When’s the last time you hit the gym? I’d be willing to bet that that question made you feel a pang of guilt. But you’ve surely got plenty of company: It’s hard getting in enough exercise during the winter, not to mention the rest of the year, between a hectic family life and your workplace responsibilities; it seems to get twice as hard. You look out the window and see the snow, or you hear the wind picking up, and you just think, “nope, I’m not going out in that.”
It’s the least wonderful time of the year again, the time when the bitter cold finally sets in and the holidays are all over and everything’s that particular shade of gray-tinged white that makes you look out the window and sigh. You might as well just stay inside and hibernate in front of the TV until spring shows up. But wait… we live in New York City! Surely, there’s something to do here, some reason to leave the house, even in the dreary days of winter, and before my boys’ butts become permanently rooted to the couch, I must to find something better for us to do. Here’s what I found so far:
Here in New York City, it’s been pretty darn cold lately. When the temperature (or the wind chill) only has one digit in it, you know it’s not a good day to go outside! It’s tempting to just hunker down indoors, curl up on the couch, and do nothing all day. But what if the house isn’t a whole lot warmer than it is outside? That means you have at least one heat leak in your house, something that’s sucking some of that precious warmth out and letting in the bitter chill. Don’t crank up the furnace, though. Instead, consider a few common culprits that you might be able to easily fix.
It’s easy enough to run to the store and load up your cart with cleaning products and tools, but sometimes, it’s simpler, cheaper, or just more satisfying to come up with your own DIY approaches to getting things done, including … Continue reading
By now, most people have heard the panic-inducing news that sitting at your desk all day can be deadly. In fact, studies have shown that sitting for prolonged periods every day raises your risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, and even an earlier death. Sitting is said to be so bad for you that it’s been compared to smoking, and time at the gym doesn’t seem to offset these negative effects. But there’s a solution out there that’s growing in popularity: the standing desk. Workers are increasingly giving up their chairs for taller desks so that they can stand while they work. No sitting equals no horrible health problems, right?