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Five Ways to Overcome Your Hate of Exercise

Everyone knows that exercise is a good way to keep your weight down and to increase your general health and well-being. But what do you do if you hate to exercise? Instead of just giving up, try these strategies to get in the exercise you need.

1. Make exercise a routine. We may hate to do laundry or get the oil changed in our car, but we do it anyway. Why? Well, it becomes part of our routine. Add exercise to your list of things that must get done each week.

2.  Give yourself some incentives. Working toward a goal is a great way to make yourself do something. Find something that feels like a good reward and only indulge when you have met your exercise goals. It can be anything from a weekly dessert treat to some new clothes or a weekend away. But be sure to set realistic goals so that you are rewarding yourself fairly often.

3.  Find ways to incorporate exercise into your daily life. Take the stairs, walk around the block at lunch, or walk your dog when you get home. If your children are in sports or activities, use your time waiting for practice to end to walk or run. Instead of dreading a long workout each day, you can look forward to little breaks from your daily grind.

4.  Take it slow at first. Committing to going to the gym every single day may be setting you up for failure. And once you miss a day, you have the temptation to just throw in the towel. Instead, give yourself a realistic schedule. You might try going on a walk a couple of times a week and swimming once a week. Once you can commit to this lighter schedule without fail, add in some more activity.

5.  Take a break once in a while. Even if you are gung-ho about increasing your exercise levels, you still need to schedule rest days into your routine. Even high-performance athletes plan for days off when training. This keeps you from becoming exhausted or burned out and gives your body a chance to reenergize.

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Senior Drug Safety

Often as we age, we are faced with having to take a variety of prescription drugs in order to treat disease or illness or to maintain our health. As the number of drugs taken increases, so does the chance of an adverse interaction occurring between the medications we take. As a general rule of thumb, any time a drug is prescribed, be sure to give a list of current medications you are taking to your doctor and pharmacist and ask specifically whether there might be any cause for concern.

What may be a surprise to many seniors, however, is the possibility for adverse interactions with non-prescription medication as well. Although over-the-counter drugs are generally safe, often there can be reactions to other drugs taken at the same time. It is important to treat any over-the-counter drugs you take as seriously as you treat your prescription medication. Next time you are prescribed a drug, be sure to include on your list of medications all the non-prescription drugs you are taking. You should also include any herbal or vitamin supplements, as these can also have some surprising and adverse effects with some prescription medication.

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Ten Common Resumé Mistakes

Any job search involves a resume. To ensure that yours gets the attention it deserves, be sure to avoid these common mistakes.

1. Don't write your resume to just sound like a series of job descriptions. Instead of focusing on the duties you were responsible for at your previous jobs, include your accomplishments along with statistics to back up your claims.

2. Don't write in the first person. Words such as "I," "my," and "me" should not be used.

3. Don't include unrelated and personal information. This is partly to save valuable room in your resume, but also to avoid information that might distract your potential employer.

4. Don't use passive language or omit action words. Use a thesaurus to choose words that are bold and strong and make a good impression. Using action words adds interest to your resume.

5. Don't get repetitive. Be sure to have variety in your resume, both in sentence structure and words used. Again a thesaurus is a good tool to have nearby as you prepare your resume.

6. Don't use poor formatting. Your resume should not use too many fonts or type sizes. It should be arranged in a clean, organized manner. Use consistent formatting for headings and bullets. Avoid unconventional fonts or graphics.

7. Don't send your resume without a cover letter. Your cover letter is a tool for you to really sell yourself and to customize your application to the exact job you are seeking.

8. Don't send a generic or unfocused resume. Your resume should be tailored to suit the exact position for which you are applying. Your resume should include details that are different for each type of job you are seeking.

9. Don't include typos or grammatical errors. Your resume should be proofread several times by you and at least once by another person. Many hiring professionals will toss a resume without further consideration if they see a typo or other error.

10. Don't send your resume to a company without having a name to send it to. Sending it to the company's "Hiring Manager," or "To Whom It May Concern," will not get it the attention it deserves. Take the time to find a real person at the company who is responsible for hiring in the department you are targeting.

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Wassup @ BVS

The annual Squab Producers workshop was held last month at the Ag Center in Modesto.  BVS was there to record it for distribution to its members and for uploading onto their website.

These are tough times for small businesses and schools, but you still have the same needs for training staff.  Video is a very cost-effective way to provide that ongoing training.  It provides the same message every time at a time that works for your staff.  It can be put on a DVD or on your website for 24-hour access, from anywhere in the world.  Let us help you create that training.

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Theo's Corner

Pet Sitter Checklist

Hiring a pet sitter is often the best option for your animal companions when you need to go out of town. Many pet owners choose in-home pet sitting instead of a kennel for the benefit of their pets. To ensure that your pet stays safe and well-cared for, you will need to give your pet sitter information about your home and pets. Use this checklist next time you are preparing for a get-away. Write down all the information and post it in an accessible spot.


  1. Pets' names

  2. Emergency contact information

  3. Veterinarian name and contact information

  4. Nearest pet hospital

  5. Local poison control

  6. Instructions for feeding

  7. Special health concerns

  8. Special care instructions

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