Other Care Options – Sheltered Housing

What is Sheltered Housing?

Sheltered Housing, also known as Retirement Housing or Warden-Assisted Housing is a term used to describe housing intended specifically for older people. The housing is usually part of a collection or “scheme” of 20 to 40 self-contained flats or small bungalows where there is almost always an alarm system for the resident to use in case of emergency. Sheltered housing is usually designed with good levels of heating, and increasingly with doorways wide enough for walking frames and wheelchairs. Traditionally, a warden has lived on site, but this is becoming less common. Often, the scheme manager (warden is a term which is now felt to be out of date) lives off site, or the service is provided as ‘floating support’, with periodic visits from a member of staff. Some schemes have guest rooms that can be rented out if family or friends want to visit you.

What is the difference between Sheltered Housing and a Retirement Village?

Retirement villages generally offer opportunities for leasehold properties (owner occupied) and the community areas available will reflect this (shops, gyms, clubs, restaurants etc). Sheltered Housing schemes are generally owned, run and maintained by a housing trust, usually a not-for-profit organisation that works closely with and is part-funded by the local authority. Many schemes have communal areas such as a lounge, laundry and/or garden where tenants can socialize, but tend not to have the same range of facilities which are on offer at a Retirement Village.

How do I get a flat on in Sheltered Housing scheme?

Sheltered Housing to rent is normally provided by local councils or housing associations. The demand for this type of accommodation usually far outweighs the availability, so you should expect waiting lists and selection criteria. People who already own their own home may be viewed as a lower priority than those who do not have the option to buy a flat or who are already tenants in social housing. There is a very small amount of sheltered housing available to rent privately, and although there may not be the same allocation criteria, the private landlords may charge higher rents and may not offer the same protected contracts that housing associations or councils offer.

If you are already a tenant of a council or housing association you should first approach your landlord and ask for a transfer. To apply for council sheltered accommodation, contact your local housing department. To apply for housing association sheltered housing you need either to be referred to a particular housing association by your local council or to approach the housing association yourself to find out about availability. If you have had a care assessment, you can ask your care manager to help with referrals.

Three Things to Consider Before You Start to Give a Facial Massage

The time it takes to perform varies from twenty minutes to two hours though such a long facial massage would include regular rest periods. There are many opinions around how long a facial massage should last. Some argue for a long therapy session because it is very relaxing and pampering however others would argue that the massage should be short in order to avoid elongating the facial muscles.

Facial muscles are more delicate than other muscles in the body so it would be sensible in any event to apply this massage therapy very lightly and not concentrate on any one area for more than a few seconds.

The neck area around the throat should be avoided altogether. There are very few muscles here that would benefit and the Carotid Artery which is located to both sides of the neck could be seriously harmed with severe consequences although this type of injury is extremely rare. Simply avoid the area altogether to be safe. The chin above the Larynx (Adams Apple) is fine.

A luxury facial massage does require some form of lubricant. Theoretically you could use facial creams or gels however these are more absorbent [by design] for the skin, which is accelerated even more by rubbing and rapid movement. You would have to apply more cream often as you progress through your facial massage routine. This is not very practical and can also be expensive (depending on the actual cream that you use).

Many professional facial therapists use naturally fragrant or essential oils. The idea is that the pleasing aroma dispersed by the oils help to relax and soothe their client. Using oils such as these during a massage session is also known as Aromatherapy. You should be cautious as an amateur with using aromatherapy oils, especially essential oils because they can have quite a strong scent, which some patients might find over-powering. The same principle goes for using scented candles, aroma sticks, incense sticks, etc. Aromatherapy does require training in order to understand the therapeutic properties [and pitfalls] of using different fragrances during your massage session. Make sure that the person that you will be massaging likes the scent and that it isn’t too strong. Place the aroma source a little distance away so that the scent is subtle.

After all, the whole point of a luxurious facial massage is to relax your client and give them a sense of rejuvenation and revitalisation.

I would therefore recommend that you use a non-scented oil that is also not too thin. Baby oil would not be so suitable because it is quite thin and it is highly absorbent by design. A good oil to use is grape-seed oil. This has little or no scent, is not too thin (or too thick) and therefore makes an excellent lubricant for massage.

