Are You Too Confined to Your Body Shape?

Using the body shape to advise on dressing is a widespread practice among image consultants. Even the fashion media uses body shape in their articles to inform and to give guidance on picking the right clothes.

People are now so tuned to the body shape approach that every one is eager to find out what their shape is. Fueled by its popularity, it becomes a convenient and conventional way for the image professionals to work with.

However, it is not always effective in addressing individual’s dressing needs.

First of all, there is no one person who adequately fits into any of the shape. Since we are not created out of mould, every one’s form is unique. At best, this approach is an approximation. If we are not mindful, we could get it wrong.

Second, when we focus too narrowly on body shapes, we not only limit a person’s options in dressing, we also overlook some of the real body challenges that the individual faces as well.

For example, a lady whose hips are wider than her shoulders with well-defined waist is ‘typed’ as having a pear body shape. In theory, ‘pears’ are advised to play down on the bottom and show off the shoulders and arms. However, not all ‘pears’ are created equal. What if, instead of a heavy round bottom, this lady has the weight distributed between her bottom, hip and thigh? What if this lady has no issues in showing off her curves but is rather concerned with her flabby arms? In this case, a pencil skirt in dark colour could help to show off her curves and accentuate her waist. She would also want to avoid sleeveless and strapless tops that are sometimes recommended for ‘pears’.

Lastly, getting too caught up with our body shape could have an adverse effect on how we feel about ourselves. We all know that the hourglass (for women) is the yardstick of the perfect body shape. Marilyn Monroe was widely considered to have the perfect hourglass figure with measurements of 36-24-34. So, when some of us realised that we fall short of the ideal hourglass, we feel out of shape. Worse yet, some of us have succumbed to the pressure and let it become a body image issue. This is not healthy to say the least.

Instead, what we want to take note of when it comes to dressing our body is to know what features and assets we have, what challenges and issues we want to address. Most of all, we want to be comfortable in our own skin and shape first. We need to recognise that the standards set out by the popular media and pop culture is unrealistic and it would be naïve to compare ourselves with it.

 

How To Have More Energy Every Day

Do you ever find yourself in a place where you’re sluggish and fatigued each day? Do you find yourself going to bed late, fuelling the fatigue? Are you finding that breaking the late-to-bed habit is an ongoing process? If so, have faith.

This was me for a long time. I then came to realise there were aspects of my life that were contributing to this low energy. In turn the reduced energy levels affected my confidence.

I began to recognize this as an opportunity for me to develop a way of taking myself from having virtually no energy to feeling motivated to move and do!

The personal development research I have completed over the years, and that I still continue on a daily basis, is revealing that certain aspects need to be in place for my energy levels – and hence my mood and confidence – to increase:

Energy Strategy – Raising Your Moods Consistently Every Morning

1. A good night’s sleep, or if not, having time in the day to rest and catch up on your lost sleep. Being able to take control and do this when you are able to helps in you keeping control of your mental and physical energy throughout the day

2. Some kind of movement to get the energy flowing: ie exercise, doing [a] physical task/s etc

3. Some kind of technique to release baggage and help you feel more of a sense of connectedness to yourself, others, the world, the universe eg Emotional Freedom (‘Tapping’) Therapy

4. Fuel (good food): so that your brain works at the optimum level

5. Water: a good amount throughout the day to increase the electrical activity in the brain. The ideal is said to be 2-6 litres per day.

6. Clean, ordered, de-cluttered environment, which helps with feeling you have more energy and that you’re in control

7. Some sort of prioritized and positive set of targets you know you can achieve in the day, even if it’s at a stretch: eg a to-do list

8. Some sort of positive, achievable and realistic set of timeframes: so that your mind knows there is an end point you can actually achieve

9. A healthy balance of sameness (eg routine) and difference (eg variety, different activities, different ways of doing things). This helps to satisfy (according to personal growth specialist Anthony Robbins), two of our key human needs

10. Some sort of reward system for a job well done, even if it’s just basking for a few moments, or giving yourself a pat on the back

An important element of this is for you to engage in the above at the level that’s right for you on that particular day.

If you’ve had little or no sleep, you may have to do more tapping or more movement to get the same amount of energy flowing as when you’ve had more sleep. If you’re feeling out of kilter, you may have to watch what you eat that day much more than when you’re feeling a little better.

The above list constitutes a strategy I’ve come up with so far, in a rough order of priority, but it’s by no means an exhaustive list.

I know how I can feel in the mornings. Some mornings I feel that my energy is at zero. I know, however, that I have things that need to be done, so just lounging in bed isn’t an option.

The above is a simple set of tools to get me from zero (energywise) to a level five, a level eight or even a nine consistently. These tools, although fairly rudimentary, have had a significant impact on my moods and my life. I hope they can help you too.

 

What You Need To Know About The USDOT Number

A US DOT number is a unique identification number that is used for commercial vehicles that either transport cargo or passengers. The basic objective behind it is to have a single identifier for every vehicle in order to monitor the safety information of the company that owns the vehicle with regards to inspections, compliance reviews, information regarding audits and crash investigations.

Who Needs A USDOT Number

If you have a vehicle that takes part in any of the following activities, you will require a USDOT number:

If it is used to transport material that has been categorized as hazardous by the Secretary of Transportation and the material transported is in a quantity that requires placarding. This applies to both interstate and intrastate transportation.

