Perfect Beaches for Holiday Rentals in Murcia

Murcia, located along Spain’s Costa Calida, is known for its year-round warm, sunny climate which attracts holidaymakers to the region. With an abundance of villas for rent on resorts such as Polaris World’s Mar Menor Golf Resort, La Torre Golf Resort and El Valle Golf Resort tourists can rent luxury Murcia villas with private pools or affordable apartments and take full advantage of resort facilities such as communal pools, playgrounds, tennis courts and nearby restaurants.

If you’re planning on looking for holiday rentals in Murcia this summer make sure you explore the local area and visit the many beautiful beaches on offer. Murcia, also known as the Costa Calida in Spain offers over a hundred beaches for everyone to enjoy, whether you want to travel by boat to a picturesque deserted cove, or relax on a stretch of sandy beach to soak up the sun.

Simply travel a short distance from Murcia city to the coast to explore popular areas. Beach towns to visit include Mar Menor, San Javier, Cartagena, Mazarron, Aguilas, San Piedro del Pinatar and Lo Pagan. The Mar Menor in particular ( a large salt water lake effectively) is a really popular area to visit, with its warm Mediterranean waters and vast, golden beaches, shallow waters and small waves; Murciabeaches really cater for everyone.

Mar Menor beaches

Villa Nanitos

Located on the Costa Calida above Lo Pagan, the Villa Nanitos beach offers water skiing, volleyball, windsurfing and sea kayaking. Nearby are the mud baths of San Pedro del Pinatar; well worth a visit.

La Llana

Located on San Pedro de Pinatar, Mar Menor, this is a blue flag beach and can get busy during peak season. It is a long, sandy beach and foot showers are available during the peak season. The waters here are mild and so perfect to take a dip.

El Espejo

Another blue flag beach, El Esperjo can also be found on the Mar Menor coastline. This sandy beach is perfect if you fancy a spot of surfing, volley ball and kayaking. The waters here are calm.

Los Nietos

This is another popular Mar Menor beach. It offers 4km of long grey, sandy beach with shower facilities, as well as lots of restaurants and calm waters.

San Javier beaches

Euromanga

Euromanga beach is located in San Javier, Murcia. It’s typical of the La Manga stretch, which means its golden sands and pleasant waters attract many tourists and locals.

Castillicos

This San Javier sandy beach offers a picnic area, snack bar, accommodation, showers, beach cleaning and houses a Red Cross station. Lifeguards also patrol the area, and it’s also one of the safest beaches as it’s patrolled by local police.

Cartagena beaches

Cala Cortina

Close to Cartagena, this Murcia cove is located just a couple of minutes drive away. The locals will cycle and walk to Cala Cortina to enjoy a day of relaxation; spend a peaceful afternoon here with friends or family.

Calblanque

Calblanqueis a protected nature reserve, home to sandy beaches and coves. This beach is one of the few you are allowed to take dogs down to, so it’s advisable to keep away from the lower end of the beach if you wish to avoid the family pets. As it’s a protected area, there are no facilities like restaurants or bars, but there is a car park.

Cala Medina, Las Melvas and Levante

This group of three beaches are small beaches, with slightly less calm water. They range from sand to gravel to rock. There are restaurant services nearby, and it’s the perfect location if you fancy a spot of snorkelling.

El Portus

This is a very quiet beach in Cartagena. It’s sandy, and does offer showering facilities, but has limited disabled access as it’s difficult to reach.

El Belonte Grande and Salitrona

These two beaches in Cartagena are short and sandy, and are only accessible by boat or on foot, so they’re perfect if you’re looking for a quiet spot. These coves are very beautiful, surrounded by mountains with wild vegetation.

La Calera and San Gins

La Calera and San Gins are gravel and sand beaches, with calm water making them suitable for families. They offer reasonable facilities such as showers, as well as a few restaurants and shops nearby.

Mazarron beaches

Bolnuevo beach

Bolnueva beach is located at Mazarron, Murcia. This lovely golden sandy beach is great for families, and offers a picnic area, snack bar, showers and toilets. It’s also got a Red Cross Station and lifeguards on duty, in addition to offering water sport equipment for rent. It can get very busy during peak seasons, but generally isn’t quite as busy as other blue flag beaches along the Costa Calida.

