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Safe Exercising After Plastic Surgery

Physical activity and healthy diet are the first and foremost aspects of self-health care. Luckily for everyone who has always been diligent about their physical fitness and smart nutrition, the two have now become a trend embraced and celebrated by people of all milieus, which made all healthy stuff way more accessible than before. Now, everyone can have their gluten-free banana cake post workout and eat it, too!

Physical health doesn’t only reflect your physical image. Regular exercises have proven to be helpful in dealing with anxiety, depression and overall stress-relief. This is why, for everyone who is leading an unhealthy life pressed by long working hours, lack of sleep, circumstantially bad diet (when you are 12+ hours at the office, it really is hard to chew on your salad only), turning to physical activity for a relief is a must.

Exercising (either light or intense) is mandatory for people fighting certain illnesses like mental issues, dementia, recovery from various injuries (i.e. injuries from accidents) and following plastic surgery – for faster recovery. All of the exercises should be prescribed by an MD who will advise the right type and intensity of exercises, depending on the patient’s overall health.

Here are some basic points to follow:

SurgeryExercising after breast augmentation

Breast Augmentation is a procedure of breast implants placement under the pectoral muscles in order to resize, reshape or alter the texture of breasts in women. The same type of procedure for men is called Gynecomastia.

Depending on the women’s skin type, the recovery time can vary. Still, the approximate time for healing is about 6 weeks post-operative. For about four weeks post-surgery it’s crucial for the patients not to overuse their pectoral muscles.

For patients who have been physically active prior surgery, and have skilled their bodies to intense workouts, the process of recovery will potentially be faster. However, they too aren’t advised to get back to intense working out (i.e. lifting weights or running long distances) for a while but rather replace those routines with pilates or yoga. Also, light arm swings, shoulder rolls and body rotations are a great way to keep yourself active during recovery as long as you don’t overdo it.

If you are really hooked to working out, and you need to do something to keep yourself in shape, focus on lower body parts. Moderate cardio, stationary cycling and walking are great options. Running or jumping is strictly forbidden.

After approximately half a year, you’ll gradually get back to your normal state, and hence be able to do most of your normal activities.

image 2Exercising after a face-lift and dermal fillers

A face lift is the procedure of getting rid of the excess facial skin. It may, sometimes, include re-draping of the skin on a patient’s face or neck or tightening of the underlying tissues altogether.

Two weeks after a face-lift, the patient may go back to their regular exercise routines. The patient will be feeling quite weary and fragile post-op which is why they should avoid sudden facial movements or intense body engagement. Light housework (cooking, vacuuming, dusting, etc.) is perfect exercise to slowly get used to moving around. Mild stretching and light exercising should be fine, too.

Until your stitches are taken out, try some isometric exercising. Once the stitches are out you should be able to go for walks no longer than 30 minutes a day.

Avoid high temperatures and direct sunlight. You should be fit to slowly get back to your regular workouts after about two months.

Dermal fillers are also a great way to make your face look younger and refreshed. It is a popular non surgical way to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness. If you are considering chin enhancement, lip and cheek augmentation or any kind of dermal fillers in Perth make sure you find a good cosmetic clinic. Keep in mind that exercising immediately after your beautification treatment can increase your chances of bruising or swelling.

Exercising after a tummy tuck

Abdominoplasty (aka tummy tuck) is a cosmetic procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. Unlike liposuction which is used for eliminating fat from many different areas (not just the abdomen), tummy tuck is focused on the abdominal area only.

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In order to promote circulation, you may engage in some light exercises (like walking). About six weeks after the surgery it’s safe to start with most of the cardiovascular activities, but try not to make it too intense. The recovering period can range from one to four weeks, and it depends on many factors. Full recovery lasts from three to six months.

The most important thing about post-op exercising is to understand that things get better gradually and that you mustn’t push yourself too much. With all the advice we’ve given, it’s still best you consult your surgeon or doctor for advice, and make an exercise plan with a professional trainer.

