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Qualities to Look For in a Personal Trainer

As a personal trainer, many people tell me they feel confused and overloaded by the overabundance of information on health and fitness out there. When I first started working out, I wasn’t sure what to do either. As a result, I made mistakes and spun my wheels a bit at times. Slowly and steadily, I developed a system that allowed me to separate bad from good information and make informed decisions about which diet and exercise protocols to put time and effort towards. In this article, I’m going to explain how I decide who to take advice from, and how you can apply the same principles to your own learning and towards hiring a coach or personal trainer.

The first thing I look for is if the information is science-based. Science provides a systematic approach to finding the answers to questions, like if a certain diet causes cancer, or if a given exercise protocol is better than another for a specific goal. This is better than simply going off anecdote (e.g., When someone says “it worked for me.”) because good scientific experiments will hold all variables constant and just test for one. With anecdote, you can’t be sure if other variables are affecting the outcome. For instance, I’ve seen people start an exercise program, a diet, and a fat loss supplement simultaneously and attribute some portion or all of their results to the supplement. Although, their results could have been completely from their diet and exercise regimen.

Some red flags to watch out for are if the source relies heavily on anecdotal evidence. Wild claims that sound too good to be true are rarely founded in science. Even if they are, the evidence is usually taken way out of context. If something sounds way too good to be true, it probably is. Another red flag is if they expect you to believe them just because of who they are (e.g., a guru, celebrity, or someone in great shape) and can’t provide any references for their claims or methods. Those who try to discredit science as a good source of information or believe in conspiracy theories are also rarely credible.

When hiring a trainer or considering a source for information, look out for the previously mentioned red flags. Some good signs are if they cite sources or advocate a scientific approach.

Academia is not for everyone. There are plenty of intelligent people who do not have advanced degrees or PhDs. However, I mostly try to look for individuals who do have a high level of education. Many of the experts I get information from do have advanced degrees and PhDs in related fields. Anyone can read a study and draw a conclusion from it. However, if that conclusion is logically founded by someone with advanced knowledge and experience with practical application, it holds a lot more weight.

If you are thinking about hiring a trainer, they should definitely be certified by a reputable company. Ideally with multiple certifications and with specializations in areas that are relevant to your goals. Having a college degree in a related field is also fantastic.

There are some things that come from personal experience that are not covered in any book, article, or seminar. When seeking knowledge or guidance on health and fitness, look for someone who walks the walk in addition to talking the talk. There are things that I would not know about fat loss if I didn’t lose 30 pounds myself. So I suggest looking for someone that has achieved goals similar to yours.

It’s also important to have experience working with other people. Results should be replicated in others. A source might have found what works well for them and been able to apply it successfully to their own lifestyle, but being able to coach others through it can be a whole different story. When seeking guidance, look for people or companies that can point to real results from people that have followed their methods.

Everyone is different. So, it is important that people offering exercise and nutrition information or guidance customize their programming to the individual. In the case of an article, look for insight from the author on how you might fit the advice to your situation. If you’re hiring a trainer, they should ask you a lot of questions before designing your program. If they are just giving you the same workout they give everyone or going by the seat of their pants, you are probably not getting the best workouts for you and your goals.

Finally, look for someone who you think is genuine and cares. What truly makes a great trainer is whether or not they care about their clients. If you are just a number, a dollar sign, or a job to the person you are seeking health and fitness guidance from, you may not be receiving the best service. Look for practitioners who are really trying to help and not just trying to make a buck. If they are selling something or have bias, they should be upfront about it. It’s also important that you connect with and trust your trainer. If you’re spending 2-3 hours a week with someone, it’s important to like them.

A good plan is to call and chat with a trainer (or a few). Before committing, try out a session or two with them. This will give you an idea of who they are, the approach they take, and what their training sessions will be like. It will also give you an opportunity to ask them any questions you might have. A good trainer will be happy to speak with you, offer a consultation, and answer any questions you may have.

There is an enormous amount of bad or out of context information on health and fitness. There are also a lot of excellent sources of information and practitioners in the fitness industry. As a result, it can be difficult to tell who to take health and fitness advice from or who to seek guidance from. Using the above methods will hopefully help you separate the fact from fiction and find useful methods to try. It should also help you seek reliable practitioners to receive guidance from. Not all trainers will have every single one of these attributes, and that’s okay. When seeking a trainer, look for one who has the qualities that are most important to you. Most of all, one you connect with and feel genuinely wants to help you achieve your goals.

