Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale

Selling a home can be a slow and stressful process. Investing a little time and thought into preparing the house for sale, can improve the chances of selling it faster and for a better price.
 
First impressions

The first impression of a home is from the outside. Buyers may be put off if the home doesn’t look inviting from the street and may not even enter the front door. The garden and front of the house need to be clean and tidy. Pulling up weeds, mowing the lawn and adding a few colourful flowers to a garden will spruce it up nicely. Cobwebs and dirt on the outside of the house can be removed with a water blaster or scrubbed away with a broom. A coat of colourful paint on the front door and mailbox will make the home appear more welcoming.

Inside the home

The more obvious way to make a home look more appealing is to clean it but this is often overlooked. When living in a house, dusty surfaces, dirty windows and clutter can become the usual but a potential buyer will notice these things. Clean the house before an inspection and keep the surfaces clear of clutter. Having too many personal items in the home will make the place feel too much like the owner’s and the buyer may find it difficult to envision living there.




A welcoming home invigorates the senses, as well as looking good, it must smell good.  Investing in and burning essential oils are a great way to make the place smell good. Placing a couple of drops of lavender oil in the vacuum bag will ensure the carpets smell great too. The smell of home made bread or cookies can make the buyer feel more at home.

A potential buyer may take into account work that needs to be done around the home, so it’s a good idea to fix as many items as practical. A hole in the fence, a leaky tap, a crack in a window, or missing tile, are items which draw bad attention to the property but are easy and cheap to fix.
If the budget allows, clean curtains and give rooms a fresh coat of paint. Rooms which are outdated don’t look as appealing. Investing in a couple of bright pillows for the bedroom, new doorknobs and a few indoor plants, will make rooms look more inviting. Rugs are great for sprucing up a room and don’t need to be expensive. Rugs add warmth to a cold floor and cover up flaws.

Preparing a home for sale can be fun and needn’t be expensive. With a little imagination and flare, it can look ten years younger and be much more appealing to potential buyers.

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Keep Moving

During these busy times, you may think you don’t have the time to exercise, but incorporating a little extra movement into your day can increase fitness, reduce stress, drop those extra pounds and make you feel better about yourself.



Being more active doesn’t have to include joining an expensive gym. Walking is an activity that can be done almost anywhere, and it’s free. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a little time. A great way to get started is take the dog, kids or a loved one on a 10-minute walk each day and gradually build up to longer sessions. You may also want to invest in an inexpensive pedometer, which will monitor how many steps you take per day and you can increase the number of steps taken each week.

Experts recommend healthy adults include 150 minutes of exercise, such as walking, into their week. This may sound daunting, but you’ll probably find you do quite a bit of walking already, just in smaller sessions.  To increase the time you spend walking each day, consider walking to work, taking the long way around the office or home to reach your destination and take the stairs rather than the elevator. When using public transport, disembarking earlier than your intended destination and walking the rest of the way, will increase the amount of movement in your day. If you must take the car, park it further away from your destination and walk the rest of the way. Taking a short walk during a break, can stimulate your senses and improve your productivity, especially on a sunny day.

There are many activities around the home which can increase the amount of movement in your day. Scrubbing the shower, vacuuming the house, mowing the lawns and cleaning the car are activities which when done with vigour, will increase your heart and breathing rates.  Doing these activities yourself rather than paying someone else to do them, can improve your fitness and save you money.

Are you one of those people who go onto autopilot, switching on the television or computer whenever you have some free time? Taking a walk, playing with the kids in the park or taking up a new physical hobby, are good ways to have fun and incorporate extra movement into your day.  

Being more active has many health benefits, encouraging a happier, healthier lifestyle.  Please remember to consult a health professional before embarking on any new exercise program.  

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Rest In Peace, Linda

I'm sorry to say that my auntie passed away recently after a long battle with cancer. She survived it once before, but it wasn't to be this time.


Linda, Mum, Me and Steve 2009




She had a wicked sense of humour and lived life to the full.

Rest In Peace, Linda.

xxx

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Physical Activity Tips For Older Adults

Physical activity is important at any age, but especially for older adults. Exercise can boost energy, increase strength and reduce the risk of disease. Being fitter, can benefit the mind as well as the body; improving mood and memory. Whether a person is in good health or out of shape, there are many ways to improve fitness and feel better than ever.



As with any new exercise plan, it is important for an individual to schedule a check-up with a doctor before beginning. This will assess fitness levels and any health problems that should be taken into consideration.

Walking is an easy form of exercise to begin with; it is free, suitable for most people and can be done almost anywhere.  An individual needs to begin slowly and gradually increase distance and intensity over time. Walking with a friend can be more fun and provide motivation. Also, having a conversation with a friend is a good way to judge fitness levels. If an individual can’t hold a conversation while walking, they are probably working too hard. Another advantage with walking is that it doesn't need to be done in one session. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking the car further away from the intended destination and waking the rest of the way and walking down every aisle of the supermarket are examples of how to incorporate more exercise into each day.

Any form of exercise can become dull and if repeated on a regular basis, the body may become accustomed to it. That's why it's important to take part in exercises a person enjoys and to change activities frequently. Many gyms and clubs now offer special classes designed for older people, a great way to exercise and meet new people.

