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How to Create a Healthy and Safe Environment for Your Children

How to Create a Healthy and Safe Environment for Your Children

Bringing a child into your life is a wonderful and truly unique experience. However, there are a lot of changes that you should make in your home to make it completely safe for your child. We, as grownups, know how to navigate through all the parts of our homes without any problems, but there are many things that can pose a danger for your child, so it is important to take some necessary steps to make your home injury-proof.

Reduce the chance of falling

Falls are the most usual causes of the majority of child injuries, and this is why you should take various steps to make sure that you have lowered the chances of this happening.

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  • Stairs: One of the usual places where a child could fall and become seriously injured is the stairs. This is why installing safety guards on the stair entrance is a good way of preventing this from happening.
  • Balconies: The balcony is no place for an unsupervised child, so it is necessary to install a safety guard at the exit towards the balcony to prevent any falls.
  • Windows: Not many people realize that a child can easily fall through a window. Even though small children are usually unable to unlock and open a window, there are situations when this occurs. The best and most effective way of preventing this from happening is by installing window guards, especially installing them on the upper-storey windows.
  • Lights: Children regularly wake up during the night to go to the bathroom, so leaving lights on in the hallway is a great way to prevent tripping in the dark.
  • Floor type: There are specific types of floors which are healthier for children, and are also less slippery than traditional ones. This is a small investment that will keep your kids much safer and healthier.

Preventing burns and scalding from occurring

There are numerous things inside a household which can cause burns, such as the stove, hot water, hot beverages, ovens, microwaves, and heaters. The only way to prevent this from happening is to keep your child away from all these devices by locking the kitchen. When it comes to the hot water, it is necessary to set the water heater temperature right so that the water does not exceed 50 degrees Celsius.

Improve fire safety

There are many things that can cause a fire within a home and the best preventive measure that you should take is to implement smoke detectors inside your home. People usually install a single smoke detector on each floor of the home, which is a legal obligation in some countries. Even though it will result in a bit of a higher financial investment, it is a much better option to have these devices in as many rooms inside your home as possible.

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On the other hand, make sure that you have a fire extinguisher that is easily accessible in emergency situations. Make sure that you regularly test your smoke detectors and that you change their batteries once per year.

Become risk-free when it comes to poisoning

Children under five are especially at risk of accidentally ingesting poison. This is the age when children love to explore everything that surrounds them. There are numerous chemicals throughout the home that should be completely removed from the reach of children. Here are some of the solutions to this problem.

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  • Keep all poisonous liquids, such as cleaning chemicals, away from any space that is accessible to children.
  • Store all of these liquids in high cupboards which are unreachable by children. Keep them locked just in case — this will ensure that the child cannot reach them in any way.
  • Install child-safety latches. These are great gadgets that can help you in the case that you do not have cupboards which are high and unreachable. They make all of the cupboard doors practically locked while adults can still open them with a stronger push or a pull. Additionally, these latches are very useful for drawers as well, as they will keep your children’s fingers safe.

Don’t forget about water safety

African American boy washing hands

    This is something that depends completely on you. If your home has a pool, never leave your child unattended as they can easily fall in. You can always install a fence around the pool, followed by a self-locking gate. On the other hand, the same goes when it comes to the bath. No matter how shallow the water in the bath is, never leave a child unattended, nor should you leave him or her with an older sibling. Always be present, as these accidents can seriously endanger your child, and some can even be fatal.

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    Help your child steer away from electricity

    During the growing-up period, children are very explorative — this is why it is your responsibility to keep electricity, in any form, inaccessible to your child. We all know how dangerous and lethal electricity is, so make sure that you take these steps to ensure that your child remains safe from an electrical shock.

    • Safety switches: If you do not have a safety switches in your home’s electricity system, immediately call a professional electrician and have them installed. This device will turn off the electricity in your home if any kind of irregular activity in the electric system occurs. Additionally, these switches also help with fire prevention, making your home a much safer environment overall.
    • Cords: Keep every single electricity cord in new condition, as they isolate the electricity. If you need to replace them, invite an electrician — this will keep you safe and your whole family safe afterwards.
    • Sockets: The majority of electrocution injuries occur when a child inserts something that conducts electricity into a socket. To prevent this from happening, make sure that you use electrical socket covers which make it literally impossible for a child to insert anything in them. Make sure that you use the covers for all the sockets in your home, even for those which are found in rooms where your child does not usually spend time.

    Keeping your home safe for your child is a task that requires a single time and financial investment, but it serves to protect your child during his or her most vulnerable formative years. Keep in mind that the majority of these problems occur when children are unattended, so make sure that you keep your children in your line of sight at all times. It takes only a matter of seconds for bad things to happen, and no matter how safe your home is, accidents can still occur.

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    Last Updated on August 15, 2018

    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

    Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

    Video Summary

    Why is it important to train up our core strength?

    There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

    This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

    Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

    In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

    One Exercise, multiple benefits

    There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

    By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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    When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

    Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

    In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

    What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

    What will happen when you start doing planks every day

      1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

      Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

      • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
      • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
      • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
      • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

      2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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        Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

        Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

        3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

          Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

          4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

            Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

            A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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            A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

            On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

            5. You’ll improve overall balance

              Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

              6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                  Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                  How to hold a plank position

                  1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                  2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                  3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                  4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                  5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                  6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                  7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                  Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                  Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                    How to improve your plank time gradually

                    1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                    2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                    3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                    Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                    Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                    You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                    • Prolapse
                    • After prolapse surgery
                    • Pelvic pain conditions
                    • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                    • Previous childbirth
                    • Overweight

                    Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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