Bookworms Also Need to Stretch a Little

fitness-956645_1280We must confess that most of us here are bookworms. We read at every opportunity we can get, even sneaking in a few pages here and there at our office desk or at the dinner table.

Because we are so engrossed in what we are reading, we can’t help ourselves and everything else goes to pot.

We’ve let the pot or kettle boil over on the stove on more than one occasion because the page we were busy with caused us to forget. Many of us have also forgotten how quickly time flies after spending two or more absorbing hours with our beloved book and our feet curled up on our favorite settee.

A noble pursuit

While we are so busy getting our three or four-time daily fix, something else also goes to the dogs. Our bodies. Those few hours spent reading, having already cut into our work schedule and housework routine, has left us with no time to get out and exercise. It’s a bit of a conundrum, because if you are an avid reader, you’ll be able to relate. People who love reading say that it helps them to relax. It de-stresses the mind.

But because it barely gets to move about, the body becomes quite stiff. As a regular reader, you know that feeling when you finally clap the book shut and stretch those limbs as far as possible. You are, oh so, stiff, but thankfully not sore. Before continuing any further about why bookworms need to shut the covers every once in a while and give their bodies some time out, we’d just like to remind you that there is absolutely no shame in being a bookworm. In fact, it’s a noble and commendable quality to have.

Carrying the tome

At this point we don’t need to explain why this is so. You already know. Now, where exercise is concerned, you don’t need to pack it all out on a heavy-handed punching bag. Where reading is concerned, your intellect knows no limits. But be reminded that no matter what age you are or what size waist you wear, your body has limits. So, go gently into the night (or morning or afternoon, whichever time works best for you).

Let’s just say that you register with the local gym. You’ll soon see that there are kindred spirits among the sweaty throng, pedaling furiously on their stationary bicycles with a book folded open in front of them. If you really must read while taking a gentle or brisk walk through your favorite park, by all means, pack your book under your arm. But be warned, you may just meet the love of your life. Whoever passes you by along the pathway may just be carrying a heavy tome too.

It was also written somewhere that opposites attract. But don’t mind that. What better way can there be to meet someone who has the same interests in life that you do by joining a book club or attending a book launch. When you do that, leave the car behind.

Books Worth Saving

Books Worth SavingThough the Internet has seriously changed the way information is distributed throughout the world, there was a time not too long ago when books were the main go to for people who wanted to learn something. Sure, there were and still are magazines and newspapers for people looking to learn the latest trends or what’s happening in their country or around the world, but these aren’t the same as books loaded with useful information. Because books are so useful as stores of knowledge which allows that information to be retrieved at any time, there are some books which are just worth saving.

This is in spite of the fact so much text is digitized and read from the opposite side of a computer monitor these days. Books can be read even without electricity, which is probably the only reason they haven’t completely disappeared from the world yet. Getting back to books worth saving, perhaps it’s more accurate to say information worth saving. Consider medical texts that tell us about human anatomy and physiology, or the various diseases and sicknesses which can malign a person and how to treat those illnesses effectively. Such information is really invaluable when you stop to think about it.

If that is understood, then it makes sense that medical books would be books worth saving. There are other books like this too. What about books which describe the manufacture of various tools, as well as the ways to use those tools to create other things, maybe even other tools which could be used for further projects? Just have a look at for an example. If there weren’t shop and technical education classes that taught kids how to use devices like these growing up, would they even know how to use them? Would they even know what they were for?

book savingInstructional manuals and technical guides are some of the most informative texts possessed by the human race. They contain information learned through years, decades, perhaps even centuries of experimentation, application and learning. These bits of information are also the things people tend to take for granted today, in a world where information of all kinds is so easy to get with a quick Internet search. What if there was no Internet? There are people alive today who can tell you about what life was like without it. Your parents might even know, if you’re not a younger person.

Repair manuals are another treasure people take for granted. If we really end up in Mad Max times like the old (and new) movie depicts, knowing how to fix up an old engine, drain a carburetor or reset a timing chain can only help, and you won’t just be able to look that knowledge up with a fast search. This is probably a better example than the Belt Sander World one, because more people drive around than use belt sanders on a day to day basis. But whatever knowledge you’re trying to find, the odds are good it can be found in books, and that’s the main point here.

