Weight Training For Women

 

If you look at fitness magazines for women you will find a lot of suggestions for cardio routines, articles on toning certain body parts, and strength training using light dumbbells.  The truth is that women should strength train just as men do for full body health and fitness.  Unfortunately this message has not been widely spread, and women are missing out on this important aspect of fitness.

Most women want to slim down and be smaller.  A common misconception is that if they lift heavy weights they will become big and bulky like men.  That could not be further from the truth, as due to hormones and the way the bodies of men and women differ, it is a lot easier for men to put on muscle. By lifting heavier weights women will get some muscle definition but stay lean, unless they are using supplements specifically for that reason.

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Weight rooms can be intimidating places for women, especially if they are not familiar with proper form for exercises.  They are usually male dominated and women can feel alone and self conscious if there are not other women around.  To avoid possibly feeling uncomfortable women will just avoid the free weights and instead use another part of the gym, which is a shame.  If there is more knowledge given to women about lifting heavy weights, they will feel more confident about joining in and not feeling alienated.

This is not to say that cardio does not have its benefits.  It is great for your heart and lungs, can reduce the risk of diseases, and can improve cholesterol levels.  Both men and women will benefit from cardio exercises, but it should not be marketed as the only solution to weight loss for women.  By building muscle, more calories are burned over the course of a day and with a healthy diet, that can result in weight loss.

When starting any new exercise routine, it is important to talk to your doctor about your plans and get the okay to proceed.  After that, where do you start?

Hiring a personal trainer can be a big help to women new to lifting weights.  They will be able to keep an eye on your form to make sure you are doing the exercises right, which is important to help prevent injuries.  They could also suggest routines that are suitable for your fitness level.

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Some people do not enjoy exercising in public, in which case online is a great tool available to help learn new exercises.  There are many websites devoted to weight lifting that include detailed videos made by professionals to watch at home.  Especially if you are exercising alone, it is important to keep the weights light when trying an exercise for the first time.  Once you are familiar with the proper form you can add more weight.

There are many reasons women have shied away from lifting heavy weights, but that should no longer be the case.  It is time to ignore the media and instead focus on becoming strong.  For full body health and fitness, both men and women should add strength training into their exercise routines.

Goto www.shopubuy.com.au to find out more about fitness equipment.

Five tips for buying a new home in Sydney

If you are planning to move to Sydney then this is the right page for you. The real estate in Sydney is really booming now and this is the right time for you to buy your home. Here are few tips that will guide you through the process, and help you choose the perfect home.

Remember, it is a daunting challenge to buy a home in Sydney, especially, if your budget is low. With about 4.76 million people living in 665 suburbs, finding a good home can be tough.  It is always good to plan your approach well in advance before buying a home. After all, buying a home is an expensive project and you should think well before stepping into it.

Planning for future

Think about your future before buying a home. Take your time to decide on the length of time you are planning to stay in the new house. Will it suit your needs? Will your family be comfortable? Think about the renovation and selling costs of your house if you are planning to move after a couple of years. Think about certain things like schools, hospitals, shops, friends and family when deciding to buy a home.

Make a wish list

Think about your current priorities and what you do not want in your new house by creating a wish list. If you are planning to have a pool in your new house, do you think it would suit your budget? What kind of property do you wish to buy? Will you be able to handle a lot of pressure? These are some things that you should think about and write down in your wish list.

Travelling to work and school

Another important factor to consider as a family is the length of time to travel to your workplace or school. Are you comfortable with that? Remember, this is a daily routine and hence you should put this as your top priority.

Renovations

If you are planning to renovate the home, think about the costs associated with creating new space in your house or rebuilding new areas of your home.  At the time of selling you should take into consideration the real estate market in Sydney. Take a note of the floor plans and make sure if that suits you. Check the storage spaces, and the number of rooms. If you are not sure about that, you can always get help from experts.

Know the locals

Before buying the home, it is always a good thing to know about the local area. Hang out in the local café or park to know more about the local people in the area. After all, it is a huge investment and you should think about the new house from different perspectives.

