Category: Fitness

Tips and Ideas for Decorating Small Rooms

The most important rule when decorating small spaces is to only include items you love. In a small space there’s no room for anything that doesn’t make you happy. With that in mind, check out these tips for designing a small space.

Home Decoration Tips

Tips and Ideas for Decorating Small Rooms

 

Use Versatile Furniture

Whenever possible make sure that items have more than one purpose. For example an ottoman that has storage space inside of it can be used as a table, extra seating and as a place to store books, blankets and remotes; a dining room table with drop leaves can also be used as a desk; a daybed covered in pillows is a couch during the day and a bed at night; folding tray tables can be used as side tables and then the bases can be folded up and you’ve got a couple of serving trays. Always try to find at least two uses for every item.

Keep Clutter to a Minimum

Avoid over-accessorizing when decorating small rooms. While accessories add charm and a personal touch be careful not to overdo it. Instead of having a lamp and a decorative accessory such as a statue on a table, use a sculptural lamp that can serve both purposes. Or try storing small items in decorative boxes that can be displayed on mantels, bookshelves or tables. Again, every item should more than one purpose.

 

Don’t be Afraid of Color

Don’t shy away from dark colors or bold patterns. Most people immediately think they should paint with light colors and avoid bold patterns when decorating small rooms, and if that’s your style and you want the space to look larger go for it. However, being in a small space isn’t a bad thing and making it look bigger doesn’t always need to be the goal. Dark colors and punchy patterns won’t make your space look bigger, but they can help to create a wonderful lively and dramatic space.

Take shelves all the way to the ceiling. People tend to think only of the amount of floor space, but don’t forget that there’s space above you as well. Try taking window treatments all the way to the ceiling. It will help elongate the wall and make it look taller.

 

Use the Walls to Free Up Floor Space

Instead of using bedside tables try installing a shelf where the tabletop would be. You still get a surface to hold a lamp, book, and whatever else you need, but you free up the space underneath for a stool, bench, or something else. This is also a great way to save space in the entryway. Install a shelf/bracket near the door for putting keys, the mail, and whatnot, and free up the space underneath for shoes, bags, and whatever else you choose.

Hide Storage

When decorating small rooms hide unattractive storage spaces with fabric. If you have ugly filing cabinets or under-table storage that never look organized, find a pretty piece of fabric and place it over top.

Thigh Exercises That Work!

Did you see that supermodel’s thighs? Weren’t those just the most perfectly looking sexy and toned thin thighs ever? Well good news, you can have them too!

It’s no secret that having beautiful sexy thin thighs can really increase a woman’s self-confidence and appeal so if you’re just one dying to get rid of those big flabby thighs, these thigh exercises are just for you.

Thigh Exercises That Work #1 – Squats

Nothing will get your quadriceps more pumped up that squats. These are extremely good and there are two kinds that are terrific for your thighs.

Chair SquatsChair Squats

 

 

The Chari Squat consists of you standing in front of a chair with your back facing the chair. All you do is slowly and in control act like you’re going to sit down, but not letting your rear touch the chair. Hold this position for a few seconds, then back up to the standing position, but not where your legs are fully erect and extended.

Wall SquatsWall Squats

Standing by a wall with your back towards the face of the wall, have your feet at shoulder width apart and your toes pointed slightly upward. Maintaining equal weight and balance on both feet, lower yourself down gently into a squat position. Make sure your heels are at all times touching the ground.

Slowly get back up to the position you first started then repeat. If you do this correctly you’ll feel your inner thighs targeted.

Thigh Exercises That Work #2 – Leg Press

Leg Press

Using a leg press machine, seat yourself with your back and head against the padded support. Place your feet on the foot plate about hip width apart. Make sure heels are flat and your legs are forming about a 90 deg angle at the knees. Another important tip people usually forget when doing this thigh exercise is to have the knees be in line with the feet and not varying inward or outward.

Once you’ve made sure of these, push the platform away until you feet are almost fully extended, but not fully then go back down slowly to starting position. Maintain heels flat throughout the exercise.

Thigh Exercises That Work #3 – Power Walking

Power Walking

Probably the easiest of the thigh exercises, power walking is great since you can do it on your way to the grocery or even from work to your home. Power walking is simply walking at a faster rate than normal, but not as fast as jogging or running.

Power walking is more about taking bigger strides while you walk. A great exercise for your cardio and entire body as well. But be sure to power walk along flat surfaces only and not inclined ones, as you might get overly developed muscles.

And if these thigh exercises aren’t enough for your thin thighs get a load of my Thigh Toning Exercises post.…

What are Weight Loss Supplements?

While the pressure to be thin is year round, there are certain months that certainly feel like crunch time. These months are also known as bathing suit season—a wholly made up season because women didn’t feel bad enough. But hey, this is why weight loss supplements exist!

And thank the good Lord they do because without these babies, whatever shall we do? Weight loss supplements come in all forms and it’s nice to get to know them a little bit before biting the bullet. These are some of the more popular ones:

Hoodia-

a natural appetite suppressant. An herbal product most famous for saturating the market early on in the supplements game. An online search for hoodia will garner a collective statement of “Buy this hoodia pill! Not that!”

Guarana

a plant that is inherent to the Amazon rainforest. It’s black beans are said to have double the caffeine of a coffee bean which I’m sure you know is a weight loss supplement in itself. What’s anxiety and palpitations, as long as you’re thin right?

Weight Loss Supplements

 

 

Weight Loss Supplements

Chromium

one of the functions of chromium is to facilitate the movement of insulin into the blood stream. It is obviously used for diabetes medication but also, weight loss supplements or muscle building supplements. What a combination!

Apple Cider Vinegar

long believed as a most natural way of suppressing appetite. But recently there have been studies that show a peculiar finding; people who ingest the vinegar in the liquid form carry out the effects naturally, but people who prefer the apple cider vinegar tablet are experiencing adverse effects. A puzzling case of vinegar elitism, I bet!

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)– a fatty acid naturally found in small amounts in milk. This is believed to be a popular among weight loss supplements as it is thought to decrease body fat and increase muscle mass. That just makes me want to sing its praises—it’s like winning the lottery.

Chitosan

is found in crustacean shells, of all places! It is believed to prohibit the absorption of fat in the body. It’s like hearing a Christmas choir sing to you in the middle of spring (cue collective sighing of the crowd).

weight loss supplementsBitter Orange

though quite popular in the market, this is also the diva of the appetite suppressant game. Bitter orange cannot be taken in conjunction to any other chemical in order to work—it demands your true loyalty all day every day. So if you’re the kind to obsessively be all about something that promises a lifetime of pain in the neck, you just have to meet bitter orange, dah’ling, you must meet!

So there you have it, the leading magical substances in weight loss supplements. No brand names mentioned though, that would only be too tacky, you know? I suggest you buy a couple, rent a DVD with a really thin lead actress and no storyline whatsoever and concentrate on thinking thin, and being thin—after all, exercise is for the poor dah’ling.