02/5/16

Getting Cleaner When You Shower

Getting Cleaner When You ShowerOne of the best ways to improve your health without making any drastic changes to your lifestyle, diet or level of exercise is to simply live a cleaner life. This means picking up garbage around your home rather than letting it sit around, doing dishes rather than letting them pile up, and keeping yourself clean rather than sitting around in your own stink and sweat. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with sweating, necessarily – working hard is good for a person. But keeping your body clean and washing regularly can do a lot to improve your state of health.

For one, keeping wounds, cuts, scrapes and other abrasions clean helps to improve the rate at which they heal, and decrease the chances of picking up an infection thanks to bacteria on the surface of the skin. This is an immediately apparent physical benefit to keeping clean and showering regularly. Second, there are psychological health benefits to keeping clean too. Have you ever been talking to someone, and you just knew they hadn’t bathed in a long time, because you could smell it on them? Well, being “that guy” means most other people won’t want to talk to you, or even get close to you in the first place.

Obviously, this can have a negative effect on a person’s mental health, what with how that rejection can take a toll on a person’s confidence and all. It’s possible you could be getting even cleaner when you shower than you do right now though. At Water Softener Land, you can read about devices which leach the minerals and metals out of your water, leaving you with pure, soft water which is excellent for bathing because it doesn’t dry out skin and make it scaly, flaky and itchy like hard water does.

Getting cleaner when you shower is just that easy. Of course, using a stronger soap that is better at getting dirt and grime off of your skin is also a good step to take if you’re trying to get more out of your bathing. One of the first things people notice when making the change from hard water to soft water is that their skin itches less – that’s because soft water doesn’t leave calcium, lime, iron and other minerals and metals to cake on the skin, like hard water does. It’s easy to tell if you have hard or soft water too. Take a look at the drains in your sinks, showers and bathtubs and look for metal deposits.

If you see any, you’ve probably got hard water, and therefore you might be able to get cleaner when you shower by doing something about it. This might improve your state of health, but even if it doesn’t, it’ll help you to get cleaner and suffer less, and what’s wrong with that? Even if you don’t do anything to make your water softer, simply bathing more often can keep you cleaner, happier and healthier. There’s tons of evidence supporting this claim too, so go look it up any time you like.

11/27/15

Organize cleaning of your home

Organize cleaning of your homeWhile some people daily clean the house like a routine job, other people state that they hate housework, and do it only when the mess becomes an embarrassment. Frequently, they justify this with a lack of time. Daily cleaning requires much less time and effort than occasionally. Sometimes, the poor organization is the reason why we hate some work, including housework. Good organization can make everything a lot easier.

Well, organize it!

Change the way of looking at things. Yes, cleaning the house can be a tedious job, but you can turn it into a fun. So plan it well. You know all those recommendations that you need to be physically active? That’s a way to connect good and useful. Cleaning requires movement, climbing, squatting moving your arms. Put on some music and watch cleaning as a form of recreation.

Make a plan. Many people go to cleaning only the idea: “Today I have to clean my house!” But where to begin? When you have a plan, it is easier to follow what you did. You can make a “room plan” and “task plan”. “Room plan” assumes that you pass through the house in a certain order – from top to bottom, from left to right, each room individually. “Task plan” means that you share your job on the tasks. For example, first pick up a mess and throw unnecessary things in all rooms. Then you go to clean the dust in all the rooms and so on, task by task.

Dust is the nightmare of every home. There is no way to get rid of it forever. Not only that it is not a nice touch to your furniture but is also an excellent food for mites that may trigger numerous respirator’s diseases. The only possible way to solve it is to take a rag in hand. Always clean the dust from top to bottom.

Pieces of furniture, clean during dusting. The soft furniture, sofas, armchairs you can clean when y u vacuuming. Many vacuum cleaners have extensions that will brush the dirt off your furniture. Pieces of furniture in the kitchen are stove and refrigerator, microwave and kitchen cabinets. They are susceptible to dirt and greasy stains. Daily cleaning after use can reduce later efforts.

