Play Hard, Work Harder

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In my previous post,  I talked about all of the delectable dining you can find in Baltimore. If you’re like me, you love to indulge but definitely don’t like the guilt that can sometimes go along with it. Well don’t you worry, because good ole Charm City can offer you not only great food but great ways to burn the calories!

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The obvious first place to start is at Federal Hill Park right in the heart of downtown. You can walk your  dogs, go for a run or take your kids for a quick game of pickup. Not only is it literally at the top of a hill (sprints anyone?), the park looks over the Inner Harbor making for an amazing view while you’re getting your sweat on. So you can look at something good while making yourself look good too!! My friends and I love to go for walks with their puppies around the park and look down at the Harbor and we always feel great after so get up there, I promise you won’t regret it!

City of Sand

Right below Fed Hill Park is something that might seem out of place in a city like Baltimore. Located on 300 Key Highway are seven sand volleyball courts. Now you might be thinking “Allie, that can’t be possible?” but alas the amazing people of Baltimore made it happen! Summer through fall the courts are open to everyone for drop in games. Baltimore’s Sand Volleyball Organization also offer men’s, women’s and coed leagues all different nights of the week. It’s a super great way to work out and to meet people from the city!

Spin it

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m somebody who likes to switch up my workouts. I can’t do the same thing for too long or I get bored and eventually that leads to me getting lazy. So in between trips to the gym, I like to take fun workout classes. One of my favorites is a spin class. They are really high energy and fun so it doesn’t really feel like you are working as hard as you actually are. Well luckily for us, the couple behind REV Cycle are here to help! In 2014, Esther and Rick opened their first facility in Baltimore and haven’t stopped spinning ever since! They offer multiple classes a week, all with different themes and different genres of music so you can take as many that you want and as many that interest you! It’s a super fun and different way to get fit but still have fun and definitely get out of your comfort zone. So what are you doing, run (or spin) your way over to REV Cycle and sign up for a class! Maybe I’ll see you there 😉

 

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Take a look at all of the unique workout options that can be found in Baltimore!

Upper Left: REV Cycle classroom, credit: yelp.com

Upper Right: Baltimore Beach Volleyball Logo, credit: tripadvisor.com

Bottom: Baltimore Volleyball Court, credit: assets.com

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Blogging with the Big Dogs: How to Write Well (without really trying)

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Your best friend is sweet and pretty but there is something about her you can’t stand; she’s awful at telling stories. She rambles on and on about insignificant details until you have completely lost track of what she was talking about in the first place. We all know somebody like this. Writing a good blog is like telling a good story. You need to keep everything short and to the point, only include the necessary details-or your audience will zone out just like you do whenever Becky tells you a story about something funny her dog did yesterday.

Brian Carroll offers some advice to those looking to write for digital media. A blog is only as good as its editor. He lays out a 7 step program to teach hopeful young bloggers how to best edit their posts. These steps range from reading your post backwards to literally cutting it up and arranging it until it makes the most sense. He acknowledges multiple times that usually our space to make a point is limited in a digital setting, so us bloggers have to maximize what we are given. Gone are the days of writing complex papers full of fluff just to meet a page requirement. We are entering a new realm of writing that requires us to simplify our thoughts as much as possible.

According to Lynda Felder,writing for media is about how you grab the audiences attention-and then, how you keep it. You need to start your post with a hook, something that will interest the audience and get them to read on. She mentions a strategy called the inverted pyramid. You start off with the most important information and slowly work your way down. She says “The inverted pyramid turns the traditional paragraph upside down. It begins with a topic sentence, which states what the paragraph is about, and then the most critical and interesting content follows.” The internet is distracting, there are constant pop-ups and links trying to steal the attention of your audience and you need to choose your words wisely enough to keep them interested in what you are saying.

The format of how people are expressing themselves is changing so much as the use of social media becomes more and more popular. There is now a way for everyone to express themselves and their opinions in ways our parents never had the chance to. Don’t let the ideas of “traditional writing” scare you away from putting yourself out there because writing online is so much different and much more fun then writing for english class. So go ahead! Start off with a comment on someone else’s blog, or writing something short on Facebook or Twitter. People are ready to read what you have to say so grab your keyboard and get to typing!