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How To Get Your Family To Walk More

Being a physically active person reduces your risk of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and many other health issues. But it starts with the habits we form as children. Recent research has suggested that childhood exercise has a preventative and protective effect. Providing adults with better health in later years.

How To Get Your Family To Walk More
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But when your child comes home from school, perhaps the only thing he or she wants to do is sit in front of the TV or play on a mobile device?

Getting kids up and moving can be as difficult as prodding ourselves to hit the gym. And let’s face it, we don’t always succeed in getting ourselves to stick with our own exercise plans.

So what’s the solution to getting our children more active? The good news is that even a walk counts toward increased physical activity. And everyone, even kids who hate sports, can manage to fit in a walk per day. The benefits of walking are numerous. Harvard Medical School lists the following:

  • It serves as a preventative against weight promoting genes
  • It keeps your sweet tooth in check
  • It reduces your risk of developing certain cancers
  • It boosts your immune system

Naturally, walks should be limited to pedestrian walkways. And a word of caution from a personal injury lawyer in Houston, TX, “Because pedestrians typically have no safety gear as a bicyclist would and are not afforded the same protections as anyone inside a vehicle, the injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident can be catastrophic.”

So teach your kids pedestrian safety rules. With that out of the way, here are some ideas that can help get the whole family out the door and getting in more steps.

Make it part of your family routine.

Every day after dinner, go out for an evening stroll altogether as a family. Watch the sunset or sunrise. Talk about your day. Walk the dog. Play at the nearby park. Use your walk to unwind from a long day or to connect with your kids before the day starts. Establish your walk as part of your family routine. Sure, your kids might balk at first, but remain firm. You never know, it might turn into your family’s favorite ritual if you stick with it.

Explore your area’s outdoor spaces.

How many parks or outdoor spaces do you have in your area? List them all up and explore each of them in turn. Bring a frisbee or a soccer ball. Pack up your dinner and eat it outdoors. Having a destination in mind can help provide structure to increasing your physical activity. If you live near a forest or some foothills, all the better. Go for a nature walk with your kids. Walking in nature has many more benefits than simply walking around the block.

Be scavengers or collectors.

Turn each walk into an opportunity to find beauty along the way. See who can spot the most bugs. Or who can find the most original looking leaf for a nature display. The strangest colored rock for your garden’s rock collection. A rare bird to take a picture of. A four-leaf clover. Setting out with a purpose can help direct your kids’ energy away from complaints and toward engaging with their surroundings.

Get Fitbits or step trackers for your family.

Having a way to keep track of how many steps each person is logging is a terrific way to prompt more walking and physical activity. Set a goal as a family to log in a certain number of steps every day. See who reaches it. It might be a challenge to hit 10,000 steps on the first try, so you could go for a lower number and slowly increase the step count as you go along. Turn it into a game by awarding prizes for the individual who logged in the highest number. Additionally, apps like Pokemon Go can turn the outdoors into one large game!

Have your kids document their walk.

Does your child love to take pictures? Give your kid a camera and you might find it difficult to keep up with him. When kids are interested and engaged in the outdoors, the walk and the exercise don’t even register. Discuss ways to get better shots. Talk about what he or she can photograph next. Look for picture opportunities that might take a bit of a hike to get there, but will be worth it for the exercise you logged and the picture as a reward.

Healthy Living, Parenting

How To Show The Sensitive Man In Your Life How Appreciative You Are!

It’s not something that is discussed widely, but if the man in your life is of a sensitive nature, sometimes their feelings can be hurt all too easily. Showing our appreciation, especially if we try to balance out the odds and be the person who “wears the trousers”, can be a difficult task. Most advice columns, when it comes to pleasing the man in your life, shows how to bring out the “inner man”, by taking them to baseball games, monster truck rallies, wood chopping events, and so forth. But, if the man in your life doesn’t like any of these things, and it’s very likely that they don’t, how can you show your appreciation for them?  

Give them space

Sometimes, the problem we all have with modern life is that we can feel hemmed in. If you live with someone, it can be difficult when you are both on top of each other. If he is too sensitive, he may withdraw from social situations, even in your own home. So, instead of giving them the third degree for not spending proper time with you, give them the space they need. Maybe they can get a proper night’s sleep, especially if life has been particularly stressful recently.