Nares

Also located at Mazarron, Murcia, this golden sandy beach is great for children with its calm waters and shower facilities.

El Castallar

Facilities available: This beach is located near the town and harbour of Mazarron. El Castallar is a sandy beach, with lovely clean, calm waters. Although popular with families, this beach does not get quite as crowded as some other Blue Flag beaches in this region. Facilities include snack bars, restaurant, showers, telephones, beach cleaning, and a Red Cross point.

El Rihuete and Puerto de Mazarrn

These sandy beaches are perfect for families exploring the Mazarron area, with plenty of local shops and restaurants.

Aguilas beaches

Las Delicias

The sand and pebble beach of Las Delicias can be found in Aguilas, Murcia. It offers many facilities such as a snack bar, restaurant, showers and it also has a Red Cross station, is manned by life guards and patrolled by the local police, so it is an extremely safe beach to visit.

Poniente

This urban-setting beach offers a snack bar, restaurant, toilets, showers and parking. It’s a very popular beach in the summer months.

Calabardina

This beach is also located at Aguilas, Murcia. Its waters tend not to be as calm as other beaches in the region, making it more exciting for water sport enthusiasts. It offers a Red Cross point, parking and beach cleaning, and again, Calabardina can get quite busy.

Levante

Sizes at just over 440 metres, Levante beach offers a snack bar, restaurant, showers, a Red Cross station, lifeguards. Ideal for children, this popular beach is sandy, with calm waters.

Abejerro and Las Pulgas

If you’re after quiet sand and gravel beaches, head to Abejerro or Las Pulas in Augilas. These are both quiet, unspoilt beaches, unfortunately there are no facilities at either location.

Punta del Fraile

This beach is only accessible by foot and offers great, clear water for snorkelling.

Lo Pagan beaches

Villanitos

Villanitos can be found in San Piedro del Pinatar, Lo Pagan, Murcia. It has plenty of facilities available for use, such as snack bars and restaurants, toilets, showers, parking and if you want to take part in water sports, there is equipment available for rental. Calm waters and it’s large, mostly sandy beach make it very popular.

La Puntica

This is a sandy beach, with calm waters. Like many beaches in Murcia, La Puntica offers a restaurant, snack bar, showers, toilets, beach cleaning and a Red Cross station, and is patrolled by lifeguards and local police.

Lorca beaches

Bao de las Mujeres and El Ciscar

These beaches are located further south of the coast, at Lorca. They are both short beaches
, offering fantastic fishing opportunities as well as being perfect locations for swimming and snorkeling.

Strong Pain Reliever Can Lead to Abuse and Addiction

Although OxyContin is a major weapon against chronic or severe pain, its use can lead to addiction and drug abuse. The synthetic opioid works in the body much like morphine. An unfortunate similarity is that OxyContin can prove highly addictive.

OxyContin, known as oxycodone when given as a generic drug, is a controlled substance. Doctors who prescribe it to relieve pain want their patients to keep a close eye on their intake. OxyContin abuse has increased dramatically in recent times in spite increased medical and legal scrutiny.

Two years ago the National Institute on Drug Abuse studied American high school students. The NIDA reported that greater than five percent of twelfth graders abused OxyContin, taking it without prescription. OxyContin abusers are not limited to the young; its use continues throughout all parts of the population.

Doctors have become more cautious about prescribing strong pain relievers. They must walk a fine line between appropriate prescribing and holding back from those caught in the web of abuse. Addiction can creep up on people, taking them by surprise.

Some people may be on the drug for months or years before they realize they have crossed the line into addiction. Others may not be able to admit that they have a problem. They may try to convince themselves and others that they are only occasional drug users who take OxyContin only when they need to relax.

It is easy to convince oneself that drug abuse is not in play when one is actually addicted. Some people are just as good at convincing themselves as they are at convincing others that they do not have a problem. For awhile at least they maintain the illusion that they choose when they take OxyContin, that the drug does not have control of them.

