most out of life

Are you really getting the most out of life?

I’m not a big fan of TV in general, but I do love documentaries about things that I don’t see on a daily basis – polar bears, extreme sports, survival, the natural world, space exploration and that kind of thing. I figured what was the point of sitting at home in front of a box watching people do things I could see them doing in daily life – shopping, getting drunk, falling asleep in meetings, arguing, waiting in traffic and so on. Then it struck me that I was actually more boring than any of those people in the situations I described. Here, I was, spending my life – the only one I’ll ever have – sitting in front of a box surrounded by four concrete walls, dreaming of the world I actually live in. How stupid was that?

That’s when I decided I was through with the mediocre life I was living and I was going to jump headfirst into something else and let the current take me wherever it wanted, whether that meant the top of Mount Everest, the middle of a desert or even locked up in a maximum security correctional facility. Wherever I went would be worth it and ten times more exciting and ‘vivrant’ than commuting to and from my sterile office every day and spending my free time on my couch in a rented house in Whittier.

There are so many ways that you can add excitement to your life. You don’t necessarily have to be as extreme as me and quit working. You could simply change your career – there are plenty of jobs that will put you in new, exciting situations. Join the army and find out what it’s like to be on a real battlefield in the middle of a war – something most people only read about or see in movies. Join a shipping company and see the other surface of the world that most of us forget is even there (Whittier is about a half hour drive from the ocean but I think I only saw it three or four times in twenty years). Feel the excitement of watching pirates come speeding towards you on their skiffs, their teenage hands barely able to cope with their aging AK-47s. Marvel as you see dolphins and whales swim alongside your vessel.

You could be like Christopher McCandless and ditch everything you own, making your way from place to place, trying out different jobs, getting to know different people, learning new skills, hunting and foraging for your own food. Don’t die from eating poisonous berries though!

You could become a mountaineer, scaling the peaks of the world, or a free climber, conquering the man-made mountains of our biggest cities, knowing that with each movement and each slight gust of wind, the chance of slipping and falling to your certain death increases. You could become a squatter in Seattle and join the next big grunge band or whatever – touring the world and resenting it all. Or go to live in the jungles of Africa and become a member of a pack of gorillas, forgetting that you ever lived in civilization.

If you want to know what I did, just in case it’s for you – well I bought several Greyhound tickets, saw some amazing places like Salt Lake City, Idaho Falls and Butte, MT. I eventually found a great place to build a new life with a live-in farm labouring job I got in North Dakota. I spent the rest of the money I had on some tools and my pride and joy – my saw which I first laid eyes on at The Sharp Cut. Now I have got together a group of guys and in our spare time we build and fly gliders. I wouldn’t change it for my old life ever!

So, be like me – get out into the real world, see it in all its splendor and start to realize that you have no limits.

Life after alcohol

Life after alcohol

Back in my drinking days, pretty much every Sunday was a write-off. Whatever I needed or wanted to do on that day would just have to be postponed in favor of wallowing in a sweaty bed, unable to sleep, incapable of getting up. The reason? My hangover, of course! In fact, it wasn’t just Sundays – sometimes it was two or three days. Sometimes my hangovers seemed to be trying to kill me and so I missed work, missed getting paid, dragged my reputation a little further into the gutter. But no matter how badly my hangover affected me, I was quite happy to do it all over again – and again.

The reason? Alcohol was a huge part of my life – how was I supposed to catch up with my friends without a drink? What was I supposed to order to compliment my dinner? How could I watch football? What would I do with myself?

As it turns out, my hangovers were actually trying to kill me and alcohol withdrawal landed me in emergency care twice before I realized I had to get off the booze. In my case it was, in the early days of sobriety, mostly fear which kept me from going back to the bottle. Just in case you haven’t heard – alcohol dependence sneaks up on people. Once it has, withdrawal can kill you, especially after a binge. And it’s one of the scariest and most terrifying deaths you could have opted for – your central nervous system will go into overload – you will shake uncontrollably, your heart will race and pound like never before, you will feel hot, breathless and very weak. You will have nightmarish hallucinations (fingers melting, spiders all over your body and the like). And it will last for hours until you eventually collapse in a seizure, at which point you are almost certain to die. A good number of alcoholics who have recognized these symptoms have jumped from balconies or shot themselves just to put an end to the intense fear.

