The decision to go for the first marathon is exciting but can also be daunting. For most, getting to this point requires a lot of consideration, because it will take a lot of time and effort to be ready. A marathon is not something that one just resolves to do a week before the run, even if he/she is already fit. The way to a successful performance is to train properly, aiming for longer runs or intensifying the workout slowly to build strength and endurance. More than just preparing the body, the mental state is just as important before and during the run. Maintaining motivation and focus will be vital to stick to the training schedule and to simply keep going.
Many things are also considered as part of marathon preparation. These include proper nutrition, enough sleep, and even the right equipment. Getting a full medical check-up is also vital before the start of training will make sure that you are healthy enough for the training and the full marathon as well.
Here are also some general things to have in mind when preparing for the marathon:
- Listen To Your Body
For beginners, doing a marathon is already pushing the body enough. The training will also be tough, so make sure that you take great care to avoid ending up with an injury. If, while running, it doesn’t feel right or that it is too much for your body, take a break or get advice from a specialist. Once you get injured, you will be back to square one and you will need time to get back. After a workout, change into dry clothes and make sure you are always hydrated. Getting sick is also not fun or good when you have a running schedule to follow.
- Do Not Overtrain
When you start early enough, you have enough time to train slowly, increasing in intensity every week. Doing too much will put you at risk for injury and you might get too tired and lose motivation. Moreover, your body needs time to build strength and endurance, so do not force it. You will find yourself being able to run further as the weeks pass.
- Enjoy The Run
Whatever your reason is for doing a marathon, make sure that you are also having fun while doing so. This is very important to keep your motivation and will make all this time spent on training enjoyable as well.
- Invest In Good Equipment
You will be running a very long distance during your marathon, so you need shoes that can withstand all this strain. This is also important to keep yourself safe from getting injured. You can also have 2 pairs of running shoes during this time that you can alternate to avoid overuse. Make sure that you also replace them in time, after 500 miles or so. Breaking in the shoes before the marathon is also very important.
- Make A Good Plan
Giving yourself enough time to train will allow you to develop a good schedule and an easy progression until the date of the marathon. If you are a beginner, make sure you have even more time. Target around 2 to 3 runs weekly. You can also work with a trainer to help you design a good plan, or simply follow existing training models out there.
- Try Cross-Training
Cross-training can be a good addition to mix up your routine and help build up your body for the marathon. Try swimming, deep-water running or even cycling so you can improve deep breathing, develop running muscles, strengthen your cardiovascular system, or increase aerobic endurance.
- Run On The Treadmill At Home
Using that treadmill at home or at the gym will help you keep to your training schedule even when the weather is not great for outside running. Moreover, there are ways to vary the run through setting the incline or pace to make it more difficult and build resistance.
- Nutrition and Hydration
Your body should be supported by the right nutrition and enough water to have energy and fuel while working out. Your diet should have the right carbohydrates (like muesli or oatmeal) and good fats (omega-3s found in salmon and fish oil), accompanied by lots of water. A good breakfast in the mornings after training will help your body recover too.
Remember, when you are doing long runs, you are putting your body under immense strain and pressure. Your body will need enough time to recover afterward, so sometimes even 8 hours of sleep are not enough.
- Gain Support
Having the support of family and friends will help sustain you when your body is so tired and you just want to give up. They can either go running with you to keep you company or simply keep tabs during your training. Seeing them at the end of the finish line will also be great, and you can definitely share your achievement with them!
Meditation was once upon a time reserved for Buddhist monks. However, it is not really limited to a specific religion or spiritual belief which is why slowly, it became more mainstream. Nowadays, ordinary people like you and me are able to discover and enjoy its many benefits.
I have, of course, heard of meditation before, but I didn’t really find a reason before to actually try it. Good friends of mine have begun to go regularly, though, and have invited me to join them on a relaxing meditation class in Bendigo. According to them, I could change my life by incorporating this into my routine.
In order to convince me, they gave me five simple reasons why I should try it out:
1. Your health will improve
Although this is not some exercise or diet, meditation could still contribute to better health, as proven by research. Practitioners lower their blood pressure and decrease their risk of heart disease and stroke. Other studies have also shown that chronic pain is lessened, as well as levels of stress in cancer sufferers. Those with fibromyalgia see reduced symptoms too.
Moreover, cortisol levels went down when one regularly goes for sessions. High levels of this hormone can actually make the immune system weaker and slow down the body’s natural healing process. Lastly, there have been studies that hinted that meditation can help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.
2. You can sleep better
By doing a 30-minute session can already help you sleep deeper, making you feel more refreshed and energized even if you had fewer hours of slumber. Additionally, those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome might find relief in meditation.
You might also start to have more vivid dreams, and remember them better upon waking up.
3. You will feel less stressed.
There are many reasons why people try out meditation. One of the most popular reasons is to learn to detach from the stresses of life. Nowadays, with the constant stream of information, negative energy is all around. Moreover, smartphones mean that you never really leave work, increasing the pressure and blurring that line between personal time and work.
Not only is meditation well-known as a means to reduce stress, this is also backed up by research as being advantageous to all age groups. New research by Stanford University and UCLA explores how meditation and mindfulness techniques can help children reduce stress and anger. Even teenagers have been proven to see improvements in mood disorders and depression.
Practitioners report that not only do they feel more relaxed, but they are also able to handle themselves better in tense situations that would previously rattle them. They feel more aware of themselves as well, resulting in a sense of calm and wellbeing. This self-awareness can help you identify whatever negative patterns you have in your life and introduce a more positive one, further reducing stress and anxiety.
4. You can concentrate better
By learning to tune out external stimuli, you are actually improving your concentration. At the same time, you become more aware and able to keep focus much longer than before. In fact, researchers at Harvard Medical School have seen changes in the brain structure, specifically in areas linked to attention and processing of sensory input. Other research also showed increased ability in staying focused on tasks, faster reaction, and better psychomotor response.
Research at the University of Wisconsin has recently suggested that beyond improved attention, meditation changes how the body allocates mental resources.
