Pets You’ll Love That Aren’t Cats and Dogs

February 3rd, 2017 by author | Permalink

Cats and dogs are inarguably our most popular domestic pets, but not all of us want to settle with traditional pets, don’t we? Of our many animal species, about 150 have been domesticated. If you are one of those who prefer pets that are more unusual, you have ample choices for home companions. Here is our list of cute and lovable creatures you can call your own.

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1.       Guinea Pig

If you’re looking for something furry other that cats and dogs, you might love guinea pigs. They are small, gentle and relatively easy to take care, but they need daily attention and thrive if they have a buddy with them, since they are herd animals. They are also easy to feed as their diet only consists of veggies, hay and pellets.

2.       Fish

If you’re allergic to fur, fish is a great alternative. However, you need to research which species is best for your home environment and which you can easily care for. Things you should research on when planning to get a pet fish include their food, filter requirements, water temperature, aquarium size and some care tips.

3.       Rabbit

 

Another popular choice for a furry pet is rabbits, but like guinea pigs they need a lot of attention and a buddy to keep them company. Also, they need a lot of hay as part of their diet, so before adopting one, make sure you can provide for it. Also, rabbits live up to 10 years, so it’s important to ensure that everyone in your home is on the same page with this commitment.

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4.       Parrots

Parrots are colourful, playful and fun pets. There are more the 350 different types of parrots to choose from, which range in colours and sizes. When given enough space to exist and exercise, and provided with positive attention, these intelligent birds are affectionate towards people. Most of these birds have the strange ability to mimic human voices and other sounds. When you choose to have this pet, don’t be surprised if your bird can imitate the sound of meowing cat, barking dog r even your phone’s unique ring tone.

5.       Pigs

Pigs are adorable little animals, and make cute pets, too. They are also one of the smartest animals—even smarter than dogs and three-year old toddlers. However, before adopting these smart and adorable creatures, it’s important to do some research on what it takes to have a pig as a pet. After all, they can live for up to 20 years and so will probably be a part of the family for a long, long time (in pet years).

These are just a few of the many animals you can keep as a pet. The most important thing here is to know how to properly take care for them by researching about their needs before you bring them home.

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5 Mistakes You’re Probably Making With Your Contacts

December 13th, 2016 by author | Permalink

Contact lenses are worn for various reasons: fashion purposes, eye treatments or just for fun look such as Halloween costumes. Whatever your purpose is for wearing them, it’s important to take good care of them to keep your eyes safe. Here are some common mistakes people make with their contact lenses.

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1.       Swimming or Showering With Them

Ophthalmologists always advise to keep your contact lenses away from the water, including pool water, to avoid potentially blinding infection caused by the microorganism Acanthamoeba. Parasites and bacteria in the water can get caught under your lenses, too, which can cause painful infection that will likely require long and complex treatment.

2.       Using Tap Water to Wash Them

Even more dangerous than swimming with contacts on is cleaning your lenses using tap water. Even if the water is pure enough to drink, it is not sterile. Tap water may also contain Acanthamoeba, so soaking your lenses in water straight from the faucet is an invitation to serious infection. Contact lenses come with their own solution, so make use of it whenever you need to clean and store them.

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3.       Using the Lens Case for Too Long

Your lens case should be cleaned thoroughly with lens solution every day, and must be replaced with new one every month. And don’t cut corners by popping your lens case in the dishwasher together with your used dishes. There are food particles and dish soap residues in there that may end up on your case and make their way to your lens. Simply clean the lens case with solution and let it try overnight.

4.       Wearing the Lens Past Their Expiry Date

Most contact lens users are guilty of keeping their contacts longer than recommended span of time. This is similarly hazardous to an old lens case. Old contacts tend to collect germs, proteins and solution residues over time. This makes the lenses feel itchy and uncomfortable to the eyes, which may lead to infection.

5.       Sleeping With Contacts On

Although some contact lens manufacturers claim that it’s okay to sleep in their lenses, ophthalmologists never recommend this. The cornea, the outermost layer of your eye that the lens covers, needs oxygen. Wearing lenses deprives the eye of oxygen, and sleeping in them worsens the problem. Overnight wear can cause discomfort and irritation, or worse infection.

