A Look at the Difference Between Prosperity and Success

Is there actually any difference between a prosperous man and a successful or rich man? Or are they mere synonyms? If they are different which group should a Christian belong to? Which should reflect in a Christian? I would like to make an analysis with the Bible and on that base we could differentiate and draw a conclusion.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shall make thy way prosperous and then thou shall have good success.”

Joshua 1:8(KJV)

We could see it is God’s will that we be both prosperous and successful as we abide by his word daily. We could also say that prosperity is different from success or riches but they are related as the bible also made us to understand. What is then the difference between this two? Is it possible to be rich and not be prosperous or is it also possible for one to be prosperous and not rich? Who is a prosperous man? These questions would be answered from the Bible.

“With God you will be both prosperous and you will have “good” success. But without God you can be only be successful”.

In the book of Luke 16:19-31 Jesus gave us the parable of a rich (successful) man and a beggar called Lazarus. The man was successful, he had wealth but was not prosperous because his riches were not affecting the lives of the needy or the poor, his wealth was for him alone and for whom he dimmed fit. He was only a rich man.

“And the Lord was with Joseph and he was a prosperous man; and he was in his master’s house. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper”.

Genesis 39:2-3(KJV)

Joseph was a prosperous man but he was not rich materially at that time and because he was prosperous his master’s house was blessed. If you see a prosperous man, the blessing of the Lord in his life will radiate and affect the lives of others positively. Prosperity and success (riches) is not limited to material (Money) and tangible things, you could be rich in talents and so many other useful things but the fact still remains that you should affect lives. A prosperous life blesses the lives of other with what God has given him/her.

“When riches or success are used to bless lives to the Glory of God it becomes prosperity”.

Point 1

Riches or success could be gotten from God or by man but prosperity is only from the Lord. For a man to be prosperous he must abide by God’s word Joshua 1:8. The bible said and the Lord was with Joseph and he prospered. Prosperity here should not be confused for influence.

Point 2

As Christians we should use whatever God has deposited in us to bless others. This is when we will be recognized as prosperous.

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Life Fitness X3-5 Elliptical Trainer Review

We reviewed and used the Life Fitness X3-5 elliptical trainer over a period of 3 weeks. We also interviewed Life Fitness X3-5 owners as well as several people who had used the elliptical trainer in the gym or fitness center. The X3-5 is a step up from the old X3-0 model and has many top of the line features. However for an MSRP of about $2900.00 it is beyond the budget of the average home fitness equipment buyer. We found that the Life Fitness elliptical trainers top feature was the very smooth ride comes from its rear flywheel that incorporates the Life Fitness “Link6” drive system.

The Life Fitness X3-5 elliptical trainers 19-inch stride fits most people. Our largest tester is a power lifter at 6’2″ and 285 lbs and he felt the trainer was relatively stable. Pedal placement is good and allows comfortable foot placement. X3-5 owners and users were pleasantly impressed with how quiet this elliptical trainer is even during an intensive workout it remained one of the quietist ellipticals that we have tested. One owner did complain that this model was hard to move.

There are many quality features on the Life Fitness X3-5 that we like including the wireless heart rate controlled workout system that allows you to target specific workout intensity. Basically your hearts response to the workout, controls the resistance levels you experience during the workout. Basically it is a plug and play workout program tailored to your specific body.

The Life Fitness X3-5 elliptical trainers console contains the My Personal Trainer software that allows you focus on lower body workouts or total body workouts. We heard several comments on these features with the most common being that it worked well once you spent the time to figure out the system. Most people were using one of the 12 standard workout programs to achieve the workout intensity they desired. We rated the upper body workout and the handlebars as just average on this elliptical.

Most of the Life Fitness X3-5 owners we interviewed purchased their elliptical trainers on-line. The units were delivered and set up by the owners with few problems. Damaged or non functioning consoles seem to be the biggest complaint we heard. Customer service was rated as fair in resolving setup and warranty issues. The Life Fitness warranty for cross traines includes a lifetime on the frame, 2-years on the electrical and mechanical parts, 1-year on labor. An extended warranty is recommended for all elliptical trainers.

We recommend the Life Fitness X3-5 elliptical trainer for home and light commercial use, however it is probably too expensive for most in home applications. It has many features that will satisfy the most dedicated cardio fitness buf. Due to the relatively high cost for an in home elliptical trainer, we recommend that you spend the time to physically test ride any fitness equipment at least once before you make your purchase. Find a dealer, fitness center or local Y that has the Life Fitness X3-5 set up and complete an intense workout. we also suggest that you question X3-5 users at these fitness centers as well. Only then will you know for sure that the Life Fitness X3-5 will meet your fitness needs.

