Life In The Slow Lane: Exercise Routines That Don’t Have To Hurt

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When we picture a New Year’s exercise kick, most of us have been conditioned to think that ‘go hard or go home’ is the only way. Endless streams of chiselled fitness Insta-models and blogging gurus champion high-intensity interval training and gruelling diet regimes as the only way we can genuinely get fit. But for some of us, that just isn’t an option. For many reasons, some people want to find a way to get fit that is more gentle. We could be looking to ease back into fitness after an operation, having a baby or a period of ill health, we could be looking to exercise alongside an elderly relative, or we could simply find the gym an off-putting place. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to get fit while living life in the slow lane.

Tai Chi

Promoting gentle, fluid movements that calm the mind and slowly strengthen the body, Tai Chi can be intensely beneficial and relaxing to those who practise it regularly. It has great benefits for improving musculoskeletal flexibility as well, and classes are often held outdoors, giving you a mood-boost at the same time. You can get started by joining a class or at home – whatever you prefer!

Walking

The simplest way to start, if you can’t face anything else, up the amount you walk. Walking has a comprehensive set of mental and physical health benefits, from increasing memory capacity and enhancing our cognitive skills to helping us sleep better at night, improving our poster and helping us to develop positive relationships. Best of all, it’s so easy to get started. Just make sure that you have the right walking shoes or consider extra supportive insoles, like those available at biopods.com

TRX

If you fancy building up strength and muscle, but the weights section at the gym has you running scared then consider signing up for a TRX class. Using a complex system of suspension straps, you use your own body weight to strengthen and create resistance, but without so much stress on your joints. So if you have a knee injury or something that normally excludes you from resistance training, it could be the perfect fit.

Step Aerobics

Aerobics might conjure up mental images of fast and furious Lycra clad workouts, but step classes are a modern and less stressful way to get the benefits. Giving a full cardio workout without all the pounding and slamming, these classes use more controlled movements in blocks of repetition to sculpt the body. Research has found that an hour of step aerobics gives the same calorie burn as a mid-distance run.

Pilates

Pilates is one of the best ways to complete a challenging workout that will really strengthen your core without the pace that puts some people off. Accessible anywhere thanks to all the Pilates workouts on YouTube, all you need is a foam mat or a towel and you can practice anyway. So there is a way to get those killer abs and ultimate flexibility without putting too much strain on your joints!

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Beyond the comfort zone.

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If there is one thing predictable about me, it’s the fact that I love my comfort zone. I stay in it. I normally don’t go beyond it. I am that boring, I am honest enough to admit.

But this year, I am all about self-care and going outside my comfort zone. I might just stay outside of it a few steps beyond it but for me, that’s already a bold move. This year, I will be turning 40. The big 4-0! So, I feel that this year should be about me.

Three goals that I must accomplish this year:

  • Learn a new language.

    I remember my cousin and I talked about his desire to learn a new language and how he’s put it as one of his goals every single year. This 2018, though, he’s taken the step to reach that goal of his. He’s now officially enrolled as a French language student. I, too, would love to learn French but there’s Spanish, Nihongo, Mandarin, Italian, and German. There are so many beautiful languages I would love to be fluent at.

    I’d start with Nihongo, maybe?
  • Tidy up the house and make it zen-like.

    I love a clean and organized house. If you belong to a large family and you all live in the same house, you would know and can definitely relate to the struggles of organization. There is always something to pick up on the floor, something you’d bump onto, something misplaced. This is the year that I plan to re-organize our home, make clutter disappear as much as possible, beat the heat indoors, and make our living space quieter, more peaceful.
  • Go on an adventure.

    When I was in my 20’s, I told friends that I wanted to go bungee jumping and white water rafting. I was always on a budget so money that I set aside for an adventure would automatically become a savings fund for family expenses. The desire to go on an adventure faded as I get older.

    But now that I am turning 40 soon, I thought, why not now? I’ve always been too cautious and safe that when you dissect my life, you’d realize how boring it is. I am not going to go a daring, risky adventure. I am thinking that instead of bungee jumping and white water rafting, I’d go hiking. It’s also an activity I’d always wanted to do but had no time for. I’d make time for it this year. I will start with hiking and we’ll see what other adventure I’d get myself into.