So, not wanting to experience anything like that helped me to avoid alcohol. I didn’t go out to bars or restaurants and I didn’t keep any booze in the house. And yes, my life suddenly became really boring. Everything seemed less fun without a drink. I guess I realized that actually I was a boring guy without alcohol. And a lot of my drinking buddies were the same – boring and bored if they didn’t drink.

Then, one evening I had kind of an epiphany. I was sipping my cup of herbal tea and watching TV, reflecting again on how little these TV folks resembled anyone I actually knew. They all looked like they had money and were in good shape. Neither myself or any of my friends had money or were in good shape. I made enough money to have some left at the end of the week, and that got spent at the bar. The dead calories of countless beers, shots and glasses of wine had furnished me with about two inches of fat to keep my abs warm. That’s why I wasn’t like those people on TV. The reason I was fat and broke and didn’t know any attractive or interesting people was that booze took me in the opposite direction.

Time for some life-changing decisions. As I wasn’t drinking any more, I did actually have a little bit of money saved up. Every drink I didn’t buy meant money staying in my bank account, earning interest. I thought about joining a gym or a fitness club but I guessed if I did it wouldn’t be long until I started finding excuses not to go – it’s too cold outside, I can’t face the traffic etc. What I settled on was a resistance trainer from Indoor Ellipticals. I set it up in front of the TV which was great because I could throw on whatever movie or show I wanted and work out while I watched. The thing about this method of exercise, at least for me, is that you can get so engrossed in whatever you’re watching that you forget you’re doing exercise. Every evening I was watching a movie and working up a real sweat, and it made a real difference – the belly was slowly disappearing!

Getting into shape, feeling healthier and having money in my pocket gave my confidence a massive boost. I could talk to anyone – even those folks who looked like they should be in a TV commercial. Another thing was telling people about overcoming alcoholism. I was always afraid of how people would react to this – would they think of me as a deadbeat and a loser? Well, let me tell you: Some people will respect you for your honesty and strength of character, others will find it endearing as you’ve shared your ‘vulnerability’ with them. Finally, you’ll be surprised at just how many people have been in your shoes. If you want to make interesting friends who won’t insist you have a drink, look no further than the legions of ex-drinkers out there. The ones who have money to spend on foreign holidays, the ones who dress well, have interesting stories and look like, well, they look like they should be on TV!

Birthday Cake Surprise

A Birthday Cake Surprise

I am sure I am like a lot of men out there, terrible at surprises. My wife constantly tells me I don’t surprise her, that I am not romantic enough, and that the occasional little thought would mean the world.

My instant reply is that she has watched too many blockbuster Hollywood movies where the leading man constantly sweeps his love interest off of here feet. We don’t live in a fairy-tale after all. This always results with me spending the night on the couch and the cold shoulder for the next day or so.

The last time we fell out happened three weeks before her birthday. I felt terrible and decided that being an uncaring husband was not for me anymore, something had to change, so I thought it was best that it was me!

Hotel, Champagne and A Night at The Theatre 

When I say I am not the romantic type, I mean it. I do not have the first clue where to start or what to do, in actual fact, romance makes me feel a little stupid if I am honest, like I am lying about being someone I am most definitely not.

I needed some help, and fast. I looked around for nice things to treat my wife to, and found a trip to New York. It was a three-night stay in a posh hotel, a bottle of champagne would be supplied and included 2 tickets to a Broadway show.

It was the perfect gift in my eyes. It was available for a brilliant price, I don’t mean I wouldn’t have spent more, but everyone has to watch the purse strings these days, I didn’t want to be told off for spending too much!

Still Not Good Enough?!? 

I was so proud of myself, so proud in fact that I called my sister-in-law, Julia, to gloat in my new found achievement. She informed me that while the long weekend in New York was a fantastic gift, it still wasn’t from me. She said I needed to make something, like a home made card or a cake, a cake?? I didn’t know anything about baking a cake, but Julia said that is why it would be so special. She told me to look on the internet for a decent stand mixer and some recipes.

