Fitness Trackers

The new trend of fitness trackers and technology in our wellness activities to some may seem like just a new way for tech companies to drain our wallets. Now that we all have smart phones they need us to buy something else, but some do see a real benefit from them. Just a few months ago a study came out that when paired with similar lifestyles among young adults trying to get fit those with a fitness tracker lost less weight than those without that constant reminder on their wrist. This does seem like damning evidence, but the other parts of the study do muddy the results a bit. Everyone was losing weight and there were things like new diets and fitness regimens introduced to hopefully induce weight loss. Really the most important thing gleaned from the study is that everybody was growing closer to their wight goals.

For The Active

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How many fitness trackers work is that they track your movement and heart rate, continually pushing you to burn more calories and take more steps. Your goals continue to grow as you meet them and the “gamification” of exercise hopefully motivates you to continue to push yourself. For those that already live an active lifestyle and are really just hoping to get up and out a bit more and track just how much they do, these are great devices.

For The Newly Active

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If you are the type that just needs a bit of motivation to restart your fitness lifestyle then a fitness tracker may also be perfect for you, though in a different way than it would for the already active. While it is the holidays, giving a fitness tracker as a source of motivation may not be the best use of your holiday shopping. If you are starting a more active lifestyle with a fitness tracker and continue to use the fitness tracker the constant prodding and chiding from your wrist can help you keep on track and help you from falling into a rhythm of ignoring your fitness goals out of laziness and apathy. That initial excitement that comes from a new workout regimen, gym membership or new year’s resolution is extended because of the constant meeting and setting of new goals.

Other Health Benefits

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One way your fitness tracker or smart-whatever can help you aside from just getting you to walk off that extra piece of cake is to track your sleep and motivate you to step away from whatever you are doing after you’ve been sitting for a long time or perhaps just staring at your screen a little too long. While these benefits might not instantly mean things like weight loss and visible improvements, they will have long term effects on your health. Less eye and back strain means you’ll feel up to walking around the block one more time for far longer than you would without the helpful distractions of your tech gear.

The sleep tracking is another way that you can improve your daily lifestyle without affecting your waistline immediately. While getting adequate sleep does lead to a healthier body weight, it can take some time for that to really make a difference. You also need to look at the data and make a real change in your lifestyle if you see that you’re not getting the right amount of sleep.

Whether it is weight loss, breathing exercises or your sleep, the main agent of change is going to have to be you. The fitness tracker should be able to help, but it is just a tool to help you better understand your body and what you’re doing with it better. There still isn’t any magic piece of technology that can make you instantly healthier. However, you can find the system that works for you with one of those new pieces of technology and get the ball rolling again.

Healthy Lifestyle Tips

Stress and anxiety are near constants as you come into adulthood and start becoming a bit more aware of all that goes on in the world. Some may never have problems dealing with them properly as they subconsciously are dealing with their daily stress in different ways. However, for us who are less fortunate or just want to try and stop any stress and anxiety from building up in our lives, there are some things that we can do to try and minimize the anxiety and destress.


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Eating right is one that pretty much helps anything. Eating correctly can make you feel better and make a lot of the other items on this list come more easily and have more of an effect. The right diet may be hard to figure out, but just getting the right amount of fruits and vegetable along with keeping your calories around the right number can have a big effect in just a short amount of time. if you’re unsure of what a healthy diet looks like you can get in tough with a dietician or nutritionist to take a look at your current diet and give you some suggestions. If you aren’t looking to spend a great deal of money you can also do some research on the internet, but be advised that there is a fair deal of conflicting information out there.


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Exercising often and properly is one that can really be helped by your diet. Eating right means you’ll have more energy and so should hopefully feel more inclined to get up and do something when the time comes. Getting something like thirty minutes of high intensity activity in each day can really help you both physically and mentally. Finding an activity that you enjoy, like a team sport or competitive one can be a great way to destress after a long day or week. It can also be the perfect way to socialize with friends in a healthy and active environment.

Finding a group activity that gets you outside and lets you forget about your problems for just a bit is a great way to help with your stress and anxiety. If the outdoor activity helps with getting you active, all the better. If you’re interested in that sort of thing check out some local recreation leagues or start a weekly game with some friends so that you have something to really look forward to each week.


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One last easy way to destress and work through any anxiety is just breathing. With all the fitness trackers and apps out there it is easier than ever to remind yourself to take a few moments every so often to take some breaths and take yourself out of the moment. Adjusting your eyes from a screen, standing up and stretching and taking some deep breaths a few times an hour has been proven to really help your over all well-being. Takins small breaks has even been shown to help your focus throughout the day, leading to better work getting done despite less time being spent.

These three simple tweaks are seemingly small, but can have some big impacts. Eating better is probably the toughest one to change and stick to, but if you can pull it off your body and mind will really thank you.

Garage Door Uses

Garage doors are one of the more useful items in your home in terms of their impact on a single room. The garage that has no working garage door or garage door opener is near useless when compared to a garage with a working garage door and garage door opener. This is one of the reasons why garage door repair is so important. A faulty garage door or garage door opener transforms one of the most usable parts of your home into an extremely limited room that may in fact be less useful than a normal room for the small shortcomings of the garage door that only really become an issue if it is left in disrepair.