My three goals for this year may not be too much for others but it’s realistic for me, doable.

What are your goals for this year?

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Keeping the Oxygen Flowing Is the Most Important Thing That You Can Do, So Do It!

Life is full of important things. It is important to earn a living and provide for either yourself or your family. It is important to pay bills. It is important to chase dreams. It is important to enjoy life. It is important to love. It is important to make memories. It is important to do a hell of a lot of things. But, is there anything more important in our lives than our need to breathe oxygen in? As you know, if somebody was to stop doing that, they’d die, so the answer to that question is obviously no.

And, now that we’ve established the overarching importance of oxygen and breathing it in, it’s important for us to keep it flowing. For advice on what you can do to keep the oxygen flowing to your lungs, make sure to read on.

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Take short, serene walks throughout the day

Even if you spend a lot of your time outside or even outside going on runs, you should still seek to find some time in your day to go on multiple short, serene walks. You should do so because short and serene walks, especially in rural areas, are perfect in regards to the intake of oxygen without wearing the lungs out and subsequently making breathing much harder, as is what happens on a run or a jog. So, try and fit at least two short, serene walks into your daily schedule and see your health, particularly your brain health, improve drastically thanks to the added intake of oxygen.

Breathe through your nose

Whether breathing through your nose regularly comes naturally to you or not, you should seek to do it. You should seek to do it because nasal breathing allows you to breathe at your full capacity, and when you compare this to the fact that breathing through your mouth only facilities you to breathe at 10 to 20 percent of this capacity, you can see why it is so important to do. So, go on, get practicing that all-important nasal breathing!

Avoid bacterial infections

It is recommend to avoid bacterial infections in life whenever and wherever you can anyway, but if you want to be providing your body with all the oxygen it needs, all the time, then making sure you do this is of greater importance. You see, as documented by XpertDox, autoimmune hemolytic anemia is a condition in which an individual’s red blood cell levels decrease to the point where the oxygen supply to their vital organs and tissues is cut drastically. And, this condition and the subsequent lowering of oxygen levels that it causes is brought about, for the most part, by an individual picking up a bacterial infection. So, avoid these infections, avoid AHA, and get your body the oxygen it needs.

A healthy lifestyle in which you are providing your body with all the oxygen it needs should matter to you because it could be the defining factor in you living, and you dying. As harrowing as that is, it is the truth. So, make sure it matters!

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Age Is Just a Number: Fun Ways To Keep Fit With Older Relatives

They say you’re only as old and you feel, and regular exercise is one of the best ways of staying young. If you enjoy fitness and you’re keen to spread the word and get your relatives involved, what better way to spend more quality time together than finding fun ways to keep fit? Here are some examples of activities you can try with your parents or grandparents.

Swimming

Swimming is a brilliant form of exercise for people of all ages. It has benefits for your stamina, strength and endurance, and it can be particularly beneficial for those carrying injuries and those who suffer from chronic aches and pains. When you’re in the water, it bears your body weight, making this is a much gentler form of working out than running, jumping or lifting weights.

Walking

Going for a walk enables you to get some fresh air, have a chat and get those muscles working. Walking is less intensive than jogging, and you can do it anywhere you like. Being in the outdoors is proven to improve mental health, and you can burn around 100 calories per mile if you go at a steady pace. Walking may not always be the most suitable option if you have an older relative who suffers from joint pain or the effects of previous falls or injuries. If you are thinking about trying to integrate walking into a therapy or rehabilitation program, call McKnight Place for advice and information. Exercise can be hugely beneficial, but it’s important that every individual engages in activities that will improve their health rather than putting them at risk of injury.

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Yoga

Yoga is a type of exercise, which offers a huge range of benefits. This is a low-impact activity, which is designed to strengthen the joints and improve suppleness and flexibility. As you age, it’s common to become stiffer, and yoga can help to loosen up the joints and make you more mobile. Yoga is also a great stress-buster, and if you go to a class, this is an excellent opportunity to meet new people and be sociable.

Dancing

If your parents were movers and shakers back in the day or you’ve got a grandparent who wants to be more active and have fun at the same time, why not look into dance classes you can do together? There are so many different types of dance, and you don’t have to be naturally talented to take something out of every session. Develop your skills, meet new people and enjoy the time you have together. Dancing is a great way of letting your hair down and having a laugh, but it can also help you burn more than 400 calories per hour.

