healthy living https://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/569/all en-US 10 Affordable Ways to Make Spring Break All About Self-Care https://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-ways-to-make-spring-break-all-about-self-care <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-affordable-ways-to-make-spring-break-all-about-self-care" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl_left_daydreaming.jpg" alt="Girl left daydreaming" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The concept of self-care is growing in popularity, and for good reason. In an increasingly fast-paced world, it can be challenging to make time for yourself.</p> <p>On one hand, practicing self-care can get expensive very quickly. But fortunately, you don't have to take a fancy resort vacation or spend hundreds of dollars at a spa in order to prioritize your most basic needs. In fact, for many people, self-care can be affordable enough to treat themselves regularly.</p> <p>Here are 10 ways to make this spring break all about caring for yourself, without blowing your budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a>)</p> <h2>1. Go outside</h2> <p>Nature is full of interesting new sights and sounds, plus, the fresh air and sunshine can help you to feel more at ease. Plan a hike, bike ride, or camping trip, and spend as much time outdoors as possible. Meandering in nature can help clear your head and is a completely free way to practice self-care.</p> <h2>2. Call an old friend</h2> <p>Sometimes, the best pick-me-up is speaking with an old friend whom you haven't caught up with in quite some time. A phone call costs almost nothing, and with the extra time on your hands, this spring break is the perfect time to reconnect.</p> <h2>3. Exercise</h2> <p>Simply making time for exercise can be one of the most care-filled gifts you can give yourself. Moving your body releases endorphins, which reduce pain and improve your mood. And you don't need to spend any money to work up a sweat. There are plenty of free workout videos on YouTube that you can follow along with at home, free apps that take you through guided exercises and yoga, or you can hit the road for a brisk walk or jog. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-smartphone-apps-that-make-self-care-a-snap?ref=seealso" target="_blank">14 Smartphone Apps That Make Self-Care a Snap</a>)</p> <h2>4. Meal prep</h2> <p>It can feel hard, if not impossible, to eat healthy throughout the week. After a long day at work, you may be tired or stressed and the last thing you want to do is cook.</p> <p>Meal prep is good for your health, budget, and can save you time in the future. So do something for yourself and prep a few meals during your spring break. You can dice up vegetables and make a few healthy freezer meals to have on hand for those days you don't feel like cooking. Trust me, your future self will thank you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-and-eat-better-with-these-6-online-meal-planners?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Save Money and Eat Better With These 6 Online Meal Planners</a>)</p> <h2>5. Spring clean your house</h2> <p>When life gets hectic, the cleanliness and organization of your house is often the first thing to reflect it. Sometimes, the biggest act of self-care is to organize your home and get rid of items you no longer use. Better yet, rearranging your home can often give you the change you've been craving, while costing you $0.</p> <h2>6. Plan a staycation</h2> <p>Don't have the budget for a fancy spring break trip? Create your own vacation without even leaving home by planning your own staycation. With a staycation, you spend time exploring your own city or staying home, and you create your own relaxation. So step away from work, set aside any chores, and enjoy your time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-self-care-can-actually-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways Self Care Can Actually Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>7. Have an at-home spa day</h2> <p>No budget for the spa? No problem. You can easily create your own at-home spa with a few simple products.</p> <p>To really get the most bang for your buck, you can use everyday ingredients straight from your kitchen to treat yourself to a spa day. For instance, honey makes a great face mask, and coconut oil works wonders for your hair. Need a body scrub? Mix some brown sugar and milk together for a scrub that mimics even the most expensive beauty products.</p> <h2>8. Practice a hobby</h2> <p>Spring break is the perfect time to make room for hobbies. Whether it's reading, fishing, cooking, or something else, there are plenty of cheap ways to improve your skills and get lost in the fun of trying something new.</p> <h2>9. Catch up on sleep</h2> <p>What better (and cheaper) way to enjoy your spring break than to catch up on sleep? During your days off from work, close the blinds, take as many naps as your body needs, and don't set any alarms. Being well-rested does wonders for your mental and physical health, and it's absolutely free. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fall-asleep-when-you-cant?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Fall Asleep When You Can't</a>)</p> <p>If the weather is nice, you can take it a step further and take a midday snooze outdoors in the sunshine. Just don't forget the sunblock!</p> <h2>10. Schedule appointments you've been putting off</h2> <p>When you get busy, it can be common to forgo regular doctor appointments and other health checkups for the sake of time. This spring break, schedule all of your appointments, and get them out of the way. Whether it's a dental exam, haircut, physical, or another appointment, scheduling these appointments definitely qualifies as an act of self-care.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-affordable-ways-to-make-spring-break-all-about-self-care&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Affordable%2520Ways%2520to%2520Make%2520Spring%2520Break%2520All%2520About%2520Self-Care.jpg&amp;description=10%20Affordable%20Ways%20to%20Make%20Spring%20Break%20All%20About%20Self-Care"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Affordable%20Ways%20to%20Make%20Spring%20Break%20All%20About%20Self-Care.jpg" alt="10 Affordable Ways to Make Spring Break All About Self-Care" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/rachel-slifka">Rachel Slifka</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-ways-to-make-spring-break-all-about-self-care">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-smart-ways-to-invest-in-your-health">7 Smart Ways to Invest in Your Health</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-improve-your-life-before-the-end-of-the-year">10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life Before the End of the Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you">People Who Love Their Bodies Never Do These 17 Things — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-self-care-can-actually-save-you-money">5 Ways Self Care Can Actually Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty health tips healthy living mental health self care spring break staycation vacation Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:30:17 +0000 Rachel Slifka 2119357 at https://www.wisebread.com 7 Smart Ways to Invest in Your Health https://www.wisebread.com/7-smart-ways-to-invest-in-your-health <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-smart-ways-to-invest-in-your-health" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_running_shoes_613347974.jpg" alt="Woman investing in health with running shoes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you invest in your health and live a healthy lifestyle, you could not only prevent diseases, but also save a ton of money along the way. However, investing in your health can feel daunting. Gym memberships can be expensive, healthy food feels like it costs an arm and a leg, and it's hard to know which investments will pay off and which ones will just suck your money down the drain. Here are some ways you can invest in your health without breaking the bank.</p> <h2>1. Comfortable running shoes</h2> <p>Get yourself fitted at a running store and buy the pair of shoes that fits best. If you really want to save, note the brand and the size you're looking for and check to see if it's cheaper online. Paying the store price is a good way to return the favor of the work they do sizing you, so check to see if they'll match the price you found online if it's cheaper.</p> <p>Then set yourself a running goal and establish a regular routine. It costs nothing to run through your neighborhood or on the local high school track. Make it more fun by running with a buddy or joining a running meetup. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-women-s-running-shoes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Women&rsquo;s Running Shoes</a>)</p> <p>If running isn&rsquo;t your thing, try walking. Again, get yourself fitted for a proper pair of shoes and establish a regular routine several times a week. As your fitness improves, you can increase your distance. And walking is another activity that doesn&rsquo;t have to cost a dime.</p> <h2>2. Incorporate exercise naturally</h2> <p>If don't have much time for workouts each day, find ways to incorporate little bits of exercise into things you already do. Take the stairs, park in the back of the lot, clean your house regularly &mdash; these adjustments add up and keep your body moving. It won't cost you a dime to park farther away or to take the stairs whenever possible, but it will cost you some time. It's still an investment that's absolutely worthwhile. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Apps That Pay You to Workout</a>)</p> <h2>3. Walk or bike to work</h2> <p>If it's feasible for you, consider walking or biking to work (at least when it's warm enough to do so). This saves you money on gas and vehicle maintenance, and it also helps you get exercise in.</p> <p>A bonus reason to walk or bike to work is so you can incorporate a time during the day when you can de-stress. Focus on what's in front of you, on the road and on your body, and the stress and strain of daily life will pass right by. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-life-is-wonderful-when-you-swap-your-car-for-a-bike?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Ways Life Is Wonderful When You Swap Your Car for a Bike</a>)</p> <h2>4. Buy seasonal produce</h2> <p>Produce can be expensive, especially if you occasionally let it sit too long in your fridge and it goes bad. Instead of buying whatever is in the store, though, try to buy veggies that are in-season in your area. Seasonal veggies are usually cheaper than imported ones, since there's less packing and transit involved in getting them to you. This also gives you a chance to try foods you don't always eat, which makes eating healthy interesting. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-off-season-foods-that-are-destroying-your-grocery-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Offseason Foods That Are Destroying Your Grocery Budget</a>)</p> <h2>5. Shop the frozen aisle for fruit and veggies</h2> <p>If you don't like what's available seasonally, or you live in a place where winters are long and there's not much growing around you, shop the frozen fruit and vegetable aisle. New flash freezing procedures allow this produce to keep most of its nutrients when frozen, so you won't have to skimp on taste or quality. You can even get convenient single-serving or single-meal packs that microwave quickly, so there's never an excuse to go without your veggies. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-veggie-noodle-dishes-that-will-make-you-forget-about-pasta?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Veggie Noodle Dishes That Will Make You Forget About Pasta</a>)</p> <h2>6. Purchase meat from local ranchers</h2> <p>Buying meat straight from the farmer is a practice that has grown in popularity over the last few years, to the point that it's available at weekend farmers markets in most major metropolitan areas. When you buy from a farmer, you can often choose the cuts of meat you want and how you want it packaged. If you're looking for organic and/or grass-fed meat, you can usually find that, too. Since you pay a single amount per pound, this is often cheaper than buying meat in the store, especially if you like steaks and roasts.</p> <h2>7. Get regular checkups</h2> <p>Going to the doctor is a pain. I get it. You can't always see the doctor right when you need to, and god knows those waiting rooms deliver on their name. But not going at all can mean missing some major health problems when they can still be easily treated or cured. Many health insurance plans cover preventive care completely, or at a higher rate than other treatments. It's important to see your doctor and dentist once a year, in order to make sure your health is solid. