12.27.2018

Are dyson fans worth the buck?


Are you in the market for a new fan and wondering how much you need to spend to get quality? Have you heard about the quality of Dyson fans and now you’re wondering if they are worth the outlay?

In this article, we explore the merits of Dyson fans and whether the brand, known for its innovation, have made a fan worth spending more on than their competition. Is it a marketing ploy or are the Dyson bladeless fans actually better than other fans?

Noise


One of the main benefits of the bladeless design of the Dyson fan is how silent it is. It has quiet mark accreditation, an independent seal of approval. If you are used to the white noise style sound of a fan which is more affordable and has blades then this will come as quite a shock.

Whether or not noise is a priority will depend on personal preference. If you want to play music while you work, but need something to cool you, a Dyson fan can be quieter than both other fans and even air conditioning systems.

Some enjoy the noise of a fan, and it can be soothing and help you to sleep in the evening. This comes down to your own choice. The details on how the white noise created by fans can help you to sleep can be found here.

Safety


Safety should always be a consideration. This is especially true if you are putting a fan into a room where you have children or even pets. With no spinning blades within the Dyson fans, there is no need to worry about something going wrong and causing injury.

The risk of a fan isn’t huge, but it is still worth being careful. If you are leaving a fan on for a young child, Dyson bladeless fans give peace of mind.

Looks


The look of your home is important.
This applies not just to the way you decorate, but to the items you buy to fill your house with. Some fans can look less than exciting. They can be downright ugly.

This post by Terri Grothe discusses the benefits of filling your home with the latest gadgets. If you want to be house-proud, and can afford the money it costs to purchase a Dyson fan then it may well be worth the buck.

Let’s face it, they look great. Naturally, they have a modern feel to them, but this is the case with all fans and is unavoidable. Dyson fans are easier to keep clean too, so won’t make your home start to look messy.

Controls


Another area Dyson fans really excel is their controls.
Both desk and tower fans in their range have up to ten different settings. These can even be set from a remote control, so you don’t have to get up to adjust to a comfortable temperature.

Other controls include a sleep timer so you can set your Dyson fan to switch off during the night so it doesn’t waste energy or make the room too cold while you are sleeping.

The Alternatives


This exact technology is not available anywhere else.
As you might expect from the Dyson brand, they have “patented Air Multiplier technology” so it can’t be used by other brands in the same way. They explain that their fan works by “creating a powerful stream of uninterrupted airflow”.
There are some legitimate alternatives though.

Other bladeless fans: These tend to use oscillation and are often noisier and not as well-reviewed as Dyson models, which are clearly the best in the category. You can read this review of a Dyson fan to see in details how the Dyson fans stand against other popular brands of bladeless fans.

Bladed fans: If safety and noise aren’t the biggest concerns, this can be a consideration. They’re far from ideal, and can be an eyesore as well as not as effective, but they are significantly cheaper.

Air conditioning units: It is true that Dyson fans are expensive. They’re well built, and a long warranty helps, but for a little more you could consider an AC unit. These will require installation, which is awkward and can be expensive to run (more so than a fan) but they do offer a lot of control.

Conclusion


Have you enjoyed our post on whether Dysons are worth the buck?
Overall, we feel that Dyson’s range is excellent and if you can afford it, their safe and reliable fans are worth the expense.
Do you agree? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments or share our article on social media if you like our thoughts.

12.25.2018

Merry Christmas ❤


12.23.2018

Family Pictures, Part 3








12.22.2018

Family pictures, Part 2








12.21.2018

7 Tweaks to Boost Your Home Style in 2019



We know we say this every year, but 2019 really has something else in the store for all of us interior
design and style freaks. From floors to ceilings to everything in between, the New Year will not let any design aspect rest. So, if you’re looking to give your home a little somethin’ after the holidays, here’s a bit of inspiration.