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Exercise is a natural way of boosting your health and well-being. If you’re keen to spend more time with older relatives and encourage them to stay as active as possible, why not try some of these fun activities? You get the chance to see each other more often, and you’ll be enjoying a host of health benefits too.

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Planning ahead for your child’s birthday

As a parent, your child’s birthday is one of the highlights of every year. Being able to see them enjoy themselves with their friends and family is simply amazing. You always want to make this day extra-special for them, which is where a little pre-planning can help. As with everything in life, planning ahead for your child’s birthday will make it go more smoothly and mean that you can enjoy the day itself with them.

What can you do to make your child’s birthday go with a bang?

By far the best advice around planning for your child’s birthday is to start thinking early about what you might do. This will allow you to settle on the best idea without rushing and ensure that you have time to get all the arrangements in place well in advance.

The main area to think about is what you will actually do for the big day – obviously, as long as it is not a surprise, it is best to talk to your child to see what they would like to do. Some great ideas include:

  • Party – of course, most children will love a good party to celebrate their big day. If this is the case for you, then think about whether you will do it at home or at an outside venue. You will also need to think about who will provide the food, getting invites out to their friends in time, and if you will have a particular theme.
  • Holiday – another great idea to consider is taking your child on a family holiday to enjoy their birthday. If you decide to do this, then you’ll need to choose your destination and get the tickets booked in time.
  • Cinema or bowling trip – for older children, a trip to see the latest film is a good choice. In terms of pre-planning, you’ll need to find out the time that the film is showing as well as letting their friends know in advance. Bowling is another great choice and will be sure to keep older children fully entertained.

Don’t forget the gifts!

The other major thing to think about when planning for your child’s birthday is the gifts that they would like. For younger children, classic items such as building blocks, scooters, bikes, and fun games are a great option. If your little one likes cars, then the Magic Tracks Mega Set is a fabulous gift. This is a wonderful set with a flexible track that the included cars race around – what’s even better is that it also glows in the dark.

If your child is a bit older, then it is probably electrical items that you will thinking about buying! From console systems or items such as mobile phones and tablets, they will love anything that they can play about on.

Proper planning is vital

The essential aspect of enjoying your child’s birthday to the full is planning for it properly. By doing this, you will make sure that they have a day to remember, whatever you’ve got in store for them. If you really want to make it one to remember, make it a surprise and see their face light up when all is revealed.

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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Insurance

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No matter whether you are looking to buy car insurance or a life insurance policy, there is no denying that the process can be somewhat overwhelming. After all, there are so many different options to choose from, and there is the industry jargon to contend with too. Irrespective of the type of insurance you are interested in, it is vital to approach the process with care. This involves avoiding the common mistakes made by others, which are explained in further detail.

Choosing the wrong type of insurance policy – Nowadays, there are so many different types of insurance policies to choose from. This can lead people to be confused when determining what type of policy is right for them. One good example of this is choosing between critical illness cover and income protection policies. A lot of people assume that these are the same thing, but that is not the case. Critical illness cover will only cover you for a number of serious conditions, which will be outlined in your policy. Every plan is different, though, so you need to read your contract to determine the exact list of illnesses that are covered. With income protection, you will be covered if you are out of work for a valid reason for a set period of time. For example, your policy may pay out after four weeks of being out of work if you have broken your leg while scaffolding. A broken leg is likely to be something that isn’t covered in a critical insurance plan.

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Looking After Your Health When Working From Home

Working from home is a dream for many people, but it can be a big lifestyle change compared to working in an office or another type of workplace. When you work from home, you’re often alone and sometimes the only contact you might have with others is through email.

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There are many health implications to consider when working from home to make sure that it stays the right move for you. Your mental and physical health are important, and perhaps even more so when you’re self-employed, with no allowances for sick days.

Take a look at some top tips to consider on looking after your health when working from home.

Ensure you have the right desk setup

When you work for an employer, it is their duty to ensure that your health and safety is taken care of in the workplace. Now that you work from home, it’s up to you to fulfill that role. Give yourself the right desk setup to make sure that you have the right back support, comfortable surroundings and plenty of light. Give careful consideration to designing your home office to make sure that you have a workspace that is fit for purpose and will motivate you to work.