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-an-hsa-is-actually-worth-having?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Reasons an HSA Is Actually Worth Having</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-smart-ways-to-invest-in-your-health&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Smart%2520Ways%2520to%2520Invest%2520in%2520Your%2520Health.jpg&amp;description=7%20Smart%20Ways%20to%20Invest%20in%20Your%20Health"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Smart%20Ways%20to%20Invest%20in%20Your%20Health.jpg" alt="7 Smart Ways to Invest in Your Health" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-smart-ways-to-invest-in-your-health">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-free-self-care-rituals-to-get-you-through-a-long-winter">6 Free Self-Care Rituals to Get You Through a Long Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/14-smartphone-apps-that-make-self-care-a-snap">14 Smartphone Apps That Make Self-Care a Snap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/11-easy-ways-to-fix-your-whole-life-this-summer">11 Easy Ways to Fix Your Whole Life This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-have-energy-after-work">7 Easy Ways to Have Energy After Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-self-care-rituals-for-the-newly-retired">7 Self-Care Rituals for the Newly Retired</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty exercise health tips healthy eating healthy lifestyle healthy living investment self-care Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:30:08 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2103341 at https://www.wisebread.com How the Self Employed Can Cut Health Care Costs https://www.wisebread.com/how-the-self-employed-can-cut-health-care-costs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-the-self-employed-can-cut-health-care-costs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/medical_costs.jpg" alt="Medical Costs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you run your own business, times like the present &mdash; when there is a lot of uncertainty about health care policy &mdash; can be challenging. Many self-employed Americans are already struggling to pay for insurance and medical costs. And it's hard to predict whether your premiums or out-of-pocket costs will rise substantially in the near future.</p> <p>So how do you insulate yourself? There isn't an easy answer, as I found during the roughly 10-year period when my husband and I were both freelancers raising four children in New Jersey, a very high-cost state when it comes to health care. (Last fall, he went in-house with a client, so now we get our health care through his job.) This is what worked for us.</p> <h2>Opt for a high-deductible plan with a health savings account</h2> <p>When it comes to health insurance, many people prefer plans that cover most of their out-of-pocket costs &mdash; such as a preferred provider organization (PPO) plan. Unfortunately, the premiums for these tend to be extremely high. For us, enrolling in a PPO plan would have been like taking on a second mortgage. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-question-you-need-to-answer-to-choose-the-best-plan-on-the-health-care-marketplace?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The One Question You Need to Answer to Choose the Right Health Care Plan</a>)</p> <p>If you don't use a lot of medical care, you may find yourself over-insured with a PPO plan. Generally, if you're self-employed, the most affordable option is a high-deductible health care plan (HDHP), which allows you to open and use a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-an-hsa-saves-you-money?ref=internal" target="_blank">health savings account (HSA)</a>.</p> <p>The premiums for an HDHP tend to be lower than those for a PPO plan. Like most health care plans, an HDHP will completely cover preventive health services such as routine physicals and vaccinations &mdash; meaning you don't pay anything. However, there's a catch. Outside of preventive care, with a high-deductible plan you need to pay a certain dollar amount of medical costs &mdash; your deductible &mdash; before the plan starts covering your medical expenses. Often the deductible for an HDHP is thousands of dollars.</p> <p>A health savings plan can help you save for those medical costs in a tax-advantaged account, which is only available to people who have an HDHP. To use a health savings plan, your insurance plan's annual deductible in 2017 must be at least $1,300 if you're an individual, or $2,600 per year for a family plan (these numbers are adjusted every year).</p> <p>Putting that money into a health savings account on a pretax basis can reduce your taxable income. Because this helps cut your tax bill, there are, of course, limits to how much you can contribute ($3,400 for yourself only, or $6,750 for a family plan). You can use the money you put into the HSA to pay your medical expenses with a special debit card or checkbook you get when you open the account. The IRS publishes a <a href="https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p502.pdf" target="_blank">list of expenses you can use an HSA for</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-an-hsa-is-actually-worth-having?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Reasons an HSA Is Actually Worth Having</a>)</p> <p>To be sure, it is not easy to come up with the money to fund an HSA, especially if you are a freelancer with uneven income. We have funded ours by cutting down on extras. Sometimes making a small change, like switching to a better mobile phone plan, can make a difference. Even if you can only put in a quarter of the amount you're allowed and gradually increase the amount you contribute each year, you'll be further ahead than if you don't put anything into an HSA.</p> <h2>Get second opinions and shop around</h2> <p>There have been many cases over the years where the medical community has revised evidence-based recommendations as new information has become available for treating particular conditions. Given that reality, I've realized that there are many gray areas in medicine and have taken time to get second opinions any time a family member is advised to get a test or treatment that comes with risks or could be very costly. Sometimes, the doctor giving me a second opinion will suggest a way to tackle a problem using a simpler, less expensive solution that I haven't considered.</p> <p>I've found that functional medicine doctors can be fantastic allies in this respect. These MDs tend to be oriented toward finding the root cause of a problem so you can eliminate it, rather than simply treating the symptoms. Some don't take insurance, but there are a few who do, so it's worth asking health-oriented friends if they know one.</p> <p>Sometimes, it's even possible to shop around for medical procedures, despite the general lack of transparency in U.S. health care costs. I haven't personally used it, but the site <a href="https://www.mdsave.com/" target="_blank">MDsave</a>, which one entrepreneur highly recommended to me, allows you to compare prices and pay for medical procedures in advance at prearranged prices. There are also a number of other websites that let you compare medical costs.</p> <h2>Live a healthy lifestyle</h2> <p>None of us has total control over our health, but by doing what you can to eat well and stay fit, you can at least reduce your chances of developing health problems that have a lifestyle component or mitigate the harm they cause if you already have developed one.</p> <p>Many chronic conditions can be very costly, as a recent survey by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans pointed out. Employers who completed the survey said the number one condition impacting their medical costs was diabetes, cited by 41 percent of respondents. Obesity, heart disease, and hypertension/high blood pressure were also among the top 10 medical costs.</p> <p>Two simple things you can do to stack the odds in favor of staying healthy, without any added expense, are buying fresh, unprocessed foods and preparing your food at home as often as you can. When you eat a lot of prepared frozen foods or eat out all the time, it's hard to avoid unhealthy ingredients, unless you can afford the highest-end options. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-meal-prep-subscription-boxes-worth-it?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Are Meal Prep Subscription Boxes Worth It?</a>)</p> <p>The less-is-more approach can work with fitness, too. Instead of waiting for that perfect day when you can afford to sign up for a CrossFit or Barre class and do it regularly, find some type of enjoyable physical activity that is available to you now, whether that's taking a yoga class at your YMCA, going for a walk or jog around your neighborhood, or playing actively with your kids. And if you participate in an activity that gets you away from your computer, you'll probably meet some new friends, too, which is another good way to reduce stress. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-lifestyle-changes-that-will-always-pay-off?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Lifestyle Changes That Will Always Pay Off</a>)</p> <p>These steps do take some effort, but they can pay off in lower health care costs. That's a big benefit if you're paying for your premiums and medical bills on your own.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-the-self-employed-can-cut-health-care-costs&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520the%2520Self%2520Employed%2520Can%2520Cut%2520Health%2520Care%2520Costs.jpg&amp;description=How%20the%20Self%20Employed%20Can%20Cut%20Health%20Care%20Costs"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20the%20Self%20Employed%20Can%20Cut%20Health%20Care%20Costs.jpg" alt="How the Self Employed Can Cut Health Care Costs" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/elaine-pofeldt">Elaine Pofeldt</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-the-self-employed-can-cut-health-care-costs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-myths-about-health-savings-accounts-debunked">8 Myths About Health Savings Accounts — Debunked!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/why-health-care-should-be-part-of-your-retirement-savings-plan-too">Why Health Care Should be Part of Your Retirement Savings Plan, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/11-surprising-things-your-hsa-will-cover">11 Surprising Things Your HSA Will Cover</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-vital-things-to-remember-when-buying-health-insurance">5 Vital Things to Remember When Buying Health Insurance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-freelancers-can-promote-their-work-without-social-media">5 Ways Freelancers Can Promote Their Work Without Social Media</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entrepreneurship Health and Beauty Insurance freelancers hdhp health care health savings accounts healthy living high deductible plans HSA medical care PPO self employed small business owners Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Elaine Pofeldt 2028483 at https://www.wisebread.com 9 Simple Acts of Self-Care for the Sandwich Generation https://www.wisebread.com/9-simple-acts-of-self-care-for-the-sandwich-generation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-simple-acts-of-self-care-for-the-sandwich-generation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-638984280.jpg" alt="Sandwich generation practicing self care" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Sandwich Generation &mdash; those who are both caring for their aging parents and raising their own children &mdash; face unique stressors that most others do not. If you're in this generation, then you know what it feels like to constantly have other people need you, to the point that you feel like you never have a moment to yourself.</p> <p>Even though you feel squashed between the needs and expectations of others, you have to take care of yourself, too. Otherwise, you won't be able to stay healthy and strong enough to continue caring for everyone who loves you and needs you. Here are some simple, free ways to start caring for yourself today.</p> <h2>1. Track accomplishments</h2> <p>When there are always more demands on your time, it's easy to forget the things you do get done. So track your accomplishments every day. Even keeping a running list of the things you do can help you feel better about the ways you're spending your time and energy. Remember to include relationships you invest in and people you actively care for, because those things matter, too!