Embrace the curves
Another hit from the past that’s experiencing a second coming is curvy design aesthetics. Very popular in the 70s, this trend is taking over everything, from sofas to coffee tables. Organic shapes will replace hard, geometric lines in 2019, so embrace this chic trend and bring some curvy comfort to your home.


Get glossy


If you’re not thrilled by moody and dark shades, don’t worry. You can still enjoy bright and bold colors, as long as they are glossy. High-gloss paint will give your space that cute ‘jewellery box’ look that will make you feel like an Old Hollywood movie star! Sure, glossy paints look great, especially in bolder colors, but make sure to invest in high-quality manufacturers and quality brushes and that your surfaces are properly primed. Glossy finish and bold colors aren’t exactly forgiving when it comes to flaws.


Board the terrazzo hype train

Terrazzo has been back for almost a year, but in 2019 it will be bigger than ever. It surely is a trend that’s having a major revival, but this time it’s coming back with a slight tweak. Why? Well, because we can expect this colorful material to penetrate every sphere of design and give people to choose from terrazzo lamps, coffee tables, countertops, and all other d├ęcor elements.


Prep for a staycation

If you want to spend your every day like you’re on vacation, boost your outdoor space and you’ll forget all about expensive plane tickets and suitcases. A stylish and well-equipped garden will make you enjoy your staycation like never before! For instance, you can boost the comfort and practicality of your garden with an outdoor kitchen. Equip it with a BBQ grill and some bar seating, and it will quickly become your favorite spot in the entire home. On the other hand, if you love the beach, treat yourself to a fun outdoor spa pool that will bring the ocean right to your backyard. Every time you need some relaxation, just jump into your spa and let the bubbles and warm water work their magic! There are even swim spas for those who love a good water workout. They are equipped with strong jets that will turn your spa into a treadmill for swimmers. Ocean who, we say!

Green it up in every sense

Move, you light pastels, and let the deep green take the reins! The color of the year for 2019 will come as a breath of fresh air for all green lovers since we haven’t seen green used this much since Art Deco of the 1920s. This new ‘it’ shade is called Night Watch, and it’s deep, calming, provoking and elegant—all one interior might need. Plus, it provides a perfect backdrop to all the things botanical and metallic, so feel free to fill your green space with wood, stone, foliage, and gold or brass accents.

Invest in art


Art has always been popular, but lately, it has reached a new popularity record. One of the reasons
behind it is the fact that there are no more rules when it comes to hanging art in your home.
In 2019, you’ll be able to do whatever you like and invest in everything from paintings to photographs and graphics. Hang them in groups if they are small, or pick a huge piece that will create a ‘wow’ effect, and you’ll have a perfect home gallery that will boost the style and sophistication of your space. Just make sure to pick original pieces and who knows, maybe you’ll have a small treasure on your wall in a few years.


Look up
Long forgotten is the rule: darker on the bottom and lighter on top. Designers all over the world are
ditching the white ceilings and opting for something more daring and interesting. So, in 2019, don’t
forget to look up and you could see everything from bold colors to wallpapers and intricate moldings that can transform your room in a blink of an eye. It’s truly amazing what interesting ceilings can do to space!

As you can see, there’s no need for large renovations that will break your bank in order to add some
style to your space. In 2019, even smaller details carry a big effect, so pick any of these trends listed
above and watch your home transform into a stylish and elegant retreat!

How difficult is it to maintain a swimming pool, really?


There’s no denying that swimming pools sound like a wonderful idea. After all, a swimming pool allows you to keep cool in the summer heat, exercise at your convenience, and - according to some experts - can even help to boost the value of your home.

However, despite a near-universal understanding of the benefits of a swimming pool, the vast majority of homeowners will choose to go without. While there are many reasons homeowners decide against a swimming pool, one of the most commonly mentioned is a concern about maintenance. Swimming pools, people believe, may be an excellent addition to their home, but they require too much hassle and maintenance to be truly justifiable. This reason is so often stated, it’s tempting to accept it as read - but are swimming pools really as problematic as many of us have been led to believe?

