When you only have a small load of furniture or whitegoods to move, hiring a large moving truck is a lot of trouble and can end up costing a lot of money. For example, you might just only want to move a fridge. With Dumbo, a small move is no problem at all. You can move a small amount of furniture, or even just one item with little hassle and at a reasonable price.

Their large moving vans are great for moving a single item such as a fridge, a bed and mattress, a lounge, a washer, or a table, and their small moving trucks are great for moving a small load of furniture such as a bedroom suite, or a studio apartment.

Unlike larger moving companies who have a two hour minimum plus depot fees, Dumbo only has a one hour minimum plus travel charge. You can choose to move with one man and save on your move, or move with two men and let Dumbo do everything for you.

Dumbo can move you seven days a week from 9am – 5pm, and offers competitive rates and great service.

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Co-working, a new pattern of office environment is a novel and fascinating trend in the world of business, something that has not only caught the fancy of professionals, both creative and technical but has also caught the imagination of many industries worldwide. People, who work from the confines of their home or are independent professionals / entrepreneurs or freelancers expected to follow standard business practices, prefer to have a professional working environment without compromising on the ease and comfort of their working environment. This fact, coupled with the need to work with like-minded people, has led to this recent and quite sought after entry of co-working office space ventures which offers fully equipped and plug & play office space to accomplish tasks efficiently.

As a result of this new found alternative approach, professionals can still enjoy their cup of coffee, but with the right set of professionals under a very cohesive and inspiring environment. Having a great environment is a basic requirement for bringing out creativity and productivity in any discipline. These workspaces offer flexibility for professionals whether it’s regarding flexible working hours for those who are on the creative side or odd hour access to their desks for those who work on offshore assignments.

I will recommend coworking workspace

Now the question arises where and how to find a space that fulfills all or the majority of the criteria? It wouldn’t be wrong to say that one can find space in a coffee shop too. But is it a permanent solution for a regular requirement? The answer is a clear no. Co-working office space is much more than brick and mortar, a fully equipped workplace is what one gets without having to worry about arranging or paying for individual services. Technology and integration with devices forms the essence of any business environment today and a place technically reliable and compliant offers a perfect setting to work and gel in, something that cannot be achieved at home or a coffee shop.

Sharing workspace is a not always advisable and with whom one shares it with, in case one has to, can’t be ignored. Sitting in a regular coffee shop or public place, where it is not essential that the person sitting next to you is a professional, can be a big distraction. In a professional co-working environment and operationally stimulating atmosphere a professional can be assured of one aspect, enhancement of productivity in the presence of professionals from various fields, which transforms the workplace environment. The union of different mindsets when brought together can help each other in various ways.

People, who are on the lookout for an office space or professionals to work with, are usually on a shoestring budget. For them the concept of Hot-Desking is like a blessing. These co-working office space providers offer customized pay as you go terms of engagement making such a proposition both unique and affordable. Professionals pay for what they use and the terms are pretty flexible. From a list of services a space provider offers, depending upon an individual need and preference, one can avail and pay for the service that one chooses rather than paying for a non-related service which is not the case in a typical business center or commercial office space scenario. Offerings like a cafeteria, utilities, parking, air conditioning, internet browsing, hardware, lounge and conference rooms, physical security, etc. makes some of these places an optimum choice for independent professionals today.

Some of them still prefer home or coffee shops to work, avoiding the above advantages of such a professional co-working environment to work in. Without realizing that working in a public place can adversely affect their productivity as well as growth. Working from home can limit the learning process and growth potential while in a co-working office space the stimulus propels the growth prospects. Other professionals working along with them can be a big help during those phases when things go wrong or the progress becomes slow, like being there to share one’s success or provide both professional and moral support during a low phase, which is psychologically a big help to increase productivity, which one can get completely deprived of at home.

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Gaming is one of the biggest hobbies and even careers in the world. People play games for fun or learning while others record videos about the games. In this article, I will focus more on gaming itself and not so much the side of how to make gaming videos. Gamers come in all different ages, genders, religions, locations and shapes. The backgrounds of people who are gamers make gaming that much more fun.

Backgrounds of gamers can play a part in the type of games that people play. There are all kinds of combinations for different categories relating to the type of games and type of gamers. You really need to look at the game’s website to get all the pertinent information prior to buying.

There are many online platforms where you can buy games from such as Steam or Humble Bundle. Those sites will give you the description, videos by the company, pictures, user and non-user tags, reviews, website, company and their social account(s). Be aware the game’s website might not show you everything you need to know. As a minimum, a gaming company will show a short sales pitch description, small amount of pictures (5 at best), one or two videos by them and their social accounts. The most they will provide is an informative description, their social accounts, user reviews and videos by them.

Let’s dive right into what is perceived as negative about gaming. The majority of the negative things about games come from the real-life people on those games, the type of games and the types of games for the wrong person. A game can be poorly made but it’s not always the case where the game itself is bad. It could be where it was the wrong type of game for the wrong person. This is where the categories come in. Maybe a game has a bit of violence. That doesn’t make it bad; it just makes it the wrong type of game for a seven year old. Or maybe you bought a puzzle game for a person who loves action type games. So the action loving person won’t enjoy it, but that doesn’t make the puzzle game bad!

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The types of games are endless from nudity, drugs and alcohol, horror, gambling with money and more. These different types are wrong for youth gamers as well as wrong for people who don’t like seeing such things.

Gaming has good and bad sides just like everything else. The key is how good and bad are those sides. For example, some games have a bad side with players that like to fight a lot. This is common in games. Understand for a lot of gamers this is not a big deal; however, for youth who are new to the game or even gaming in general this can be frustrating. There are times when you want to avoid the bad sides all together. There are times when the good outweighs the bad. If this happens and there are no problems with the game itself; then the bad side is just that one little fly in your room which is no big deal. Caution: If the bad outweighs the good, I would strongly recommend avoiding that game.