A little gift or token of your appreciation

Men don’t always feel like they matter from time to time, and this is especially true of the retiring type. If they do a lot around the house, or pick up the slack without asking for anything in return, it’s very simple, just show them that you’ve taken notice. A gift doesn’t have to be an over-the-top affair to show your appreciation, but something personalized shows them how much you care. You can find a perfect gift for dads online, especially if they’ve been withdrawn recently, and haven’t been able to spend as much time with them or your kids. But it’s the little things that count. You might show your appreciation for them online, but how would they know that you are supportive of them?

Help him accomplish his goals

If he’s got goals in life, but he’s not making leverage, you should help them out of the sticky situation. While relationships aren’t about giving to receiving, if they’ve taken the load recently, give them some inspiration or words of advice. Because they know you are on their side, this will make them feel cared for. Sometimes, men can be sensitive or inward facing because of a sense of unhappiness or unfulfillment in their life. If you can dig deep into the problem, and help to provide a solution that you appear to be 100% behind, this will give them additional confidence.

Treat him as an equal

While a couple should balance each other out, yin and yang, light and shade, and so forth, if you don’t treat him as an equal from time to time, it’s very likely he will feel small and intimidated. Something like money, which he can’t directly control, can feed into many insecurities. If you make a passing comments about the fact that they should earn more money, this could be very hurtful indeed. It will only serve to make them withdraw and keep their distance.

Make him feel attractive

As life duties overtake your relationship as a couple in many ways, such as life admin, or children, quality couple time could go by the wayside. Of course, it’s not just us women who are sensitive in relation to this, but men want to feel attractive too. Those insecurities about their attractiveness can breed considerable problems if left untreated. So, make sure that he feels attractive, but also, make sure that you are communicating this to them. Even if he doesn’t appear so forthcoming in offering you comments, if you can start the ball rolling by telling him he looks attractive, and this will help. We seem to do a lot of things in relationships so we can get something back. This isn’t the right attitude to have, and so, you should consider telling him how attractive he is to you.

Brag about him

Sometimes we can brag about our significant other on social media, but they won’t see it. Instead, while it’s great to boast about your partner’s strength during a tough time online, do they know that you appreciate them? If not, show everybody else how much he means to you when you are together. Everybody likes a little compliment and buttering up in public. In fact, we relish this!

Make time for the two of you

Sometimes the old ones are the best! If the pressures of family life are getting the both of you down, fix this by having quality time together. Communication can be a big problem if we place priorities on other parts of life, and take our relationship for granted, so talk to each other! Make sure that you are both on the same emotional page. If you don’t talk about anything apart from diapers and bills, you both need to make the effort to spend good quality time together. You might spend time together in the same room, but if you’re both on the phone, what is this going to achieve? Instead, make some quality time a fixture in your calendar. And while money is always an issue, you don’t have to consider a night out in a posh restaurant as the definition of “quality time”. It’s the little things that matter, much like when you were first together, talking late into the night, or cooking together; it’s all those little things that mean a lot.

When couples grow apart, we can both retreat into our shells, and while many men appear to show a sense of bravado, or don’t display their emotions, there can be an underlying sensitivity in the man in your life. Many men are like closed books, but this doesn’t need to be the case. By showing the sensitive man in your life how appreciative you are of their efforts, it will build a solid foundation all over again. So take the time, take the effort, and take the opportunities to appreciate them.

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Reducing Allergy Symptoms with NasalGuard – Video Review

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Well, in a house of 3 we are 3:3 in seasonal allergy sufferers. Now you can add in my husbands frequent work traveling on airplanes to add contaminated air and a dog in the house and we are constantly breathing in everything that is trying to make us suffer. There are some options that treat the symptoms or systematically fight off allergens but those never work fast enough. Now there is a topical protection. Sounds too simple to be true, right? Not if you take a step back to science class…..

The allergen we breath in are particles, pollen, dander, dust, viruses are all tiny particles small enough yo enter our airway and cause us to react. What if we could walk around with an invisible mask that would keep us from breathing in those particles in the first place? NasalGuard is that “invisible mask”. I explain how it works in the video below….