The answer is… sort of

Do swimming pools require maintenance? Yes.

With maintaining a swimming pool add to your list of household maintenance chores? Yes.

Can maintaining a swimming pool add to your monthly outgoings? Yes.

Reading through the above, it’s tempting to immediately say that the case is closed, and swimming pools are every bit as problematic as thought. However, there’s a nuance that is missing from this argument.

What do you stand to gain from a swimming pool?

Can a swimming pool genuinely boost your lifestyle, especially in the summer months? Yes.

Can a swimming pool help you to enjoy one of the most beneficial forms of exercise - swimming - in the comfort of your own home? Yes.

Could having a swimming pool installed mean you can save money in other areas, such as gym memberships? Yes.

Due to this over-focus on the maintenance of a swimming pool, it’s often easy to forget that there are plenty of benefits to be enjoyed, some of which could help to save you time and improve your overall lifestyle. Viewed through this lens, swimming pools can suddenly begin to seem a little more reasonable.

Still concerned? Consider this…

No home is maintenance-free. Every room of every house in every part of the world requires maintenance. For example, if you were considering installing a conservatory, would maintenance factor into your decision-making process? Perhaps to an extent, but it would not be anywhere near as significant a factor as it would be when considering a swimming pool - yet conservatories require cleaning, fixing, mending, and maintaining, too.

Ultimately, this over-focus on the need to maintain swimming pools has clouded the ability to make a decision that suits you. If you could benefit from a swimming pool, the maintenance consideration is necessary, but it shouldn’t be the decisive factor. First and foremost, the maintenance needs are often overstated and, secondly, there are ways and means of reducing the maintenance burden anyway; you can hire pool care specialists relatively inexpensively, and the likes of Miracle Maintenance blasting services are perfect for the occasional deep-clean - like anything in your home, there are ways and means of making the maintenance more manageable if you wish.

So, should you install a swimming pool?

The answer to this question is entirely subjective; we’re not trying to persuade you that a pool is 100% the right decision - we’re just pointing out that the maintenance demands tend to be overstated. It’s therefore best to consider the maintenance aspect if you’re tempted to install a swimming pool, but to keep in mind the fact that the maintenance element is often exaggerated - so it’s best to make a decision that weighs all the factors, both good and bad, when deciding whether a swimming pool is right for your home.

Family Pictures, Part 1

I won a photo shoot with our photographer so I have decided to share our favourites :)

This is the family shot, next up Me and Brooke + Dad and Brooke











12.20.2018

What Are the Dangers of a Leaky Roof




Image source: https://pixabay.com/en/roof-roof-renovation-old-weathered-3359289/
A leaky roof is one of those household issues that people postpone fixing until the last minute. However, this is a pretty serious matter which if treated in a timely manner, can save you a lot of trouble. And the damage alone to the structure of your house, electrical installations and insulation can turn into an expensive repair.
Above all, the dangers of a leaky roof to your health grow even more as you delay resolving the issue. Just have a look at these hazards and you will immediately understand why this matter should be taken seriously.

1.     Structural deterioration of your house

A leaky roof will not only cause an aesthetical problem but also impair the structural integrity of your house. Damage to ceiling joints, exterior trim, rafters, and wall framing will start to become more obvious as you delay fixing your roof. Chronic leaks cause wood to deteriorate and rot, thus causing problems that can cost a lot.
Additionally, persistent leaks will cause damp walls and you will have to hire professional equipment and personnel to deal with this. In the end, you won't be able to live in the house prior to and during the repairs since you might be putting your wellbeing in jeopardy.