Another aspect that people will nag a game developer or creator about is representation. Should I say, a lack of representation which is not limited to race, body type and message in the game. If you are able to customize your character, then of course you will not have a problem with representation. There is a problem in some games where they don’t represent strong and smart females, minority females and males, big, small, tall, and short females and males. Notice how I didn’t put “males” after female for strong? That’s because males in games are ALWAYS represented as strong and smart.

In games that show a male strong and smart, he will mostly likely be white, tall, thin, movie star looking and buff. You will rarely see him be a minority, short, chubby, not buff, nerdy looking, while still being strong and smart. You see this even LESS for females. Some females in games are also white, tall, thin and strong while showing skin like no tomorrow. You only see THESE females in MMORPG games (Massively Multiplayer online Role Playing Game) though. RPG games are meant for fantasy worlds where you mostly fight people and monsters. Of course the females’ stats will be strong but they won’t look strong.

In most games, when they add a character for you to play they always add a white male first, then a white female, then a black male, and then a black female. They don’t even really add people who are mixes of races or in between. When it comes to the black characters they only add one shade of “black” or “African American” and not every black person on earth is that shade.

In games, the majority of the characters are always thin and tall. You don’t really see characters that are short and thin, tall and chubby, short and chubby, etc. There are a lot of people who aren’t thin and who aren’t tall.

Then lastly, there is the mental message that goes with the gender, race, and body type. What do I mean by the mental message? Some games send an indirect message about that character being strong and smart or something else. While for other games it can be a mental message either on purpose or not. For example, in the game you play and you see a minority female who is short, chubby, nerdy looking and her traits are to be a goof ball, naive, and dumb. It could send a mental message to you that people that look like her are just like her. They’re not smart, they aren’t thin, and are not tall. They did poorly in school, etc. etc. So you start thinking those things based on not only seeing this in that game over and over again, but when it happens in other games too.

The worst part is NONE of these things are true. Yes, some people aren’t thin, tall, and maybe not that bright; but not EVERYONE is like this! You do have short chubby minorities who are smart as all get out! You have all kinds of combinations of people who ARE smart! Of course, all these things about gender, race, body type, and messages aren’t just in gaming; they’re in movies, TV shows, ads, etc. What’s interesting is that some of the creators who make the games, movies, TV shows, ads, etc., are minorities themselves and they make up the population of the earth.

Quick disclaimer: I AM NOT BASHING ANYONE! Yes, I was shouting that. This section of the article is telling you what I know, read, hear and experience in gaming.

If you don’t believe me go look at today’s TV shows, movies, ads, and games. A show to look at for good representation is Milo Murphy’s Law. Two games to look at as a reference for good representation are OverWatch and Atlas Reactor. Now in these fields it has gotten better for representation specifically gender, race and just now starting body type (specifically in this order). Some games even add robots and creatures as playable characters to avoid having problems with representation. This removes the problem of users wanting a character to represent their actual or preferred gender, race, or body type because now there is a character most users can agree on. After all, you can’t please everyone.

Alright, now that I ranted and got the bad stuff out of the way; let’s get into the good parts of gaming! You have gamers as young as three years old and as old as 90+! No matter your age, race, gender, religion, culture, or location gaming can be good for anyone. Gaming can not only be fun, but beneficial and educational.

A benefit with gaming is it can help youth have more confidence in themselves and be more social. If they play an online multiplayer game and talk to other players around the world, this can help then get used to talking to other people besides family and they gain confidence in what they’re saying. They can go from an introvert to a social fanatic! It can happen fast or slowly. Even if it’s not a game but a place for gamers, artists, fashion designers, car enthusiast, etc. to chat; it will still help them be more social. Keep in mind though, typing to someone and then voice chatting to someone are two different experiences. Youth can be very social when typing but very shy when voice chatting.

This is how I am. Before I was shy when talking to people I didn’t know whether it was online or offline, now I’ve become more comfortable with it because I know how to handle myself and have confidence in myself. But when it comes to voice chatting online, I’m the quiet person on the chat. Counterproductive right! You might even forget I was in a call with you! Before when the people at the bank said “Hi” I wouldn’t say anything, now I actually respond and say “Hi. How are you?” After that I don’t really expect to talk with them so I’ll be quiet again lol. See what I mean? After socializing, in general, over time you get better at it and become less nervous and more confident in yourself.

Another benefit with gaming is team work. Sometimes in games the only way to win or accomplish a goal is to work with one or more players. In certain games, players are allowed a task can be accomplished with only one player, but it might be harder unless you have more players than yourself. Other times certain tasks can’t be accomplished with one player and need two or more. There are times you make a group with your friends or family to finish the goal. Other times you can make a group with people you didn’t know.

This is where it can get tricky. If it’s a game where you can make a group that’s invite only, you’d just invite your friends or family. You can strategize with them, you’d be more comfortable talking with them, and you’ll all agree to work together. If it’s a game where there is no group system but you can still work with others, aka free for fall, and you can talk with them there may still be a goal that can only be completed with multiple players. Do you have to play with other players you’ve never talked to before if your family and friends can’t join you and you really want to complete this goal?

This isn’t a bad thing though! This is where you not only become more social but you learn how to work with other players you’ve never met before. If you always play with your family and friends you both already know how to work together, how the other thinks, etc. But if it’s someone you’ve never met it can be a little difficult. Me and my brother grew up doing everything together without really having any friends, maybe colleagues and associates but not really friends. So we were very used to knowing what the other wanted or how they played etc. But when we actually got two friends, it was very difficult to agree on many things. So if you play and work with other people now it will be easier later. Me and my brother have improved our skills to work with others.