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The Lifting Technique Is a Good Way to Stop Bedwetting

Yet, another night of bedwetting? You are tired of changing the bed sheets every morning. Will your child get out of this habit? Do you need to take him to the doctor? Are you completely confused with what to do? If your child is 5 to 10 years of age there are still chances of him getting out of this habit. However, in case your child has turned a teenager, it is a matter of concern for both of you. We recommend that you consult a doctor to rule out any medical concerns. But, before you go ahead and spend hundreds of dollars in your child’s treatment, you can try out the “lifting technique” mentioned here. Today, we are going to discuss both the positives and negatives of this technique. Read on to know more:

What is the lifting technique?

It is a quite simple technique where one hardly has to spend any money. Few hours after your child has gone to bed, wake him up and take them to the washroom to pee. We recommend that you follow this technique at 10pm every night. This will ensure that he does not wet his bed in the middle of the night.

How to stop bedwetting? OR Is it a solution to look forward to?

It is important to note here that the lifting technique is not a solution in itself. This technique will not instruct the brain to stop bed wetting. But yes, it will instruct the brain to get up in the middle of the night to pee. And when this technique is carried out for a prolonged period of time, your child will stop the urge to wet the bed.

There may be times when your child has stopped bed wetting but then his habit lapses and he starts to wet the bed all over again. In such a situation, the lifting situation helps a lot. Continue this technique for as long as he continues to wet the bed. Once he stops it, you can do away with the technique as well.

For some parents, this technique of lifting your kids in the middle of the night is quite convenient. Instead of changing wet bed sheets every morning, it is better to wake your child in the middle of the night and take him to the washroom to pee. If you are a working parent, you will find this technique all the more effective compared to changing wet and stinking bed sheets every morning. Moreover, your child is a teenager; he too will like this technique than changing of bed sheets.

Note:This technique can help get rid of bed wetting on a temporary basis if not permanently. Along with this technique, you need to take into consideration your child’s eating and drinking habits, lifestyle, medical issues and emotional well being to uproot bedwetting from the basis.

So what are you waiting for? Now that you know how to stop bedwetting, go ahead and try out this technique today.

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Reebok Treadmill Model 9500 ES – Is It A Treadmill Or Home Entertainment System?

The Reebok Treadmill Model 9500 ES is so packed with features that I wonder if it should be described as a treadmill at all! Combining fitness with fun, its more of a one stop workout and mini entertainment venue right there in your own home. An expensive gadget or a cheaper alternative to a fitness membership? I guess that depends on how much you pay at your fitness center, and how often you use it.

Another thing that strikes you when you’re looking around for advice on the Reebock Treadmill Model 9500 ES, and other Reebok treadmills – made by ICON Health and Fitness – is the manufacturer’s description. There’s a trademark attached to so many of the features, and without sounding negative about the product itself, do we really care if the fan, or incline control has some kind of made-up name for the sake of adding a TM after it, and does it make the treadmill any more attractive to buyers? I doubt it! For the purpose of this review, however, I have included all the ® and (TM) logos where appropriate, and you can see for yourself how ridiculous it starts to appear.

Main specifications:

  • Motor: 3.5 CHP Commercial grade
  • Incline: 0-12% Power Incline(TM)
  • Speed: 0-12 mph One Touch(TM) Speed Control
  • Running surface: 60″ x 20″
  • Heart Rate: EKG(TM) Heart Rate Monitor
  • Folding feature: SpaceSaver® Fold Away Design
  • Shock Absorption: DMX(TM) Adjustable Impact
  • Max user weight: 350 lbs
  • Warranty: Motor – 20 years


The Reebok Treadmill Model 9500 ES has a huge choice of 35 built-in programs, including four pre-set options, two event training programs, two for heart rate control, and six calibrated weight loss programs. If that’s not enough, the 9500 ES is also compatible with iFit® Interactive Technology, which is like having a virtual personal trainer! The belt on this model is a very good size for a home treadmill, at 60″ in length and 20″ wide, giving a decent running surface and a more comfortable workout for those with longer legs. With speeds of up to 12mph thanks to the 3.5 CHP commercial grade motor, the Reebok 9500 ES is able to compete with some of the treadmills you see at the gym. Another attractive feature is the One Touch(TM) Speed Control, making it quick and easy to adjust your speed to your required level.


