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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
(eat a lightweight snack before working out to provide fuel)
Many people work out to feel better, get healthy, and gain more strength. And it doesn’t really matter if it’s a one hour power workout in the gym or a ten minute video done in the living room. It just feels good. Forbes Living shares some good habits for people who work out – alone or with others.
Hungry? Grab a protein snack on the way to the gym or from the fridge if working out at home. Don’t ignore grumbling stomachs. Exercising on an empty belly can breakdown muscle tissue – which is counteractive to why people workout in the first place. One good habit to keep in mind is the closer to workout time you are – the more simple the meal or snack. Eat a banana, a piece of cheese and some fruit. Even a small bowl of cereal will give you added fuel to start and finish the workout.
Using the equipment at the gym? Take your own sanitizing hand wipes or spray and bring your own water bottle. Wipe or spray the handles, knocks and anything else your hands touch before using the machine. Dry it well with a paper towel. No one wants to put their hands on someone else’s sweat. Make your own flavored water at home with water, lemon, lime, mint, and orange slices, add ice, cover and shake. Avoid using the water fountains.
In a rush to get to spin class on time? Leave a little earlier and avoid speeding to the class.
If working out at home, Forbes Living TV learned the hard way to move free weights out of the way when done using them. One accidental toe stubbing resulted in a week’s worth of limping. Choose a time when no one is home to work out. Or carve time out for yourself by taking a power walk around the area. This is your time. Make it work for you.
Friday, September 19, 2014
It is that time of year when health professionals are urging the public to get the flu vaccine. Forbes Living TV shares information about what’s new with the flu vaccine this year.
Young children can get the ouchless vaccine via nasal spray. Seniors are encouraged to get an updated flu/pneumonia vaccine this year. One hundred children died from the flu last year and most of them were no vaccinated. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that approximately 24,000 people passed away last year from flu-related issues. The new FluMist Nasal Spray is recommended for children between ages two and eight. The mist can be also be used for anyone up to age 49 and not pregnant. Seniors over age 65 should also get the pneumonia shots – which should be given six months apart.
Forbes Living knows there are other forms of the vaccine to ask the doctor about:
the regular shot; an egg-free shot for those allergic to eggs; a high-dose shot just for those 65 and older whose immune systems may need an extra boost; and a tiny-needle shot that just penetrates the skin. Don’t wait until flu season is in full swing (January to February) to get vaccinated. Call the doctor to see if the vaccine is available and get it now. Prevention is the key to staying healthy and well this year.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Many former home owners turned to renting when the Great Recession hit and joined those were already renting a home, condo or apartment. These people found some benefits to renting versus owning a home, which Forbes Living TV details below.
- Renters do not have the responsibility or cost of home repairs.
- They do not have to worry about lawn maintenance.
- They can pack up and move when the lease expires.
- They can negotiate for a better rate when moving in or when renewing, and add perks such as a new microwave oven, free carpet and air duct cleaning and valet trash service.
The Forbes Living TV show encourages readers to be sure to explore different cities and towns close to work before signing a rental lease. Also, be sure to read every page of the lease, even if the lease it long – as most are. Ask questions. Be very much informed about what the lease covers and does not cover, when rent is due and what the late fee is per day. These are items which can make renting pleasant or miserable. Renting is not for everyone. But neither is home ownership.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Are there parents who insist their kids text them as soon as they get on the bus and as soon as they get to school? Do parents download and install GPS-related software so parents know where their kids are at all times? Forbes Living asks these questions and a few more to gauge if parents snoop on their kids.
Today’s children have many more possibilities to end up in danger than in previous decades. The Internet and smart phones with Internet access make it easy for anyone to contact them. Social media accounts are also huge draws for the wrong kind of people to reach out and touch kids. So, we ask: should parents snoop on their kids? Do they snoop on their kids and how? In earlier times, it was common for mothers to read their daughter’s diaries. Now both parents can see what their brood is writing on the Internet and in texts and can monitor it.
There are some products parents can use to keep track of what kids are up to: NetNanny, SafeEyes, and MamaBear to name just a few. Forbes Living TV asks why parents need products like these and the answer is this: more than three quarters of American kids age12 to 17 have cell phones, half of those devices has Internet access, social media and email access. In addition, a survey found that 40% of fifth graders have their own cellphones, 75% of teens aged 13 to 17 have at least one social media account, and more than two-thirds say they text every day. Parents always want to be sure their children are safe. Snooping on kids is one way to find out if they are okay, happy, not being bullied, where they say they are and safe.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Women come in all shapes and sizes. There are those who tackle life’s obstacles with brash loudness, emotional tantrums and angry rants. And then there are those who manage to stay calm, display reason and are not egotistical in nature. These are some of the qualities of the mindful woman Forbes Living shares.
Mindful women think of themselves in the way they wish to be perceived. Quiet confidence is a sign of grace and a trait some ladies do not possess. A mindful woman is well aware that being in control in all situations is vital to being perceived as strong and confident. They feel no need to be manipulative or use emotional tricks. People view this calm, rational person as smart, and smart is sexy.
Sexy is not when one dresses in a provocative manner, but when one dresses in a way which shows some constraint while evoking professionalism. Women can be classically sexy and inventive by using their charm, intelligence and beauty in a way which makes others try to draw more of that out of them. Forbes Living TV suggests being clear when it comes to your standards and not yielding to others gracefully. Demanding women are annoying to be around and no one really wants to spend time with them. Always put yourself first. Once you are taken care of, it’s easier to be mindful of the others. Look in the mirror often. What kind of woman do you see? Do what you can to make her a more mindful person. Maybe others will follow.
Monday, September 8, 2014
(Carhenge -- Nebraska)
We know school started and the big family vacations have more or less slowed to a halt. But, the holidays are around the corner and so are road trips to visit the relatives. Forbes Living encourages readers to take a little side trip to these crazy, quirky roadside attractions.
The Rain Barrel,
FL – Located at Mile Marker 86.7 in the Florida Keys is easily seen by the giant lobster in the
front. The site has great gift shops, a vegetarian restaurant and is generally
a good place to stop and stretch before heading further south in US 1 or before
getting on the 18 mile stretch if heading north.
Allliance, Nebraska – This is the Stonehenge
version but with cars. Thirty-eight vintage (read old) cars were used to make
Lucy the Elephant,
Margate, New Jersey – The six story elephant is pretty cool to
walk through if heading to the any of the Jersey
shores for a family reunion.
The Forbes Living TV show wants to know if readers know of any other weird road stops across the country.
is a very large country and
we are sure there are other places people know about which are just plain fun,
quirky, or odd. Please feel free to share with others. America
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
(finding the right size and the right fit is a challenge)
What’s in a size, anyway? Why are clothing sizes so different when they are the same? Forbes Living wants to know why one size is not the same across names brands.
If a woman were to walk into a department store and try on three pairs of jeans all in the same size, would they all fit the same? No, they would not. Many clothing manufacturers and designers use their own sizing specifications as a marketing ploy. If a size 12 from Lucky Brand fits great, a size 12 from Levi’s may not.
An average women’s size 12 can vary as much as 1 to 3 inches in the waist of jeans, and to 3 inches in the hips. This is why it is important to find the right size in the right clothing line and stick to it. Sizing standards are specific to the brand and not to the standard size itself. Forbes Living TV knows that most of us have a favorite brand of jeans and know which size fits us best. We tend to be loyal to those, but occasionally want something a little jazzier for evenings out. This is when it pays to take the time to try on different brands. Find one or two that fit and look the best and grab a few pairs in different washes. You’re good to go then.