</p> <h2>2. Get more sleep</h2> <p>Choose sleep even when there's more to do. Give yourself a bedtime, and find a way to stick to it. Make sleep nonnegotiable, so you have the energy and the alertness to deal with whatever tomorrow throws at you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a>)</p> <h2>3. Allow yourself to feel</h2> <p>Both children and aging parents tend to come with a lot of feelings that you may tend to prioritize. Instead of letting <em>their </em>feelings dominate yours, set aside some time for your feelings. Give yourself 10-15 minutes every morning or night to cry, be angry, or whatever. Enter into your feelings, give them their own time and space, and you will process them better and maintain better emotional health through a difficult time.</p> <h2>4. Get goofy</h2> <p>Are your kids being silly? Join them. Giving yourself time to play means letting loose, being free from constant demands, and remembering what it's like to have fun. When you're running from task to task, it's easy to forget what that feels like. But giving yourself some time to be a goofball will make you feel better when you return to your regularly scheduled adulting.</p> <h2>5. Breathe deeply</h2> <p>Deep breaths are good for you. They help you focus, fully oxygenate your body, and help you be intentional about the pace you're setting. Stopping every so often for three to five deep breaths will help you feel more in control, and like you can handle all of the things on your plate.</p> <h2>6. Talk to yourself kindly</h2> <p>Stop the critical voices in your head by becoming your own best friend. What would you say to a best friend facing stress like this? I can almost guarantee it's not the same things you're saying to yourself. Change the messages you're sending yourself, and you will feel better about the important work you're doing.</p> <h2>7. Exercise</h2> <p>If hitting the gym is your thing, make sure you go. But exercise doesn't have to be hard, time-consuming, or even cost money. It can be as simple as taking a walk. The point is to get your body moving and get some endorphins flowing. Plus, exercise helps you stay stronger and healthier, so you can continue to care for those who need you.</p> <h2>8. Give yourself a gift</h2> <p>Give yourself something that you need or want. This can be as simple as a couple extra hours of sleep or a morning off. Or maybe you need to buy yourself something, as opposed to spending your money on everyone else first. Being intentional about gifting yourself what you need &mdash; without going overboard, of course &mdash; will make you feel more valued and cared for. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-stress-relief-items-you-need-in-your-life-that-are-under-20?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Stress Relief Items You Need in Your Life That Are Under $20</a>)</p> <h2>9. Ask for help</h2> <p>Whether you need to hire a baby sitter, get some help caring for your parents, or have someone else clean the house, do it. If you can't afford it, ask some friends or family members for help. When you stop expecting to do it all on your own, you'll feel better about the things that you do get done, and you'll feel free to set the boundaries you need to maintain your physical and emotional health.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-simple-acts-of-self-care-for-the-sandwich-generation&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Simple%2520Acts%2520of%2520Self-Care%2520for%2520the%2520Sandwich%2520Generation.jpg&amp;description=9%20Simple%20Acts%20of%20Self-Care%20for%20the%20Sandwich%20Generation"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Simple%20Acts%20of%20Self-Care%20for%20the%20Sandwich%20Generation.jpg" alt="9 Simple Acts of Self-Care for the Sandwich Generation" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-simple-acts-of-self-care-for-the-sandwich-generation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-self-care-rituals-for-the-newly-retired">7 Self-Care Rituals for the Newly Retired</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/when-self-care-actually-harms-your-budget">When Self-Care Actually Harms Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Health and Beauty healthy living meditation mental health millennials sandwich generation self-care self-care tips Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:00:05 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1995275 at https://www.wisebread.com Read "AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip" to Live Your Best Life https://www.wisebread.com/read-ageproof-living-longer-without-running-out-of-money-or-breaking-a-hip-to-live-your-best-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/read-ageproof-living-longer-without-running-out-of-money-or-breaking-a-hip-to-live-your-best-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_smile_498296950.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to be Age Proof" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even though the world is filled with unique individuals pursuing their own unique goals, we're all seeking an abundance of two things: health and wealth. And while the paths to these goals can require different choices, the methodologies behind the success in each are actually quite similar.</p> <p>Jean Chatzky, acclaimed author and financial editor of NBC's <em>Today</em>, and Dr. Michael Roizen, longtime wellness expert at the Cleveland Clinic, have brought their respective areas of expertise together in a new book to show readers how to become <em><a href="http://amzn.to/2m1NzYp">AgeProof</a></em>. They create easily actionable steps to achieve healthful longevity with enduring financial security with the same habits. They take the guesswork out of how to live longer and become richer. Is there anything better than that?</p> <p>Here are the best bits of wisdom from <em><a href="http://amzn.to/2m1NzYp">AgeProof</a></em> that'll show you how to live your best life.</p> <h2>1. Instant Gratification Is the Enemy</h2> <p>One of the first things Chatzky and Roizen mention is that we often pit instant gratification against long-term security. And that habit tends to affect health and wealth at every turn. If we learn how to manage the need to have something <em>right now</em> so that we could have much more in the future, our lives would vastly improve. Terrible financial and health-related decisions are made on impulse, and can have negative ramifications. But patience feels like a sacrifice, and Chatzky and Roizen want to teach you that you don't have to sacrifice in order to gain health and wealth. There is a middle ground that can work for you.</p> <h2>2. You Need to Acknowledge Your Longevity</h2> <p>The reason it's so important to strive for optimal health and wealth is because people are living longer lives. No matter how old you think you'll get, technology and medicine is improving at a rapid pace, so you'll probably live longer than you think. So if your goal is to enjoy a healthy life with a thick financial cushion, you need to master this interconnecting skill now in order to make that possible. And it's one thing to just survive to an old age with money in the bank, but it's another thing entirely to thrive until your very last day.</p> <h2>3. Science Is Your Friend</h2> <p>Sure, it would be easy to use medical statistics and financial statistics separately to reinforce the concept that health and wealth are important, but Chatzky and Roizen incorporate scientific data at the beginning of each section to show how these two are directly linked. Because in order to believe something can work for you, it's helpful to see how it has already helped others. It makes the goal seem even more achievable, and Chatzky and Roizen are your biggest cheerleaders here &mdash; even sharing some of their own personal anecdotes in the margins.</p> <h2>4. You Never Have to Settle for a Mediocre Life</h2> <p>One of the most important things Chatzky and Roizen reinforce is that you can dig yourself out of any hole. It doesn't matter if your finances are a complete disaster and you're in the worst shape of your life. These are both common problems that are easily reversible, and they provide small, actionable steps to getting back on track. At the end of each chapter, they even offer a list of three AgeProof Essentials that you can tackle right away.</p> <h2>5. Nobody Achieves Anything Alone</h2> <p>Building a strong community is crucial to going the distance in finance and health. Isolating yourself in either, or both, areas of your life adds stress, while sharing your progress in a social setting gives you space to reflect on your goals, as well as helping others feel less alone in those same struggles. Keeping a proper team, both professionally and personally, will aid you in your path to achieving health and wealth, and Chatzky and Roizen show you how.</p> <p>Pick up <a href="http://amzn.to/2m1NzYp">AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip</a> today!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/janet-alvarez">Janet Alvarez</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/read-ageproof-living-longer-without-running-out-of-money-or-breaking-a-hip-to-live-your-best-life">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-50-money-moves-you-need-to-make-when-big-changes-happen">Flashback Friday: 50 Money Moves You Need to Make When Big Changes Happen</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-from-playbook-for-tough-times-thatll-help-you-live-your-best-life">5 Tips From &quot;Playbook For Tough Times&quot; That&#039;ll Help You Live Your Best Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-lessons-on-how-to-be-a-financial-grownup-from-bobbi-rebell">6 Lessons on How to Be a Financial Grownup From Bobbi Rebell</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-money-lessons-to-take-from-the-great-depression">9 Money Lessons to Take From the Great Depression</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-money-lessons-we-can-learn-from-celebrities">Flashback Friday: 38 Money Lessons We Can Learn From Celebrities</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting age proof budgeting finances frugal living healthy living jean chatzky living longer Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:30:20 +0000 Janet Alvarez 1910225 at https://www.wisebread.com Health Risks and 5 Other Secrets Barcodes Can Tell You https://www.wisebread.com/health-risks-and-5-other-secrets-barcodes-can-tell-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/health-risks-and-5-other-secrets-barcodes-can-tell-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_23544435_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="scanning a barcode for information" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The humble barcode has been a <a href="http://www.barcode.ro/tutorials/barcodes/history.html">regular part of grocery store shopping since 1974</a>, with the first ever product being scanned on June 26th of that year. Since then, they have become almost invisible, with some <a href="http://www.demilked.com/cool-and-creative-bar-code-designs/">package designs finding ingenious ways</a> to hide or dress up their somewhat garish appearance.</p> <p>However, with smartphones and apps now becoming a part of our everyday lives, the importance of barcodes is changing. Now, instead of being something the store uses to track inventory, the code can be a great way to find out much more about the product itself. From secrets about the product's manufacturer, to allergy information and user reviews, here are six amazing things that barcodes can tell you.</p> <h2>1. What People Actually Think of the Product</h2> <p>Before you make a big purchasing decision, perhaps on a vacation, car, or TV, you research the reviews and see what people really think. When it comes to grocery items, however, most people don't have the time or energy to sit in front of a computer trawling the web for the latest consumer opinions on detergents or frozen foods. But now, if you have any doubts at all, you can scan the barcode of the product and find out what people really think of it.</p> <p>For example, apps like <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/openlabel/id585072021?mt=8">OpenLabel</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/purchx-reviews-product-barcode/id519874080?mt=8">Purchx</a> let you scan the label and read through reviews of the products you'll find in the typical grocery store aisles. A particularly interesting feature of OpenLabel is the ability to create an &quot;honest&quot; label for other people to read, highlighting things that you think other consumers should know. And Purchx has been called the &quot;Yelp for products,&quot; with a database of over 3 million products reviewed by consumers just like you. With a barcode and a scanning app, you can literally tap into a vast collective user base of no-holds-barred opinions.</p> <h2>2. Instant Price Comparisons Across Multiple Stores</h2> <p>One of the many issues facing customers these days is buyer's remorse, particularly upon finding out that another store has the exact same product for much less than you just paid. You can always try going back to the store for a price match, or returning the item and buying the lower-priced product later. But, that's all a lot of hassle.