A multi-color LED display on the console shows the usual readouts for speed, time, distance and heart rate, and the integrated AutoBreeze(TM) Fan on the Reebock Treadmill Model 9500 ES will help keep you cool during your workout. The piece de resistance on this treadmill has to be the entertainment center. Featuring a 7″ interactive flat screen, built in speakers, sub woofer and MP3 system, the Reebok Treadmill Model 9500 ES will surely make your regular workout an enjoyable experience.

Design and Warranty:

The folding feature of the Reebok Treadmill Model 9500 ES offers a convenient solution for home fitness users. The SpaceSaver® Fold Away Design with Easy Lift Assist Shock makes quick work of storing the unit away when you need the space.

The standard warranty on this model is one year for parts and labor, and 20 years for the motor. This, for me, is where it falls down when compared to some of the other folding treadmills; for example the Sole F80 includes a 30-year deck and motor warranty, and 5 years for its other parts.


A hefty price for a gadget filled novelty that could soon wear off. Impressive as it seems, with a price tag of around $2500 the Reebok Treadmill Model 9500 ES doesn’t sound like music to my ears!

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All About Day Off Dieting

Staying in shape, and losing weight is hard. We all know that its 80% diet and 20% exercise, but there are those days (or weeks) when you just want to be lazy and stay laying down on the couch, not counting calories or steps. Well luckily for you, here are some tips and tricks that you can do at home so that you can stay on that couch wrapped under that warm blanket watching Netflix and not feeling guilty about it.


Tip #1: Squeezing out three tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and mixing it in a cup of water is the first thing you should do when you wake up. Research shows that these small spoonfuls can reduce blood sugar level fluctuation by 15%.

Tip #2: Eat spicily! Simply adding jalapeƱos or a spicy sauce, or seasoning to your food can increase your metabolism by 20%, as well as help regulate digestion, which will result in a flatter stomach and less bloating.

Tip #3: There are some things that you can have right before bed. A cup of green tea before bed will help control your metabolism rate while you are asleep and can increase that rate by 10%, just from one cup of yummy green tea. The same goes for a teaspoon of peanut butter. Yes, you heard me; peanut butter. Your body must work harder while you sleep to digest that peanut butter, thus resulting in a faster metabolism rate and more calories burned at night.

Tip #4: You know when you had lunch, and you think you can last till dinner without a snack? Get that thought out of your head right now! There is a magical hour that happens every day between 3 and 4 pm; it’s called the Powerful Protein hour. 3 pm till 4 pm is usually the time between lunch and dinner, adding a protein-powered snack during this time will help increase metabolism speed, while the protein will keep you fuller longer, which will help you from over eating during dinner time.

Dining Etiquette:

Tip #1: Eat from dessert plates. Get rid of those big plates; big plates lead to big waist lines, and we don’t want that. Smaller plates = smaller waist lines. Now this regards psychology. You see when we eat from big plates we put more food on, and our brain tells us that we should finish more of the food. But eating from smaller plates will trick your brain into thinking that you finished a whole “plate full” of food, which will save you from over eating, and usually will save you from going up and getting seconds.

Tip #2: Contrasting colors, doesn’t only have to go for furniture or painting. But it goes to your kitchen as well. Eat your food from contrasting color plates. So, let’s say you are eating a green salad, try eating it from a red plate next time. If your food, and your plate, are too similar in color your brain will allow you to eat more than needed; contrasting colors will make you pay more attention to the volume of food on the plate and keep your brain from blending them both together.

Tip #3: Alrighty, raise your nondominant hand, now eat with it. Most snack binges occur because we don’t have to think about the process. Research has shown that eating with your non-dominant hand and thinking about the process will result in you eating less and become more aware of your eating decisions

So there we have it. These tricks will not only help you boost your metabolism without timing snacks and meals, and without counting calories. It also allows you to feed your sweet tooth at night with some yummy peanut butter. And the dining etiquette totally allows you to explain your new and bright cupboards to your friends. Enjoy that lazy day on the couch.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Wellness Programs

At the level of society-at-large, public health standards have in many ways been drastically decreasing over recent years. While the number of health-related problems is growing, the average level of physical activity on the part of individuals is decreasing. This has further contributed to the decline in overall health across the population.

