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Incorporating exercise into a busy lifestyle

Betty Tűndik



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Ways to incorporate exercise into a busy lifestyle

To get anywhere in life, you need to work hard and give it your all. However, at what point can you consider working hard to be a little bit too hard? The simplest answer would be – when you don’t have time to dedicate for your physical health. Taking care of your body and being physically active is a crucial part of everyday life and it can influence your health in significant ways.

“Being busy” shouldn’t be an excuse to neglect your body. After all, you need all that physical activity in order to function properly. There’s no use separating physical and mental health when they’re effectively intertwined. When you’re busy with the kids, with work, and with your own hobbies, it can be hard to find the time for working out, but it’s not an impossible task. Here are some ways you can get your daily dose of healthy workouts without losing too much time out of your jam-packed schedule.

1. Commit to an appointment

Organizing your schedule is a big part of being able to fit exercise into your busy day. If you take the time to set aside an hour or two per week in advance, you can be sure that it won’t take away from anything else you plan on doing.

When it comes to something as regular as working out, sticking to your schedule is crucial. As busy as you might be, nobody works twenty-four seven nonstop. You should take a look at your schedule and find an opening that allows you to get sweaty and exercise without being under pressure. Once you’re sure that you’ve found the right time, commit to it and you are sure to get some positive results.

2. Make it relaxing


One of the biggest hurdles people have when starting to workout is the fact that exercise is tiring. You might skip out on a workout if you’ve had a particularly difficult day or you aren’t in the mood because you’re too stressed to focus. On the other hand, the relaxing aspects of working out don’t kick in until you’ve had your fair share of workouts. Before you can form a routine, how do you let off a little bit of steam?

Instead of starting out with exercises that get you worked up, you can try some more relaxing ways to get your daily dose of healthy movements. Yoga is a staple of modern fitness and athleticism. Those who are too busy to go for a run or hit the gym will often opt for Yoga instead, to keep them relaxed after a long and busy day. It doesn’t take up a lot of your time and you can count on the workout to be satisfying and relaxing as can be. Stretching also releases lots of endorphins which will make you feel brand new and the workout will be a treat. The physical bonuses you get are just the icing on the cake.

3. Play fetch with your dog

Dogs are a near never-ending source of playfulness and physical activity. Their enthusiasm knows no bounds and you can be sure that playing with them is going to give you a workout. When they aren’t lounging around in the sun or barking at passerby, they are probably in the mood for some fetch.

Your little workout buddy will always be happy to oblige your request to play. If you don’t think that the yard is large enough for you to enjoy some quality time with your pooch, try playing with them when you go out for a walk. Even a brisk walk through the park with a chew toy can end up being a fun physical activity.

4. Make use of that lunch break


Lunch breaks are an essential part of the workday. People aren’t machines and they can’t just work eight or nine hours a day without stopping. Fatigue is quick to set in and productivity drops after only a couple of hours of work. Whether you work in a busy office or from the comfort of your own home, you can be sure that a lunch break will do you a lot of good. However, what if you could make that lunch break even more effective, without it having to be a break at all?

Working out during your lunch break has been shown to be a very effective way to get proper rest from work. Even as little as half an hour of light physical activity allows you to feel refreshed and ready to take on some new work challenges. Going out for a run or even walking around the block in the warm sun can really set your mind straight and allow you to relax. If you want some intensity or stretching in your routine, look around and try to find a gym that incorporates “lunch-time” classes for busy people. It’s a great way to get your daily fill of exercise while also not losing out on any productive time.

5. Play sports

When you’re busy at work and at home, you can be sure that your social life will suffer. If you can’t take the time to enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea with one or two of your friends, how will you maintain relationships with everyone else? Add exercise to the equation and you can be sure that you won’t have coffee dates any time soon. However, you can combine these things into one wholesome activity.

Playing sports with your friends is a great way to stay close and have some fun. These sports can take any form. You don’t have to be particularly fit to participate in any of them, so no one should feel left out. Anything from throwing Frisbees to playing golf could be a fun way to spend some time together. You could even go for a swim at the pool and then lounge around in the sun.

