Making the Most of Your Pinterest Analytics

So, you’ve set up your Pinterest Business account and are actively pinning, creating boards, and sharing content.  It’s been a week (or three), and now, you want to know how your efforts are paying off, right?

Knowing and understanding your Pinterest analytics gives you valuable insight and guidance.

There are three types of Pinterest analytics, but today we will be going over Pinterest profile analytics.

There are four sections to your Pinterest profile analytics metrics.

  • Impressions
  • Shares (Repins)
  • Clicks
  • All-Time

Impressions:  An impression is the number of times a Pin from your profile appears on Pinterest home feeds, category feeds, and searches.  Your average monthly viewers are the number of times anyone has seen your Pin from their home feed.

How does understanding your impressions analytics enable you to make improvements to your Pinterest performance?

The Pins that have the most impressions represent the things that people are regularly searching.  Knowing which pins and their categories can help you to save and share similar Pins, which will, in turn, help you to grow your reach on Pinterest and convert a larger audience.

Shares (Repins):  The number of times a person saves your Pins to their boards.

How does understanding your shares analytics enable you to make improvements to your Pinterest performance?

When you can see which Pins are being saved and shared the most, you can determine what your audience finds most interesting about your boards and content.  Knowing which Pins perform best can help you understand how to post similar relevant content from your blog or website as well as what to share with others to keep your audience coming back.

Clicks:  The number of clicks Pins on your profile have received.

How can understanding your clicks analytics help you make improvements to your Pinterest performance?

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By knowing which of your Pins receive the most clicks, you can determine which content other people want to learn more.   Again, when you know which content is performing the best, you can curate similar content from others as well as cater your content to serve the demands of your audience.

All-time:  The all-time analytics page includes several aspects of your metrics including:

  • The most saved Pin on your page since the beginning of your Pinterest account.
  • Pins which performed best in search, or, Pins which rank high in searches
  • Pins which have the most meaningful engagement; using a combination of data based on likes, comments, sends shares, etc.

How can understanding your all-time analytics help you make improvements to your Pinterest performance?

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Looking at the big picture of which Pins have performed best from the start of your Pinterest account can help you to improve the quality of your pins including improved descriptions with high-quality keywords, the use of Rich Pins and providing strong links to the content you’re looking to share.

Have you checked out your Pinterest Profile Analytics information lately?  Where can you make some improvements?  What is working for your right now?

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Diaphragmatic Breathing For A Stronger Core and Pelvic Floor Muscles

Diaphragmatic breathing strengthens core and pelvic floor muscles

It’s probably not the hottest topic of conversation, but many women – particularly new Mums – struggle with weak core and pelvic floor muscles.  And the side effects of a weak core and pelvic floor muscles can be very frustrating when starting out a new fitness regimen.

Weakened core and pelvic floor muscles can also lead to back pain, and poor sleeping exacerbates pressure, specifically of the lower back and excessive lifting, bending and squatting motions.

Why diaphragmatic breathing is important

Mums are regularly lifting and turning every day, and the loads get heavier as time goes on, so a strengthening up your back’s support system (the core, hips, and pelvic floor muscles) is a must.

Although it is best to speak with your doctor about a which muscles are needing some fine tuning, there are some basic pelvic floor muscles strengthening exercises that can help strengthen not only your pelvic floor region but also the lower back and core.

Before starting the exercises, it is imperative to master proper diaphragmatic (or abdominal) breathing techniques as they are essential for correct form, increased coordination, and to prevent injury.  The proper breathing technique will not only help to strengthen the muscles but will also serve as an excellent time for relaxation and mental clarity.

Some additional health benefits of diaphragmatic breathing include:

  • Improved circulation
  • Increased respiratory fitness
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced anxiety and stress levels
  • Improved core and pelvic floor muscle function

Start on your back with a pillow supporting your head and keeping your knees bent at a 90-degree angle.  Place one hand on your lower rib cage and upper abdomen and the other hand on the lower rib cage.

Breathing in slow and deeply,  feel your belly rise to meet your hand – breathing into the abdomen.  To breathe out properly, exhale and feel the rib cage return to a resting position.  Once you begin to master the breathing technique you can remove your hands and place them at your side to breathe on your own.

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Start by practising this breathing technique for one minute and build up to 3-5 minutes.  As well, once this breathing technique is mastered, you should begin to add in performing this method in an upright, seated position

Here is a video showing the technique and some of the benefits of diaphragmatic breathing for strengthening the core muscles.  (via TheBelleMethod)

This breathing technique is beneficial anyone struggling with a weakened core and pelvic floor muscles, not just mums.  However, if you’re a new mum, it is always wise to check with your physician to be you are ready for any and exercises you perform.

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5-Move Agility Workout

When it comes to an effective workout, many people believe they must go out and buy loads of pricey boutique fitness equipment items.  But the truth is, many items you likely already own can help you get in a fast and fun workout that can also bring you great results and the following agilit workout can deliver them!

You may have seen, heard of or even tried a workout using a “medicine ball” as they are a popular (and affordable) piece of exercise equipment to own.

However, many of the moves traditionally performed with a medicine ball can also be carried out using a football, and they will still get you a great workout.  Chances are you have a football kicking (pun intended) about somewhere at home!

Workouts using equipment like medicine balls are known as agility-based exercises.

What is agility?

Agility is the ability to change the body’s position while incorporating skills such as balance, coordination, speed, reflexes, and strength.   Addig in 2-3 days per week of agility circuits will keep your muscles engaged, metabolism boosted and boredom squashed.

