Be Healthy – Go Outside

The beauty of nature is so brilliant and it is all around us. All one has to do is simply go outside and take it all in. As a lifelong nature lover, I have learned over time that being in nature is not only great for stress relief but so crucial in other ways to benefit health.

Studies have shown that there are lots of benefits to spending more time outdoors and I stand behind those reports. What we do more than ever these days is spend time indoors and on our technological gadgets, and it is not doing us better in terms of our health. What we have learned over the years is that the great outdoors can significantly improve our health as well as help alleviate the signs of depression and decrease negativity. What I like to do after a particularly long and stressful day is take a walk outside right after dinner. At least three times a day for half an hour is the minimum that I need in order to feel better.

Which sounds better to you, walking outdoors for a leisurely stroll or walking around your office? The fact remains that there are few workplaces that are conducive to exercising and there are so many distractions there that it is impossible to get that done. So, that really means taking a walk outdoors and ideally after work. Why is it that nature is able to turn us all into happier individuals? Well, there are a number of reasons but there is nothing like taking in the fresh air to relieve signs of stress and negative vibes. The following are just some of the reasons why going outside and taking in nature with a stroll is better for your health.

It Eases Depression

old couple walking on the woods

According to research studies, nature walks have been linked to positivity increases and enhancing mental health. It also is linked to decreasing stress levels and lower depression levels too. If you have had a day that is particularly stressful and need a break from it all, it helps to boost the mood in a significant way

Improves Outlook

There are lots of people out there, including me, that don’t like gyms and try to avoid them at all times. For those people, going outside and taking a walk is probably the best course of action to take if you want to stay active and keep your health in check.

Improving Focus

man concentrating

Do you want to elevate your ability to concentrate? Then start walking and you will be amazed at how your brain will reignite itself. I know that for me when I take a few walks each week, my mind stays alert and I have learned it has restorative effects on attention levels. What’s not to like about that news?

Strengthening Immunity

Unfortunately, getting healthy involves more than just a pill that you can pop in your mouth once a day. You have to put in the work and studies have shown that about three days a week and thirty minutes a day is all one needs in order to increase virus-fighting white blood cells. Studies even show these boots can last up to a week afterward.

A Change is Needed

It looks like the time has finally come to replace the shower heads in my house and it has meant researching the various brands that are currently available on the market today. The one we currently have has not been functioning properly and I don’t want to waste any more time trying to fix it when I can invest in a new one and be done with this problem forever.

Where have I gone to find the best shower heads available today? Well, the good news is that there are literally scores of places online where one can go and get information on shower heads and I spent my fair share of time on several of them. Since I had some specific brands in mind, I also wanted to see the top handheld shower head reviews in order to get a better picture of what there was to offer. Knowledge is power and now I have a good idea of the type that I want to invest in.

What is a high-pressure shower head, you may ask? Well, its main purpose is intensifying water pressure of the shower for a more pleasurable showering experience. It compares to what you would get at an exclusive spa, so many people prefer them as they soothe sore muscles, make you feel so much cleaner faster, plus you save money. By adding additional water pressure with fewer holes, you are not complicating your pipes, but you are conserving a ton of water.

Plus, they come with various spray patterns that can range from soothing mist mode to even a therapeutic massage for a spa experience in the privacy of your home. The most important part for me is conserving additional water and leaving less of a carbon footprint on the environment. The following are a few of the brands that I discovered that definitely make the grade in every way.

A-Flow – 5

A-Flow – 5

This model is made of plastic and features chrome plating, meaning that water won’t leave permanent stains afterward. Available in chrome color, and sized at 6.7 x 6.6 inches, there is also a swivel ball with this model that allows you to angle the shower head as you wish. Plus, it is made in America and is affordably priced. You get five modes with this shower head, which include Mist, Massage, Pause, Aeration, and Rain spray modes. Simply turn the shower dial and then pick what you want. What I like about this version is that the radius on the shower head is wider than most of the competition at six inches wide, with a higher pressure for a more intensive shower spray. My personal favorite mode is the massage one as it is great after a long day of work.

Vida Alegria 2.5GPM 5″

Vida Alegria 2.5GPM 5″

Similar to the A-Flow, this one also features chrome plating and ABS plastic that won’t stain, with silicone jets that are simple to clean with the swipe of a finger. There is also a brass connector to flow restrictor and water supply. Five modes also come with this spray, which includes Pressure Drench, Power Massage, Relaxing Rain, 2 Mixes, and Drizzle. This is similar to its competitors but this one comes with a water-saving option as well, so you can save water even in boats and RVs. These are quite specific, of course, but you can use any setting that you want to conserve water.

Other things to note on this shower head is its ball joint made of solid brass – since most are made of plastic, this is already an upgrade compared to the competition and it means you get a water-tight seal and also a solid attachment of joint to the shower arm made of metal. That means you can tighten and not have to worry about breaking or cracking, which cannot be said of other models made of ball joints that are typically brittle. Plus, with its high pressure and flow restrictor that can be removed with ease, you can adjust the intensity of the spray as preferred. Simply take out and your spray power goes up. This is an affordable option that works for just about any household and I highly recommend it.

Other Bathroom Upgrades

I am currently working on upgrading my bathroom and the process has come along nicely, but I have also decided to replace the shower head and that has meant re-evaluating the entire renovation. The list of upgrades I have already done will result in a finish that everyone will absolutely love and it will have a more cozy feeling than before. The design aesthetic that I decided to take is really going well and I cannot wait to show it off. With a new shower head in mind, I have been asking friends and colleagues to make a short list of contenders to add to the room for that final beautiful touch.

There’s probably no one that likes a refreshing shower more than me and that is probably the main reason why I am adding a new shower head in the first place. I was done with looking for ways to repair a leaky shower and I just decided to go the extra mile and make the entire bathroom as new as possible in regards to my budget. With these improvements, I will be able to increase the market value of my home should I want to place it on the market.

From what I have been told, the bathroom is one of the more affordable ways to add a lot of value to your home without spending an arm and a leg. So, if you are someone that is deciding whether or not to sell your home, know that it only takes a few improvements that can exponentially re-value your home in a great way. Here are some project renovation ideas that take no time at all and only a few hundred dollars in investment to dramatically alter the look and feel of your home.

Cleaning the Grout

Cleaning the Grout

If you find that the grout in your shower needs cleaning, you are going to need to give it a deep cleanse in order to truly see a difference. If the problem is a bit more dire than you had expected, you also can consider changing the color, removing it completely and then re-doing the whole thing. In the end, you will absolutely love the finished result.

Changing Light Fixtures

If you want to update a bathroom and place it firmly in the 21st century, one of the best ways is by adding light fixtures to the room to make it more contemporary. I was amazed at how such small changes can totally transform a room.

Installing Low-Flow Toilets

Low-Flow Toilet

Although this might be on the more expensive end of the bathroom renovation, it will pay off in the long run and you will be glad you made the decision to do it. You might want to check beforehand, however, as there may be local regulations that require things done in a certain way. Do the repairs now and you will notice that your water bill will significantly decrease each month and over the course of a year.

Applying Fresh Caulk

First, you will need a razor to remove the old grout. Next, the mildew underneath will need to be stripped away. Then, get a caulk gun and apply fresh seals to make your bathroom feel and look totally new.