NasalGuard lasts for 150 uses and 6 hours at a time so this little tube should easily last you all month if you were to use it everyday. At about $15 a tube that you can order at their website or on Amazon, that equates to about .50 cents a day!

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My Cold Weather Skin Reactions Reduced with Seirus Innovations Products

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It began about 2 years ago. I would sit at my son’s soccer practice and shortly after feel welts on the bottom of my feet and then start itching my neck and arms. I would get these hives that were red and very itchy. I remember sitting in a chair on the sidelines one cold morning game just going nuts! My neck was so itchy and my hands were suddenly so red. It was cold and so uncomfortable. It began happening at practices and games all season. I knew at my upcoming physical appointment I would want to mention it.

My doctor appointment came and I told her my itchy welt stories. They always happen when outside and cold. They occur at my son’s sports events, washing the car and out in the yard. I was told it is Cold Urticaria. This condition is a skin reaction to cold that appears within minutes after cold exposure. Affected skin develops reddish, itchy welts (hives).

I still suffer today! I am physically uncomfortable in my own skin on cold days and nights I have to be outdoors. I no longer sit on the field for any of my son’s outdoor practices as I sit in the car with the heat on. My husband washes my car on cooler days for me. If the house is too cold (for my skin) I am in layers to avoid turning the heat too far up. I refuse to sit out his games so I just suffer through it. I suffer through evening walks with my husband and our puppy!

Now I have some relief! I am seriously more grateful than anyone can imagine for Seirus products! Their all-weather, heatwave and heat touch products are a lifesaver if I have to go outside in the cold. Their snow products keep me just warm enough to avoid the itchy redness. Essentially every area of my body where skin is exposed will break out!

I use the DynaMax Fleece-Lined Neck-Up and it literally keeps all the redness and hives away for an entire practice! Another product of theirs I have is the Heatwave Socks. When my skin is reacting to cold, even with shoes and standard socks I get very itchy welts on the bottom of my feet! These socks got me through flag football clinics for him the other day and I had no welts. I bought myself some Seirus gloves online last spring and they worked so well I knew their other lines would work great and I am so relieved now from head to toe.

Maybe you don’t suffer with Cold Urticaria. Maybe you love snow sports or just hate the cold. Seirus will help you out from heatwave to Gore-Tex and extreme weather wear. You’ll want to see all that they offer at

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Tips For Your Teen To Sleep Better – Nectar Mattress Giveaway

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Teens and sleep? Can we ever get it right? They have their cell phones and music. We tell them they need good sleep, but do they listen? Do they turn off their phones and headphones? We can all assume they don’t. I can tell you how much sleep a teen needs and you can relay that all you want but it won’t get taken seriously. The best we can do is set them up for a good and best sleep possible for when they do finally drift off. We just had a Nectar mattress delivered for our 10 year old and I feel a lot better about him getting proper sleep with a proper mattress combined with the right bedding, temperature and lighting. Those are things I do have control over.

The Nectar mattress fits right in the middle between soft and firm and those growing bodies need the support. You get all that is needed for a comfortable sleep within this mattress with its 5 layers:

  1. The top Layer is Tencel Cooling that works to circulate air and wick away heat as you sleep. This layer is bedbug resistant
  2. Quilted Gel Memory Foam contours your body so well and the gel cooling foam is quilted together for added comfort
  3. Gel Memory Foam. Yes! Another memory foam layer that distributes your weight for relief of pressure on your body
  4. Adaptive Hi Core Memory Foam gives the crucial rebound and bounce for the ultimate body support
  5. Breathable Base Layer is the bottom layer is the stability that reinforces the contouring of your body

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It arrives very well packaged and is ready to sleep in very quickly! See our unboxing video below:

