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Ways to Enhance Your Concentration

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Ways to Enhance Your Concentration

 

You have a deadline and you really need to work, but the busy Sydney streets are screaming at you from outside your window, you can’t get that scene from your favorite TV show out of your head and then, just when you clear your mind and finally focus on your assignment, somebody comes in with a question. There goes your concentration, leaving you frustrated and in panic. But, is there a way to enhance your concentration? Yes, there is. Here are some ways to do it.

Be rested

If you don’t get enough sleep, or if your sleep isn’t calming and restful, your thoughts can become scattered and focusing on anything might prove to be next to impossible. Establish a quality sleeping routine, which will include going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, sleeping on a comfortable bed and in a place that you find relaxing. If you don’t sleep enough during the night, try having at least a short nap during the day, in order to energize and concentrate more easily.

Eat well

Never skip meals, especially breakfast, since hunger can be your concentration’s greatest enemy. Your meals should be a healthy balance between proteins and carbohydrates, loaded with nutrients. Your body needs vitamins and minerals to maximize brain function, as well as water to remain hydrated, since dehydration can lower your concentration. However, overeating can cause discomfort and drowsiness, so avoid eating too much.

Take breaks

Trying to stay focused on one thing for a long time can be tiring and can even make you nervous. After a while, your brain’s processing abilities will decline, and your concentration along with it. Therefore, make a schedule for each task or each working day, one which will include several breaks. Taking an hourly short break can help you get your focus back and make you feel refreshed and alert. Use these breaks to have a healthy snack, take a nap or phone your friend for a quick chat.

Listen to music

Other than making you feel relaxed and boosting your mood, music can also improve your concentration. Certain types of music affect the parts of the brain related to paying attention and memory update, while others calm you down and help with anxiety. Find the music that makes you productive and helps you concentrate, invest in the best noise-cancelling headphones Sydney can offer and get back to work.

Exercise your body and mind

Physical exercise can get you into shape and improve your overall health, including your mind. If you’re unhealthy and physically inactive, you mood worsens and you feel worn down, which can make it very hard to focus. A daily workout can help you concentrate since it improves your circulation, and blood flow to the brain. It can be something as simple as a walk on the beach or a bicycle ride to and from work. And if physical exercise isn’t enough, you can also exercise your mind. Read a good book, do some crossword puzzles or Sudoku, or have a stimulating conversation during your lunch break to improve memory and concentration.

Remove distractions

Sometimes the loss of concentration is caused by outside factors, such as noise from the traffic outside or your colleagues’ squeaky voice and laughter. If you have your own office, closing the window or the door might be all it takes to regain your peace and quiet and avoid distractions. If not, try isolating yourself in another way, like using earplugs. Log out of your social networks accounts and turn your phone to silent mode if possible. However, if you need your phone and the social networks for work, you need to learn to ignore these specific distractions, disregard them and stay focused on your task.

Avoid multitasking

Jumping to a new project without finishing the previous one can be confusing and lead your brain to think it’s OK to switch focus from one topic to another, which in return can lower your concentration. If you start doing several things at the same time, you’ll be giving each of those things only partial attention, which can cause you to achieve less and make mistakes you wouldn’t make if you were completely focused on a single task. In order to improve your concentration, stick to a task until you finish it, and then make a short mental break before starting the next one.

Although it takes effort and time to concentrate properly, it’s not an impossible task. All it sometimes takes is to challenge your brain to stay focused on a single task for just a bit longer than the previous time. So, do what you can to stay healthy and sharp and your problem might just disappear.

 

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Get the Guy: How to Get a Man to Like You

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Get the Guy: How to Get a Man to Like You

 

Ugh, men are capricious beings and it can be hard and frustrating to get their attention and keep it. We all at one time longingly looked at a guy knowing that he doesn’t even know who we are, and even more often, grabbed someone’s attention just to see him lose interest. So, if you suffer from the same problem, here’s a little guide that will help you get and keep the man of your dreams.

