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7 Things to Know About Moving Companies Before Hiring Them

7 Things to Know About Moving Companies Before Hiring Them

Modern workforce is more mobile in nature. Millennials are ready to move to take on new opportunities across states and borders.

One survey by Rent.com indicated that half of the millennials were living in other cities either renting or owning small micro apartments.

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Further estimates indicate that more than 36 million Americans move during the year from one city to another. With this constant moving from one place to another, you need to hire professional services of moving companies to assist you in relocating easily.

Here are seven important things you must know before hiring them:

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1. A professional mover always has a license

It is often the case that your van man is an ordinary Joe who is doing it as a part-time job. Moving requires careful handling of your stuff and there are chances of damage during the transit.If your driver is an amateur with no license and insurance, you are surely going to bear a heavy cost of this simple mistake. Always check if they are licensed or not.

2. They are often local

Most man and van services – smaller moving services – are local in nature, therefore, you can easily find them either on craigslist or gumtree. Finding a good reliable local moving company is the relatively easier option for you instead of hiring someone who is located outside your city.

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3. A moving company does more than just move your stuff

A good moving company can offer you a comprehensive package of services and you should always make a cost-benefit analysis before accepting any offer. Moving companies offer extra services such as crating, packing assembling and storage services. If you want temporary storage, a moving company may offer that. If you want to move your car or boat, moving companies can offer you that service also.

4. They offer tracking services

A good moving company will always offer you a tracking service so that you can track where your cargo is. Cargo sent through the air is relatively expensive whereas if it is moved by ship, it costs less. As such, tracking services for any mode of shipment is provided by the moving companies and you should specifically ask for them.

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5. Never deal with the driver

It is often the case that driver and the person who actually makes a deal with you are two different individuals. It is always preferable to actually strike a deal with the person who gives you the estimate. Smaller moving companies hire drivers who can indirectly try to make more money from you.

6. Flat vs. time-based rates

Pricing offered by moving companies can be either flat or time-based. Some movers will offer you quotes on the basis of a number of items to move. Whatever your situation is, always compute which pricing structure suits you more. Sometimes, time-based rates will be more beneficial to you if you can offer to move some items yourselves or reduce the number.

7. Never pay in cash and to the driver directly

Chances are that your driver will certainly offer you a cheaper service provided you cancel the deal with the company. In such scenario and almost in every deal, it is always better to deal with the moving company directly instead of paying anything in cash to the driver. Always deal with the company directly.

Make sure you understand how moving companies work, as hiring a moving company can be a nightmare if you fail to plan accordingly. Always prepare and do not try to find simple hacks to save money because if you directly deal with the company, it will be lot cheaper and safer for you to move your belongings.

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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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