Getting a lot out of a swimming workout

I’ve always loved swimming for enjoyment on a hot summer day. I kept my workouts separate. To keep myself fit, strong and at a healthy weight, I devote an hour per day to some type of exercise. I am conscientious about incorporating all different styles of workouts into my regiment. I lift weights, run, bike, jump rope, swat and whatever works up a sweat. I always considered swimming as a...

Working out while traveling

I am required to do a lot of traveling for my job. I spend more nights sleeping in hotel beds than my own. I drive rental cars and eat at restaurants most of the time. I waste endless hours sitting in airport terminals and at work conferences. For the most part, I like. I get to see all different parts of the country and constantly meet new people. However, my lifestyle can be very unhealthy....

Having a gym in my apartment complex

After college, it took me several years to get myself out of debt. I had a tremendous amount of student loans to pay off. When I started my job, it didn’t pay much and I moved into the only apartment I could afford. It was a cramped, rundown space with leaky faucets, no air conditioning and a door that didn’t close properly. As soon as I started making some decent money, I started searching...

Trying out a gym membership

For a long time, I wasn’t interested in getting a gym membership. I was sure it would be a waste of money. I doubted that I’d ever go to the extra time and effort to drive to the facility when I can easily workout at home. I’ve invested in some basic equipment and can manage a beneficial workout on my own. I can always go for a run, jump rope, ride my bike, do crunches or push ups and get...

Setting up a home gym:

Moving out of the city into a more rural area offered a lot of benefits for my family. We were able to purchase a much bigger house surrounded by enough property for the kids to play safely. We finally had enough space to get a dog and put in a backyard swimming pool. The kids now each have their own bedrooms and a basement game room. My husband has a garage and tool shed where he can work on his...

Buying a stationary bike

For a long time, I only had the basics of a home gym. I’d purchased good quality but the least expensive types of fitness equipment. I researched and found a highly rated and especially durable yoga mat. I spent extra for a jump rope that won’t ever knot, tangle or fray. My home gym provided access to eight-pound, five-pound and two-pound free weights, several resistance bands, a weighted...

Activities need to include temperature control

Every year, my wife, kids and I attend a local Pixar convention. It’s something we look forward to all year! Weall dress up as characters from one of the Pixar movies and spend our day at the convention center. The kids love seeing all the other characters represented. There is always a diversity of people and activities at the convention. We browse the work of artists and craftspeople, eat...

Can’t imagine going without air conditioning

I live in a part of the country with especially hot and humid weather conditions. The summer season is especially challenging. On the days when we get a quick rain shower, the humidity actually gets worse. The days seem to always be slightly muggy and sticky, and I swear the air fails to cool off even after the sun sets. I get sweaty just walking between the air-conditioned office and my car. I...

Wedding would have benefited from air conditioning

My sister Tammy got married last June. She was a difficult bride and came up with a long list of over-the-top demands. Her bridal gown, the bouquets and cake were all special orders and cost a fortune. Tammy also was adamant that her ceremony and reception be held outside. She’d come across an open-air venue that is truly gorgeous. The venue features a small man-made lake where there’s lots...

Roof replacement makes home more energy efficient

I waited a long time before finally hiring a professional roofing contractor. The roof on our house was really old and leaking. Whenever we experienced a rainstorm, my wife and I needed to rush around and set up pots and pans to collect the drips. I was aware that the moisture was going to cause extensive damage if I didn’t get the issue taken care of sooner rather than later. However, I also...