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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 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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