Catch his eye

There’s a belief that men don’t care about what women wear, but the truth is that they do notice some positive changes. So, next time you think you’re going to see your hunk, try to dress up a bit. He will certainly notice and even maybe compliment your appearance. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to wear a gown to work or a little black dress to your casual stroll. Simply putting on some makeup, wearing your hair up or putting some effort into your outfit can attract his attention.

Put on your best smile

It might sound overly simple, but sometimes, all you need to do to get the guy interested is smile. Smiling is a bit contagious, so he will automatically get happier when greeted with your radiant smile. Additionally, smiling makes your face brighter and you’ll seem a lot more approachable. Laugh gently when you’re with him or send a subtle smile his way every once in a while. He’ll definitely become friendlier towards you. Just don’t overdo it with grinning, otherwise you might seem creepy.

Don’t hesitate to flirt

Men usually enjoy a casual touch of a woman, so don’t hesitate to engage in a little physical flirting by touching his hand, arm or shoulder. It’s a great way to state that you want to get physical with him and to attract his attention. A light touch can flip a switch in his head and make him take a second look at you or rekindle old feelings.

Blow his mind with your date game

Once you manage to get him on a date, don’t hesitate to take over a traditionally man’s job and make plans for you. Yes, going out to a restaurant is never a bad move, but there are so many great date ideas that will stay in his memory forever. Engaging in an activity that is not a huge cliché will definitely make him curious about other cool ideas you have.

Change your perfume

People are very sensitive to smells, especially the changes in smell, so if you want to get him to notice you, try changing your perfume. A new scent or a perfume worn in unexpected situations might get him interested and even earn you a nice compliment.

Compliments never harmed anyone

Literally everyone loves compliments, so don’t hesitate to praise him from time to time. Guys don’t really feel comfortable hearing compliments from other men, but when a girl does it, it will certainly make them happy and proud. Just make sure to be genuine and moderate. Insincere compliments or too many of them can make you seem shallow and fake, and you might make him uncomfortable.

Take the lead

Sometimes, men are not the best at taking hints, so don’t hesitate to take the lead and make the first move. Go and make an introduction, start a conversation or buy him a drink. Guys that are shy will love you for it, plus being bold can be so sexy!

Here you have it, the basics of catching a guy’s eye. Just remember to be yourself—if he falls for the real you, you have the potential of having a happy and healthy relationship!

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What You Should Know About Dementia

by Guest Blogger, Diana S.

What You Should Know About Dementia

 

Dementia is not an illness that happens overnight; it is actually a collection of various symptoms, possibly due to a disease.  It is a dreadful and often feared condition that can be hard to deal with, especially for those around the patient.

If you have someone who’s struggling with dementia or you worry if you could end up suffering from it, here are a few things you should know:

The early signs of dementia

Most frequently, if you experience greater loss of memory and focus, or even gradually start failing to communicate in a clear and understandable way, chances are you are experiencing dementia in its early stages. Unfortunately, we still can’t be sure what all early signs of dementia could be as they don’t tend to manifest immediately. This makes diagnosing dementia all the harder, but not impossible. Nevertheless, look out for losses in function and focus, and contact your physician if you experience something similar. However, if you are the one experiencing dementia, chances are you won’t be aware of the symptoms; this is why it’s important you listen to the people around you pointing out the changes in your usual behavior.

Alzheimer’s disease

Perhaps the most commonly known form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. In essence, Alzheimer’s is an irreversible brain disorder that slowly erases your memories and your ability to think and remember clearly. Over time, even the simplest of tasks become a burden and impossible for those having Alzheimer’s. Without relying on everyday help, patients grow unable to function properly.

Treating dementia

Unfortunately, a definitive cure for dementia does not exist yet, and it is only possible to slow down the progress to a certain degree. Some of the medicine that can be used is there to prevent further regression of memory, but only in combination with certain mental exercises that help boost brain functions and promote better memory.

Look for help

After a while, dementia can take its toll and make it extremely hard to do things on your own. Losing your memory and having to see everyone around you fade into black is not easy to deal with. Unless the early stages of dementia are recognized and there is someone to help you out, it can become a battle that cannot be fought alone. The great thing is that there are services ready to help take care of you/your loved one. Choosing the right aged care facilities for someone with dementia can be a cinch if you find out that the staff is highly trained and professional. Creating an environment for those with dementia is a must, so that no matter what happens, they are surrounded by people they can rely on.