Do test your patient’s skin first to ensure that they will not have any allergic reaction! Remember, some people are allergic to nuts and seeds, so oils extracted from seeds could be just as allergenic. Another option is cold-pressed olive oil. Be aware that olive oil does have a mild fragrance that not everybody likes…

A shop that specialises in natural products will probably be able to recommend the ideal oil for you to use.

Invisalign Care Tips When Going Camping This Summer

Invisalign teeth straightening aligners are the ideal way to create a healthy, beautiful smile without the need for bulky metal braces or wires. While the invisible aligners let you enjoy orthodontic care without anyone knowing, it’s important to ensure you take care of your aligners at all times.

Failing to keep the aligners clean can cause bacteria to build up. Dry saliva and plaque both encourage bacteria growth, which can produce a foul smell. If the bacteria is allowed to continue building up, the clear plastic can become discolored.

When you’re at home and living your normal daily routine, caring for your Invisalign retainer is easy. However, looking after your oral hygiene care needs is a little more challenging when you’re going camping.

Here are some Invisalign care tips to make it easier to keep them clean when you’re away from home.

Pack an oral hygiene bag: Take the time to pack a portable oral hygiene kit that you can take with you on your camping trip. You should include your toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, and your Invisalign cleaning kit.

Rinse: Always take the time to rinse your aligners properly whenever you remove them. Invisalign was designed to be easily removed whenever you eat, so be sure you rinse them before you start your meal. When you’re finished eating, rinse your aligners again before putting them back into your mouth.

Soak: Take the opportunity to soak your Invisalign retainers while you’re eating. After you’ve rinsed the aligners, pop them into a tray to soak while you’re eating. You might use your official Invisalign cleaning crystals or you might have packed another brand of denture cleaner.

Brush and floss your teeth: One of the more convenient aspects of straightening your teeth with Invisalign is that you won’t be struggling to brush or floss in between brackets and wires. Simply brush and floss your teeth as normal.

Brush your aligners: You might also want to gently brush your aligners before putting them back into your mouth again. Be sure you rinse your toothbrush and only use water when brushing your Invisalign braces, as some brands of toothpaste could be abrasive and cause damage.

Keeping your invisible teeth straightening retainers clean and sanitized doesn’t have to be difficult just because you’re going camping. The key is to be prepared in advance with your oral hygiene needs.

Find opportunities to work your cleaning needs into your normal routine. For example, choosing to rinse and soak your aligners while you’re eating minimizes the time you have them out of your mouth and reduces the need to spend more time later on cleaning and soaking. After all, you need to remove them while you eat anyway, so get both tasks done at the same time.

Cosmetic Surgery is Now a Thriving Sector

Cosmetic Surgery is not a New Term

Cosmetic surgery needs no introduction in today’s world where more of us are becoming more conscious to look beautiful. Indeed, you cannot say it is only the celebrities who want to look beautiful to stay in the glamour business. Common people like you and me also want to look equally attractive like a top heroine.

Defining This Type of Surgery

It is basically reconstructing a defective part of your body. For example, you have a flat thick nose. You are not happy with it and want a symmetrical nose. So, through cosmetic surgery you can enhance your nose to make it look right. Also, through this type of surgery, the surgeons will reshape your nose in such a way it perfectly balances with the face. Again, there are many people who have a nose that obstructs airway. A cosmetic surgeon can easily correct obstructed airway for proper breathing.

Worldwide Boom of Cosmetic Surgery

You cannot trace the time since people from all across the globe started looking for experienced surgeons to do different types of plastic surgery. There are a good number of hospitals and private health clinics that have experienced surgeons and state of the art facilities to give the best possible attention and care to patients trying to look attractive and younger. It is not only the celebrities who are spending large amount of money to enhance their looks or correct a birthmark. There are teenagers, executives and even housewives who are flocking at this health centers in large numbers to know more about cosmetic surgery, how much it cost and the result post-surgery. This type of surgical procedure is minimally invasive. The centers have some exceptionally talented cosmetic surgeons with years of experience. The surgeons do their best to make people look beautiful and enhance their look and confidence through minimally invasive procedures.

Low Fees and Surgery Costs

These days many health clinics perform cosmetic surgeries at a low-cost. In minimally invasive surgery or laparoscopy, the surgeon makes a small hole in the abdomen. It is also less painful and the patient heals quickly.