Clean floors and tiles. The floors are often dirtier than they look. They have a lot of bacteria and dirt that we bring with the footwear. Between the tiles in the bathroom can be found the entire collection of bacteria and mold. Good steam cleaners can shorten the process of dipping a sponge and rubbing, and one you can find here. It can shorten the process of cleaning the whole bathroom. The heat of the steam will remove the dirt, kill bacteria, and disinfect all surfaces.

Wipe the mirror and glass. This is sometimes a Sisyphean task because on glass remain stains from rubbing. It is best to use clear water. First, wipe them with a damp microfiber cloth, then with a dry.

To shorten the process of cleaning, it is necessary to focus on the task. Turn off all possible distractions, and put all necessary cleaning agents in a bucket and carry them with you. With good organization and a different view on cleaning, your house will shine.

08/17/15

Putting Stress to Bed for Better Health

Putting Stress to Bed for Better HealthYou’ve probably heard it countless times in the past: lines about how stress that doesn’t get dealt with has some serious negative impacts on the health of the person suffering from it. There are countless studies around proving the links between stress and many types of illnesses, both physical and mental. We’re not going to talk about that today. Instead, discussing good ways to relieve that pent up stress seems like a much better idea. Why worry about getting hurt by something if you have the tools and knowledge to defeat it? So, here are a few different ways to relieve your stress.

Stress of the body can come from a number of sources, but for many people who suffer from it regularly the main culprit is a highly physical job. If there is a lot of lifting, bending, dipping, turning, standing and otherwise being on your feet and bearing burdens, this could be the cause for your physical stress too. Muscles which are worked too hard for too long will naturally start to hurt and then may refuse to stop without some sort of intervention. Rather than using NSAIDs or other pain relievers, you might consider getting a deep tissue massage, or just taking a few days off. This works for most people.

Mental stress is a little more difficult to deal with than physical stress. This is in part because the sources of mental stress are often more varied than the sources of physical stress. It could be a work thing, but it could also be arguments with a significant other, or failing to pass a test in school, or even being bombarded by music you hate for a long period of time. One solution for this is to play some music you actually like, maybe with a trumpet or some other instrument you enjoy and have the skill to play. If you’re no musician, drowning out all that noise with some favorite songs could work too.

Oddly enough, stress can make it difficult for many people to sleep as they lie awake at night, trying to figure out how to resolve a problem, or deal with a nuisance so it won’t bother them anymore. But sleep is an excellent way to get rid of stress; giving the body and mind some simple rest can go a long way towards improving your outlook and giving you the capability to deal with those stressors when you meet them again. If you know you’re not getting enough sleep, do something about it.

In closing, there’s just one more thing to say. Not all stress is bad. There are actually two different kinds – eustress, which is good, and distress, which is bad. Good stress intones things like exercising, or taking the stairs rather than the elevator at work, or going for a leisurely drive without the hassle of traffic. Sometimes a good cure for the distress which is bogging you down is to combat it with some eustress that makes your mind and body feel good.

07/5/15

Nice Gift Ideas for Men

Nice Gift Ideas for MenHow many ties does a guy really need? It might just be the most common father’s day gift from children everywhere who don’t know what to get for the dads in their lives; heck, I know I’ve given my own dad a couple ties on different occasions. I hate getting them myself though, and I know my dad probably gritted his teeth back while unwrapping the ones from me, wishing they were something else, literally anything else. Since I’m a bit more grown now, I’ve come to understand a handful of nice gift ideas for men – things every guy can use and would appreciate getting. Things that aren’t ties.

If the main guy in your life is like my dad, then he enjoys an occasional drink. A great gift for the whiskey fan in your life would be whiskey stones, which are actually pretty damn amazing. See, they’re shaped like cubes and cut from soapstone, so they actually look a lot like ice. You freeze them and use them to cool drinks too, just like ice. The thing is, they don’t water down the drink as they cool it. This gift totally redefines having a drink “on the rocks”.