5. You become more creative
Surprisingly, meditation triggers parts of the brain associated with creativity. There are ways of meditating that promote a synchronized left and right hemisphere of the brain. This is commonly seen as well in moments of inspiration or while doing something creative. In Taiwan, where a study was conducted to identify effects on creativity, IQ, attention and anxiety, researchers have found that creativity has seen the most improvement.
With such advantages, it was very difficult for me to decline their invitation. This is also because I have personally seen my friends enjoy these benefits themselves. From being a group of friends who struggled with life’s day-to-day struggles and lacked the energy except to complain, I could see them looking and feeling lighter.
I was encouraged and have decided to join them. For me, meditation is a form of mental exercise. In the same way I went to the gym to work out my body, I would go to these sessions to have better control of my emotions and be aware of certain thoughts and feelings that come up regularly. By learning how to let go of these and concentrate on stilling my mind, I started to find my peace. In fact, beyond these 5 benefits stated, the greatest one has to be this feeling of freedom from the heaviness and negativity that seems to be normal these days. Instead, I have a better place to go, all thanks to meditation.
When you experience a traumatic accident, you face a long and difficult road to recovery. From experience, I know how painful it can be and that rehabilitation is the most challenging part of it.
Right after my accident, I was still under so much soreness. However, I did not want to simply rely on pain relief medicines. Not only is it unhealthy, these medications can be addicting as well. I was determined to find another way to recover, so I began to ask my doctor for recommendations.
To help me, he recommended me to Russell Thompson, a physiotherapist from Wyndham Rehab in Werribee, explaining how his expertise can help me rehabilitate from my injury. Grateful to have found a better way than medication, I made an appointment immediately.
In my first visit, the physiotherapist interviewed me about my injury and my current symptoms. He then proceeded to explain the treatments that they use as part of rehabilitation:
1. McKenzie Spinal Management
This method is actually a full process from assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal problems. To treat these conditions, the McKenzie Method uses the body’s ability to repair itself without the use of any medication, cold, heat, needles or even surgery. Through exercise based on their principles, patients can manage their own symptoms and achieve full recovery.
2. Dry Needling
Also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS), dry needling is a technique for relaxing muscles that have become overactive. These muscles contain trigger points. With the use of needles like in acupuncture, the physiotherapist will target these points, activating them without the use of any substance or medication.
Clinical Pilates uses a variety of exercises to train core muscles through body movements. These muscles are important to make your spine stable when you move. Retraining them is a very important part of rehabilitation because it reduces the chances of future injuries as well.
4. Joint Mobilization/Manipulation
Injuries can lead to joint stiffness or locked joints, and you can experience a lot of pain when you try to move them. Therefore, mobilization techniques are necessary to achieve normal joint motion without aches. An experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist can help make this happen. In comparison to older methods, they use much gentler ways that do not cause any more throbbing. They will also make sure to avoid overstretching because this will cause instability or hypermobility.
5. Manual Handling Training
Sometimes we do not realize how wrong lifting practices can really hurt us. This can bring a lot of pain or even cause damage to our backs and other parts of the body. If you have undergone an injury, you can severely worsen it by not learning better manual handling techniques. Your physiotherapist can guide you on how you can handle heavy equipment.
6. Spine Function Restoration Program
This is a program where there physical training is integrated into your daily activities (including work and leisure), supported by individual case management, as well as psychological counseling. Lectures on related topics like anatomy, pain and others are also done to educate patients on pain management and how to develop coping skills.
7. Sports Taping
Also known as kinesiology taping, this method includes the application of stretchy, therapeutic tape on areas that have been injured or have experienced swelling. First of all, this can help relieve any pain that the patient is experiencing through relieving pressure on the area. Secondly, swelling can be greatly reduced by providing negative pressure. This allows the lymphatic drainage channels to be able to drain the swelling away from the injured area. Third, the tape provides support to muscles that have undergone damage.
8. Sports and Therapeutic Massage
This kind of massage is more aggressive than ordinary ones, using different modalities like remedial massage and deep tissue work. They can also utilize trigger point therapy and cross fiber techniques. The goal is to help patients get back to full mobility as quickly as possible.
9. Spinal Strengthening and Stabilization
Injuries can cause our spine to become destabilized. This can cause a lot of pain. Spinal strengthening and stabilization exercises target weak muscles in the spine. These can include mobility exercises for stiff muscles, strengthening movements for loose ones, and postural training to enable normal movement. Your physiotherapist will design the training based on your injury.
In fact, your clinic has quite a few methods to help you recover and get back to full health and mobility. If needed, even home care is available. They work with doctors in order to achieve the patient’s goals, bringing with them their expertise in human anatomy and exercise. This way, they ensure proper healing of injured areas and making them stronger than ever before, so that future damage can be avoided.
As I have personally experienced, their care and expertise have helped me in my rehabilitation without needing medication. After all, my goal is not to just avoid pain, but to be, like Wyndham Physio and Rehabilitation’s mission, “active through life.”
A few days ago, I caught up with a good friend who is a dentist. Curious, I asked her for more details on the services her trusted dental clinic in Brunswick offers. After all, finding a good practice can be tricky sometimes, and it would be great to know where to pop in should I need any dental treatment.
Her extensive education and background, which includes a degree in dentistry at RMIT, is reflected on the list of procedures that patients can expect in the clinic. I was impressed with the variety of services available, which is also great for potential customers like me. I prefer, after all, visiting a dentist who can deal with all of the common problems and offer the best and newest treatments so I do not need to consult with other professionals.
Potential clients can drop by her clinic for any of the following procedures:
During the first visit, the goal is to understand the patient’s full health history through a full dental examination. After thoroughly checking teeth, the gums and mouth, signs of disease, cavities, and other problems can be identified.
She may need to take x-rays to find any decay that might be hidden between teeth. At the same time, impacted ones or cysts cannot be seen by the naked eye. These, and other jaw abnormalities can then be identified and the proper course of treatment can be planned.