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Tips to Finding the Best Beauty Therapy Courses

Beauty therapy is a growing industry. This industry includes everything from waxing to facials and pedicures to manicures. The course not only teaches you how to carry out different treatments, but it teaches you about skin and nails, so you can provide your clients in the future with a high level of care and service.

The first step is to do some research and this will involve going online and looking through some of the colleges and centres that provide beauty therapy courses that will be of interest to you. Most beauty therapy courses are broken into categories depending on the type of therapy you want to provide, whether you want to focus on the skin and face or you want to focus on the nails.

Choose a few of the centres you feel you want to consider to complete your beauty therapy courses. Ideally look for a centre or college that will provide you with both theoretic and practical knowledge. If they have their own salon where you will enjoy hours of practice, even better.

With the colleges or centres in mind, you can now research each one in detail to identify the college you think is going to provide you, not only with the best beauty therapy courses, but with the best and most comprehensive learning experience. The best way to do this step is to research each of the colleges individually. Go to their website and learn as much as you can about them before typing their name into your search engine and reading through the results to get honest student feedback that you can trust when making your decision. This step should help you reduce your short list.

Knowing the reputation of the college, you now want to really focus on the selection of beauty therapy courses that they provide. There may be more than one that you are interested in. If this is the case, it’s worthwhile phoning the centre directly and speaking to a member of their team who is knowledgeable and can direct you on the order you should take the courses or whether you are able to complete more than one at a time.

Cost is an important factor, but it should never be your deciding factor. You want to choose a top school, you want to find the best beauty therapy course and you want to walk away with confidence to walk into a salon tomorrow and start work. This means that you may pay more for a higher level of education at one college than another. If it comes down to two colleges and you cannot choose between them as they both provide you with the best education experience, then cost can become the deciding factor.

If you are going to be studying full time, then you will be better off choosing a school that is local or within easy travelling distance so you can attend in-class lessons. Due to the fact you want to get the best hands on experience during your studies, it is advisable to complete these courses in-class, so you get that essential training you need to provide your clients in the future with the service that they expect.

This is a very rewarding career, though you do need a extrovert personality with excellent communication skills to succeed. Completing one or more beauty therapy courses can help you start a career in the beauty industry and if you are already in the industry and thinking of moving to another sector, then it can help you make that move or even fast track your career within your company.

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New Home Design Tips

Set the Standards of your Front Door

First impression is the best impression, Create door that gives a warm welcome to your guests. Doors can be a big impact on the visitors; Set the standards of your front door as primary goal to make outsiders fall in love with your house even before visiting it.

Make your Entry Way with Mirror

Your living room is the first thing people see next to the front door- so decorating it is a very important task to give elegant look to your home. Invite people with entry way mirror that gives a unique feel to your guests. It not only adds elegance but also brings sufficient reflection of light in house.

Sofa in Living room speaks a lot

If you have ever checked a hotel or restaurant, you can observe that the sofa and chairs are placed in ‘U’ or ‘H’ shapes. This is to make people face each other to invite conversations. Similarly you need to place your sofa and chairs facing each other. Some people place sofa to the corner of the room in order to make the room look bigger, but in fact it only makes your room look larger and gives you an empty feeling. Remember, your living room is a conversation area.

White furniture makes room look bigger

If you feel your room is compact and want to make it look bigger then prefer white furniture. White furniture has the super power to make any room look bigger than it actually is. This simple step can bring big change in your rooms.

Gallery Wall, inexpensive yet brings highly expensive look

No matter how your room is, the little accessories in it can give you an entirely different and amazing feeling. Gallery wall is one such thing. Gather all your favorite photos or arts and fix it to walls. It is suggested to prefer black, white and tan frames to add elegance touch. Forget the old-fashioned formal photo grid.

Prefer contrasting styles

You need to mix it up and decorate your home to have an outstanding look. Mix the expensive and inexpensive things and decorate your home. Never shop just in one shop, go explore all the shops and find out the best to match the selected one. Mixing and matching is important formulae for making best look. But putting a cap on number of contrast styles is important to avoid the cluttered feeling.

Say “No” to the same look

It is pretty important to say goodbye to old boring look. Change your house look as often as you change your own style to be unique. Never settle on one look because change is always good to have.

Add greenery to all the rooms

Plants are the most inexpensive yet can be used as best accessories to decorate your home. Plants add life and color to each room. Not only for beautiful look, but it also helps to keep the room clean.