I was shocked to find how many makes and models were available. I wanted to buy a decent model, this way my wife could use the mixer when I was done with it. I searched for some stand mixer reviews and found the perfect model.

New Stand Mixer

I purchased a Kitchenaid model, it has ten speed settings, this came in very handy, and was also supplied with some handy accessories, a flat beater, a wire whip and a dough hook. It also came with a guide which included instructions, mixing tips and a lot of recipes. One of which I used to create a birthday masterpiece. It also looks very nice, so I knew after I had given her the cake, she would be able to keep the new appliance out on the counter top.

After about three practise attempts at the cake, I had started to create some fairly decent looking cakes. The last one was going to be cake that we would celebrate my wife’s birthday with.

The Weekend

I had sent the cake to the hotel through the post, after all, my wife would wonder why I had a freshly home baked cake with me at the airport. When we arrived at the hotel and were shown to our room, not only was my wife overwhelmed that I had booked the whole weekend without her knowing, she was over the moon that I had baked her a cake, she couldn’t believe I had managed it.

The weekend went perfectly, the champagne was a treat and the theatre was brilliant. Since our return home, I have had some of our male friends calling, telling me that my little stunt had made their life hell, each of their wives saying if I could do it, why couldn’t they. I didn’t mind, I would rather my friends grumpy with me than my wife! I am just hoping that my wife doesn’t expect me to beat that weekend on her next birthday.

Gas Powered Generator

Caff-POW for your Power Needs: The Right Gas Powered Generator

Gas powered generators offer a certain amount of convenience, particularly for short-term generator use, as gasoline is slightly less expensive than diesel. If you aren’t talking about running a generator for long periods of time continuously, the occasional use of a gas powered generator can be slightly more economical. There are certainly a lot of gas powered generators available; determining the best gas powered portable generator for your particular needs is a little more of a challenge. Given the initial cost of a generator, and the potential savings involved in using one that will suit your power draw, you don’t want to make the wrong decision here. Or, maybe, you do… but in that case, we can’t help you. Just buy one.

Most of our information comes from the conclusions drawn by other bloggers and reviewers online. Our goal, according to the weekly motivational meeting, is to provide a useful service in boiling down the tremendous amount of material that is available to the consumer online, providing a succinct conclusion in terms of a short list of excellent products which we highly recommend. What follows below is the result of that – a list of four gasoline powered portable generators which have fetched high marks consistently. Give it a look over, see if there’s something that suits your needs, and – as always – let us know what you think!

Rally Manufacturing 8-in-1 Power Generator

This is one of those small, convenient little gas-powered inverter generators that is good for the home, the office, the recreational vehicle, or even the odd “back to nature” camping trip. It’s excellent to have along in your car in the case of roadside emergencies, as it can easily jump start your car battery – or virtually any other twelve-volt battery. At just thirteen pounds, this generator is almost preeminently portable. It includes AC/DC adapters, a safety shutoff switch in case of emergencies, and an LED indicator for battery status. It even includes a USB port to provide charge to a wide variety of modern devices – such as a cellphone or a tablet. With one of these ready and waiting in the trunk of your car, you’ll never have to worry about being stranded in the middle of nowhere (we don’t know about you, but that’s our most frequent worry… honestly, we’re a little obsessive over it).

Champion Power Equipment Portable Generator

This portable gas-powered generator comes in a bright yellow, because yellow is the color of happy. It’s also been known to terrify children who are afraid of clowns. Moving right along, now, this Champion model is one of the mid-level portable generators, with a fuel tank capacity of just under four gallons. It is air-cooled, with a low oil shutoff and a recoil start. It has a stainless steel frame, with cast iron sleeves to protect its engine from wear and tear, accidental damage, or deliberate tampering. It is compliant with environmental guidelines in forty-nine out of fifty states, and has push-to-reset circuit breakers for added convenience.

