Monitoring your heart rate ensures that your exercise reaches your target heart rate without exceeding it. The purpose of heart rate monitors is to make sure the change in your heart rate is sufficient for you to stay healthy. A heart rate monitor watch is ideal because it is easy to remember as part of a schedule and has multiple purposes. These watches can accurately take your pulse as you go, something that is less reliable on a smartphone or other mobile device.
Winter can be a tough time of year to stay illness-free and full of energy. When the weather outside is frightful, the last thing we want to do is go for a long run while our ears turn from blue to white and our extremities lose feeling. Wouldn’t it be nicer to sit in front of the fire and annihilate the population of leftover Valentine’s Day chocolates? Other energy zappers are the infamous flu and cold viruses that run rampant this time of year when our immunities are as low as the temperature. Sickness will leave you feeling weak and keep you from work, school, and your normal exercise routine.
When you think of nachos, you probably think of the standard bar fare¬—a plate of tortilla chips piled high with avocado, beans, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, jalapenos, and maybe your choice of meat—all very tasty, but kind of boring. Everyone has eaten those nachos, and most people love them. However, you can easily step it up and serve easy-to-prepare, unconventional nachos at your next get-together or for a quick and easy dinner.
E-cigarettes can be a good, possibly safer (although the jury is still out) alternative to smoking regular cigarettes, as well as a way to help you quit smoking. Basically, they all work the same way: The user inhales through a mouthpiece that triggers a sensor, which turns on a battery-powered heater that vaporizes liquid nicotine (various levels depending on the cartridge) and a compound that creates a type of vapor smoke for effect. There are many different types on the market. Read on for more information about the types of electronic cigarettes and to see if one might be right for you.
Use simple fixes to take your home from ho-hum and dreary to light, bright and fantastic. Start the new year with sparkle by coaxing elusive sunlight inside, and directing it around your space. Begin with airy treatments that highlight — rather than hide — your windows, and finish with the addition of new and trendy lighting fixtures to lighten up all the dark corners lurking inside your home.
Staying warm has moved to the top of many to-do lists this winter! These polar vortices have delivered colder temperatures than we’ve seen in many years. Are you among those who have been considering additional or alternative heat sources this winter? If so, you probably know there are a number of factors to consider. Each type of appliance and fuel has its pros and cons, including varying degrees of efficiency and ease of use. Other factors include purchase price, installation cost, type of fuel and what it’s costing, and of course, safety.
Moms give us a lot of advice throughout our lifetime. Some are sound bits of advice, like “eat your vegetables,” whereas others are just simple myths. The “don’t go out with wet hair” myth was busted, for instance, since science has shown that the cold virus is unconcerned with your hair’s moisture levels. Here are a few pieces of terrific life-changing advice that proves, more often than not, Mom was right.
While holiday greeting cards should have been mailed long ago, it’s never too late (or too cold) to capture the beauty of a New England winter in a photo. Take a few shots during a peaceful flurry of snow, on a bright and cold winter morning, or after an ice storm when the trees are covered with crystals that sparkle like diamonds. You can’t go wrong with a winter setting. Make sure to dress warmly—hats, scarves, and mittens are cute in winter photos! Set out for any of the following locations for a beautiful backdrop, guaranteed.
When kids ask the innocent question “Where did I come from?” most parents raise their eyebrows and try frantically to remember the details of the stork story. But what if you could teach your children a story about their heritage instead? Both children and adults seem to be naturally interested in their culture and family history, since it allows us to build a sense of identity. So, unless your little one specifically asks where babies come from (in which case, you’re on your own), here’s a better way to teach your child about her roots.