Alternative medicine

Currently, no drug can effectively reverse the effects of dementia, and without doing a bit of work on your own as well, you cannot expect to get better. The best alternative method to help deal with and fight dementia is to do daily problem-solving tasks, puzzles, memory games, and various language boosting activities. Engage in a game of chess regularly, pick up a foreign language, help your kids/grandkids with math problems, be in charge of paying the bills, etc. These are meant to boost brain functions and help keep the memory intact, all the while reducing the effects of dementia.

Unfortunately, dementia cannot be stopped, yet, the effects can be slowed down to a degree so that you can live your life comfortably. With communities built for those suffering from dementia and your personal engagement in slowing it down, things don’t have to be too hard. 

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Quick and Easy Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a Perfect Yard

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Quick and Easy Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a Perfect Yard

 

If you ask people about their least favorite chore, many will say yard cleaning. Indeed, it can be very straining, time-consuming and frustrating, especially if you don’t have a good strategy and the right tools. So, in order to have a quick and easy yard cleaning and maintenance session, here are some useful tips for your plan of action.

Gear up

Before you tackle this cleaning chore, make sure you have all the necessary gear and tools. You absolutely need gardening gloves, trash bags, clippers and shears, rakes, shovels and some protective goggles. Additionally, if you’re doing all this during a hot and sunny day, get some sunscreen and a hat, and prepare plenty of water for refreshment.

Start big

Large pieces of debris and junk (rocks, big branches and damaged furniture) should be removed first to clean out the space for the rest of the cleaning process. However, don’t throw everything away. Rocks can be used as beautiful decorative elements, especially around landscaping or water features.

Trim, trim, trim

Overgrown and sagging branches and bushes never look good. So, make sure to give your greenery a good trim, especially to those that survived a lot of damage. Sheers, handsaws and electric hedge clippers can all get the job done, but if you have some tall trees with thick branches, you might need professional help to avoid causing damage to the plant or your property. Once you finish your trim job, collect branches, clippings and leaves. It would be great to use these greeny leftovers (leaves, cuttings and old foliage) for composting. It’s an easy process that could bring great benefits for your garden in a form of nutritious compost.

Have a junk disposal plan

During your yard cleaning, there will be a lot of things you can no longer use and you must find a proper disposal plan. The best way to get rid of junk is to contact professionals. For instance, Australia has strict rubbish disposal laws that can result in hefty fines if you don’t follow them. Luckily, there are experts in junk removal in Sydney who know all the laws and can take the junk off of your hands quickly and efficiently. These pros remove all the hassle from your junk removal task and can even save you money once you calculate all the expenses of doing the job yourself.

Take care of the lawn

Once you have a clear view of your lawn, it’s time to grab your lawnmower and trim that lawn prairie. The best way to do the mowing is to follow the one-third rule—never cut more than one-third of the blade in one mowing session to ensure the quality of your grass. Additionally, make sure to tackle the lawn when the grass is dry (wet grass will leave an uneven cut, clump up your mower and increase the possibility of slips).

Fertilize

Spring and fall are great times for fertilizing your lawn. People living in colder areas should do it in the fall, while those in hotter climates can apply fertilizer in the spring when the grass starts to grow more actively.

Take it slow

Most people want to finish their cleaning job in one day. However, yard cleaning requires a lot of crouching, stretching to reach branches and picking up heavy items, which can all cause injuries if you overexert yourself. So, make sure to take plenty of breaks that will allow you to recover strength and prevent injury. Breaks are especially important if you’re working on a hot day. Take plenty of water and hide in the shade to prevent overheating.

As you can see, yard cleanup doesn’t have to be hard and time-consuming. As long as you prepare, follow this action plan and take it easy, your yard will look amazing in no time!

