Sunday, December 27, 2009

Holiday Greetings

I would like to wish all of you the very best this holiday season.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Something To Ponder

If you had to make all your decisions as if today was your last, would you make the same choices?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Something To Ponder

Get Outdoors!! There enough said, smile.

Camping As Exercise Part 2

This is part 2 of the post"Camping As Exercise".
Remember to be safe and enjoy all types of exercise because it is supposed to be something you want do, not something you feel you have to do. You tend to stick with it longer that way.


Food Storage

Never eat or store food in your tent, as food odors linger and attract animals. Your food, stove, cooler, dishes and garbage should be packed away in the trunk of your vehicle whenever you will be away from camp. To be on the safe side, in addition to locking up all food, it is best to keep chewing gum, mints, toothpaste and perfumed soap in the trunk overnight, rather than in your tent.

If you have more than one tent on your site, align the tents in such a way that, should an animal enter the campsite and become startled, the animal would not feel trapped, without an obvious and easy escape route. DON'T arrange the tents in a circle or too close together in a line or semi-circle. Animals are curious and will wander through your campsite.

Large ice blocks in your cooler last much longer than either ice cubes or freezer packs. You can make your own ice block by filling a plastic milk container with water and placing in your freezer several days before your camping trip. A large block made in this way can last up to 4 or 5 days in your cooler. Don't drain too much of the water as the ice block melts in your cooler. Ice water is a very effective way to keep things cold in your cooler.

In order to save on fuel, it is a good idea to boil extra water at mealtime and keep it in a Thermos. This will enable you to make a hot beverage between meals or at bed time without having to heat up your camp stove again.

Bugs and Sun
Insects are most attracted to dark colored and rough textured clothing. Insects are least attracted to light-colored, smooth-textured clothing. Insects are attracted to perfumed soaps and shampoos.

Buy Natural Citronella, available in oil, soap and hair & body shampoo. These Canadian made products contain all-natural ingredients, are biodegradable and do not contain any toxic ingredients. These products are available at many camping specialty stores and pharmacies. Citronella repels insects. Some people report that Avon Skin-So-Soft Bath Oil makes an effective insect repellent.

If you are using a separate repellent and sunscreen: Apply the sunscreen first, about a half hour before exposure to the sun. Sunscreen needs to be absorbed by the skin in order to provide protection. The insect repellent, which works by emitting a vapor from the surface of the skin can be applied second.

Remember to have fun on your camping trip. Enjoy the sites around you but be a good neighbor. If you are near other campers, keep your noise down, especially in the evening.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Camping As Exercise Part 1

This time of year the weather is nice enough to get outdoors, and you should. Why spend a beautiful, sunny , spring day on a treadmill when you can hike, bike or run a trail. Camping can also be a great family event, or just time away from the hustle and bustle of our forced fast paced life.


Here are some camping tips from a neat article I read recently:

Camping is a wonderful family activity that can be a memorable experience for both children and adults. Most people who have bad camping trips are either inexperienced or unprepared. Here are some tips and tricks that we feel will make your camping trip a more pleasurable one.

Packing for Camping
Buy some storage boxes which can be found at discount stores. Transparent ones make it easier to find your things, but the solid color boxes are stronger. Use one box for food, another for camping items, and another for extra clothing. If you are handy, you can make a wooden box with slots for dishes and hooks for your cups. Be sure to take everything you think you might need. Many campgrounds have stores, but charge twice the price.

We have a list of Things To Bring that you can print and use as as guideline.

Once you arrive at your campsite, the fun (and work) begins!

Pitch Your Tent
New tents usually need to be waterproofed. Read the instructions, set up the tent at home and soak it with water to see if your new tent requires such treatment prior to your camping trip. Water proofing substances often come with your tent and if it doesn't you can purchase it at most hardware or camping stores.

It is also good practice to set up your tent at home before you need it for shelter. When you pack up your tent, pack the stakes separately to avoid punctures.
When pitching your tent, choose a flat or gently sloping area that isn't in a depression. If your tent is located on a slope, place the door facing downhill, so that rain water will drain away from your tent. On most campground campsites, the best locations will be the areas where others have pitched their tents before you! The safest place to pitch a tent is near small, young trees or brush.

Open places leave your tent vulnerable to damaging winds, and sites under large trees are a target for lightning and falling branches. Small trees and brush will protect you from the wind and will not leave you vulnerable to lighting. Your tent should NOT be situated too close to the fire pit or dish washing area.

Clear away all debris. Small rocks and sticks can feel like boulders at 4am. Place a plastic tarp under your tent to reduce moisture. Invest in some air mattresses and place them under the sleeping bags. You will sleep much better.
Always leave your shoes outside the tent. This cuts down on the amount of dirt inside the tent.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Music To Move To...

Spring has sprung, time to get out and move. What better way to be motivated to walk, run skip, hop or what ever your choice of activity than with music.

Listening to your favorite song while exercising helps you enjoy the moment and makes it go by faster, smile.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Another Benefit Of Exercise

Can a few laps around the block actually solve your emotional problems? Probably not, but a regular exercise program might help.

A review of studies stretching back to 1981 concluded that regular exercise can improve mood in people with mild to moderate depression. It also may play a supporting role in treating severe depression.

