Long and short sprints

Engaging in track and field has enabled many athletes enjoy fitness levels that last a lifetime. Indeed, for many people, meaningful physical activity is the only way to avoid a sedentary lifestyle and foster the athletic gifts bestowed upon them. Even in track, however, athletes are talented differently, with some capable of running short sprints, and others better at longer distances. Each has its benefits, some of which are pointed out below.

Short sprints

Short sprints help the body develop the quick-twitch muscles that are required for speed. Engaging in regular short sprints has been likened to lifting weights; the more you do it, the more your leg muscles develop. Such logic makes sense when you look at body figures of popular short distance sprinters: muscled bodies with strong, thick legs. Additionally, short sprints are very effective at helping faster weight loss.

Long distance

Running for longer distances means you are not engaging the same pace as you would for short sprints. Individuals who run for longer distances burn calories slowly, but benefit through increased muscle endurance. Where they lack big muscular frames, long distance runners have improved cardiovascular strength and endurance which enables them run longer without tiring. Their muscles stave off buildup of lactic acid better, thus increasing the work rate.

As you can see, each aspect of track has its benefits. If you agonize over which aspect best suits you, try enjoying the run as much as you can, and slowly you will realize where you fit best.

Michael Clasby, a professional photographer, was a track athlete in high school and college, with his specialty being the short sprints. Now 40, he enjoys long distance running.

Number 4 runner in the 4x100 relay race.

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Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Arts



Launching a website

In the current world, running a business is not complete without having a website. It’s almost a must, even though many small businesses are reluctant to put their presence online. Some business owners believe this isn’t necessary, but given the amount of success some have experienced through their websites, it should be an issue to attend to.

The following requirements will help you establish a website without spending too much.

Michael Clasby


Knowing where your website will be hosted shouldn’t be your first decision, but it ranks among the more important ones. There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to web hosting, so do your research. If you hire a web designer to do it, they might have a preference that you can ask about.


The domain is the address that your website will be referred by. For businesses, the best domain makes use of the official business name. On some occasions though, the name may be taken, so go for something memorable or catchy that website visitors won’t have trouble associating with.

Website design

Just like any endeavor, rolling out a new website requires proper planning. Even if a professional web designer will be doing the job, have a say in the design, color, and feel of the site. If you do it on your own, keep it simple. Start with a few pages, add as you get comfortable with the process.

Michael Clasby is a California-based professional photographer looking to put his business online through a website. He’s worked in the field for more than a decade, and looks to give his clients a taste of his career in photos.

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Posted by on July 18, 2015 in Arts



Architectural Styles

Throughout history, buildings have been stretched, pulled and pushed into various styles. Whether it’s in response to reliving the past, the emergence of new technology, or embracing the future, architecture has been a reminder of the shifting human tastes and preferences.

Perhaps the most visible area of construction where a myriad of designs abound is in home construction, with the following architectural tastes among the most popular.

Contemporary styles

Contemporary architectural styles feature minimalist designs, open floor spaces, and the wide use of modern mixed materials (think concrete and glass). A lot of modern homes make use of the contemporary styles, which is a favorite of architects and a complete departure from conventional architecture. The simplicity of the designs works well in urban homes, and the open floor plans allow the homeowner to modify the home to their liking.

Colonial designs

The colonial design reflects the preference of early American settlers. Such styles still abound, and are present in New England Salt Boxes and the Dutch Colonials of New Jersey. Colonial style homes feature square or rectangular foundations, are typically two-stories high, have end or central chimneys, and adhere to strict window alignment (both horizontally and vertically).

Mediterranean designs

Mediterranean house designs are prevalent in open landscapes, and are a feature in Texas, California and Florida. The design borrows from Renaissance era seaside villas, and feature terra cotta roofs and arch motifs. Wrought iron windows or wooden grills give the home a glamorous feel, and the floor plans provide for spacious rooms, expansive patios, and lush gardens. Mediterranean styles are common with family vacation homes.

Michael Clasby is a professional photograph with a special love for architecture, which comes from taking pictures of architecture (alongside nature and fashion) for more than a decade.

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Posted by on July 4, 2015 in Arts