Signs of OxyContin addiction can be observed so that addicts themselves as well as loved ones can become aware of growing trouble. Having to take more OxyContin for the same results is one warning sign. If people get into legal trouble or come close to a legal problem because of drug use, then that should be taken as a signal.

Drug use will sometimes replace other activities in a person’s life. When taking drugs becomes more important than other people other events, then abuse should be suspected. Dependency on drugs for pleasure is not a good sign.

For an addict, withdrawal symptoms will arise when the drug dose gets reduced or eliminated. Getting over an addiction is often not a simple matter of quitting. Dependency makes leaving the drug behind a difficult matter.

In spite of promises to themselves and loved ones, OxyContin addicts face a battle in getting over their drug dependency. Another sign of addiction is the arrival of withdrawal symptoms when the user skips taking the drug. Withdrawal itself can scare drug users back into the vicious cycle of abuse.

One symptom of OxyContin addiction is the experience of blackouts. Forgetting events that the drug taker has lived through or knowing that he or she has passed out can signal addiction. Loved ones calling attention to the drug users’ blackouts can help the user ultimately face the addiction.

Abuse of OxyContin destroys people’s emotional and physical well-being. Depression and social alienation can set in, ruining the drug abuser’s sense of self. Insomnia or a major increase in the need for sleep may haunt the lives of addicts.

Other signs of a drug abuse problem include changed eating habits that result in sudden weight loss or weight gain. Slurred speech and lack of coordination may set in when people step over the line into drug abuse. OxyContin is an important medicine for the treatment of pain, but users need to know that it can lead to drug abuse.

3 Tips For a Budget Holiday Road Trip

Looking for budget travel plans for your next long weekend holiday? A road trip might be your best shot!

1. Rented cars is the most economical solution for road trips.

Car rental companies normally offer a variety of ‘holiday car rental’ packages for holiday travelers to select from. These packages have to be affordable for travelers who are on budget and also wants to have a free & easy driving holiday.

Holiday car rental has been appealing to seasoned travelers and lately has attracted younger travelers that want to explore places that are less travelled. Competitive holiday car rental rates help travelers to save money and enable them to go to places less-travelled where ordinary holiday travelers are unable to explore.

With the advent of intra-Asia travel, holiday car rental will continue to grow as it offers the benefit of leisure travel at individual pace. As a result, many rental companies are aggressively marketing their holiday car rental program to meet the discerning needs of travelers. Several rental companies have seen double digit growth and demand continue to increase for this segment of the business.

2. Plan your route wisely. Use Google Map or GPS Navigation.

A traditional way of planning your driving route is to purchase a printed map from a bookstore. Today, it is a lot more convenient to just route your journey on Google Map, then just print out the map with specific driving directions. But for the adventurous travelers, a GPS navigation system is their best choice. And more than often, a GPS Navigator is included in your rented car for just a little extra money.

3. Travel packages for overnight trips – Low cost and safety.

If you are planning an overnight stay, then you should check with your rental company for any travel packages available. Many do offer competitive travel packages to attract budget holiday travelers. Working closely with travel agencies, they are able to offer special rates on hotels, motels and inns, which sometimes also provide occupants with complimentary breakfast.

It is also usually safer to go with the hotels, motels or inns associated with your rental company. Their relationships with your rental company should indicate that they meet a certain quality standard and are more trustworthy.

Telemarketing Principals of Commercial Real Estate Today

The process of telemarketing does not work well in commercial real estate if you follow the typical model of ‘pitch and process’. The people that you call do not like to be subjected to a 1 minute sales pitch and questioning process over the telephone. You have to change the rules and develop some real systems to make cold calling or telemarketing much more effective for you. In one word you have to ‘connect’.

Firstly, and before I go further into this subject I would like to say that all commercial salespeople and agents should be making their own prospecting calls wherever possible. They are the best people to connect with their market because they understand what to say in a relevant way when hard questions are created through the telephone conversation.

When it comes to commercial property sales and leasing, there are really only two targets out of making cold call connections and telemarketing. They are:

1. You want to know if the person you are calling has a need or interest in commercial property sales or leasing or property management.