9 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Security

By definition, our home is the place where we feel the most safe and secure. A small fortress we retreat to when we feel battered after a long day at work. An oasis of peace in a world full of distractions. But, does such a place exist anywhere in the world? No. Not, unless we make it that way. And with crime rates as high as they are, some moves need to be taken. Yes, the frequency of property crimes may be going down, but the numbers are still concerning. It should be clear that it is up to us to do everything in our power to protect our families and make our houses the safe havens they deserve to be. Here are a couple of tips that should help you do so.

Clear your yard

This is home security 101. In spite of the common belief, most burglaries occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., or in other words, in broad daylight. Leaving too much stuff laying around your yard can do nothing but provide potential intruders a suitable cover while they are performing the theft. Ideally, your yard should be an entirely clean slate, but if you are not willing to demolish the shed and other objects around the house, at least make sure that all the entry points are clearly visible from the street, and, preferably, from your neighbours’ upper floors.

insurance-1987868_960_720Organize a neighbourhood watch

According to recent research that has examined the effectiveness of neighbourhood watch in Medford, Oregon, between 2007 and 2013, the presence of such groups didn’t have a huge effect on the city’s overall security. But, after the inclusion of one additional group per square kilometre, the crime rates dropped by 18.8%, which is a very impressive number. Neighbourhood watch can also allow you to organize neighbourhood-wide drills, simulate burglaries, share your experience with other people, and fit your house into a bigger and more efficient security system.

Maintain some kind of activity in and around the house

Burglars seldom attack houses while their owners are still in. That is why you should make the impression that someone’s always at home. You can do that in a couple of ways. For example, you can ask your friends or relatives to stay there over the weekend, schedule lawn mowing and maintenance services for the period you are away, or simply hire a house sitter. Also, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to set up a timer that will turn your lights and TV on and off at a seemingly random schedule and create the illusion that the house is still occupied.

dog-2092903_960_720Buy a guard dog

Dogs are beautiful creatures, and your family may want to own one regardless of the issue of home security. However, if we considered dogs in this particular context, we will see that they have great senses, can detect and attack intruders, and, finally, alarm you and your neighbours of a threat. However, if you want your dog to perform guard duties, it is obvious that you should opt for some more intimidating breed, like the German Sheppard. Furthermore, the degree of your guard dog’s effectiveness will depend on its drilling and training.

Remove hidden keys and remotes

No matter how creative you think you are, believe us – burglars have seen everything. There is no place in your yard you can hide your keys and garage door they can’t find. Making enough copies for each member of the family is not that great of an alternative, either. You want to keep the number of keys floating around on a bare minimum. With things as they are, entrusting your neighbour with safeguarding your keys and remote may be the most sensible option you have.

Light up the yard

We have already mentioned that most burglaries occur in broad daylight. However, if they see a fitting opportunity to attack your house during the night, burglars will much rather prefer to do their job under the cover of darkness. The best thing you can do in this situation is to deprive them of this cover and make sure your yard is well-lit. Of course, keeping the lights on throughout the entire night will quickly lead you to bankruptcy. On the other hand, motion-triggered lights won’t only keep your bills manageable, they can also cause potential burglars to panic and flee.

door-1089560_960_720Reinforce entry points

Thieves will almost always try to breach your house through the front doors, windows, and secondary doors, very often in that particular order. It is up to you to make these entry points as impenetrable as possible. A couple of new security locks and window bars should send a clear message to burglars that it’s time to give up. And if you are afraid that you won’t be able to find a reliable security doors in Sydney area, don’t worry – North Shore Aluminium has great experience in dealing with home security.

Cover your home with cameras

If you don’t want to spend too much money on full-blown monitoring systems, you can search for a solution in the world of gadgets and get away with small Wi-Fi cameras. Just make sure that all of your house’s entry points and hallways can be easily monitored through your go-to smart device. As for the yard, poor lighting and unpredictable weather conditions will require a bigger investment, but you can save some money by covering some of the less likely burglary points with dummy cameras.

Install an Alarm System

All alarm systems can be roughly divided into two groups – monitored alarms that are capable of alerting the police upon the first sign of a breach, and more affordable unmonitored systems that are only capable of producing a local rouse. Because both have their advantages and disadvantages (for instance, monitored alarm systems can be disconnected by thieves), it’s best to use both.

We hope that these nine measures will help the house you are living in finally become a place where you feel safe and at home. The security of our families is not something that should be taken lightly – let’s do our best to protect them from any threat.