Fast paced, fun workouts — like the five-move circuit I am sharing with you today — are perfect for those of you who like to keep your workouts fun and challenging.

You may be curious how the use of a football fits into a workout that increases balance, coordinatio, and encourages strength?  Exercises performed using a football will allow you to control the force (strength + speed) of each movement you complete.  In other words:  If you throw your ball at an eight, you will also have to react to the ball at an eight as well.  In this way, you can customise and build up your speed, strength, and coordination each time you complete the moves.

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5 Move Agility Football Workout

  1. Ball Pushups (via LiveStrong Woman)
  2. Alternating Rotational Ball Throws (via Redefining Strength/giphy)
  3. Sit-Up with Ball Toss (via ThriveTraining)
  4. Weighted Ball Squat Throws (via Jenn DeBeers)
  5. Alternating Ball Chest Fly (via FITASTIC)

For best results, perform these moves 2-3 days per week, performing 2-3 sets of 10 reps per exercise.

As a bonus, this is also a great workout to include the kids (or a partner!) if you don’t have access to a wall for your throws.  

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Do you try to improve your agility during your weekly workout sessions?

Have You Been ‘Supply and Demand’ Dieting?

If you’ve ever taken a basic economics class, you’ve no doub heard of supply and demand, right?

The Law of Supply and Demand is the theory explaining the interaction between the supply of a resource and the demand for that resource, or the effect the availability of a particular product and the desire (or need) for that product has on price.

I’ve always thought that this law also sounds a bit like the act of restrictive eating and crash dieting.

SUPPLY AND DEMAND DIETING?

Now, think about supply and demand regarding your struggles with food and eating.

When you supply yourself with food (aka feed yourself), demand for it goes down.  And when you restrict food, the need for it goes way up.

In other words, when you limit the amount of food (crash diets) and your physical demand for it will increase. While if you give yourself the amount of food it needs then your physical demand for it will decrease.

With a success rate of less than 5%, crash diets do not work.

Supply and demand dieting is just another way to support the belief that crash dieting, especially extremely restrictive eating, doesn’t work long term.

I would know. Believe me. I’ve starved, cleansed, no carbed, low carbed, all carbed — and the only thing that got me on the road to real recovery was to change my relationship (and behaviours) with food.

And through the recovery and education process I discovered what truly does work is eating and moving in ways that make you healthy and happy.

So, the next time you want to embark on ‘just one more’ crash diet, think about the law of supply and demand.

And don’t do it.

I talk about this topic and more when you work with me to build your confidence with food.  Get in touch with me at erin@erinslifebites.com and be sure to sign up for my coaching emails, today!

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Are Overpriced Fitness Classes Worth The Cost?

As a health and wellness professional, I am all about trying to help people achieve fitness. When I say this, I mean it. I charge SUPER reasonable prices for my services and am willing to work with people’s budgets whenever possible.

I do not believe that exercise (of any kind) should be reserved for the Lululemon-toting population only and that’s why I’m not crazy about brands that charge the price of a compact car for a package of their classes.

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Overpriced fitness classes are a d**k move.

 Some of them won’t even participate in ClassPass or Groupon.  

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In my opinion, these brands are promoting “you can’t sit with us” fitness, and it pisses me off.

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I mean, the first time I read the price of a single boutique cycling class, I was sickened.

I know everybody is trying to make a buck in this industry – hey, we all gotta make a living.

But don’t even get me started on the cost of branded apparel.

I take issue with the athleisure racket going on these days.

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A single pair of leggings that cost what a week’s worth of groceries for a family of four does? And they are only available in straight sizes (for the most part)?

Nah.

I’m cool with celebrities having the best of the best and being able to afford $75 indoor fitness classes and $3500/month for a personal trainer, but this ploy to get regular people to participate in this bullshit is beyond me.

As a former Mad Dogg Athletics instructor, I can also say without any hesitation that some of these high-end boutique classes are bad for you.  As in, they will likely injure you due to their heavy focus on exercise contraindications.

Are overpriced fitness classes worth the cost?

Don’t believe me about the contraindications?  Read this,  this, or this.

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Not that SoulCycle stands alone in this criticism.  As a former instructor of a popular dance fitness class, I had to stop after the first year because the monthly license fees, insurance, music, and apparel were costing me more than it was worth.

I thought to myself, ‘I love to dance, but there is no reason why people should have to pay me $15/class so that I could afford to dress like MC Hammer and teach classes using corporate choreography.’

The bottom line is; I am just sick of elitism in the fitness world.

I know that they have always been there, but right now, in a time when more than 50% of people earn £20k ($30k USD) or less a year, the fact that people have to feel like shit about not being able to take the “hottest fitness classes” is absurd.

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Want my professional advice?  Oh, well, you’re gonna get it anyway: Find something you love to do that isn’t going to cost you 25% of your salary and go for it.  There are plenty of free and inexpensive fitness programs out there.

Like, for instance, my jump-start workout eBook — which you can download it for free!

As well, if you’re interested, you can sign up for a service like Booya Fitness and get all the benefits of trendy, boutique fitness for a fraction of the cost.  Sign up for a 30-Day free trial and check out specially designed workouts by coaches like yours truly (small additional fees apply – but are worth it!).

Getting fit can be effective and affordable. You don’t have to be part of an elite craze to get in shape.

Believe me.

Have you tried trendy boutique fitness classes?  Do you find them to be worth the money?

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