Garage door service doesn’t just keep your garage door working well, but it helps to keep your garage door as a whole in its state of being helpful to you and your home. Depending on what you use your garage for the importance of a working garage door may vary, but nevertheless the garage door will have to be working in some respect in order for your garage to be usable.

Your garage may be used for a bunch of different things, depending on your lifestyle, how many cars you own and what your needs are but for all of those a working garage door is pretty necessary. If your garage is doing nothing more than acting as a temporary bedroom or office space then you might think that a broken garage door isn’t that big of a deal. However, it matters how that garage door is broken. If it is simply the garage door opener that is malfunctioning then you can disengage it and the inconvenience is relatively minor.

If you have a problem with the garage door though, that is a whole other story. A dent, scratch or whole in your garage door means that things will likely get worse over time. A scratch rusts out and turns into a hole or a dent does the same thing. Then if you have a bedroom or office in your garage then you have just opened it up to the outside elements. This means that anything that you are storing in there could potentially get wet, freeze over or something similar. These problems of course don’t occur with a well maintained garage door as holes and what not aren’t allowed to last long.

Keeping up with your garage door and your garage door is necessary for getting the most out of your garage and the home that you paid for. In order to do that you need to put in that little bit of work or money and it will certainly make a difference.

The Garage Door Screen

There are a number of different types of garage doors out there. Many different materials are being tested, created and scrapped all the time and only a few of them are actually put onto the market. There are some however that find their niche in less popular places and yet still manage to carve something out. For these types of products it is important to know that only a small amount of the population of garage owners are looking for that sort of thing and would benefit from it. Many of these things are quite specialized and are only suited for certain situations, what you need to do is figure out if you are in that situation and make a decision that way.

 One of those niche products is the garage door screen. The garage door screen works pretty much like a sliding screen that is behind a sliding glass door. It’s nothing special, but it does have its uses. The problem though is that it can make garage door repair a bit tougher and it can be needed to be repaired an awful lot, which falls under garage door repair as well.

 Garage door screens do have a reason for being popular in some places though. If you live in an area with a ton of pests, then they make sense. You want an extra layer of protection between your garage and the outdoors so that hopefully nothing will get in that you don’t want in. However that can cause some problems as well.

 A screen has a few things that can make it detrimental, depending of course on how you use your garage door and garage door opener. A screen in front of your garage door makes it a lot more likely that you will keep your garage door up even though it doesn’t have to be. You may think that simply sliding the screen across is enough closure and leave your garage door up for hours or even days at a time. This, can lead to some problems in the long run for your garage door, but more importantly it can be dangerous for you. Leaving your garage door open with just a screen can mean that nearly anyone is able to come in to your garage and maybe your home without having to get through your garage door.

 This is a huge security risk and can result in entry to your home with as much ease as opening a door. It may seem like a small thing, and it is a very easy habit to fall into and then you aren’t letting your garage door have even a chance to do one of its jobs to protect your home and garage. The garage door and the garage door opener are built with security in mind, so not letting them utilize that can be quite problematic.

 Accessories for garage doors Des Moines Ia can sometimes be a great idea, but the important thing to remember is to keep your garage door and opener paramount in the whole thing. Not using them how they were meant to be used can cause some real problems for the machinery involved as well as just for you. If you don’t let your garage door stay closed when it should be then you are really inhibiting how well it can operate.

Garage Door Cost Cutting

Cost cutting is something that we pretty much are always trying to do these days. No matter where you are in your career you most likely aren’t trying to blow all of your money on something trivial. Everyone is looking to get the most out of their money and so cutting costs is something we do in our every day lives in order to try and stretch things to hopefully allow for a little better of a lifestyle by making minor sacrifices. However, these minor sacrifices have to be on the right things. Buying off brand pasta might be one where you don’t notice the difference and the thirty cents a week starts to add up. However, maybe something like buying lower quality knock off shoes just isn’t worth it for you. Picking your battles is important to saving money in the right places.

 Cost cutting when it comes to your garage door omaha and your garage door opener is relatively simple to do. There are a number of different ways to go about it, but the tough part is really, like usual, finding the right places to find savings. There are a number of ways you can do it, but really only a few ways you should do it.

 One easy way to cut costs is to just ignore the garage door repairs that tend to come up. Have you got a garage door spring that went bad? Just pretend it’s fine and don’t use your garage door until you feel like you really need to get that car out finally. This one is not the best way to save money for obvious reasons. Not only is the cost cutting not actually saving you anything in the long run, but it is really infringing on the uses of your garage door and garage door opener. You won’t be able to use the thing that you paid much more for, and your garage door repair will have to happen eventually. Essentially you are just putting off the inevitable.

 Another cost saving measure is something that might seem counter intuitive at first but in the end will save you money and hassle. Lubricating your garage door and the moving parts of the garage door every so often means that small problems will occur less often and your garage door will run better. A small amount of lubrication may cost a bit of money, but nothing in comparison to some of the garage door repairs that it can keep at bay or avoid altogether.

 Garage doors and their repairs can start to cost money. That first installation and the lifetime cost of the garage door is something that can add up over a while, but if you keep things in good condition the savings over time will really show themselves. Garage doors and garage door openers can last up to decades if you keep taking care of them and don’t abuse them. If that is the case you can easily save up the amount of money to replace it again by just putting away a small amount of money every year that you might have otherwise spent on repairs.