Establish a routine

When you work for yourself, you become your own boss. There’s nobody to slap you on the wrist when you’re late, and nobody to see you sat around in your pyjamas. However, developing bad habits can soon lead to productivity problems. From the outset, it’s important to establish a good working routine that helps you get your work done. Set yourself core working hours and a schedule like you’d have in the office. Make sure that you get dressed too – there are some proven benefits to dressing the part for work, even when you’re working from home.

Separate work from home

Some of the benefits of working from home include being able to tackle those everyday chores that would otherwise have to wait until the evenings or weekends. Things like unloading the dishwasher, or putting some laundry out to dry, can make it easier to manage your home while working and make working from home worthwhile. However, it’s important that the lines don’t become too blurred. If you pre-occupy yourself too much with chores, you’ll start giving less focus to your work, while also running the risk of working late into the night to compensate. Try to tackle your household chores during a break and give yourself a time to switch off from work – it’ll make it much easier to separate the two aspects of your life.

Take breaks

While some people might struggle with finding the motivation to work at home, others could have the opposite problem. By working too hard, you miss out on the benefits that taking a break can offer, causing you to burn out. Breaks are important for keeping your mind sharp and feeling energized, so it’s important to factor them into your day. When you work from home, you’re given a much wider choice of things to do during your break such as going for a drive or taking a nap, so start thinking about the great possibilities you could be enjoying instead of working flat-out.

Avoid bad habits

You get more freedom to do what you want when working from home, which has its negatives as well as its positives. It’s easy to get into the habit of sitting for too long, snacking too much and other bad habits that can affect your health. Another one is smoking. Just because you can smoke when you please now, doesn’t mean that you should. If you’re trying to quit, turn to vaping or even using a bong to reduce the damaging effects of smoking. You can get a bong from Dopeboo’s best bongs of 2018 that you can use at home without anybody knowing. Instead of forming bad habits at home, focus on healthier ones instead. Going for a lunchtime or morning run could help you get some much-needed fresh air, while also helping to keep your body fit and healthy.

Living a healthy lifestyle should be a priority for you, and is something you need to work extra hard at when you’re working from home. Maintain a strong work/life balance to help make sure that you see people and socialise and avoid some of the health issues which can stem from working alone. Working from home is wonderful when you get it right, so focus on the best ways to can make it work for you.

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More Than Homework: Turning Your Home Into A Proper Business

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We all fantasize about the idea of working from home full time, but what about those people that want to take it one step further, and set up their own business from home? It’s certainly a bigger challenge than setting up the standard home office, but if you want to use your home for more than just a place to live in, but use it as a base of operations, or use it as a place in which you can trade, how can you do this?

Is Your Home In A Lucrative Location?

Of course, this depends on the type of business you are trying to start, but if you are working out of your home, and you plan on serving customers, like so many holistic therapists, you have to factor in your location in your overall planning. When it comes to the location, it needs to be within a reasonable distance to your customer base, but it also needs to be in a neighborhood that is zoned for home businesses. Of course, you can set up a business from home, but there could be trouble further down the line if your local council catches up with you, or a neighbor makes a complaint. And on this topic, dealing with neighbors when it comes to having any thoughts of renovating your home, especially to set up a business, can cause a lot of personal and professional problems for you and your professional image. It’s worth having a look on houzz.com to get some this is information with regards to dealing with those pesky neighbors. You may be forgiven for thinking that running your business from home takes a lot of the anxieties out of the process, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

How Does Your Home Look?

For the average e-commerce business, the appearance of your home doesn’t matter so much, but when it comes to appealing to customers and clients alike, you need to bear in mind that the attractiveness of your home could have positive and negative effects on your numbers. You don’t want to scare customers off before they have set foot through your front door, and so making sure that your property, in terms of the interior and exterior, is up to code. It’s always vital to make sure the aesthetics are pleasing enough, and so investing in a contractor to get these bits of work done should be viewed as a worthy investment. You can go to wildwoodroof.com and look at what a typical contractor can do to improve the exterior of your home, so it is that bit more attractive. From the moving to the sidings, or even the windows, if you live in a dilapidated home, and you plan on running a proper business from it, some people may be turned off by the appearance from a distance.

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