As part of checking for any damages, she will have to remove any built-up tartar and plaque along and below your gum line. The process of removing them also makes sure you avoid gum disease, oral cavities, bad breath and any other problems. At the end, your teeth will be polished and flossed, before fluoride is applied to avoid decay.
Cavities on the surface of the tooth can be fixed easily, through replacing parts lost from the decay or from fractures. These fillings, bonded chemically to the structures of teeth, are available in the same color so that they blend in.
Root Canal Treatment
Some teeth that have deep decay, cracks or infection of the pulp might need to go through this treatment. The goal is to save the tooth and reduce the need for an implant. First, the infected pulp, where they nerves are located, is removed. Afterward, the inside of the tooth is cleaned before it is sealed with filling material. Normally a crown, which is a cap that will restore the shape, size and the appearance of teeth, is also used to prevent any further loss.
Despite any fears patients may have, root canal procedures do not hurt because of the use of anesthesia that will numb the affected area.
When the tooth cannot be saved, it will have to be removed through an extraction process. As with a root canal, some numbing cream and local anesthesia will be used so patients will not feel any pain.
It will take one to two weeks for the healing, however, there is the risk of other teeth to shift and affect your bite. Therefore, there is a need to replace the tooth with an implant, a bridge or dentures.
Bridges and Dental Implants
After extraction, there is a need to for replacement. There are two main options; first through cementing artificial teeth to natural ones. These are called bridges.
Second, implants may be used. These are replacements for missing roots placed into the jawbone surgically. They then become stable anchors for artificial teeth. They appear more natural and will feel and work like your natural ones. At the same time, the smile is retained as if nothing has happened.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Sometimes your wisdom teeth are impacted or are irregularly placed, causing you a lot of pain. Therefore, your dentist will recommend to remove them. After a complete scan of your jaw, the operation is then planned. During the session, anesthesia is used to numb the extraction site. Afterward, stitches may be used, patients may also be prescribed some antibiotics or painkillers as part of the recovery.
The clinic also offers treatments to improve the appearance of teeth, whether through whitening, installation of veneers or through alignment procedures.
Finding a good dental clinic is important. After all, once a tooth is extracted, or parts are removed, it can never be undone. At the same time, oral health is vital for one's overall well-being and even self-confidence. Always remember that the oral cavity is as important as any other organ in the body. This is where the first place of digestion takes place therefore, make it a point to keep it healthy in clean. Apart from practicing good oral hygiene at home, it is also a must to visit your dentist regularly.
One of the most important milestones in any woman’s life is being able to conceive a child and bring him or her into this world. For many pregnant women, it is one of the most difficult challenges they will ever face because they will be confronted with a lot of physiologic changes as well as mental health issues related to the pregnancy. There will be changes in the way they look at themselves especially when their tummies already start sticking out from their bodies. And while many pregnant women relish these changes, some find it a little bit inconvenient. The different symptoms associated with pregnancy such as nausea and vomiting, sleeping difficulties, lower back pain, and even depression are sometimes enough for women to consider not getting pregnant again. As such it is important to be able to manage these symptoms of pregnancy to make the whole experience more pleasant.
Personally, I don’t recommend popping a pill to relieve a really bad headache or manage the morning sickness that you get. This is especially true in the first 3 months of pregnancy as the different organs of our babies are being formed inside our wombs. If we introduce chemicals of any form by this time, there is a very strong chance that these molecules will adversely affect the growth and development of the baby inside the womb. You may see your baby as being normal on ultrasound but he may already have a congenital defect lurking inside.
When I got pregnant I visited a Melbourne clinic that specialised in pregnancy acupuncture. This is basically acupuncture for pregnant women. As there is fertility acupuncture designed to help women improve their chances of getting pregnant, pregnancy acupuncture is more aimed at helping women retain their pregnancy, see them through delivery, and manage the different symptoms associated with the physiologic and psychological changes of pregnancy.
If you are already familiar with acupuncture then you already know that the idea is to stimulate certain points in the body, using very fine and highly sterile acupuncture needles, which correspond to the body organs that need to be helped. While Traditional Chinese Medicine explains acupuncture as the reestablishment of a balance in the flow of chi – the life energy within and around us - modern medicine has a more logical explanation to it. The needle point insertion stimulates the nerve endings which, in turn, send electrical signals to the brain. These electrical signals are interpreted and processed by the brain to elicit a particular response primarily the release of natural endorphins as well as other neurotransmitters.
It is this release of neural substances that is helping pregnant women get through the many symptoms associated with pregnancy. Headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back pain, and other discomforts associated with pregnancy are effectively managed by the release of natural opioid-like substances in the brain. These natural brain chemicals block the transmission of pain impulses so that you will not have to feel the pain anymore. This works like getting morphine for very severe pain. The good news is that, you get the maximum analgesic benefit without the side effects and the danger of addiction.
Pregnancy acupuncture also works in the management of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, more popularly known as morning sickness. Nausea and vomiting is caused by an elevation in the Human Chorionic Gonadotropin especially in the first 2 months of pregnancy. This is needed to make sure that your pregnancy will reach full viability. Without the HCG, it will be quite impossible to progress with the pregnancy. There are medications used for morning sickness. However, since this occurs in the first trimester, it is generally considered a big no. Acupuncture performed on the wrist has been shown to mitigate the nausea and vomiting experienced by pregnant women.
One out of 4 pregnant women become depressed at some point. Luckily for me, I don’t have to worry about that. But for a quarter of the pregnant population, getting depressed during pregnancy can be devastating. This can also have a negative effect on their babies. Acupuncture can help release the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine in the brain to help improve overall mood. These neurotransmitters are known to provide a general sense of well-being so you will feel a lot better about yourself.
Perhaps one of the most important benefits of acupuncture in pregnancy is its ability to improve tissue oxygenation and nutrition to the uterus and the placenta. The placenta is essentially the lifeline of the foetus and which is attached to the wall of the uterus. Oxygen and nutrients from the mother are delivered to the placenta which delivers them to the foetus via the umbilical vein. The foetus uses the oxygen and nutrients to grow and, in exchange, sends metabolic by-products to the placenta via 2 umbilical arteries for elimination. It is very important to have adequate blood supply to these organs so that the foetus will be able to grow and develop to maturity.
