavement unless there is an indication. There are a few roads in the city where you can cycle without being disturbed with the rough traffic. When overtaking cars parked, watch out for doors opening suddenly. Allow room to pass safely. Never use headphone while cycling. Do not talk on your mobile while you are riding a cycle.


Why it’s so important to take the #stairs

Read up on the most effective way to lose weight.

WalkingA latest research suggests that climbing stairs is considered to be one of the best ways to burn up calories and strengthen your heart. According to a British survey, climbing stairs is directly associated with reduced risk of heart diseases.

It is said that an overweight person can lose up to twelve pounds by climbing two flights of stairs a day for a year. Only strenuous activities like dragging logs and sprinting seem to burn up more energy per minute than climbing stairs. Regular stair climbing is also a beneficial augmentative exercise in a vigorous cardiovascular workout.

Burns more calories: Stair climbing engages your body’s largest muscle groups to repeatedly lift your body weight up, step after step. Thus using your muscles to carry your own weight is far higher to running as compared.

Maximises your cardio efforts: It also raises your heart rate immediately thus maximizing your cardio benefits.

Increases core muscle strength: Climbing stairs is a great way to amp your core muscle strength.

Tones and sculpts your body: It also engages every major muscle in your lower body — glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps and calves to exercise and thus tones your body better.

Low impact workout: You don’t have to ideally sweat it out while climbing stairs. Just a few stairs every day will give you a good workout.

Ways to #deal with #rude #people

Don’t let the rude people upset you. Maintain your dignity.

WorkDon’t take it personally: When someone’s rude—especially if they’re making personal comments about you—it’s easy to get upset. But don’t let that person’s rudeness affect you. Stay firm, confident. Your self-esteem is not linked to what other people think of you. Make that very clear. Take the power out of their rudeness by choosing to treat it as their problem, not your problem.

Give drama a miss: Do you feel like yelling at the rude people around you? Don’t. Calm down, it’s not worth it. Joining in the drama will only escalate the situation. Whether you’re dealing with a drama queen who’s doing it on purpose, or somebody who just doesn’t know what he’s doing, keep your dignity intact. Don’t get provoked. The power is within you to choose to ignore. Walk away with your head held high. And see the difference.

Be objective: So somebody was rude to you. What did they do or say? Was there any sense in it? Or it was just an act of randomness? Or is it part of their personality? If you view the situation objectively (as an outsider), you will get a perspective. Once you realise that it’s senseless, you can just happily ignore them.

15 #Twitter #hacks that will turn you into a tweeting #ninja

Admit it. Sometimes, your Twitter life is messy. You follow hundreds of people — maybe thousands. Staring at your timeline is about as intelligible as reading a stock ticker.


How do you bring organization to your Twitter life? How do you rise above the confusion, cut through the complexity, and become a superstar on Twitter?

You learn these 15 Twitter hacks.

Once you pick up on these power user features, you’ll become a Twitter ninja in no time.

1. Create a follow list

Want to turn your Twitter feed into a streamlined and swift way of accessing only the information you want? This hack is for you.

Create a follow list.

According to Twitter, “A list is a curated group of Twitter users. You can create your own lists or subscribe to lists created by others. Viewing a list timeline will show you a stream of Tweets from only the users on that list.”

Click on your profile → “More” → “Lists.” Or, just type in “g” and “l.” Then click “Create new list.”

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Type in a name for your list and a brief description. Set the privacy settings, save the list, and you’re done.

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To survey your newly-minted list feed, go to your profile page and click on “Lists.”

Add Twitter users to your list by clicking on the gear icon next to the Follow button on any user’s account. You don’t have to be following the user to add them to a list.

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Choose “Add or remove from lists…” and check the list you want. Done!

2. Find out what lists you’re on

To gauge your popularity level, you can find out what public lists you’ve been added to. From your lists page, click on “Member of.”

Knowing what lists you’re on gives you an idea of how you’re perceived on Twitter. Are you in a lot of “SEO” lists or “digital marketer” lists?

3. Use hashtags

The more you use hashtags, the more engagement you’ll get on your tweets. Tweets with hashtags are proven to double engagement rate, grow more followers, improve reputation, and gain information.

Check out my infographic on the power of hashtags.