2.     Development of mold and mildew

When water enters your house insulation it damages its effectiveness. This will be something fairly easy to suspect if your energy bill goes higher because the warm air escapes your house through faulty insulation. But insulation damage carries another problem which may cause health problems for you and your family.
Namely, damp insulation is a perfect breathing ground for mold and mildew which can cause respiratory issues. Additionally, these fungi can also develop on damp walls, furniture and anything else that hasn’t been properly dried and taken care of with appropriate methods.

3.     Risk of electrical shock and fire hazard

When water from leaks enters the structure of your home, it may come into contact with electrical installations. In case there is any break in the insulation of the wires, the water will create an open circuit which might cause a fire. A leaky roof can also cause water to enter junction boxes which contain wires and circuit breakers and thus present a danger as well.
Leaks can also cause accidents such as electrical shock to a person which is in most cases a life-threatening situation. If you notice the leak, turn off the power to the area and call an electrician to examine your electrical installations. However, at the same time, it would be wise to take care of the leak as well since that might fix the issue altogether.

4.     Deterioration of the roof

Roofs are made to withstand any weather and even some of the harsher environmental conditions. However, while a slate roof can last for 100 years, it still needs regular and proper maintenance to stay in the best possible shape. As often pointed out by professionals like First Class Slate “time and weather will leave their mark on a slate roof and tiles can become damaged or loose.”
But taking care of the small damages to the roof in time will prevent deterioration of your roofing system and collapse. And damage to property and human health from this worst-case scenario can be unimaginably high. Therefore, if you notice a small leak or a broken slate, don't wait for it to get more serious, and fix it.

5.     A risk to slip and fall

An unattended leaky roof can create water puddle on the floor which you may not notice right away. Said puddle may not pose a huge risk, but that is only if you walk normally. If you have children or elderly in the house, then that puddle is a safety hazard and can cause slips and consequently injuries.
However, if the leak occurs on the stairs or tiles that get slippery when wet, the risk applies to every member of your household. Until the repairmen arrive or if you can’t immediately tend to the problem, put a bucket underneath the leak to collect the water. 

Lastly

Dangers of a leaky roof may vary in seriousness, but they all have one thing in common – a hazard to human health and wellbeing. For that reason, repairing your roof immediately is imperative, as well as maintaining it regularly throughout the year.



I am on family vacation until Jan 7th 2019.  I will have email access but limited but will return as soon as I can.

12.19.2018

Here's why you shouldn't worry about retirement






Even when you are young, thoughts about your retirement might be rattling your cage. The future uncertainty may be pushing you over the edge. According to LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute, Americans between the age of 61-65 start to enter the retired force of people. The same source narrates that 89% of the population bids farewell to working by the age mark of 75.

Worrying is a very traditional approach to retirement. The statistics can be a little heartbreaking. But there is always light at the end of the tunnel, particularly, if you are willing to see it. On the bright side, you get to avail senior discounts. You can also give the front seat to your passions and continue working.

So, what you make out of your retirement is entirely up to you. You can stick around and become dependent on some family member. Or take steps for your well-being, daily engagement, and stay in shape. The former option will take a toll on your health. The latter will, however, suck you out of the worries concerning retirement.

Here are few ideas that can contribute to a healthy retirement for you:

1. Take care of your health
You can’t stop the ticking aging clock, but you can always prepare for the elderly times. In this regard, the best you can do is take care of your health and fitness. For instance, regular exercise can give you several health benefits and help you stay agile in your senior years. Moreover, healthy eating can also save you from several health issues. You need to be mindful of everything that you eat such as wisely choosing food oil. For example, canola oil can negatively impact your neural health.

Senior years are often synonymous with health disorders too with early symptoms of alzheimer's sometimes showing well before retirement. In such a case, you need to be very careful of your diet. If you are firm with taking proper healthcare steps, your worry about retirement will only lessen. It will also cut the healthcare costs.

2. Pursue a hobby
Hobbies and passions just don’t die as you age although they might not shine as brightly. You will have some digging to do and find that your hobby thrives. And there is no better time to pursue your hobby than in your retirement. An AARP study reveals that 37% of individuals between the age of 50-64 continue to work in retirement. 44% of these people decide to step into a completely different field. People are also living longer, so you have plenty of time to plan for a new career or follow a hobby.