Acupuncture in pregnancy has a lot of good benefits. Not only is it safe, it is also effective in managing the different symptoms of pregnancy. More importantly, however, is that acupuncture helps make sure that our babies grow healthier inside our wombs during the entire nine months.
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Exercise is one of the key ingredients to leading a healthy life. In addition to eating healthier and more sensible foods, regularly visiting your doctor even when you are not sick for a routine physical and medical checkup, and managing your daily stresses, engaging in physical exercise can further enhance the health benefits of these activities. Unfortunately, when people think about physical exercise, they always think about the gym, pumping iron, running the treadmill or the stationary bike, or even doing some stretches. They forget that biking, swimming, and running can be as equally beneficial as doing exercises in the gym. In fact, experts agree that the many health benefits of swimming is already equivalent to several gym-based exercises.
Swimming Helps Improve Oxygen Delivery
One of the many health benefits of swimming is in its ability to help enhance the delivery of oxygen to the different tissues of the body. Because the four limbs of the body are constantly moving and you have to regulate your breathing as well, swimming is one of the best forms of aerobic exercises. The constant limb action of trying to stay afloat and moving your body seamlessly in the water keeps your heart rate up without necessarily reaching an erratic and abnormal pace. An increased heart rate means your heart is pumping more blood and delivering more oxygen to the different tissues of the body. This also helps facilitate the removal of carbon dioxide and other by-products of cellular metabolic processes. The steady, healthy, increase in heart rate can help stimulate the heart to grow its muscle fibers. This improves overall cardiac functioning and efficiency. Over time, the heart no longer has to increase its rate of pumping because the strength of its contraction is already enough to deliver the much-needed oxygen. This is why athletes usually have slower heart rates than normal yet they are still able to meet their metabolic requirements.
Swimming Helps Improve Bone and Joint Health
Performing aerobic exercises in the gym is different from swimming as a form of aerobic exercise. Because of the buoyant force of water, the impact of the surface radiating across the entire length and width of the body is eliminated. The downward force exerted by your weight on the gym floor is also reduced. Technically, the buoyant force of the water is what is lifting your body. You feel much less weight in the water than you are on land. For example, studies show that if you are submerged up to your waist, your body is actually only supporting 50 percent of its own weight. Immerse your body some more up to the chest and your body is only supporting 25 to 35 percent of its own weight. Try immersing your body up to your neck and 90 percent of your body weight is actually being supported by the buoyant force of the water. This means you will feel 90 percent lighter. Because you are lighter, the impact on your bones and joints can be instantly felt. And with warm water, you can further loosen those stiff joints. This can greatly reduce the pain among people with arthritis and other bone and joint problems.
Swimming Helps Strengthen and Tone Muscles
Swimming requires you to propel yourself in the water against resistance. For every cubic inch that your body occupies, this is the same volume of water that you have to work against. In order for you to move from one end of the pool to the other, you need to stretch those muscles and work them against this resistance. It may not be as intense as pumping iron doing all those heavy weightlifting sessions but those are primarily intended for building muscles. Swimming strengthens the muscles making it more toned and in a constant state of partial contraction. This makes it very ready and very efficient. Swimming is an excellent form of resistance exercise
Swimming Helps Develop Flexibility
As a healthy person you would want to be able to move freely. And this means be able to use your joints in their full range of motion. Unlike gym-based exercises where only certain joints are worked at a time, swimming works every joint in your body to improve overall joint mobility and range of motion. This greatly helps in developing flexibility and agility.
Swimming can Aid in Weight Loss Efforts
Did you know that for every 10 minutes that you swim breaststroke you can actually burn as much as 60 calories? For backstroke, it’s 80 calories; freestyle, 100 calories; and butterfly stroke, 150 calories. Now if you are going to increase the intensity of your swimming, you can actually drive the rate of energy expenditure a lot faster. Coupled with sensible dietary habits, and you could be well on your way to a more fit body.
There are other health benefits of swimming. These benefits are all tied to its being an excellent aerobic exercise. So, if you want to lead a healthier life with less impact on your bones and joints, then swimming is an excellent choice.
I have always believed in simple yet elegant styling, especially in the choice of furniture. You can call me old-fashioned but I still prefer very simple designs over highly luxurious and quite elaborate furniture designs that are primarily intended for kings, queens, and other members of royalty. No offense to those who prefer lavish indulgence over the simple yet stylish. But, I would take minimalist designs anywhere. Simple yet elegant. Quaint yet with a modern feel. Things that I have seen in the Hamptons furniture line of I Wanna Go Home.
But I have to admit, my choice of furniture was starkly different from what I grew up with. My parents were more of Victorian era fanatics with lavishly decorated furniture that were as big as Cooper. I know it’s exaggeration but you get the idea. We didn’t live in a mansion and boy, those furniture sure did made things a lot more difficult. From cleaning to maintenance to even moving around the piece of furniture, it takes considerable amount of maneuvering to avoid bumping into these furniture. There wasn’t a day when I would hurt myself from those big, bulky, oversized furniture that I decided, when I get to have my own home, I’d go for the simple, minimalist, yet truly functional and very stylish design.
The experiences we had can really teach us a lot of things. I know that if my parents did not have those big and bulky furniture I will never be able to appreciate the beauty and style of the simpler and smaller ones. And true enough, I am now using Hamptons style furniture in my own home.
It wasn’t easy though. What I do know is that the Hamptons in Long Island, New York just happens to be the home of some of the United States’ luxurious and truly expensive residential properties. The collection of hamlets and villages is known as one of the most popular seaside resort in the US. And with this distinction infused into the qualities of a Hamptons style of furniture, I know that I simply have to choose the best provider of such pieces of furniture.