Honda Portable Inverter Generator

Power. Efficiency. Compact convenience. This generator offers all of the above and more. At just over forty-seven pounds in weight, the Honda portable inverter generator uses patented technology to regulate how quickly it spends its fuel, by matching the rate of power output to what is actually being demanded of it – not corresponding to a pre-established level. With this kind of smart technology on board, this small and environmentally friendly generator (it is completely compliant with all federally mandated carbon emissions standards) can provide up to ten hours of consistent power on a single tank (preferably one with fuel in it, though I’m sure it’ll try its best either way). This is an excellent generator for use in the home, to power specific appliances in the event of an outage – though you’ll want to ensure that your house is well ventilated. Honda’s technology also assures nearly silent operation of this remarkable little generator.

Sportsman Gasoline Powered Electric Start Portable Generator

This is a charming-looking generator, which comes in John Deere green, and weighs in at a little over one hundred and sixty pounds. With its rear wheel assembly and handle, however, it’s really quite portable, and is designed to be used in the home or office as a temporary backup to conventional electrical sources. Fully fueled, it holds seven gallons, and it eats through a little over half a gallon when running at half its maximum draw consistently; it can run for a little over twelve hours at that rate. It comes with the capacity for a manual or an automatic start, in the event that pulling on a power cord over and over again just isn’t really “for you.” Sportsman is a long-time reliable name in heavy-duty hardware for the home and the workshop, and this particular model of portable gas powered generator definitely maintains their reputation.

crock pot reviews

It’s a Whole Lotta Mouth-Watering Goodness

I have a lot of fond memories going back to my childhood of my mother preparing a classic “pot roast” dish in her crock pot. She used to use just the right kind of beef, along with carrots and potatoes. In more recent years, she’s added parsnips – I’m not too crazy about that, but I can’t deny that their flavor is almost eloquently preserved, while adding a certain earthiness to the overall dish that is not unpleasant in and of itself.

It’s amazing, that aside, how much information there is online about crock pots. You wouldn’t think it in advance – I didn’t, at least – but there’s a significant amount of controversy based on things like brand name, manual versus “set and forget,” and other considerations that seem to have peoples’ tempers… dare I say it… simmering? Apparently, I do dare. At any rate, I scoured the Web for a few of the best crock pot reviews that I could find, gave their products a try, and hit upon three that I feel embody the best of those classic crock pot attributes – the ones that made the prospect of a crock pot dinner so appealing while I was growing up.

Elite Gourmet 2-Quart Oval Slow Cooker

This handy little item is just perfect for the dedicated bachelor or bachelorette, and it makes for a great kitchen accessory for students living away from home for the first time. You can take a plethora of ingredients, throw them in, turn it on, and a few hours later you’ll have a deliciously mouth-watering meal… hopefully with enough for some leftovers, appetite depending! The two-quart capacity is more than friendly for an individual, or for a young couple just getting started. The cool-touch handles make handling this pot a breeze, and the removable stoneware pot makes cleanup a snap; it’s dishwasher-safe, as well as being easy to scrub, while the exterior can simply be wiped clean of most messes.

Bella 3 x 1.5-Quart Triple Slow Cooker

This is an unusual model, and one that I felt I had to try myself. I wasn’t disappointed! Its strength lies in its separate three-cooker composition; a total capacity of four and one-half quarts allows it to feed a decent-sized family without much ado, but the division into three separate cookers allows it to handle a combination of ingredients that you might not want to mix together – or, which might ideally require separate temperatures, or cooking times. It doesn’t allow for the ability to mix a full four and one-half quart capacity together so that the flavors all mix and simmer together, but it does allow for a greater variety of dishes within a given meal, while serving a single resident or a family equally well. If your family likes variety, there is no better option – given the hundreds of crock pot recipe books out there today – than this three-pot triple cooker.

