Quick, Effective Exercises You Can Do in College

Push ups is one of many Exercises You Can Do in College

While college can be a lot of fun, the excesses of the weekend can wreak havoc on your figure and your health if you don’t take care of yourself.

From mass consumption of beverages to going back for seconds at meal hall, most freshmen put on at least five pounds during their first semester.

Whether you want to look extra cute in the sorority letter shirts you’ll get once you successfully rush your favorite sisterhood, or if you simply want to give yourself the strength that will make everyday living easier, there are exercises which will help you reach your goals.

In the paragraphs below, we’ll go over a few that can be done in the comfort of your dorm room.

Dips

Dips are an exercise that focuses on the triceps and chest muscles. It does this by raising and lowering the body, using your arms as the force mechanism.

This movement can be performed by sitting on the edge of a sturdy chair, sticking your legs straight out, and placing your hands behind you on the chair pan, with your arms forming a 90-degree angle.

Lower your body towards the floor, and then use your arms to raise your body back up. Repeat until exhaustion.

Planks

Few things look good on a body quite like chiseled core muscles. In order to build up your abs and other associated muscles, perform planks, as this exercise is the simplest and most effective way of working this region of your torso.

There are several variations of this exercise, but we like the following one best for its simplicity. Position yourself so that you are on all fours. Prop up the front of your body using your elbows and forearms, then straighten your legs until your knees are fully extended.

This will engage your core muscles with a great degree of intensity – hold the position as long as you can. As time progresses and you last longer, the stronger and better defined your abs will become.

Push Ups

We couldn’t write an article on floor exercises without mentioning this classic movement. If it has been a while since you busted some out, push ups are performed by getting down on all fours as if you were about to plank, only this time, you’ll support your weight with your hands, positioned shoulder width apart.

Keeping your knees taut, lower your body to the floor until your chest touches, then push it back up to the starting position in one clean movement. Repeat until exhaustion.

Continue Reading

Reasons Why Crowdfunding Should Be Considered when Starting your Van Business

Starting your Van Business can be tough ... better get some crowdfunding on your side

When seeking for funds to start a business, there are many options available. One option that regularly gets ignored is crowdfunding. This piece takes a look at major reasons why you should consider crowdfunding when starting your van business.

It is Inexpensive

With crowdfunding, you only need to create properly drafted campaign messages for your audience on the crowdfunding platform. There are no long meetings to navigate and you don’t have to travel half around the country to meet prospective investors. You can completely run a campaign on your own, using money saved to take care of other important aspects of business such as buying van insurance for business and advertising.

Your Business Remains Yours

Many sources of income for a new van business will involve giving up some stake in the business to the investor. Crowdfunding removes this problem. Of course, there needs to be some form of value for backers to be able to invest in your campaign but you only need to worry about fulfilling the offer promised instead of worrying about shared ownership of your business. As a van business, possible offers could include 50% off rates for a specific period of time, free services for a specified number of days in a month for backers, and more.

Build a Loyal Community

With a properly organised crowdfunding campaign, you can create a community around your business. Instead of starting from scratch to source for clients, you will already have a small army of backers ready to spread word about your new van business and help you get it off the ground.

Get Actionable Feedback

You may have created a quality plan for your new van business but direct feedback from backers can help you fine tune the business plan for an improved shot at success. Similarly, when your backers see you approach to taking valuable advice on-board it can lead to more display of goodwill which will encourage other backers to invest in your business.

Easier access to additional funds

If your van business gets off the ground and backers can see tangible progress being made, it is easier to source for a second round of funding. The extra funding campaign doesn’t have to be expansion-related to be a success. Investors are more likely to put in money into a business when there is enough and traceable traction.

So as you plan funding for your van business, do not make the mistake of ignoring crowdfunding as a source of business capital.

Continue Reading

Advantages To Green Door West Membership Fees

At Green Door West, we have an easy membership process that does not include any membership fees. The main advantage to joining Green Door West is how easy it is to get started.

Green Door West is a reputable cannabis delivery company that has many advantages. We were voted #1 in Premium Medical Cannabis Delivery in Southern California.

Our products are strictly organic and vegan seed-to-sale medical marijuana grown only by vegan horticulturalists, which ensures the purest pharmaceutical-grade cannabis available.

