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Home Gyms… Maybe Not as Hard as You Think

Setting Up A Home Gym In A Small Space And For a Small Price

 

One of the biggest reasons people do not workout or stop working out is the time commitment. It is tough to fit gym time into a schedule already crowded with work, kids, and other activities. A great way to get around this time constraint and increase your chances of getting that workout in is to set up your own home gym.

 

There are 7 basic movements you need to train for an effective exercise plan. These movements are: push, pull, squat, lunge, rotate, bend, and gait. Some examples of these would be:

 

Push- chest press

Pull- Row

Squat- let your imagination run wild

Lunge- same

Rotate- torso twist

Gait- Run, jog, walk

 

With those movements in mind you have several equipment options. The simplest option is to use dumbbells, since you could cover all of those movements with them. You could buy a rack full of dumbbells, but for space and cost savings I would recommend the adjustable dumbbells. You can buy a pair and they adjust from 5-55 pounds.

 

A TRX (or suspension trainer equivalent) is an awesome addition to any gym. It takes up very little space and will allow you to do hundreds of exercises with just one piece of equipment.  Your suspension trainer can be mounted on the wall, ceiling, or even on a closed door.  Resistance bands are also a portable and inexpensive choice here.

 

For your cardiovascular exercise, you can always opt for the classic treadmill. Think long and hard before purchasing a treadmill because there is a good chance it could become a very bulky and expensive clothes hanger.  Rowing machines, bikes, punching bags, and elliptical machines are also good options, but take up space.  I would recommend developing a bodyweight circuit or jumping rope as effective options with a smaller footprint.

 

It is a great feeling to skip all the travel to and from the gym, packing a gym bag, showering, etc… that having your own gym will provide. Best of luck and if you e-mail Joe at HuntsvilleBootCamp@gmail.com He will send you an awesome, bodyweight circuit you can do anywhere with no equipment and it is scalable to all fitness levels.

 

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Your Air is Inferior!

Home (Indoor Air Quality) Improvement

October 28, 2013 by Scott Bowen

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Detailed shot of inside workings of an AC unit.

Indoor air quality is a growing concern for many homeowners. As we spend more and more time indoors, and the air outside becomes increasingly polluted with contaminants; many people are looking for ways to ensure that their home is a safe haven of purified air. Between the contaminants you track in from outside and the large amount you create inside from day-to-day activities, it can be quite difficult to keep the air in your home fresh and clean. Here are a few simple things you can do to improve your home’s indoor air quality:

 

Reduce the Amount of Dirt You Track In

Some large foot mats positioned right inside of any doors leading outside will capture much of the dirt and filth that may otherwise make its way farther into your home. Dirt that gets tracked in with shoes tends to make its way into the air, as well as other contaminants contained within it. If you have a large enough mat, guests can remove most of those unwanted tag-alongs without having to consciously wipe their feet. Just make sure to regularly remove the build up of dirt from the mat where it belongs: outside.

 

Go Fragrance-Free

Many air fresheners contain unwanted pollutants that can irritate the respiratory system. While it may be making your home smell nice, the chemicals that produce the lovely aromas may be filling your air with unwanted contaminants. Consider using all-natural alternatives to keep the pollutants to a minimum.

 

Inspect Your Appliances

Older appliances may emit increased amounts of pollutants, such as asbestos, into the air. Have your aged appliances tested for high amounts of pollution emissions and discuss with an expert what options you have to reduce this unwanted byproduct.

 

Ventilation Issues

Opening windows is a temporary solution to a lack of ventilation in your home. (Re: “Stuffy”) While it can provide some much needed fresh air, it is by no means a solution to the problem. Your system may be improperly designed. You may consider having your system evaluated by a professional in order to determine what, if any, improvements are needed to bring your system up to standard.

 

Dehumidify

Dehumidifiers reduce the moisture in the air; a key component that cultivates mold-growth. Mold spores in the air are not only uncomfortable to imagine breathing in, they can have negative health impacts if not dealt with. Of course a healthy balance is needed; as too little humidity has its own set of issues as well. Speak with an expert to determine what works for you and your home.

 

Most importantly, make sure that you are replacing your system’s air filter on a regular basis. And if you’re not keeping up with regular maintenance on your system, then any fresh air that is brought in has to pass over dirty, contaminated coils.

 

To really get the best air you can breathe, you may be interested in a whole-home air filtration and purification system. For further information, contact Thomas HVAC for a free assessment to determine what options are best for your home comfort.

 

 

Scott Bowen

Comfort Consultant | Thomas HVAC Company

256-858-4822 | scott@coolhuntsville.com | www.coolhuntsville.com

 

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You’re Going on a Vacation- How to keep your home safe.