2. You should seek to create a face to face meeting where the person you call qualifies from the previous point, so that you can take matters further.

When you look at these two factors simply, you can see that you should not be meeting with people who have no genuine interest. Your prospecting calls should therefore be based around a conversation or connection and not a sales pitch or presentation.

The only thing that you are selling in the call contact process is an appointment, and you only do that when you know that the person really does have a need. Protect your time and only meet with the right people that qualify as ‘active’ or ‘interested’ in commercial property.

So the telemarketing or cold call process centres on questions and conversation. Through the conversation you can come to understand if the prospect really does fall within your criteria for a prospective client or prospect. On that basis you can then arrange a meeting as appropriate.

Here are some rules that should be merged into your prospecting scripts:

  1. The people that you talk to want to be involved in the conversation. On that basis you need to ask sensible and realistic questions related to the property industry. Be sensitive to the fact that the person you call will not open up completely with you until you have established a degree of trust in the conversation. It is important that they feel relaxed and not threatened by a pushy salesperson. Professional salespeople create good connections over the telephone.
  2. Approach the first cold call or prospect call on the basis of a simple survey questioning process. The call should be about them and not about you. This is where the right questions will help you establish rapport. The reason for your call is to identify their potential property needs. Do not push for a meeting until you understand that they have a genuine need or an interest.
  3. Be prepared to introduce yourself and your business. Be honest through the conversation but allow the prospect to talk at least 50% of the time. It is of great benefit to have a simple script to get the conversation going. Beyond that starting point, Uncategorized conversation should flow and the script should be irrelevant. Your target is to get conversation moving inside of 20 seconds. A good conversation leads to information and potentially a productive meeting.
  4. If the person is unwilling to talk to you or be open and frank in the discussions, then thank them for the ability to speak with them today and then move on respectfully and politely. There are plenty of people to talk to and on that basis you need to move to the next person or the next opportunity.

There is a real skill to the prospecting and calling process. If you diligently adopt the discipline behind the task, you will find that progress will be made within about two or three weeks of making calls.

Women's Style: How to Look Good in Military Boots

Looking good is a huge concern for women the world over, unfortunately, for many of us, having a good understanding of what looks hot, and what looks rot escapes us completely. Happily we live in age known as the information age; literally, anything we want to find out is now available, and with a little bit of research, we can all find out the latest ‘do’s and don’ts’ of fashion, as well as all the latest trends available.

Here, we will look at shoes for women, in particular, the military boot, and consider the ways in which we can wear them to ensure that we not only look great, but feel great too. After all, feeling good comes, in part, from looking good, and feeling good gives us the feelings of confidence that are essential as we move through our fast paced, appearance orientated, crazy, world.

Military boots, surprisingly, can look good when teamed with certain styles of dress. Firstly, when choosing which boots to opt for, you need to understand the sorts of clothing that suits you – pay little heed to fashion magazines, because a look that is great on one person, will not necessarily look so on another, choose clothes that suit your colouring and body shape. Once you understand the types of clothing that suits you, then you can move on to choosing suitable shoes for women.

If you feel as if you are slightly overweight, or are heavy set, then be careful to purchase boots that are not too bulky. The wider the shoes, the bulkier your calves may appear to onlookers, so if you are trying to look slim, avoid a wide boot. You will also want to avoid wearing wider styles of footwear if you are of a short stature, as they make legs appear shorter. The converse is true of people who wish to appear taller, or wider, than they actually are, for these people, a bulky shoe is the correct choice. Remember also, that a bulkier shoe carries with it masculine overtones, so for those girly girls amongst us, a narrow shoe is always best.

Military boots are incredibly versatile in terms of the style of clothing that they suit. Long skirts are a great item to wear with this style of footwear, but our suggestion is that you keep to a narrower style if you wish to retain a sense of femininity. A long length skirt and a pair of boots is perfect for women who like to adopt a grunge look, but bear in mind, that to carry-off the style correctly, you must not show any flesh. Short skirts can also be worn with military boots, but shorter women need to be careful here, as the combination of skirt, flesh, then boot, can make you appear short if the boots have high uppers. If you are a short woman and wish to adopt this look, then make sure that you select a pair of boots that are very low.