We deliver to parts of Southern California, including Los Angeles and Orange County. To find out if you live within our delivery area, take a look at our map on the FAQs page.

Green Door West Membership Process

There are 3 easy steps to get started.

Step 1: Upload your doctor’s recommendation and government-issued ID and we will verify you in minutes!

Step 2: Shop our premium menu. We have a large variety of premium flowers, pre-rolls, edibles, tinctures, topicals, concentrates, and marijuana gear.

Step 3: Once your order is out for delivery, you will receive a link so you can track your delivery on our interactive map.

Cannabis Delivery At Green Door West

Our delivery is professional and discreet. Our drivers blend in by not wearing uniforms. All products are contained within brown paper bags to resemble food delivery. Drivers only carry the amount of product that you order, no more, no less.

No change is available, so your payment will need to be the exact amount of cash or more. We highly encourage you to tip our friendly drivers.

You can rest assured that your items will be delivered safely and securely to your location.

Continue Reading

How to Vacation in France Like a Local

The French are looked up to by many for their effortlessly glam lifestyle. The French have that certain Je ne sais qoui that everyone wants to recreate. Here’s how to vacation in France like a local:

Definitely Rent a Vacation Villa

If you want to experience France like a local, bypass the tourist filled hotels, and rent one of the many gorgeous vacation rentals in France. Inside your rented home, you’ll have all the privacy in the world, however many bedrooms you choose, plus a full kitchen for experimenting in (after all, food is a big part of French culture!). In metropolitan Paris apartments are for rent in all areas of the city. The French Riviera features airy, pool side homes, and the Alps will feature cozy chalets.

Learn to Breakfast like the French

Many hotels have learnt that is profits to cater to the American Tourist and as such they offer full continental breakfasts with bacon, eggs, pancakes and more. However, for those looking to live la vie francaise, I suggest skipping all that, and heading to a local café for a simple café au lait, and either a chunk of oven-fresh baguette with cheese, or a croissant topped with a decadent smear of butter and some jam. Simplicity is key for much in the French way of life, and starting your day off right with a deliciously simple French déjeuner will have you feeling magnifique.

More: Zeppelin – latest way to see Paris

Enjoy the French Culture of Food

French food is famous worldwide! And for good reason too, it is simply delicious! Despite being a cuisine filled with butter and cream, not many French are severely overweight. The French have mastered the art of savoring their food without overeating. Portion sizes in France will likely be smaller then what we are used to in The United States; however, plates will be packed with flavor.

This same philosophy can be applied to drinking alcohol. The French love their wine, and enjoy wine by the glass at mealtimes. Rather then drinking to get buzzed, the French drink to savor the flavors and for the tradition of raising a glass with good company.

Dessert is also enjoyed freely, but often ordered to be shared amongst the table. Next time your dining in France, try ordering just one or two items from the dessert menu to share amongst your company, and try to really focus on the flavors! You’ll be impressed by how much more you enjoy your treat in this way!

A tip for finding the freshest food France has to offer? Hit up the local markets! From fish, to fresh cuts of meat and the juiciest fruits and veggies, the markets really are the place to be.

Dress Like a Local

Looking to master French style? The French, especially the women, have mastered understated chic perfectly. Look for solid colored, well fitting, timeless pieces. Cuff jeans to show a bit of ankle, but keep the look cool by forgoing the heels in favor of simple ballerina flats. In Paris, a popular outfit for women is well fitting, simple jeans, cuffed at the ankle, paired with a high quality material basic t-shirt, often white, grey, or cream colored, and finished off with plain black flats and a blazer jacket.

For men, simplicity is also the way to go. Look for quality materials, classic colors, and well-made shoes. Spend money on items made with excellence that will last a lifetime, but remember, the French don’t usually flash their brands.

Get Around Like a Local

It may depend on exactly which part of France you’re in, since obviously the snowy Alps pose different challenges then the sunny blue coast down South. But where possible, try to get around either by rented bike, metro, or just plain by foot!

If you plan to visit more then one area during your visit, consider taking the train. The French trains span the entire country, and are a comfortable way to get around. Tickets can be bought online, or at any train station.