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You’re all packed up and heading out on a week long and well needed vacation. The last thing you need is to be on a beach or snowy mountain somewhere and worry if your home is safe. Take a look at some useful tips to help keep you focused on your needed rest and relaxation.

 

One simple method which has become much more accessible in recent years is a home security system. Better yet, home automation systems are quickly taking over this market and providing 24 hour access to your home when you are away. There are several different companies that specialize in the home automation industry, as well as some major brands that are starting to garner more visibility in the market. The pricing on these installations can get pricey, even into the thousands of dollars depending on the size and layout of your home. We have also seen several companies marketing towards the DIY installation. These are relatively inexpensive and can be installed by the average Joe, no offense if you are a “Joe”. A few differences from the DIY to the professional installations are obvious but not all. For starters the cleanliness of the install, meaning the exposed vs simple wire covers. Others can include actually mounted vs simply placing on a mantle or counter. So, if you decide to take this route to secure your home research and decide what is best for your situation. If you want my opinion, Call Me.

Another simple way to help keep your home safe while you are away is to install dusk till dawn adapters on a few exterior lights. This idea works the same way as keeping cockroaches away. Bugs or varmints generally do not like a well lit area. Neither do burglars, for the most part. You can find the adapters in any big box store or at a local hardware store near you. They are relatively inexpensive and take very little installation. Another lighting method is to install a few timers inside your home to give the appearance someone is home. Set the timers for approximate times when you are maybe eating dinner and maybe watching tv. Be sure to have the timers to go off around the time you generally go to bed. A teenagers bedroom could probably stay on all night. Teens-text-at-night

 

Here is a final thought on how to keep your home safe when you are traveling. There is a  huge movement online nowadays to post about the fabulous vacations you are getting geared up for or that you have booked. For starters I love seeing the crystal blue waters and snow capped mountains on your timeline. What I would rather not see is that you just went on a spending spree and opted for the 60″+ tv or that you just got the latest Xbox or after winning the Tennessee Lottery you finally got that exotic, “only 100  made”, Range Rover. Most of us are happy for you, but a hand few may be more happy for themselves and are waiting on the perfect opportunity to win their lottery, without playing if you get what i mean. So, it’s ok to post how IMG_1017 your living, just understand someone may be waiting for that invitation (Selfie of we  are leaving on vacation) post to stop by and see what you have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quick and Easy DIY Pumpkin Carving for You and Kids!

Halloween can be loads of fun if you are prepared and have endless hours of time to devote to decorating and prepping and, and, and, You get the picture. for some their sole purpose is to make everything look incredible and make you wonder, “how did they do that?”. While others try to make the process look simple and non-time consuming.

I see it all day long, previewing and showing houses where folks still occupy the home in Huntsville AL. We pull up to a home and voila, we are suddenly transported into a Hollywood movie scene where everything is either Photoshop or a professional prop creator has been put on retainer for the holidays! Then to another house for sale in Huntsville AL and there we began to feel we should have purchased tickets for this theatrical event. Who has time or the energy to do this stuff, with kids?!

Well I wanted to share with you a truly easy and beautiful DIY for the Halloween Holiday that everyone can be a part of, especially the KIDS! IMG_0725

First, simply take an hour at most and set aside for the prep work. The prep work is time needed to find and purchase a pumpkin or two. Now don’t worry about how the pumpkins look- they will not be a the focus of the show. Now that you have the pumpkins you have several option for decorating.

  1. Non Toxic Paint (find a good list here). Cut out paper eyes, mouth, nose or anything you want on the pumpkin and stick it on. Now paint the pumpkin and remove the paper. You have a jack-o-lantern.
  2. Use non toxic magic markers (a good list here) and go crazy! Mark it how ever you want. Remember, these are not the star of the show.
  3. This option is my boys favorite way to decorate. Take a small hammer and get as many ten penny nails or masonry nails as you want and hammer in your design. Have fun and stand back if you are letting the little guys channel their inner Picasso

 

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Now that you have a base established, all you have to do is sit the pumpkins you have created on a table, preferably a sofa table and leave space in the middle for the finale.

 

 

 

 

Below is the finished project. As you can see for a simple DIY Halloween project just add Kids!

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Historic Downtown Huntsville AL Five Points

Enjoy the easy Life in this Historic Downtown Huntsville, AL Craftsman Bungalow. We will be having Open House this Sunday September 21. We have some great prizes to give away courtesy of Huntsville Adventure Bootcamp- Free Week, Blu Healing Spa by Danielle Knight- Free Massage, and from Acopia® Home Loans and Heidi Richey we have a Gift Card to Restaurant 1892 East in Five Points. Also if you share this post and stop by the open house we are drawing for $100 CASH PRIZE. See you there!