Curtains make a room

Yes, Curtains make a room but it happens only when the right ones are chosen. Choose your curtains depending on the wall paints and furniture in the room. Use high length curtains if you have lower ceilings to make them look larger.

Painting matters the most in Home decors

Painting is the key factor that has the power to make your house look either awesome or awful. So it should be chosen carefully. Select the colors that look good with the material and furniture you have. Prefer softer and lighter colors in smaller rooms to make it look bigger than they are. Select saturated colors in darker or dim rooms to carry out the look.

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Corruption of Fstab and Mtab Files and Available Linux Recovery Solutions

However advanced the technology may be and whatever precautions we may take, data loss is almost inevitable. Though Linux operating system is often improved upon its previous versions than any of its counterparts, still there are a number of reasons, for which data can be lost in a Linux operating system based computer. In a Linux computer, the fstab (/etc/fstab) and mtab (/etc/fstab) are the two most crucial directories. Without these directories, the operating system could not be able to locate neither the existing hard drive volumes nor the mounted drives on your system. For this reason, the system fails to boot and all your data in the hard drive becomes inaccessible. In such situation of data loss, you need any Linux data recovery software to recover back the lost or inaccessible data.

Facts about ‘fstab’ and ‘mtab’ directories:

• The fstab or ‘file systems table’ is a system directory within the Linux operating system. This system configuration file contains information about all the available hard drives and volumes attached to the system. The file tells, the way, hard drive volumes are initialized and integrated through the file system. Moreover, it lists the details of the file systems, which are accessed by the ‘fsck command.

• The mtab or ‘mounted file systems table’ is also part of system configuration and lists all the currently mounted file systems on your Linux system. The file retains every detail of the mounted volumes, that is whether mounted manually or automatically and is automatically updated once the mount command is triggered against any drive or volume.

Sometimes, while accessing the Linux drives or the mounted volumes you may come across error messages related to the mounted file system and all the files and directories become inaccessible. The error message that you may have encountered can be read as below:

“Cannot read table of mounted file systems”

The above error is caused due to the corruption of ‘fstab’ or ‘mtab’ directories. Thus, the file system fails to mount and the data remains inaccessible thereof.

Such situation of data loss can only be dealt by any efficient Linux data recovery utility. These applications are meant to recover the lost, deleted, formatted or inaccessible data from the Linux file system based volumes. Moreover, these helpful utilities are completely safe to use and come with detailed instructions, so that can be used without any prior knowledge.

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Why Kids Love Cats So Much

There are many children who want to have a cat for a pet. Perhaps, your children are among these who desire to have one. If you are wondering why children love cats so much, the below reasons will provide some insight into this.

Cats provide good entertainment. Surely, you have seen a cat scamper across the tops of furniture, shimmy up the walls and jump down from high places and land right on his or her feet. To us who are grown, these behaviors are annoying. We wish that the animal can stop behaving in this fashion and stay out of the way. Kids, on the other hand, find these behaviors to be funny. They sit and watch in amazement, and they laugh heartily. Kids also enjoy playing games with their cats, like fetch, and they like to teach them how to do tricks. When these animals entertain these children, they will stay out of the hair of the adults and have something to do during boring times.

Cats are also nice to cuddle. The reason this is the case is because felines are nothing but big, warm fur balls. If you buy your child a cat who loves to be held, then he or she will cuddle with your young one for hours. Your young one can enjoy companionship while doing homework, and this pet can keep him or her company while sleeping at night. If your child has something comforting to sleep with, he or she will not be scared and feel the need to crawl into your bed to bother you while you are sleeping or taking some time for yourself.

Cats offer children lots of affection. When your child feels sad, the cat will crawl into his or her lap and stay there until he or she feels better. There have been some cases when a cat has been known to wrap his or her paws around his or her owner’s neck and give a hug. If your kid ever experiences this while sad, this will mean a lot to him or her.

Kids love cats because it does not require a lot of work to take care of them. All kids have to do is clean out the litter box, provide food and water and make sure the animal remains safe. It is not necessary to walk a cat, take it out to go to the bathroom or bathe it.

If you get a boy cat for your child, then you will want to get it fixed. If you do not, he will feel the need to mark his territory. The male cat will urinate all over your furniture, clothing and other odds and ends. Because cat urine smells, you do not want this to happen. You will also need to get the animal declawed, whether it is male or female. If you do not, curtains will be torn up, furniture will be scratched and the pet will ruin things around your house because he or she will feel the need to use various objects as scratching posts. If you take these precautions, your child will enjoy his or her pet, and your house will remain clean and orderly.