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Landscaping Ideas for Your Backyard

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Landscaping Ideas for Your Backyard

 

Landscaping can be the most rewarding and relaxing process, but if you lack creativity, it can become daunting and frustrating. No matter how much you wish to transform your old, dull backyard into a fabulous oasis, the lack of landscaping ideas will create will create a real nightmare that will only stress you out. Therefore, if you still haven’t come up with the best solution for your Sydney backyard, we have a few ideas you’ll certainly love.

Add a pop of colour

When you want to create a relaxing feel, adding some greenery to your yard is the best solution. However, if you want to make your yard more appealing, adding a pop of colour is a great idea. Therefore, plant colourful flowers alongside green shrubs and trees to create the perfect contrast. Pathways without flowers next to them will look plain, so plant pink, red, white, orange, and yellow flowers on the sides of the paths to give them some extra charm. Your backyard would be beautiful with bellflowers,  roses, orange anemones and white daffodils embellishing the outdoors. If you want to illuminate your Sydney garden from winter to spring, plant camellia japonica and dahlias, while kangaroo paw will flower all year long.

Make a few smaller sections

Breaking your outdoor space into a few sections can significantly improve the look of your backyard. Not only will your garden look more interesting, but also it’ll appear visually larger since you won’t be able to detect all the areas at once. Plant screens, walled enclosures, and grade changes can serve as perfect dividers between the areas. To block bigger garden views use dwarf Alberta spruces, and surround the dining spot with planters, letting their close-up blooms pose as the perfect camouflage for the rest of the area. If you’re not sure how to create multiple areas in your backyard, look for professional landscaping services in Sydney, and let talented landscaping designers and architects do all the work for you. Thanks to the team of creative people, your home will get a fresh new look you’ll instantly fall in love with.

Create a garden paradise

With hidden rooms, inspiring views, meandering streams, and intersecting trails, you’ll create a perfect little sanctuary in your backyard. Add a special flower display, a bench, a fountain or a wall of plants. Clematis winding around fences and columns with its blue, purple, red, pink, or white blossoms would look fabulous in your home. Grow it on a fence, on a trellis, or in a container for best appearance. Allowing them to ramble and scramble over your shrubs is another option if you’d like a little more of a laissez-faire style. Since the weather is cool in fall and spring, consider planting clematis during these two seasons.

Accent with Containers

To bring life and softness to paved places, think about adorning entrances, lounging spots, and doors, with big containers full of blooming annuals. They’ll easily draw attention to any area you want, while also adding a pop of colour and vibrancy to the entire yard. You can place pots of begonias, petunias, fuchsias, and impatiens around your potting shed, dining deck, or maybe near the lounge, gates and doors, for example. However, try to focus on grouping the pots with a main colour, to make a statement. If you let too many hues pop up from everywhere, you won’t be able to create that staggering effect.

 

We all want a beautiful backyard in our home, but sometimes we just lack imagination and that’s when things get rough. Luckily, with the help of these few tips, you’ll manage to create a wonderful outdoor area that your entire family can enjoy for years to come.

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Get Buff: How to Build Muscle Without Fat

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Get Buff: How to Build Muscle Without Fat

 

If you’re aiming to get big, you need to know the right formula so you don’t end up gaining too much fat. This is the trickiest part of getting bulk: you need to find a workout that will allow you to build muscle, burn fat, encourage muscle growth and recovery and decrease fat gain. Finding that sweet spot is not easy and is different for everyone, but here are some of the main points you have to follow.

Say no to alcohol

This is an advice as old as time, and yet, not many people seem to follow it. Taking alcohol while bulking (even if you take the right supplements) will tamper with your protein synthesis and it will take you much longer to get back on schedule. The hangover and the general effect of alcohol will slow down the muscle recovery and it will prevent you from giving your all in the gym. Additionally, alcohol is full of calories and can cause increased fat storage, especially around the gut. So, if you’re trying to see real progress and build muscles and not fat, you should stay away from booze.

Hold your horses!

If you’re used to doing cardio every day (which is great for your heart and lungs), you might actually be harming your bulking progress. Over-exercising can destroy your metabolism, so try to take it easy with cardio; otherwise, you can find it really hard to add muscle mass and keep fat at bay. Exercising always produces adrenaline, but too much of it will cause over-saturation that can make some of your organs feel sluggish. This will slow down your metabolism and boost fat accumulation. Additionally, it can also cause your supply of testosterone to get smaller, and testosterone is highly necessary for muscle growth and recovery.