Travel Nursing Jobs

Do you have what it takes to get hired for travel nursing jobs? More importantly, are travel nursing jobs really the door of opportunity you’re waiting for or does it simply lead to a more undesirable path? Make sure that you’ve researched completely and made a lot of soul-searching first before making a final decision.

What Makes an Individual Eligible for Travel Nursing Jobs?

Just because you want to have a travel nursing job doesn’t automatically mean your wish will be immediately granted. Just like any other job, travel nursing opportunities are only offered to those who meet the criteria the employer or agency is looking for.

In terms of experience certain travel nursing jobs will require applicants to have the necessary experience before they can be hired. If you’re only beginning as a nurse, it’s possible that you’ll have to wait one more year or so before you can have a fighting chance to get hired.

Expertise can either be shown through your experience or your grades during nursing school. Hospitals may lack experts in a certain field of medicine, and this deficiency is what will make them hire you even if you’re just a recent nursing graduate.

Never mind the absence of experience or expertise. If you meet the hospital’s educational requirements, you may be immediately flown off to your future workplace…abroad!

Travel nursing is a job for the young nurse, rarely are travel nursing jobs offered to people beyond forty. As working in hospitals and clinics requires you to have extraordinary strength and longevity, employers would wish to employ younger people because they’re unlikely to pass out from exhaustion and become patients themselves.

Certain nations don’t exactly enjoy pleasurable relations with each other. As such, even if you’re more than qualified for a certain travel nursing job, your nationality might prevent you from taking advantage of that particular job opening.

Factors Affecting Travel Nursing Jobs

In the event that you’ve all the necessary requirements to qualify for any travel nursing job, don’t say yes just yet…there are still a couple more questions you have to ask yourself before signing on the dotted line.

First of all, in which part of the world are you going to be assigned? Is the country affected by politically influenced wars? Will it be dangerous for you to leave home alone at night? Is your home and workplace in the city or country?

Choosing travel nursing as a career is a very significant point in a career of a nurse, and it can lead to many opportunities that will follow, in any case a nurse considering taking travel nursing should learn everything it can before committing to this professional channel.

3 Quick Cash Loan Myths Exposed

If you are considering a Quick cash loan (payday loan, fast cash loan, payday advance etc…) to get you through a tough financial time, you may be making a smart decision. Despite the ridiculously high APR that loan providers charge, a payday loan is many times a lower cost option than paying fees stemming from bounced checks, credit card late fees, re-connect fees etc…

Here are 3 myths that are commonly and erroneously associated with a payday advance loan.

MYTH: Quick Cash Loan providers charge outrageous rates

TRUTH: You’ve got to compare. A payday loan is typically cheaper than other customer alternatives.

Here’s a scenario: Did you forget you didn’t have any cash in your checking account but bought stuff anyway with your debit card? Maybe you did that 4 times in one day.

It’s amazing how we can lose track of our finances, but we all do it..

Guess what…

Each occurrence just cost you $35 in NSF fees from your bank. Those 4 withdrawals of $10 just cost you $140 dollars in fees! Ouch! The cost of borrowing $100 from a payday cash loan provider is $15 – $20 per $100. The APR on this transaction is 391%, which seems sky high but compared to the overdraft fees at your bank it makes good sense.

The remedy here is if you know you’re going to be short of cash but need to use checks or debit card, weigh the costs. It may be better to set up a fast cash account and use it only when you know you’ll be potentially incurring late fees.

MYTH: Quick cash loans always create a spiral of debt for the customer

TRUTH:Most users are responsible borrowers and have no trouble managing the short payback period.

These loans are short term solutions and most borrowers realize the danger of being over extended. About 60% are one time users – meaning they don’t renew the loan or have to extend the payback period.

Studies have also revealed that:

66% of payday loan users utilize the service to cover only unexpected expenses

34% use payday advance loans for a planned expense

70% of fast cash loan users only use the service 1 time per month.

MYTH: Emergency loans prey on unsuspecting customers

TRUTH: There are solid laws in place to protect customers from being taken advantage of.