Types of Cosmetic Surgery

Nose reshaping: People with a flat nose, protruding nostrils, nose with narrow air passage go for this type of surgery. Also known as rhinoplasty, it helps to correct the nose shape as well as clear the airway to make breathing a hassle-free task.

Facial surgery: The doctors boost the aesthetic aspects of your face, mouth, teeth and jaws through skin, muscle, bones and cartilage grafting.

Arm lifting: Brachioplasty is a surgical procedure to correct your upper arms. Many people have excess fat on their upper arms and they are unhappy with it. They can go to a cosmetic surgeon to remove the excess fat and skin from their underarms.

Breast enlargement and reduction: If you have a small breast, you can enlarge it through minimally invasive surgical procedure. Again, if someone has large breasts they can cut the same through cosmetic surgery to boost their look and confidence.

Eyelid surgery: Surgeons removes fat and excess skin from the upper eyelids to improve eyesight.

Liposuction: In spite of dieting and regular exercise, the excess fat in your body does not burn. Liposuction helps to remove fat deposits.

Tummy Tucking: Doctors make small incisions in the abdomen to remove excess skin and fat. Muscles are then tightened to give a younger look.

“So You Want To Build A Home Gym”

I walked into the commercial gym yesterday after a long day of work excited to begin my workout. After warming up I proceeded to the squat rack to start my resistance training workout. I unfortunately ran into a bit of a roadblock. I was planning on starting with some Back Squats but there was a young man in the power rack performing barbell biceps curls with horrible form (a definite no-no!).

I decided to go to Plan B and rearrange my workout only to find that the flat benches were all occupied as well. This trend continued and everywhere I turned the equipment I desired was being used. I was happy that so many people were working out but at the same time I was frustrated that my well-laid plans were spoiled. I learned a long time ago that it is wise to have a back-up plan in place for situations like this so I decided to head home and revert to Plan C, which was my home workout routine.

I have found that having the option to workout at home is essential for people with busy schedules, for others who do not like going to crowded gyms, or for people who need a contingency plan for just-in-case situations (that’s me!). Another reason to have a home gym is that warmer weather has finally arrived and you may be less likely to go to your commercial gym.

I have helped people design expensive, well-equipped home gyms and I have helped others design very cost-effective, space-saving workouts areas. My personal home gym consists of a Stability Ball, 5lb to 95lb Dumbbells, some Kettlebells, an adjustable Weighted Vest, Adjustable DB Handles, Elastic Bands, 2kg to 10kg Medicine Balls, Ankle Weights, an AB Roller, a variety of Exercise Videos, and a minimal amount of space!

Anyone can have a Home Gym and there are many reasons to have one. The following list of questions should help you design a Home Gym that will suit your needs, your space, and your budget!

Questions To Ask When Building Your Home Gym:

The First Step: Ask Yourself Why?

Why do you want a home gym? What will it give you that you do not already have? What is your empowering vision of your ideal physique or athletic accomplishment? What are your short and long term goals? Always begin with a vision of the end results in mind, as this will guide you in your efforts. If you have not developed a vision of what you want to accomplish at this point, then that is the first thing you need to do. Develop a plan of attack for building your body and building your home gym.

Without a plan you might end up disappointed with the lack of results and frustrated that you bought the wrong equipment. Ask yourself what kind of results you expect your home gym to deliver? Is your home gym going to supplement your commercial gym membership (as a contingency plan)? Will you be doing your cardiovascular exercise outside or inside on a machine? Will you be doing stretching, strength training, or both? Is your home gym going to be the only place that you work out? Think about these things when designing your home gym.

I. How much are you willing to spend ($$$$$$$)?

How much do you want to spend, plain and simple? If you are just starting out with an exercise program, you might consider starting small with a simple, yet very effective, pair of Dumbbells. You can perform a full-body workout with a pair of dumbbells, some bodyweight exercises, and with a little knowledgeable of proper exercise technique. If you want to do it inexpensively, hire a knowledgeable fitness professional to design an individualized exercise program that you can do with a pair of Dumbbells in the comfort of your home. I have listed a variety of items that you might consider adding to your home gym.