The author of What's Next? Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties, and Beyond, Kerry Hannon shares the career-changing example of her clients. One of them was a retired Navy officer and loved circus as a child. He went on to become a company manager for a circus in his retirement. Likewise, his wife who was previously a nurse chose to become the wardrobe designer of the same place.

3. Start your savings and set goals
According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 64% of Americans have less than $50,000 saved. This is horrific since social security is not enough to meet the retirement expenses. The best antidote is to start saving from early on. Savings do not necessarily have to start from 30 years but 25 years of age. An important takeaway nugget here is to save a minimum 10% of your income for your retirement.

Or you can set goals for saving specific amounts for a carefree retirement. In fact, goal setting can be healthy according to Jonathan Haidt, a psychology professor. He suggests that working towards achieving goals can be helpful in making you feel good. And often such a feeling can be better than the sentiments felt at achieving the goal itself. Thus, by saving and setting out a working map from early on you wouldn’t have to worry about retirement.

ABOUT Alycia Gordan
Alycia Gordan is a freelance writer who loves to read and write articles on healthcare technology, fitness and lifestyle. She is a tech junkie and divides her time between travel and writing. You can find her on Twitter: @meetalycia





12.18.2018

How to Take the Stress Out of Vacation Planning


Planning a vacation can be exhausting and quite a daunting task. Whether you're flying
to another state or going international, figuring out how to plan the trip can be rough.
The stress involved can cause you to make the wrong choices, and this is why it's vital
that you know how to take as much of the stress out of the process as possible.
Getting the stress out of vacation planning is about having a good process and taking
your time. Use these tips to help minimize the stress while planning your next trip.

- Pack Your Luggage Days in Advance
Being proactive and packing days before you fly allows you to leave time for those
often-forgotten essentials. Make sure you have enough clothes, toiletries, and
other traveling essentials packed and ready allows you to see what you need and what
you don’t need. It also lets you be less stressed in comparison to packing the day of and
not counting off what's most needed to bring.

- Figuring Out Activities
One of the most difficult aspects of traveling is finding the right activities to do in the
short amount of time you have. It always seems like once you do find something that is
a fit for everyone it’s completely out of your budget. It can be stressful deciding what
you will be doing. The key is to be proactive and to do your research before you go.
Look online for the excursions and activities in an area, price check them, then send
them to all parties included so that you can have the details ironed out before you ever
leave. Whether it’s watching a Broadway play in Jacksonville or dune buggy riding in
Nevada, the more research you do up front, the easier the trip itself will be.

- Research Flights in Advance
Buying your ticket at least 40-60 days in advance can make a world of difference for
you. It reduces a lot of stress when you are able to get the best price on your ticket.

- Speak to Your Doctor
Depending on where it is you are going, talking to your doctor about your current health
and possible risks you may experience at your destination can help a lot. Whether it's
getting a vaccination a week before the vacation or talking about protecting your pre-
existing issues, speak to your doctor beforehand to put your mind at ease.

- Accommodations
Find accommodations at least two months in advance for the best pricing. Vacation
rentals or Airbnb’s are great ways to save money outside of traditional hotels. The key is
to have this organized weeks before the flight to avoid being stressed.

- TSA
Learn about the security operations of your specific airlines. By knowing where to put
electronics or even your shoes, you reduce the anxiety of going through airport
security.

- Organize Your Budget
The first thing above all else to be weary of is your budget. Nothing is more stressful
than wanting to experience certain things but not having the budget to do it. Organize
your budget from top to bottom. This will save you the stress on planning activities that
you cannot afford.

Planning any vacation can be exciting but also stressful. Reducing that stress is all
about being wise with your choices and knowing how to plan it all just right. The tips
above will help you plan your trip in a matter that reduces stress.

