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More on Internet Marketing and Shoes

In keeping in line with attempting to build a business from home, we’ve chosen to write about an online business opportunity surrounding both shoes, and a recent exercise phenomenon called CrossFit.

CrossFit has been around for about 14 years now.  It was started in Southern California in the year 2000.  The philosophy behind this exercise regimen is pretty straightforward, although much of it flies in the face of weight training dogma of the last 25 years.

The idea behind CrossFit is that we need to get back to training the cores of our body to be strong.  So many of the problems and diseases that people face today stem from poor muscle strength in key areas.  This is caused by many things.

The biggest overall cause is that we’re nowhere near as active as we used to be.  The vast majority of people spend their days chained to a desk, typing on a keyboard.  This is nothing like what our bodies were designed for.

Olympic Lifts

The main lifts incorporated into CrossFit WODs (workout of the day) are Olympic style lifts.  They include the snatch, the clean and jerk, deadlifts, and squats.  For most people, these are mild to sever forms of torture, especially in the beginning.  Another side effect of inactivity is the loss of flexibility.  And decent flexibility is required to perform all of these lifts.

Cardio

Much of CrossFit is built around increasing your endurance.  But most of the runs built into WODs are less than 1 mile in length.  Instead it incorporates explosive type movements such as box jumps, muscle ups, and burpees.  For an accurate description of all of these exercises along with pictures check out CrossFit.com

Equipment Requirements

One thing you’ll notice when you first step into a CrossFit “box” (gym) is the near total lack of equipment.  Unlike most gyms that have rows and rows of machines, boxes are usually pretty sparse.  There are sure to be plenty of pull up bars and olympic lifting bars though.

From a member perspective the workouts are also substantially different.  Most gyms are filled with individuals each doing their own routine.  But at a box everyone is there for the same workout.  Members offer each other support during exercises.  This shouldn’t be intimidating.  The exercises are infinitely scalable for beginners all the way up to near-professionals.

And just about the only thing you’ll need other than a basic set of clothes is a decent pair of shoes.  CrossFit-style shoes are designed to be relatively flat, this helps with lifting.  Compared to standard tennis shoes they offer much less cushion.  They also offer more room for your toes to splay out, which is the natural movement of the foot when exercising or jumping.  Finding a good pair of shoes will be very important to your success.  You can get by with cross-trainers or tennis shoes for a while.  But eventually you’ll want to upgrade to a pair that are specifically designed for these grueling workouts.

And that’s where Internet Marketing comes into play.  CrossFit is a relatively new phenomenon, and product manufacturers are just now beginning to address the demand for products from these intensely loyal fans.  Building e-commerce sites designed to help meet this need is certainly an opportunity worth exploring.

There are new companies as well as old established companies that are looking to take advantage of the marketplace, and you can too if you play your cards right.

Building a Business From Home

Let’s face it.  The economy is in rough shape.  While unemployment numbers might not reflect the true situation, the fact that the labor participation rate has dropped to the lowest level in 30 years is significant.  And this is the true story.

While the government would have you believe that things are just humming along, most Americans know this is a fairy tale spun by the snake oil salesmen of Washing D.C.  So what can you do if you find yourself without a job and little prospect of finding one in the near future? Start your own business.

Starting a business may sound extremely intimidating.  But in this highly digitized age, it has become easier than ever to start a home business.  Much of this stems from the fact that a web presence requires very little up-front capital.  You basically need a good idea, and a way to market it.

In some cases, you don’t even need to have a good idea, you just need to know how to market an existing idea.  Others will pay you to do this.

Internet Marketing

Internet marketing means many things.  There are hundreds of ways to make money online by marketing existing products or services.  One of the most popular ways of doing this is through affiliate products.

One of the largest affiliate programs out there is Amazon.com.  That’s right.  Amazon will actually pay you to advertise their products.  How is this done?  Very simple.

Let’s say you’re in the market for a new knife sharpener.  You go online and do a quick search.  Perhaps you want to see what others think about sharpeners they’ve bought.  You might type in knife sharpener reviews and comparisons.  You might see a whole list of pages with information that ranges from helpful to just plain worthless.  But many of these sites are built specifically to target your search.