You will also require the identification if the vehicle has been designed or it is used in the transportation of passengers exceeding eight people and this is done for some sort of compensation. Eight passengers in the vehicle will include the driver.

If the gross combination weight rating or the gross vehicle weight rating is 4,536 kilograms or more. (That works out to 10,001 lbs).

Or if the vehicle has been designed in a way or used for the transportation of 15 passengers or more (including the driver). This will be applicable when it is not done for any form of compensation.

Besides these activities, the vehicle should also be involved in some form of Interstate commerce in the United States, including:

• The commerce, trade or traffic between some place in one State and any place outside that state, which may include one place that is outside the USA
• Between two cities that are in a particular State or traverses through a second state or some place outside the USA
• Between two places that are located within a state and are part of some form of trade or transportation that may originate or terminate outside the state or outside the country

The DOT Exam

The Department of Transportation Examination has to be conducted only be a medical examiner who is licensed and also listed under the National Registry of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This list includes doctors of medicine, physician assistants, doctors of chiropractic, doctors of osteopathy, etc.

Every physical exam that is taken is then valid for a period of 24 months. In certain cases, the examiner may give the person a license for a shorter period if he thinks it necessary. For example, a person suffering from high blood pressure may get a license for a shorter period of time. Every person who completes the exam will be given a copy of the Medical Examiner’s Certificate.

 

Sitting in the Office All Day: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The good: working eight hours-or even more-a day at the office can certainly fatten your wallet. Unfortunately, your waist can pack on some fat too. And that’s just the start of it. Sitting in the office all day can go from bad to ugly. Because let’s face it, the work isn’t that physical, right? Shooting a crumpled paper into a trash bin across the room doesn’t count as exercise. However, if you do make that shot-cool! Nice Steph Curry impersonation.

Seriously though, here’s what being sedentary in the office can do to you in the long run. First, the bad:

· Makes enzymes lazy. The body has fat breaking enzymes. When you sit around all day, the enzymes become couch potatoes and their fat-breaking efficiency drops by a whopping 90 percent.

· Calorie-burning goes slow-mo. It’s not just the enzymes which become sluggish. When your body senses you have limited activity, it goes into what can be described in the computer sense as ‘sleep mode.’ That’s great when you’re stuck at sea and have nothing to eat. Your body will oh so slowly burn fat to save energy, to the point where calorie-burning drops off to a per minute basis. But in the office setting, you become fat because the calories you ate from that heavy breakfast or lunch buffet won’t get burned effectively.

You’re pretty confident, you can counteract the bad. And what’s a few extra pounds, right? Just loosen up your belt. But things do get ugly:

· Increases diabetes risk. Your body’s ability for insulin effectiveness also takes a plunge. It drops by 24 percent, which increases your chances of diabetes.

· Electrical activity slacks. Ever feel like your leg fell asleep when you haven’t moved it for so long? Then you feel all prickly when you move it again? It’s called paresthesia. Your nerves are temporarily restricted, causing trouble in the electrical activity of certain body parts. However, sitting too much and too long can make this chronic.

· Leads to back problems. For many athletes, back problems are common, because, well, they’re active. But it’s also common among office people. Why? Sitting in front of a desktop all day causes many to slump, slouch or generally ruin their posture. When this happens, flexibility, joint and spine health is compromised. And that’s how you get back pains even though you don’t play like your LeBron James on your spare time.

Okay, enough about the bad and the ugly. The good news is you can counteract the nasty effects of a sedentary office life by making simple adjustments. Just follow these tips:

· Five for 30. Even the slightest physical movement can help you, so remember this advice: five for 30. Stand for five minutes for every half an hour you spent sitting. If you can walk around, that’s better. Stretch your legs too.

· Office exercises. Obviously, you can’t do jumping jacks at the office. But you can do some stealthy exercises. Try the following: Put your palms together in front of you as if you’re praying. Push them together as hard as you can. This exercises your shoulders, upper back and forearms. Another is lifting your heels and pointing your toes. Hold that pose for 10 seconds. That’s one rep. Do as many as you like. Also, remember to engage your core all throughout the day. It’s like doing a plank while sitting.

· Cardio office-style. At the office, take a few flight of stairs in the morning. At the day’s end, go crazy and take more flights since you’ll be going home anyway.

· Walk it all off. Even the simplest of physical activities can help you shrug off the office blues and keep you more fit. Walking for 30 minutes a day, for instance, can quickly be beneficial to your health. Done regularly, it can help you normalize your blood pressure, lose weight, prevent certain diseases and improve your stamina.

· Exercise at home even for 15 minutes. Lace up your running shoes-Reebok, known for its workout shoes is a good choice-and exercise at home. If you have an elliptical trainer or treadmill hop on even for just 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes too much for a busy you? How about a total body workout for seven or ten minutes? I’m pretty sure you can easily find the seven-minute workout in the Internet.

· Don’t. Always. Sit. At. Home. What’s the point in counteracting the bad effects when you’ll be sitting at your couch at home again? Stand when you’re doing stuff. Walk around. Jog in place.

Now you know the good, the bad and the ugly, you’ll be more motivated to keep fit despite your busy schedule.