3 Ways to Prepare for Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a pretty intense way to workout. It’s an adventurous full-body workout, that you can do outdoors or in a gym. It isn’t the kind of physical activity you should just start on a whim, either. Here are some ways to get yourself ready to start climbing.

1. Go to a Climbing Gym

If you haven’t climbed before, you can try a climbing gym Denver before venturing to an outdoor climbing area or mountain. Gyms will typically have lessons available for beginners and courses that cater to all skill levels. You can see if climbing is an activity you like and learn more about outdoor climbing, or just keep going to the gym. Some gyms also offer other activities like climbing courses for children and yoga. These gyms offer a safe environment and plenty of support to learn about the sport and practice.

2. Practice Yoga

Climbers need to be flexible, and one of the best ways to increase and maintain flexibility is regular yoga practice. Since climbing is a full-body sport, you should incorporate a series of full-body stretches into your exercise routine, and yoga is all about making your whole body strong, stable and flexible. Look for poses like Eagle Pose to increase balance and Flip Dog to practice weight transfer. You could also practice yoga flow, moving through a series of movements. This kind of yoga routine is all about strengthening and stretching your upper body, particularly your shoulders, which climbers tend to use a lot to pull themselves up.

3. Build Core Strength and Stability

When you’re climbing, you absolutely need upper body strength to pull yourself up and strong legs to find your footing, but core strength is essential. A stable core can help you avoid injury and strain and that stability supports all your other muscle groups. Before you start climbing, you can build strength in your core with a few simple exercises. Situps and crunches will work your abs. Plank variations like side planks and forearm planks work your whole core plus your upper body. And arm dips and knee-raise planks help strengthen your obliques.

Rock climbing targets all the muscle groups in your body, and it’s a good way to get in some cardio at the same time. It’s a way to workout without worrying about getting bored and it’s low impact. But it’s still a high-intensity activity, so make sure you’re prepared before you start.

Remember These 3 Tips When Moving During COVID-19

Even though the coronavirus quarantine has stopped several activities, there are some you cannot delay like moving. Whether you are going to a big house in the suburbs or a 1 bedroom luxury apartment in peter cooper village, you need to make special arrangements to avoid endangering yourself and others. Follow these tips to reduce the risk factor as much as possible.

1. Learn the Guidelines

Information is the greatest asset you have during these times. When you contact a moving company, ask them about their specific quarantine guidelines. This practice will help you prepare for the process. Additionally, if you are moving to a new community, research the local rules so you know what you can and cannot do within the area. Finally, see the CDC’s recommendations to have a general idea on what to do.

2. Think About Others

When you move into a new community, you would normally be welcomed by most people and spend a large amount of time socializing. However, the pandemic has restricted social interactions. Avoid disappointment early and change your expectations regarding your social life for the next several months. If people do greet you, avoid direct contact and keep a distance of at least six feet.

3. Disinfect Your Belongings

While the moving team will be taking precautions during the process, you still have to clean and disinfect surfaces before you unpack. Use cleaning and sanitizing products on surfaces you will touch frequently such as doorknobs, light switches, faucets and others. Once you finish with the living space, move on to certain belongings as you unpack them, especially if you will be using them often. Research the local government’s rules on recycling and disposal for your packing materials.

Moving is not completely halted by the coronavirus, but there are still restrictions you must follow to avoid risking anyone’s health. Do the necessary research and prepare for any changes resulting from the pandemic.

3 Factors that Make Physical Activity So Essential for Children

Most children love to play – even the ones that love their video games! Unfortunately for them, we are slowly moving towards a time when physical activities and playtime are shrinking beyond anything that’s long enough to be enjoyable or effective for them. Speaking of effectiveness, let’s discuss three ways in which physical activity and games are crucial to growing children.