Have a proper form

One of the classic mistakes people make when bulking is lifting too much weight. However, muscle gains are really made when your muscles are already stretched out. That means you should focus on form, especially “on the way down”. Here’s an example: when bench pressing, keep the weight up for 2-3 seconds and try to slow down on your way down. Make this portion of the movement last for about 5-7 seconds. Try to do same when doing squats, curls and pull-ups.

Pick the right supplements

Supplements are great—they improve your performance and allow you to shed fat and gain muscles more easily. However, don’t think that more pills automatically mean more muscles. Getting the right type of quality pre-workout supplements and hitting the gym hard will give you the best results. Don’t concentrate on supplements so much that you neglect your workouts!

Be careful with carbs

A little excess of protein will not make a huge damage to your body, but too many carbs will eventually become fat. But you need carbs to grow! They create fuel for your body, they enhance post-workout recovery and keep your cortisol levels low so the stress doesn’t destroy your body. So, how can you find that golden ratio and get enough carbs, but not too much? Most professional bodybuilders and personal trainers advise loading up on carbs after the workout. This is the ideal way to gain muscles and keep fat from accumulating.

Keep track of your progress

If you’re serious about your muscle gain, you have to keep track of your progress ON PAPER! If you can memorize all your measurements and training statistics, then congrats—you’re a genius, but most of us can’t do that. Writing things down is your safest bet. Putting the numbers of your reps and your weight on paper will increase your chances of reaching your goal. Pro tip: sharing your goal on social media and talking about it with your friends will additionally increase your motivation.

Get enough sleep

Catching enough ZZZs is super important during bulking. If you don’t get 7 or 8 hours a night, you can seriously set yourself back and put your progress in jeopardy. Sleep will recharge your metabolism and optimize your body for fat loss!

If you follow these tips and tricks, you’ll manage to gain muscles and avoid getting fat. You’ll also feel full of energy, both in the gym and out of it, and ready to give 100% towards reaching your dream body.

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Most Common Sports Injuries and how to Treat Them

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Most Common Sports Injuries and how to Treat Them

 

Even though physical activity is the best thing you can do for your body, when you are not being careful, many bad things can happen. Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior or a rookie, you still have a chance to get injured.

When it comes to injuries themselves, there are countless types and variations, but still, some parts of our body are simply more prone to damage than others.

And in the sea of countless sports injuries, here is the list of the most common ones along with the ways to treat them.

Strained hip flexor

Hip flexors are actually the muscles on the upper front side of thighs. Their main functions are lifting knees towards the trunk and assisting with moving legs toward and away from each other. These muscles can become weak in individuals who spend a lot of time sitting and have a poor posture while sitting.

Sports injuries to this muscle are usually caused by sprinting, inclined running and other activities that involve quick turns and sudden starts.

Symptoms include pain while raising the leg, while climbing stairs or getting out of the car, as well as running. Bruising in the front of upper thighs and groin may also occur.

The best way to treat a strained hip flexor is rest and icing for approximately 20 minutes at a time for the first 72 hours. After those first days of recovery, it is time to apply heat for 20 minutes followed by laying down and gently sliding heels and stretching hip flexor.

If symptoms, pain and limited movement are still present after two weeks, you should make an urgent visit to the doctor’s office.

Torn or strained ACL

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is the major kneel stabilizing ligament. The most common cause of ACL injury is slowing down and trying to pivot, cut or change direction. When ligaments inside the knee are torn, consequences can be severe. 

Common ACL tear symptoms are instability when walking or turning corners, and increased swelling in the knee. However, even though a light strain or tear can be healed with the help of ice and rest, complete tear requires surgery and a couple months of recovery with a very aggressive physical therapy regimen.