Another study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 1999, divided 156 men and women with depression into three groups. One group took part in an aerobic exercise program, another took the SSRI sertraline (Zoloft), and a third did both. At the 16-week mark, depression had eased in all three groups. About 60%–70% of the people in all three groups could no longer be classed as having major depression. In fact, group scores on two rating scales of depression were essentially the same.

This suggests that for those who need or wish to avoid drugs, exercise might be an acceptable substitute for antidepressants. Keep in mind, though, that the swiftest response occurred in the group taking antidepressants, and that it can be difficult to stay motivated to exercise when you're depressed.

A follow-up to that study found that exercise's effects lasted longer than those of antidepressants. Researchers checked in with 133 of the original patients six months after the first study ended. They found that the people who exercised regularly after completing the study, regardless of which treatment they were on originally, were less likely to relapse into depression.

For more info or to read the entire article, click on the picture or title of this post.

Until next time,

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Gardening as Exercise

People have been asking lately about alternative exercise options, well here's one that is functional ,practical and economical .

It's called: Gardening

With the recession in full swing, many Americans are returning to their roots — literally — cultivating vegetables in their backyards to squeeze every penny out of their food budget.
Industry surveys show double-digit growth in the number of home gardeners this year and mail-order companies report such a tremendous demand that some have run out of seeds for basic vegetables such as onions, tomatoes and peppers.

"People's home grocery budget got absolutely shredded and now we've seen just this dramatic increase in the demand for our vegetable seeds. We're selling out," said George Ball, CEO of Burpee Seeds, the largest mail-order seed company in the U.S. "I've never seen anything like it."
Gardening advocates, who have long struggled to get America grubby, have dubbed the newly planted tracts "recession gardens" and hope to shape the interest into a movement similar to the victory gardens of World War II.
But for many Americans, the appeal of backyard gardening isn't in its history — it's in the savings.
The National Gardening Association estimates that a well-maintained vegetable garden yields a $500 average return per year. A study by Burpee Seeds claims that $50 spent on gardening supplies can multiply into $1,250 worth of produce annually.

To read the whole article click on the title above.


Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Newest Trend in Vitamins

For years, we've been taking vitamins. Most of us have been taking those little tablets since we were young children, with the exception of babies. Babies get their vitamins in liquid form because they can't swallow pills.

Now, adults also have the option of taking their vitamin supplements in liquid form.

You've probably seen all those bottles in your pharmacy and didn't know what they were. The idea of taking vitamins with an eyedropper and dropping it on your tongue probably never crossed your mind.

However, it is now a choice you can make.In fact, it's a choice that has been made by most people that take vitamins. In addition to all the benefits you're about to read about here, liquid vitamins also taste great, being available in different flavors.
Popularity of Liquid Vitamins
In addition to being popular for its ease, taking liquid vitamins has other benefits as well.

The traditional method of taking vitamins was in taking little pills that looked like aspirin. While there is nothing wrong with taking these little vitamin pills, liquid vitamins have many positive points as well. Many individuals that take vitamin pills have problems digesting them and develop heartburn or acid indigestion. They don't always absorb very quickly because they have to break down from their capsule form before they can be dispersed into your blood and throughout your body. This is one advantage of liquid vitamins. They get absorbed almost immediately.

To many people it may not matter how quickly the vitamin absorbs into their system. Most people are in a rush in the morning on their way to work or school. They barely have a chance to do more than drink a quick glass of juice or cup of coffee to wash their vitamin down and they're out the door. They certainly don't have the time to wonder where and what their vitamin pill is doing once they've swallowed it!

Unfortunately, some of the vitamin pills that we swallow go through our body and out again without ever being absorbed in the system where they can help us. It's almost as if we never took the vitamin. What good is that? However, with liquid vitamin supplements, we never have that worry as it begins being absorbed as soon as it's in our mouth. This gives it a huge advantage over vitamin pills.

Liquid vitamins are more popular than they've ever been in the past. This is also a great way to get children to take their vitamins more freely. They'll love the taste of them and love doing what they see their parents doing
Be Healthy,

Monday, March 9, 2009

What Can Walking Do For You?

More and more scientists are telling us that our day-to-day habits have a profound effect on the quality and maybe even the length of our lives. There is more evidence than ever that regular physical activity and good eating habits over the course of a lifetime will prevent the diseases that kill many Americans. That's a pretty good reason to give walking a try.

Once you start walking, you'll discover the other reasons, such as what you feel in your body and mind during and after a great walk. It goes something like this: You start to walk, and as your lungs start to actively move oxygen into and out of your body, the tension you've been holding in your chest all day is exhaled away.

It supports weight loss and weight maintenance
It reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke
It fends off diabetes by improving the body's ability to use insulin
It eases the paint and stiffness of arthritis
It keeps bones strong, which prevents osteoporosis
In women, it relieves premenstrual and meopausal discomforts
It improves sleep
It builds strength, flexibility and stamina
It enhances mental function
It counteracts anger, depression and anxietyAs you can see, you have alot to gain just from lacing up a pair of shoes and putting one foot in front of the other.

Happy Walking,
Maggie Spilner

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Until next time,

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

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