• 5 EXERCISES TO DO WHEN IT IS TOO COLD OUTSIDE
  • This entry was posted in Fitness on January 12, 2017

  • With snowy roads, an icy windshield, and low temperatures, there are times when it’s simply too cold to leave the house to exercise.

    But being stuck all day without moving farther than the distance between the couch and the kitchen isn’t great for your health or happiness.

    Everyone should have a few workout “tricks,” aka exercises that don’t require leaving the house, up their sleeve for inevitable poor weather conditions.

    You’ll be surprised how hard these seemingly simple exercises are – you might find them even more effective than the regular workouts you do at the gym!

    1. Squats and lunges

    Move to the longest room in your house/apartment for this. Step across the room through alternating lunges. When you reach the other side, turn around and repeat. Follow this set of lunges with a set of ten squats, before beginning your lunge rotation across the room again. Do four total sets of lunges and four total sets of squats.

    2. Free weights

    It’s imperative to have a set of free weights on hand in your house. They’re affordable, easy to use, and effective. One option is Gymnic's Heavymed 500 – these colorful weights are pre-filled with water! As far as how to use your free weights, here are 5 upper body exercises with free weights, and a basic whole body free weight workout for beginners. Free weights give you tons of options for getting a tough workout.

    3. Jump rope!

    This workout will take you back to your childhood, get your heart racing, and work your legs to the maximum. Try this ten-minute jump rope workout to tone your upper body and legs.

    4. Push ups and sits ups.

    Listen to your favorite upbeat music while rotating between sets of different types of push ups and sit ups. Have an exercise ball handy? Make these moves even more challenging with its unstable surface.

    5. Have a dance party.

    This one’s our favorite: break out your loudest tunes and show off your craziest moves (even better if you have a friend or significant other join you). You’ll be surprised how many calories you can burn having this much fun without leaving the house.

    Bad weather makes you only as lazy as you let it. Enjoy your favorite TV shows and warm beverages on snow days, but don’t forget to stay active. Icy roads aren’t an excuse to forget your fitness goals. We promise these five fun exercises will make you sweaty and proud – with a smile on your face!

     




  • 7 COMMON NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS (AND WHY THEY ARE GREAT)
  • This entry was posted in on December 29, 2016

  • A lot of us spent Thanksgiving until now indulging in our favorite treats, takeout meals, and Netflix shows. January (and its inevitable healthier choices) was viewed as a chore in the far-off, distant future.

    But guess what? It’s that time again! Take a few moments before the month ends to pick out your New Year’s Resolution, and formulate a plan for how to make it stick. Here are seven of the most common resolutions, with a few reasons why they might work for you.

    Eat a healthier diet. Thanksgiving and Christmas bring out the worst in us when it comes to healthy eating habits. Cleaning up your diet can help you lose weight, feel better, have more energy, and even have better relationships.

    Be more active and get in shape. Regular exercise substantially improves our ability to handle the stress of everyday life, and view our circumstances with a fresh and positive outlook. Physical and mental health benefits aside, finding and enjoying a physical activity that works for you is also a lot of fun.

    Cut back on alcohol. Excessive drinking increases your risk for all kinds of health issues: high blood pressure, liver disease, stroke, cancer, depression, and more. The list goes on and on.

    Spend more time with your family. The holiday season reminds us how much we enjoy spending time with our loved ones. A goal to share more hours with the people who mean the most to you is unmatched in importance.

    Save more money. Cutting back on the money you spend socializing and eating out at restaurants can significantly pad your bank account (not to mention, improve your health), giving you the funds to try new activities, travel, or check out a new art or fitness class.

    Read more. Some studies show people who read are happiest. Escaping into a story tends to put our problems in prospective. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy curling up with an intriguing mystery novel on a Sunday afternoon?

    Reduce your social media time. Social media can help us stay connected to friends, colleagues, and family members, but the constant news updates and messages can sometimes be too much. Getting less “tuned in” might be a healthy goal for you.

    It can be hard to make major lifestyle changes, but it can also be exciting. Don’t get bummed about what you’re giving up – get pumped about what you’re gaining. This is a chance to create a newer, better, and happier you. Here’s to an outstanding – and renewing – New Year!




  • HOW TO RECYCLE YOUR TOYS AND GIVE BACK THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
  • This entry was posted in Toys on December 19, 2016

  • As the holiday approach, many children have a list of toys that they want from Santa Claus, or Mom and Dad. In many cases, they have outgrown or no longer play with some of their toys. This is a good time of year to recycle your children's toys and make room for the new ones that they receive over the holidays. It's also a great way to give back to the community and to keep unnecessary items out of the landfills.

     

    When planning to recycle your kids' toys, survey their forgotten and neglected games, trikes and stuffed animals for gently used or like-new items. Kids' toys that have plenty of wear and love left in them can find a new home for the holidays. Whether it's a charity, the nursery at a local place of worship, a children's hospital or a daycare center, gently used toys and games can be recycled and reborn. Some organizations will help the toys find good homes by giving them to local families, while others put them in their thrift stores to help support the organization financially. If you don't have a favorite charity that accepts gently used toys, consider one of these:

    - Goodwill Industries

    - The Salvation Army

    - Second Chance Toys

     

    Unused Toys

    Every now and then, your child may receive a great toy that is inappropriate for their age or doesn't suit their personality. While these like-new toys can also be donated to the charities mentioned above, Toys for Tots takes new toy donations during the holiday season and throughout the year. These items are given to less fortunate children in the community.