Another benefit is patience which ties in with team building and socializing. After all, in order to get better at something you not only have to keep doing it but you have to have patience while doing it. There are many times in games where you have to wait. Just like reading is in everything, you have to have patience for everything. In games you always have to wait for something. You need to have patience for finding something, something to finish cooking, something to finish dying, your friends to come back from going afk (Away From Keyboard), the next wave of monsters to come, the next level to open up, etc. etc. I had to have patience when writing this article! So gaming can help you have more patience in gaming and everyday life.

Another benefit is hand and eye coordination. When you’re gaming you have to pay attention to what’s happening on your screen while also pressing your controller or keyboard button to do more things on your screen. If you want to move your character in that game, you have to use your keyboard and mouse or a controller while still looking at your screen. It’s like learning how to type. Most of the time you’re supposed to learn how to type words and sentences while looking at your screen without looking at your keyboard. This same thing applies to gaming. You have to be able to press the needed keys in order to accomplish that thing you’re trying to do while looking at your screen. After all, if you’re pressing your keys but not looking at your screen, how are you going to know if you’re doing it right?

Now, this one is a benefit and educational benefit – memory. Games can help improve your memory. How? Let me tell you. Take what I said above about typing. The people who can look at their screens and type without looking at their keyboard have something called “muscle memory”. When they want to make a certain letter appear on screen they just have to press that key and they don’t have to look at the keyboard because they have press that key so many times they themselves and their muscles remember where that certain key is. You have muscle memory already. Don’t believe me? Take a look at your keyboard right now. You see where all the letters, numbers, and symbols are right? The letters are not in alphabetical order. So whenever you tried to type your name or something on a digital keyboard where the letter were alphabetical; Did you take you longer than usually to type that word and was it weird and confusing? It was. I’ve done it. You know why?

When you type or text to someone you know the word you want to make appear on screen and you remember where the keys are. Maybe you can’t tell them in order if someone asked you but if they asked you to type a word you’d be able to type it because you know where the keys are. For me I know how to spell certain words when I’m typing but maybe not how to spell it verbally. This is because I’m seeing the word being spelled in front of me. Technically when we type to each other we’re spelling out words and then reading them in our mind. But when you speak out loud you don’t see the words you just hear them. Sure, when you read text on screen you hear them in your mind, even right not you hear these words I’m typing, but you don’t verbally hear them and you’re seeing each letter make up that word. When someone spells something wrong you immediately notice it because it’s not spelled right and you read it. When someone speaks something you don’t read any letters, you only hear the word.

So games can help you build up muscle memory and mind memory. If you can store items in game you have to remember where you put it, or if you need a recipe to make something you might remember the recipe, or maybe you remember a detail about something important, or maybe you remember the way through a maze or the way home. Some games are even built just to help improve your memory or the only way to keep progressing is remembering certain facts. My mom can type without looking at the keyboard but struggles with trying to walk in games.

So now let’s get into the educational benefits. One educational benefit is math. Now, the game doesn’t have to have a goal to teach you math in order for it to have math. The point of going to school is to get an education! Not socialize, but you still might make friends. So this applies to all games. The game doesn’t always have to have a goal of J but it might include J. Its goal might be X but it might still have J. In some games you can build houses and use recipes to make items. How big do you want your how to be? 30 blocks X 10 blocks X 60 blocks? Did you understand what I just said? Let me say it differently. 30 blocks on the X axis (left and right on the ground), 10 blocks on the Y axis (up and down on the ground), and 60 blocks on the Z axis (up and down in the air). This is how you’d build a house, using math, in a game called Minecraft. With these coordinates it means your house will be a rectangle with a very tall roof. Let’s use Minecraft again for this next example.

If you want to make 4 swords for example, what do you need? You need wood and iron. How much wood? How much iron? We’ll start with the handle. You need two sticks to make the handle for one sword. One wood log can be turned into four wooden planks, take two and you can then make four wooden sticks. You want to make 4 sword handles. So how many wooden logs do you need? One. For the sword itself it takes two pieces of iron. You want to make 4 swords, so how much iron do you need? Eight. See? Depending on what you’re making and how many of that thing the recipe can call for lots of resources or just a few.

Another educational benefit is problem solving. There are lots of games with puzzles or none but it can still include problem solving. A good game for example is Scribblenauts Unlimited. In this game you go to make different places solving people’s problems to make them happy which gives you an item to cure someone. In order to solve their problems, you have to use adjectives and nouns to solve the problem itself or make something to solve the problem. The best part is you can solve that problem many different ways and no way is the wrong way. Some games even change based on your choices and we call these “paths”. Some paths can change, stay on the same route, or end. So you need to solve each problem the best way otherwise you may choose the wrong path or a path that ends.

Another educational benefit is reaction timing. If you don’t want to die in a certain game your reaction to something could be the deciding fact of your survival or grave. The more you test your reaction timing the faster you will get and soon you’ll be able to react to things quickly. This can come from games with combat like MMORPGs, shooters, and PvP (Player V Player).

You do a lot of these things in games without even knowing it! When you play that game you just have to do A, G, M, and S to do whatever it is you’re trying to do, without knowing in the real world those skills are technically called B, H, N, and T and used in 3, 6, and 9. See? So you just have to get used to applying those skills in the real world.

Some games are better for certain ages or interests. Some games are meant for little kids, some are for teen and young adults, and others are for adults. Then there are games just for people interested in robots, cars, fashion, princesses, ice skating, etc. So the games could have the same benefits, but those benefits might be better for certain people than others.

Some games are being used in schools or college, as tests for robots and even to teach certain topics. I recently got a game that will teach me how to read and write the Japanese characters while surviving in a game world. Some people who don’t speak English now know it enough to talk to English speakers just by playing or watching games in English! If you find someone who knows how to speak, read, or write a little Japanese; ask them if they have watched Anime. Most English speakers know some Japanese because they play or watch Anime things.

