Top 6 Activities  to Prepare Your Body for the Fall Season

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The main problem with the new year’s resolutions is that they are impractical. So, why wait until January to make new fitness goals and take good care of yourself? In Australia, summer and fall are the best seasons for fitness, and if you lack motivation or don’t know where to start, here are some ways to build your own workout routine and get back in shape after lockdown.

Go for a walk

When going to the gym isn’t an option, walking is a great way to get back in shape. Not only will you manage to burn some calories, but you’ll also improve posture, strengthen your muscles, and shore up your joints and bones.

Walking for 30 minutes a day can be very beneficial for your mental health as well. This is a mindful exercise that allows you to enjoy some alone time, relieve stress and even try new things, such as walking to a new ice cream shop on the other side of the city. The best part is that you only need a good pair of running shoes to start today. So whether you want to go for a walk with your friends or go sightseeing when you need some time to unwind, this type of physical activity will definitely improve your mood.

Go on a hiking adventure

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Fall is the best season for hiking in Australia, and if you’ve been thinking about building a new fitness routine, this type of physical activity can help you get back in shape before hitting the gym. Because it is such a unique and rewarding experience, many fitness lovers prefer hiking over any other outdoor activity. Going for a hike helps you burn calories faster, breathe some fresh and cleaner air, and train all major muscle groups at once.

However, it would be best to start your training a few weeks before going on a hike. Try to walk for at least one hour a day to avoid muscle soreness and improve your chances of reaching your hiking goals. In addition, be sure to bring a camera because hiking in the fall is truly an amazing experience.

Hit the road

Cycling is an ideal exercise for busy bees. If you don’t have time for regular exercise and want to help our environment, try cycling to work. Fall is definitely one of the best seasons for hiking, especially because it gives you a chance to see your hometown through different lenses. On top of that, biking increases muscle strength and flexibility, improves joint mobility, and increases cardiovascular fitness. If you’re looking for a workout session that’s gentle on your body and mind, be sure to give biking a try.

Exercise with your friends and family

Many people don’t exercise because they lack motivation. If you’re one of those people, ask your friends and family to join you and organise soccer or volleyball matches that will help you get back in shape. Exercising in groups while having the best time of your life can help you nurture your relationship with exercise and take better care of your body and mind. In addition, playing a sport is a great way to burn calories and improve your strength and flexibility without feeling obligated to run the extra mile or stick to your exercise routine.

Get back to the gym

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When it’s raining outside, and the weather is too cold for exercise, consider getting back to the gym. A well-equipped gym in Sydney CBD will provide everything you need to get back in shape in no time. One of the main reasons why going to the gym can be very beneficial is that you always have support from trained instructors and other gym buddies. In addition, exercising in your favourite gym allows you to stay focused on certain muscle groups and develop a fitness routine that suits you the best.

Go for a run

Running on a treadmill isn’t as exciting as running outside and feeling the fresh breeze on your face. A 30-minute running session will help you burn around 500 calories, build and improve your stamina and motivate you to overcome your challenges. This type of outdoor exercise will strengthen your whole musculoskeletal system and help you maintain a healthy weight. So, lace up your sneakers, create a new playlist for running around the block, and you’ll notice improvements after the first session.

Conclusion

We understand that it’s often difficult to put yourself out there and get back in shape after feeling drowsy all summer. But, regular physical activity is important for your mental and physical health, which is why it’s recommended to give these ideas a try. Whether you want to go to the gym, try cycling or start a game of soccer, be sure to stay hydrated and change your diet because that’s one of the best ways to stay healthy during the fall season.

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Mixer Spillage Fix

I have a Kitchenaid mixture and use it all the time. I do have a splatter shield but when I am making a large recipe of something like butter cream there is bound to be a mess. Powdered sugar is always an obstacle to not get a cloud of it in the air even when you are careful. This is a simple solution that I saw and have used regularly. Such a cheap solution that can just be thrown away when I am done. Just take a piece of plastic cling and wrap it around the opening to the mixer. It keeps everything in the bowl and confined to that area. This also allows me to do other prep work while the mixer is beating something that has to take awhile.