3 Tips for Prepping Your Home for the Holidays

As the holiday season is upon us, your home will be filled with friends and family to celebrate
this special time of year. Hospitality is so important in this fast-paced world, and there are some
super easy ways to take your home to the next level of comfort for your guests.

Turn your guest room into the best room

In order to make friends and family feel at home, take a note from hotels. Think: clean, crisp
sheets, and folded towels on the bed. A bowl of mints on the dresser and candles in the bathroom
add extra special touches for your guests to know you are thinking about their comfort. Cosmetic
touch-ups are important, but your guests will spend most of their time in your guest bed. Let’s
face it: no one likes sleeping on a lumpy 20-year old mattress, especially because sleep
deprivation and in-laws don’t mix well! The best way to ensure fun holiday memories with
guests in your home is to make sure they get a good night’s sleep. There are tons of holiday
mattress sales going on right now. Feeling overwhelmed? Read reviews from real customers to
help narrow down your search process!

It’s The Small Things That Make A Huge Impact

Before guests arrive, change up the picture frames in your house to include photos of the guests.
It will make their day to see themselves featured in your home. Pull out the old family
scrapbooks from the attic and set them on the coffee table to retell funny stories and great
memories you’ve shared in past years. Stock up on extra toothbrushes, deodorants, soaps, etc.
from the dollar store––someone is bound to forget something in the holiday craziness. You can
also create holiday playlists so when your guests arrive you can hit play for hours of background
music without a worry! Got younger kids or teens coming over? The best way to their heart is
through wifi! Create a small sign on your fridge with the wifi password and network name. They
will text you “thx 4 the pswrd” with at least four emojis. Have little ones? Check out these great
winter activities for children of all ages.

Create A Welcoming Space

When hosting for the holidays, taking a few small steps to create a welcoming environment goes
a long way. Even the smallest spaces can be transformed into great hangout rooms for family and
friends. Don’t be afraid to move around some larger pieces of furniture to make room for some
extra seating. Beanbags and poofs"3 Tips for Prepping Your Home for the Holidaysare all the rage right now, and not just for kids! Ask if people
are allergic to anything, including your dogs or cats. Make sure all the beds have extra blankets
and pillows, and fluff the pillows on all the couches. Lighting candles is an easy way to create
ambiance as well. However, if strong scented candles overwhelm your guests, add some drops of
vanilla, cinnamon, or peppermint oil into your heating vents for a house that always smells like
Christmas.

12.17.2018

How To Reduce Your Alcohol Use

It seems like no-one can really make up their mind alcohol. On the one hand, virtually everyone has woken up and said “I’m never drinking again” at some stage after a night where too many drinks were drunk. But then Friday rolls around, and it doesn’t take make convincing to put a glass of beer or wine in their hand. Still, the year twenty-eighteen was the year when we learned that, despite what we've been told previously, the best option for your health is a lifestyle that doesn’t contain alcohol. That’s a lot to ask for some people - it’s a better option to reduce the intake. But even this can be difficult. Below, we take a look at some tried and tested tips for getting a handle on your drinking habits.

Stay Social

You’re not going to stick with a month or so of no alcohol if you’re cutting out everything that’s fun in your life, such as socializing. The important thing is not to make such a big connection between fun and having an alcoholic drink in your hand. It might sound crazy at first, but it is possible to visit a bar or spend a couple of hours with your friends without drinking alcohol. Break the link in your mind between alcohol and fun, and everything will be much easier.

Get Help

Some people find it more difficult to get a grip on their drinking. It’s a bigger part of their lifestyle than they realized, and they don’t know how to cut down the intake. If you’re in this position, it’s important to remember that there is help available. You can read books about how to give up alcohol, or talk with friends and family members about your problems. If you’d rather keep things private, then take a look at the difference between inpatient and outpatient rehab costs, and pick the one that’s right for you. It’s much easier to overcome problems when you have the support of other people.