4. Tweet between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST, Monday through Thursday

The best tweet times are on weekdays between 9am and 3pm EST. Forget Friday.

5. Use search operators

Twitter’s search bar looks humble and unassuming, yet it possesses an incredible amount of power. You can unleash this power using Search Operators.

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6. Use Advanced Search

Twitter’s advanced search is just that — advanced. With the exabytes of information being churned out by tweeters every day, there is a ton of great information available for the searching.

Advanced Search is the way to find it.

If you’re not yet adept at using the amazing buffet of search operators, you can use advanced search to stitch together a precise and targeted search.

Here are some of the features of Advanced Search:

  • Search based on a set of given words
  • Search for an exact phrase
  • Search for any of several given words
  • Search for something that contains none of the given words
  • Search hashtags
  • Search based on any of Twitter’s dozens of supported languages
  • Search for people from certain accounts
  • Search for people tweeting to certain accounts
  • Search for people mentioning certain accounts
  • Search for tweets sent near a specified location
  • Search for tweets occurring within a certain date frame
  • Search for positive tweets
  • Search for negative tweets
  • Search for questioning tweets – ?
  • Search for retweets
  • Search for any combination of all those things

I think you’ll agree that’s quite the level of complexity. Let your ninja searches begin.

7. See what has access

As you integrate your Twitter life with all the other aspects of your online life, there may be tons of apps that have access to your account.

Now and then, it helps to check out what applications are accessing your Twitter account. From your profile settings, go to “Apps.”

You may want to clean some stuff up by clicking “revoke access.”

8. Put hashtags in your bio

If you put hashtags in your bio, people will be able to find you better when they perform searches.

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9. Eliminate emails

Don’t like getting tons of emails from Twitter? Turn them all off with a single click.

Go to your profile, then email notifications. Look for the “turn off” button at the top.

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10. Be a Twitter texter

You love Twitter. You’ll love texting using Twitter. Just go to your mobile tab, and turn on Twitter text messaging.

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11. Tell Twitter to get some sleep

If you are an inveterate tweeter and losing precious shut-eye because of your addiction, it’s time to impose some limits.

Click on “mobile.” Assuming you’ve added your phone, select the times that you ought to be sleeping, and keep twitter shushed up through the night.

12. Catalog your life’s tweet record

Are you into personal improvement, life tracking, and writing your own bio?

Twitter has a hack for that. Click the gear icon, then “Settings.” Go to the bottom and click “Request your archive.” You’ll get an email when it’s ready.

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13. Subscribe to public lists

To join someone else’s public list, go to their profile and click “lists.” Choose what list of theirs you’d like to subscribe to, and click “Subscribe.” Joining lists does two sweet things:

  • Gives you awesome theme-specific feed information
  • Gets you exposure, especially if you’re wanting more visibility by the radar of list owners and participants.

Hint: You can follow a user’s public list without even following that user.

14. Train your #discover

The Twitter algorithm is sick. If you haven’t tried out #Discover, you need to do it now.

Clicking #Discover gives you an algorithmically-curated list of tweets that you should see, but that don’t appear in your ordinary feed. Based on follows, mentions, interactions, favorites, and retweets, #Discover gives you a list of the best of Twitter at that very moment.

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It’s almost like it reads your mind.

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Type ? in Twitter, and view all the most important keyboard shortcuts. Here’s what you’ll see.

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G stands for go. Most keyboard shortcuts use “g” plus another key. Here’s your comprehensive list of Twitter keyboard shortcuts:

  • Go home – gh
  • n – new tweet
  • f – favorite
  • r – reply
  •  t – rewteet
  • m – direct message
  • u – mute user
  • b – block user
  • enter – open tweet details
  • | – close all open tweets
  • / – search
  • CMD + enter = send tweet
  •  j – go to next tweet
  • escape – close out a compose window or help window
  • k – go to previous tweet
  • space – page down (browser default)
  • shift + space – page up (browser default)
  • . – load new tweets
  • g then n – notifications
  • g then a – activity
  • g then r – mentions
  • g then d – discover
  • g then p – profile
  • g then f – favorites
  • g then l – lists
  • g then m – messages
  • g then s – settings
  • g then u – go to user…

Learning Twitter is like anything else in life. The more you use it, and the more you learn, the better you’ll get. These hacks will help get you there faster.

What other expert Twitter tips can you share?