6. Switch up your commute

Getting to work can be a real drain on your schedule. The best jobs aren’t always in the area and that’s why a lot of people look elsewhere for job opportunities. Not everyone ends up working close to their own residence, which means that a long commute is inevitable. Getting someplace with the help of your car is relatively fast, but it costs you gas money and precious time that could be spent on a number of other things.

Instead of hitting the road with the help of your car, you should consider riding a bicycle to work. It might seem like an unusual trade, but you would be surprised at the benefits it provides. Not only do you get a hefty workout that will leave you feeling energized right before you get to work, but you also might actually shave some time off of your long commute.

Commutes aren’t just held back by distance, there are also traffic jams to consider. They can last a long while and you can lose time and patience while pointlessly sitting in your car. Taking a ride to work is a much more refreshing and fun experience that will give you the energy you need. Choosing the right one, from the numerous types of bicycles, is all you need to do. In that way you can get around and handle your town.

7. Take a trip to the pool

In today’s busy world, nobody has time to schedule all of their required workouts. It’s hard enough finding the time to work out at all, let alone being able to incorporate every individual muscle group in a day’s workout. Covering all of your bases seems nearly impossible, but it’s a requirement for having a well-balanced body and gaining any kind of muscle mass. If only there were a way to combine all of those necessary physical activities into one short and worthwhile workout. Strangely enough, there is something that you can try – swimming.

Swimming isn’t just for professional athletes, in fact, it’s doable by just about anyone. You don’t have to be Michael Phelps to get the most use out of a public pool. Swimming works out every major muscle group and gives you a perfectly balanced workout no matter what you do. You don’t even have to come up with a workout plan. Stick to your favourite way of swimming and you will get lean and healthy in no time at all. Shake things up with a new style of swimming every once in a while and you’re pretty much guaranteed to get everything that you needed from an hour or hour and a half of swimming.


Hardly anyone exercises as much as they should. It’s a difficult task that requires a bit of your time and dedication. However, anyone that works out regularly knows that it’s an activity that completes your day and leaves you feeling healthier and more fulfilled. If you can’t find the time to work out on your own, try some of these ideas and you’re sure to end up with wonderful results.

Written by Lena Hemsworth


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Top 7 reasons why you must keep visiting Paris

Alexandru Marginean



Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay
Reading Time: 4 minutes

Paris, capital of France, is a romantic tourist destination. It is famous for its monuments, battlefields, wineries, fashion, art, and culture. It attracts solo travelers, couples, and a group of friends from various countries, making it the most visited destination in the world. The remarkable combination of trends, history, and cultures from traditional to contemporary gives all the more reason why Paris should be in your bucket list. Here are the seven reasons why you must visit Paris at least once in a lifetime.


  1. For every food lover

Paris is a paradise for food lovers. France is famous for its pastries, bread, macaroons, and more. When in Paris, start your day with a warm croissant with some jam and a french coffee. Get ready to exercise your taste buds with the traditional French cuisines. Other than the French cuisine, you will also find, Korean, Mediterranean, West African, Japanese, and Mexican foods. Visit the oldest brasseries in Paris, Le Bouillon Chartier, that dates back to 1896. They provide authentic French cuisine at a reasonable price. Whether you want to go for fine dining in the Eiffel Tower or to enjoy a relaxed affair in a traditional Parisian Bistro, Paris will satisfy every foodie’s classic or adventurous desire.


  1. For every romantic couple

Some mystery in the air of Paris makes it magical and romantic. This magic in the city has been enticing people from all around the world. The banks of the Seine river, the art, and the architecture of this city will charm even the most hardened hearts. The romance of sitting at the top of the Eiffel tower and enjoying a glass of champagne with your partner is every couple’s fantasy. It is not just the Eiffel Tower that makes the city special. Even the cobblestone streets, fallen leaves, fancy tea salons, and soft crust pies add to the charm of this place. Enjoy a romantic ride at cobblestone streets which takes you to an island. It is a common belief that kissing your partner at the center of the folly strengthens your love. Capture your memories while taking a stroll along the Seine river. Also, visit the Sacré Coeur Basilica church, which will blow your mind with its Roman-style marvelous architecture.


