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7 Decor Ideas to Give Your House a Comfy Feel

7 Decor Ideas to Give Your House a Comfy Feel

Your home is your sanctuary, so it is important that the place is cozy, warm and comfortable. Decorating the home is an essential step for making your house look not just look beautiful but also personalized. There are so many ways of turning your humble abode into a comfort zone. It is important to explore a variety of decorative options in order to make the place look pleasant.

Here are some ideas for decor that you can apply to your house to create a functional and inviting home.

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1. Consider Comfort and Fashion while Furnishing

While choosing the furniture for your house, you should make sure that you not only keep style and trends in mind, but that you always keep comfort in mind as well. Always choose furniture that brings you a sense of comfort. Make sure you can imagine yourself relaxing on it. Even if you have to compromise on aesthetics, you should not compromise on comfort.

2. Filling the Empty Space with Natural Decorations

It is important to make sure that you do not leave any empty space in the rooms in your house, because this does not create a comfortable environment. If you have a room that has high ceilings, you can always add potted trees. Lonely corners are not good for the appearance of a room. Adding plants to your house is an excellent choice because they reflect a pleasant, natural appearance. Plants are also good for creating a healthy and environmentally friendly place. You can also add a fish bowl or an aquarium. Natural decorations are good for creating a delicate and cozy environment.

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3. Adding Comfort to the Floor

Rugs are an excellent way of defining the space. Whether you have vinyl flooring or a wooden floor, you can always add a comfortable touch with a rug. A huge range of styles, designs, and types of rugs are available on the market. You should choose a rug that goes well with your furniture and interior. Rugs are an excellent way of pulling all the furniture together and creating a beautiful look.

4. Adding a Variety of Textures

You can create a welcoming house by adding texture through decorations. There are a variety of decorative elements you can use to add texture to a room, such as wooden furniture, wallpapers, and fluffy carpets. The addition of texture helps you reduce the rigidity of a room and adds a comfortable feeling. You can also add texture with the help of throw blankets, pillows, and cushions. You can add texture with unique fabrics as well.

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5. Always Choose Warm Colors

Colors have an important effect in determining the mood and environment of the room. The choice of colors is an important decision. If you want to enhance a room’s appearance, you should choose colors with warm tones, which are perfect for creating an inviting look. You can combine multiple colors and create a balanced look. You should also choose the color of the furniture according to the colors you have chosen.

6. Add Magical Effects through Lighting

You should not neglect the importance of lighting. By installing light fixtures in perfect places, you can make a small room look bigger and warmer. Lighting is also an excellent way of bringing variety and different textures to the room. There are so many beautiful lamps that you can place in different areas to create a beautiful and intimate environment. To add a more decorative touch, add beautiful ceiling lights or chandeliers.

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7. Adding Personality

If you want to create a comfortable house, never forget to add personal items such as family pictures. You can hang the pictures on the wall or just put them over the fireplace or on side tables. You can add variety by choosing frames of different styles. You can also use vintage pieces to add elegance and to showcase personal preferences and tastes.

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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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