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The Investment Mistake Otha Anders Made

In 2015, an elderly Louisiana gentleman cashed in at a nearby bank, a truckload of 55-gallon plastic water jugs of pennies that he had collected over the previous 45 years. After the last penny had been counted, Otha Anders received over $5,130 as the total amount for his pennies. That’s over 510,000 pennies. To the general public, this news probably sounded wonderful, but to every American numismatist who collects and buys coins for fun and profit, Anders lost a lot of money.

According to the News-Star of Monroe, La., Anders referred to each of his pennies was a “God-given incentive reminding me to always be thankful.” In Anders case, however, a “penny saved” may be more than “a penny earned.” Many of those that he cashed in to get instant money, would have been worth more money.

Since Anders began his penny hoarding in 1970, he would have picked up many “wheat” pennies that the Mint struck between 1909 to 1958. Even today, there are still many “wheat” cents in penny rolls and circulating change. When he started saving in 1970, he would have found many wheat cents in great condition. Over the last 45 years, most of each of those pennies would become more valuable than one cent.

According to the “Guide Book of United States Coins 2015” by R.S. Yeoman, wheat cent values ranged from $.10 in “good” condition to several hundred dollars in “almost” uncirculated condition. Also, the guide records a few extremely rare pennies that were worth up to $5,000 in uncirculated conditions. However, it would be impossible to estimate how much the numismatic value of the entire collection might be; each coin would have to have been examined by reputable coin dealers who could have helped him sell his collection, but it’s easy to imagine Anders would have made over $20,000 if he had had the patience to get them evaluated.

In addition to numismatic value, there is a precious metal value for the price of all of the coin’s weight in copper. All American copper coins struck until 1981 contained 95% copper. According to the “InvestmentMine” website, in 2015 the average value of copper was $2.86 per pound. All of Anders’ pennies together weighed over 2,800 pounds. So, if he picked out all of the coins, we’d multiply 2,800 pounds and 2.86 the sum in copper would have been a total of roughly $8,000. However, a conservative estimate of the number of pennies made of copper was 75%, we’d get about $6,000, which is about $900 more than he received.

Although Anders received over $5,100 for his enormous collection, he could have gotten much more if he took the time to get all of them evaluated by a trained numismatist. However, the good news is that if you live in or near Louisiana, you could buy many rolls of pennies from local banks and probably find some of those higher valued wheat cents.

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A Brief Overview of Small Business Administration Loans

The Small Business Administration offers loans to the small businesses who do not meet the eligibility criteria required in order to secure them from the banks as well as other traditional organizations. It is vital to remember that this organization does not offer money to the small businesses directly and that it sets up proper guidelines for the loans that are offered by its partners that include credit unions, community development agencies, banks as well as micro-lending organizations. This organization gives the assurance that a certain portion of this type of fund will be paid back within the scheduled period of time. This type of guarantee from this organization will be able to eliminate all sorts of fear from the mind of the lender in the best possible way. This article will highlight on a few important loans that are offered by this organization for the borrowers in order to fulfill their requirements in the best possible way.

SBA 7 (a) loan

This type of fund is used for multiple business purposes such as renovation of buildings, purchase of fixed assets such as buildings, machinery and furniture and so on. It is used for other business purposes such as repayment of debt, investment of capital and so on. Its term is twenty years in the case of purchase of fixed assets and its term is twenty five years in case of repayment of debt.

SBA 504 loan

This type fund is used for the purchase of land and buildings and for the purchase of different kinds of fixed assets. It is designed in such a way that this organization offers fifty percent of the total cost of a particular project within the scheduled period of time. It is vital to remember that this type of fund cannot be used for capital investment at any point of time. It is used for the purchase of land, machinery and other fixed assets and it is used to renovate buildings and properties in the best possible way.

Microloan

If you want to run your startup company successfully and if you want to expand your business, it is advisable that you should try to obtain it in the best possible way. It is mainly used to purchase furniture, machinery, equipment, inventory and other fixed assets in the best possible way. It is offered by the intermediary lenders who are associated with nonprofit organizations and who have long years of professional experience.

Disaster loans

The Small Business Administration offers them to the businesses that are affected by any kind of disaster. This kind of fund is often used to repair machinery, devices, damaged property and other kinds of assets in the best possible way.