  1. For the art lovers

Architectures in Paris are very iconic that even if you are not much into art, you are going to appreciate it. The classic design throughout the city shares the stories of Paris’s rich history. Did you know that the Roman city of Lutetia was the name of present-day Paris? As architects built Paris around a river, bridges play an essential role in their landscape. There are approximately 37 bridges in the city. The Pont Neuf is the first and oldest bridge in Paris. Visit them in the evenings to enjoy the panoramic view of the sunset. The museums in Paris are impressive with their display of art. The most significant museum, Musee du Louvre, is enormous with its overwhelming look. Paris is heaven for art lovers. It hosts the Musée de l’Orangerie, Musée du Quai Branly (African and Asian art), and the Musée Rodin that will satisfy the artist inside you.


  1. For the fashionista in you

Paris is a city of beauty and style, which makes it the fashion capital of the western world. From expensive clothes to kitchen appliances, you can experience a unique style in every district of Paris. For people who consider shopping as an art, then Paris will not disappoint you. Find the most expressive and trendiest in the district of Le Marais. You will find the Parisians carrying themselves in colorful patterns and prints. Twice in a year, Paris hosts the world-famous Paris Fashion Week, which attracts globally recognized fashion brands to gather in the city to showcase their creativity. Let your inner fashionista, scan the streets of Paris, and even window shopping is fun.


  1. Take a walk into the history

Travel with your kids to give them the ultimate dose of Parisian culture. Take a peek into Paris’s past by taking them to Montmartre, also known as an artist’s enclave. Basilica of the Sacre Coeur is at the top of the mountain Montmarte. It is also the highest point in the city. This majestic church is a mixture of art and worship. Museums like Musée Rodin, showcase the famous gardens and sculptures. Walk into the 13th-century Sorbonne at the medieval streets of Latin Quarter and move on to the St-Germain-de-Pres, which is full of gothic literary legends.


  1. WW1 Battlefields

As Normandy reminds of the World War II battle, Paris is also about World War I battle. Visit the World War I trenches by taking a train from Paris for a one day trip. Explore the history and battlefields where the dramatic battles took place. There are many tours scheduled with excellent tour guides, who will passionately explain to you about development and ancient discoveries. You can even book this tour for a day or two.


  1. Appreciate the beauty of stained-glass

In Paris, you will discover beautiful architecture along with the delicacy of stained-glass art. These windows depict scenes from the zodiac or the Bible. The Chartres Cathedral has one of the oldest stained-glass windows and is 80kms south of Paris. This Gothic-style cathedral has 176 stained-glass windows, each one of them showcasing different scenes. The entire architecture of this cathedral blends very well with the windows. Another cathedral is Notre Dame, which is near the river Seine. The highest interior is in the Notre Dame d’Amiens Cathedral, which is about 42.30 meters high. Though over the years, the original stained-glass window lost its beauty, yet the gothic display of sculptures makes it outstanding. When visiting here, capture the beauty of the Weeping Angel, a small angel, behind the high altar.



The above are the seven reasons why you must keep visiting Paris. This magnificent city is going to leave you dazzled by its beauty. Paris has plenty of architecture, restaurants, parks, shops, and museums for you to fall in love with this place. This modern, historical, and timeless city has something to offer for everyone. Once you complete your visit to Paris, preserve these beautiful memories on a well-designed carte a gratter. Young or old, fashion lovers, adventurers, party lovers, and dessert lovers, there are so many reasons why you must come back to Paris.


Author Bio: Emma Gill is a passionate writer & guest blogger. Writing helps her to improve her knowledge, skills & understanding about the specific industry. She loves writing & sharing her knowledge, she is currently working with “elitetechgarage” who deal with garage door repairs. Apart from writing, she loves traveling & cooking.

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How to Keep a Water Heater Well-Maintained

Alexandru Marginean



Photo by Zhang Kenny on Unsplash
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Here’s the thing with water heaters – they represent probably one of the most useful and well-beloved appliances in your home, but if things go awry, they can turn into major inconveniences at best, and proper death traps at worst.