Stretching is important after exercising, especially so for older adults as muscles and joints stiffen easily. Stretching should be done slowly and easily. This can increase flexibility and reduce muscle soreness.

Muscle training isn't just for the young; working out muscle groups is important for older adults too, improving strength and fitness levels. Experts recommend conditioning each muscle group twice a week to keep muscles in shape. Many community groups hold activities for seniors which may include muscle conditioning, there are also numerous DVD options and trainers can give advice at the local gym.

Many older people use excuses like being too old or too inactive to begin improving fitness levels, but it’s never too late to start and experience the benefits.  Exercise can benefit all areas of life and provide older adults with the energy to fully enjoy the years to come.

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Fitness

Most girls who are unsuccessful with sticking to an exercise plan or activity, set goals too high at the beginning and lose motivation quickly when they fall behind. Increasing activity a little each day will soon have the lazy girls looking and feeling fabulous.

Tips for increasing activity and staying motivated:

Don’t think exercise

Lazy girls think of exercise as going to the gym or running a marathon. There are many easy ways to incorporate exercise into each day by thinking a little differently about what exercise actually is. Putting more energy into cleaning the house is a great way to burn some calories and work up a sweat without leaving the house.  

Walk the dog

Walking your dog is a fun way to improve fitness, burn calories and improve your mood. Walking your dog in the park is a great way to start a conversation with that attractive stranger.



Take the stairs

When was the last time you took the stairs rather than the elevator? The stairs are a good way to get the heart pumping and tone the legs. Start small and increase the number of steps and the amount of times you take the stairs.

Do something fun

Regular exercise is a lot easier to stick to when it’s enjoyable. You could go horse riding with friends, ice-skating with the kids, take up a dance class or check out a new club and dance up a storm. Stay away from the cocktails though, too many calories.

Park further away

When travelling in the car, park further away from the intended destination than usual. This is an easy way to incorporate more exercise into the day.

Start an exercise habit

Try to plan some exercise in advance as well as incorporating more activity into the day. Place your exercise clothes and shoes out the night before so you are ready to go the next day. It’s also a good idea to exercise at the same time each day if possible. If an activity is repeated at a similar time for over three weeks, it’s more likely to become a habit.

Stick with it

Don’t be discouraged after a lazy day and give up completely. It’s okay to miss a day of exercise, accept it and continue with it the next day.

The most important thing is to get started and don’t be discouraged if things go off track. Being lazy is a state of mind and taking action helps change this mindset. Being more, rather than less active will have a positive affect on mind and body. Say goodbye to the lazy girl and start moving.

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Walking My Way To Better Health

I'm doing really well with my walking at the moment. So far this week I've walked for 40 minutes for 2 days in a row. My goal is to walk 40 minutes 5 times this week.



Wish me luck!

Friday, 8 August 2014

How to Rescue a Drowning Victim

According to the World Health Organisation, drowning is the tenth leading cause of death among adults 15-45 years of age and the fourth in young children. When most people think of drowning, they imagine a lone figure struggling in the ocean, although this scenario is common, an individual can drown in a short space of time, in any amount of water that covers the mouth and nose. Read on to discover how to rescue a drowning victim.  



The sooner a drowning victim receives help, the more likelihood of survival, therefore it is crucial to alert lifeguards or emergency services immediately. If assistance isn’t readily available, shout for help and take steps to rescue the victim. Assess the situation; the victim should be removed from the water as soon as possible. If the victim is unable to be reached quickly, inform them that help is on the way and to stay as calm as possible.

If the victim is in a swimming pool or the ocean, the longer they remain in the water, the more panicked they may become. It’s important to remember this while assessing the best way to save the victim, as the rescuer’s actions may put them are risk of drowning. If possible, use nearby items to assist the victim in removing themselves from the water. If the rescuer must enter the water, it is important to hold on to a secure item, out of the water, if possible. The victim can then be pulled towards the rescuer and to safety. If this is not a possibility, look for items which can be throw into the water, to assist the victim in staying above water until they can be reached.

Entering the water to save a drowning victim is the most dangerous option for the rescuer. If possible, a buoy can be kept between victim and rescuer as a safety precaution. If the victim shows signs of putting the rescuer in danger, the rescuer should exit the rescue, reassess the situation and reattempt the rescue, if safe to do so.

Once the victim is out of the water, check for signs of breathing. Is the victim’s chest moving? Can air be felt on the rescuer’s cheek when placed near the victim’s nose and mouth? If the victim is breathing, they need to be kept warm until emergency services arrive.

If breathing isn’t detected, check for a pulse on the wrist or side of the neck. If there is no pulse,CPR must be administered.

The victim should be placed onto their back before CPR begins. The heel of one hand is placed onto the centre of the chest; two fingers are placed on the breastbone for an infant. Press down about 2 inches for an adult of child, for an infant about 1 and ½ inches. Press on the chest 30 times, at the rate of 100 per minute, making sure to avoid pressing on the ribs or the end of the breastbone.  Check to see if the victim has started breathing and if not, repeat the process until emergency services arrive.

If the rescuer has been trained in CPR, they can tilt the head back and lift the chin to open the airway. The nose of the victim is then pinched close. The victim’s mouth is then covered with the rescuer’s and the rescuer gives two one-second breaths. Two breaths are followed by thirty chest compressions. This routine is repeated until the victim begins to breath or emergency services arrive.

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