Understand the Benefits

If you’re a moderate drinker, rather than a heavy drinker, then you might think that the benefits of reducing your drinking don’t really apply to you. This is not the case. Even if you’re only having a few alcohol drinks at a time, you’ll see the benefits of cutting down, or giving up completely. Within a few weeks of no alcohol, you’ll have more energy, better skin, and your mind will be sharper. Try it, and see for yourself.

Ten Minutes of Strength

The feeling that tells you that you “need” a beer or glass of wine is pretty weak. It passes in a few minutes. But you do have to make it through those minutes. It’ll depend on the time of the day or week you associate with drinking. It might be Friday evening, or a Sunday evening, or whatever. If you can make it through the ten minutes of feeling “a drink would be nice,” you’ll probably make it through the entire night!

12.16.2018

Elie Claire 365 day journals

As a busy working mom, I dont always have time to get to everything I need to do or should do daily. 
I love to journal the word of God and study with some easy devotions. 
When I was contacted by Worthy to review these 365 day journals I was so excited and couldnt wait for them to arrive. 


This is my favourite one, because of the colors and the theme. I need to keep my eyes on Jesus and not let the worries of life make it look dark for me. 

You can purchase this one here or here 


My favourite page :) 

Look at the color of this, it is so eye catching. 

You can purchase this one here or here




I tried multiple pens and there is absolutely no bleed thru, I am very excited to begin using these for 2019. 


I actually share them with 2 girl friends who also enjoyes journalling the word. 
You can purchase this one here or here  



These are now for sale on amazon and barnes and noble.

7 tips for continuing to run in winter


Photo by Cam Adams on Unsplash

If you’re an enthusiastic runner then you’ll want to run day and night, no matter what the weather. Whilst it would be amazing to be able to go out and run every single day, the cold weather during the winter means that it’s just not possible unless you’re super prepared.

You may have to miss out a couple of days due to storms and snow, but if you prepare well enough in advance then you’ll be able to continue to run throughout winter. To help, here are 7 handy tips:

  1. Dress For Warmer Weather

Although it may feel as though you don’t need to wear warmer clothes as the exercise will keep you warm, it’s incredibly important you dress for the weather. In extreme cases, temperatures can be below zero so invest in some decent thermal workout gear and you should feel much more comfortable on your winter runs.

  1. Run With A Buddy Or In A Group

With extreme weather conditions making it more unsafe to go outside running, finding a buddy or group of people to run with is a great way to ensure there is always somewhere there in case of emergency. If you don’t know anyone that wants to run with you, trying searching for local running clubs in your area.

  1. Run Later In The Morning Or Earlier At Night

During winter mornings and evenings are much darker than they would be in the summer. Not only does this mean it will be colder during those times, but it’s also much harder to run as you can’t see where you’re going and other people can’t see you (to a certain extent). Try running later in the morning and earlier at night when it’s lighter and much safer.

  1. Wear Reflective Clothing

If you are going to be running in the dark, invest in some reflective clothing that makes it much easier for other runners and motorists to see you in low light.

  1. Take Extra Time To Warm Up

With the cold weather, it’s really important to take extra time to warm your body up. Not warming up properly could result in an injury that in the long run could result in having to have surgery.

Often not being warmed up results in a bad fall, which in many cases leads to people breaking bones or people with existing injuries needing things like carpal tunnel surgery.

  1. Keep Hydrated

When the weather is much colder it is easy to forget to keep hydrated, despite the fact it is just as important as it is in summer. Take a bottle of water with you that will encourage you to stay hydrated as you run.

  1. If All Else Fails, Hit The Treadmill

If you find that running during the winter is too much for you, you can always opt for running on a treadmill. It’s not quite the same but it’s a great way to continue your hobby in harsh weather conditions.

Do you love running? Let me know if you use any of these tips in the comment section below.