Equipment Considerations:

A. Cardiovascular Machine

If you insist on performing your cardiovascular exercise routine at home be prepared to spend some money! Be aware, a gym quality treadmill, stationary bike, rowing ergometer, or elliptical trainer is going to cost you. You can buy used or refurbished gym quality equipment for a discounted price and if I wanted a cardio machine for my home this is probably the route that I would take. If you are thinking, “I’ll just save a few hundred dollars and buy an inexpensive treadmill at the mall,” make sure you do some research and ensure that you will buy something that is going to last and that will fit y our needs. I know many people who have purchased flimsy treadmills and regretted it soon thereafter. There are quality treadmills out there you just have to know where to look. I would recommend talking to my friend Bob McKinnon at McKinnon Technical Services (603-644-7539) who knows gym equipment like the back of his hand. He can point you in the right direction if you want to!

B. A Multi-Purpose Home Gym Machine

There are numerous multi-purpose gyms on the market and some are better than others. Chances are, if you turn on your television late at night and flip through the channels, you will be exposed to clever marketing using beautifully sculpted fitness models promising results in six weeks or less if you purchase their machine! Guess what. You can get results without a two thousand dollar machine that will most likely be collecting dust in a year anyway! Why not begin your quest for improved fitness with a modest investment in a pair of Dumbbells? Why not purchase a $20 book on how to get into shape? How about meeting with someone who specializes in coaching people through the process of positive physical change such as fitness professional or Registered Dietician? Infomercials are notorious for clever marketing and they can be very compelling. Avoid impulsive buying and do some research first before purchasing an expensive multi-gym. I recommend consulting a qualified fitness professional about the usefulness of such a machine, interviewing people who have that machine, and possibly even test-driving one before you make this decision. I have to mention that every Spring and Fall I see countless multi-gyms sitting out on someone’s lawn as part of the annual yard sale. I wonder why that is?

C. Barbells

If I had the room in my apartment, I would go out and buy a Barbell today! With a 45 lb. Olympic Barbell you can perform a wide variety of exercises in a variety of different ways. If you are an athlete, you have the space available, and you want to improve your sports performance, learning how to correctly perform the Olympic Weightlifting movements (Clean and Jerk, Snatch, and all the variations) can take your performance to the next level! To name a few, exercises such as Squats, Overhead Squats, Deadlifts, Bent over Rows, Bench Presses, Overhead Presses, and Upright Rows can be performed. I would recommend having an adjustable Power Rack and adjustable bench to augment the versatility of the barbell. Space and total cost are big factors when considering purchasing a barbell.

D. Dumbbells

If you want to save money and space, dumbbells are the way to go. You might consider two to three sets of dumbbells (they can be purchased at a sporting goods store for any where between $.35-$.75/pound (In Concord, NH, Check out Olympia Sports in the Mall, Sears, Target, Walmart, Northeast Fitness, or check out the newspapers for the least expensive way to go!). I prefer the metal dumbbells but there are also rubber coated and adjustable dumbbells available. “Power Blocks,” (perform a search on the internet to learn more about these) are adjustable dumbbells and are a great tool that take up a lot less space in your home gym, offers great versatility, and offers adjustable resistance to suit your needs. There are also other forms of adjustable dumbbells that consist of two handles, collars, and series of different size weight plates.

When selecting weights, it wise to start light and gradually purchase heavier dumbbells as you need them. I am able to perform wide variety of exercises with Dumbbells. If your goal is fat-loss, then a properly designed resistance training program that incorporates multi-joint Dumbbell exercises will help you achieve your goals more efficiently than many gym machines that “isolate” certain muscle groups. Remember, the more muscle groups that you incorporate, the more energy your body burns, and the better your results will be! Exercise technique is a factor but I’ll happily let you know that I have taught 90-year-old women and 11-year-old boys how to perform the most “difficult” Dumbbell exercises with pristine form.

E. Medicine Balls

Medicine Balls are a great tool depending upon your fitness goals and your current training level. For an athlete in search of sports performance enhancement, Medicine Balls are a great tool because they can be accelerated in a rapid fashion through many planes of motion. If general fitness is your goal, you can perform many traditional gym exercises with a Medicine Ball as well. Medicine balls come in all shapes, sizes, weights, and colors. Be sure that the ball you pick suits your needs. By the way, these are also great for outdoor workouts on a sunny day!