Guitar picks are crucial to those who play the stringed instruments. Mine always seem to chip or break after a limited lifetime of use, and I imagine it’s the same way for a lot of other players out there. If your guy enjoys playing guitar, he’ll probably love a personal Pick Punch, which would let him make new guitar picks on a whim by punching the pick out of any old plastic – hotel keys, credit and debit cards, literally anything made from hard plastic can be used for this.

Guys use their hands for all sorts of things, but don’t worry! Even if your gift target is usually found working a computer keyboard rather than the musical variety, there is a great gift for him. For keeping keyboards and other computer accessories clean and free of dirt and grime, there are few things better than electronics cleaning putty. This specially designed stuff won’t get stuck in the cracks and crevices of your machinery, but more importantly, it will stop other things from getting stuck there too. This can also be used to clean sports equipment like balls, bats, guards and more. It’s versatile stuff.

What could be better for a guy than a guide on how to do the things men do? 101 Things Every Man Should Know How to Do is just one of many publications which focus on this topic. Even if it turns out the majority of tasks in the book are of absolutely no interest to the gift recipient, books like this are still humorous as hell and make something good for laughing at it nothing else.

For the guy who is always building or fixing things, a magnetic wristband is a far more useful item than it might seem at first. Have you ever tried screwing something into a wall, or maybe tried fixing something in an enclosed space where you couldn’t move around much? Screws, nails and other small bits of metal get dropped all the time. With a magnetic wristband, picking them up takes no thought or time and leaves the hand free to keep holding whatever tool it was using, which leads to fewer interruptions during a job. These really are nifty items.

Candles are nice for providing low light and changing the feeling of an environment by introducing new or strange scents to a place. They’re also decidedly girly, unless you’re talking about specially made Man Candles. These canned candles come with manly scents like freshly cut grass, burning campfire, a live BBQ grill and others. Again, this might be a great gag gift if nothing else, and it certainly doesn’t cost a lot either.

Getting back to alcohol again for a moment, wine nuts of any gender will absolutely love the Corkcicle. This oddly shaped device acts as the cork for any bottle of spirits, keeping the good stuff inside and keeping everything else out of the bottle. However, it’s also a sort of spike-shaped ice tray which allows for a frozen, cold bit to sit directly in the wine, chilling it from within without watering it down. This is a gift I’d even be happy to get.

Though I can’t really support or refute the company’s claim, the Unbreakable Hatchet is an item any outdoor enthusiast in your life would probably be happy to have. It purports to be, well, unbreakable. Any guy who has ever had a hammerhead go flying off the handle during a project will understand how important it is for tools to remain in one piece. That’s doubly so for axes and hatchers with their sharp, cleaving heads.

Bacon salt is something you could get in a store or even make yourself, and I kind of recommend doing it the latter way if you can. By combining your guy’s favorite kind of bacon with his favorite kind of salt, you’ll create something he’ll be happy to use on soups, salads and other dishes, right up until it’s all gone. Simply fry up some bacon, then try it out before smashing it up and combining with the salt. Even if it doesn’t work out, this won’t become another one of those gag gifts we’ve already discussed. It’s a jar of cooked, dried bacon, so it’s food at the very least.

Who doesn’t enjoy a little music now and then? Well, did you know that secondhand and thrift stores are great places to pick up old records, tapes, CDs and other musical media? You can sometimes even find the devices needed to play these things, though it’s not something I would bet on in a pinch. A handful of publications from his favorite musical groups should put a smile on the face of any guy you’re giving a gift. It’s got that personal touch most of these entries just don’t, and it can help transport him to different places, depending on the bands in question.

There are dozens of other great gift ideas for men, but this is as far as this list is going to go. If you have any interesting gift ideas of your own though, feel free to share them here. Let’s all help each other come up with something unique to gift the men in our lives, how about it?

