Making Room for Fitness

With your busy, constantly on the go schedule, you need fitness to be as easy as possible. If you can take care of your daily workout in the comfort of your own home, that’s greatly preferable to having to go to the gym every day. Unfortunately, making room for fitness equipment in your home can be a challenge. It’s clunky, takes up a great deal of space, and doesn’t fit with the existing decor of your room. Fitness equipment, however, doesn’t have to take over your home in order to be effective.

Find space in a closet. There’s plenty of fitness equipment that will help you stay active or get back in shape without taking up valuable floor space. Hand weights, bands, and pull-up bars will all fit in a box or crate in the closet when not in use, then come out for you to use them when you need them.

Choose fold-up pieces of equipment. There are plenty of treadmills, elliptical machines, and other workout equipment that are designed to fold up and slide out of the way when they’re not in use. They’ll fit behind the couch, beside a bookshelf, or anywhere else that you’d like to slide them when you aren’t actively using them.

Clear some floor space. The one thing that exercise does require is enough space to move around in. Shift your furniture around to provide plenty of open space in the center of the floor. While you can move the furniture in order to exercise, you’ll discover that you’re much more likely to actually make time for that workout when space is already there and all you have to do is take advantage of it.

Think about what you’ll need. Do you prefer exercise videos to a regular cardio workout? Do you like to have music playing while you exercise? If you need a television, stereo, or other devices handy throughout your workout, make sure the room you intend to use contains all those critical items.

Fitness equipment doesn’t have to take over your home when you start making exercise a priority. In fact, it can blend in so well that most people won’t even know it’s there unless you tell them! Looking for more ways to help make your home perfect for you and your family? Contact us today for more information.


Reduce Stress with Home Gardening

Take a break from stressing about that mortgage re-finance. You deserve a break and you can get one that is not only challenging and fun, but beneficial to your property. Home Gardening is a constructive way to add value to your home, as you improve your curb appeal.

Home gardening is often as simple as starting flower seeds in an existing bed or as advanced as hiring a team of professionals for a total re-do of your landscape. Explore the possibilities as you inspect your existing shrubs, trees, and flowers.

Your first step in the home gardening process is clean up. Weeding and clearing unwanted undergrowth is a great way to get some exercise, fresh air and a new perspective on your landscape. Once you have removed the excess growth, pruning or planting may be the next step.

Perhaps you desire fresh, homegrown vegetables or just harvested herbs for your culinary endeavors. Start both easily by planting a few seeds in good soil. You will find California weather most cooperative when planting this time of year. Remember to keep the soil consistently moist until the seeds sprout.

A wide variety of salad greens grow now, some ready for harvest in as little as 30 days. Micro-greens are ready in two weeks. Dill, parsley and chives are low maintenance herbs that grow easily in any sunny spot. Frequent harvesting promotes the growth of most herbs.

If vegetables and herbs are not your home gardening choice, consider some of the many fragrant ornamental plants that thrive in the California climate. Proper placement and planting provides improved curb appeal and an increase in the value of your home.

After clearing your mind and reducing stress with these enjoyable activities, contact us about that mortgage you may need. Happy gardening.