F. Benches and Stability Balls:

A bench can be a great tool that will allow you to perform more exercises during your home workout sessions. Some benches are adjustable and offer great versatility while others are just fixed benches. Space is a concern for many people and that makes the Stability Ball (a.k.a. Swiss Ball) a great alternative to a bench. With a Stability Ball you can perform inclined, seated, prone, supine, floor, and a number of lower body exercises. A knowledgeable fitness professional could teach you how to perform a full-body workout with a Stability Ball and a pair of dumbbells. There are a number of different ways to use it in order to maximize your home workout routines. Not only can it replace a more expensive exercise machine or bench, but it can also double as a chair, take up less space, and challenge your body’s balance in ways that a stable bench/machine cannot.

G. Resistance Bands/Tubes:

The cable pulley system at your local gym offers a number of exercises that can increase the variety of your workouts tremendously. An alternative to the cable pulley system for your home gym could be resistance bands or tubing that you can tie to a pillar in the basement of fix in a closed door. You can buy tubing that comes with handles already attached in some fitness catalogs or you could just tie a loop in one end to make your own makeshift handle. It is important to mention that elastic resistance training has many benefits and many inherent flaws. If you understand how to properly combine elastic resistance training with inertial (free weight training) you can maximize your results! A knowledgeable exercise professional can help you design your home gym to take advantage of these tools.

H. Exercise Videos:

There are many great exercise videos out there (and a lot more bad ones!). There are videos for Yoga, Step Aerobics, Tae-Bo, Pilates, Strength Training, Stability Ball Training, and every other imaginable fitness topic out there. Check out your local sporting goods store or Borders for a selection of exercise videos. The key is to find a couple videos that you enjoy and that give you the workout that you are looking for.

I. Other Fun Tools:

If you walk into a sporting goods store or open a fitness equipment catalog you will see a variety of toys that can supposedly enhance your workouts and deliver unbelievable results. Buyer beware! No one piece of equipment can solve all of your home gym needs and you must consider how this piece of equipment will fit into your complete program. Watch out for gimmicks and miracle exercise machines. Ask a fitness professional their opinion before you buy and you may save yourself some money! Do a little research before purchasing equipment for your home or you may run the risk of buying an expensive coat rack!

II. How much square footage do you have?

Simply put, how much space do you have available? Do you have enough room for an adjustable bench or a mutli-purpose exercise machine? Is the area well ventilated? How much ceiling height do you have? Are your floors solid? Do you have neighbors that might not appreciate you jumping up and down? Will you have room for all of the equipment you want to get? Thinking about these issues in advance will save you a lot of hassle in the long run. Finally, determine what else your home gym is used for? Will your home gym also be used for family gatherings, a playroom for the kids, an office, a gathering area to watch the Final Four, or strictly as a home gym? These are some other aspects to consider when designing your home gym.

III. Do you know your way around the gym?

Are you a beginner, an intermediate, an expert, or an advanced exerciser? A beginner might start out with an exercise tape, a Stability ball, and a couple of 5 pound dumbbells where as a more advanced exerciser might have a Barbell, Olympic Bench, a Stability Ball, an Adjustable Step, a Selectorized Weight Machine, a Power Rack, and a variety of Dumbbells. Have you been properly trained in the use of Free Weights or do you feel more comfortable using a machine? What kind of equipment does your plan of attack call for? The answers to these questions will help you better choose a home gym that works for you.

In closing, be sure to spend considerable time looking into the process of designing and constructing your home gym as it can be a very important addition to your life and to your home. Consider consulting an exercise professional to make sure that your gym will suit your individual needs, your budget, and your home. There are many reasons to have a home gym and it can be designed to help you achieve the results that you are looking for!

Stay fit,


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Why Everyone Needs A Vinyasa Yoga

Do you love the flow of your class? If you do, then that is Vinyasa yoga. Apart from the fun, there are other benefits of practicing this yoga pose. It will benefit both your body, mind and spirit. Here are some tips on how people benefit greatly from Vinyasa yoga.

1. It addresses the stiff culture that we all live in.

A lot of people believe that the Western parts of the world have become a seated society. If this is true then Vinyasa yoga can help in this situation. Nevertheless, its orientation is breathing and movement, and from research and experience, it has been revealed that an increased movement in a seated society is very much essential for good health. However, the fact is that Vinyasa yoga gets us moving.