These are few things that one should consider before buying a home in Sydney. As long as you are concerned about your budget and have a clear idea what you want, you can easily find a home, especially in the current situation of real estate in Sydney. To find out more goto www.sevenrealestate.com.au. 

How to make a unique nappy cake

So you have a friend who is having a baby and somehow you were elected to throw the baby shower. You have the food. You ordered the invitations. Pulled out your fancy serving dishes. But what is missing? A nappy cake!

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It can serve as a nice focal point, in case people need a reminder for why they are there drinking mimosas on a Saturday afternoon, as well as being a practical gift for the parents-to-be.

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Step 1

Buy the champagne. If you do not regularly drink champagne you will be surprised at how many different kinds there are and also how many different price points they come in.

Step 2

Find your platter. Either buy one from a discount party store, they have tin ones that are very inexpensive or cut your own out of sturdy cardboard or plywood.

Step 3

Begin rolling diapers. Put two of the wee diapers together and roll them. Fasten shut with an elastic band.

Step 4

Encircle the bottle with the rolled up diapers, fitting as many as possible into the ring. Then slip an elastic band around the entire thing to secure it.

Repeated the process to form an outer ring.

Then put an elastic around the entire ring to hold it securely to the bottle.

Are you keeping count yet, because that is already a lot of elastic bands. Don’t try to make due with the ones you have dug out of your junk drawer. I’m warning you now.

Step 5

After you do this you might notice that there is a bit of room. Take the opportunity to slide some unrolled diapers in around the bottle.

Pat it all into place so that the top is as even as possible.

Step 6

Now we are going to use our tissue paper to cover this entire layer.

No one wants to see the faces of licensed characters all over, and if you haven’t realized it yet all things for babies have licensed characters on them.

First, take two sheets of tissue paper and layer them together. Then, fold it into a square.

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At the centre corner cut a series of slits that are roughly equal to the radius of your champagne bottle.

Step 8

Carefully unfold the tissue paper and slip it over the neck of the bottle.

Tuck the strips in around the top of the bottle. Don’t worry too much about the top since there will be another layer of diapers covering it.

Carefully smooth the tissue paper down around the sides of the diaper. Get one of your larger elastic bands from your package and stretch it over the entire thing.

I will say that another set of hands is very helpful at this point. If you can grow yourself another set, please do, otherwise have someone around to give you a hand, literally. I crack myself up sometimes.

Trim the excess tissue from around the edges, however, make sure that you leave enough tissue paper to tuck under the layer of the cake.

Step 9

Now begin the second layer.

Take some of the unwrapped diapers and wrap them around the bottle until you achieve a thickness that is half as thick as the rolled up diapers. Is that as clear as mud?

How about this then, your bottom layer is two rows of rolled diapers plus a bit. Your top row will be one row of rolled diapers. You want this layer to be half way in between so that it creates nice symmetrical layers.

Step 10

Repeat the process for the second and third layers. However, remember that on the top layer you do not need to cut slices into your tissue paper. It is going to be a nice flat surface.

Step 11

Stand back and admire your handy work. Yes, it isn’t supposed to look finished yet.

Step 12

Now we are going to wrap the sides of the cake with a white satin ribbon. Think of it as the fondant layer. Since the ribbon is not as wide as the diapers I needed to use two rows on each layer, securing them in the back with the magic of scotch tape.

Step 13

Wrap the decorative ribbon around the layers. I tied the ribbon in a knot in the back of the cake. Then wrapped the co-ordinating ribbon around the knot.

Step 14

Make a bow out of the matching ribbon and stick it on the top of the cake and make some long “tails” to hang down.

There. Your diaper cake is done. Let the party begin.

Goto www.deliciousbuds.com.au to find out more about nappy cakes.