</p> <p>Instead, using the power of your smartphone and the net, you can scan barcodes and instantly see what the price is for this item at hundreds of different stores. Apps like <a href="http://shopsavvy.com/">ShopSavvy</a> and <a href="https://www.buyvia.com/">BuyVia</a> give you access to a huge database of products, and after scanning the barcode in-store, you can see exactly what the product is going for, including shipping fees where applicable. You can also use this information to get an instant price-match in the store (ToysRUs is very good for this), and can set price alerts if you want to know when the item goes on sale, or dips below a price you specify.</p> <h2>3. Real (and Harmful) Ingredients in a Product</h2> <p>Want to know what's really hiding behind those complicated chemical names printed on the ingredient label? Well, there are myriad apps available to help you decode them, letting you know in plain English just what is hiding behind the label. <a href="http://www.goodguide.com/">GoodGuide</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://cspinet.org/eating-healthy/chemical-cuisine">Chemical Cuisine</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thinkdirtyapp.com/">ThinkDirty</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ewg.org/apps/">HealthyLiving</a>,&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.foodfacts.com/">Food Facts</a> give you the ingredients in ways that are easy to understand. Chemical Cuisine has a ratings system, ranging from &quot;safe&quot; to &quot;avoid,&quot; and it can be eye-opening. For example, adipic acid is on the safe list, whereas benzoic acid should be avoided by certain people. Beverages, condiments, frozen meals, and soups are covered. Some of these apps will also suggest healthier, or better, alternatives to the product you're scanning.</p> <h2>4. Potential Allergy Issues</h2> <p>Nuts. Dairy. Gluten. Egg. If you or someone in your family has an allergy to a certain type of food, it can make shopping for food as arduous as finding a needle in a haystack. Every label has to be read, just in case (although more and more manufacturers are now plainly displaying potential allergy issues on the label).</p> <p>If you want to make this process a whole lot quicker and easier, use an app that scans for allergy issues. Apps like <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ipiit-food-ambassador-grocery/id536930786?mt=8">Ipiit</a> and <a href="http://www.contentchecked.com/">Content Checked</a> are customizable based on your specific allergy requirements. For instance, you may be fine with gluten, but need to steer clear of nuts and dairy. Select those issues, scan the barcode, and the app will let you know if a product is good to go, or if you should avoid it. Of course, nothing is foolproof, as <a href="http://snacksafely.com/2014/12/barcode-scanning-apps-what-they-dont-know-can-hurt-you/">SnackSafely.com reported back in 2014</a>. By now, the apps will have collected far more information and should have a much more thorough database of foods and allergens, but as always, you use these apps at your own risk.</p> <h2>5. Sustainability and Environmental Impact</h2> <p>These days, most of us try and do our bit for the environment. We want to choose products that are environmentally friendly, and made from sustainable resources. But without committing to hours and hours of research, it's not easy to be an Earth-conscious consumer. Technology once again comes to the rescue, with apps like <a href="http://www.goodguide.com/">GoodGuide</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/social-impact/id517457987?mt=8">Social Impact</a>. GoodGuide can uncover a wealth of information with just a quick scan of the product's barcode, delivering comprehensive information on just how green the product it is, and how healthy and safe it is, too. Products are ranked out of 10, and also use a handy color-coded system to show you what you're buying. Green is go, red is stop, and yellow is &quot;well, let your conscience be your guide&hellip; but don't say we didn't warn you.&quot;</p> <h2>6. If the Product Is Made Under Ethical Conditions</h2> <p>It's awful to even think about, but child labor, forced employment, and slavery exist even today. You just have to look at a pair of shoes with an $8.99 price tag to know that someone, somewhere, is suffering to achieve that insanely low price. But it's not always easy to tell, especially if the price of the product seems to justify decent working conditions, and the brand name feels trustworthy. Well, now you don't have to guess. There are several apps and browser plugins that will let you drill down into the manufacturing details of the product in question, giving you ratings for the ethical conditions under which the product was made. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Free2Work/">Free2Work</a> and <a href="http://ethicalbarcode.com/">Ethical Barcode</a> can show you if the product is tested on animals, or if it was flagged for being made using child labor.</p> <p><em>Have you discovered a barcode-scanning app that uncovers more information about the product you're buying? Let us know. </em><em><br /> </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/health-risks-and-5-other-secrets-barcodes-can-tell-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/37-ways-youd-be-better-off-as-a-bum">37 Ways You’d be Better Off as a Bum</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/welcome-to-container-city-how-shipping-containers-are-recycled-into-green-dwellings">Welcome to Container City - How Shipping Containers Are Recycled into Green Dwellings</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-win-the-war-against-this-summers-electric-bill">4 Ways to Win the War Against This Summer’s Electric Bill</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/is-living-on-one-income-a-status-symbol">Is living on one income a status symbol?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats">The 5 Best Exercise Mats</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Lifestyle apps barcode scanner barcodes health and fitness health apps healthy living qr codes Fri, 02 Sep 2016 10:30:15 +0000 Paul Michael 1784334 at https://www.wisebread.com 9 Side Jobs for Athletic Types https://www.wisebread.com/9-side-jobs-for-athletic-types <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-side-jobs-for-athletic-types" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_90977917_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="great side job for athletic types" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to stay active in your personal <em>and</em> professional life? Turn your sweat equity into actual equity with these nine side jobs for athletic types. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-great-side-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types?ref=seealso">12 Great Side Jobs for Outdoorsy Types</a>)</p> <h2>1. Writing Fitness Content</h2> <p>If you have decent writing skills, try your hand at writing fitness articles for print publications (credibility helps in this regard; a degree or certifications will get you further) or blogs. There's no shortage of fitness-based sites that publish editorial content, and if you add those to general lifestyle sites that push out content about fitness, you have a lot of resources to tap into to get started.</p> <h2>2. Local Coaching</h2> <p>Help shape a future generation of athletes by becoming a coach in your area. Some leagues run year-round &mdash; whether it's a kids' rec league or a social sports league for adults &mdash; and you can switch it up from season to season if you'd like, depending on your skills and availability.</p> <p>&quot;Coaching gives you the ability to build yourself up as the authority figure in your local niche and share the experience you have acquired over the course of your athletic career,&quot; says aspiring Olympian Sirena Alise, who has served as a coach in the past. &quot;It's a great way to segue into a professional career after your athletic career comes to an end. It is also a great way to give back to your community and help build the athlete in someone else if you love sharing knowledge.&quot;</p> <p>Janae Cardona is the owner of a cheering organization, and she says they're always on the lookout for great coaches.</p> <p>&quot;Depending upon their skill set and if they're good with children, being a cheer coach or a tumbling instructor in the afternoons/evenings and/or weekends is a great side job,&quot; she says. &quot;Most of our coaches have a daytime job &mdash; many involve athletics, such as personal training &mdash; and work with us in the evenings and weekends.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Summer Camps</h2> <p>If you have the summers off for some lucky-duck reason, being a summer camp athletic director or coach might be up your alley. If you're hired at a sleepaway camp &mdash; which can run from four to eight weeks &mdash; you'll receive room and board, plus a decent wage. As an example, I was an art director at a summer camp in 2003, and I made about $3,000 for eight weeks while I lived and ate on campus for free. This may not be an ideal situation if you're trying to support a family of four at home, but if you're recently out of college it may be a legit solution.</p> <p>&quot;Athletic camps are a great way to make a lot of money, if done right, in a short amount of time,&quot; Alise suggests. &quot;Similar to coaching, camps are a great way to segue out if your athletic career comes to end. With both, you can build your clientele up and earn a respectable amount of income once you take either coaching or camps full time.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Modeling Gigs</h2> <p>Do you put in serious work at the gym to have a smokin' hot bod? You might be able to turn that dedication into dollar bills by looking for modeling gigs. You don't have to be in New York or L.A. to make this dream come true, either. Businesses in your area may need a physical specimen for an upcoming campaign. Keep an eye on the &quot;Gigs&quot; section of Craigslist, or reach out to companies with which you identify to see if they could use your assets in the future.</p> <h2>5. Brand Ambassadorships</h2> <p>If you can't find any coveted modeling gigs, brand ambassadorships may be the next best thing. The way this works, essentially, is that a brand will pay you to represent it &mdash; either in cash or free product &mdash; on social media platforms like Instagram. You'll certainly have a better chance of scoring one of these plush gigs if you fill out clothing nicely and/or you've amassed an enviable following on social media.</p> <p>&quot;I think the best side/part-time job for athletic and fitness orientated people would be to seek a brand ambassador position with a health or sports brand,&quot; says Joshua Schall, a fitness business strategy consultant in Austin, Texas. &quot;These types of positions get you access to great brands in the world you already love. A brand ambassador usually gets to pick his/her own hours and gets paid to attend sporting events, health fairs, or other events that are interesting to athletic people.&quot;</p> <p>Schall provides a few pointers on how to get started:</p> <ul> <li>Follow your favorite sports, health, and fitness brands on social media, because they usually post about needing help.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Visit local sports events that have vendor setups, health fairs, or sampling events at gyms and ask the brands if they need any help marketing.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Reach out to brands you love by email and let them know you would love to help them market their brand in your city.</li> </ul> <p>&quot;The main takeaway would be that a person is passionate, knowledgeable, and can express their value to a company that they love and enjoy already,&quot; he says.</p> <h2>6. Mowing Lawns</h2> <p>If you don't mind breaking a sweat &mdash; and then continuing to sweat all day long &mdash; lawn care is a money-making option that'll keep you on your feet. Signing up to mow lawns with companies like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lawnstarter.com">LawnStarter</a> can help bring the customers to you without you worrying about advertising or spending extra time during the week. There are plenty of top-notch providers on the LawnStarter platform that mow lawns on the side, so it's a great fit for anyone, whether they are full-time or part-time.</p> <h2>7. Referee Sports</h2> <p>If you prefer to be in the middle of the action &mdash; and have a hawk-eye to make the right calls &mdash; consider refereeing sports instead of coaching. Nearly all kids' sports leagues have the need for refs, and it can net you some decent cash if you do more than one game a weekend. There is a small upfront fee for registration/classes and a uniform, but you can quickly make back the expenses in a weekend.