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The Golden 60 Minutes

Young children and even teenagers can reduce their chances of gaining too much weight by being physically active for just an hour a day. It doesn’t have to be a continuous burst of intense exercise in the gym for one hour, but just sixty minutes of any one or multiple physical activity/activities in total throughout the day. Given that the CDC presented data that showed every one in five American children to be dangerously overweight, the golden rule of 60 minutes needs to be followed more widely.

Physical Activity has been Directly Linked to Better Learning

There is a direct connection between physical activity and learning, as it was found that school children who were involved in track & field or any other sport, even as a side-activity, fared better in academic test scores. The subjects that seemed to have benefitted the most from physical activity were mathematics, reading and comprehension.

In general, it was found that aerobics or cardiovascular exercise in children leads to growth in brain matter, along with the formation of new neural connections at a much faster rate than in children who don’t participate in aerobic exercises as much. Aerobics includes anything from running and jogging, to playing a sport that taxes the child’s agility and stamina.

Lack of Physical Activity Can Stunt Physical and Cognitive Growth

Contrary to what some parents may believe, cognitive growth and physical growth are simultaneous and interdependent in many ways. In children who are still at their growing age, the impact of insufficient physical activity could be hugely detrimental for their cognitive development. Even if such an under-active child excels in school work, a rounded development of the bran is unlikely to occur.

It should be noted that this connection between cognitive development and physical activity is one that lasts a lifetime in human beings, but during the early years of rapid growth, missing out on the necessary physical activity will result in inadequate brain development. For example, physical exercises in the form of children’s games or any sport, can help children develop sensory skills. They learn to coordinate their neuromuscular reactions to senses of sight, sound and touch in ways that they wouldn’t learn to do otherwise as children, but would find to be highly essential skills as adults.

Lastly, we must acknowledge the fact that depression, suicidal thoughts and a low self-esteem in children, are often the results of being overweight or obese. Physical activity in children can not only prevent excess weight gain in the first place, but the exertion can lower such grim thoughts and feelings even if they are already present through the regular release of endorphins.

A Beginner’s Guide to Keeping a Bird as a Pet – Everything You Need to Know


Having a bird as a pet is not for every family. But if you are considering adopting a bird for a pet, there are a few things you and your family will need to know before bringing your new feathered friend home.

From the cage, to what to feed your bird, you will find all the information you need if you click here. Below are several ideas to keep your new pet healthy and happy.

Time Involved

Before adopting a bird for your family, you should discuss with each member how much time they are willing to give to the care of the new pet. A bird may seem like an independent creature, but they do need help with food, water, cleaning the cage, vet visits, and playtime.

Most of the birds up for adoption will not require more than about an hour a day. Adopting two birds at one time may be helpful when it comes to keeping a bird entertained. They will talk and sing and play with one another.

There are also some birds require several hours of attention a day. Any bird of the parrot species, cockatoo, amazons, macaws, and Conures all require more time. You may not have to hold them all the time, but they will want to be near you and need interaction with you in the form of talking. So, you will need to figure more time for these types of birds. If you travel or have a busy schedule, these types of birds are not for your family.

Costs of Birds

The cost of purchasing the bird only depends on what type of feathered friend you are thinking of buying.

Parakeets and Budgies are the cheapest and smallest birds and cost anywhere from $10 to $35. Finches are also small and begin at $10, but can increase in price up to $100. Canaries can cost between $25 and $125. Cockatiels will cost anywhere from $50 to $150 for they are a bit larger bird. Macaws and African Grays are among the largest pet birds and cost between $600 and $9000.

Cage Costs

The cost of the cages varies from the small, which run about $10, to the extra large that can cost up to $1000. These are just the cages the birds spend most of their time in, for eating, sleeping, and playing.

There are also flight cages for birds to spread their wings and fly in the safety of your home and in a contained area. Flight cages cost up to several thousand dollars for the ones that take up nearly an entire room.

Why a Bird May Not Be For You

Birds Live for a Long Time – The commitment to a pet bird is many, many years. Some of the pet birds, if well cared for, will live past 75 years of age. This is a long-term commitment for you and your family and something to think about.