Tips on Improving Your Reading Skills

Tips on Improving Your Reading Skills-People these days just don’t understand what a big deal it was when Johannes Gutenberg created the first printing press and made the mass distribution of books, newspaper and other media possible. For the first time in recorded history, the common man could get access to literature – no longer were books created solely by hand, a painstaking process that meant most written works were beyond the means to afford for anyone except the gentry. We’ve had several centuries since then to pick up on the idea, but some people still struggle with reading. Here are some tips on how you can improve your own reading skills.

First and foremost, the most important thing about this is not to take offense. Literacy is somewhat of a given in the first world and when people hear their reading skills could use improvement, it’s only natural that some of them are insulted. But reading is a skill. It’s not something people are born knowing how to do and like other skills, it’s something people can get better at doing, with consistent effort. That’s the first tip, too; don’t stop reading. When you find words, phrases and other content you struggle with, you should push forward and keep going, not get disconcerted and stop. Practice makes perfect, after all.

Travel books inspire your imagination, don’t they? They tell about foreign lands, exotic places, peoples and cultures, foods and drinks you’ve never tasted before in your life and much, much more. Of course, if you don’t enjoy traveling, you probably won’t get a kick out of books devoted to the topic. For everyone else though, travel books make a nice, neutral kind of reading material. They’re fun to read, they contain interesting concepts you don’t already know and they’re easily found. These three factors together make travel books great reads, both for entertainment purposes and improving your reading comprehension.

Reading about a topic that interests you can take a lot of the boredom out of reading and give you something you’re actually excited to be looking over with your eyes – something you’re much more likely to pay closer attention to, at that. Whatever information you could glean from such a source would just be a nice secondary bonus to the practice you get in reading. You should read some health books, because why not? It’s a topic everyone should know more about and it’s something where more information can only benefit the reader, never hurt them.

Besides this though, you might want to consider reading out loud, either for an audience or alone in a quiet place. Naturally, you’ll get better practice if you read out loud for others who can hear you, since they’ll be right there to provide feedback for you as you work your way through one passage or another. This can help you learn how to pronounce some difficult words, which will in turn give you a better understanding of some words and phrases you may see in other content. Did you know pneumonia has no P sound in it at all?

To take this point further, you should read books which are progressively more difficult, rather than several easy and simple texts in succession. You may wonder why and the answer is plain: you don’t improve your skills, not any skills, by doing something so easy it’s elementary to you. You only become better at something by engaging in practice sessions which challenge your body or mind, whichever part of you that skill depends upon. Start with simple books and work your way up to the more difficult stuff, and soon you’ll be reading better than anyone else around you.

When trying to improve at anything, I personally recommend reading motivational books, to stay dedicated. These can be specifically related to the skill you want to improve, or they could just be books meant to make the reader feel good. There are numerous tales of those who struggled with literacy, only to champion the skill and eventually write books about the ordeal. These would make nice books to add to the collection of anyone who has a hard time with reading and writing. Some people will tell you motivational books and speakers are a waste of time; I am not one of those people.

Speaking of motivation, different people will learn the same materials better in different ways, sometimes. What I mean is, some of us prefer to see written examples while others would rather hear the information relayed via voice, rather than reading it on a page. Still others would rather get their hands dirty, so to speak, physically interacting with what it is they are trying to understand. Because people learn in different ways, you might consider finding some books on tape or other recorded readings to supplement your physical books. These could help you to better understand difficult concepts.

You might also want to consider taking a class or two if you can’t seem to get the results you want working on your own. Checking with any technical or trade schools in or around your town is probably the best first step. Private tutoring can also be found, though I couldn’t begin to tell you where to look for that, or if the people you find in a particular place would actually be of any help to you at all. If you need help, there’s nothing wrong with asking for it – and an impartial third party, such as a teacher, could be just what you need to figure out where you are struggling in particular.

All of these tips for improving your reading skills are tried and true, tested over time by literally millions of different people who have struggled to read and comprehend throughout history. These techniques have always worked and as far as reading goes, they will likely continue to work as we move forward as a people. Finding the best technique for you as an individual is really the toughest part. If the first method you try doesn’t do it for you, don’t stop! Keep trying, utilizing other methods, until you find the way which works best for you.