Pulled groin

This is also called a groin strain. The groin muscles run from the inner thigh right above the knee up to the upper inner thigh. They pull our legs together, and can be injured when performing quick side-to-side movements. The injured person will notice difficulty with lateral movements such as getting in and out of the car, as well as bruising and tenderness in the inner thigh or groin.

Treatment includes rest and icing for 20 minutes periodically during the first three days, and heat after those three days, followed by gentle and proper stretching and range motion exercises.

Shin Splints

The most common symptom of a shin splint is pain in tibia – the lower leg bone. Usually, athletes that participate in activities that involve a lot of running (such as soccer players) are the ones who get this injury.

The best way to treat a shin splint is icing, rest and gradually increasing all running activities. Shoes with a quality support also play a major role here.

Sciatica

This is actually a back pain that can travel down the back of your leg and even your feet. The feeling can be associated with burning, numbness and tingling down the leg. It is usually seen in athletes who are often in a flexed forward posture, like cyclists, and ones that perform a lot of trunk rotation like golf and tennis players do. The pain itself can be caused by a pinched nerve or a bulging disc.

To alleviate the symptoms, try laying on your stomach or stretching your back and hamstrings. And if the pain persists for more than two weeks, seek medical assistance.

Strained hamstring

Hamstrings are muscles located on the back of the thighs. Unfortunately, they can get tight, and are susceptible to strain and injury (pulled muscle). One of the biggest causes is definitely improper stretching and lack of stretching.

This can be treated with icing and rest in early phases, followed by gentle stretching and overall strengthening in order to prevent another injury. If the pain lasts longer than two weeks, the athlete should turn to physical therapy or ultrasound treatments.

Golf or tennis elbow

This injury is usually seen in athletes who perform many gripping activities, just like golf and tennis players – hence the name. Due to strong and repetitive action, forearm tendons become inflamed and make lifting things, making a grip, opening the door, shaking hands and raising your hand or straightening your wrist very painful. Athletes also complain that their grip is weak.

Doctors treat this with anti-inflammatory medications and braces, in order to take the pressure away from the area and prevent further injuries. Stretching techniques applied by a physical or occupational therapist can also break down that stiffness and build strength gradually.

Cracked tooth

Believe it or not, but according to American Dental Assistants’ Association, every year around 5 million Americans lose teeth in sports-related injuries and probably the most common of them is a cracked tooth.

Cracked tooth happens when a player sustains a sudden blow to the face. Symptoms include a sharp pain when biting down, constantly present tooth pain, especially when eating and drinking, and losing a section of the outer enamel shell. However, this injury isn’t always visible to the naked eye, and a person may not even experience any pain, so there is another reason for doing dental checkups regularly.

When it comes to treating it, it depends entirely on the dentist, but when it comes to preventing it, wearing custom dental sports mouthguards during a boxing, or any full contact sport session is mandatory.

The concussion is the injury to the brain due to the head trauma when the brain is shaken or jarred. Concussions are extremely serious and should never be taken lightly. An athlete who experiences this injury should immediately seek help of a professional who has experience in treating concussions.

Symptoms include confusion, dizziness, headache, nausea, slurred speech, light sensitivity and delayed response to questions.

Common treatment involves rest with the minimal mental or physical stress. 

Just because there is a risk of getting hurt, doesn’t mean you should now give up on doing sports. However, just like everything else in life, you have to be smart about it. Never forget to stretch, wear quality sports gear, and you won’t have to worry about anything.

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Benefits Offered by Adventure Sports

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Benefits Offered by Adventure Sports

 

Adventure sports is an umbrella term used to describe activities that involve a certain degree of risk and uncertainty, as well as self-discovery. These sports include base jumping, bungee jumping, biking, hiking, kayaking, jet ski racing, mountaineering and rock climbing, para-gliding, scuba diving and so on. While some people feel rather intimidated by adventure sports, there are those swear by them and give them a lot of praise for allowing them to overcome their fears and step out of what they would normally consider to be their comfort zone. Here are some of the major benefits you can experience by participating in an adventure sport.