04/7/15

Staying Fit in Norfolk

Staying-Fit-in-NorfolkNorfolk is a popular, yet largely rural city in the UK. It has a rich history and proves to be a popular tourist destination. We love it to the bone! It’s also great because it’s easy to stay fit in a city like this.

Here, we will take a look at some of the activities that can help you stay fit in Norfolk. While there may be a number of ways of staying fit, the following can help you maintain your shape without exerting too much effort or taking up too much of your time.

  • Walking

The weather of Norfolk proves to be brilliant and residents have the luxury of being able to go out on walks or jogs for exercise. Norfolk is a popular tourist retreat and there are a number of attractions, including parks and zoos where travellers can go on jogs and walks in order to stay fit.

There are a number of active groups of individuals who take part in collective activities on a regular basis. If you consider yourself more of a social person, you could try opting for one of these. The groups can be a fun way to meet new and interesting people, while keeping you fit and healthy.

  • Swimming

Swimming is known to be one of the best ways to keep fit. In order to swim, the body exerts a large number of muscles and helps keep the body athletic and the muscles toned. You can consider enrolling in a swimming club if you do not have a pool in your immediate vicinity.

Swimming not only keeps you fit, but it can also be a lot of fun. As an alternative to casual swimming, you may even consider indulging in some water based sports if you have a competitive streak in you.

  • Maintaining a mini home gym

A mini home gym can prove to be a great way to keep your body in shape. You can get a lot of information about power racks – a mini home gym – at GarageGymPro. Having a gym at the comfort of home allows you to save up on a lot of valuable time and energy which you might have otherwise spent on going to a gym and in dealing with other people.

Today, there are a number of affordable mini home gym sets available, complete with all tools and equipment, including a power rack. Many people have gone this route and have successfully gone on to maintaining healthy and effective exercise routine at their own homes. Mind you, if you do cannot afford a personal instructor who can make a visit to your home, you will need to find some online tutor or course to follow.

  • Playing a sport

Norfolk offers a number of activities and events for sports enthusiasts all the year round. Even if you haven’t taken part in sports earlier, this is a wonderful chance for you to start off. There are many sports academies offering different sports clubs for you to choose from in Norfolk.

Of course, there can be over a hundred other ways of keeping yourself fit. However, the tips that we have mentioned can offer you more fun than simply visiting the gym, which honestly, does not work out. It is quite well-known that people get tired of the gym routine and give up on it way too easily. The activities that we have mentioned can serve as fun alternatives to a gym.

12/3/14

Healthy And Best Gifts For The Holidays

Healthy And Best Gifts For The HolidaysWith holidays nearing, the hunt for gifts will start with vigor. With the new awareness among people on a healthy and fit lifestyle, the concept of the right gifts to give has seen a marked change in recent times. Now you can tailor your gifts to suit the lifestyle patterns. The advantages in this change  is that you get really useful and cool gifts that not only make the receiver happy, but also make them more conscious about the lifestyle changes they can introduce in their lives. Here are some top tips on some exciting and innovative gifts that you’d receive accolades for buying.

Electric Meat slicer

The meat slicer does a very smooth job of cutting think slices of beef that are partially frozen. It can save you the effort you take to slice the meat with your kitchen knife or making a trip to the butchers to have it sliced. Steaks can also be sliced with this electric slicer. Moreover the most important thing about it is, it is easy to clean and simple to handle.

Sturdy and stylish minimalist shoes

These shoes have no heel drop and are completely flat. You get good traction, so it can be used on rough terrain too like when you go on one of your jaunts into wilderness. The sole allows good feel of the ground, so you can feel pebbles, cracks and twigs easily, but not get hurt from them. The minimalist shoes are comfortable and help people who want to walk barefoot, but are not yet ready for it.

Dumbbell Handle

Heavy barbell training does not go well with some people. The unilateral single adjustable dumbbell is a good option in such instances.  You can use it for floor presses, snatches and even for kettlebell like swings. The product is dependable and with the right weights and sleeves, you can go in for the heavy lifting training without using barbells, gym equipment or squat racks.

