November 2015

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Why Web Designers Should Invest in a Home Gym

Creating websites is a great profession – you get to enjoy spending time online, there is a constant learning curve, and you will always find something new and exciting to try and do. However, web design is a (mostly) solitary and sedentary occupation, so getting in your daily workout can be a chore–especially when you have been up all night coding and do not feel like getting to the gym in the hours that the gym is open! Fortunately, there are great ways for you to create a home gym to help stay in shape and stay mentally and physically fit.

4 Benefits of Exercise

  1. Exercise Controls Weight and Boosts Energy. Engaging in physical activity, especially after you have been sitting for a period of time, can help rev up your energy level and speed up your metabolism.
  2. Exercise Improves Your Mood. Fussy clients in your web design business? No problem that a quick workout can’t fix! Get your mind off that tough problem or customer and grab a workout.
  3. Exercise Promotes Better Sleep. Can’t stop noodling that algorithm that just will not work out? Try grabbing a few miles on your treadmill in your home gym, and you will get a good night’s sleep and work it all out tomorrow.
  4. Exercise Can Be Fun. Call some buddies over to lift weights in your home gym, nothing like hanging out with friends while you are getting fit to make your day better.

Building Your Home Gym

Creating a home gym can be very straightforward – as simple as finding a little-used part of your home, such as a corner of the garage, basement or an unused bedroom – and then hitting Craigslist, eBay or your local used equipment retailer in order to grab some second-hand equipment or you can just go ahead and purchase brand new.

When it comes to deciding what type of equipment to purchase, it is always a good idea to start with the basics like a treadmill, a weight bench, and some barbells. You add other machines as you go along.

You will quickly be on the way to creating a home gym that allows you to grab some well-needed workout time without having to wait for the neighborhood gym to open up for the day. Create a consistent time of the day or week that you can commit to doing your workouts, that will help you stay committed to doing your workout even if you are tired or not feeling it that particular day.

Taking the time and effort to invest in a home gym can be incredibly important for web designers, they need the mental alertness, energy and boost of endorphins that regular exercise can provide so they can be at their best for their demanding job.

Why web designers often turn to DJ software and become bedroom DJs

There are a lot of skills needed to be a successful web designer. You need to be extremely good in the IT department obviously, you need to have a creative eye and be able to spot something unique a mile off. You are designing websites that will be promoting people’s businesses so you need to understand how to connect to an audience on a mass level. As well as, you need to understand the tricky intricacies of code and also have the patience to see a difficult project through to the end. Every single one of these skills can also be considered important when it comes to making it as a DJ.

The days where the likes of Fatboy Slim needed a room chock full of vinyl and record players to create his tunes are well and truly over. Now, the only tech you need to make it as a DJ is a laptop and some DJ Software. This minimal level of equipment has resulted in a dramatic rise in the number of bedroom DJ’s, and you will also find that many of these will have come from a IT type role in the past. As mentioned previously, the skills needed to be a successful web designer are actually directly related to becoming a successful bedroom DJ, and if they had the opportunity to do it why wouldn’t they? Nobody ever became famous from designing websites, it’s a lonely job. Sitting behind a computer all day squinting at codes and dealing with customers who don’t have any idea what they’re talking about and are literally asking you to perform miracles because websites just don’t work like that. It can be infuriating, and also pretty boring after a while, therefore being able to use the skills that you already have and put them to good use in a profession that is a whole lot more exciting and fun is a huge temptation for many.

One of the ways that the web designers turned bedroom DJ’s are succeeding is by creating internet radio stations and hosting them directly from their bedrooms. As well as, thanks to the rise of social networking and sites such as SoundCloud and Myspace, it is easier than ever before to share mixes and also to raise your profile and find people that genuinely like your sound.