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Get Fit for the Summer

England is not the best place on earth to get fit throughout the year. Especially when exam times are coming up and that it’s easier to find some comfort with cupcakes than with a treadmill at the gym.

However I managed to get fit for summer and lost a little bit of weight by doing very simple things that are doable for everyone, the most important is the motivation. If you’re not motivated at 100 % you won’t achieve your goal. Keep in mind that you want to look like a goddess for the beginning of the summer to show off on the beach with your brand new bikini if you are a girl or with your brand new surfboard if you’re a man.

Here are few tips you can follow, and if you stick to it I promise you will notice the difference. But this is not a diet at all; it will help you to modify your habits to have a healthier lifestyle.

First of all, try to avoid junk food as much as possible. If it’s possible, ban fast foods of your life for few months. Instead of spending money in such places, take the habit to cook yourself! Cooking can be really fun especially if you’re a student. It will help you to relax and have good times with your friends. Even if you’re not the kind of person to be patient, recipes are made especially for you. Sometimes it takes just 5 minutes to get an outstanding dish. After all you efforts, you will be rewarded by eating food you set your heart on making instead of taking the easy way and going to a random fast food to buy junk food that will hurt your body. Also when you’re hungry, instead of eating snacks take the habit of eating a carrot: it’s much healthier and better for your body.

Another tip is to keep it light in the evening. You can have a substantial dish for lunch but something but try to have something light for dinner. Because as you won’t make any more effort, your body will accumulate the fat instead of burning calories like its the case when you are active during the day. I would advice you have a salad with some cheese and some piece of fruit as dessert. You can have some tea too after dinner.

And my last piece of advice would be: try to walk as much as you can. When you can avoid to take the bus or your car, do it : to go to uni, to do your groceries, to go into town. It’s better for your health and also very respectful for the environment. Don’t be lazy and go out to the park for example. Take a ball and go to the park with your friends, flatmates or siblings. Summer days are finally here after endless rainy days, so make the most of it to share them with people you like before going home for the summer!

Fit as a Fiddle : The Asian Way

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Eating with chopsticks is characteristic of  Asian cultures. For the occidental world it is one of the first clichés that come to mind when they see Asians eating their bowls of rice with chopsticks. But it is more than a stereotype. Studies suggest that eating with chopsticks is healthier than eating with a fork.

Coventry hosts a large number of international students many of whom are from Asia. May, a Chinese student of Coventry, gives an insight into this tradition: ‘ I think that asian people have a healthier lifestyle than English people, there is not as much obesity problem in my country than here in England’

She argues that  eating with  chopsticks helps in moderating the pace at which we eat and the quantity we consume. This, she explains, is the reason why Asians eat small quantity of food in little bowls. But eating less does not make them  hungry. The logic is the slower the body swallows  food and the faster  it controls its appetite. More so, it enhances the rate at which the nutrients are assimilated.

But to make this work some rules must be observed when eating with Asians. For example, piercing your food with a chopstick is considered a funeral rite in Japan and discouraged.

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Obesity is a major health issue. Although eating with chopsticks does not solve the problem, it could be a step to tackle it.

Now that you know the benefits, take your time and your chopstick and enjoy your meal!

 

Reflection:Since the very beginning the reader know what the story is going to be about, and to be sure that the reader understands it I have used the appropriate style to make sense for the story. I have tried not to use passive tense; instead I have privileged the use of active forms. I also made my article shorter than the first one with the use of short sentences because according to Farhad Manjoo Readers can’t stay focused.’ The more I type, the more you tune out’ (2013 : online). I would add that for an online article, 800 words must be the maximum to keep it lively and tightly.

Online writing also includes knowing how to structure the news, this is why I have effectively made the use of the headlines and the subhead in order to give simplicity, precision, relevance, orderliness to the reader. I also broke the different paragraph so it’s clear to clear. I have referred to the inverted pyramid theory that states that a story should always go to the most general and then along with the development become more and more specific. The reader must be able to understand very quickly, you don’t want to write a scientific report with a lot of scientific notions, the use of a specific jargon. The work of a journalist is to vulgarise his knowledge in order to make it accessible to the people that would like to know more about a specific topic even though they don’t have any knowledge in it.

The information also must be accessible to any platform; nowadays thanks to all the thriving technologies people don’t only consult online news on computers, they have tablets or smartphones. I also learnt how to take advantage of the online platform for example with the SEO ( Search Engine Optimisation) I couldn’t apply them for iCov but I have tried to use them for my own blog, by using the key words. The first rule for SEO is concision; it’s a way for user to find easily your story while typing key words on Google for example.

I also used the tags in order to make it easy for readers to look a story related to their centre of interest. This article is on the lifestyle category with students and health eating because it’s a major concern for a lot student. In Aim for the Heart, Al Tomkins gives us few tips to tell a story online for example taping into local passion groups : ‘Whatever people are wild about in your area, give them virtual watering holes where they gather to talk about and share whatever they are passionate about.’ (2013 :182)

The advantage with the online platform is that we can create a link with the reader thing that you can’t do in print or in radio : on the online platform, people are able to interact with you, share your article, comment it to have more information. This is why at the end of the article I have included a YouTube video to help the reader to go further.

 

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