</p> <h2>8. Dog Running</h2> <p>You've heard of dog <em>walking</em>, of course, but have you heard of dog running? It's totally a thing, and you add that title to your resume if you love dogs and running.</p> <p>&quot;I work in the pet industry, and one side job I've seen work for people is to advertise themselves as dog runners,&quot; explains Matt Holden of Furlocity.com. &quot;Anyone with the time can walk their dog, but for those people with athletic breeds, not all of them are willing to expend the energy on those walks that the dog might need. Enter the dog runner!&quot;</p> <p>Holden says runners charge $20 a run and take a few dogs at a time. Not a bad way to stay in shape, and make some money while you do it.</p> <h2>9. Work at Your Gym</h2> <p>Are you always in the gym? Turn your time into money by asking what positions are available. They can likely use front desk help, but you may even segue into a career as a personal trainer as a result, if all goes well. Plus, you'll save money on your gym memberships since as an employee of the gym, you'll be granted access for free.</p> <p><em>Are there other side jobs for athletic types that you'd like to add? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-side-jobs-for-athletic-types">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/17-part-time-jobs-to-do-while-your-kids-are-at-school">17 Part-Time Jobs to Do While Your Kids Are at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/12-great-side-jobs-for-outdoorsy-types">12 Great Side Jobs for Outdoorsy Types</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/11-freelance-jobs-that-pay-surprisingly-well">11 Freelance Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-things-i-learned-about-money-after-i-went-freelance">7 Things I Learned About Money After I Went Freelance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/healthy-people-have-these-10-things-in-their-homes-do-you">Healthy People Have These 10 Things in Their Homes — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Health and Beauty athlete athletic fit lifestyle fitness freelancer healthy living part-time job side job Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1741537 at https://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_sandwich_lunch_18207339.jpg" alt="Woman eating delicious lunch and excited about brown bagging it" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lunch might not be as important as breakfast, and not as decadent as dinner, but it's still a meal you need each day. But so many of us are pressed for time that we either skip lunch, get quick and easy fast food, or are utterly bored with the plain sandwich we brought from home.</p> <p>It's time to change that. Here are 106 delicious lunches that will make you excited to brown-bag it.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/63560539.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold?ref=fbf">These 10 Frugal Lunches Are Delicious Hot or Cold</a> &mdash; In the heat of the summer, who could ever get a hankering for soup? Well, cold soups are so in right now, and here are some other delicious lunches that taste good hot or cold.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-brown-bagging-it-better-than-buying-lunch?ref=fbf">15 Ways to Make Brown Bagging It Better Than Buying Lunch</a> &mdash; When you buy lunch everyday, you spend way more money than you should. But it's hard to top the convenience and taste in a meal that's loaded in sugar and that you didn't have to make yourself. There are ways to make brown-bagging it way better, though, and they're all right here.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/eating-5336068-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas?ref=fbf">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a> &mdash; With just a little planning, you can prep and pack a ton of easy lunches for the week. Oh, and they'll taste amazing, too!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup?ref=fbf">11 Delicious Dishes You Can Make With a Can of Tomato Soup</a> &mdash; Who knew a basic can of tomato soup could be so versatile? It's true. So stock up on tomato soup and have some of the best lunches ever.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000017035986_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-cheap-spring-roll-wrappers-at-every-meal?ref=fbf">20 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Cheap Spring Roll Wrappers at Every Meal</a> &mdash; The wonderful thing about spring roll wrappers, is that you can put just about anything in them. I'm talking buffalo chicken, mac and cheese, or chili. And here are 17 more you'll absolutely love.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches?ref=fbf">25 Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches</a> &mdash; Sandwiches are the most common option for lunch, as they're portable and uber affordable. However, don't let that be a daily routine, or you'll get sick of sandwiches quickly. Here are 25 excellent non-sandwich options.</p> <p><em>What are some other lunch hacks we should try? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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That is, until the first drop of glorious java touches our tongues. Then the world is a much better place. Coffee is such an important part of our daily routines, so why should we ever settle for overpriced coffee that isn't as tasty as it could be? Here are 41 coffee hacks that will instantly brighten your day.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_drinking_coffee_000052198132.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-save-money-on-your-cup-of-coffee?ref=fbf">9 Ways to Save Money on Your Cup of Coffee</a> &mdash; There are lots of scenarios in which &quot;you get what you pay for&quot; is an accurate consumer mindset to have. Coffee does not have to be one of them. Save your hard-earned money and get your morning cuppa joe for less.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/better-brewing-12-ways-to-make-coffee-at-home?ref=fbf">Better Brewing: 12 Ways to Make Coffee at Home</a> &mdash; If you're a loyal home-brewer, you're already a winner in frugal living. But don't settle for bland coffee when you brew a cup at home that tastes better than any barista could make. Step up your coffee game!</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000016525303_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-starbucks-drinks-you-can-easily-make-yourself?ref=fbf">4 Starbucks Drinks You Can Easily Make Yourself</a> &mdash; Starbucks has so many delicious caffeinated treats, it's a little intimidating to try to recreate any of them at home. But you can! And these four are just as good as the in-store versions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/french-press-coffee?ref=fbf">French Press Coffee: Step-by-Step Guide to Handcrafted Coffee</a> &mdash; When people go French Press, they hardly ever go back. Perfect your pressin' skills and make the best coffee you've ever had, with this handy guide.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_barista_coffee_000059553918.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-starbucks-savings-hacks-that-actually-work?ref=fbf">7 Starbucks Savings Hacks That Actually Work</a> &mdash; If going into Starbucks each morning is more your style, then asking for &quot;half ice&quot; and bringing your own cup are just two of the ways you can save big on your Starbucks budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-your-morning-coffee-for-free?ref=fbf">8 Ways to Get Your Morning Coffee for Free</a> &mdash; Take those coffee savings one step further by resolving to pay zero dollars on your daily cup using these incredibly brilliant savings hacks. Because nothing compares to the taste coffee you didn't have to pay for, am I right?</p> <p><em>What are some other coffee hacks we should try? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-107-best-breakfast-hacks-to-start-your-day-off-right">Flashback Friday: The 107 Best Breakfast Hacks to Start Your Day Off Right</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-122-scrumptious-super-bowl-party-snack-ideas">Flashback Friday: 122 Scrumptious Super Bowl Party Snack Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink breakfast breakfast hacks coffee coffee hacks fbf flashback friday Food food hacks healthy living Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1728083 at https://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 53 Beauty Hacks You Have to Try This Summer https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-53-beauty-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-53-beauty-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_hat_summer_000062616340.jpg" alt="Woman trying beauty hacks this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer is a tough time for beauty. Humidity makes your hair turn into a nest of frizz, sweat makes your makeup run, and sunburns can really mess up your skin (as well as lead to scary potential health risks). But on the upside, it's the perfect time to minimize your beauty routine, do more with less, go au naturel, and become more confident in the gorgeous, real you.</p> <p>Here are the 53 best beauty hacks you should try this summer.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_beauty_rules_000034808610.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-beauty-rules-you-should-be-breaking?ref=fbf">6 Beauty Rules You Should Be Breaking</a> &mdash; These are rules we're all conditioned to follow, even though they're absolute BS. Well, it's time to tap into your rebellious side and ditch these beauty rules. Because they're only holding back your full beauty potential.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-beauty-treatments-that-actually-work?ref=fbf">7 Homemade Beauty Treatments That Actually Work</a> &mdash; Believe it or not, some of the best beauty products can be made with ingredients found in your cupboard or fridge. And all of these are perfect for your delicate summer skin.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/makeup-154417038-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-easy-beauty-tricks-to-hide-your-flaws-not-that-you-have-any?ref=fbf">8 Easy Beauty Tricks to Hide Your Flaws (Not That You Have Any!)</a> &mdash; Since heavy makeup tends to run and fade on hot summer days, here are ways to cover up blemishes and uneven skin tones without piling on the products.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-more-beautiful?ref=fbf">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You (More) Beautiful</a> &mdash; Instead of using citrus fruits to make a DIY face mask, actually eat it instead! Yes, it's true. You can eat more <em>and</em> look better. Not a bad deal, eh?</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_at_beach_000032786684.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-beauty-tips-and-hacks-for-summer?ref-fbf">18 Beauty Tips and Hacks for Summer</a> &mdash; Did you know that sunscreen has an expiration date? And that shampooing less frequently will make your summer locks shinier and healthier? True and true. These summer beauty hacks will help you survive the summer heat will still looking fab.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beauty-mistakes-that-may-be-ruining-your-skin?ref=fbf">7 Beauty Mistakes That May Be Ruining Your Skin</a> &mdash; Do not step outside without slathering on the SPF. Keep the skin products to a minimum and keep your skin safe and healthy this summer with these essential beauty rules.</p> <p><em>What are some other beauty hacks that are perfect for summer? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-53-beauty-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-118-best-beauty-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 118 Best Beauty Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-34-ways-fitness-can-improve-your-finances">Flashback Friday: 34 Ways Fitness Can Improve Your Finances</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-75-cheap-ways-to-enjoy-the-final-days-of-summer">Flashback Friday: 75 Cheap Ways to Enjoy the Final Days of Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Health and Beauty beauty beauty hacks beauty tips fbf flashback friday healthy living summer Fri, 27 May 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1717928 at https://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 102 Amazing Food Hacks You Have to Try This Summer https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_watermelon_000070809455.jpg" alt="Woman trying amazing food hacks this summer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The best part of summer isn't the warmer weather, or the days spent lounging on the beach. It's the food. Summer food is fresh, light, and often grilled to perfection. Whether it's produce, meat, or a bowl of ice cream, everything just tastes better in the summer. So to kick your summer food game up a notch, give the following summer food hacks a try. You will not be disappointed.