So when you see your youth or grandparents playing some games, don’t think it’s bad. It could be helping their memory, problem solving skills, math skills, or they may be learning another language or learning more about a topic.

As you read, there are good and bad sides to gaming. I recommend you just have fun and be safe while gaming. There are plenty of games out there for every type of person and more games are still coming. Games can help you improve and teach you skills you not only use in game, but you will use in school and in the real world. Games can help you get sharp and stay sharp. Have fun gaming and y’all stay safe!

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Family dude ranch vacations are something that takes a bit of planning so that everyone can enjoy the experience without going crazy. Especially where children are concerned, ranch vacations need to be planned out well ahead of time to be sure that all the kids will have a good time, and also so mom and dad won’t stress out too much, too! With just a little bit of planning, a holiday that could have everyone ready to have a serious meltdown can turn into a really pleasant time for everyone.

Planning family dude ranch vacations really aren’t that difficult, you just have to know where you’d like to go, what your families’ interests and limitations are, and also how much money you want to spend. Family ranch vacations are doable on just about any budget, if you’re working on a tight budget you might have to be a little bit more creative, but sometimes that makes the whole thing more of an adventure for the whole tribe.

First, you need to decide where you’d like to go for your dude ranch experience. The state of Colorado is one of the top choices for many. After you’ve decided where to go you’ll need to decide how you’ll be getting there. If you’ll be flying, you’ll want to make your reservations as far in advance as possible so that there isn’t any stress, because when you are planning a family vacation you want to eliminate as much stress as possible.

If you decide on Tumbling River Ranch in Colorado, know this: Friendly atmosphere and unparalleled service (a 1:2 staff-to-guest ratio), our historic, first-rate lodging, and our exceptional, home-cooked meals have remained staples of the Tumbling River Ranch experience for over 70 years. What’s more, Tumbling River is more than just a business-it’s been a family tradition since 1975, when Jim and Mary Dale Gordon bought the ranch. After 25 years, they turned it over to their youngest child, Megan, who now runs it with her husband Scott and their three kids. They’re involved in every aspect of day-to-day ranch operations, and will help you create a week of vacation memories that will last a lifetime. We welcome you and yours to our ranch, our home, to experience the best vacation for the ENTIRE family at Tumbling River Ranch!

I will recommend dude ranch for kids in Colorado

If you will be flying, you’ll want to get online and see if you can’t create some savings by booking your rental car at the same time. Many websites can offer you a substantial savings if you can book your flights and your car rental at the same time, so really give it some consideration as it’ll give you more money for buying souvenirs and other items that you’d like to buy while actually on vacation.

After all your arrangements have been made you’ll just want to be sure that everyone in your family is prepared for the dude ranch vacation (does everyone like horses). Make sure that all the children know exactly what to expect during your travels, as that will alleviate their stress and make travels easier for parents, too. Children tend to be very excited when they begin their family outings, so if they are aware that they have to spend three hours in airplane they’ll tolerate the experience better.

Dude ranch holidays can be a wonderful experience for the whole family, but if they are not planned in advance and every member of family isn’t aware of what to expect, they may not go so smoothly. Knowing what your whole family will want to do, planning for your family’s needs and limitations, and then preparing each member of the family for travel will usually yield much better results. The dude ranch experience should be about quality time spent with the people you love the most, and it should be fun!

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To compare non smartphones versus smartphones, you need to answer two key questions:

1) What do you need your phone to do? and

2) How much are you willing to pay?

Actually, you get what you pay for, and more capability will cost you more money. For some users, it may be a black-and-white decision with no shades of gray: they either want plain telephone service, or they want a phone that will do it all.

There are non smartphones that do a great job of just making calls.

For example, the Samsung m370 does only one thing, but it does it well. This is a basic phone that delivers great voice capabilities, has an over-sized keypad, and carries the familiar clamshell design that makes using it very comfortable. Call quality is excellent, and it can help you keep your monthly bills low since calling is all it does.

However, the phone has no extra features. There is no expandable memory slot for music storage. If you need any capability at all other than calling, you won’t find it in this phone.

There are some non smartphones that do have extra capability such as e-mail, texting and some other functions such as a camera. These devices usually are designed to run on proprietary firmware which is tied to the phone itself.

The main factor that differentiates non smartphones from smartphones, is that they generally can’t run third-party applications. This is significant, because unless the phone manufacturer decides at a later time to include an additional function in a “firmware upgrade”, you can’t add additional functions to the phone. You have no way to add new capability to a non smartphone.

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Now let’s consider the cost of the devices.

Device cost
The purchase price of a phone depends on whether it is purchased with or without a service contract. Phone service without a contract is generally on a month-to-month basis, and can be cancelled by the user with no penalty.

Smartphones without a contract are generally priced in the range of $400 – $750, depending on memory capacity and features. Refurbished earlier-generation smartphones can be bought for significantly less.Non smartphones without a contract are usually priced in the range of $50 – $150, but some can be higher.

Most service contracts run for a 2-year period and almost always have a penalty for early termination. Since the phone is sold to the user at a discount, the carrier absorbs the cost of the discount and recovers it over the life of the contract. For that reason, the carrier charges a penalty for early termination.

Non smartphones with a 2-year contract are generally priced in the range of “free” (no out-of-pocket cost) to $50-$75, some higher. Smartphones with a 2-year contract are priced in the range of $100 – $300, depending on memory capacity and features for the latest model. Refurbished prior models are available for considerably less.

After the contract has been in force for a period of time, most carriers will allow customers to upgrade to a newer model (usually at a substantially reduced price) if the customer agrees to extend the service contract for an additional two years following the upgrade.