2. It will train your mind

The entire world also needs Vinyasa yoga. This is due to the fact that we are having more seated societies now than ever. The truth is that a seated society can only breed toxic minds, because the body remains still while the mind starts racing. The form of yoga originally steals the mind because it has so many focal points it targets that trains the mind such as the breathing, movements, postures, bandhas, as well as sequences. At first when we start practicing, our focus is usually on breathing and as time progresses and our mind possess the ability to concentrate, we will have the ability to focus our attention on many things at the same time. Gradually, we are able to expand our mind with the practice. If we do not give our minds proper training, we may get distracted. This is because the mind wants to be here and there at the same time, jumping all over the place. This will not make us to work on our being that will help us to evolve or grow. Vinyasa yoga helps us to still our minds, thus making it possible for us to process whatever the practice gives to us, which includes the joyful stuffs as well as the uncomfortable stuffs.

3. It teaches us how we should care for ourselves

Vinyasa yoga teaches us how we should channel our love towards our own selves. This is because we humans have a high tendency of limiting our own selves. We see things we can achieve and tell ourselves we cannot achieve it because of fear. It teaches us how to be compassionate to ourselves. Since we are our own critics, the best way to grow is to show love to ourselves.

What Really Causes Acne?

The cause of acne is hard to pinpoint because acne is not caused by just one factor. It occurs in different people for many different reasons. This makes finding an effective acne treatment tricky for a lot of people. Once you find out what the root problem or cause of your particular type of acne is, finding an effective acne treatment will be easier for you. Factors like diet, stress, heredity, and dirt are believed to be causes of acne, but this is actually incorrect.

Acne vulgaris is the most common type of acne, and it normally occurs when puberty begins in a person. The exact cause of this type of acne is unknown, but there are factors that are believed to be directly related. At puberty, increased hormonal activity and high levels of androgens, cause the sebaceous glands or oil glands to overproduce sebum, or oil. This causes the cells that are close to the openings of the oil glands to get blocked or clogged. Bacteria in the skin feast on the oil, and this causes the skin to be inflamed. When the inflammation is near the surface, that’s when pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads appear. This type of acne usually goes away on its own.

Acne excoriee is a type of acne that is usually found in young girls. It is caused when a pimple on the skin is damaged due to scratching. When scratching persists, the pimple is unable to heal, leaving a scar. Another type of acne is acne cosmetica, which is due to prolonged use of topical make-up products and usually consists of small bumps and inflammation on the forehead, chin, and cheeks. Acne treatment of this type of acne would just be to figure out which cosmetic products is the cause of the acne and discontinue the use of it.

Cystic acne is a type of acne caused by cysts being formed deep under the skin instead of near the surface. When this happens, the infect matter cannot be released. For acne treatment of this type of the condition, a dermatologist should be seen as soon as possible. Occupational acne occurs when the skin is exposed to grease and oils very frequently. This condition is suffered mostly by auto mechanics. Another type of acne is suffered because of a climate change. When a person moves from a cool climate to a warm climate, the skin has to produce more sweat and oil all of a sudden to keep the body cool. This causes the pores to clog which can cause breakout. A helpful acne treatment for this type of the condition would just be to switch your facial cleanser and moisturizer to oil-free products.

As you can see, acne does not come from one factor, so acne treatment will differ depending on what type of acne that you have. So the first step in finding an effective acne treatment would be to understand what is causing your acne. Acne treatment may be as simple as changing what you are exposing your skin to, or changing your skin cleanser to one without oil. It is always a good idea to check with your dermatologist before trying any system to get rid of your acne.

What Are The Benefits Of Having Less Stress?

Stress can affect our bodies in lots of different ways. In some senses stress is useful, keeping us alert for danger and helping us react faster when that danger threatens us. However, constant exposure to stress such as in a job or everyday a child goes to school can have a very negative impact on someone’s body. Stress can cause anything from headaches and all over body aches, to serious stomach upsets. Gradually stress can lead on to manifest as eating disorders or substance abuse, both conditions people would rather avoid than develop.

The benefits of having less stress begin with a more peaceful life. If you aren’t’ constantly feeling stress then your body has a chance to relax, which is great for releasing endorphins and generally keeping a body operating to its fullest capacity. Generally not feeling stressed every moment of every day helps people enjoy their lives a lot more, and to most people this might seem like a silly benefit, but there are those who solidly work every day and never get a break who can barely stand their lives.

