The Importance of Physical Education in High School

In today’s world of instant gratification and sophisticated technology, teenagers in high school spend more time texting messages on cellular phones than they do actually talking to their friends and acquaintances at school. The ever-changing technologies available to today’s teens have begun to produce a generation of unfit, cerebrally- oriented youths who face the danger of developing arthritis in their ever-moving thumbs.

Just as cellular phone technology has robbed teens of their ability to communicate face to face with their peers; so the wonderful world of the Internet has robbed the youth of the need to actively go about conducting research for school assignments and projects. A walk to the community library is no longer necessary, as teens can complete their research from the comfort of their own homes.

Modern children and teens no longer face the prospect of merely becoming “couch-potatoes” with no imagination, when there are so many more threats today than excessive television viewing to stunt their development. Where once a school classroom could have led to active interaction between the teacher and student; many classrooms now make use of computer assisted learning which robs education of its humanity.

Today, more than ever before, the importance of Physical Education for high school students is critical. Students need to be exposed to the benefits of physical exercise. Teachers must be tasked with the responsibility of trying to encourage teenagers to engage in fitness programs. If, while participating in Physical Education lessons, talent is discovered for a particular sports’ code, the student can only benefit.

Students need a break from their studies during the school day. Physical exercise is known to replenish the supply of oxygen to the brain, thus facilitating more effective studying and academic performance thereafter. If high school students were left to their own devices, they might well choose to sit in classrooms lesson after lesson, without any physical outlet even being considered.

Teachers have the awesome responsibility of educating the “whole child”. Education cannot be merely an academic exercise. Teachers need to address the emotional, psychological, academic and physical needs of each student in their classes. A sedentary teacher tell or computer aided school system cannot meet the needs of teenagers who are at such a vital developmental stage on their path to maturity.

A compulsory Physical Education lesson once or twice a week may well encourage and assist students to pursue a life of physical well-being throughout their adult lives. It is vital that students understand how their bodies function and Physical Education classes provide an opportunity for teachers to explain to children how to monitor heart rates and maximize the positive effects and benefits of aerobic and non-aerobic forms of exercise.

Teachers should try to make sure that students understand the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits. Lifestyle diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes are on the increase among the youth. Girls could be encouraged to combat obesity through a sensible eating plan and exercise regimen while boys could be encouraged to work on stamina and muscle building. A clever teacher can use Physical Education as a springboard or challenge to encourage students to strive for longevity and healthy lifestyles.

Physical Education teachers must not be put off by the resistance they will encounter from many students at the start of the academic year. Teachers must persevere and constantly change activities to maintain the students’ interest and maximize participation. A swimming class on a very hot day could entice even the laziest of students into the water, for example.

The importance of Physical education in today’s fast-moving world where technology rules, cannot be over-emphasized. Students need to be separated from their i-pods, cell phones and laptops and work up a healthy real-life sweat, before it is too late. Students must be saved from the prospect of becoming just another statistic in the ongoing battle against lifestyle diseases modern man faces.

Physical Education will not harm children, it may in fact save their lives.

Writing a Business Plan – Is It Really Worth the Trouble?

I often get emails coming through that ask me to “do a business plan”. When I phone the business owner up, and ask what they are looking for, I get told that they have a business idea and have done some informal research and it seems like a good idea… please can I write them a great business plan so they can start or grow their business.

Now some people might say that it sounds like a good business opportunity. Charge them a fee, ask them to email me their thoughts and informal research, and whip up a business plan using a template that I’ve created. If they want changes, I charge them an editing fee until they are happy.

This would probably earn me a fairly nice fee but I don’t think that I would be doing them proper service in the long run. Here’s why I say that. A business plan has many functions:

• It can serve as a vehicle to approach finance houses for finance.

• It can be used to attract investors.

• It can be used to get business partners involved.

• It can give you a roadmap to move forward.

• It can help you think your way through your business idea.

For me, having a business owner write the business plan themselves initially helps immeasurably with the last 2 points. Most importantly for me is the last point. When an entrepreneur takes the time to work through the different areas of a business plan, it forces them to concretely think around the different areas that are important.

• This might be doing proper market research that is quantifiable.

• Who are their competition, what are they offering and how can you differentiate yourselves?

• Who is your ideal client, why do they buy and how can we find them?

• How much finance do we need to start off and what will our cash flow projections be going forward?

• Have we priced correctly taking the above into account?

• What resources will we require, in what order and when?

As new business owners are putting these items down on paper, it’s forcing them to pause and do the exercise. This will help them in many ways:

It forces them to get used to the idea that starting a business is hard work.

It shows them whether it’s a viable business idea.

It makes them come to terms with financial data, cashflow projections and financial systems.