Crock-Pot 6-Quart Hinged Lid Slow Cooker

No list of crock pots would be complete without at least one option from the company that lent its name to slow cookers across America a long time ago. From Crock-Pot, a name which is synonymous with quality and rugged, long-term endurance comes this six-quart hinged-lid model. The hinged lid itself, coupled with a snug-fitting rubber gasket, make this crock pot particularly well-suited for travel – I know how much I enjoy bringing one of my own favorite dishes to a relative’s house over the holiday season! – and its six-quart capacity makes it suitable for satisfying the appetites of your entire family. It has multiple temperature settings, including one to warm up your food once you arrive at wherever you’re going – and its stoneware construction makes it ideal for distributing heat slowly and evenly, cooking (or warming) your food consistently.

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Review of the Cuisinart PSC-350 Rice Cooker

Slow cooking is a convenient and healthy way to make my favorite meals. The Cuisinart PSC-350 3 1/2-quart programmable slow cooker is a top rated product designed to simplify my life by making cooking easier. There are literally thousands of recipes for slow cookers to make endless delicious meals.

Size

The PSC-350 Cuisinart is a 3 ½ quart ceramic pot, which is the perfect size for single-person or smaller family meals. It is oval-shaped and measures 14-1/4 by 16-1/2 by 11-3/4 inches and weighs about 9 pounds.

Design

The ceramic cooking pot is stick resistant and dish washer safe. All the parts of the cooker that come in contact with food are BPA-Free. I love that I can keep an eye on the cooking with the see-through glass lid, which has a chrome-plated knob on top. The housing unit is attractive with brushed stainless steel and cool-touch side handles for easy transporting. This slow cooker would look clean and modern on my kitchen countertop.

Features

The Cuisinart slow cooker has many modern features making it very convenient for me to use. With a 24 hour cooking timer and a blue LCD display setting the slow cooker shows me the remaining cooking time as well as current cooking time. The smart designed touchpad control panel allows me to set the cooker to High, Low, Simmer or Warm and automatically shifts to warm when the cook time has ended and will remain on warm for up to 8 hours. I love this feature as it will ensure I do not overcook my rice.

Warranty

The Cuisinart slow cooker comes with a three year limited warranty. So if my slow cooker is defective during the warranty timeframe they will repair or replace it for me.

Conclusion

According to the hundreds of customer reviews I found on the Cuisinart PSC-350 slow cooker it appears to be a good value for a smaller slow cooker. It is available at a discount from the list price on Amazon and qualifies for free shipping. I would use it for a quick healthy meal at home and I am impressed with the features and modern design.

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Scalp Treatment

The Best Remedies For A Dry Scalp

One of The most annoying things I don’t like is when my scalp is dry. It can be irritating, painful and even ugly. There are dry scalp remedies that come in a variety of sizes, shapes and methods although they are not created equal.

The mistake most people do is to discount our dry skin as nothing more than just a minor irritation. However, what we don’t know is that a flaky scalp and other skin condition can be a sign that there is a serious problem in our health. My doctor told me a better solution for my scalp is finding out what causes this problem and eliminating it in the first place. Below are some of the causes of scalp problems. This means that eliminating these causes is a good remedy for that scalp.

Using a blow dryer

This seems overly simple but blow drying my hair with hot hair actually dries my scalp and causes flaking and irritation. This is why I would also advise you to use a cool air setting if you must blow dry your hair. Keeping my blow dryer more than ten inches from my head also helps.

Rubbing and scratching the skin

This is also simple but also real. If you haven’t notices, scratching and rubbing an already irritated skin only makes it worse. I came to realize that fact but wondered what to do since difficult not to scratch. I use a natural moisturizer that has been formulated to suit my scalp. I do this to eliminate the cause of my scalp so that I can avoid scratching my scalp.

Taking in too much sugar

In order to metabolize sugar in our system, our bodies need B vitamins. When a person consumes too much sugar, B vitamins actually becomes deficient and this can lead to a number of ailments one of them being a dry skin. A remedy to this cause is very easy. What I normally do in order to remedy my scalp is cutting back on sugar I take per day and instead take a high potency B complex.