In order to curb this troubling trend, organizations have begun to design (or implement externally-designed) wellness programs. The basic aim of these programs is to improve the emotional and physical health of the target group of employees.

The underlying idea behind any wellness program is to augment the health of the individual. This endeavor is often initiated by insurance companies, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations for their employees or other stakeholders. The programs address health-related issues, including the emotional, physical, mental dimensions of a person’s life. They seek to bring about a lifestyle change among program participants by increasing their physical activity levels and changing their dietary habits.

Many companies offer participation incentives such as gifts, vacation days and even reductions in insurance premiums. The success of the overall program will depend on nature of the target group.

The advantages and benefits related to the implementation of a well-run wellness programs are profound and important. A better lifestyle – accompanied by increased physical activity – will lead to a reduction in common health problems like cholesterol, diabetes, obesity and stroke. A happy and fulfilling life is not possible without adequate health.

For the corporations, as well as small and midsize businesses, wellness programs help to increase the level of job satisfaction. Having healthier employees help the company rein in healthcare expenditures and increase worker output. An increase in the vitality and health of the employee has a direct correlation with his efficiency in the work place. Stress management can also be effectively dealt with through wellness programs.

While wellness programs have their advantages, they have their challenges, as well. For one, the basic success of any program is dependent on the enthusiasm of the participants. Most individuals tend to not participate in such programs with the requisite motivation or energy. It is often difficult for the individuals to take the time out for such initiatives. In wellness programs for employees, the foremost issue is the ability of the company to create an atmosphere of active participation, while committing the required resources to sustain the program. The startup investment is often substantial and will take time before being actually realized in the form of bottom-line savings. Many employees have privacy concerns, as well, given that many of these programs entail a complete health assessment. Often times, the employees who would benefit the most also lack the motivation to join.

The guiding principle for any corporate wellness program is quite straightforward: it is an attempt to make people’s lives better and more productive. The lack of physical activity, coupled with a poor diet, will usually lead to higher healthcare costs. The advantages associated with any such program are obvious and can never be understated. The basic obstacle for the success of any given program is the chronic lack of motivation. Only when the individual is committed to rectify his lifestyle can any such program be truly effective.

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Lower Back Pain The Role Of Calf Muscles

Lower back pain causes calf muscle pain and tightness and the calf muscles play a huge role in the development and maintenance of lower back pain.These calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) are usually tight in most people especially in women wearing shoes with high heels. Calf muscle cramps are extremely painful and often awaken people during sleep. These cramps are a warning that there is nerve related muscle problems stemming from spinal nerve root involvement in the lower back. This is usually the case if you have calf muscle tightness and frequent night cramps even if you have no complaints of lower back pain or lower limb pain.

There are three calf muscles, two of them are called the gastrocnemius muscles (inner and outer muscles known respectively as medial and lateral) and the third is called the soleus muscle.

The gastrocnemius arise from the lower part of the thigh bone just above the knee. The soleus muscle arises from the leg bones known as the tibia and fibula bones and does not cross the knee joint. All three muscles insert into the heel bone through the heel cord. The tibial nerve supplies primarily S1 nerve root fibers to the inner gastrocnemius muscle (medial) and the L5 nerve root fibers to the outer gastrocnemius muscles (lateral) and primarily S1 nerve fibers to the soleus.

The gastrocnemius and soleus muscles are responsible chiefly for bending the ankel and foot down so that the toes can point toward the ground. However when the foot is flat on the ground as in the sitting, crouching or squatting positions, the gastrocnemius muscles can bend the knee but not the soleus. Those who have tightness of the calf muscles will note that they are unable to place the heels flat on the floor.

During ambulation, people with tight calf muscles are unstable and prone to falls since there is difficulty with the heel striking the ground. They also have difficulty with the push-off phase of ambulation. The only muscle that is active during relaxed standing is the soleus muscle. It is responsible for stabilizing the leg so that the weight line can fall in front of the knee. Otherwise, the knee can buckle.

Tight calf muscles play a significant role in causing and aggravating lower back pain due to increasing the stress on the low back muscles. Since these calf muscles are chronically tight, trying to reduce or release spasms within these muscles is very difficult. In addition, there is also nerve related muscle tightness and weakness in these muscles due to presence of aging of the L5 and S1 spinal nerve roots.