A friend of mine told me to check out I Wanna Go Home. I was curious at first simply because I find the name to be unique and odd at the same time especially for a furniture retailer. But then I realized, it was actually ingenious. At the end of the day, no matter where you are, the home is where the heart will always return to. I guess that is what the owners of the shop had in mind when they decided to name it I Wanna Go Home.
Anyway, I checked out their website and was actually blown away by their wide array of Hamptons style furniture. I never knew that there could be that many. Best of all, I saw some of the pieces that I have been looking for in the past few years. You can say it was love at first sight especially their selection of living room furniture. The furniture designs actually complimented the styling in my home. I knew it made sense to get my furniture from them especially that they provided free delivery.
My first order was a Greenface Coffee table made of reclaimed teak. I knew I had to give it a try first so I can inspect the quality of the furniture. The coffee table was actually a lot better than what I have seen in their gallery. The craftsmanship was so superb that it did not show it was made of reclaimed wood. The construction was very sturdy and the finish was elegantly done, showing the fine and elegant lines of teak. Delivery times was within 5 days since I was also within the Melbourne area. The delivery guys were so courteous and you could tell they are geared for absolutely high levels of customer service.
That was my first order. And then a second. Then a third. Now, I have my home complete with furniture from a single source – I Wanna go Home. You can say that I was sold to their idea of returning to where the heart really is every single day. And I have been enjoying my furniture ever since. From the living room to the bedroom to the kitchen as well as accent furniture, I Wanna Go Home really makes me feel wanting to go home every single day. Sometimes, going out of the house makes me lazy because of this lovely ambience.
Now, I can say that having a home is not just about constructing its walls and roof. This too must be completed with quality furniture that will make the interiors more attractive. Apart from the aesthetic aspect, functionality is also an essential factor. The balance of form and function makes a home a haven of peace and harmony. Call me old-fashioned but isn’t this exactly what the home is?
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Apartment living can have a really bad reputation, especially when compared to all the benefits of owning your own home. However, if you constantly find yourself looking into some Melbourne off-the-plan apartments by Chilli Realty, then it may be high time for you to consider the possibility of living in an apartment.
On the surface, choosing to live in an apartment can be a turnoff because of the limitations on space. But this issue can easily be worked around, especially with the option of having storage lockers for items that are rarely used at home. For most people, living in a small space can actually be advantageous given that home maintenance is expected to be lower and it will be quite easier to adjust to the condition rather than have a bigger home that demands higher maintenance.
Stop beating yourself looking at the cons of living in an apartment. There are plenty of reasons why living in an apartment can also be awesome. Here are some which can help you get excited about choosing which apartment to get:
- An apartment can give you financial freedom. Owning a home can cost you too much. You will have to put in all your hard-earned money in one sitting or be burdened with a high mortgage in the coming years. At the end of it all, you will be held responsible for that investment for as long as you own it. The financial obligation does not stop there as having a home actually entails more than paying for it. Afterwards, you will be stuck with paying for the maintenance. You will spend for everything that does not work inside the house like lighting, sewerage, heating, cooling, etc. The cost of maintaining a home is very high compared to just having to call for the maintenance guy in charge of the whole apartment complex.
- Lifestyle Uncertainties Agree With Apartment Living. Paying a home mortgage is not applicable to today’s generation of an evolving lifestyle. There will be times that work situation changes and you will be asked to move somewhere else either for a short while or a long time. Selling a home can’t be that easy these days, so this will limit your freedom to live where you please. Apartment living gives you the flexibility to move away without being stressed out further about what you will do to the apartment. Fancy living on a higher socio- economic area, but don’t have money to buy your own place? Rent an apartment! This means that you can afford to live in a nice place, but none of the hefty price and minus the commitment that a mortgaged home carries.
- Heightened Security. One of the best features about having an apartment is that it is not only you who looks after your security needs. Apartment complexes have CCTV cameras, some with doormen, plus you get to install extra sets of locks for your doors. The community within the complex provides better security compared to being burdened by it on your own if you wish to have your own home.
- You Live Within a Community. Most apartments have shared entrances and amenities. The common areas are perfect to engage with other people who have the same community goals as you. Clubs, gyms, and playgrounds are great for families to get to know their neighbors and build friendship. The property staff also becomes part of the community. It will be great to have a few handy people who will listen to your concerns and will quickly respond to your home needs.
- Convenient Location. Apartments sold out fast because of the prime location. You can conveniently choose an apartment that is near to the business zone where you work or have one that is closer to your kid’s school. Either way, the choice is yours to make and with plenty of apartment complexes to choose from, there will always be one that will fit with your preference.
Other than saving up from maintenance fees, security, and mortgage, a centrally located apartment can cut down transportation costs by up to half. You also no longer have to spend for club or gym membership because chances are, the complex have those amenities.
Come to think of it, owning your own home will only give you plenty of obligations particularly with financial matters. So if you are seriously considering about owning a house but are not yet ready for the responsibilities that go with it, an apartment can be the best alternative to be a perfect home.
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Everyone wants to have a beautiful skin – a skin that is free from freckles and age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, whiteheads and blackheads, and even moles. While it is understandable why people would naturally want to have a fairer-looking, spots-free, skin experts nevertheless agree that beauty may be more than just skin deep after all. This is especially true when it comes to moles. For the most part of it, some moles have been interpreted as a sign of an ominous threat and something that needs to be removed.
Generally, humans are born with moles from various parts of the body. For some, moles may not be present at birth but will soon surface on the skin over a period of time. While some moles are known to be benign, some are identified to be malignant. When this occurs, mole removal comes into the picture.
Why Remove Moles?
Skin experts at a top mole removal in Sydney echo the sentiment of other skin and medical professionals regarding moles. Moles are generally considered as neoplasms. Congenital moles have a higher risk of developing into a melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Acquired moles are generally considered benign neoplasms or abnormal cell growth which has not yet taken a more serious, cancerous nature. Nevertheless, both congenital and acquired moles can, over time, produce other health problems. As such, experts agree moles should be removed.