How to Make Your Moving Experience Easier

No matter how hyped you are about having a brand new place to live in, moving is almost always a stressful activity. The amount of stress and frustration you experience, however, can be decreased and the whole moving adventure might just end up being easier and way more fun. Here are some moving tips bound make your life so much easier.

image 2Packing Clothes

This part is pretty much the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “moving” and there is something extremely unsettling about it. Maybe this is due to the fact that you are dismantling something you went through the trouble of organizing, maybe it’s because the thought of packing stuff only to unpack them at your new destination simply has a tendency of making you feel nauseous. Well, for starters, think about using garbage bags to hold your clothes – simply slide clothes on hangers directly into the bags and tie them.

Packing Breakables

Use your old shirts to  wrap breakable dishware, so that you can save on bubble wrap. When it comes to glasses and stemware, pack them in clean socks – it’s a perfect fit. Make sure that you’ve packed plates vertically, much like records, so that they’re less likely to break. Consider using toilet paper rolls to organize your cords. Finally, color-code your boxes so that you know exactly where everything goes.

Decluttering

You’ve been postponing this part so long and now is the perfect chance to get rid of that nasty clutter. While packing, set aside stuff that you use less frequently than once a year. Stack these things into a room’s corner and start going through them. Keep anything that’s of sentimental value to you and get rid of the rest (try selling it, give it away, or simply discard it). This way, not only will you get rid of the clutter, but you’ll quickly come to realize that there’s way less stuff to actually move.

image 4Know Whether to Hire Movers or Ask Friends

Moving can be a dull task and is best alleviated by having a couple of your best buds around to mess around with. Your friends aren’t likely to turn you down and won’t really ask for money, so it is you who needs to make sure that you have food and beverages at disposal for everybody. Additionally, friends who are helping you move get the first dibs on anything that you planned to sell, donate or throw away.

On another hand, if you have a bunch of fragile and massive valuables, you should consider hiring movers. Why? Well, in addition to the fact that you don’t want your friends ending up with permanent back damage, movers tend to come with insurance, which guarantees that you will get compensated, should something break or scratch. Moveage Group, for example, is fully insured and offers moving services, as well as mobile storage and these two can be combined into something very useful.

image 3Change Your Address

We suggest you do this at least two weeks before actually moving. You don’t want to end up having to compensate someone for paying your bills, once you’ve moved. Additionally, don’t forget your Amazon, eBay, PayPal accounts and your credit card, bank, magazine subscription and mailing info!

These five tips will save you a ton of headache. Pack smart, be careful about your breakables, use this opportunity to rid yourself of clutter, make sure that you show gratitude if you’ve asked your friends to help you and don’t forget to change your address!

 

Living Room Lighting For Every Purpose

Lighting can greatly influence your everyday life. We all know how different light can affect your mood, set the atmosphere, and highlight or hide different aspects of space, so here is how to achieve the desired look in your house. Here are five different types of lighting and each can have a place in your living room, so take a look.

home-2112652_960_720General lighting

General lighting is usually overhead lighting that you use during the evening to provide you with sufficient light. Some living rooms which have a lot of natural light don’t need any artificial light during the day, but during the night, it’s necessity. General lighting is great if you want to create a pleasant atmosphere and provide your room with an even layer of light. To ensure you’ll always get the amount of light you need, install dimmers or enrich the space with floor lamps or scones.  Watch out how you position your TV because overhead lighting can cause a distracting glare.

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If you want to draw attention to a certain part of your living room, such as a piece of art, some architectural element, a bookshelf or a fireplace, use accent lighting. A good way to accentuate your artwork is by installing track lights and a good option for highlighting plants or architecture is by using uplights placed on the floor. There’s one important thing to have in mind when installing accent lights – its brightness. Ideally, the accented part of the room should be around five times brighter than the surrounding space in order to achieve the desired effect.

Task lighting

Task lighting is used in the parts of the living room that are reserved for reading or writing. This type of lighting requires a brighter light so that you can do any task comfortably and without any strain on your eyes. Task lighting can be provided by standing lamps or table lamps that are adjustable and placed as near as possible to the area where you do the task. Apothecary style lamps are the favorite choice of many interior designers and you can’t go wrong with it. They are very focused and are practical because they can easily be moved around with the furniture.