Don’t Skip the Sights to See

As much as you may wish to avoid the so-called tourist traps, don’t completely by pass all the culturally rich sights and landmarks that France has to offer. Whether it be visiting the Louvre, climbing the Tour Eiffel or taking a hike to Foix Castle in Cathar County, its worth it to take the time to be a little touristy too, or you may regret it. That said, you can still work to avoid the crowds by arriving early or late, and perhaps skip the museum foodcourt in favor of something from the French bakery down the street.

Enjoy your time in France, and have fun immersing yourself in this beautifully rich culture. Bon voyage my friends!

You might also enjoy: Biggest hotels in the world

Continue Reading

Signs That You Need a New Air Conditioner

Air Conditioner 2

Air-Conditioning systems not only consume huge amounts of a home’s total energy budget, they also directly affect the comfort and well-being of your family. If you are experiencing problems with your air-conditioning unit, it may need to be replaced and you may need to immediately contact licensed, HVAC certified top professionals who will provide you with great consultation, the best products, and the most trouble-free air conditioning installation.

Here are some telltale signs that your unit may be about to fail.

  • It’s Old – Air conditioner units should be expected to have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. If yours is this old or older, it is time to replace with a new unit. Also, older systems are usually half as efficient as newer models on the market today. So replacing your older unit to a more efficient one can reduce your electricity bills by 30 to 40%. This saving will begin immediately and continue over the lifetime of the system.
  • More and More Repairs – As an air conditioners ages, it typically needs to be repaired more. If you are finding that you are seeing your HVAC contractor more frequently, this is a sure sign that your unit is going bad and needs to be replaced soon. So, you need to weigh up whether it is worth the increased repair bills for a unit that will fail soon.
  • Air is Not Cool and Home Has Too Much Humidity – The amount of cool air coming from your air conditioner should be on-demand and consistent. If at some point, you discover that even at full blast, the air coming from your vents just isn’t as cold as it used to be, this could be a sign that your system is in need of serious repair or it might be time to replace the unit.

Air conditioners not only cool the home, they also remove humidity. As air conditioners age, they may not effectively dehumidify the home, and the indoor air quality is drastically reduced. A high level of home humidity may be a sign that you need a new system.

  • Air Conditioner Runs Too Long – An additional indicator that you may need a new air conditioning system is inefficiency. This often means that your air conditioner runs too long with no noticeable cooling of your home. There can be several reasons for this, including issues with the ducts, but it can also mean it is time for the unit to be replaced.
  • Reduced Air-Flow – If the air-flow coming from your AC has gotten weaker, or you find that some rooms are getting sufficient air-flow while others hardly get any, the unit’s compressor may be failing.
  • Strange Noises or Smells – Unusual noises including squealing, grating, and grinding sounds, or bad smells coming from your air conditioner might mean it is having serious problems. These may imply that something is wrong inside the unit or that your duct system is not compatible with your cooling system. Further inspection by a professional  might reveal that the entire system may need to be replaced.

Like all electrical devices, air conditioning units eventually fail. Recognize the signs that it is failing long before it actually occurs, so you do not end up with no AC on the hottest day of the year. A new air-conditioning unit will not only save you money in the long run, but will add to your overall comfort of you and your home.

Continue Reading

It’s Time to Start Buying Your Meat Online

Meat Online

Thanks to many savvy business owners out there and the ever-growing trend for sourcing healthy and ethical produce, buying high-quality meat online from the comfort of your own home is no longer a tough decision, it is a convenient reality. We’ll discuss the key benefits associated with buying your meat online.

Supporting Local Business

Simply put, supporting local businesses will strengthen the economy of the local community and its surrounding areas. Your local butcher shop is no exception. Unlike supermarkets who support conventional farming methods, your local butcher shop often source their free range meat from local agricultural businesses and suppliers too, in turn strengthening the whole supply chain too. The more this happens, the more options you have, for you and your family.

A Wide Range of Produce

Buying your meat online, and from your local butcher will offer you a much wider range of produce compared to the typical supermarket isle. It’s important to remember that your local butcher shop specialises in quality meat, therefore it can offer you a special and much wider selection of fresh high quality meats and related products. Certain products will come raw and unprepared for you to cook however you like, while others may be prepared and pre-seasoned for you so you can simply chuck it in the oven.

