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7 Ways Outsourcing Can Make Your Home Life Easier

7 Ways Outsourcing Can Make Your Home Life Easier

Daily life is filled with a seemingly never-ending list of chores and errands that need to be completed in order to make your household run smoothly. Unfortunately, this eats into your quality time with family and friends. The time deficit also makes it difficult for people to do important things for themselves such as committing to a regular exercise routine. Chronic stress is well-known as being linked to the leading causes of death, and it’s also responsible for at least 75 percent of American doctor visits. The good news is that there are many tasks you can outsource in order to free up some of your precious time and improve your quality of life.

1. Online Grocery Shopping

The average person spends at least 41 minutes in the grocery store during each shopping trip. This doesn’t count the associated driving time, nor does it calculate in loading and unloading your vehicle. Additionally, grocery stores have a tendency to be busy, which adds to the overall stress of the experience. Fortunately, many grocers have begun offering online shopping and curbside pickup services that dramatically reduce shopping times.

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As an added bonus, selecting everything online makes it easier to stay within your budget and avoid impulse purchases. You simply put items into your virtual shopping cart and a store employee will do the actual shopping, bagging and car loading for you.

2. Home Repairs

Most people seek out a contractor for major home repairs, but what about smaller home improvement projects? Although you may be completely capable of meeting the demands of these tasks, it’s also wise to consider whether or not they are the best way to spend an entire weekend. Instead of skipping family time, turn to a home repair website or app instead. For example, Smith enables homeowners to quickly and easily receive bids from local contractors for projects of all sizes.

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This type of service is especially helpful because when contractors know they’re bidding against each other, they’re more likely to give you the best possible price. Using a website instead of calling contractors is also a great way to reduce the total amount of time you spend on the project.

3. Family Caregiver Services

An astounding 43.5 million Americans serve as a family caregiver in addition to their normal daily tasks. This puts a massive emotional and time drain on these individuals, but it’s also a crucial aspect of keeping ill family members safe. Many people fill this role because they can’t afford to hire full-time care. It can also be very comforting for the person who is sick to be assisted by someone they know. However, one of the most important things a family caregiver can do for everyone involved is to give themselves some respite care at least once a week by utilizing professional family caregiver services or getting another family member involved.

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4. Monthly Subscription Boxes

Do you enjoy trying new recipes but feel overwhelmed by the time involved in collecting them and gathering the necessary ingredients? Monthly subscription boxes may be the perfect way to keep your creative spark alive in the kitchen without taking an exorbitant amount of time and energy. Services such as Blue Apron put all of the components together for you and send them to your door once a week. You can also experience exotic fare without leaving home with Try the World, which sends food and other items from a different country each month.

5. Laundry Services

Laundry is something that never, ever ends, and it takes a lot of time to sort everything, wash and dry it, fold it and put it away. This becomes even worse if you have to lug your laundry to a shared laundry room or laundromat. You incur the cost of using coin operated machines or of paying for water and maintenance to your own machines. Additionally, there’s the expense of detergent and fabric softener.

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However, there is an alternative to this large time suck: hire a per-the-pound laundry service. These services start at an average of only .93 per pound, and this typically includes sorting, washing, drying and folding. For a slight upcharge, you may even be able to get your laundry picked up and delivered.

6. Use a Lawn Care Company

The typical American spends 70 hours a year on lawn care, which comes out to more than 1.3 hours a week. There are so many other things you could do with that time that would be more emotionally fulfilling. Weekly lawn care services start at only $35, so you need to ask yourself how much your time – especially your free time – is worth. If you have the extra money and don’t take pleasure in doing lawn care, it makes perfect sense to outsource this stressful task and do something more enjoyable instead.

7. House Cleaning Services

Is your house always dusty and cluttered because you don’t have time to deal with it? Or perhaps you spend more than five hours per week keeping everything clean, but you’d rather spend that time at the park with your kids or enjoying a date night with your spouse. Well, the good news is that this is definitely possible by hiring a house cleaner. These services can range drastically in price depending on a wide variety of factors, but the average single family home pays $130 per clean. To put this into perspective, the hourly rate is usually around $25, so you’ll be getting a clean home and recover several hours weekly to attend to personal matters.

As you can see, there are numerous ways that you can free up some of your time without neglecting any of your weekly chores. The cost of these services is often much more in line with what your time is worth than you may have otherwise thought. In fact, most online grocery shopping services charge $5 or less, and that’s definitely worth avoiding the hassle and lost time associated with doing the shopping in-store. There are also several apps available that will help you better manage everything from spring cleaning to assigning cleaning duties to each family member.

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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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