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/grilled_vegetable_kabobs_000020035070.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-grilled-veggie-dishes-that-hold-their-own-with-meat?ref=fbf">15 Grilled Veggie Dishes That Hold Their Own With Meat</a> &mdash; The grill is not just a place for meat. Pretty much anything can be tossed on the grill, especially veggies. And you won't even notice the lack of meat in these grilled veggie dishes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-delicious-early-summer-recipes-to-try-on-your-grill?ref=fbf">13 Delicious Early Summer Recipes to Try on Your Grill</a> &mdash; Summer is ready, set, and itching to get the go ahead from Memorial Day weekend. And the best way to kick off the best season of the year is with these early summer dishes that are yummy and grill-friendly.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000088024237_Large_1.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling?ref=fbf">7 Surefire Ways to Save on Grilling</a> &mdash; With the charcoal or gas, and the constant bulk buying of meat, buns, and produce, grilling can be a costly way to cook. But before you start emptying your wallet for this summer pleasure, check out these smart ways to save on grilling season.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-and-delicious-ice-cream-substitutes?ref=fbf">15 Easy and Delicious Ice Cream Substitutes</a> &mdash; Ice cream is a summer staple, but those sugary calories can add up quickly. But these substitutes are healthier, and equally as refreshing as your classic ice cream.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-your-summer-veggies?ref=fbf">31 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Your Summer Veggies</a> &mdash; From zucchini fries to hot pepper relish, and grilled tomato gazpacho, you can use in-season summer veggies to make some of the best meals you've ever had. Enjoy!</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000060439792_Large%20%281%29.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-raw-recipes-to-try-this-summer?ref=fbf">11 Delicious Raw Recipes to Try This Summer</a> &mdash; If you're looking to give the Raw Food lifestyle a try, then whip up these summer raw recipes. Trendy diets are often very restrictive and no fun at all, but any diet where you can eat sushi, guacamole, and almond butter doesn't sound so bad at all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-barbecue-hacks-to-master-this-summer?ref=fbf">10 Barbecue Hacks to Master This Summer</a> &mdash; You might think that grilling is simply the act of putting food on a grill and making sure it doesn't turn into a burned ball of charcoal. But it's so much more than that. Master the art of grilling this summer with these brilliant tricks.</p> <p><em>What other summer foods are you excited to try? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-102-amazing-food-hacks-you-have-to-try-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-106-delicious-lunches-that-will-make-you-excited-to-brown-bag-it">Flashback Friday: 106 Delicious Lunches That Will Make You Excited to Brown-Bag It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-coffee-hacks-that-will-instantly-improve-your-morning">Flashback Friday: 41 Coffee Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Morning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-60-best-ways-to-use-food-other-than-eating-it">Flashback Friday: The 60 Best Ways to Use Food Other Than Eating It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget">Flashback Friday: 80 Holiday Treats That Won&#039;t Bust Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink fbf flashback friday food hacks healthy eating healthy living recipes summer food Fri, 20 May 2016 10:00:03 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1713533 at https://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways Life Is Wonderful When You're a Good Driver https://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-life-is-wonderful-when-youre-a-good-driver <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-life-is-wonderful-when-youre-a-good-driver" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_driver_000051470206.jpg" alt="Woman learning ways life is wonderful as a good driver" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This post brought to you by <a href="https://r1.fmpub.net/?k1=cmx-metric&amp;k2=289%7C858%7C3098&amp;k3=disclaimer&amp;k4=&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Ftags.bluekai.com%2Fsite%2F33111%3Fredir%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fbob.dmpxs.com%252Fbob_007.gif%253Fphnx_id%253D105604%2526atype%253Dclick%2526bk_uuid%253D%2524_BK_UUID%2526bobredir%253Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fad.doubleclick.net%252Fddm%252Fclk%252F305005927%253B132382872%253Bc%253Fhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.progressive.com%252Flp%252Fauto-save%252F%253Fcode%253D9903600564%252526dclid%25253D%252525n-1384245-5108844-132382872-305005927-%252525erid%21" rel="nofollow">Progressive</a>. You could save $598* when you switch to <a href="https://r1.fmpub.net/?k1=cmx-metric&amp;k2=289%7C858%7C3098&amp;k3=disclaimer&amp;k4=&amp;r=http%3A%2F%2Ftags.bluekai.com%2Fsite%2F33111%3Fredir%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fbob.dmpxs.com%252Fbob_007.gif%253Fphnx_id%253D105604%2526atype%253Dclick%2526bk_uuid%253D%2524_BK_UUID%2526bobredir%253Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fad.doubleclick.net%252Fddm%252Fclk%252F305005927%253B132382872%253Bc%253Fhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.progressive.com%252Flp%252Fauto-save%252F%253Fcode%253D9903600564%252526dclid%25253D%252525n-1384245-5108844-132382872-305005927-%252525erid%21" rel="nofollow">Progressive</a>.</em></p> <p>Are you the mom who always gets asked to drive on school field trips? Do you take pleasure in feeling yourself come to a complete stop at intersections? Can you recall many instances over the years when your defensive driving prevented an accident?</p> <p>If your answer was yes, then you know the pleasures of being a truly excellent driver. If no, keep reading to learn more about how the care you take behind the wheel can pay dividends that you may not even be aware of.</p> <h2>1. You and Your Loved Ones Are Safer</h2> <p>Let&rsquo;s get the obvious out of the way first: Bad driving is responsible for <a href="http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pubs/812115.pdf">94% of car crashes</a>. By avoiding poor decisions such as speeding or driving drunk, and avoiding distractions and being vigilant about driving defensively, you make it much less likely that you or a loved one will be injured in a car crash.</p> <h2>2. You Pay Less for Car Insurance</h2> <p>In order to qualify for the lowest insurance premiums, you need a clean record without crashes or tickets. Ask for a good driver&rsquo;s discount or other perks like &nbsp;<a href="https://www.progressive.com/auto/why-choose-progressive-insurance/">accident forgiveness</a> when negotiating rates and if you do get a moving violation, get rid of the point by attending traffic school before it affects your premium.</p> <h2>3. You&rsquo;re Healthier</h2> <p>Engaging in aggressive driving, commonly known as &ldquo;road rage,&rdquo; has been shown to have a <a href="http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2012/08/30/how-to-control-road-rage">negative effect on your health</a>. As you inevitably get into conflicts with other drivers, your stress levels will rise, to the detriment of your immune system, your cardiovascular system, and your emotional wellbeing.</p> <h2>4. You Spend Less at the Pump</h2> <p>Speeding doesn&rsquo;t actually save much time &mdash;&nbsp;going 10 miles faster on a 20 mile trip gets you there all of <a href="http://personal.denison.edu/~silveira/speeding.html">three minutes faster</a>. But slowing down can save you a lot of money.</p> <p>In one case study, a speedy driver saved about four minutes an hour &mdash;&nbsp;at the cost of <a href="http://blog.automatic.com/cost-speeding-save-little-time-spend-lot-money/">$46 more in gas each month</a>.</p> <h2>5. You Learn Life Lessons</h2> <p>Good driving habits just happen to be the same behaviors we need to do well in life, so why not practice them during your commute?</p> <p>The blog <a href="http://www.drivingintherealworld.com/journal/2015/5/1/how-being-a-better-driver-makes-you-better-at-life.html">Driving in the Real World</a> points out that all safe driving tactics have their big-picture equivalents. For example, it&rsquo;s a good idea to keep a safe distance between yourself and other cars on the road, just as it&rsquo;s a good idea to give yourself a time cushion to avoid being late for work. And when other people behave badly, whether it&rsquo;s on the road or at work, it&rsquo;s safer and healthier to just let it go.</p> <h2>6. You Have Better Employment Prospects</h2> <p>There is a long list of jobs that a ticket for reckless driving may disqualify you for, including police officer, <a href="https://about.usps.com/handbooks/el312/el312c5_006.htm">mail carrier</a>, babysitter, and (of course) commercial driver. If you&rsquo;ve been convicted of driving under the influence, things could be even worse, especially if you <a href="https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ash/ash_programs/investigations/airmen_duidwi/">are or want to be a pilot</a>.</p> <h2>7. You May Have a Better Credit Score</h2> <p>Higher insurance premiums aren&rsquo;t the only way reckless driving can cost you. There are financial costs involved for receiving a citation, getting a DUI, and of course getting in an accident, especially if your insurance plan has a high deductible. Fail to pay any of these bills on time, and there goes your credit rating.</p> <h2>8. Your Kids Will Become Safer Drivers</h2> <p>Teens who report that their parents are not safe drivers are more likely to get tickets or have crashes themselves, <a href="http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2014/01/16/242923.htm">a survey found</a>.</p> <h2>9. You Have Better Dating Prospects</h2> <p>This might surprise you, but a <a href="http://www.perrys.co.uk/car-news/news/bad-driving-damage-love-life/">survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists</a> ranked road rage and texting while driving as the most offensive things someone could do on a first date. Apparently, singles value the prospect of staying alive until that goodnight kiss.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no more excuses not to be a good driver when the benefits are clear. Safe driving!</p> <p>*National average annual car insurance savings by new customers surveyed who saved with Progressive in 2015.</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="https://vc.cdn.fm/video_conversationalist/system/published/opportunity/105604858/289_3098.js"></script> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-life-is-wonderful-when-youre-a-good-driver">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-tell-if-a-car-service-plan-is-worth-it">How to Tell If a Car Service Plan Is Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/is-mechanical-breakdown-insurance-worth-it">Is Mechanical Breakdown Insurance Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-mistakes-parents-of-teen-drivers-make">6 Mistakes Parents of Teen Drivers Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-much-does-it-cost-every-time-you-get-into-your-car">How Much Does it Cost Every Time you Get Into Your Car?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation car insurance good driver good driver discount Health healthy living Tue, 17 May 2016 10:30:09 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1711685 at https://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Science Says Travel Is Good for Your Health https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000059795628_Large.jpg" alt="travel is good for your health" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>People have always said that travel is food for the soul, and that it broadens the mind, but what does it do for one's health? Recent studies have shown that taking annual vacations and spending more time on the road can reduce heart disease, increase libido, and even lengthen lifespans, in some cases. Here are five ways that travel can be beneficial for your health, with the scientific studies to back them up.</p> <h2>1. It Prevents Dementia and Alzheimer's</h2> <p>The Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, the U.S. Travel Association, and the Global Commission on Aging conducted a study in late 2015 and their findings were staggering. A poll revealed that travel can significantly <a href="http://www.transamericacenter.org/docs/default-source/resources/travel-survey/tcrs2013_sr_travel_and_aging.pdf">reduce the risk of dementia</a> and Alzheimer's Disease, especially in retirees.