At Home Cleanser & Big Spray – All Natural

I saw this and I just had to try it. Seems to simple to do much good. I followed the instructions carefully and came out with a large jar of a cleaner and bug spray that that a fresh clean aroma. But does it work? I cleaned the counters and microwave with it. It left the cleaned area with a shine and streak free. I was left without any residue. The ultimate test bugs. Im pretty good at keeping up with house cleaning and maintenance so haven’t had any bugs in the house. However, this time of year here in Salt Lake City we has ant hills that pop up over night. These ant are small and there are a lot of them when they appear. I poured a cup of the mixture and went to an area where there are reoccurring ants. I poured the amount on a small ant hill that was just started. I got some on some of the ants entering and exiting. Not much happened at first. Then I noticed the ants walking around erratically. They were also coming out of their hole. Soon, many started to fall and die. I am going to keep this in my arsenal to clean and kill bugs with. It is cheap and easy to make and then store in a spray bottle (which is eventually where what I made went).

Roof Leak Detection and Repair

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If you suspect you’ve got a leak in your roof, it can be hard to find and fix. If left unattended for too long, it can cause a significant amount of damage and make it difficult to continue living in your home. Let’s take a look at what you as a homeowner can do to spot roof leaks and fix them… and when to call in the professionals.

Before we start, make sure you know the type of roof material that’s on your home and how long it lasts. This will help you determine whether repair work or replacement is the most sensible option.

It’s recommended to inspect your roof once a year, but no matter how recently you completed your last regular home inspection, always be sure to check your roof after any kind of storm. Thunderstorms, hail, and other major weather events can cause damage even if your area isn’t hit particularly hard. Even if your property looks like it survived the storm without any major damage, you should always look for signs of a leaky roof.

Signs of a Leaky Roof

  • Water stains on your ceiling – especially new ones that appear after a storm. Even small water spots are an early indication of a leak
  • Damp spots on the ceiling, around air vents, and fireplaces
  • Damp or moist paint or drywall around electrical outlets and light fixtures
  • Unexplained dripping sounds inside your home
  • Water stains are on the rafters in your attic or on the top floors of your home
  • Drips or moisture on the walls, particularly after a major thaw
  • Interior paint peeling or bubbling during a hard rain
  • Loose shingles around your property
  • Buckling or curling of your shingles
  • The roof has changed colors, especially if localized to a certain spot
  • Loose or exposed nails on the roof
  • Cracked or damaged flashing around roof vents
  • Damaged flashing or cracked sealants around the chimney
  • Clogged/Loose Gutters or downspouts
  • Moss or mold on exterior walls that appears to be growing

How to Check for Roof Leaks

Look at the parts of your roof that are higher than the stains on the inside and outside of your home. Look for holes and other visible damage to the roof from the outside.

Roof leaks aren’t limited to just areas around your plumbing, vents, and chimneys, so make sure you look at your entire roof, not just the areas close to those projections.

Next, if it is possible, access your attic. Use a flashlight and your smartphone camera to find evidence of a leaky roof, such as:

  • Water stains
  • Mold
  • Dark spots
  • Any other inconsistencies

It’s best to look during the day when things are bright. The brighter the flashlight you have, the better. Travel upward from the source of the leak, paying attention to any dampness you see along the framing and underside of the roof. Look for marks and discolorations that are a result of moisture – especially if your local weather has been dry for an extended period.

Turn off the lights and look for pinholes where you can see daylight shining through. Closely inspect those areas. While inspecting your roof from the inside, never stand on insulation or the top part of the ceiling. Remain on the secure framing.

Finding the Source of the Leak

Chances are the water spots you see aren’t going to be close to the leak itself. Water travels downhill from the point where it enters your roof, so the source of the leak is likely much higher on the plane of the roof.

As you look for the source, think like water. It will typically come through broken shingles, corroded or poorly sealed flashing, vents, skylights, and areas where nails are loose or missing.

