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10 Workout Resources You’ll Love

10 Workout Resources You’ll Love

With hundreds, probably thousands of workout resources on the Internet, it can be difficult to know which ones are going to have the best information about the latest nutrition information, workouts, workout challenges, etc. You could spend hundreds of hours just surfing the net and looking for sites that will help you reach your fitness goals. Rather than see you waste all of this time, we have compiled a list of some of our top 10 favorite workout resources that we know you will love.

1. Blogilates

This is created by Cassey Ho, an award-winning fitness instructor based in Los Angeles, CA. Blogilates is the top female fitness channel on YouTube, and it already has more than three million subscribers, as well as more than 30,000 million views. Get great workouts, diet information, and loads more.

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2. Tone it Up

This is a diet and exercise plan that is healthy for anyone to use. Of course, before starting any diet or exercise program, you should consult with your physician. This site also offers loads of great articles about diet, nutrition, the latest and best exercises, and other information that is going to help you get in and stay in great shape.

3. The Complete 4-Week Beginner’s Workout Program

This popular fitness magazine offers great articles with loads of advice for fitness enthusiasts of all levels. Find articles about the best beginner workout programs, how to gain more muscle, healthy meal plans, etc. You will even find advice that will improve your sex life, and other interesting articles.

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4. Body Rock

This free, seven-day Reboot Your Life challenge is a great place to get started if you have been thinking about losing weight and getting into better shape. You can also use 21 days of free workout videos. Simply choose your level and get started today to achieve the body you have always wanted.

5. Turbulence Training

This tool offers both lifestyle and workout tips for men and women who are on the go, but still want to get into better shape so they look and feel better. You will find videos on all types of workouts, challenges, diet tips, healthy eating and recipes, and much more to help you lead a healthy lifestyle.

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6. Fitness Blender

Fitness Blender was created by just two people: a husband and wife. Check out these free workout videos for all fitness levels. You can use the customizable workout calendar, track your progress, and talk with other fitness enthusiasts on the community forums. Membership is completely free.

7. Anytime Fitness Cost

Do you want to know what the fees are for memberships at gyms in your area? Instead of making a bunch of calls or visiting many websites, this site gives you the fees for the most popular fitness centers all across the United States.

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8. XHit

Find all of the best fitness videos at XHit. You will be able to use the daily workout routines that burn lots of calories, take part in workout challenges, etc. Be sure to check out the many health and fitness tips to achieve your perfect body in a healthy way.

9. Spark People TV

Here are some more awesome health and fitness videos that you can use to help you get into great shape. Find hundreds of workout videos for women and men, and for all fitness levels. All videos are free to watch, and hosted by some of today’s top trainers from around the world.

10. Yoga with Adriene

Everything you ever wanted to know about yoga is going to be discussed on this YouTube channel. Whether you are interested in yoga for relaxation, or as part of your daily workout, here is your personal yoga trainer.

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Last Updated on February 21, 2019

The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

Conflicts are literally everywhere.

Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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