Phone service costs
The cost for basic phone service is about the same for non smartphones and smartphones. Competition is fierce among the carriers, so the primary differences among carriers is in the quality of coverage in the user’s area, rather than the service charges.

Most carriers offer combined “family” plans with a basic charge for the first phone and then a discounted additional rate for additional phones. There are various tiered plans, generally based on the amount of maximum usage in minutes per month, with additional charges applying if the maximum is exceeded. In addition, there may or may not be additional costs for long distance, and there may or may not be a difference in charges for nights and weekends versus daytime usage. Today, many carriers offer plans with unlimited calls and text messages and no charges for long distance.

The plans can be complicated, so it is well worth the effort to compare the details of the cost structure. For example, one of the carriers allows unused minutes to “roll over” from one month to the next month.

Data and internet
These costs apply only to smartphone contracts, and can be in the range of $30 – $100 per month or more, depending on the amount of data used. As in the case of the calling packages, the data plans are tiered, with a basic cost for a maximum amount of data usage and additional charges if the minimum is exceeded.

For “family plans”, under which two or more smartphones are covered, carriers have begun to allow members in the plan to share a pool of data usage. This usually will reduce the family’s cost, since not all family members use the same amount of data.

Apps
These costs apply only to smartphones, and are associated with third-party apps that run on the phone. Some are free, but most do require some sort of charge to be paid to access the features. Most apps cost between $0.99 and $9.99, although there are apps which are highly specialized that are much more expensive. Most apps have a one-time fee when they are downloaded and activated. Some apps require a monthly subscription fee in order to continue to use the app, or to continue to be able to access the data which is stored in the app or on the internet.

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EXERCISE FOR A BETTER YOU – INSIDE AND OUT

Being fit can give you immediate benefit of improved vigour, and it may offer long-term benefits as well.

# Gain More Energy. As you exercise regularly, your entire body becomes more efficient. Your heart begins to pump more blood with each beat and to beat fewer times each minute. Your body develops the ability to make more oxygen available to your cells. That means more energy – greater productivity, more stamina, and less fatigue.

# Feel Good. Exercise makes you feel good, both physically and mentally. It gives you a psychological lift and strengthens your sense of accomplishment. The discipline associated with exercise also makes you feel good about yourself: “I feel good that I walked today,” or “When I run, I feel I have control over one area of my life.”

# Look Good. Regular exercise plays an important role in helping to reduce body fat and weight and to develop muscle. Fitness can give you a better-looking, better-proportioned body: a flatter abdomen, firmer thighs, and slimmer hips.

# Feel Younger. Increasing your activity level can reverse or slow the changes that many people think are simply the unavoidable results of aging. In reality, lack of exercise usually reduces flexibility, strength, blood vessel elasticity, and lung functions; slows reaction time and metabolism; and increases body fat between ages 30 and 60.

# Build A Stronger Heart. Regular exercise may help reduce or modify some of the risk factors associated with heart disease, such as high cholesterol levels, elevated blood pressure, obesity, and stress. A three-year study at the University of Toronto showed that people who exercised regularly after a heart attack had less than a 5 per cent chance of having a second attack, while those who were sedentary had 22 per cent chance.

WHAT IS PHYSICAL FITNESS?

Physical fitness has two extremes: the well-conditioned person at one end and the completely inactive individual at the other. To be well-conditioned, you need to work on the four components of physical fitness: Body Composition, Cardiovascular Fitness, Muscle Fitness, and Flexibility.

# Body Composition: Body composition is the ratio between body fat and muscle. Too much fat and not enough muscle may increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, gout, and arthritis and back problems.

# Cardiovascular Fitness: Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the heart, blood, and blood vessels to transport oxygen to your muscles. A strong, efficient heart is important for stamina and may lower your risk of heart disease.

# Muscle Fitness: Muscle fitness is the strength, endurance and shape of your muscles. Good muscle fitness helps you maintain good posture; avoid lower back pain; and lift, carry, push, and press any objects. Regular exercise keeps your muscles well developed – an important ingredient in proper body composition. Calisthenic and weight-training exercises improve your muscle fitness. Aerobic exercises also can improve muscle fitness, although to a lesser extent.

# Flexibility: Flexibility is the range of motion possible at the joints of your body. Good flexibility helps you avoid lower back pain, plus joint, neck, shoulder, arm and leg injuries. Calisthenics, stretching exercises and yoga can help maintain or improve flexibility or suppleness.

GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START

Before you begin an exercise programme, discuss what you plan to do with your physician. Most physicians will adjust the programme according to your needs and health status.

HOW FIT ARE YOU NOW?

Evaluate your physical fitness level before you start a fitness programme. Ask yourself the following questions for the evaluation:

CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS

Q #1: Do you exert yourself enough to work up a sweat for 20 minutes or more, three to four times a week?

Q #2: Are you physically active on the job? That is, does your work require you to move for at least 40 minutes non-stop, do vigorous physical activity, lift heavy objects?

BODY COMPOSITION

Q #3: Is your weight appropriate to standard height/weight charts?

Q #4: Are you satisfied with your body’s muscle tone and the way your body looks?

MUSCLE FITNESS

Q #5: Have you been free of lower back pain (backache) during the past 6 months?

Q #6: Have your waistline expanded less than one inch since age 18 (women) or 21 (men)?

FLEXIBILITY

Q #7: Can you easily touch your toes without bending your knees?

Q #8: Are you currently free from aches, pains or stiffness in joints such as neck, shoulders, lower back, hips, and knees?

WHAT IS YOUR BODY TYPE?

In addition to your medical and fitness status, consider your weight and body type when starting a fitness programme.

