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5 Reasons to Consider Downsizing to a Park Home

5 Reasons to Consider Downsizing to a Park Home

Did you know that there are over 250,000 people living in residential park homes in the UK alone?

They’ve become an increasingly popular way of living over the last few years, and a large number of those residents have decided to downsize in their retirement.

There’s a number of reasons why park homes have proved so popular with those who wish to downsize, whether it be the modern, comfortable features of the homes themselves, the sense of community or the parks, or simply the great value.

We’re going to take a quick look at five reasons why you might wish to consider a park home if you’re thinking of downsizing.

1. Quality of life

While downsizing is obviously about moving to somewhere a bit smaller than your current home, you don’t want to have to compromise on quality and end up in some cramped flat.

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Park homes are anything but cramped and promote independence and leisure, in a sizeable and comfortable modern home.

And it’s not just the inside of a park home which is spacious. The parks themselves are set in acres of quiet greenery, offering you a laidback pace of life, often with your own small garden to tend to.

Most find that park homes actually allow them to enjoy a much higher quality of life than they did at their old home, and at a much lower cost.

As you can see from this article from Mail Online, some parks are even incredibly luxurious!

2. Community feel

Unfortunately, much of the UK is losing its community spirit, especially in bigger towns and cities, and as many as 70% of us don’t even know who our next door neighbours are.

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So if you’re craving that feeling of living in a closely knit community, a park home might be for you.

Parks always have a warm and welcoming atmosphere, often with access to a range of leisure activities to help you get to know your new neighbours.

3. Low maintenance

One of the main reasons for downsizing is wanting to rid yourself of all of the odd jobs that take up so much of your time in a traditional home.

Park homes are made specifically with this in mind and are almost always brand new when you move into them, meaning that they’ll require bare minimum maintenance.

Park homes are also only one storey high which makes them a lot easier to look after.

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4. Value for money

One of the biggest things that draw people towards downsizing to a park home is that they’re much more affordable than a traditional home.

This is partly because the park home agreement states that while you do own the physical home itself, the land that it is situated on is actually the property of the park owner.

This also means that park homes are almost always in the lowest bracket of council tax, meaning that they’re ideal for those who have retired and are now living off a pension.

5. Safe and secure

Safety is always an important thing to consider when moving house and park home living represents a much safer alternative to a bricks and mortar home in an inner city location.

Parks are situated far away from the hustle and bustle of city life and have lots of security features such as key fobs, CCTV cameras and sometimes security guards. Above all else, they feel safe and secure and offer the peace of mind which many desire.

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For more information on just why park homes are such a great option for downsizing, check out this great infographic from Sell My Park Home.

    10 Reasons To Consider Purchasing A Park Home | Sell My Park Home

    Featured photo credit: tingdene-parks.net via tingdene-parks.net

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    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

    1. Exercise Daily

    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

    The basic nutritional advice includes:

    • Eat unprocessed foods
    • Eat more veggies
    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

      5. Watch Out for Travel

      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

      6. Start Slow

      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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