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6 Important Tips For Buying A New Mattress Online

6 Important Tips For Buying A New Mattress Online

Buying a mattress online can be sort of confusing, and this is because of the fear of not getting a high-quality and standard mattress, which you can enjoy over a long period of time without complaints.

Here are some helpful tips on how you can judge and select the best mattress online before dipping your hand into your wallet to buy one.

1. Is the Mattress Brand Known and Trusted?

The first step you should consider taking is finding out if the brand of the mattress is trusted; one that guarantees you of a comfortable and enjoyable usage of the mattress over a long period of time.

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You should consider going for a trusted brand that guarantees its prospective customers an outstanding experience in using their products instead of an unknown brand name.

2. Check the Density of the Mattress

High-density foams are more durable and they always last longer. From consumer surveys, it has been known that memory foam mattresses have the highest owner’s satisfaction in the industry since the 1990s.

Many companies use less of memory foam, and this is because it is the most expensive part of the foam. These companies rather go for the usage of latex, conventional foam or fluffy covers, conversely claiming it is better, just to reduce the cost of production.

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3. Check for the Maintainability of the Mattress

You should always consider a mattress that has a removable and washable cover. The mattress can get very dirty and should have the feature of being cleanable and washable.

Zippers seem to be the most expensive cover component and this is why most companies do not include them in mattresses, thereby creating a problem in cleaning up of mattresses cover, unlike the mattress cover that has a zipper, making it washable.

4. Are you being offered free firmness adjustment as part of the sleep trial?

If your mattress seems too soft or too hard, some online companies will offer you a free tapper, this saves you the extra cost of buying that tapper from a store.

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This makes buying mattresses online a much better option than buying in a store. Nevertheless, most new online brands offer you only one option of firmness, which may force you into using a mattress that is not perfect for you.

5. Check the thermal comfort of the mattress

Look beyond the cooling gimmicks some online companies may market; confirm if it will be too hot to sleep on it. Two good ways of reducing heat build-up in mattresses are airflow and moisture wicking.

Instead of using real airflow and moisture wicking technology, most companies go for alternative chemical additives, which are not proven to be able to reduce the heat build-up in those mattresses during its usage at night.

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These companies use low-cost alternative materials such as low-density lofty covers (pillow tops); there is no doubt that this can help sleep cooler, but it can separate you from the memory foam, thereby causing body indentations.

6. Is the Return Policy Free and Works on your Terms?

Before you purchase, be sure to check the return policy to see if it works in your terms. Several companies offer favorable return policies, like the Novosbed comfort+ option return policy invented in 2009, that ensures you get all your money back if you return your mattress due to unsatisfactory conditions, just after the company’s 120 nights’ trial.

Although most companies have followed this route since then, some still charge a restocking fee or do not even refund or cover your shipping expense, conversely doing this just to discourage you from returning the mattress, thereby making you settle for what seems imperfect to you. However, some companies may ask you to find and organize donation, and provide the evidence in order to get a refund. 

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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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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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