</p> <p>Travel helps the brain by forcing it to deal with new environments, smells, scents, and sounds. By shocking your brain with new experiences on a regular basis, you can effectively build new synapses. One of the best cerebral exercises is culture shock. By traveling more frequently, you're essentially giving your brain a workout and helping it to build these vital connections on a daily basis.</p> <p>Alzheimer's is known to destroy synapses, but if you have a healthy brain with strong cellular formations and a thick cortex (such as one built by frequent culture shock), the effects of the disease can be minimized or even halted, in some cases.</p> <h2>2. It Can Save Your Heart</h2> <p>According to the results of the same study mentioned above, men who don't take annual vacations are at a 20% greater risk of death from any cause and a 30% higher risk of dying from heart disease. Women were also tested and the outcome showed that women who travel less than once every six years are at a substantially higher risk of heart attack when compared to those who travel twice a year.</p> <p>A second study, known as the Framingham Heart Study, tested women between the ages of 45-64 and asked them how often they traveled. And 20 years later, they followed up with the same women and they found that those who had said they traveled more often were less likely to have heart problems. They also found that <a href="https://www.framinghamheartstudy.org/">travel helped with blood pressure</a> and overall health.</p> <h2>3. It Spurs Your Creativity</h2> <p>Now that we understand how travel can build new synapses in the brain to help reduce the risk of mental disorders like Alzheimer's and dementia, it's no surprise that exercising your brain can also increase your overall mental health, and even help your creativity.</p> <p>Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School and the author of numerous studies on the connection between creativity and travel, says that &quot;Foreign experiences increase both cognitive flexibility and depth and integrativeness of thought, the ability to make deep connections between disparate forms.&quot; In other wards, travel helps us recognize connections between things we normally wouldn't connect.</p> <p>His most recent study, conducted in February of 2015, showed that the more countries people have lived and traveled in, the more creative their minds tend to be. Galinsky claims that the effects are not so cut and dry, however.</p> <p>He states that the key to <a href="http://amj.aom.org/content/58/1/195.abstract">mental stimulation through travel</a> is multicultural engagement, immersion, and adaptation. A person who lives in another country and actively engages in the culture will likely enjoy a stronger creative boost than someone who simply travels to lay on a beach.</p> <p>He says: &quot;Going to Cancun for spring break probably won't make a person any more creative, but going to Cancun and living with local fishermen might.&quot;</p> <h2>4. It Helps You Be More Productive</h2> <p>You may think that working through your holidays is actually helping you to get ahead, but studies have shown that the exact opposite is true. People who take less than three holiday days per year, are far less likely to complete their annual goals.</p> <p>According to a study conducted on 971 employees by the U.S. Travel Association in October 2013, Americans who haven't taken all of their holidays tend to have lower productivity, poorer morale, and decreased health.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the same study showed that 34% of employees said that their employer didn't encourage them to take time off and 17% of managers surveyed considered their employees &quot;less dedicated&quot; if they chose to take vacations.</p> <p>This national disconnect is a large part of the reason why hardworking North Americans consider Europeans to be &quot;lazy,&quot; when in fact, their extended holidays probably make them more productive at work.</p> <h2>5. It Reduces Stress and Increases Happiness</h2> <p>We all know that a stressful life can lead to all sorts of health complications. By taking annual vacations, you are more likely to relieve the stress and tension of your day-to-day life, making you feel more rejuvenated after returning to work.</p> <p>The same study conducted by the Global Commission on Aging, the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and the U.S. Travel Association, showed that nine out of 10 people showed signs of significant stress reduction within just a day or two of being on vacation.</p> <p>Nearly 90% of those people tested also showed signs of having a more positive outlook on life and on the world.</p> <p>Another study conducted by the San Francisco State University revealed that <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-04/sfsu-cte032814.php">people are actually happier</a> when they spend their money on travel, rather than material possessions. One study showed that even though people thought that a purchase would bring them happiness, most respondents reported that spending money on life experiences actually ended up making them happier than material purchases and was &quot;the better value.&quot;</p> <p>Who doesn't want to be happy and healthy? Travel is the cure to many ailments, not the least of which are naivety and intolerance. By traveling more, you will broaden your mind and open your heart, but you can potentially extend your life and prevent deadly disease, as well. So get out there and explore... It's good for you.</p> <p><em>How has travel improved your life? Share with us in the comments.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Ways%20Science%20Says%20Travel%20Is%20Good%20for%20Your%20Health.jpg&amp;description=5%20Ways%20Science%20Says%20Travel%20Is%20Good%20for%20Your%20Health" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Ways%20Science%20Says%20Travel%20Is%20Good%20for%20Your%20Health.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/healthy-people-have-these-10-things-in-their-homes-do-you">Healthy People Have These 10 Things in Their Homes — Do You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/get-enough-sleep">Get enough sleep</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-this-holiday-season-without-getting-sick">How to Travel This Holiday Season Without Getting Sick</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Travel disease prevention good for you Health healthy living science travel perks wanderlust Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:01:03 +0000 Nick Wharton 1694625 at https://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Exercise Mats https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-exercise-mats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_excerise_mats_000043211204.jpg" alt="Women using the best exercise mats during workout" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A quality exercise mat is a staple item in any home gym. Whether you like to stretch in the morning, do yoga at night, or follow a home fitness regimen, you need an exercise mat. There are different exercise mats for different purposes. You can choose the right size, thickness, and texture to fit your personal preferences and fitness needs.</p> <h2>What Is an Exercise Mat?</h2> <p>Exercise mats are special non-slip mats used during any fitness activity to protect your hands, feet, back, and body while you complete your favorite exercises. Along with cushioning you from the hard floor underneath, exercise mats can also help reduce injuries and prevent your hands and feet from slipping so you can get the most out of your workout and safely perform any stretch. Exercise mats are affordable and should last you a long time. To get the best value from the mat, it&rsquo;s important to clean it after every use with water or a yoga mat spray.</p> <p>You want to choose something that is thick enough to protect you from the hard ground underneath, but not so thick that it impairs your ability to complete a workout. In most cases, an extra-thick 1/2-inch mat is the best bet because you can complete any exercise on it without losing your balance. Some people prefer to have a thicker mat for high-intensity workouts and a thinner non-skid mat for their yoga practice, but this isn&rsquo;t absolutely necessary. It may take you some time to find which mat works best for your body, but we&rsquo;ve found the best exercise mats for every type of workout to help get you started.</p> <h2>Top 5 Exercise Mats</h2> <h3>BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose Extra Thick High Density Anti-Tear Exercise Yoga Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RWFQYG0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00RWFQYG0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L6V4CQWVLJ73R2CY"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/balance%20goyoga.jpg" width="200" height="147" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in yoga mats, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RWFQYG0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00RWFQYG0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L6V4CQWVLJ73R2CY">BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose exercise mat</a> will double as the perfect yoga mat. With nearly 1,200 five-star reviews on Amazon, the BalanceFrom GoYoga All-Purpose Extra Thick High Density Anti-Tear Exercise Yoga Mat commonly tops the lists for the best yoga mat. It is 71 inches long and made of high density foam material. It has non-slip traction and cushion on both sides, so you can use either side, making the mat last much longer.</p> <p>It is also thicker and more comfortable than most other mats, making it especially ideal for people with a sensitive back. It is moisture-resistant, so you can easily clean it with soap and water. Over time, the mat can develop marks and tears, but should be usable for years. The lightweight mat comes with a carrying strap for easy transport. It is available in seven colors and backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee and two-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RWFQYG0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00RWFQYG0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=L6V4CQWVLJ73R2CY"><em>Currently $19.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sivan Health and Fitness Extra Thick NBR Comfort Foam Yoga Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFZHVW4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00GFZHVW4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OTQPCDAGAXQZYIAA"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sivan%20mat.jpg" width="200" height="136" align="right" alt="" /></a>As Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best seller in Pilates floor mats, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFZHVW4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00GFZHVW4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OTQPCDAGAXQZYIAA">Sivan Health and Fitness 1/2-Inch Extra Thick 71-Inch Long NBR Comfort Foam Yoga Mat</a> is ideal for all your favorite exercises, including yoga and Pilates. It is also one of the top rated items on Amazon and one of the thickest mats on the market, providing better impact absorption. The extra thick mat is made with specially designed memory foam, so it will optimally protect your knees and joints.</p> <p>The mat has a ribbed surface on one side and a smooth surface on the other side, so it will grip the floor to improve your workout and prevent injuries. While it does have non-slip on one side, some reviewers found that it can still slip on hardwood floors. Over time, the mat can also develop marks and tears. The durable, long lasting material is moisture-resistant and easy to clean, so it will last you for years. It is available in seven different colors and comes with an integrated carry strap, so it is easy to transport.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFZHVW4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00GFZHVW4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=OTQPCDAGAXQZYIAA"><em>Currently $19.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Everlast Folding Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O2GCS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000O2GCS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JNPEK7MFQP2GJSB6"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/everlast.jpg" width="131" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O2GCS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000O2GCS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JNPEK7MFQP2GJSB6">Everlast Folding Mat</a> is 72 inches long and is very thick and springy, which is best for high-intensity workout programs. The thick cushioning will give way under your feet, so it might not be the right fit for standing yoga poses. The mat does not have a non-slip bottom, so it can slip a bit on hardwood floors.