It sharpens their business knowledge, terminology and acumen.

It teaches them how to type a proper business proposal for later on in their business growth cycle.

It allows them to become intimately involved with the whole idea so that they can rattle off a simple elevator pitch if asked what their new business it about.

These are important skills and areas that the new entrepreneur must come to grips with. Even if they produce this great business plan and afterwards stick it in a drawer, it would have allowed them to grow as a person and business owner. I’m not saying that it should be stuck in a drawer, but that it’s a good way to formalise a great idea.

This business plan can then be used as the basis for a 1 year strategic plan going forward, can be used and adapted for financial reasons such as applying for finance of investors, and can be a living document to form company values moving forward.

A business plan does need to be a living document going forward, and should be changed and adapted as the business grows and market conditions change, product lines expand, change and grow. It can also serve as a great retrospective tool, to look back after a year and see if you are in line with your dreams, what changed from your ideas and allow you to be introspective about the business journey.

If you’ve done this business plan, and are not comfortable with some of the sections or areas where you feel that you have weakness or you are uncomfortable with some of the language that you’ve used, then it would be an idea to contact a professional business plan writing company to polish your plan.

They’ll have something to work with and it will still show your personality and passion. When investors or financial institutions read your business plan, they quickly pick up whether you’ve had a hand in it or if it’s an off-the-shelf version. This may directly or indirectly influence how they think about you as the business owner and the type of person you are and how it reflects on the type of business you’ll run.

Forex Education Tips – 5 Steps to Successful Forex Trading

Close to 95% of all Forex traders will lose money. We’re not just talking about novices, either. Whether you trade Forex for a living, as a hobby or just for fun, odds are against your success. That’s a simply astonishing fact. However, the remaining 5% of Forex traders somehow manage to break even and there are those lucky few that actually make money in the currency market – consistently!Like the TV show says … “How’d they do that, anyway?”That’s the million dollar questions, isn’t it? Countless books, seminars and expos have been hosted to answer this very question. That sad fact is that thousands of books have been written and countless seminars and interviews have been conducted in an attempt to answer the magic questions. The reality of the situation is that there is no magic formula; no one single Holy Grail of Forex trading.So what do the successful traders do that the rest of us have simple not comprehended. They have mastered a process of winning where they combine and customize several factor to produce consistent results. They have mastered the Process of Trading.The Process of Trading is:Strategy > Money Management > Self-MasteryHere are some simple Forex Education tips to help you master the process of forex trading:Success Tip #1 – You’ve Got To Have a PlanYou must have a written business plan that will detail all aspects of your trading. When are you going to trade, how much to risk, strategies for entries and exits are just o name a few. To become a consistent (profitable) Forex trader you have to plan your trade sand trade your plan.

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Simplicity rules! Don’t make this plan too complicated. One sheet of paper for you mission statement and another for your trading plan should suffice. Anything more is probably too complicated.Success Tip #2 – Focus on Your Personal PsychologyKnowing yourself will allow you to master the discipline necessary to execute high quality trades with solid money management techniques. Lack of discipline is fatal in Forex trading. Go on a personal journey to identify you attitudes towards risk and money. Get intimate with your strengths and weaknesses as a trader and build in to your trading plan strategies to minimize those weaknesses and maximize your strengths.Different personalities lend to different trading styles. Get familiar with all the different styles and over time you will begin to gravitate towards one particular style. Don’t fight the urge like I did. I insisted I was a day trader, but had only limited results. I found my winning percentages were much higher when I entered swing trades. Guess what’s my bread and butter strategy now!Success Tip #3 – Be Realistic About Your ExpectationsThis is a hard one, I know! I am on the internet every day and the amount of advertising is staggering. Brokers are offering free education (fox in the hen house if you ask me), forums of all different trading styles and points of view. Gurus pushing their system as “the one” that will make you the big bucks. How do you get through all that noise?Let me tell you loud and clear right now – everyone is right and everyone is wrong. You have to make a personal commitment to become a successful trader, find a trading style that works for you and expect a slow and steady approach to wealth building through Forex.What works for me may not work for you. Expect to go through an exploratory period where you are learning and at the same time exploring yourself as a trader. Keep an open mind and don’t pay attention to all the noise out there.Success Tip #4 – Exercise PatienceRome was not built in a day and neither will your trading account. In fact, I tell all of my students that while they are studying to become successful Forex traders they should not look solely at their account balance as an indication of success or failure.By tracking and increasing your percentage of high quality trades you execute is a far better barometer of your progress than your account balance. Cause and effect rule here. Over time when you increase your probabilities through the execution of high quality trades your account balance will respond accordingly.Keep the focus on the process and with time your results will blow your mind.Success Tip #5 – Money Management Is Top PriorityI would rather have a shaky strategy and excellent money management techniques than the other way around. This topic warrants its own blog post to do it justice. Limited your exposure (read “risk”) allows for you to stay in the game and allow the laws of probability to work.