Choice of Mole Removal
In Sydney, as well as in other parts of the world, there are essentially three methods upon which moles are removed. These include surgery, laser treatments, and natural methods. These methods are largely dependent on the type of mole you have. Oftentimes, the choice is anchored on the purpose of the mole removal.
Surgical methods of mole removal are preferred over laser treatments and natural remedies because mole removal will have a secondary, albeit very important, objective. Surgical mole removal allows a dermatologist or a cosmetic surgeon to surgically remove moles and have them tested for malignancy. This is important because it must be ascertained that the mole is not malignant nor does it have the potential to cause a malignancy. And this can only be ascertained by having a tissue sample examined in the histopathology lab.
If the mole tissue turns out to be benign or non-cancerous in nature, then both the individual and the doctor can let out a sigh of relief. However, if the tissue sample turned out to be malignant or cancerous, the doctor will have to recommend further testing in order to identify the extent to which the malignancy may have already spread. The main difference between benign and malignant neoplasms is the tendency of the latter to migrate or move from organ to another. So, if you remove a mole without knowing that it is cancerous, and it turned out that it is, then you run the risk of developing another form of cancer elsewhere in your body.
Now, laser mole removal methods are perfect for small and flat moles. However, they do not provide the benefit of knowing whether your mole is cancerous or not. Laser treatments effectively dissolve the chemical bonds of the nevi until they are reabsorbed and cleared from the body. You are effectively destroying the mole so there will simply be no tissue left with which to test for malignancy.
As for natural mole removal remedies, these substances act by drying the mole until they eventually fall off. The idea is to use a desiccant substance in order to draw out moisture or fluid from the mole effectively drying it out. Once completely dried, it naturally falls off. Unfortunately, like laser treatments, it does not allow for the testing of the mole tissue for cancerous nature. So, it is expected that doctors and other members of the healthcare profession would not really recommend it.
The bottom line in choosing the best mole removal method for you is knowing your priorities. If you want to know the nature of your mole so that you will be able to have peace of mind knowing you won’t have cancer anywhere else, then surgical methods will be for you. This is also true if you have moles that are unusually large, colored not brown or black, and are elevated or raised. Now, if you simply want to remove your moles without the need to know whether they are cancerous or not, you have two choices – laser treatments and natural remedies. If cost is a major consideration, go for natural. If not, it is always better to seek laser mole removal treatments.
The first quarter of 2016 is coming to its end in just a few weeks, which also spells the beginning of hot and sunny days in many countries such as Australia. It also means a great time to change hair colour to look better under the sun. You can find a hair colourist in Melbourne that is professional and expert in what he or she is doing.
For this year, there are several hair colours that are currently in trend among women of different ages. One is warm and buttery blonde. You can think of sandy blonds, buttery beige, and less cool blondes. Another hair colour trend 2016 is dynamic bronde or a combination of brown sugary shades and warm honey tones. In general, this year will see a trend in hair colour that is combining different shades and related colours. The stylists share that these hair colour trends are giving women a more dynamic and multi-dimensional look.
Getting your hair a new colour is something that will really make you thrilled and excited. However, you should not haphazardly choose any colour for your hair just because it is the trend. There are several factors that you need to highly consider so you will end up with the best colour and style for your hair. Below are the tips you can consider when choosing the perfect hair colour:
Are you going to have a haircut as well?
If you are also planning to have a new hair style, then you should have your hair cut first. Cutting your hair first before dyeing it is far more beneficial than colouring it first before proceeding to the haircut. One benefit is the dye will be absorbed efficiently. Another is you will be able to save on dye cost because you will need less dye to give your hair a new colour. In addition, you will also achieve the overall style that you want. You will be able to see the effect of the new color on your new hair style.
Are you planning to have a drastic change?
You also have to consider the kind of change you want to achieve. You may be planning to have a slight change just to rejuvenate or revitalize your overall look. You may also be planning to have a dramatic or drastic change maybe to impress a completely different vibe. Whichever you choose, you need to consider important things such as rules and regulation at your school or at your workplace. Considering these will avoid you from wasting effort and money.
Collect photos of trending hair colours and styles?
When deciding which colour to choose, it will greatly help you to have an actual image of the different hair colour you are considering. One way to do it is to cut photos on fashion and style magazines. You can pin them on the board or wall to have a clear look and comparison of colours. Another way is to search the Web and look at them on your laptop, desktop or electronic device like tablet. When online, you may also get information about the hair colour like the skin tones that it complements well.
Highly Consider Your Natural Skin Tone
You need to determine the type of your skin tone before you can have a clear idea of the hair colours that are perfect for you. In general, the skin tone is classified as warm or cool skin colouring. It’s easy to determine your skin tone. You just need to stand outside and let the sun’s natural light strike against your wrists. If your veins appear to be green, then you have a warm undertone. If the veins appear to be blue, then you have a cool undertone.
Be Safe With Shades of Brown
Unlike other colours such as black, blonde, and red, brown has a specific shade that perfectly fits every type of skin. Choosing brown is also far more beneficial than other hair dye colours because it requires very minimal maintenance. The hair dye kits for brown shades are also very easy to follow and won’t cause you to mess up with the colouring process. In addition, brown is great and recommended for damaged hair. More importantly, brown shades effectively minimizes tresses and breakages and reflect well when under the light.
With these tips, you can surely end up with the dye colour that is best for your hair and styling needs. You will definitely have and enjoy the colour that you want without having to worry about rules and regulations that you need to follow. Most of all, letting your hair be done by a specialist guarantees satisfaction.
Most people live their unhealthy habits quite well. From ordering the same foods from a favorite restaurant, buying junk from the grocery store, and preparing unhealthy meals every single day. These are all familiar routines and, in the wrong way, comforting. However, staying on the same route could take you to a sickly road. Hypertension and diabetes are very common these days and it is so alarming since a lot of people are getting them. You have to admit that there’s at least one person you know who suffers either condition. There is a need to kick off these nasty habits so you can finally start having a healthier life.
What Should be Done First?
