Why Outdoor Exercise is Better Than Indoor Exercise

It may seem that working out in the gym, with its temperature controlled environment, convenient parking, and the fact that you know what you’re going to get is an easy option. This is especially true when the nights closing early and the temperature falls. However there is increasing evidence that there are significant benefits to doing your exercise outdoors rather than in the gym.

You probably know this already, but when you’re walking outside your stride pattern is significantly different from when you’re running on a treadmill. Your ankles flex more frequently, your strides are just continuously in order to adapt to the differing terrain and as a result significantly different set of muscles are used. So get some waterproof bluetooth headphones from here. Put them on and get outside for some fantastic exercise.

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It’s also true, again something that you probably realize, that outdoor exercise is more strenuous. There have been a number of studies undertaken to compare the effort required to run on a treadmill with the effort required to run outside and it was noted that less energy was used by the treadmill runners even though the same distances in each test were involved.

It’s not just running however where this been shown to be the case similar tests on cyclists have also shown that factors such as wind drag and changes in altitude can have significantly greater demands on your energy when cycling outdoors than travelling the same distance on a bike in the gym. The reality is therefore that if you are trying to maximize the number of calories that you want burn because you have a limited time to exercise at all, and you really should be taking your exercise outside rather than in.

Now, the more scientific readers, may want to question exactly what was involved in undertaking these studies of exercise, and it’s true that they were relatively small in scale and conducted over a relatively short period of time. This can have issues when it comes to scientific rigor. However, these small-scale studies are not the only ones that have been undertaken measuring exercise outside compared with exercise inside.

For instance a research study aimed at determining the exercise habits of older men and women, through a process of interview and electronic measurement showed that those involved in the study who actually were active outdoors, usually in their case they walked, were found to have a significant higher level of physical activity than those who spent more time indoors, exercising or otherwise.

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Not only, is outdoor exercise an improvement on indoor exercise, but there are significant well-being benefits to spending more time outdoors. We live in a beautiful world and there is no question in my mind that if you spend time outdoors you appreciate the world much more, and generally are more emotionally and mentally capable of dealing with the issues that everyday life presents to us.

In conclusion therefore, if you are trying to determine how you should go about increasing the amount of exercise that you do in your life, even something as mundane as fishing, then not only is the evidence significantly in favor of undertaking outdoor activity, but it will probably make you feel a lot better both about yourself and about your appreciation of the world in general.

After your exercise you can wind down with a deliciously relaxing shower. You know you want to.

A Brief Guide To Buying A Shower Head

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A good shower is always the best answer after a hard day’s work or a rigorous exercise session. And the perfect shower depends on a perfect showerhead. To find the best shower head, we’ve done a lot of research (meaning, taken a lot of showers).

But how do you find the best showerhead?

There are so many shapes and sizes available out there. To make it easier for you, here is some criteria for the whole process.

With water bills running high, one is always concerned about how showerheads can be economical. New showerheads provide very refreshing experiences despite their modest 2 gallons per minute flow rates.

No need to spend big bucks. Some top-rated showerheads literally cost a quarter of other good models. No need for fancy, multiple setting showerheads, either. Some people just like single-setting showerheads, and such models are actually very efficient.

  • Single-setting showerheads
  • Multi-setting showerheads
  • Shower towers
    • w/ fixed showerheads
    • w/ handheld showerheads
    • Both!

There are also some features you should know about. Your own taste should determine what you want.

  • Aerating showerheads – providing misty spray and cooling the water from 5 to 15 degrees F. Laminar-flow showerheads might be more expensive, but save energy by better maintaining water temperature.
  • Handheld showerheads – no explanations needed
  • Rain showers – large heads provide wide spray pattern to reduce pressure. If you like soft, soothing flows like the rain, this is the type for you.

Don’t worry about installation. Most showerheads come in simple, do-it-yourself kits. However, some more complicated models need expensive plumbers to do the job.

And if you are new to the brand names, here are some to get started:

  • Delta
    • Delta In2ition
    • Delta 9-Spray Shower Mount
  • Kohler Filpside
  • Moen Nature Three Function
  • Speakman Anystream
  • Hangsrohe Clubmaster

Where to look for showerheads?

Try browsing through Amazon, Home Depot, Overstock, Target and Bed Bath and beyond to see a variety of sets to choose from.

You may see many ads on the set, so what is “Watersense”? If you see such labels it means they use no more than 2 gpm.

Now, if you’re looking for a low flow shower head, here are some tips.

Low-flow showerheads combine water-saving technologies to both save you money and provide the best experience. See which one you prefer to adjust spray settings, such as:

  • Narrow to wide
  • Spray only,
  • Pulse
  • And so forth (especially if different family members like different types of sprays).

This was a quick and short guide to the various types of showerheads. Take your time surfing on the Net or going to the local construction store. Remember, you can have a good shower and save money.

What to Look For In a New Sewing Machine

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Amazing Computerized Sewing Machine – Janome

With various devices out there, sometimes it becomes difficult to choose sewing the best machine. So before becoming dizzy from all the options, it’s good to sit down and think about what you truly need. We will provide you some good brands.

Of course, you can pay big bucks and get a really professional machine. But you may never be able to use even a portion of its abilities and consider your money wasted. If you truly can’t afford something above $75, no problem. Think about buying a 2nd quality device. Just be careful not to buy a cheap plastic machine. Some can be fooling and look very adorable. Buying the best you can afford is the best advice.

To get technical, you need a device with a straight and zigzag stich. Even professionals with 200-stich machines only use 2 or 3 types of stitches. Focus on what you will need on a regular basis, not what is the most fancy.

Being able to adjust the width and length of the two above stitches is also crucial.

  • Short stitches are for example for toy designs, with small, tight stitches
  • Long stitches are for more general designs
  • Zigzag length & width are adjusted for applique & finishing off edges

One good example is the Janome 2032. This is a low-cost machine with variable stitches.

The next issue is what attachments you need. Feet can be changed easily.
If you intend to make clothing make sure you have the following as standard:

  • Buttonhole foot
  • Zipper foot
  • Blind hem foot

If you want to make quilts you need:

  • Walking foot
  • 1/4th foot (seam allowance for patchwork)

And for freehand quilt you will need a freehand embroidery foot.

Janome 220XT comes with easy to use snap-on feet at a low price.

Next, focus on the motor. A strong, heavy motor will allow you to cope with frequent use and heavier fabrics. Again, a plastic machine is far different than one with metal parts. But if you need to frequently transport your device, you have to decide very carefully. Remember, a lightweight machine, is simply a lightweight machine.

Singer 4411 maybe the best heavy weight machine. This beast can truly sew through almost anything.

Some insight about older brands:

  • Singers are nowadays made of plastic with smaller motors
  • Janome makes low-end hobby & high-end professional devices
  • Brothers are known to be lightweight, hobby machines

These dedicated retailers are high-end machines starting cheap. But they are not available in big department stores.

  • Bernina
  • Pfaff
  • Huqsvarna
  • Juki

Don’t forget to consider the machine’s noise. Put time in picking your machine, or you might see angry neighbors banging on the door or calling the cops! (Just kidding)

Janome DC2013 is a known quiet machine.

All in all, my suggestion to you is the Janome 2212. Here are just some specifications:

  • 12 stitches
  • 4 step button-holes
  • Variable lengths
  • Easy snap-on feet
  • 16 lbs. or 7.25 kg

This is the best machine for beginners. Once you become a pro, definitely keep it as a spare.

So go out there and have fun. Choose carefully, but then sew away with your imagination.

If you want more advice check out this youtube video below:

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