The important thing to understand about these water-heating appliances is that no matter how well they’re built, they still can break after a while. There are a couple of things that can go wrong with these appliances – their insulation can get damaged, the pipes can start leaking, or there may be a problem with the wiring, which can be very dangerous. (Any situation where there are some electrical wires in combination with water can be a potentially dangerous one.)

In this article, we’re going to talk about the steps you can take to ensure your water heater is well-maintained and ‘healthy’, so that you can avoid some of the aforementioned disasters. As you will see, performing small preventive checkups and fixes pays off much better in the long run than waiting for the thing to break completely and then scrambling to mend the issue.

Right then, folks, here’s the deal.


1) Insulate the Heater

In case the insulation on your water heater has gone bust, (or some of its parts have gone bust) what you should do is get some insulation blanket, and use it to re-deck the entirety of the oblong water heater.

There’s a wide variety of insulating blankets out there on the market, so you pick whatever model you want as long as it can do the job of wrapping the water heater well.

To do a thorough insulating job, make sure to cut several holes for all the gauges, the pipe endings, as well as the TPR valve. This way, you’ll be sure that every part of the blanket fits well with the rest of the water heater, so you won’t have to worry too much about it.


2) Insulate the Pipes

The goal of insulating a water heater is to protect any part that comes in contact with water – because it’s water that freezes in the winter and condenses like crazy during the summer. So, the pipes shouldn’t be omitted as an important part of the insulation scheme, so to speak. (Especially since pipes can not only get frozen as a result of a lack of insulation. They can also break and burst, too.)

The easiest way to do this by far would be to simply wrap some self-sticking insulation to the pipes. This thing is relatively inexpensive and easy to set up because it doesn’t require any previous expertise. Doing this will prevent frozen pipes and other sorts of troubles down the line. (It’s always less expensive to change a couple of pieces of foam than an entire pipe structure.)


3) Adjust the Temperature

One of the adjustable functions of a water heater would certainly be its thermostat. But many people don’t even know they can set this to a value they want.

The thing is, this thermostat can be used to set the desired temperature your water heater will heat water to. The standard value here is about 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius), and chances are that the water heater was already set to this value when you received it.

That said, you can always change this. (Although it’s not recommended to set it to a value higher than 120 degrees. You can go lower, though.) All you need to do is unscrew the protective casing and then set the thermostat using a flathead screwdriver more often than not.


4) Check the TPR Valve

The TPR (temperature pressure release) valve serves the purpose of releasing any accumulated pressure from the tank. This is why this valve represents an important part of every water heater, because without it – there could be a nasty explosion of hot water all over your bathroom.

So, if you suspect that this valve doesn’t function properly, you can always hire the services of a team providing hot water system repairs, and take care of the problem before it becomes too large to tackle, so to speak.

The bottom line, taking care of your water heater can be a great way of ensuring it runs well and that you won’t need to invest more money down the road for fixing bigger issues. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.


About the author: Kate Mclean, a civil engineer interested in handy jobs like plumbing and piping and totally home improvement care. When I am free I write blogs about home improvement issues to help home owners to renovate their house effortlessly. You can find me on Twitter

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The most romantic Honeymoon spots in the world

Alexandru Marginean



Photo by Asad Photo Maldives from Pexels
Reading Time: 5 minutes

An unforgettable, romantic honeymoon is an excellent start to a long-lasting relationship and sets a positive tone for the upcoming life. After a hectic time planning the wedding, and the run-up to it, it is only fair that the newlyweds get some time off to relax, get to know each other better, and spend some romantic time together. Hence, planning a honeymoon right is crucial. After all, you only have one shot at it!

The first thing that couples must narrow down on while planning a honeymoon is the kind of honeymoon they’re looking to have. Be it an adventurous one, a quiet and romantic one, or touristy, every type of honeymoon has a thrill of its own and must be chosen whilst keeping in mind the wishes of both partners.