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Let’s take a casino for example. They need gamblers to frequent their slot machines to make money. Why? They have a game that has a greater than 50% chance of making money for the house. The more people that play the slots, the greater the casino’s profits.The casino controls risk by payout tables (always favoring the house!) and increases their probabilities by keeping gamblers at the slot machines (read “free drinks”). As a trader you must limit your risk by committing only 1% – 3% of available capital to a single trade. When you execute enough trades with a high probability strategy you too can clean up like the casinos – but only by staying in the game long term.In conclusion, Forex trading is not easy. It’s hard work and will test the limits of your patience and perseverance. If anyone tells you otherwise .., buyers beware! It can be a very rewarding and profitable venture if done correctly. In the end it is a profession that requires a learning curve and practical experience, no different than an airline pilot or engineer. Understanding how to approach and learn this game will allow you to reap all the benefits advertised. It is your Forex Education that you will master the Process of Forex Trading.

The Energy Healing Power of Natural Medicine

Natural medicine is a system that uses a variety of therapeutic or preventive health care practices such as homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, and herbal medicine. Alternative medicine is also known as traditional, naturopathic, natural or holistic medicine. Proponents of alternative medicine are not refuting the validity of discoveries in and the practical uses of conventional medicine, but are merely trying to put some things into perspective. Due to the widespread interest in natural medicine along with the disappointment and disenchantment with Western medicine, many people, especially in the United States and Europe, where conventional medicine has taken a dominant foothold, are seeking the advice and treatment from naturopathic physicians. These practitioners include herbalists, acupuncturists, naturopaths, chiropractors, and others, who advocate preventative health measures as well as recommend wholesome foods and nutritional supplements for their patients and clients. Considering the growing popularity and effectiveness of alternative health treatments and products, certified and licensed professional practitioners of such medical practices should be given their rightful and respectful place in medical society. Natural medicine has been proven not only to be safe, but more effective than Western medicine in treating many chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma and many other diseases as well

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The history of Natural Medicine and its roots can be traced back thousands of years to ancient cultures such as India and China. Ayurvedic (E. Indian) and Chinese medicine, along with their diagnostic and herbal systems, are still used in these countries extensively, as well as in the United States, especially in Europe, where alternative medicine is well respected. Chinese herbal medicine has a documented history of over 2500 years in China, and is now widely used by practitioners all over the world. It has been legally practiced in the United States. since the mid seventies by licensed acupuncturists. Homeopathy is also a well-known form of alternative medicine discovered in the 18th century by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, but was practically stamped out in the U.S. in the late nineteenth century by the American Medical Association. In 1938, though, the U.S. Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act finally recognized homeopathic pharmacopoeia as the legal equivalent of allopathic medicine.Another more contemporary and popular form of herbal medicine, called Western herbalism, can be traced back about two hundred years in America. Samuel Thomson, born in 1769, is considered the father of Western herbalism. He discovered over sixty different medically effective native plants by clinical testing, and on the basis of these findings, devised a theory of disease and botanical drug action. Randy Kidu, D.V.M., Ph.D., writes in his articled entitled A Brief History of Alternative Medicine: “The history of herbal medicine is interesting because herbs have been a part of our diet and pharmacy since man began roaming the earth. Coprophytic evidence (seeds and other plant part(found in preserved fecal pellets) points to herbal use by cavemen. Early herbalists practiced their trade since before recorded history in all parts of the world including China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Africa, England, the Americas, and Europe. Many herbs are also mentioned in the Bible. Today, based on sheer numbers of folks who use one form of herbal medicine or another, it remains the most-used medicine worldwide.”Twenty-five hundred years after the advent of allopathic medicine, modern medicine is still grappling with the idea that herbal medicine could be an effective treatment, and not just quackery, although thousands of years of recorded history has proved its efficacy. A new model of understanding in medicine needs to be incorporated into the existing allopathic model. Because of the growing popularity and effectiveness of natural medicine, practitioners may eventually be given their deserved place in medical society. The incorporation of natural medical practices into the existing model of conventional Western medicine, including the training of new medical doctors, is now called Complimentary Medicine. In order to solve our health problems, this modern paradigm for treatment in medicine must be promoted. This can only truly emerge when bias, self-interest, greed and discrimination is discarded and diverse medical knowledge is promoted and shared, not only between university trained scientists and medical doctors, but among Alternative Medicine practitioners, philosophers, metaphysicians, and other intelligentsia of society as well.