     

    Call Ahead

    Check with your local charity to find out if they are, in fact, collecting gently used toys before you head over. Some, such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill may have a truck pick-up service in your area and you can schedule a donation date.

     

    Cleaning Your Toys

    Most charities that do recycle toys prefer them to be clean and unbroken with no missing parts. Check their policies. Some will clean and fix toys upon their arrival; others won't.

     

    - Plastic and metal toys can be cleaned with soap and water or household cleaning products. Be sure to dry them thoroughly.

     

    - Plush stuffed animals can be laundered by hand or in the washing machine in a zippered pillowcase or mesh laundry bag on the gentle cycle. Put them in with a light load of clothes or linens in cold or warm water. Hang them up to dry using a skirt hanger or clothespins. Check the care labels, if possible. Avoid putting cloth or plush toys with removable parts, lace, flimsy attachments, Styrofoam stuffing pellets or glued-on objects (other than eyes) into the machine.

     

    As the holidays approach, it's a good time to take inventory of the types of toys that your children have and what is age appropriate for them. Recycling toys that they have outgrown can help the community in many different ways.

     




  • WHY ACTIVE GIFTS ARE GREAT FOR THE HOLIDAYS
  • This entry was posted in Table tennis on December 08, 2016

  • It’s no secret that active people live healthier - and often longer - lives. Since you want your loved ones to not only stick around for as long as possible, but enjoy and make the most of their lives, active gifts are the ultimate way to show you care.

    There’s an active present appropriate for everyone on your list. Just make sure the gift matches up to their interests and fitness level. An avid runner might love a new pair of sneakers, while someone just getting into fitness might be interested in a step-monitoring device to help them on the journey toward better health.

    From improving wellness, to encouraging fun and adventure, here are a few reasons why you should consider active gifts for your loved ones this season.

    1) They’re fun. Kids love anything that gets them moving, and adults savor the chance to let loose, play, and relax. No need to wait – active gifts are often the first ones put to use on Christmas morning, with outdoor walks and adventures frequently part of holiday family traditions. Table tennis sets, and bikes, scooters, and other toys all make great active gifts.

    2) Active presents send an inspiring message. Regular physical activity can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and even cancer in your loved ones. Encourage them to improve their lives with functional and fun presents that can make a momentous difference in their wellbeing.

    3) Movement makes happiness. Exercise helps us process and handle stress more effectively. Regular movement puts things in perspective, and helps people see the world in a larger scope. Setting and achieving fitness goals creates a confidence that transfers over to many others areas of life – from school, to work, to personal relationships. Give a gift that will guarantee greater life satisfaction.

    4) Activities make memories. Items that involve activities are the best presents, because they give something that’s hard to lose or top – memories. Active gifts give families and friends ways to bond, explore, and grow together in good health.

    5) They’re unique. It’s easy to forget who gave you a mug or a gift card, but you’ll always remember who gave you a fitness gadget or toy you use at least once a week.

    From outdoor games to exercise equipment, help your friends and family reach their optimum levels of health and happiness this holiday season with gifts from KETTLER USA that incite adventure, inspire growth, and foster confidence. It’s no contest: active gifts are the best!




  • 5 SERIOUSLY FUN FAMILY TRADITIONS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
  • This entry was posted in Toys on November 29, 2016

  • From hanging favorite ornaments, to dining on extravagant meals, holiday traditions bind us together and remind us of our roots.

    The holidays put family members who might not see each other often in the same house for extended periods of time. Fun can’t be scheduled, but it’s a good idea to have a mental list of possible entertaining activities ready to go.

    Here are a few of our favorite holiday traditions that will keep everyone - from your niece, to your grandpa, to your cousin’s shy new girlfriend - entertained.

    1. Decorate the house, and take turns picking the music. Share your favorite holiday playlists, while making or unpacking seasonal decorations, like wreaths, ornaments, and strings of lights for the banister.

    2. Bake tasty treats. Have every family member old enough to bake bring a recipe. Make a trip to the grocery store as a group to buy ingredients, then have a bake-off, with whoever isn’t baking serving as the judge. Once the verdict’s been decided, settle down on the couch, with a plate full of delectable goodies, for a viewing of a classic or new holiday movie. Everybody wins.

    3. Move your muscles. A family walk or outdoor group activity is the ideal cure for too many cookies. Take a group bike or scooter ride (It's a full body activity!), or push the kids on the swing set to get fresh air and fun at the same time. Physical health is often neglected during the holiday season, so working activity into your routine is essential. Don’t forget to bundle up in your coziest winter gear first.

    4. Play games! There’s nothing like competition to spice up a family gathering. Life, Candy Land, and other board games are fun for adults and kids alike. From beanbag toss, to hide and seek, there are tons of outdoor games the whole family will enjoy if you’re interested in heading outside.

    5. Unwind. The greatest quality time is unplanned. Take a few minutes this holiday season to sit down with your loved ones, and see where the conversation takes you. Life moves quickly, and the holidays are a rare time we have to scale back, sit still, and enjoy each other’s company.

    One new tradition to consider: try something new every year. What better way to reconnect and bond with family members than to share a fun, new, and crazy experience?