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9 Advantages of Using Artificial Grass for Your Lawn

9 Advantages of Using Artificial Grass for Your Lawn

So many people are turning to artificial grass as a solution to their lawn woes. Often times, the benefits clearly outweigh the initial cost—as it saves countless hours and money regarding upkeep. It can help to improve one’s own lifestyle as well as the impact on the environment overall with the reduction of water consumption and chemical upkeep.

1. No Need to Water

Normally a real lawn would require regular watering in the early morning and late evening, but artificial grass never needs water. The only time that artificial lawn needs water is when it is time to clean it—which is only occasionally. When cleaning, you will need to hose the blades off with a short burst of water to get rid of the dirt. Because of this, you will see the advantage of a reduction in your water bill.

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2. Safe for Children

Because artificial lawns do not need weed killers, fertilizers, pesticides or many other chemicals, they are totally safe for any child to play on. Many cities are opting to use artificial lawns in place of natural grass in public spaces for this reason.

3. No Need to Mow

So many people absolutely despise this specific chore, but it is a necessary burden when you have a natural lawn. With an artificial lawn, no mower will ever be needed. Plastic grass will never grow, so spend all of your extra time playing on your lawn with friends, family, and pets.

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4. Low Maintenance

Though you won’t ever need to mow, you will still need to maintain your artificial lawn, but it’s a breeze. You can remove large organic materials using a leaf blower, while a natural bristle broom can fluff areas that get a lot of traffic. The only time that it will need water is when tough debris will need to be cleared. If you don’t have a dog, then this might not even be a regular cleaning method.

5. Dogs Love it

There is no doubt that dogs love to play outside on the lawn, but sometimes they get a bit overzealous and will eat it. Dogs generally ignore artificial grass, and any mess that is left behind can be cleaned off with just some water and a mild detergent. A bonus for the humans that own dogs is that the four legged friends won’t be able to dig unsightly holes and track dirt and mud through the home.

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6. It Will Always Look Great

Artificial lawns can withstand almost all weather conditions, hot or cold. It will continue to stay green and closely resemble a real lawn. Even the areas of the lawn that get the most traffic will only require very minimal effort to keep it looking new.

7. No Fertilizers or Pesticides

Unlike real grass, artificial lawns stay looking green and lush without any chemical help. And because the material does not provide food or living area for bugs, pest problems are virtually eliminated. The lack of pesticides and fertilizers are good for the environment as well. Plus, it’s saving you more money.

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8. Durability

Once your artificial lawn has been successfully installed, you can forget about tiring upkeep. It will withstand wear and tear for quite a few years. The materials that are used in its manufacturing are made with withstand traffic, all kinds of climates, and weather changes. It won’t even lose its color because of ultraviolet ray exposure—the fibers are made stable against it.

9. Never Deal with Weeds Again

This is one of the largest problems with a natural lawn. There are so many types of weeds that creep into a natural lawn, weed control really is an entire job all on its own. It takes up so much time and money, but with an artificial lawn, weeds won’t be a problem. You may still need to pull them from time to time, but they are far less prevalent when you have an artificial lawn.

Featured photo credit: The Turf Warehouse via theturfwarehouse.co.uk

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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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