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4 Fun Activities for Women Wanting to Get in Shape This Summer

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So, you've decided that this summer you're finally going to launch that diet and exercise regimen you've been procrastinating on for so long. Summer is the perfect time to get in shape because the heat makes you sweat, which aids in burning calories.


Of course, the beautiful weather also makes it a wonderful time for the kind of outdoor activities that will have your physique toned up in no time. However, not all exercises are fun, and some activities aren't ideal for women who want to build a slender and sleek frame, as certain training types will lead to the development of bulky muscle mass. With that said, here are four challenging physical activities and sports that are perfect for women who are trying to get in shape during the summertime:

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Roller Skating

Roller skating is one of those activities that are great for the entire family. While men can also benefit from this entertaining physical pastime, the motions and movements involved in roller skating make it a great toner for the legs, buttocks, and thighs, which are obviously areas that many women would like to refine and improve. Plus, it never really feels strenuous, so it's something you can do all summer long without feeling like you're exercising. However, it's good to make sure you're opting for roller skates for women instead of just a general unisex pair, as women's roller skates are usually more lightweight with girly aesthetics.

Swimming

Swimming is one of the most effective ways to build stamina and endurance without putting a lot of strain on your joints, ligaments, and muscles. It also contributes towards a more lean and athletic physique while contouring the entire body simultaneously. Furthermore, swimming in the ocean can be great for your skin because the saltwater cleanses your pores of excess oil and dirt. You might even want to consider joining a community swim team to take a more guided approach.

Volleyball

It's no secret that volleyball is a popular sport for women. It's also very well-known that volleyball players often have a shape that many women would love to have. Of course, any activity that has you running and jumping so frequently is going to work wonders on your lower body, and the constant slapping and batting motions that you make towards the ball also help build core strength and slim your arms.

Tennis

Tennis is a bit hard on the joints and may require more practice before you're actually able to play competitively, but if you're willing to put in the hard work, it will reward you with the lean and toned body that tennis players are known for having.

Why Not Try All Four?

If you can't honestly state that you've tried all four of the above activities for extended periods, then you don't really know for sure how much of an impact they might have on your weight loss effort. Spend a week trying each of them before you decide which one will be your go-to activity for weight loss this summer.

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Five Essential Lessons to Keep in Mind When You're Starting Your Own Business

"How did you ever get into a business like that?" people ask me. They're confounded to hear that my product is industrial baler wire—a very unfeminine pursuit, especially in 1975 when I founded my company in the midst of a machismo man's world. It's a long story, but I'll try to shorten it.

I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up—even if it involved a non-glamorous product. I'd been fired from my previous job working to become a ladies' clothing buyer and was told at my dismissal, "You just aren't management or corporate material." My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.

Over the years, I've learned quite a few tough lessons about how to successfully run a business. Below are five essential elements to keep in mind, as well as my story on how I learned them.

Find A Need And Fill It

I gradually became successful at selling various products, which unfortunately weren't profitable enough to get me off the ground, so I asked people what they needed that they couldn't seem to get. One man said, "Honey, I need baler wire. Even the farmers can't get it." I saw happy dollar signs as he talked on and dedicated myself to figuring out the baler wire industry.

I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up.

Now forty-five years later, I'm proud to be the founder of Vulcan Wire, Inc., an industrial baler wire company with $10 million of annual sales.

Have Working Capital And Credit

There were many pitfalls along the way to my eventual success. My daughters and I were subsisting from my unemployment checks, erratic alimony and child-support payments, and food stamps. I had no money stashed up to start up a business.

I paid for the first wire with a check for which I had no funds, an illegal act, but I thought it wouldn't matter as long as I made a deposit to cover the deficit before the bank received the check. My expectation was that I'd receive payment immediately upon delivery, for which I used a rented truck.

Little did I know that this Fortune 500 company's modus operandi was to pay all bills thirty or more days after receipts. My customer initially refused to pay on the spot. I told him I would consequently have to return the wire, so he reluctantly decided to call corporate headquarters for this unusual request.

My stomach was in knots the whole time he was gone, because he said it was iffy that corporate would come through. Fifty minutes later, however, he emerged with a check in hand, resentful of the time away from his busy schedule. Stressed, he told me to never again expect another C.O.D. and that any future sale must be on credit. Luckily, I made it to the bank with a few minutes to spare.

Know Your Product Thoroughly

I received a disheartening phone call shortly thereafter: my wire was breaking. This horrible news fueled the fire of my fears. Would I have to reimburse my customer? Would my vendor refuse to reimburse me?

My customer told me to come over and take samples of his good wire to see if I might duplicate it. I did that and educated myself on the necessary qualities.

My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.

Voila! I found another wire supplier that had the right specifications. By then, I was savvy enough to act as though they would naturally give me thirty-day terms. They did!

More good news: My customer merely threw away all the bad wire I'd sold him, and the new wire worked perfectly; he then gave me leads and a good endorsement. I rapidly gained more wire customers.

Anticipate The Dangers Of Exponential Growth

I had made a depressing discovery. My working capital was inadequate. After I purchased the wire, I had to wait ten to thirty days for a fabricator to get it reconfigured, which became a looming problem. It meant that to maintain a good credit standing, I had to pay for the wire ten to thirty days before my customers paid me.

I was successful on paper but was incredibly cash deprived. In other words, my exponentially growing business was about to implode due to too many sales. Eventually, my increasing sales grew at a slower rate, solving my cash flow problem.

Delegate From The Bottom Up

I learned how to delegate and eventually delegated myself out of the top jobs of CEO, President, CFO, and Vice President of Finance. Now, at seventy-eight years old, I've sold all but a third of Vulcan's stock and am semi-retired with my only job currently serving as Vice President of Stock and Consultant.

In the interim, I survived many obstacles and learned many other lessons, but hopefully these five will get you started and help prevent some of you from having the same struggles that I did. And in the end, I figured it all out, just like you will.