Exercising made fun

Coupling cardiovascular exercise such as running and swimming with bodyweight or dumbbell training is one of the best ways to increase your strength and improve your overall fitness. The only issue is that most of our cardio and weight training is often performed indoors and repeated time and time again until you reach that point where you’re simply bored with doing the same routines, or worse, not seeing the results. Running outside, however, helps develop balance, involves more muscle and going off trail and experiencing a new environment actually stimulates the brain by throwing in countless new variables to your training.

Improved health

Adventure sports are ideal for getting back into shape, especially now that the holidays are over. Furthermore, they can be an excellent stress reliever, namely due to the fact that during exercise, our brain is releasing various hormones, including dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin, even if the exercise in question was not strenuous at all. Adventure sports such mountaineering and rock climbing improve balance, endurance and high-tempo sports such as biking or kayaking improve the delivery of oxygen and elevate the oxygen levels in our blood and muscle cells.

Improved self-esteem

Any activity that involves adventure sports is oftentimes challenging and comes with a different set of goals when compared to other types of sports. Whereas normal sports deal with teams and winning, adventure sports are more about challenging yourself in order to complete a specific task. It’s about overcoming your own fears and limitations and experiencing the thrill and the sense of accomplishment that follow. Just don’t get too full of yourself and never avoid wearing protective gear. Professional mountaineers would not set a foot on a mountain without being fully prepared the same way down-hill bikers would not imagine racing down a hill without their lightweight year sturdy full face helmets.

Knowledge and experience 

Every sport, including the adventure variety, comes with its own learning curve. The thing with adventure sports is that most of the skills you learn from practicing them can also be carried over into other situations in life. With biking, for example, you’ll most definitely learn how to change a tire, fix a flat or straight out the spokes, while mountaineering and technical rock climbing are ideal for instilling teamwork, improving communication skills and building trust. Kayaking will teach you all about remaining calm while underwater and base and bungee jumping can show you just how frivolous some of your fears may actually be.

Adventure sports are by far one of the best opportunities you can find to challenge yourself, overcome your fears and limitations and learn from your experiences. The physical and psychological advantages adventure sports pose, such as better physical shape, improved health, clear-headedness and positive thinking are too strong and too abundant to simply be overlooked. While it may be frightening at first, the exhilaration you get from the unknown and unexpected is not only better but also way healthier than the mundane routine you would normally experience in your daily trips to the gym.

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How to Design the Perfect Kid-Friendly Living Room

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

How to Design the Perfect Kid-Friendly Living Room

 

If you’re just expecting or already have kids who are starting to venture into the living room on their own, it might be the right time to give your space a little kid-friendly makeover. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your whole aesthetics. Only a few barely visible changes will be enough to have a both beautiful and kid-friendly living room.

Washable paint

If you’re raising future painters that are still discovering their ideal canvas, don’t be surprised when you come home to a new wall design. However, if you invest in washable paint instead of your traditional one, you will be able to clean up the mess with mild soap and a damp cloth. There are even some flat matte paints that allow you to touch-up the pain without any visible brush marks. However, if your kids are really persistent with surprising you with wall murals, you can opt for chalkboard paint. Paint one wall and let your kids safely express their artistic tendencies.

Kid-friendly flooring

Kids are not very careful when eating, drinking and carrying stuff, and a lot of things will end up on your floor. So, make sure to invest in flooring that is washable, such as tile, wood or laminate. If you want to let your kids play on the floor, then you need something much softer. Luckily, there are carpets made of seagrass or jute that are durable and low-maintenance. You can also opt for small area rugs which you can toss into the washing machine every once in a while.

Durable materials

If you want your furniture to have a long and happy life, make sure your pieces come in durable and easy-to-maintain materials. There are many stain-resistant fabrics on the markets today, so you’ll definitely find something you love. Leather is also a great furniture option. For instance, lounges made of leather can be easily wiped with a wet cloth every time an accident happens. Also, keep in mind that the darker colors can take more beating than the lighter ones.

Ample storage

If you want your living room to be tidy without too much work, you have to have enough storage to put away your kids’ toys when they aren’t in use. Most people opt for decorative baskets because they are cheap, portable and very practical. However, you can also go for something more stylish and permanent like double-duty furniture with built-in storage. Benches and window seats usually come with hidden storage below the seat. There are also coffee tables and ottomans that can fit some of your kids’ trinkets and create an uncluttered and stylish look.