In the journey towards a healthier lifestyle, the first thing to do is to recognize where you are wrong. Take a moment to literally measure the problem. Check your weight and see how unhealthy eating could either pack up extra pounds or keep your weight below normal. Consider having your blood pressure taken. Years of eating high cholesterol food may have raised your levels significantly. You may also want to have blood tests done to check for blood sugar level, and other important parameters. You will only see how serious the matter is once you are able to gauge how unhealthy you truly are.
Healthy Eating for a Beginner
Deciding to switch to a healthy diet is a smart move. For a beginner, there is a need to distinguish first what is real food. Anything processed is not real. Even canned fruits that say it’s all natural can’t be trusted. After all, there are preservatives that keep them “fresh” for months. Food is real only when they came from their natural state. Meaning, real foods are those that harvested in the ground, came from the ocean, roam the land, or has flown through the air. Those that came from the drive- through, vendo machine, or when it’s packed tightly with plastic means that they are not good for you. Therefore, the most important thing to remember when trying to be healthy is to always be smart with food choices.
To start with a healthy, balanced diet, you can try to prepare your very own eat well plate. You may want to fill in a plate with at least a serving of fruit or vegetable, starchy food like pasta, rice, or bread, then add a bit of healthy meat such as fish or egg. When you are just beginning to this type of plate, expect some feelings of upset because you are not used to it. Of course, this should be a gradual process so go ahead and treat yourself just a small amount of fatty of sugary food like a slice of your favorite dessert.
Be more mindful of what you are having for meals. Food labels are there not as decorations. Take the time to read them and don’t be surprised at what you will see. Most of the times, none of the ingredients listed are something that you recognize. They add a lot of unfamiliar chemicals to make the chips you love to munch on, or the drink you like to have for snack. This should serve as a wake-up call and encourage you not to get sad about giving up such junk.
Be specific on what you want to achieve. Whether it is for losing weight or you just want to live healthy, keep it as your primary reason for doing better with meals. There are a lot of options on how to do it too. You may plan on having healthier breakfast every day, or have fruits as snacks. Why not stay home and cook fresh meals rather than go out for fast food? Even though it means a lot of hard work on your end, you can consider it not as a sacrifice but rather as a gift to yourself.
Once you are able to adjust to a healthier food group, it is now time to teach you how to stick with your decision. Sticking to healthy food choices is possible if you are able to recognize its benefits. You may have observed some changes in your body, for sure. Notice how light you feel, how easier it is to breathe while doing physical activities, and how happier you are since you started having fruits and vegetables in your plate. These should serve as good signs and should motivate you to go on. Little by little, you can kick off the bad habit of unhealthy eating when you see the great changes.
Known as the prime of life, the age 40 to 65 years old is perhaps one of the most celebrated periods of man’s development. By this time, you would already have a very stable job, a stable social relationship, a growing business, and the peak of your physical and mental performance. You have attained the pinnacle of a healthy mind and body. Unfortunately, by the time you reach the half-century mark, you state of health will slowly start to decline. Your skin will start to sag. Your hair will start to turn grey or white. Your heart will become more troubled. You will begin forgetting things. Of course, you will say it’s all a part of aging. However, even aging requires some form of grace and dignity.
While you are still in the prime of your life, you may want to start investing in better health for your middle adulthood. You may want to start visiting and scouring the different Melbourne health food stores for the different and most appropriate food items for middle aged individuals. It is important to recognize that when you turn 50, your body will no longer be as efficient as it used to be. Some vitamins and minerals can actually become more important around this time because of the deteriorating status of your vital organs, primarily your brain, the heart, kidneys, and the liver as well as other major organs of the body. Here are some healthy foods that you would want to include in your middle aged diet.
Forget the lean meat as lean fish is clearly a better option. With greater amounts of omega 3 fatty acids as well as an excellent source of lean protein, lean fish such as trout and salmon should give you the protection required by your aging heart. If cannot gain access to fresh lean fish, there are fish oil supplements at your favorite health food store.
Milk and Milk Products
This is especially true among women approaching their menopausal stage. Because of the absence of estrogen, bones tend to be not able to absorb calcium more efficiently. This leads to brittle bones which can result in a host of musculoskeletal disorders such as fractures, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis, among others. Among men, the impact might not be that significant. Nonetheless, bone tissue degradation do occur in men albeit through a different disease process. Just make sure to get the healthier versions of milk and milk products so as not to take on unnecessary unhealthy fat into your body. Always go for low fat milk and yogurt. Additionally, calcium supplements can help you beef up on your calcium needs.
Whole Grain, Fiber-Rich Foods
Fruits and vegetables should form a big part of your middle aged diet. Remember that as you grow older your glucose metabolism may no longer be as efficient as it used to. As such, instead of including simple carbohydrates in your diet, go for the more complex ones especially those high in fiber so that the bulk will not be absorb by your body and converted into glucose. Additionally, the increased bulk brought about by fiber rich foods helps your digestive tract to be more efficient in its peristaltic activity. This simply means you will be passing more stools to prevent abnormal accumulation of toxic substances in your gut.
Legumes and Lentils
Beans and soya are excellent sources of protein which you will need to help facilitate cellular and tissue repair. Instead of going for high-fat high-protein meats, legumes and lentils are a better alternative. Include tofu, soya milk, and soya beans in your diet for that added protection against certain cancers. More importantly, blood sugar levels are better controlled with lentils on the diet.
Rich in lycopene, middle aged individuals can benefit from the antioxidant properties of tomatoes. These vegetables have been shown to lower the risk of stroke and the incidence of prostate cancer among middle aged men.
Banana and Oranges
Potassium is needed to maintain cellular integrity particularly in the control of blood pressure. Including bananas and oranges in your middle aged diet can significantly reduce the incidence of high blood pressure. However, this is more significant if the diet is also reduced in salt.
There are other healthy foods for middle aged men and women. If you want to learn more, you can visit your favorite health food store for more information.