Compression tights

Compression tights, when used after a heavy training session help in improving blood flow, faster recovery and also reduce DOMS.  I use tights that my wife had made with her new serger. While the material is the same as what is available in stores, the stitching is very good and the effect is also more appealing. The compression tights are soft on the skin and also improve proprioceptive awareness, while training. Better stability too is achieved.

Step counter

This is great for people who want to monitor their physical activities. Using the step counter, you can set a target and aim at improving your wellbeing and prevent risk of heart disease.

There are many other such thoughtful gifts that can help motivate a healthy lifestyle. My wife recently gifted me with a tee shirt that she had embroidered on her own with her new sewing machine. The design and color was excellent and I wear it as often I can. Lifestyle gifts have certainly brought in a new and good trend that is sure to improve upon in future.

12/1/14

Tips For A Happy, Peaceful And Healthy Lifestyle

Tips For A Happy, Peaceful And Healthy LifestyleWe had a health camp in our community recently where all folks in the area were screened for lifestyle diseases. The fast pace of life we live today that is entirely dependent on technology has left us with very little physical tasks to do. The reduced physical activity has resulted in the increase in life style diseases and also mental illnesses.

There were psychologists too in the screening camp who were on a dual purpose of preventing both physical and mental illness, and promote a healthy lifestyle. The psychologists explained on how technological dependence has led to being disconnected socially and an increased incidence of stress, lack of sleep etc. which have done quite a great deal of harm to our health.

I was surprised to note that psychologists play an important role in dealing with lifestyle diseases and habits, so an improvement in living quality is improved.  They deal with both chronic diseases and physical illness and the underlying issues so a more comprehensive treatment can be arrived at. Here are some simple steps that can help you turn your life into a healthy and fit one.

Breathing for healthy life

Deep breaths have surprisingly amazing benefits. Most often people tend to breathe into the chest or what is called as thoracic breathing. But the right way to breathe is to do diaphragmatically. In a diaphragmatic breathing, you take deep and slow breaths into your belly. This type of breathing is very effective for stress management, as it is free and can be done anywhere and at any given time. There are even mobile phone apps for guiding you on the deep breathing, so you can practice properly.

Focus your thoughts

Dwelling on the never-ending list of things you need to do can put your mind in a spin. You need to take some time to relax. When you listen to the inner thoughts and be mindful of them, so you think objectively, a positive effect on your life and behavior can be achieved.

Physical health is important

For an optimal physical health, you need to do physical activities that combine strength training and aerobic exercise for about 90 minutes per day. Though this may be overwhelming, doing the exercise for 20 minutes on three days in a weeks or taking thousand steps per day would be a moderate form that can improve your longevity. Whenever I can’t make it to the gym, I put on my boxing gloves and do several rounds of at the punching bag, which I find is useful as exercise, and also is a great stress buster for me.

Shun negative thoughts

Depression and the ensuing illnesses can be prevented, if people stop being judgmental or resort to negative thoughts. This is far more dangerous and can have fatal consequences. Learning the art of being self-compassionate is necessary to be relieved of this type of stress.

If you want to lend a helping hand to others and improve your lifestyle, you should be fit in mind and body to do so. Self-care is therefore an important step towards a better, healthy and happy lifestyle.

11/12/14

Norfolk’s Nail Technicians

Norfolk’s Nail TechniciansI don’t really mean to brag, but I think our little town of Norfolk has a lot to offer. For visitors just passing through, there are plenty of sights to see, authentic English inns and pubs to experience, and some of the best genuine English food in the world. Sure, you could drive right through on your way to some larger or more popular tourist spot, but there’s nothing like taking a leisurely stroll and getting an eyeful of all the little shops, stores and other stuff which makes Norfolk what it is. Just by observing so, it’s plain to see Norfolk is a place with many business and career opportunities, too.