</p> <p>It has a non-absorbent shell, which won&rsquo;t absorb sweat or moisture. The sturdy mat can be easily wiped clean and will last you for years. It can be folded away for easy storage and the handle makes it easy to transport. The durable mat is comparable to the popular SPRI folding exercise mat, but costs much less. It is one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers, one of the top rated and &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon, and is commonly recommended by fitness professionals. It is also ideal for people with very sensitive backs because of the extra cushioning. It is available in black and blue, but oftentimes, only one color is available for purchase.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O2GCS8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000O2GCS8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=JNPEK7MFQP2GJSB6"><em>Currently $38.83 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>HemingWeigh Extra Thick Foam Exercise Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008I4XFWU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008I4XFWU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EX7TNFJG7HEFKWC3"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hemingweigh.jpg" width="200" height="161" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008I4XFWU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008I4XFWU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EX7TNFJG7HEFKWC3">HemingWeigh Extra Thick Foam Exercise Mat</a> is 70 inches long and constructed of thick foam, to make even the most intense workouts more comfortable. In fact, it is one of the thickest, most comfortable mats on the market. It has a non-slip surface on both sides that will grip the floor to prevent slipping and injuries. It will also allow you to use both sides of the mat, so it will last longer. It is moisture-resistant and easy to clean, so it will stay in optimal condition throughout the time you own it. In fact, this quality mat is designed to last longer than standard exercise mats, so you&rsquo;ll get a better deal. It is designed for use with all types of exercises and stretches, including yoga and Pilates.</p> <p>The integrated self-strapping system makes it easy to transport the lightweight mat. It is one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers, as well as one of the top rated items on Amazon. It is also the most popular exercise mat found in yoga studios, fitness clubs, schools, and home gyms.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008I4XFWU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B008I4XFWU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=EX7TNFJG7HEFKWC3"><em>Currently $22.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Prosource Premium Extra Thick High Density Exercise Yoga Mat</h3> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FY0H2XE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FY0H2XE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V5THF4Y6MOED7DCQ"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/prosource_0.jpg" width="200" height="127" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FY0H2XE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FY0H2XE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V5THF4Y6MOED7DCQ">Prosource Premium 1/2-Inch Extra Thick 71-Inch Long High Density Exercise Yoga Mat with Comfort Foam</a> is one of Amazon&rsquo;s best sellers for a reason. With more than 1,200 five-star reviews, it is the perfect mat for nearly any type of activity. It is very thick and can help protect extra sensitive joints, but is still thin enough to be used during yoga poses. The Comfort Foam technology allows for better impact absorption and the non-slip surface keeps the mat in place while you are exercising. The high performance mat is twice as thick as standard yoga mats and can last significantly longer. The durable moisture-resistant surface is easy to clean, so you can keep it in optimal shape for longer. Over time, the mat can still develop marks and tears, but should be usable for years. It is available in eight colors and comes with a carrying strap for easier transport.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FY0H2XE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00FY0H2XE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=bguidelink-20&amp;linkId=V5THF4Y6MOED7DCQ"><em>Currently $20.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best exercise mats. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-mats">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-yoga-blocks">The 5 Best Yoga Blocks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-underwater-watches">The 5 Best Underwater Watches</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mens-cross-training-shoes">The 5 Best Men&#039;s Cross Training Shoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-exercise-videos">The 5 Best Exercise Videos</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle Shopping exercise mats fitness healthy living pilates product reviews shopping yoga Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:01:06 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1619167 at https://www.wisebread.com People Who Love Their Bodies Never Do These 17 Things — Do You? https://www.wisebread.com/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people-who-love-their-bodies-never-do-these-17-things-do-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy-businessman-477452129-small.jpg" alt="happy businessman" title="happy businessman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you love your body? Do you want to?</p> <p>When you love your body, you'll treat it in certain ways. You will lavish love on it, revel in it, and enjoy all of the things it allows you to do.</p> <p>This means that you also will not do certain things to it. You won't act unkindly, or disrespectfully, or in ways that will harm your body in the long run. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-what-it-really-costs-to-get-sick?ref=seealso">This is What It Really Costs to Get Sick</a>)</p> <p>Not sure what this looks like in real life? Here are some behaviors that people who love their bodies never engage in.</p> <h2>1. Sleep Too Much</h2> <p>Surprise, surprise. Sleeping too much has <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/05/health/upwave-sleep-too-much/">some of the same bad side effects</a> as sleeping too little, including a propensity towards obesity and diabetes. So, sleep seven to nine hours each night and you're good.</p> <h2>2. Stress Out All the Time</h2> <p>It's normal to be stressed every once in a while. Even high stress can be okay, as long as your levels go back down after a while. But continued high stress means you're in &quot;fight or flight&quot; mode all the time, which can cause heart problems, depression, and even PTSD.</p> <h2>3. Stay Inside All Day</h2> <p>You need vitamin D to help keep up your energy and avoid depression. The best way to get this is <a href="http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/">via sunlight</a>, which you can only do by spending at least a few minutes outside. Don't get a sunburn! Instead, expose your skin for about half the time it would take you to start turning pink.</p> <h2>4. Train Too Hard</h2> <p>When you want to change your body, it's easy to exercise hard, for a long time. Too much exercise, though, leaves you <a href="http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/fatigue.html">more likely to get sick</a>. Since illness often undermines exercise plans, train at moderate levels so you can sustain your health and improve your performance.</p> <h2>5. Stop Laughing</h2> <p>Laughing can help reduce your stress, improve your memory, and help your mind perform better. It also helps you regain perspective, even in difficult situations. So do what you need to do to laugh: Talk to a funny friend, listen to a child's joke, or watch someone funny on TV.</p> <h2>6. Binge Drink</h2> <p>Drinking a lot of alcohol over a short period of time is <a href="http://www.clinicalcorrelations.org/?p=5603">never good for you</a>, and when you do it often, you can get everything from mouth cancer to heart arrhythmias. If you regularly have more than four drinks (for a woman) or five (for a man), change your habits to care for your body.</p> <h2>7. Forget to Apply Sunscreen</h2> <p>This one is almost a no brainer, if you don't want skin cancer. Still, we avoid it because it's a pain to put on and it's greasy and gross. But it's worth it!</p> <h2>8. Smoke. At All. Ever. Even Socially.</h2> <p>Any smoking, <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/the-truth-about-social-smoking-2345824.html">even the occasional social cigarette</a>, raises your risks of cancer and lung or heart disease. Very few occasional or social smokers stay that way, since nicotine is highly addictive. So just stay away.</p> <h2>9. Skip Stretching</h2> <p>While we're on the topic of exercise, don't forego stretching. Some studies show that <a href="http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/does-stretching-reduce-injury-risk-0">forgetting to stretch can make you more prone to injury</a>, which hurts your body both now and for the long term. It also reduces your flexibility, which you want to <a href="http://web.mit.edu/tkd/stretch/stretching_3.html">maintain as you get older</a>.</p> <h2>10. Have Unprotected Sex</h2> <p>This is a huge risk factor for health problems down the road. Protect yourself, so you can avoid STDs, including AIDS, as well as unwanted pregnancy. Respect your own body and that of your partner, and <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/brief.html">use a condom</a>.</p> <h2>11. Ignore Illness</h2> <p>If you have a medical condition, <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/10_steps_for_coping_with_a_chronic_condition.htm">take care of yourself</a>. Even if it means changing your lifestyle, making the effort could mean the difference between good health and poor. Finding out that you have a chronic condition can feel overwhelming, hopeless, and defeating. Take a deep breath, work with your doctor, and find people who will support you as you figure out how to care for yourself.</p> <h2>12. Feel Down About Your Body</h2> <p>When your body isn't looking or acting the way you want it to, it's easy to insult yourself or think poorly about how you look and who you are. Instead, <a href="http://greatist.com/happiness/media-body-image-talk-to-self">work to accept yourself as you are</a>, even if you know changes could be made to improve your health.</p> <h2>13. Avoid the Doctor</h2> <p>Yearly check ups are a pain, but they help you <a href="http://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-living/getting-regular-checkups.aspx">stay on top of your health</a>. They also give you a chance to ask those annoying little questions, which can mean the difference between good and poor health. If you don't have a doctor, ask your friends who they see or see who your health insurance company recommends.</p> <h2>14. Live On Junk Food</h2> <p>We all eat a brownie now and then, but eating junk food regularly leads to <a href="http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/fast-food-nutrition-junk-foods-effect-on-your-body.html">all sorts of problems</a>. If you struggle with this, begin finding satisfying substitutes for your favorite foods. For instance, you might eat kale chips instead of potato chips (don't knock 'em 'til you've tried 'em!).</p> <h2>15. Dine Out Every Night</h2> <p>After a long day, no one wants to cook, especially if it's hot in your home. But people who prepare their own food are more likely to avoid <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/bethhoffman/2012/06/18/whats-so-great-about-cooking-four-reasons-and-resources-to-diy/">medical problems</a>. If that doesn't convince you, cooking at home is cheaper and better for the environment than dining out.</p> <h2>16. Stop Eating</h2> <p>It can be easy to want to stop eating entirely, especially when you're frustrated with your weight or under a lot of stress. You will be <a href="http://steadystrength.com/why-you-have-to-eat-to-lose-fat/">healthier and happier</a>, though, if you choose a diet plan that allows you plenty of calories and helps make sure you feel full.</p> <h2>17. Spend All Day Sitting</h2> <p>When you stay sitting for hours and hours, it <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5879536/how-sitting-all-day-is-damaging-your-body-and-how-you-can-counteract-it">hurts your body in all sorts of ways</a>. You lower your ability to take up glucose, raise your triglycerides and bad (LDL) cholesterol, and raise your risk of dying from heart disease and certain types of cancer. Instead, take breaks and get moving.</p> <p><em>Have you stopped doing something that's helped you love your body more? What would it be like for you to implement these ideas?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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