To make the situation worse, the muscles that lift the foot and ankle up of the ground in the front of the leg are chronically weak. The weakness is primarily of nerve related origin since these muscles are supplied by the L5 nerve root which is the most commonly injured nerve root. The injury or irritation stems from presence of degenerative arthritis of the spine, slipped disc, bulging disc, etc. The L5 nerve root fibers are mainly carried through the peroneal nerve which also is vulnerable to trauma from habitual crossing of knees and/or ankles making the foot and ankle dorsiflexors even more weak.

Therefore to treat calf muscle tightness, muscles in the front of the leg called the dorsiflexor muscles of the foot and ankle have to be treated before treating the calf muscles. The dorsiflexor muscles of the foot and ankle are chronically subjected to lengthening contractions during ambulation. Therefore selective activation of these muscles by inducing shortening contractions is needed. Walking on the heels is one of the ways to induce shortening contractions of the foot and ankle dorsiflexors.

Optimal treatment for the tight calf muscles cannot be isolated to just treating the calf muscles symptomatically. The treatment must include treating the root cause of the tightness which is spinal nerve root problems primarily at the L5 and S1 levels.

All the related muscles that are continuously subjected to lengthening contractions need to be treated. Return of strength for these muscles is achieved through shortening contractions. Treatments must include treating the spinal extensor muscles, gluteus maximus, adductor magnus, tensor fascia lata, rectus femoris and the foot and ankle dorsiflexors. Selective activation for these muscles is most effective through motor point stimulation using the eToims Twitch Relief Method.

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Refurbished Precor Ellipticals

Precor Inc. is one of the top selling companies in both home fitness products and commercial products. The home fitness products can be found in many fitness retailers. The commercial products can be purchased either directly through Precor, or through many of the home product dealers and retailers.

There are many fitness retailers that offer refurbished Precor Ellipticals. If considering buying a refurbished Precor Elliptical, one might want do some research on the outlet that you are purchasing it from. There are many reputable used fitness companies out there. Precor is a high quality fitness machine when it comes off the manufacturing line. Precor has found a way to reduce the parts on fitness machines by 25%, to eliminate the number of repairs to the machine. So if you are purchasing a refurbished Precor Elliptical, you are already starting with a great product.

Most fitness and health clubs keep their elliptical trainers for approximately 4-5 years. The commercial Precor Elliptical machine has an estimated life span of 10-12 years. When the health facilities replace their older equipment with newer equipment, the older is used as a trade in. At this point the trade in has half of its life span left. The manufacturer then takes it and replaces parts and refurbishes it. This adds to the elliptical trainers life span, while allowing the manufacture to offer it at a lower cost to consumers. Another objective that this creates is that it boosts the fitness clubs to replace their equipment more often, because the manufacturer can turn around and resale the refurbished Precor Elliptical trainer. The more demand there is on refurbished equipment, the more trade in value to the health clubs and fitness facilities.

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How Does the Muscular System Work In Conjunction With The Immune System?

The muscles connect the bones of the skeletal system and it is one of their main functions. As the muscles contract they move the bones. However, muscles also have other minor functions which are not that well-known. They help in increasing the body fluids, like blood and lymph. The muscular system also helps to improve the immunity in the body.

The immune system is one of the most complex and diverse systems in the human body. It protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. It works with the white blood cells, and the organs that produce it. In a book entitled “Anatomy and Physiology,” authored by Dr. Gary Thibodeau, it is mentioned that lymph nodes play a very important role in the immune system. The blood passes through spleen, which is a warehouse of cells. The lymph nodes filter the lymphatic fluid and contain immune cells.

Lymphatic fluid is light yellow in color, is the liquid in our blood. The main consistency for the fluid comes from dissolved sugars and salts. It does not contain proteins or cells required by the body. Lymphatic fluid is formed when the blood vessels leak fluids into the blood stream. The lymphatic nodes filter this fluid. Then it is sent back into the capillaries. The fluid that does not enter into the capillaries is sent back into the lymphatic system.

One of the main problems with blood circulation is the wrong posture that most people sit in. The heart is located at the upper portion of the body. The blood that is returning to the heart has to flow upwards against gravity. The capillaries create pressure and push the blood upwards. The lymphatic fluid too has to go through the same system of circulation. The muscular system plays a very valuable role in sending these fluids upwards. They squeeze the lymph upwards so that the fluid is kept circulating and the lymphatic system functions efficiently.