Tips For Your Teen To Sleep Better

  • Even if we can’t make them fall asleep, give them that quiet time so they are in bed at least 8-9 hours before wake up time. This means guiding them to finish homework and any chores earlier in the afternoon. Once they begin to find jobs, try to lead them to not volunteer for any late shifts on school nights. Training them to start ‘turning off’ at a certain time is sometimes the best we can do to guide them to a good sleep time.
  • Invest in proper bedding. Especially the athletic child, they need the best support to relieve stress and battle pain areas while they sleep. Having a mattress and pillows that are quality really is the difference between comfortable and OK sleep.
  • Do a quick room check each season. If their room gets hot in the summer, get them quality fans or small AC units. Even a ceiling fan can be quickly installed for proper circulation in a poorly vented room. Make sure they have dim lighting near their bed access so they don’t resort to having the room light on for their needs. If you keep a lamp by their bed they will most likely use that so make sure the bulb inside is dim.
  • The right bedding can make all the difference. There are a lot of options for cooling sheets that work to wick heat away from the body. Teens seem to just sleep hot so there is affordable bedding out there that will fight that for them as they sleep.

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Here Is What Flu Season Can Teach Your Children

Flu season has been particularly devastating this year. Officials and experts all agree that this has been the worst flu season in nearly a decade. Two different strains of influenza were making the rounds. And to make matters worse, it is possible to catch both in the space of a single flu season.

Here Is What Flu Season Can Teach Your Children

To add to all that, a primary reason for the severity this year has to do with the vaccine. This year’s vaccine has been shown to be only 25 percent effective in inoculating against the flu strain.

People who are very susceptible during flu season are the young and the elderly. Kindergartens and nurseries should have plans in place for combating the flu. As should senior living centers and communities. For senior communities, sites like Elderwise (Visit now) allow you to see reviews of how these centers are handling various issues.

News outlets are stating that flu season has peaked and should be winding down. Even so, use this time to teach your children the following valuable lessons.

Hand washing can save lives.

The CDC puts it this way, “Clean hands save lives.” And the sooner children learn this habit, the more protected your family will be from garden-variety colds and sicknesses.

One of the most common and prevalent ways that germs and bacteria spread is through hand contact with infected items. Unwashed fingers are then put in the mouth, eyes, or nose, and sickness spreads. Studies show that people touch their face 25 times in a single hour!

Teach your children to wash their hands before every meal and before touching their face. After using the bathroom, hands should also be washed. Additionally, children should wash their hands when coming home from school or from being outside. A quick wetting of the hands won’t do the trick and will only waste water. Give your child a lesson on how to thoroughly wash their hands. The CDC recommends the following approach. Wet. Lather. Scrub. Rinse. And dry.

Create a handwashing chart with a reward for a week of remembering to wash their hands. Having waterproof toys in the sink can help make hand washing an attractive opportunity. Fun soap dispensers will also make hand washing more of an “event.” Lastly, set a good example of handwashing. If you aren’t washing your hands, your child has less of a chance of establishing this as a habit.

Sleep keeps the immune system powered up

During flu season, as well as throughout the year, quality sleep time will keep your immune system in peak condition.

Discuss the benefits of sleep with your children in helping them stay healthy. Not only will quality sleep help your kids be less likely to catch whatever is floating around. But they will be in a better mood, do better at school, and be less prone to accidents.

Coughing and flu etiquette keep the flu from spreading

If your kid should get sick, this is an opportunity for parents to teach general guidelines of how to behave when sick. The first of which involves reducing the risk of spreading the flu to others. This means that if your child has a cough, he or she learns to cover his or her mouth with a tissue or a mask when coughing. And then to disinfect his or her hands directly after.

Additionally, children can learn that when they are sick, they become carriers for the germ, which can spread to others. To curb the spread of the sickness and to keep their friends from getting sick, those with the flu should stay close to home and limit contact with others.

If your child is the healthy one, and he or she notices that one of their friends looks sick, he or she should tell their parent or the supervising grown up.

Sugar lowers your defenses against sickness

Bolstering your child’s diet during flu season can be a challenge. Particularly when that child wants a soda, juice, or another snack that they used to indulge in before. So if you are replacing foods with more nutritious alternatives, make sure to explain your reasons. Each time we consume sugar, our body’s ability to fight off bacteria is lowered for a couple of hours afterward.

Get your child on your side by reading books and watching documentaries that explain how the immune system works. And the role sugar plays in weakening one’s defenses. And then make changes to your own diet to show that you are doing your part, too.