Only the Highest-Quality Meat and Service

Your local online butcher stocks only the highest-quality meat, seafood and other related products that can be bought. Since the shop carefully sources its produce, there are no ‘bad’ products so to speak for you to purchase. Your butcher knows this, and therefore not providing you with the quality and service that you have come to expect will mean losing a valuable customer. Supplying sub-par meat and produce will hurt the store’s overall reputation, and in turn, their revenue.

It’s SO Convenient

In today’s busy world, convenience is probably the biggest advantage to buying your meat online. Gone are the days of standing in line at the supermarket. Simply jump online when you get home, browse their high-quality selection, pick what you want and press buy. All this within the comfort of your own home.

Continue Reading

You Can Update Your Bathroom on a Budget

bathroom

When you’re remodeling your bathroom with a limited budget, there are many things that you can do to make it look and feel great.

Granite Countertops

The trend in countertops these days is granite and kitchens and bathrooms have been the beneficiaries. Granite countertops can modernize any space and make it look rich too. Granite is expensive, but the good news is there are alternatives that have a similar look and sometimes feel as granite (but not the durability), at a fraction of the price. These include laminate, Corian and even Quartz. Check pricing in your area and you may find a great deal.

Fresh Paint

New paint is probably the most underappreciated, yet impactful change you can make in a bathroom. The first time you walk in after it is painted you will feel like you are not only in a new room, but a new house. If your bathroom is small, lean toward light colors, because it will make it look roomy. If you have a larger bathroom, try darker tones and even mix colors (light and dark) to highlight the depth of the room. Also, you may consider painting the cabinets as well as this can add to the new feel of the room. Use the colors of your shower curtain, faucet and hardware to guide you.

New Faucets and Showerheads

One place you should definitely focus on to perk up your old bathroom is faucets and showerheads. If you pick the right ones, they can add a certain sophistication, and a large portion of personal style. There are even electronic bathroom faucets available today. The point is that chosen well, they blend quality and style and make the space come alive. Also many are energy-efficient and help save on your water bills.

Showerheads and faucets come in a range of styles, materials and prices and you can lose your budget here, so be careful. But, you don’t have to go overboard. Yes, solid-brass faucets look great, but so do polished chrome, and they cost a fraction of the price, and they stay looking and working great for a long time. Be sure also that your towel hooks, racks and hardware match the material of the showerheads and faucets, so everything complements.

New Tile

New floor and wall tiles brighten a room and add a new look. Try new colors and textures and see how your bathroom transforms. The best part is there are many budget priced tiles today to fit any style bathroom. Also, put in an exhaust or replace the old one if it is noisy.

You’ll be thrilled at how easily you can update your bathroom without having to spend too much. These fixes are small jobs but can make a real difference. If you are not handy at all consider hiring professionals for any plumbing and electrical issues.

Focus on the most important fixes first and the minor ones after. Your bathroom will be the best room in the house in no time!

Continue Reading

The Many Benefits of IPL Laser Hair Removal

The Benefits of IPL Laser Hair Removal will change your life
Photo by CC user 37949388@N07 on Flickr

Without a doubt one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in beauty salons around the country, are IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Laser Hair Removal treatments.

IPL may be an option worth considering if you are unsatisfied with tweezing, shaving or waxing approaches to eradicate all those unwanted hairs this Summer.

IPL has been tested as an effective and safe procedure yet unfortunately, many sources have got these facts wrong, giving IPL a bad wrap with few benefits. This simply isn’t true, therefore this article will highlight the advantages of IPL Laser Hair Removal and how you can benefit from giving it a go.

Less pain than waxing

The amount of discomfort experienced with IPL hair removal fluctuates, depending on your personal pain threshold, skin type and how sensitive the area being treated is. IPL works by converting light energy to heat, resulting in the absorption into particular target cells with dark pigment in the hair follicles. Consequently, these dark pigments (hair follicles) are destroyed and fall out. IPL uses long pulse width, meaning the pulse occurs over a relatively longer period of time, and so resulting in greater comfortability and safety for you.

The feeling of an IPL treatment is rarely described as painful. More likely, clients might comment that the area being treated is warm or hot, or even that it feels as if a rubber band is flicking against the skin. Don’t forget, the area you are treating has an effect on how uncomfortable it is, the more sensitive the area obviously the more discomfort.

If you are worried about having sensitive skin, you can ask your beauty therapist to lower the wavelength level, or even apply numbing cream 45-60 minutes prior to your IPL treatment.