Lymphatic flow of fluids is very important for circulation and immune system. It helps the fluid travel throughout the body. The lymphatic fluid re-enters the blood through the lymphatic nodes and here it is checked for immune cells and possible bacteria or viruses. If lymphatic nodes are not functioning properly, they decrease the immunity of a person, making him/her more susceptible to illnesses. Lymph also plays an important role in circulation because if it did not return the blood, the volume of blood in the body will be affected.

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Fitness Equipment Repair: Fast and Easy Tip To Fix Your Treadmill

Fitness equipment repair is actually pretty easy compared to a lot of other repair issues that come up such as car problems, household appliances and the computer.

In today’s throw it away and buy new mentality, having the option of fixing an expensive commercial grade treadmill would be ideal but knowing how and actually fixing the treadmill are two totally different issues.

I have to admit I was scared to think of having to go out and spend another $2,000 or more on a good quality treadmill but I was even more scared of taking off the hood of the machine and trying to fix the problem myself.

Luckily I did have a couple of quick searches on YouTube and found some videos that were really helpful and showing me how to fix some common problems that treadmill owners might face such as retreading the belt, waxing the treadmill and changing the belt entirely.

No the videos were great but I just still didn’t feel right about opening up the treadmill engine or even attempting to take the belt off so I found another solution.

This proved for me the best option and that was asking for some professional help but I didn’t know where to turn to or who to trust.

I found a solution that helped get my treadmill working great and have never looked back. By doing a quick search on the internet I found a lot of companies but I didn’t know who I could trust.

So after an exhaustive search I finally put together a list of the top fitness equipment repair companies and narrowed that list to my top fitness equipment repair company.

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10 Stuttering Treatment Tips to Conquer Your Stutter

Looking for some easy stuttering treatments you can do on your own? This article will give you 10 easy tips to help you stop stuttering today.

Tip 1: There’s no Magical Cure

First things first – you need to remember that you didn’t start stuttering overnight, and curing your stutter will not happen overnight either. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results overnight. It will take work, but it’s worth it.

Tip 2: Accept Your Stutter

You stutter, that’s a fact, so don’t try so hard to stop your stutter. This undue pressure you put on yourself to stop is part of what keeps you stuttering.

Tip 3: Stop Hiding

Quit hiding your stutter from yourself and others. When you talk you think you’re horrible, and when you hear others talk you think they are perfect – garbage! Nobody speaks perfectly. Eliminate that stress by coming out of hiding with your stuttering. Remember the stress of speaking makes your stutter worse, whatever you can do to lower the stress will reduce the stutter.

Tip 4: Don’t Try to Be Fluent

Your goal is to be conversational, not necessarily fluent. Expecting fluency adds stress and as we’ve stated above stress is your enemy! Your goal is to become conversational, which means speak with good rhythm and comfortably.

Tip 5: Avoid Avoidance

Slowly work yourself into situations you’ve avoided in the past. Whether it be a party, book club, or what have you – make it a goal to enter a situation you once avoided due to your stutter at least once a week. This will help build the much needed confidence to cure your stutter.

Tip 6: Embrace the Challenge

Like we said above to stop your stutter will take work. If you look at it as something that is nearly impossible, it will be. If you accept it as a challenge, and work to overcome that challenge on a daily basis there is no doubt you can control your stutter.

Tip 7: Eye Contact

When you speak, as well as when you listen, maintain eye contact. Eye contact can be tough when you stutter, I know, but this small step will help build the confidence you need to overcome the challenge.

Tip 8: Become a Keen Observer

Really observe what people do when they are speaking well. When “normal” speakers talk, what are they doing? How fast are they talking? Are they looking at the person they are talking to? Observe good speakers, then practice mimicking them. Also you’ll start to notice that almost no one speaks perfectly.

Tip 9: Start Stuttering

A little trick they use in speech therapy is to as you to stutter on purpose! Many find that by actually trying to stutter, they can’t! Trying to force yourself to stutter can override the triggers that cause you to stutter in the first place.

Tip 10: Observe Yourself

You’ll also need to be a keen observer of yourself. When do you stutter most? When do you almost never stutter? Are there physical, emotional, or psychological triggers that cause you to stutter? By knowing the answers to these questions you can begin to work on the reasons why you stutter as opposed to only working on the stutter itself.

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