BODY TYPES

Heavy: Substantial amount of fat with poor muscle development – usually very inactive.

Heavy Muscular: Substantial amount of fat with fair to good muscle development – usually formerly or occasionally active.

Thin: Very lean and very little muscle development – usually very inactive.

Now check the list below for guidelines on the best exercises for particular body types. But remember that there are always exceptions: some aerobic dancers are heavy and muscular, and some swimmers are thin. In general, the list highlights those activities from which you can expect the most success, the least frustration, and the best chance to staying with on the road to fitness. For example, a heavy person may not get the full benefit of jumping rope, running, or aerobics because of the stress that extra body fat puts on the legs.

# Heavy: Bicycling; Swimming; Brisk Walking

# Heavy Muscular: Aerobic Dancing; Bicycling; Racquet Sports; Swimming; Brisk Walking; Weight Training.

# Muscular: Aerobic Dancing; Bicycling; Racquet Sports; Jumping Rope; Running/Jogging; Climbing Stairs; Swimming; Brisk Walking; Weight Training.

# Thin Muscular: Aerobic Dancing; Bicycling; Racquet Sports; Jumping Rope; Running/Jogging; Climbing Stairs; Swimming; Brisk Walking; Weight Training.

# Thin: Aerobic Dancing; Jumping Rope; Running/Jogging; Climbing Stairs; Brisk Walking

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ASSESS YOUR PERSONALITY

Your personality is basic to success in selecting the right fitness programme. If you are introverted, you will probably like activities that you can do alone such as bicycling, running, and swimming. If you like to do things with other people, an aerobics class, racquet sports, walking with a friend or perhaps weight training at a gym may be best. If you are competitive, one of the racquet sports may be a consideration. As an outdoor person, brisk walking, jogging, or roller skating might be one of your options.

CHOOSE A FITNESS ACTIVITY

There are many activities that help you get into shape. Brisk walking, running/jogging, swimming, bicycling, aerobics, jumping rope, climbing stairs, weight training, and racquet sports will all help you develop physical fitness. These activities very, however, in how effectively they help you develop the four fitness components.

To make the most of the activity you choose, it’s important to consider how often, how vigorously, and how long you exercise.

FREQUENCY, INTENSITY AND TIME

FREQUENCY

You need to exercise three to four days each week. While some people exercise every day, it’s good idea to take a day or two of rest, especially if you have been inactive for some time. If you are past age 40, exercising every other day gives your body time to recover.

INTENSITY

You have an efficient, built-in computer for determining how hard to exercise: your heart or pulse rate. To count your pulse rate, place your first and second fingers of one hand along the thumb side of your other wrist to feel for the pulse. Count pulse for 10 seconds, then multiply by 6 to find out how many times your heart beats per minute.

Your ideal exercise level is determined by your “training heart rate.” Your training heart is approximately 60 to 85 per cent of your maximum heart rate. To make sure you are exercising vigorously enough; check your pulse occasionally to see if your heart rate falls within the training zone.

In addition to taking your pulse rate, you can determine whether you are exercising too hard by listening to your body. For example, if your breathing is laboured, slow down. A good guide is that you should be able to hold a conversation while exercising.

The list below shows average ranges; you should check with your doctor if you have a condition that would not allow you to safely reach these levels.

TRAINING HEART RATE:

Age || Beats per Min.

10-19: 123-174

20-29: 117-166

30-39: 111-157

40-49: 104-149

50-59: 99-140

60-69: 93-132

70+: 87-123

When considering the intensity of exercise, remember your fitness level and age. If you are just beginning a programme, exercise on the low side of your training heart rate. This is, do not exceed 10 beats above your lower reading. For a 40-year-old, for example, a pulse rate of 105-115 could be appropriate.

A warning: trying to beat the clock can defeat an otherwise good exercise programme. Thinking that if two miles in 17 minutes is good, then two miles in 15 minutes is better can be inefficient. When you run, bike, swim, or walk against the clock as if trying to excel in competition, you have moved from fitness to sport.

TIME

Ultimately you should aim for an exercise period of 30 minutes, enough to train your heart and reduce body fat. If you are just beginning an exercise programme after a period of inactivity, you will want to take it slowly, gradually building up to 30 minutes.

# Aerobic Dancing: Good for Cardiovascular fitness and Body Composition. Works most of the body.

# Bicycling: Excellent for Cardiovascular fitness and Body Composition. Strengthens leg muscles with little trauma

# Racquet Sports: Fair for Cardiovascular fitness. Good if both players are skilled and time outs minimal.

# Climbing Stairs: Excellent for Cardiovascular fitness and Body Composition.

# Weight Training: Excellent for Muscle Fitness. If done correctly, may improve Flexibility too.

# Yoga/Stretching: Excellent for improving Flexibility. No equipment necessary.

# Jumping Rope: Fair to good for Cardiovascular fitness. If skill level is adequate, you may get a good workout.

# Running: Excellent for Cardiovascular fitness and Body Composition.

# Swimming: Excellent for Cardiovascular fitness. Low injury rate. Excellent for heavier person or person with joint or arthritic problems.

# Walking: Excellent for Cardiovascular fitness and Body Composition. Easily built into the day. Low injury rate and very safe.

WARM-UP AND COOL-DOWN

You should spend 5 to 10 minutes warming up before each exercise session and 7 to 10 minutes cooling down afterward. This will help prevent injuries and sore muscles as well as promote flexibility. Walking vigorously and then walking while swinging your arms, twisting your upper body, hand shaking your hands and arms is a good warm-up. To cool down, spend a couple of minutes walking slowly and then do some exercises that stretch the upper, middle and lower third of your body.

MUSCLE FITNESS

Aerobic exercises are very effective in strengthening the heart and lungs, and are a good aid to weight loss. As beneficial as aerobic exercise is, however, it is not enough to add muscle and shape to your body.