Sometimes, even with the best maintenance and inspection, you’ll find a roof leak that needs immediate repair. Or, you may find evidence of a leak but be unable to locate the source yourself. And if it’s outside normal business hours, it can be hard to find someone to come fix it for you. That’s why 24-hour emergency roof repair services are available.

If you have vaulted ceilings or otherwise lack access to your attic, you may need to go up on the roof yourself. Depending on your level of comfort and ability, you may not want to do this yourself. It’s perfectly acceptable to call in professional help.

Author Bio:

Karstine Sanchez is a freelance writer and content marketer with Allstate Roofing. She enjoys writing home decor, maintenance, and improvement.

The Evolution Of Victorian Era Hair Care

These days, it feels as though there’s always so much to do to keep your hair in top condition. You need to use the right shampoos and conditioners, the right protective treatments for heat styling, and more. That’s not even mentioning dying and cutting hair too.

Back in the Victorian era though, women were putting just as much effort into their hair, if not more. Over nearly 70 years of Victoria’s reign, there were a lot of changes to hair care and a lot of it is different to how you’d look after your hair today. Let’s take a look at what they did to stay fashionable.

The Longer, The Better

While styles did change over the years, it was seen that the longer your hair was, the better. You’ve probably seen photographs of women with long wavy hair, sometimes even touching the ground. There were even a group of sisters, named the Seven Sutherland Sisters, who were famed for their long hair. In fact, they has around 37 feet of hair between them.

They were a musical act in the 1880’s, wearing their hair down as they performed. They even sold their own range of hair care products, showing that celebrity endorsements were a thing even then. However, the bob came into style in the 1920’s, and they were considered very old fashioned then.

While the Sutherland Sisters wore their hair down on stage, it wasn’t the common thing to do. Little girls would wear their hair down, but women aged 16 and up were expected to put their hair up in up dos. ‘When women were photographed with their hair down, that was often to express intimacy within the photograph’ says journalist Lleyton Ware, from Brit Student and Write My X.

Caring For Victorian Hair

As women were growing their hair long, they of course had to take care of it. There were some modern solutions, such as giving hair trims in order to remove split ends. There were other methods though, that you’ll be glad were kept in the past.

For example, in the 1860’s it was common to boil bran in soft water, rub some white soap into the water, and then rub the mixture into the scalp with the corner of a towel. Women were often recommended to use egg yolk on their scalps too, to protect them.

Hair washing was recommended monthly, with ingredients such as borax, olive oil, and water. After you’d washed your hair, you needed to dry it out as water was thought to allow ‘disagreeable odors’ to arise from the hair. To dry it, you could brush powdered starch through it to remove that water.

With crimped and curled hair, it was important to set them so they wouldn’t come out on hot days. To do this, women would use a mixture of egg yolk and pomade to do so. It’s interesting to note that women’s bonnets were recommended to have oiled silk linings, to protect the bonnet from hair treatments.

Victorian Hair Styles Through The Decades

As the Victorian era was so long, hair styles evolved for women. Here’s a run down of what was popular at the time.

Usually, up dos were used as they were for ‘respectable’ women. The shape of the hair was important, as it would be taken into account with the rest of a woman’s silhouette. If a woman needed more volume, she would add false pieces made from human hair to create the look she needed.

‘Sometimes these hair pieces were known as “rats”, and were created from hair from the woman’s hairbrush’ says writer Samina Coffey, from 1 Day 2 Write and Origin Writings. ‘They would be packed into the hair, to add that volume.’

Hair was usually twisted into intricate styles, and the styles themselves changed over time. The sides of the hair were sometimes curled too. Over time barley curls, or ringlets, came into fashion. Up dos had padded sides, in order to match the width of the skirts that were fashionable.

As you can see, while a lot of Victorian hair care was very different to modern styles, there’s still some aspects that are relevant today. After all, who doesn’t love the idea of having long, wavy locks?

George J. Newton is a content writer, and business development manager for Academic Brits and Thesis writing service. He contributes to sites such as Buy coursework, too. His wife is his biggest supporter when it comes to his writing.