Whether you want to obtain SBA 7 (a) loan or you wish to acquire microloan in the best possible way, it is vital that you should be able to gather knowledge about its application procedure. All you have to do is to provide the necessary documents such as financial statement, documents on income tax, business certificate and so on. The next step that you should follow is to fill up its application form properly and to submit it to a particular partner within the scheduled period of time.

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e-Marketing Strategy: 7 Dimensions to Consider (the e-Marketing Mix)

What is e-Marketing?

e-Marketing is still quite a controversial subject to talk about, since no one succeeded to unify the various theories around it; however there is one thing upon which there is no doubt – that e-Marketing first appeared under the form of various techniques deployed by pioneer companies selling their products via the internet in the early 90’s.

The frenzy around these new marketing techniques created by e-tailers and supported by the internet rapidly gave birth to a new dimension of what we knew as Marketing: the e-Marketing (electronic Marketing).

There are many definitions to what e-Marketing is, the simplest and shortest one being formulated by Mark Sceats: e-Marketing is Marketing that uses the internet as manifestation media. A working definition is that coming from a group of CISCO specialists: e-Marketing is the sum of all activities a business conducts through the internet with the purpose of finding, attracting, winning and retaining customers.

e-Marketing Strategy

The e-Marketing Strategy is normally based and built upon the principles that govern the traditional, offline Marketing – the well-known 4 P’s (Product – Price – Promotion – Positioning) that form the classic Marketing mix. Add the extra 3 P’s (People – Processes – Proof) and you got the whole extended Marketing mix.

Until here, there are no much aspects to differentiate e-Marketing from the traditional Marketing performed offline: the extended Marketing mix (4 + 3 P’s) is built around the concept of “transactional” and its elements perform transactional functions defined by the exchange paradigm. What gives e-Marketing its uniqueness is a series of specific functions, relational functions, that can be synthesized in the 2P + 2C+ 3S formula: Personalization, Privacy, Customer Service, Community, Site, Security, Sales Promotion.

These 7 functions of the e-Marketing stay at the base of any e-Marketing strategy and they have a moderating character, unlike the classic Marketing mix that comprises situational functions only. Moderating functions of e-Marketing have the quality of moderate, operate upon all situational functions of the mix (the classic 4 P’s) and upon each other.

1. Personalization

The fundamental concept of personalization as a part of the e-Marketing mix lies in the need of recognizing, identifying a certain customer in order to establish relations (establishing relations is a fundamental objective of Marketing). It is crucial to be able to identify our customers on individual level and gather all possible information about them, with the purpose of knowing our market and be able to develop customized, personalized products and services.

For example, a cookie strategically placed on the website visitor’s computer can let us know vital information concerning the access speed available: in consequence, if we know the visitor is using a slow connection (eg. dial-up) we will offer a low-volume variation of our website, with reduced graphic content and no multimedia or flash applications. This will ease our customer’s experience on our website and he will be prevented from leaving the website on the reason that it takes too long to load its pages.

Personalization can be applied to any component of the Marketing mix; therefore, it is a moderating function.

2. Privacy

Privacy is an element of the mix very much connected to the previous one – personalization. When we gather and store information about our customers and potential customers (therefore, when we perform the personalization part of the e-Marketing mix) a crucial issue arises: that of the way this information will be used, and by whom. A major task to do when implementing an e-Marketing strategy is that of creating and developing a policy upon access procedures to the collected information.

This is a duty and a must for any conscious marketer to consider all aspects of privacy, as long as data are collected and stored, data about individual persons.

Privacy is even more important when establishing the e-Marketing mix since there are many regulations and legal aspects to be considered regarding collection and usage of such information.

3. Customer Service

Customer service is one of the necessary and required activities among the support functions needed in transactional situations.

We will connect the apparition of the customer service processes to the inclusion of the “time” parameter in transactions. When switching from a situational perspective to a relational one, and e-Marketing is mostly based on a relational perspective, the marketer saw himself somehow forced into considering support and assistance on a non-temporal level, permanently, over time.

For these reasons, we should consider the Customer Service function (in its fullest and largest definition) as an essential one within the e-Marketing mix.

As we can easily figure out, the service (or assistance if you wish) can be performed upon any element from the classic 4 P’s, hence its moderating character.

4. Community

We can all agree that e-Marketing is conditioned by the existence of this impressive network that the internet is. The merely existence of such a network implies that individuals as well as groups will eventually interact. A group of entities that interact for a common purpose is what we call a “community” and we will soon see why it is of absolute importance to participate, to be part of a community.