Rinsing the hair with hot water

I feel really good when am in a hot shower and so does most people. Especially when the weather is cold. However, as much as this feeling is good, this can wreak havoc on our skin. Pores of our skin open up in hot water. Hot water and soap strips this skin of its natural oils leaving our skin dry. This is why I recommend a cold shower even when it’s not the best shower. When it’s too hard to handle a cold water, I at least make your water cooler to rinse my head, this equally works for my scalp.

Over activity of the oil glands

In order to keep our skin health and avoid becoming too dry, our human body naturally produces oil through hair follicles. There are also various conditions that may cause our bodies to produce too much oil which can plug our follicles with oil and dead skin cells. Bacteria can also become trapped on top of this and it may be the origin of a number of problems. Two of which are dehydrated flaking skin and acne.

I also consider the following home remedies that help me avoid a dry scalp.

  • Olive and almond oil-these being natural oils, they will have some hydrating effect on our scalp and make it soft.
  • Apple cider vinegar-a severe dryness in our scalp forms a residue over the scalp and this can be reduced by using vinegar. To do this, I dilute half cup of apple cider vinegar in one-fourth cup of water then add two drops of lavender oil. I also add two tea spoons of honey in it.

Now that I have highlighted simple causes of a dry scalp and how to fix them, it should be easy to keep your hair moisturized. If the cause of your dry scalp is far more serious than those mentioned above, it is advisable that you consult a doctor to eliminate this problem at its root. Remedies for a scalp that’s itchy are easy to find, you only need to know what’s suitable for your skin.

Risotto in the Rice Cooker

Risotto in the Rice Cooker

With so many different recipes for your rice cooker available it is difficult to know where to begin.  I like this one because risotto is so satisfying and making it on the stove can be a bit labor intensive as you need to gradually add the liquid and keep stirring constantly to make a perfect dish.  Then you want to be able to eat it right away that is what risotto is all about. Do make sure you use Arborio rice or other suitable risotto rice!

Cooking risotto in the rice cooker does away with the intensive labor and you can keep it warm as well. If you get distracted, no problem, the risotto will cook itself.

Shrimp (prawn) and lemon risotto

Ingredients

  • Some nice olive oil (2 tablespoons)
  • Butter (5 teaspoons)
  • Finely chopped onion (1 cup)
  • Finely grated lemon zest (peel) (1 tablespoon)
  • Arborio rice                                     (1 cup)
  • White wine (1/4 cup)
  • Chicken broth (3 cups)
  • Shrimp (prawns) 12 peeled
  • Lemon juice (3 tablespoons)
  • Fresh parmesan cheese (1/2 cup)
  • Freshly ground Pepper to season
  • Chopped parsley (1 tablespoon for garnish)
  • Salt to season

Method

  1. Set the rice cooker for the Quick cook or Regular cycle. When it heats up add the oil and some of the butter, melt the butter, sauté the onion for a few minutes and stir in lemon zest (peel).
  2. Stir the rice in and coat in oil mixture, sauté for around 4 minutes, when it is nearly translucent stir in the wine. Cook for another 4 minutes or until it is evaporated. Stir in the broth and close the lid. Reset the cooker for the Porridge or Regular cycle. Set a timer for 20 minutes. Stir 2 or 3 times to turn the rice while it is cooking.
  3. After 20 minutes, add the shrimp (prawns) and lemon juice. Set the timer for 5 minutes.
  4. After 5 minutes check that the rice and prawns are cooked. Continue 5 minutes more if necessary. Fold in the butter, fold in the parmesan cheese. Season and serve with parsley.

You can add ¼ cup of liquid and put the cooker on Keep Warm cycle for an hour, this makes it extra creamy.

This recipe calls for a fuzzy logic cooker, it would be ideal.  For an Aroma 3 cup rice cooker, take a look at this link.

If this recipe doesn’t make your mouth water I don’t know what would.  If you would prefer a vegetarian option you can add peas instead of shrimps, vegetable stock in place of chicken.

If you do not want sea food then substitute with some cooked chicken.

Mushroom risotto is another option for vegetarians or vegans leaving out the butter and cheese of course.

The method would be the same, adding onion, wine and seasoning.  Use really good mushroom soup in place of the chicken broth.

indoor exercise bike

The Spin on Spinning!