Once that is narrowed down upon, it all comes down to choosing the perfect place for the honeymoon. That can be a task, right! Well, not anymore. Here are the most romantic honeymoon spots in the world that you can choose from:


1.The Maldives

The beautiful islands of the Maldives are one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world. The Indian Ocean islands host tourists, especially honeymooners from around the world every year. With a never-ending vast sea, breathtaking coral reefs, underwater sports, beautiful resorts and villas, Maldives has it all! The year around romantic weather of the island country makes it an even better honeymoon destination. For a private, undisturbed honeymoon experience, book a villa with a deck that opens onto the vast sea and a clear blue sky, and live your days in peace.

The best time to visit the Maldives is between May and November and is perfect for a week-long vacation.


2. Paris, France

Paris, the most romantic city in the world, just had to be on this list! The City of Lights and Love needs no introduction. It is unarguably one of the best honeymoon spots in the world. In Paris, you can spend your time visiting cafes, savoring the delicious French cuisine, whilst sipping on a glass of Andre Champagne. You can go on long romantic walks with your partner to the Eifel Tower, witness the breathtaking French architecture, and stroll in the cobbled streets of the city. The air of Paris will make you feel more in love. Here, you can get the perfect honeymoon that you have eternally dreamed of!

The best time to visit Paris is between June and August, and it is ideal for a stay of 3 to 4 days.



3. Thailand

If you and your partner are looking for an affordable, yet beautiful honeymoon, this Southeast Asian country has it all. Thailand is a perfect amalgam of beautiful islands, private beaches, bustling city life, cultural arts, spas, and adventure sports. Here you can do so much while staying on a budget. Some of the best places to visit in Thailand are Koh Lipe, Koh Samui, James Bond Island, Phuket Fantasea, and Koh Lanta. Also, while you’re there, don’t forget to get a massage for yourself and your partner.

Since Thailand is a tropical country, its weather remains the same year-round. Hence, the best time to visit is literally throughout the year.


4. Bali, Indonesia

Bali is one of the best destinations around the world that offers a world-class honeymoon experience for travelers of all budgets. There is something or the other in store for everyone in Bali! If you’re looking for a quiet, romantic time with your partner, get yourself a villa or book a resort along the sea. If you’re looking for some adventure, Bali offers some amazing water sports, including snorkeling, deep-sea diving, surfing, etc. For street shoppers, Ubud is a paradise. Done forget to pick up bamboo bags, batik fabric, and beautiful wood sculptures from the streets.

The best time to visit Bali is between July to February, and one can easily have a week-long vacation here without getting bored.



5. Greece

If you and your partner are looking for a European honeymoon, Greece must be at the top of your bucket list. A Greek vacation is one that you’ll never forget. Greece is a perfect blend of historic architecture, lip-smacking food, nightlife, and beautiful resorts. If you’re looking to party Greek-style, Mykonos in Greece is the best for you. If you’re looking to explore Greek architecture, and witness the breathtaking scenery, Santorini is perfect for you. And if you want to get a taste of the Mediterranean life with rugged canyons and fishing villages, don’t forget to visit Crete.

Greece must be visited between July to November for the best travel experience.


6. New Zealand

One of the little-explored gems of the world, there is no better time to visit New Zealand than for your honeymoon. Perfect for a quiet time in the lap of nature, NZ is easily one of the unique places in the world. There are several places like the Coromandel peninsula, Auckland and Queenstown, where you can head for your romantic escapades. For the best honeymoon experience, you can book a luxury resort or a villa amidst nature, take long walks on the beach with your partner and enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the sea.

The best time to visit New Zealand is between December and February. When vacationing in New Zealand, don’t be in a hurry to be back. Stay there for a minimum of 10 days to soak in its natural beauty.


After all this research about exotic locations and romantic spots around the world, you and your partner must be excited to plan your trip. Right? So don’t waste any more time. The most romantic spots around the world are high in demand, and you don’t want to miss out on them because of your delay in decision. After all, a honeymoon happens only once! So, check your calendar for dates, fix a budget, narrow down upon your favorite location and book your tickets now. An exciting honeymoon awaits you and your partner!


About the author: Jessica Smith has been writing for a few years now. She loves adventure, traveling, cooking and dancing. She wants to be a successful writer as writing is her only passion. Currently, she is exploring different cultural heritage around the globe. She believes that a healthy diet is a key to healthy living.

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