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Why Orange County is a great place to live

Why Orange County is a great place to live

If you are thinking of moving to sunny California, or if you want to make a move within the state, there are few better destinations than Orange County. Orange County is filled with wonderful weather, wonderful food, a great quality of living, and (who could forget?) the original Disneyland Park! Below is an overview of some of the top benefits of living in or moving to O.C:

1. You’ll taste the best oranges in the country

No kidding, this county truly honors its name with the sweet and delicious oranges grown here. Lines of orange trees are plentiful throughout numerous neighborhoods, so make sure you pick up some of the colorful fruit and make yourself some healthy, fresh orange juice every morning!

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2. For animal lovers, O.C. has its own zoo

Irvine Regional Park hosts the Orange County Zoo, and though this zoo is small, you can enjoy the wonderful sights of black bears, mountain lions and bald eagles. Don’t forget to ask for a free audio tour via your cell phone. One tip: on Halloween, the zoo hosts some fun events for adults and children alike. Kids can participate in scavenger hunts, trick or treat, or make animal-themed crafts. The zoo is definitely a place you can’t miss.

3. O.C. is a favorite destination for filmmakers

Don’t be surprised if you’re walking down the street and you suddenly spot some cameras and actors. Orange County is well known for its temperate weather conditions, so big movie and television productions are often filmed there. It’s not just Hollywood that attracts the glitz and glamour of the filmmaking industry. A couple of examples are the movies “That Thing You Do!” starring Tom Hanks and “Accepted.” So, if you love movies, just stay alert, because you could end up appearing as an extra in a movie!

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4. Disneyland is within Orange County

If you have kids, or even if you don’t, the good news is that “the happiest place on Earth” is located in Anaheim, a city within Orange County. If you live near Disneyland, purchasing annual tickets can end up being the most practical and affordable means of allowing your family to visit the park all year round. With its array of attractions to please the whole family, locals often frequent Disneyland.

5. Great houses are available here

Real estate in Orange County is very sought-after due to the area’s popularity, and although it’s a popular place to live, moving property can be easier than you would think. If you already live in the area, there are services available that will buy houses in Orange Country, allowing for a speedier move to your new home. So, you could be living your new life sooner than you might have thought possible.

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6. Orange County is full of interesting history

It’s not an exaggeration to say that this county is full of historic buildings. In fact, O.C. has the second-highest concentration of historic sites in all of California, making it an ideal place to live and visit for those who like to engross themselves in history and education. There is even an area called the Historic District, where you can see lots and lots of buildings constructed a century or more ago. The area is maintained by the Olde Town Preservation Association. Don’t miss the Exchange Fine Arts Gallery on Glassell, which used to be the Sunkist Orange County Fruit Exchange Building.

7. If you like art, this is your place

Orange County has a lot of options if the arts, museums, opera houses and theaters are your thing. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is only a quick drive away from Orange, CA. There, you can enjoy hundreds of concerts, plays and big musicals, including Wicked, The Book of Mormon and The Wizard of Oz. So, even if you are in college, raising a family or retired, there is always great entertainment available for you, your friends, and your entire family.

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8. O.C. has an excellent educational system

Students love it here, and Chapman University, which specializes in law, business, arts and film, is considered one of the best private universities in the Western United States. Between classes, you will see lots of students just strolling around the city, enjoying all of the facilities available in a safe environment. If you are thinking about studying in O.C. or are reviewing schools for your family members, you won’t be disappointed.

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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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