Create a cozy corner

If you want to keep most of your living room reserved for adults, then creating a cozy corner is a must. Simply designate one corner in your living space and fill it with fluffy pillows and lazy bags that are perfect for afternoon naps and reading seasons.

Make it fun

No matter the interior style and the atmosphere in your living space, it should really be the place where every member of the family feels comfortable and happy. So, make sure to decorate the space with at least some kid-friendly accessories. For instance, putting up the kids’ artwork on the walls next to your “grown-up” art is a great way to start. Make sure not to use too many fragile decorative pieces, and opt for nature elements (pinecones, seashells, driftwood), wooden figurines and bowls, and a lot of kid-friendly books. Hanging family photographs is another way to decorate your living space with beautiful and personal items.

As you can see, a kid-friendly living room doesn’t have to look like a kindergarten. With just a little bit of planning, it can be a stylish, functional and cozy space every member of your family will love.

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Ideas on How to Revamp Your Living Room on a Budget

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Ideas on How to Revamp Your Living Room on a Budget

 

Living rooms are true hubs of domestic life, where we tend to spend quite a bit of time. If you are bored with it and don’t have a budget to do a complete overhaul, don’t fret. In order to turn a new leaf, you don’t even have to get out of your way: There is a multitude of affordable and simple upgrades and tweaks at your disposal.

So, here is how to give your living room a makeover and witness the magic in a blink of an eye.

A fresh start

When you are feeling uninspired in your living environment, you know it’s time to make a positive change.

First off, take a good long look at the layout of the space as well as the placement of the furniture. In all likelihood, you can do some rearranging and utilize the available space more efficiently. Put your desk by the window to harness natural bounties. Orient a comfy sofa towards the focal point of the room, be it a fireplace or a TV. 

Furthermore, note that a fresh coat of paint can work miracles for the visual appeal of the room. Indeed, grabbing a brush is easily one of the most affordable ways to completely shift the mood and atmosphere. Just bear in mind that lighter and subdued colors are a safe bet.

Piece by piece

Before spending money in any store, take a stroll around your home. Keep your eyes open for anything that can be repurposed and given a new role in the living room. Open your closet and storage to bring items back from the dark. Note that even dusty and old books can be beautiful when put on display. The same is true for anything that adds a bit of visual flair though shape, patterns, and color.

Likewise, you should do as much as you can by yourself. Making something with your own hands instantly elevates the mood. Besides, you can get a plethora of décor pieces for a fraction of the cost of what you can purchase. There is no end to brilliant décor projects, so get inspired.

Place small accents such as vignettes that reflect your personality and echo your passions. Choose meaningful items that evoke pleasant memories. Direct the eye around the room in a new, interesting way. Infuse color and patterns where there are none: Add life to blank walls with artwork and spruce up the seating area with colorful pillows.

In new light

Improve the indoor air quality by introducing natural filters in the form of houseplants. They will double as décor and liven up your living room, especially if you find stylish vases and pots for them. What is more, reduce the air pollution with the help of HEPA air filters and quality HVAC system. In case your budget allows it, consider buying a quality one and seek local services, such as these professionals who offer installation of air conditioning in Concord.

To improve air circulation further, make sure to open your windows every now and then to invite a flood of natural light inside.

Speaking of light, you can create instant change by switching your artificial fixtures. Pendants and chandeliers can serve as stunning centerpieces that spark attention. If you want to keep spending in check, change the light bulbs. Opt for energy-saving LED lighting and introduce dimmable and mood-enhancing solutions. You will reinvent the space with a minimum investment of time and money. 

Breathe new life into the heart of your home

There’s absolutely no need to break the bank: There is a slew of accessories and items you can get for cheap or repurpose from your home. Master the art of accentuating and beautifying the space with small items that make a big difference. Feel the breath of fresh air in your living room and spice things up.

Find beauty in the everyday and mundane. Rethink your living environment and see the positive vibes spilling over to all aspects of your life.

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