So you are committed to achieving a healthier body. Because of this, never make the mistake of short-changing yourself. There are a variety of exercises out there that will fit everyone. This is great for those who are willing to gain from its benefits. But nothing would be effective no matter how strenuous the exercise routine is, unless done the right way. Having the ultimate warm-ups routine is one key to achieving exercise goals. Here are effective tips that will make you perform optimally and avoid injuries at the same time.
What You Need to Know
Think of the ultimate warm-ups routine as the main training preparation. The idea is to have all gears in the body aligned. This is to make it run smoothly once the warm up is done. There is a need to do progressive movements like walking lunges, toe touches, and a few high knees. The purpose is to get all the joints moving in a synchronized manner. These classic moves will loosen and stretch the muscles. By doing so, they don’t strain or snap as the exercise becomes tougher.
To warm up is a typical way to literally “warm up” or condition the body. The purpose is to increase its performance during exercise. However, the ultimate warm-ups routine is not the same with all types of exercise. Those who do weightlifting have different warm-ups with those who do marathons. There are similarities, yes, but a specific plan should be made for the warm up set to be effective.
The Basic Goals with a Warm Up
- The fitness level as well as the type of exercise is the basis of what warm up routine to take. Essentially, these goals should be achieved:
- Loosen those tight muscles. Mobility movements, like foam rolling, are a great method of warming up the all joints and muscle groups.
- Pump the heart up. Low resistance biking or even a jog will help the heart to thump a little faster. This will also warm up the muscles and will switch on the nervous system. So not only the body becomes alert but the mind as well.
- Dynamic stretching is a must. Most people think that static stretching is okay. Yet, this will only stunt exercise performance. Dynamic stretching, or continuous range of movement motions, is the perfect solution. Arm circles, leg forward kicks, toe touches, and the likes are the best. The point is to not hold the stretch.
- Practice the exercise pattern. What better way to warm up than to practice the actual exercise? But do this at a much lower intensity. This will enhance neuromuscular adaptation, which is basically making the muscles remember the actions. This will prepare the body for the final and tougher routine ahead.
Mainly, warm ups can spell the difference between having a so-so exercise and achieving the ultimate goals of fitness. If you are still at odds on what warm ups to take, here are top moves that you can start with:
- Basic dynamic actions like lunges, squats, hand walk, arm and foot circles.
- Do 5 minutes of jumping rope. This little session will get your heart pumping in no time.
- Balance challenge using the muscles for the actual training will help stabilize the muscles.
- Jumping jacks! Kids’ favorite maybe, but 10 minutes of these will help work on your core. It will pump the heart, and will also stretch those arm and leg muscle groups.
- Swing it! Swinging movements like arm swings, front to back leg swings, and cross-body leg swings. They will make those muscles resilient more flexible, and a lot more responsive.
- Try yoga. Yoga is a great flexibility enhancer. If you are looking forward to prepare not only the body for an intense work out, this is the ultimate warm up to learn. It will sync the mind, body, and spirit and at the same time stretch the muscles to its elastic excellence.
- One way to keep the intensity up for any of these warm up routines is by having some sort of entertainment while doing it all. Crank the volume up while listening to some workout music. One good thing about music is that it helps the mind get on the right track. It tends to make you focus, relax the mind and get the body moving.
- You may also try unconventional warm up routines. Choose those that are fun and challenging. Examples are crab walk, spider crawl, inchworm, bunny box jump, and other wild exercises. They are inspired to awaken the animal instinct in you.
Choices for warm up exercises are endless. Do not limit yourself, change it according to what your body needs. As with any other fitness regimes, the most important thing to consider is that you enjoy every aspect of it. Make the whole exercise routine an enjoyable experience. Any warm up routine should not fatigue you. Rather, make it a goal to make each warm up steps count. From the time that you warm up until the last breathe during the cool down; always remember that it is for your own good and that it is you who will enjoy it.
Beauty is the special gift of women. It should be preserved and taken care in a great way. It is natural for all of us to get attracted towards good looking men and women. If you see a smart and beautiful girl in your office, you would automatically call and talk to her. Beauty is just an attraction that makes people come near you. It is important to preserve both the outer body and inner health to enjoy a long time beauty. Most people will ensure to focus on external beauty and miss to concentrate their inner health.
If you are not healthy, it will consequently affect your beauty. Ensure to give importance to both inner health and outer beauty in an equal manner. There are numerous natural ways to enhance your beauty. When you pick cosmetics or beauty products, you have to make sure that it does not cause any side effects. Some products will promise to provide instant results, but there are chances to experience serious side effects. You have to remain cautious when you are using new beauty products. It is better to use products after consulting your dermatologist or physician.
Some of the best known natural beauty tricks and tips are as follows,
Oil cleansing: Do you want to get a shining skin tone? Well, it is best to nourish your body by using the mixture of coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil and castor oil. Mix all the ingredients by add equal quantities and rub into your skin. These are natural oils and does not cause any harm to your skin. If you have dry skin, you can run to your face for few minutes in circular motions. When you complete the body massage, wash your body with steam water and pat it dry. You will feel a clean and shining skin tone.
Natural bronzing: The natural bronzers allow healthy body and skin. It provides a shiny skin and keeps the epidermis of your skin healthy.
Facial mask: It is advisable to use facial mask prepared from fresh fruits and vegetables. It does not cause side effects like a synthetic mask. Orange peels and papaya are good than the artificial masks. When you place cucumber on your eyes, you will feel cool and relaxed from inwards.
Hair conditioners: To prepare a natural hair conditioner, you need to collect banana, avocado, and water. Blend all three together and apply on your hair. It serves as an excellent conditioner. It will provide bouncy and smooth hair. As these ingredients are rich in proteins, it acts as a conditioner to your hair. It is free from chemicals and does not damage your hair. It is powerful and healthy than the artificial conditioners. Ensure to use natural hair conditioner instead of shampoo.
Sugar scrub: Pick white and brown sugar, mix with olive or almond oil and rub on your skin. It should be rubbed gently on the face. Leave the mixture on your face for a few minutes. The fructose and glucose will help to give you an even and smooth skin tone.