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7 Surprising Benefits Of Leasing A Car

7 Surprising Benefits Of Leasing A Car

We all have a dream car that we presume we can’t afford. We settle for the “sensible choice” that will get us from A to B and won’t break the bank.

But what if you could drive a car without worrying about the overall cost? What if you could drive a car for a year without having to commit to it any longer? What if you could just borrow a car and then give it back?

Car leasing is an increasingly popular way for motorists to drive without having to purchase the vehicle. It gives you the freedom to drive a car without any strings attached. If you’re considering buying a new car, here are seven surprising benefits of leasing a car that might change your mind.

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You avoid damaging depreciation costs

One of the biggest problems motorists face when buying a brand new car is that these cars lose their value very quickly, and by the time you’re ready to sell and move on, your car is worth much less than you bought it for.

If you lease a car, you will never have this problem and you do not have to worry about the car’s resale value. This makes car leasing an attractive option to those who want to change their car frequently without losing any of the cost.

Low monthly payments

If you choose to lease a car rather than buy it, your monthly payments will be lower as you are only renting the car. This means that you can spend the money you save elsewhere–on holidays or those oh-so-expensive shoes you’ve been coveting. Also, if you only use your car for work, it may be more beneficial for you to lease a car rather than own one, and then spend the money you save on having fun on the weekend.

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    You can drive the car of your dreams

    As you aren’t paying to purchase the whole car, you are much more likely to be able to afford the car of your dreams. If you’ve always fancied a particular car but never had the money to buy one, this could be the perfect time to do it. You know that sexy convertible city car you’ve always wanted? Lease it now and your dream will become reality.

    Road tax is included

    When you lease a car, road tax is included for the duration of your contract! This means you don’t have to worry about making sure it is up to date yourself. Remember to check with your car leasing provider first, as some companies only include road tax for the first year.

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    There’s no need to sell your vehicle—just give it back!

    Let’s face it, there’s nothing fun about selling your car. You have to spend time fixing any small issues, taking flattering photographs, uploading them to online car sites, negotiating with time-wasters, and using up your precious free time meeting potential buyers. A lot of hassle, right? Well, if you lease your car, you can simply hand it back once your contract is over. Most companies will even come and collect the car from you so you don’t even have to leave the house—perfect!

      You can show off

      Yes that’s right, with car leasing you can show off your brand new stylish car to your friends, family, and co-workers—which is what everyone really wants, isn’t it?

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      Having an impressive car could do wonders for your business, especially if you are self-employed and want to look successful. You know that ridiculously expensive flashy car that would impress your clients and seal the deal? Lease it and no one will be the wiser.

      You can add maintenance packages

      Car leasing companies such as Stoneacre Leasing will offer you a choice of maintenance packages for the duration of your contract. A full maintenance package will give you peace of mind and will cover servicing, repair costs, and extra tires. This means that no matter what happens, you will not be faced with any surprising repair costs!

      Car leasing is an easy, hassle-free way to obtain a personal car on a budget. If you’ve not thought about leasing a car before, give it a try—you’ll never go back!

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      Last Updated on May 22, 2019

      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

      1. Cat Camel Stretch

      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

      3. Jumping Jacks

      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

      4. Abductor Side Lifts

      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

      5. Balancing Table Pose

      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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        6. Leg Squats

        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

        7. Push Ups

        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

        8. Bicycle Crunches

        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

        9. Lunges

        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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        10. Bicep Curls

        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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