A major benefit of having less stress is a lower chance of being depressed. Studies have shown that those who experience more stress have a higher rate of depression, which is incredibly dangerous in some cases, as depression can lead to all sorts of problems in a person’s life. With a lower chance of being depressed, people will be happier and enjoy their life more. This might seem like a trivial side effect of being less stressed, but for many people out there simply being less stressed could seriously help their lives.

Another benefit of being less stressed is a healthier cardiovascular system. Research in the area has found a definite link between a person’s stress levels and the health of their hearts, arteries and veins in general. The research showed that those with higher stress levels were more prone to heart attacks, and were at a higher risk from other diseases and conditions relating to the cardiovascular system.

In conclusion, the effects of having less stress are a healthier body and mind. To manage stress properly people need to find effective ways to decrease their stress, possibly through exercise or meditation, but definitely through removing themselves from stressful situations. The elderly and overweight are more at risk from stress, and should find ways to decrease the amount in their lives as soon as possible.

The Horizon Elliptical Trainer

The Horizon Elliptical is an affordably priced elliptical that comes with a one year warranty. It is considered a good buy for the money. People who have used it say that the ride is comfortable because the pedals level on their own.

One of the problems with the Horizon Elliptical is that the brakes, which are mechanical, break down and really need to be periodically taken care of. The upper body workout, which you get with the handlebars in motion, can be difficult and uncomfortable for shorter people to reach and use.

The Horizon Elliptical doesn’t seem to be built as well as other higher end type ellipticals and may require servicing often. This machine may not be a really long lasting piece of equipment, but it’s still considered to be worth buying. Because of the problem with reaching the handlebars on the Horizon Elliptical, you should really test out a demo in the store to make sure that you can use it. If you decide to purchase a Horizon

Elliptical it would probably be a good idea to also purchase an extended warranty.

The Horizon Elliptical will feel different then the elliptical that you might use in a gym because the flywheel is on the reverse end of the machine.

The Horizon Elliptical has four different models. They are the Horizon e51, the Horizon e52, the Horizon e53, and the Horizon e54hr.The main differences in these models are the extras, like the heart rate monitors, which are part of the electronic system of the machine.

Lower Back Pain Exercise

Lower back pain exercise is very essential to relieve the lower back pain. Lower back pain can result from many conditions and causes. Sometime the cause is obvious, when a person has had a fall or has lifted a heavy load. Often the lower back pain comes on gradually and the cause is not easy to find. Regular lower back pain exercise with the advice of a doctor who can diagnose the cause and the severity of the pain is recommended. Those who remain active with regular exercises, walking, running, and swimming etc, are less likely to suffer from lower back pain then those people who are not exercising at all.

Lower back pain is caused due to inadequate exercise of some of the muscles [extensors (back and gluteal muscles), Flexors (abdominal and Iiopsoas muscles), Obliques or Rotators (side muscles)] that support the spine. Some of these muscles get enough exercise due to daily activities but majority of them are not exercised and become weak as the age catches up. You can relax your muscles and relieve yourself of the lower back pain by lower back pain exercise consisting of stretching, strengthening and aerobics which are recommended to be done as per advice of a doctor.

Lower back pain exercise recommended by orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist for 10 to 30 minutes for two three times a day may bring you much wanted relief from pain. Following Lower back pain exercises to relieve the stress and pain are recommended.

Lying on back

Moving ankles up and down slowly, bending and straightening knee at least 10 times

With both the knees bent and hands resting below the ribs tighten abdominal muscles to press the ribs down towards the back at least 10 times without holding your breadth. Relax at the same time.

With one knee bent, lift leg straight above about 6 to 12 inches above the ground and holding this position for 1 to 1.5 second and then lower the leg slowly repeating it for about 10 times,

Pull the leg up, straighten up and stretch one leg at a time by holding on to a towel wrapped behind the foot


While leaning against a wall with both feet at least 12 inches away from the wall keeping abdominal muscles tight slowly bend both the knees 450 for 5 seconds and returning them slowly in to upright position and repeating it 10 times.

Standing on both the feet and slowly raising heels up and down at least 10 times,

Hamstring exercise also relieves the lower back pain, but the commonest lower back pain exercise is to bend forward with legs kept straight trying to touch the toes and remaining in that position for sometime.


Exercise on a stationary bike and a tread mill for 20 to 30 minutes.


Sitting on a chair and placing both the legs straight on to another chair in front try to touch your toes while bending forward.

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