You too can build one of these product review sites, and refer the traffic to Amazon.com.  If your readers end up purchasing a product, you receive a commission based on the total amount of the sale.

Market Your Own Product

Do you enjoy making unique products?  Perhaps you enjoy cooking or baking?  One of the beautiful things about the Internet is that it connects billions of people around the world.  So even if you produce something that only a very small population of the world is interested in, the market still exists.

Setting up an e-commerce site is now easier than ever.  In a matter of days you can have a site up and running to sell whatever it is you make.

Cookies are a great example.  If you’ve got a yummy homemade recipe then all you have to do is figure out a name, buy the domain, and set up the website.  Packaging and other details that used to be substantial barriers to entry can now be done in a matter of hours.

You might even find that stores in your local area are interested in your product.  It’s certainly worth a shot.

These are just a couple of ideas of the many thousands that are out there.  If you’re still struggling to come up with an idea, begin by focusing on a problem that you have that no one else has been able to solve.  This is how all the most popular products in the world come into existence.  If you can solve a problem for someone, you’ll have a customer for life.

Paleo Cookies, Paleo Or Not?

There is a big debate in the Paleo community about including sweets in a ‘Paleo’ diet.  Some argue that it’s not truly Paleo to include foods that our prehistoric had access to, but in the form of cookies, cakes, and other sweets.  And others would argue that these goodies are made from the same ingredients as were available to said ancestors, so why not eat them?

What is the Paleo Diet

The paleo diet has exploded onto the healthy eating scene over the last couple of years.  For those that are not familiar with it, the dictates of the diet say that you should stick to foods that our ancestors ate over the course of millions of years of evolution.  This would include meat, vegetables, fruits (in moderation), nuts, and seeds.  Just as important as what IS included  in the list of things to eat, is the list of things to avoid.

The foods that you want to avoid are grains, legumes, some dairy (depending on tolerance), and any sort of processed food.  While grains may seem like a part of our diet that has been around for a long time, they are a relatively new addition in the evolutionary scheme of things.  The first cultures to consume grains as a significant portion of their diet didn’t come along until roughly 12,000 years ago.

That may sound like a long time, but it takes our bodies a LONG time to adjust to new foods.  We see the evidence of this all around us as more and more people are diagnosed with Celiacs disease every day.  This condition is the inability of the body to digest gluten.  Gluten is found in wheat, and is used in thousands of food products.

There’s a good bit more to the diet, but that’s not the point of this article.  If you’re interested in learning more go to MarksDailyApple.com.  While it’s a lot to read, this site has copious amounts of information on the Paleo diet, although they refer to it as the Primal diet.

Sweets or No Sweets

One of the choices you have to make when deciding to live the Paleo diet is to give up refined sugars and sweets.  For many people this can be very difficult.  Research has shown that sugar acts like a drug, always telling us that we want more, more, more.  So many argue that we should give up sweets altogether in order to be free of this addiction.

Others argue that by eliminating all these foods you create an uncontrollable desire to eat them.  And so having a dessert or treat that is ‘technically paleo’ is a great way to get around this.  I happen to agree.  I’ve come up with several paleo cookie recipes that I must say are pretty damn good.  I’ve even thought of selling them.

They are made from all natural ingredients such as macadamia nuts, almonds, dairy free chocolate chips and so forth.  They are sweet, but they don’t have ANY processed sugars in them.  And they’re amazingly satisfying.  Just eating one of these Paleo chocolate chip cookies will keep you full for a couple of hours.  And these are by no means huge cookies.  But they are calorie dense.

So if you’re living on an decent salary level and can afford to eat all natural foods, then Paleo is the way to go.  And don’t worry about eating some sweets.  It will help you control cravings that otherwise might get out of control.

Sleep is another important part of this diet lifestyle.  And a big part of getting a good nights sleep is being able to control the amount of light that comes into your room.  Sometimes you need something such as room darkening blinds to block out the daylight, or even an annoying streetlight.