Hens night invitations

See my massive range of hens night invitations that you can print at home for free! My free printables are suitable for printing on paper or cards.The hens party planning can be made easier by

See my massive range of hens night invitations that you can print at home for free! My free printables are suitable for printing on paper or cards.The hens party planning can be made easier by sending a hens night invitation out to all the people that you wish to invite. This way you can have an idea of how many people are coming along to make it easier for you to organize entertainment, food etc. Use my free invitations so you can cut costs. Simply open them up, choose print from the file menu and print out as many as you need!

THERE ARE NO CATCHES, POP UPS OR JOINING UP. Simply find an invitation that you like, and print it. Easy!

I wish you well and hope that you all have a good time and stay safe. Remember to hold your drink the whole night so nobody can get a chance to put something in there. Also remember that regrets never did anybody and good.

 

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Inspiration

 

Ah Wednesday. Hump Day. Half way to the weekend… here’s a little photographic inspiration to get you through the rest of the week!

Looking at pretty things does wonders for my happiness levels. Maybe the website company can help?

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And to finish, I love Chicago website The Everygirl, and they recently did a blog post on artist Jill Rosenwald. I adore this quote from Jill, speaking about starting her own business:

DIY Calendar

What better way to organize your life than by creating an uber stylish, and very simply calendar. With chalkboard paint. And some masking tape. And a couple of sticks of chalk. I said simple right!?

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1) So first, grab your masking tape to create squares on your office wall (or a wall in your kitchen, perhaps?). Make sure you use a spirit level to make the lines nice and straight. Symmetry in this case, is most definitely your friend. Squares should be about 100mm by 100mm in size and make 7 across (one for each day of the week) and 5 down.

2) Next step is optional but to get super straight lines first paint with the colour of your walls. By doing this you are filling the tape with i.e. white instead of chalkboard black. However if you’re doing this on a wall which was painted in 1970 it might be hard to find the original colour.

3) Then, when the pain is dry begin painting with the chalk paint making sure you keep between the lines. You could also add here a coat or two of magnetic paint!

4) When the paint is dry, peel back the masking tape carefully.

5) And to finish write dates of the month you’re in to mark each day.

And there you go, a DIY calendar to organise your life!!

Floral Fashion Bonanza

Tuesday’s fashion shoot was a real flower-fest. Flowers on the dresses, flowers in the hair, photography in a florist and floral arrangements being created and sold all around us!

Our challenge for the spring issue is making spring come alive… when we are in the depths of winter. We are quick learners and have managed to schedule our spring shoots indoors. Lucky thing that, because as I drove across to Young, the sleet was falling.

Just a few notes on how we come to get such beautiful clothes (all on loan) and such a beautiful model (she came highly recommended) for the fashion shoots.

This is how a fashion shoot is done, ala ‘style’

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1)A clever little lady comes up with a theme

…maybe Jacqui, maybe Denise the photographer, maybe me even!

2)We meet, have a chat, talk about the logistics and then set ourselves a ‘to do’ list.

3)A model is sourced, usually recommended to us by a friend or by a friend of a friend.

4)The hardest part is getting fashionable samples sent out to little old Forbes in time for the shoot… so that’s usually the first job. I ring PR companies, send around 50, 000 emails and give them an idea of what we’d like to achieve.

5)Browsing through the ‘look books’ sent by PR companies is a hoot – some are ghastly and some I could order every single item for the shoot (but that would be a tad repetitive.)

6)Order the samples to arrive a day or two before the shoot.

7)Start praying that the garments turn up in time.

8)Arrange hair and make up using locals from the town in which the shoot is going to take place… in this cases, Sharron’s Hairline for hair and The Stables for makeup, both in Young.

9)Call round to a girlfriend’s place to borrow a ‘steamer’ to take to the shoot, for a quick iron of the clothes!

10)Get a bit excited when the clothes do turn up…and they are exactly what I had in mind!

11)Head to the venue, which was Native Botanical down in Young, and watch Steph the florist and Denise the photographer work their magic in setting the scene.

12)And then just watch it all come together!

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We’re always on the lookout for girls who are a little bit beautiful and a little bit confident for our upcoming fashion shoots. You