The Metcalf law (named after Robert Metcalf) states that the value of a network is given by the number of its components, more exactly the value of a network equals the square of the number of components. We can apply this simple law to communities, since they are a network: we will then conclude that the value of a community rises with the number of its members. This is the power of communities; this is why we have to be a part of it.

The customers / clients of a business can be seen as part of a community where they interact (either independent or influenced by the marketer) – therefore developing a community is a task to be performed by any business, even though it is not always seen as essential.

Interactions among members of such a community can address any of the other functions of e-Marketing, so it can be placed next to other moderating functions.

5. Site

We have seen and agreed that e-Marketing interactions take place on a digital media – the internet. But such interactions and relations also need a proper location, to be available at any moment and from any place – a digital location for digital interactions.

Such a location is what we call a “site”, which is the most widespread name for it. It is now the time to mention that the “website” is merely a form of a “site” and should not be mistaken or seen as synonyms. The “site” can take other forms too, such as a Palm Pilot or any other handheld device, for example.

This special location, accessible through all sort of digital technologies is moderating all other functions of the e-Marketing – it is then a moderating function.

6. Security

The “security” function emerged as an essential function of e-Marketing once transactions began to be performed through internet channels.

What we need to keep in mind as marketers are the following two issues on security:

– security during transactions performed on our website, where we have to take all possible precautions that third parties will not be able to access any part of a developing transaction;

– security of data collected and stored, about our customers and visitors.

A honest marketer will have to consider these possible causes of further trouble and has to co-operate with the company’s IT department in order to be able to formulate convincing (and true, honest!) messages towards the customers that their personal details are protected from unauthorized eyes.

7. Sales Promotion

At least but not last, we have to consider sales promotions when we build an e-Marketing strategy. Sales promotions are widely used in traditional Marketing as well, we all know this, and it is an excellent efficient strategy to achieve immediate sales goals in terms of volume.

This function counts on the marketer’s ability to think creatively: a lot of work and inspiration is required in order to find new possibilities and new approaches for developing an efficient promotion plan.

On the other hand, the marketer needs to continuously keep up with the latest internet technologies and applications so that he can fully exploit them.

To conclude, we have seen that e-Marketing implies new dimensions to be considered aside of those inherited from the traditional Marketing. These dimensions revolve around the concept of relational functions and they are a must to be included in any e-Marketing strategy in order for it to be efficient and deliver results.

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The Difference Between Ice Skates and Figure Skates

When you’re thinking about buying a pair of ice skates, it’s important to first define what kind of skating you plan to do. Just as the word “ball” can mean any one of a hundred different kinds of balls, the term “ice skates” encompasses boots with ice blades for playing hockey, racing, figure skating and ice dancing, or simple recreational skating. Different skates are designed for each of these kinds of activities.

Figure skates are designed with a very stiff boot so that the foot and ankle are well supported when a skater jumps or spins on the ice. Lack of support from the boot can cause a skater’s foot and ankle to twist on landing, which can cause injury.

Although it is difficult to see the difference from a distance, the heel of a high quality figure skate will be made of leather, rather than the wood usually found on recreational skates. Leather provides a more resilient cushion when the skater’s weight lands on one foot.

Hockey and racing skates do not feature the kind of built-up heel you will find on a figure skate. These boots generally have a flatter sole.

Figure skates all have prominent toe picks, the jagged part of the blade that permits a skater to “dig in” to the ice when jumping or pivoting. Racing and hockey skates have no toe picks, because these skaters do not perform these maneuvers. Recreational skates will have slightly smaller, less sharp toe picks.

Because they are manufactured from heavy leather, figure skates are often much heavier than skates designed for hockey, racing or simple recreational skating. Several skate makers are now designing recreational ice skates from plastic, vinyl, soft leather or heavy canvas, all of which are lighter and usually more comfortable for simple ice skating activities. The break-in period for soft skates is usually very short or nonexistent. Soft ice skates also have more internal room for extra padding for warmth and comfort on the ice.

All ice skates will be available in various inexpensive to high-quality versions. Beginner and simple recreational skates usually come with metal blades attached. Skates intended for more advanced skaters are usually sold without blades, as advanced skaters in any ice sport want to choose their blades and have them professionally mounted on their skate boots.

All ice skate blades must be sharpened occasionally. Dull blades will not perform well on the ice. Someone who has been skating with rented skates will be surprised at the improved performance when first taking to the ice on well-sharpened blades. Blades should be sharpened by a professional. Blade-sharpening is not a do-it-yourself endeavor.

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