You might not think it, but nail design is actually a pretty healthy business here in Norfolk. Even with the recession the whole world seems to be suffering from, there are some industries that always do well. Think about it: people always want to look good, so stylists, nail techs and the like, that just makes sense. But people always like to eat well too, so restaurants don’t seem to be suffering as much. Also, bars, taverns, whatever you want to call them – people frequent them even more when things are going badly. There’s still plenty of business going on here in Norfolk.

With that said, I don’t think it’s different in any other corner of the UK, or any other part of the world either, for that matter. Beauticians, bartenders, bistros and more can usually look forward to steady work as long as that work which they provide is up to snuff. If it sounds like something you might be interested in, I’d recommend checking out NAIL TECHNICIAN SCHOOLS to learn more about the trade. While you’ll undoubtedly get a better education at an institution you go to in person, this is still a great way to get started on the path to becoming a nail technician. Research is important in decision making after all.

We do talk about leading healthy lifestyle here, and this ties into nail technicians too. People who look good feel good about themselves. Having nice clothes, hair, teeth and other elements has been proven to elevate people’s moods, as well as the moods of people around them. If you don’t believe that, just imagine chatting up someone while dressed in an elegant tailored suit, then talking to the same person wearing little more than tattered rags. I mean, sometimes a point is so obvious it doesn’t need to cite some scientific study, and this is one such point.

Typically, you can get a professional level manicure and pedicure for under $100 stateside and for a comparable amount here in the UK. It might sound expensive, but then it’s not the sort of thing you need to do every week, or even every month. Done nails don’t come undone, though they can break or chip after all, so once is usually enough for several months. Just look into it if it’s something that interests you; there are too many resources to list here.

11/10/14

Modern Musical Technology

Modern Musical TechnologyMusical technology has come a long way since ancient times, when people might smack two sticks together or bludgeon rocks to make noises. The ways we record music have changed a lot since then too and we’ve come a long way from wax cylinders, vinyl records, 8-track tapes and the like. I can see how far we’ve come any day of the week here in Norfolk, just by checking out a local pub or tavern and listening to people playing live music. In particular, I think digital pianos have come much further than most other instruments, namely because they can emulate dozens of different sounds on one device.

Now, I’m not just writing about digital pianos to write about digital pianos – there’s a method to this madness, I assure you. For starters, it’s been proven by countless studies that the inclusion of music in a work, school or hospital environment can not only help to increase productivity, but it can even aid people in recovering from illness and injury at a faster rate. While you might have to do a little digging for evidence on the latter claim, I can’t count the number of studies I’ve read pertaining to music and its effects on productivity. They are numerous and certainly easy to find.

Getting back to the topic at hand, if you’re looking for a digital piano of your own, there are a few good places to find them. Regardless of why you want one, I’d recommend taking a look at http://pianoreport.com/ for pertinent listings on different types of keyboards. Some of you might also have musical shops in town where you could buy instruments, recordings, sheet music and more; these are also potentially good places for you to go and find your keyboard or recorder of choice. Naturally, you would know better than I about any places like this in your town.

I already mentioned a big point about modern recorder technology – the fact they’re now able to simulate (and well) the sounds of dozens of different instruments, or even hundreds if you go with one of the high-end models available. They’re more portable than most other musical instruments and they pack up and travel well, which can’t reasonably be said for something like a tuba or a cello. Additionally, the latest keyboard do mixing and music-making pretty well too, with some even recording audio from outside (like the user’s singing) and creating files which are saved to a USB-accessible drive.

The digital pianos of today are leagues ahead of those from the past, but then those too were ages ahead of the standard pianos which came before, which were updated versions of harpsichords from a time long gone. Musical instruments are always being updated and improved it seems. Even if you aren’t looking to make a purchase but you’re more interested in seeing one of the modern digital pianos of today, then you should check this model. I’m just amazed when I see how far this particular instrument has come.