Birds Bite – All birds bite, and it is not because they are mean, but rather they are wild by nature and most likely scared. It will happen to the nicest pet owners and from the nicest birds.

Birds Are Messy – Birds can’t help themselves, they can only eat in one way, in a big mess. You will need to clean the cage and the area around the cage daily. This is time-consuming and sometimes disgusting because they also potty in the same manner and the same place.

Birds Are Loud – All birds are vocal creatures, however, some of them are louder than others. The larger the bird, the larger their voice will be. And birds do not stay quiet just because you asked.

Noise Levels

Some people will enjoy the chatter a pet bird will provide on a daily basis. Many of the words you say can and will be repeated so watching what you say could be an issue in some households.

Listening to their bird sing a song is another favorite of many bird owners. They will sing their own version of a song unless you take the time to teach them how to sing your favorite song.

Here are five birds that are quieter than the others if noise is an issue with you or anyone in your family.

1. Senegal Parrots

A medium-sized bird, about 10 inches in length and one of the quietest birds in the parrot family. They are less likely to scream and screech like several other breeds of birds.

2. Parrotlets

Another in the parrot family, they are small and do not scream or screech like the majority of hook-billed birds. They do create soft chirps and chatter that is more soothing than annoying.

3. Budgies (Parakeets)

This is the smaller version of the parrot, although they look almost identical. They have a voice, but not the desire or volume to screech and scream as the larger birds do.

4. Canaries and Finches

Since these are tiny birds, their voices are also tiny. They may make a small “beep” or “squeak” throughout the day, but it is more sweet than harsh.

5. Cockatiels

These are a bit larger bird, but their voices are softer, and they can be trained to do a variety of behaviors that are funny and will make them and you happy. They are a popular bird and one that loves to please their owners.

Food

A nutritious, varied diet is what pet birds require from their daily food intake. This can include veggies, fruits, seeds, and special bird pellets.

Birds are loving and can provide years of fantastic entertainment and enjoyment for everyone in the family. At first, they may not seem to be as much work as dogs or cats, but they do need attention and a lot of care.

Make sure you visit someone who has birds or a place where birds are kept, like a nursing home. This will give you and your family an idea about the birds’ daily needs and care.

 

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Creating a Welcoming Home Décor

It’s common to see the word welcome on doormats at the front door. It’s an indication you want visitors to feel welcome and comfortable in your home. That’s also how your family should feel. Creating a family-friendly and possibly pet-friendly décor is the ideal way to create a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. Including handmade items in your décor can accentuate a homey atmosphere.

Furniture

Stain resistant upholstery is typically the best choice for an active household. Choosing furniture that has zippered cushions can make cleaning easier for you. Fabric that doesn’t trap pet hair is essential if you share your home with pets. Although leather is more expensive than some other fabric options, it’s extremely durable, easy to clean and won’t trap odor or pet hair.

Handmade Accessories

Handmade items seem to instantly add a feeling of hominess to the décor. Handmade Persian rugs are visually exquisite, yet durable enough for a family-friendly living room. Handmade accessories such as throws and pillows can elevate the beauty of your living room or bedrooms. It is very trendy to include nature-themed items in your décor. There are lots of handmade, nature-related decorative accent pieces available. You could also have the family make decorative accessories from items you find on a family outing.

Kid’s Art

Children love drawing and painting. You can frame some of their work and use it as wall art throughout the house. You can use multiple framed pieces to create an artistically unique accent wall. There are lots of craft projects involving kid’s art that you can do to showcase pieces of their art. You can display a picture under a piece of glass placed on an end table or coffee table. Don’t hesitate to be creative with display ideas.

You can create a home décor that makes your family feel welcomed as soon as they walk through the door. You don’t have to forfeit beauty to create a family-friendly, pet-friendly home. Choose your furnishings and accessories wisely and enjoy fun family moments at home.