12.14.2018

Healthy living. You need to think about long game

When it comes to our health, we all want easy solutions. That’s understandable, in a way. You want to see results as soon as possible. We’re all a little impatient. But you need to think about more than your wellbeing in the present day. Your lifestyle affects your long-term wellness as well as your short-term wellness. So, if you want to improve your health then you need to be a little patient and make changes to your daily routine that you can maintain on a permanent basis. You need to think about the long game, and we’re going to discuss some potential ways to achieve that in this article.


Get into a regular fitness routine.
The first step to improving your health both in the present and the future is to get into a regular fitness routine. You might dread the idea of exercising regularly, but that’s because most of us see physical activities as chores. But you don’t have to work out in a way that bores you; any sort of bodily movement that forces your body to work out more than usual counts as exercise. Even a short walk around the block or your local park can make a difference. You could start off by setting aside 10 minutes to take a stroll during your lunch break at work. The tiniest bit of exercise could make a huge difference to your long-term health. Plus, the more you exercise, the more motivated you’ll feel to get into a regular fitness routine. Physical activity releases endorphins in the brain, so it’ll boost your mental state.

Focus on nutrition when it comes to diet.
When people think of dieting, they often think of cutting down the amount of food they eat, but you should actually be focusing on nutrition. Simply eating less food won’t make you healthier; eating less unhealthy food will help, of course, but you need to supplement your diet with healthier alternatives. Fad diets are often restrictive, and that’s not a healthy way to eat. You might lose weight quickly, but you won’t be able to maintain those results. It’s time to think about the long game. Make sure your diet is full of protein, carbohydrates, calcium, iron, and other important vitamins and minerals.

Adopt a consistent sleeping pattern.
You also need to think about the long game by adopting a consistent. It can even reduce your risk of heart disease.

Of course, you might feel a little physically or mentally disoriented if you majorly change your bedtime routine. Even if you’re getting a sufficient amount of sleep, any big change to your lifestyle requires an adjustment period. It’s important not to oversleep to compensate for your tiredness if you’re trying to go to bed and wake up earlier than normal. Otherwise, you’ll end up slipping back into your old sleeping pattern. You just need to make it a priority in your life to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night. It’ll improve your heart health and mental health amongst many other aspects of your wellbeing. Sleeping well is integral to thinking about the long game with regards to your health.


Stop bad habits.
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You don’t need to make a change to your lifestyle overnight. As we’ve discussed throughout this article, improving your health can be a gradual process when you’ve got a long game plan. Maybe you simply need to reduce consumption of harmful substances that are a big part of your life. If you feel a little dehydrated after cutting alcohol out of your lifestyle then you might want to look into a hangover doctor to help replenish and rehydrate your body. The important thing is that you think about your health and make gradual changes to your lifestyle.

Spend time with your loved ones.
This is the simplest lifestyle change you can make, but it’ll have a huge impact on your health. We all know that our friends and family make us happy, but you might not be aware that such relationships are integral to your mental wellbeing. Many studies have shown that maintaining close relationships with at least 3 people in your life can help to protect your emotional health and prevent psychological problems. But it’s not just about having friends for the sake of friends - it’s about being close to the right people. You need to spend time with loved ones who serve as a support network. In other words, you would do anything to make them happy and they would do anything to make you happy. It should be a two-way street.

You need to make sure that you spend time with your loved ones to keep those relationships strong. You might know that your family is always there if you need them, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect to visit them regularly. Simply heading over to see your parents or your siblings from time to time could really help to keep you healthy and happy (and it’ll do the same for them, of course). The same goes for that buddy you’ve not seen in a few months. You don’t always need to talk to your loved ones when you have a problem or they have a problem. Sometimes, it’s enough to simply have a chat and a catch-up in person. Laughing has huge benefits for the health of your heart and your mind, so you should be aiming to spend time with the people who make you happy if you want to look after your wellbeing in the long-term.
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