Unfortunately there are many downsides to cycling outdoors, for some safety is a concern with busy roads and the weather can be a pain or downright unpredictable.

Fortunately with so many indoor cycles on the market it is possible to still enjoy one of the best endurance/cardio/strengthening muscle exercises safely without going outside.

So here is the spin on spinning.

Traditional indoor exercise bike

But a bit about traditional exercise bikes first; traditional exercise bikes look like bikes without tires but with pedals, seat and handlebars.  The seat is usually a bit wider and of course adjustable.

The first computerized indoor exercise bike came about in 1968 thanks to Dr. Dimick.  Now it is an affordable option for many people and keeping track of your progress is an essential part of your training. Digital monitors can tell you your speed, your heart rate and how many calories you’re getting rid of! This is all good if you are training alone and need motivation.

Spinning exercise bike

The well- known athlete Johnny G aka Jonathan Goldberg introduced the spin bike to the world in the 1980’s and spinning is now taught in more than 35,000 fitness venues worldwide.

A spin bike has the same feel as a road bicycle or racing bicycle so with spinning you can simulate the same high energy workout you would get from outdoor riding, but indoors. As most people who start spinning can already ride a bicycle there is not much more to learn.

Some of the best spin bikes do not offer fancy gadgetry, just plain old fashioned pedal power.  The seats are even very similar to traditional outdoor bikes so no added comfort there, but still you can stand up! This means you can work on the stability of the back muscles and leg muscles more.

The real differences

Actually the main difference is the flywheel on a spin bike; it is heavier and connected directly to the pedals with a chain. You will be working harder and can get a better quality workout with a spin bike.

More on motivation

There are plenty of online programs to help with your training so get searching, YouTube is always a good place for training videos.

The price

The price is varied from a couple of hundred dollars to a couple of thousand dollars and plenty in between. You will get what you pay for. You do not need a commercial bike for your home that is for sure, so you probably do not need to spend the higher price.

Accessories

Think about buying some cycle shoes and a gel seat, you can be away in no time.

Getting started

If you can’t wait to get going check out the upright spinning bike review !

How do Reel Mowers work

How do Reel Mowers work?

Now you have a lawn, a fine looking garden, front and back you need to consider keeping it that way. If you are fit it is well worth considering a reel lawn mower because it has some major advantages over other types of mower such as a rotary lawn mower.  Not only does it have some advantages in terms of the environment it can also help you to burn off a few calories at the same time!

In fact the first mowers ever used were reel mowers and also known as cylindrical mowers. They worked by way of a spinning wheel and cylinder of sharp cutting blades and they still do. In fact technologically they have not changed much in over a hundred years although the materials used are probably longer lasting and not so heavy, not so prone to rust.

What are the advantages of using a reel mower?

  • They are less expensive
  • They are less dangerous than rotary mowers so less chance of injury
  • They require little maintenance
  • They are more environmentally friendly, they do not cause fumes
  • They scoop and cut the blades of grass rather than tearing them
  • They do not make lots of noise
  • They are easily transportable and easy to store
  • They do not stir up dust
  • The do not fling debris all over the place

What are the disadvantages of using a reel mower?

  • They are a bit slower than rotary mowers
  • Tall grass is going to be hard work so you need to keep on top of the job
  • If you have tall tough weeds you will need to use a sling blade first 

But

A large rotary mower needs as much effort from you as a regular reel mower but it will be quicker so if you do not consider yourself very fit go for the rotary mower by all means.

Perhaps it would be better to get a gardener if you are concerned about the exertion required for this job, it can be tedious as it needs to be a regular job, perhaps weekly and weather permitting.

A small reel mower with no leads to get in the way can easily be stored in your garden shed. If you keep up with the mowing the lawn throughout the summer you should have a fine lawn and be able to enjoy your garden.

Keep it dry to avoid rust, free of debris to ensure a smooth ride then your reel mower will be there for you every summer.

At least you can take a break during the winter months unless of course you need to shovel snow!

Consider looking on line, online shopping has never been easier so you do not have to leave your armchair to find the best lawn mower.