The best activities for developing muscle fitness are calisthenics and training with weights (dumbbells or barbells, for example). These type of exercises allow you to place greater-than-normal resistance on your muscles, which result in improved muscle strength and endurance. But it is essential that you know how to perform the types of exercises correctly and safely.

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Every time I hear that there is another toy recall, I think to myself – you have got to be kidding! How do these dangerous toys even get to the shelves and within reach of our curious children in the first place? Did the manufacturers realize that they were potentially harmful? Are there quality control measures to ensure this does not happen?

I personally know a sweet lady who is a mother of three little girls. When I was visiting with her one day, I noticed pictures of a little boy on the walls and asked who it was. She told me it was her son who had died at age three when a toy got stuck in his throat. His father had tried desperately to remove the lodged toy, but his attempts were fruitless, and the child succumbed. I was horrified and can only imagine how much they both suffered from this sad experience.

It is difficult to watch our children every minute, but we can make every attempt to remove any toys that could do harm from those that they play with every day. Your children also may receive toys as presents from well-meaning family members and friends for birthdays and holidays. How can you be sure that the toys you have in your home are safe for your children?

It is good to be aware of the CPSC US Consumer Product Safety Commission Homepage, which is where you can look to see if a particular toy has been recalled. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed so you will be able to see the latest recalls. If you know of any incident related to a toy injuring a child, you can also report it on this great site to help others.

Most recently the CPSC announced the recall of toy dark gun play sets that were sold at the Family Dollar Stores. Two children, aged 9 and 10 (both boys) put the soft darts into their mouths and accidentally inhaled them into their throats. Because of the suction cups, they were unable to get the darts removed and the children died of asphyxiation. Children of all ages can be harmed if they are not careful with toys.

Another suggestion is to pay attention to age recommendations on toys. They are put on the packages for a reason. You may think your child is old enough to play with a toy that is made for an older child, but toys with small or removable parts can cause injuries or asphyxiation. Some older children also still like to put things in their nose, ears and mouths, so you are the best judge to know what is appropriate for them.

If a toy is broken, it is best to throw it away immediately. Be aware of what is in your toy box. If tiny or broken pieces of toys are present, clean them out.

If your child receives a toy as a present or you have purchased one that they wanted, you should try hard to break it (do not do it in front of the child, however). If you can yank on the stuffed animals eyes and they are loose, they could come off and get lodged in the child’s throat. Try to think of ways in which your child may use it and test to see if the toy will fall apart. You can also test all toy gifts since they were not given with the intention to harm the child. It is better to be safe than sorry.

If you buy secondhand or garage sale toys, test them to see that they are safe for your child. It is ultimately up to the parents to check out the toys their children play with to ensure their safety.

Teaching your children the proper way to play with their toys will also educate them so they can play safely. It is not just enough to tell them not to point a toy dart gun at another child. It is also important to think of other ways that the toy may be harmful to them.

It is not only cheap toys that have been recalled, but recently there have been several well-known toy companies that have recalled toys. Just as an example, Step 2 recalled Buggy Toys because the pin that holds the handle on loosens and it detaches posing a danger to a child. These toys have been sold for over ten years and were made in the United States.

Another well-known toy maker, Gund, have recently recalled their Paperboard Baby Books because the styrofoam in the binding can detach and choke a child. These books were made in China and have been available since January 2009.

A company that makes wind chimes for babies recently recalled their Tiny Love Wind Chime product because a two-year-old baby punctured his cheek with a sharp rod that became exposed when he pulled the chime apart. These were also manufactured in China.

Another Step 2 toy that has been found to be a hazard is the Basic Rhythms Drums. The plastic clips that attach the drumsticks can break off and be a choking hazard.

Many parents may have these toys in their homes, but not be aware of the toy recalls. Parents purchase toys that are supposed to encourage development and positive growth in their children, either physically or mentally. It is best to study out the safety of toys beforehand to make sure you are investing in toys that will be safe for your children as well.

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It is not only cheap toys that have been recalled, but recently there have been several well-known toy companies that have recalled toys. Just as an example, Step 2 recalled Buggy Toys because the pin that holds the handle on loosens and it detaches posing a danger to a child. These toys have been sold for over ten years and were made in the US.

Another well-known toy maker, Gund, have recently recalled their Paperboard Baby Books because the styrofoam in the binding can detach and choke a child. These books were made in China and have been available since January 2009.

A company that makes wind chimes for babies recently recalled their Tiny Love Wind Chime product because a two-year-old baby punctured his cheek with a sharp rod that became exposed when he pulled the chime apart. These were also manufactured in China.

Another Step 2 toy that has been found to be a hazard is the Basic Rhythms Drums. The plastic clips that attach the drumsticks can break off and be a choking hazard.

Many parents may have these toys in their homes, but not be aware of the toy recalls. Parents purchase toys that are supposed to encourage development and positive growth in their children, either physically or mentally. It is best to study out the safety of toys beforehand to make sure you are investing in toys that will be safe for your children as well.

It is not only cheap toys that have been recalled, but recently there have been several well-known toy companies that have recalled toys. Just as an example, Step 2 recalled Buggy Toys because the pin that holds the handle on loosens and it detaches posing a danger to a child. These toys have been sold for over ten years and were made in the US.

Another well-known toy maker, Gund, have recently recalled their Paperboard Baby Books because the styrofoam in the binding can detach and choke a child. These books were made in China and have been available since January 2009.

A company that makes wind chimes for babies recently recalled their Tiny Love Wind Chime product because a two-year-old baby punctured his cheek with a sharp rod that became exposed when he pulled the chime apart. These were also manufactured in China.