The overwhelming popularity of these loans as a discreet and dignified way to solve temporary cash flow problems speaks for itself.

70% utilize fast cash loans because of the convenience (fast, easiest…)

96% are fully aware of the charges they will incur. Most state they were quoted the fee as an APR. Most believe that quick cash loans are useful ( 92%) and only about 12% state they were dissatisfied with the service.

Also, 33 states and D.C. provide balanced, responsible regulation of payday advance companies.

Summary

Why not consider a quick cash loan when you know you are going to be short on cash and will face fines or fees? As a temporary solution you may save a lot of money despite the high APR. It’s easy to find a reputable quick payday loan provider (see links below) and set up and approval takes only minutes.

Commercial Real Estate – Checklist for Making Your Sales Pitch Convert More Listings

In this property market, your pitch for new business is likely to be up against other agents in the local area. This says that every sales pitch and listing pitch should be well crafted and well designed. As the local commercial real estate agent, you will normally have two or three agents competing against you with the same property and with the same owner or landlord.

In such a competitive market you have two choices available in making the pitch for the listing:

  • You can offer discounts in your services to attract the interest of the property owner. The discounts would normally be in your commission or marketing costs.
  • You can offer special points of difference which you believe are unique to your marketing and promotion strategy, and that can achieve a positive result for the property owner as soon as possible.

In pitching for the property listing, the reality of the situation is that the owner of the property really wants to resolve their property pain as quickly as possible at the best possible rent or price. Discounts will not normally do this. In fact they can be counterproductive. Think about it; why would you discount marketing of the property if it is going to limit the exposure to the target audience?

Some agents will discount the commission they will charge within small margins, and that may be satisfactory in your business model. Significant commission discounts should however not normally be given as they will provide real limitation on the time that you can devote to the campaign and the promotion of the property. Invariably you see the agents that discount commissions not staying in the business for very long.

Now some property owners certainly do push you on the commission survey can get some reduction or discount. In their opinion the commission will not impact the marketing of the property. The choice you make here on this matter is up to you but it is recommended that only small commission discounts are given. To do business as a real estate agent today, operational costs and support staff expenses prohibit major commission discounting.

The best way to pitch your services to a property owner can incorporate strategies similar to these:

  1. Show the property owner that you really understand the target audience to tap into in selling or leasing the property.
  2. Provide examples of the best available marketing method and price or rental range that will suit the target audience.
  3. Give the client three alternatives of marketing that provides some discount but still taps into the target audience most effectively. Invariably you will find that the client will choose the middle level marketing campaign.
  4. Show the client how your office database of prospects will suit the marketing of a property, and how you will then implement the database marketing campaign.
  5. Show the client just how many potential prospects exist in your database now, that can inspect prior to any advertised marketing campaign commencing.
  6. Use third party evidence when it comes to property prices and marketing strategies. This will make your sales pitch a lot easier.
  7. The client will usually choose the agent with the most significant market awareness and product knowledge. Your sales pitch should incorporate these details and facts.

The agents that win the listings and business in today’s market are usually confident and connecting. They have the ability to show the client how they can shorten the property pain and improve the price or rental in the process. Design your sales pitch around these facts and then start to practice.

A sales pitch is not about discounts; it is about solving a problem. That should be your focus.

Fitness for Fun: Alternative Fitness Activities That Work

Are you one of those people who think that losing weight and keeping fit needs to be done at a rigorous pace and with a totally competitive mindset? Are you struggling with your weight loss program because of this kind of thinking? Are you almost drained of your last ounces of hope that you will ever get fit?

If you’re just beginning to start your fitness journey, or even if you’re already going but feeling a bit burnt out, then you might be approaching fitness all wrong. Getting fit shouldn’t make you feel like you’re in a boot camp. It should be enjoyable, and that’s where fitness for fun comes into the picture.

A lot of people who are overweight, or have health and fitness issues, may not be suitable for those in-gym workouts that are very rigorous and require a lot of correct technique. In fact the gym is just not an enjoyable experience for some people. Lifestyle, like working in an office setting where you don’t have the opportunity for a lot of physical activity, may have also taken over and quite frankly the hours that are being worked aren’t compatible with long sessions in the gym. The good news is that, there are alternative fitness options readily available.