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Ambience lighting

If you want to create a specific atmosphere, ambience lighting is the way to go. It’s a great way to illuminate your home without drawing too much attention to the light source. It’s a subtle way to create a certain warm glow to your living room and make it cozy and inviting. Since ambience lighting is delicate and not “in your face”, you will probably use it a lot through the day even if you get a lot of sun like in Australia. Because of the frequent use it’s a good idea to use energy-saving bulbs and install dimmers. This can be tricky to do by yourself so you can call your local expert, such as Sydney Local Electricians to make your life easier.

apartment-1851201_960_720Decorative lighting

Decorative lighting is a way to add something extra to your living room. With table lamps you can add colour, texture, shine and style to your living room. Each piece can have a story and can add to the dominant design of the room. With decorative lights, you can also make the space feel softer, cozier and more intimate. Different chandeliers and pendants can create that homey atmosphere, whereas table and standing lamps can personalize the space and add a little flair to it.

Since the living room is usually the social centre of any home, the type of lighting you choose is very important. So, go and light up your living room and let it shine bright like a diamond.

 

Paint Colors For Fooling The Eye And Making A Small Room Look Bigger

Home should be a place where you feel safe and free, but it can seem impossible to feel like that when you’re spending your days in a cramped space that causes claustrophobia rather than happiness. Believe it or not, moving into a bigger apartment is not your only option. You can make a room appear larger with nothing but a fresh coat of paint. Even though to appear larger is not the same as to be larger, the illusion of spaciousness can make your room more functional and easier to be in. Here are some suggestions that will prove our point.

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Painting a small dark room white is the most frequently used designer trick in order to create an illusion of spaciousness. Dark colors have the tendency of absorbing the light and making a room feel smaller. White does exactly the opposite- it makes the room feel open and airy and maximizes the effect of natural light. However, white calls for caution, since it can appear dull and sterile. For optimal effect, choose off-white tones, such as Benjamin Moor’s China White or Honeymilk Valspar.

Grey Is the New White

For too long white has been considered as the only option for increasing the amount of light in a room, when grey is just as efficient in fulfilling this task. It has been unfairly accused as depressing and drab, but in fact, it is the perfect alternative for the mentioned off-white shades, especially ammonite grey. Cloud grey also does a rather decent job in making a space feel soft and airy, thus creating a clean backdrop often used in Scandinavian décor.

Warm NeutralsWarm Neutrals

Unlike grey, warm neutrals (brown, red, orange and yellow undertones) are often used in small spaces, especially because they can make a room appear larger without compromising the cozy atmosphere characteristic for small spaces. Furthermore, they fit in perfectly in any design style and color palette, so you can introduce them without overhauling your entire home. Some of the best warm neutral shades you can find on the market are Alexandra Beige by Benjamin Moore and Old White by Farrow & Ball.

Pretty Pastels

There’s nothing quite like a small room painted with pastel tones. These shades are feminine by nature, and they can brighten any space and add a few imaginary square inches to it. Mauve, peach, lavender and light pink (e.g. Pantone’s Rose Quartz) are lovely choices, especially if you pair them with subtle neutrals. Just remember to use acetone for brushes if you’re going to paint with two different colors in the same day, if you don’t want your beige to become pink.

CitrusCitrus Shades

Yellow can look amazing in small rooms and enhance the presence of natural light. However, don’t go with too dark or too bright shade, since it can overwhelm the space. Pale, creamy yellow, soft banana and subtle shade of lemon are the best choices. You can combine them with light lime green or sorbet orange to create more visual interest.

Sea Tones

Lighter greens and blues that remind us of coastal scenes create a soothing atmosphere that can at the same time both enlarge and brighten your space. Sea foam green is especially effective, because it’s versatile and works very well with many other shades, like darker greens (e.g. rich forest green), white, pink, blue, etc.

Sea Tones

The fact that all of the mentioned colors are brighter shouldn’t discourage you from using darker bold shades in small space. However, it is important to know how to use them. Dark colors will work best when used on an accent wall, furniture and accessories, or to accentuate an architectural feature such as fireplace or niche.