Another Step 2 toy that has been found to be a hazard is the Basic Rhythms Drums. The plastic clips that attach the drumsticks can break off and be a choking hazard.

Many parents may have these toys in their homes, but not be aware of the toy recalls. Parents purchase toys that are supposed to encourage development and positive growth in their children, either physically or mentally. It is best to study out the safety of toys beforehand to make sure you are investing in toys that will be safe for your children as well.

It is not only cheap toys that have been recalled, but recently there have been several well-known toy companies that have recalled toys. Just as an example, Step 2 recalled Buggy Toys because the pin that holds the handle on loosens and it detaches posing a danger to a child. These toys have been sold for over ten years and were made in the US.

Another well-known toy maker, Gund, have recently recalled their Paperboard Baby Books because the styrofoam in the binding can detach and choke a child. These books were made in China and have been available since January 2009.

A company that makes wind chimes for babies recently recalled their Tiny Love Wind Chime product because a two-year-old baby punctured his cheek with a sharp rod that became exposed when he pulled the chime apart. These were also manufactured in China.

Another Step 2 toy that has been found to be a hazard is the Basic Rhythms Drums. The plastic clips that attach the drumsticks can break off and be a choking hazard.

Many parents may have these toys in their homes, but not be aware of the toy recalls. Parents purchase toys that are supposed to encourage development and positive growth in their children, either physically or mentally. It is best to study out the safety of toys beforehand to make sure you are investing in toys that will be safe for your children as well.

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Do you know someone who has just received a medical diagnosis of cancer? If so, this may be a time when you are devoting extra care and thought to this dear individual. It is likely that you will want to express your care and concern through giving this special friend a small gift of some type, but you may be unsure about what excellent gifts for cancer patients would be. The following is a list of suggestions for excellent gifts for cancer patients. Anything that you get will likely be greatly appreciated because at a delicate time like this it is the thought that counts. When you finish reading this article, you will have several ideas for excellent gifts for cancer patients.

CD of Relaxing Ocean Sounds

Since it is obviously quite a stressful situation to face a cancer diagnosis and treatment program, it is desirable to help the cancer patient relax. Anxiety helps no one and is unhealthy. Therefore, excellent gifts include a nice CD of relaxing ocean sounds. Most people do experience relaxation in response to the sound of the ocean. If the person does not have stereo headphones, this could make an excellent companion gift as well to facilitate listening to the CD.

Special Macrobiotic Diet Books

There are a host of books on the market today with special diets that are supposed to assist the cancer patient. Some of these diets promote general health, whereas others purport to actually attack the cancer itself. There are many types of books regarding cancer and they all approach diet from various angles. The macrobiotic diet books are said to be especially effective. Which ever type of diet book is chosen as a gift, it is nice because it shows that you are thinking about the cancer patient and really want to help with their health.

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Candles

Everyone likes candles. This is because they have calming properties and smell so delicious. Anyone would enjoy a gift of scented candles to unwind with. It would be nice to use the candles with the CD of ocean sounds that was mentioned above. There are a wide variety of candle scents from which to choose and any would be a lovely gift.

Spa Gift Certificate for Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a very healing science. Massage causes improved circulation, which is known to heal. Also, it improves the immune system, which is a concern for cancer patients. Finally, massage therapy helps people relax. Anxiety and stress are detrimental for health for many reasons including high blood pressure, stomach problems and immune system suppression. Therefore, the chance to relax will be so beneficial for cancer patients.

The above are some suggestions for excellent gifts for cancer patients. The suggestions include CDs, macrobiotic diet books, candles and massage therapy. These are only a few of the many thoughtful gifts for cancer patients. Any one of these will be a caring gesture to show that you are thinking about them in this challenging time.

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Miami is a world famous city located in South Florida, United States. It attracts millions of tourists each year, who come to revel in the Miami attractions.

Too Much to See

A Miami bus tour or a Miami boat tour, are some of the best ways to check out the beautiful city. A bus tour will traverse through many hidden regions in the Miami metropolitan area and beyond. Spanish and English narrators are there to guide the tourists. Some of the scenic places that one can visit during a Miami bus tour include Downtown Miami; South Beach’s Ocean Drive and Art Deco District; the Financial District and Miami River; Little Havana; Brickell Avenue; Miracle Mile and Coral Gables; and Coco Walk and Coconut Grove.

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Tourists visiting the city in March have to see the “Ultra Music Festival”, as a Miami city tour can never be complete without being a part of this notorious festival. The festival lasts for 3 days and nights and features the best DJs. People from all over the world descend into Miami to attend it. Tickets are cheaper before the festival begins, but get considerably more expensive as the start of the festival nears. The tickets generally get sold out, before commencement and hence all patrons should book their tickets as soon as they are available.

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A Miami city tour also offers something for the shopaholics as well as for those who are exhausted from the Miami excursions. The Aventura mall located near the Dade/Broward County line is an enormous architectural marvel covering 2.3 million feet. It features small chains like Fitch and Abercrombie as well as countrywide chains such as Macy’s and JCPenney. Children will also not get bored as they can play about in the “Rainbow Valley Playground” situated at the mall. One can also catch up on the latest movies at the 24-screen theater.

Keep Your Clothes On

A Miami boat tour which allows the tourists to feast their eyes on the rapidly expanding Miami skyline will definitely end up reminding them of the Miami beaches. The South Beach stretches to the north along coastal Florida and is a paradise for party animals. Miami Beach, featuring sandy and sunny beaches, is located along the Biscayne Bay on a barrier reef and is outstanding for Miami excursions like scuba diving and snorkeling. Due to the temperate weather in Miami, the beaches are active throughout the year. However, the water may be too cold in the winters to allow swimming. One can sunbathe topless at Miami Beach, but nude sunbathing is only possible in North Beach at Haulover Beach Park.

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