First off, fitness for fun is an easy way to start getting back in to shape. Just because it’s fun it doesn’t mean that it isn’t working. Alternative fitness activities are far from the dumb bell curls that you normally do at the gym, think pillow fights, sports, rock climbing, hiking and the list goes on and on. I hear you say that doesn’t fitness have to be structured? In my opinion alternative fitness doesn’t have to be structured at all, the further from structured the better, as then it won’t feel like work at all!

How do you get back to that fitness for fun mentality? The best place to start is to just remember your younger days. Was there a sport that you enjoyed playing? Did you love to dance back then? Where you a cheerleader once in your life? Why not go back to those activities. Playing a sport that you once loved can be the furthest thing on your mind if your current fitness status is on the downside. However if you just get started you’ll be amazed at the support you will get and that in itself will help you go in the right direction and on the road again to regaining your fitness and health. You’ll also have that super benefit of burning those calories while you play. Remember just to be patient with yourself as you might struggle at first, but you’ll eventually start to feel that you’re getting better at it and before you know it you’ll be back to your old form and shape. It is never too late to take that first step. You could invite your old buddies to play with you as extra incentive and then it’s even more fun as it’s an excuse for a catch up as well, or you can join a local club if none of your buddies are still playing. There are many age clubs around that welcome players with our without experience. I know that for a fact as I’m now at 40 starting to seriously to consider taking up soccer in the local women’s team for the first time in my life to add some more fun into my fitness program.

It’s the same with dancing. When did you last dance? Most women nowadays prefer to join fitness clubs that offer dance classes as part of their fitness for fun programs. There’s a wide variety of dances that you can choose from like belly dancing, pole dancing, and Latin dancing just to name a few. Jazz and Ballroom dancing are also popular choices. This is a great way to learn a new skill and burn those calories at the same time.

Other alternative fitness activities would include playing Frisbee at the park, or learning how to swim, cycling, and even hauling logs with your bare hands. Why not? It’s a great way to keep you fit.

Anything can be fitness when we just stop thinking of fitness in the traditional sense of the word and open our eyes to all the possibilities around us. The best place to start? Just look through the eyes of a child, don’t take yourself seriously, laugh put a skip in your step and go from there.

Economic Recession Blues – Hospitals Aren't an Exception

In its most recent update, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that world growth is forecast to fall to its lowest level since World War II. And with the US being one of the worst hit, the hospital business, an integral part of the medical marketplace, and often regarded as recession proof is beginning to feel the heat.

Despite the fact that hospitals aren’t hit the way the way the automotive sector or the retail has been, and that people will continue to fall sick irrespective of the economy, it seems that the number of people seeking medical care and the profitability of hospitals don’t walk hand-in-hand.

Growth stunted & patients decreasing

A recent report by the American Hospital Association (AHA) finds that the sputtering economy has already led to 45% of hospitals to postpone forthcoming capital projects, with about 13% being forced to completely stall any expansion projects already underway. The AHA report included 639 hospitals in the study.

Further, experts believe that even though people continue to fall sick they’re postponing, most treatments if not all, which can be classified as elective. The credit for the prevailing scenario goes to all the layoffs and the slowing economy. As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics the month of December saw some of the worst layoff figures, as there were 2,275 mass layoff actions, involving 226,117 workers.

What seems worse is that aside from foregoing elective treatments, patients seem to be avoiding essential drugs, with many actually abusing prescription drugs, such as narcotic painkillers , sedatives and tranquilizers and stimulants.

As a consequence, hospitals are reeling under delayed hospital equipment and supply purchases, declining patient visits, reduced staff with no fresh hiring, unpaid medical bills, in addition to ceasing any construction projects. The AHA survey, released in November last year found that patient visits were static or had decreased during the third quarter of 2008, and the cases of unpaid medical bills for hospitals registered a hike of 8%.

The government’s role in uplifting the spirit of hospitals is being thought to be instrumental as Medicare and Medicaid account for about half of the hospital business industry.