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Travel and Train: How to Wander and Still Workout

Every now and then we find ourselves in need of nice getaway. It’s true, vacation can do good for the soul. But the sad truth is it doesn’t always bode as well for the body. But that doesn’t have to be the case. With the rising popularity of HIIT workouts and circuit-style exercises, there’s really no excuse to skip a workout.

But what if you’re craving something a bit more exotic for your vacation workout? What if you don’t want to spend hours in the hotel gym with the site of crashing waves and golden beaches sitting just out of reach. There’s no reason you can’t explore the lay of the land, learn the lingo of the local, and still get a new and exciting workout in all at once. So, to help you break out of the everyday box of normal exercises, below are a few great exercise routines to try while traveling.

Muay Thai on the Beach

Muay Thai is gaining increasing exposure in United States. Known as “the art of eight limbs”, this unique combat sport is a great way to get shredded, learn some self defense, and improve both physical and mental agility. If you happen to vacation this Summer to the beautiful beaches of Thailand, some higher end hotels have started offering this combat sport as an alternative to the standard hotel gym. In fact, some hotels have begun to offer a personal coach and a ring to encourage tourists to try this excellent blend of anaerobic and aerobic exercises.

Log Lifting in Zanzibar

If you’re looking for something that gets you a bit more in touch with the wilderness, some people have found the beautiful getaway of East Africa’s Zanzibar to be the perfect fit. Health and Fitness Travel offers a package that includes log lifting, sand dune running, and boxing in a coconut grove. It’s truly a unique experience that blends the push for new and innovative fitness techniques with something that feels completely natural, all the while providing the childlike joy of running and exploring the outdoors.

Meditation and Yoga in the Himalayas

If the previous workouts are something that sound a bit too strenuous during your time away, then yoga and meditation in the hills on India may be for you. Kumaon is the ideal dream destination for anyone seeking to develop their novice yoga experience into something more. A guided tour by Shakti Himalaya is offered with a hike up the mountain complete with in-house teachers and pauses for yoga and meditation along the journey. For those willing to splurge, there’s even the option of a private chef along the hike.

Working out in new and exciting ways is an excellent way to reinvigorate your passion for exercise and expand your ideas of how you can achieve a healthy mind and body. Next time you’re planning a vacation and are concerned with how you will get your workout in, try to find unique spots the locals use to switch up their routine, and give it a try. It may be the reset in your exercise regimen you need.

Joseph Benevento originally published this article on JosephBenevento.org

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The Synonymous Relationship Between Sales and Caring

Have you ever wondered how some people are naturals at connecting with others? You know the types; the ones who walk into a room and instantly command attention; the ones who form lasting relationships in mere minutes. Have you ever wondered the secret behind this type of behavior? The intrigue behind their most coveted skills?

The truth is, there’s no real mystery behind this sense of personability. In actuality, you don’t have to possess a seemingly evasive set of people skills to build relationships and add value to people’s lives; you merely must learn to instill their lives with meaning. In fact, this is the ‘secret’ behind sales. Sales isn’t about some deceptive practice that plays into consumerism. Rather, it’s about helping people find what they want and what instills their life with meaning and purpose.

What is Sales?

Put simply; sales is the desire to put forth an effort that will achieve a desirable outcome for someone. Sadly, far too many people have interpreted it as an avenue to acquire profit. But the true test of success in sales is discovering the intersection of revenue and relationship. The first step to take when working to achieve a client’s goals is to understand their desired outcome. What do they want? What do they need? By doing this, you not only provide an immense amount of value to the client, but you also do so for both yourself and your company.

For instance, make a list of your client’s goals and then make another filled with the tangible ways you can work to achieve their goals. Does the list reflect the initiative you are willing to take? When looking at the list, is it clear the client will see the value you are seeking to your relationship? If not, then you know you have a bit more work to do in learning and understanding your client.

How to Succeed

As counterintuitive as it may seem, if you truly wish to succeed in sales then you have to treat people as your counterparts, not as a means to an end. Take the time to learn someone’s name even if you don’t think a profitable relationship will arise anytime soon. Learn about their cares, worries, wants, and needs. Once this foundation is built, you can then learn what will be most beneficial to the client.

Again, developing a strong business relationship with a client starts first with developing a strong personal relationship. Show you care about their well-being, not just the paycheck you can receive from them.

Taking the step into sales can be an exciting, meaningful, and lucrative experience. And learning how to show you care and show interest can be the determining factor in positioning yourself as a cut above the rest.

Joseph Benevento originally published this article on josephbenevento.net

Cutting Through the Noise: Marketing in the 21st Century

Marketing in the digital explosion of the 21st century has brought an array of technological advances, predictive analytics, and marketing tools that the professionals of 50 years ago couldn’t have dreamt of. Indeed, the precision of paid search and SEO marketing that is available to professionals today is nothing short of astounding.

In some ways, marketing is more fine-tuned and more accessible than ever before—but it’s also more convoluted and crowded than ever before, too. The constant stream of communication in the 21st century is nowhere more evident than online. Every day, the internet slams consumers with vast amounts of information; from politics to reality television. So, how do you learn to cut through the noise without adding to it?

Bring it to the Basics

If traditional advertising created the era of ‘Madmen,’ digital advertising has created the age of the ‘all-out crazy man.’ But one way to counteract the noise and use it for your benefit is through harnessing the most traditional form – word-of-mouth – and revamping it for your benefit. This is where a quality and engaged social media presence is crucial. Learning to market yourself or your company in an effective manner is the defining line between successful marketing and a stagnant campaign.

Popular social platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn allow you to interact with your audience directly. Gone are the days of strict separation between the business and its and the consumer. Marketing your brand your product in the first person is a great way to build quality engagement and trustworthiness with your audience.

Lots of (Quality) Content

Consistent engagement is crucial. But if you’re not producing entertaining, interesting, and thought-provoking content, then you’re simply adding to the noise of the industry. As the craziness of the digital age reaches near epidemic proportions, it’s important to focus on quality engagement. How? Well, maybe you don’t need to post 25 nonsensical tweets in one day. It’s better to peak the interest of your followers than it is to overload and overstimulate their senses.

Learning to channel your passions into marketable motifs is also vital to marketing success. Instead of focusing so much on determining what the new trend is, try to figure out how to market the things you love. Unless you’re into something extremely esoteric, then you’re probably going to find people in the ether that enjoy much of the same the same things you do.

In many ways, marketing is the same today as it’s always been. But with so many messages present through so many mediums, strategic marketing is perhaps more important than ever before.

Joseph Benevento originally published this article on josephbenevento.net