Why walking a dog is a great exercise?

We are sure that by now you have more than a hundred reasons to get a pet. Let me just give you one more. Just one reason, but maybe it is the most important of all.

THE DOGS ARE THE PERFECT PERSONAL TRAINERS invented by Mother Nature

They are enthusiastic, loyal and energetic. Unlike friends who may skip a session or two with lame excuses, your dog will never do this. They will passionately grab their leash and wait for you at the front door. You can never beat that! With the current sedentary lifestyles we all have, having such a loyal accountability partner is simply awesome. Did you know that the measly 15% of the all US teenagers exercise at all? Also, brisk walking is a great way to keep fit and lose some of the belly weight. Walking your dog outdoors will also give you the necessary boost of vitamin D, as you will spend significantly more time under the sun.

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Apart from this, you will significantly reduce the risk of the most popular illnesses by quite a lot. Let me give you some examples. Maintaining physical activity and regular physical exercises will reduce the risk of:

  • Breast cancer by the whooping 75%
  • Colon cancer by more than 20%
  • Heart problems by 50%
  • Getting diabetes by 35%

Isn’t it great? So let’s look at how much exercise is required:

  • Heathy children between 5 and 17 years old – 60 minutes of moderate to high intensity exercise daily
  • Healthy adults between 18 and 65 need 30 minutes of moderate exercising at least 5 days a week
  • Seniors over 65 years old need 30 minutes of low intensity exercising plus some flexibility and balance training

Is it much? Well, 150 minutes out of the available more than 10000 minutes weekly is just 1,5% of your time. Is it worth the investment?

Is it difficult? Wouldn’t say so. Is it worthwhile? Definitely.

Still not sure? Let’s look at the statistics:

A study conducted by the University of Western Australia found that 70% of dog owners achieved the required 150 minutes per week. Compare it with just 40% of the non-dog owners and it seems like a good deal to me. Another study revealed that having a dog and walking it regularly makes you 25% more unlikely to be obese. The good news is that apart from the dog you need little else – just a tracksuit and a pair of sneakers. You don’t need anything fancy, just ditch the high heels (after all they are bad for your feet). Inspect your wardrobe for a pair of comfortable shoes – even a pair of Zumba sneakers will do or get a pair of new ones specifically for this and start walking.

Don’t wait any longer, get a dog. Buy him a leash and start moving!

Tips for easy cruelty free shaving

There are a few lucky people who are born without the burden of having to shave their faces every so often. However, the most of us have to shave regularly at most in 2-3 day intervals.

I try to live a plastic free life and have removed the clutter as much as possible. I’m not entirely dedicated on this or in any way obsessed with it, just try to do my best. I love my animals and try to protect them as much as possible.
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I’ve been using my Mercury shaving razor for as long as I can remember, I think that this is not true for all guys out there. And I sincerely believe that I can get my message to them.

WE CAN GET COMPANIES TO MAKE ALL PRODUCTS CRUELTY FREE

I’ve been trying to live as much eco and animal friendly all my life. I love animals and don’t want them to suffer for me, for my needs or wants. And I realized that I must get out the word. I realized that I should inform other guys out there what is really going on behind the curtains and let them ask themselves whether they want to be part of it.

Why shaving you may ask. Well, we’ve got to start somewhere. One step at a time can go a long way to the goal.

Do you know that even though some companies’ state that their products are not tested on animals this might be only partially true? It may only refer to the final product and not for the ingredients or for the middle-testing.

There is an organization (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) or PETA which analyzes which companies are creating cruelty free products and publishes its reports on its website. You can either search the database or check the lists here.

Join our beauty without bunions project. You can achieve the perfect close to skin shave, great lather without the animals suffering. Apart from not using disposable razors or razors tested on animals you can do more.

Don’t use shaving brushes made of animal hair. Simply forget the badger, goat, boars and horses brushes. There are a number of synthetic brushes that will serve you well and at the same time will be kind to animals. Apply the same principles to the cosmetic products you use – the aftershave and the shaving cream or soap. Refer to the database listed above – they have excellent suggestions for exact products you can use.

It’s very simple. Just commit to it, guys.

Footwear for farmers

Healthy farmers take better care of the farm and raise healthy animals. It is of utmost importance that they look after they health and wellbeing.

Farmers spend a lot of time on their feet and they deserve a good care. It is extremely important to find the right footwear, which is appropriate for farmer’s work.

As always there are many different variations and everyone has their own personal preferences, but let me point out some general guidelines for purchasing the most comfortable work boots for farm work.

Features:

Padded sole: this would greatly reduce the strain on your feet.

Pick the right size: this is the first and the most important rule. If your boots are too narrow, your fingers would be smashed during the long day at the farm. If the boots are too loose, they won’t be comfortable to wear.

Lace-up design (with optional but highly recommended zip side) – lace up fastening ensures good and comfortable shoe fit. The side zipper is extremely convenient if you have to pull on and off your boots few times a day. Saves precious minutes of your life daily for more exciting things.

Heel pitch: look for a minimum of 10mm

Firm heel counter – try the boot by hand – you should not be able to bend it. This ensures godo support for both heel and ankle.

There are some extra features in the ‘nice to have’ category. These are – waterproofness, good insulation, steep caps (in case you are handling heavy items).

Be aware that the most durable work boots need time to adjust. Break in times are different, and range from few hours up to a month, but once you are through this, you would have a very durable pair of boots that are rather comfortable as well.

Brand names are personal things, some swear by the Red wings, while other prefers Timberland or Chippewa. Whatever you end up choosing, remember that the quality always pays out. Two pairs of footwear that I can personally recommend are: Chippewa Super Logger or Red wings 899

Don’t expect that your work boots would last you a life time. Be prepared to replace them regularly in one or two years. If you take good care of them and choose a good, quality pair, they will last even longer. Check this article for even more ideas for good and comfortable boots and how to choose them.

Don’t forget the socks!

These are also very important for your overall comfort and for preventing feet health problems. Always purchase socks from breathable materials. They will reduce the moisture inside the boots in case your feet are sweating. They will also help regulate the feet temperature. The best materials are cotton and wool. Make sure the content of cotton/wool is at least 70%. Avoid synthetic socks as they increase moisture and apart from feeling damp all day, you may also be prone to fungus infections.