Fast and Lasting results

When compared to other common hair removal methods, IPL Laser Hair Removal has the longest lasting result period, by a long shot. After your first IPL treatment, beauty therapists recommend waiting approximately two weeks for the treated area to shed the hair, followed by a four-week period where new hair follicles will begin a re-growth phase. The time between treatments will vary depending on the individual, but on average, you can expect a six-week break between sessions. When these sessions have been completed, clients usually report that any further sessions were unnecessary for a few months. And, eventually, the treated area will no longer grow new hair!

Regarding IPL session length, this varies depending on how large the area being treated is. For example, an IPL full leg and underarm treatment should not take longer than 15-20 minutes.

Continue Reading

Changes in The Home to Fit Your Physical Needs

Naturally we would all like to stay fit, healthy and a the peak of our physical powers forever but unfortunately this cannot be the case. Physical injury and aging means that there will come a time when we can no longer do the things that we once could and even basic tasks around the home become difficult. When this time comes, it is important that we adapt our homes in order to ensure that our lives are made as easy as possible. There are lots of options when it comes to ways in which you can make your home more suitable to live in and here are a few for you to consider.

504775457_1280x720

Bath

Basic daily tasks such as taking a bath can become far more difficult if your mobility is poor and you can remedy this by installing a new bath. You could get a get a walk in bath fitted which will allow you to easily get in and out of the bath tub through an opening door on the side. Alternatively you could have a lower bath put in which would also make it far easier to get in and out.

Shower Stool

Installing a stool in your shower will also make bathing far easier, this way you don’t have to put pressure on your legs as you take a shower. There are lots of different heights for you to choose from depending on your preference and you can simply sit and wash yourself without any undue stress on your body.

Stairlift

Getting up and down the stairs when your mobility is poor can be incredibly difficult and installing a stairlift can really help in your day to day life. The costs of stairlifts have reduced dramatically and there are also lots of different types of grants available which can help towards paying for a stairlift. With a stairlift you will find getting up and down stairs a little slower but it will help you to conserve your energy and strength for getting around.

Bone Friendly Chair

Many of us spend much of our time sitting and chatting or sitting down watching television, to help you and your mobility then it is worth investing in a chair that will provide you with the support that your body requires. There are lots of settees and chairs that have been ergonomically designed to fully support your posture and put pressure on the correct areas as well as taking pressure away from other areas that cause pain.

Loud Speaker Phone

Not being able to hear clearly can be a very frustrating thing and this is especially troubling when you need to speak on the phone. Fortunately there are loud speaker telephones that you can buy which will play the telephone conversation over speakers around the home. Using a phone like this means that you can not only walk around whilst you chat, but also that you will be able to clearly hear what the other person is saying.

Continue Reading

Pop Up Gazebo – An Essential for Your Next Camping Adventure

heavy-duty-3x3

Quality pop up gazebos are designed to be easy to erect, take down and transport. They are clever creations that you can go anywhere and everywhere with – making them perfect for the avid campers out there. Some are better than others, but if you buy a quality pop up gazebo then rest assured it will last you for many camping trips to come.

I’d recommend investing in a lightweight yet durable pop up gazebo that is quick and easy to manoeuvre. We don’t recommend going down to a commercialised camping store and buying something cheap and that won’t last. Spending just that little bit extra to avoid the structure caving and falling on top of you is completely worth it, especially if you camp often and at different times of the year. If you want something that lasts, don’t take short cuts on –  do your research to find a pop up gazebo that is both accountable and affordable. Pop up gazebo size scan vary and therefore the costs do too, however, to give you a better idea of what I mean by quality, weight is more commonly a good place to start. A small 2.4m x 2.4m pop up gazebo should weigh between 18kg& 23kg out of its case, and a larger 3m x 6m pop up gazebo should weigh around 35kg.

There is nothing more annoying than when the weather decides to ruin the adventure you had planned. Buying a good quality pop up gazebo from an expert retailer will stop this from happening moving forward. We can’t fully predict or change the weather, but we can definitely better adapt to the way we interact with mother nature.Most good quality pop up gazebos are truly waterproof, with a sturdy Aluminium frame and provide Ultraviolet Protection, rated no less than UPF 50+. These specific features allow us to trust that the stability and quality of your pop up gazebo is long lasting.

Continue Reading