Before purchasing your next pair of contact lenses, make sure to keep these common mistakes in mind and follow professional advises for optimum eye health.

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Why You Should Travel Alone Before Getting Married?

December 8th, 2016 by author | Permalink

There are so many benefits with travelling alone, such as getting to know yourself more and learning to be independent. It’s highly recommended and unarguably beneficial for women to go through this liberating experience at least once in your life. If you haven’t done this yet, try it now before doing something life-changing, like getting married to someone. Below are some of the reasons why embarking on a solo adventure is necessary for your singlehood and beneficial for strengthening your decision of getting married.

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1.       Look Back on Your Personal Journey

Travelling alone and not having someone to disturb your thoughts allows you to reflect on all of the decisions you had in your life. You can look back on your journey, such as your career, family and friends and lifestyle choices, and plan for the things you want to have in the future. Also, having a time alone gives you the chance to ponder of how much you have grown as a person and to feel if you are really ready for this lifetime commitment.

2.       Re-evaluate Your Relationship

Other than looking back on your personal experience, you also get to re-evaluate your relationship with your fiance. Travelling alone gives you enough distance from your significant other, so you can objectively contemplate at your decision of getting married. Stepping back a bit doesn’t mean you’re having second thoughts of marrying the most amazing person in your life. This is just something what mature people do to know whether now is the right time to commit to an eternal relationship with a partner.

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3.       It’s Your Last Chance to be All by Yourself

Of course, you can still go on solo trips after marriage. However, doing such thing for yourself may get a little complicated as you will have to consider a few things, such as your kids. Marriage means you will have a partner for each day of your life, and you will have to decide together when the need arises. So, enjoy the last moments of your singlehood before you let it go.

4.       Make a Memorable Farewell to Your Single Life

Sure, you can have a blast with a fun bachelorette party or an all-girls’ night out, but is that really fulfilling? Bid goodbye to your single life with a different thrill. Do something that you haven’t done yet or something that fulfils your desire, such as bungee jumping, sky diving or backpacking adventures. Experience different cultures, make friends with strangers and learn new things that you know will make you a better version of yourself. Do not settle for a late-night party when you can have a fun and fulfilling experience.

Before you put on that dress and head to your beautiful wedding, stuff your backpack first and head out to somewhere your adventurous heart desires.

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Understanding Cleaners Insurance in Singapore

July 22nd, 2016 by author | Permalink

Do you need professional cleaners Singapore end of Tenancy? If yes, then you are on the right page! This article will tell you how you can find the best group of cleaners in London and what you need to know about them. Be sure to read the entire article if you really want to protect your property and belongings.

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Why Professional Cleaners Are Needed?

You might think that it is quite odd to hire a professional cleaner. Well, if it is odd for you, then that just means that you can accomplish all the house chores by your own. Unfortunately, not all people are like you. There are some people who are too busy to mind their house chores and there are some people who just do not like the idea of cleaning their home by their own.

Now, just because these people are too busy or are just not fond of cleaning does not mean that they like their home dirty. No, that is not the case! As a matter of fact, there are a lot of these people who are much more meticulous when it comes to cleanliness. No wonder why they often hire professional cleaners Singapore end of tenancy.

What You Should Know?

Before you hire a person or a company to clean your home, there are some things that you must look for. These are the factors that you can never take lightly if you want to pick and hire the most reliable and most effective cleaner in London. These are the factors that you should look for:

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Cleaners Insurance

You should know whether they have cleaners’ insurance Singapore plan. This will help you guarantee that your property and all your belongings are protected while these cleaners are doing their job. If one of your belongings get damaged or broken, then the insurance company can pay you back for its worth. By hiring someone who does not have this kind of insurance, you might expose yourself from not being paid for any damage in your properties.

Another great thing about this insurance is that it also protects the cleaners. When they get into accident, they can guarantee themselves that they can get the right treatment without having the need to pay for their medical bills as the insurance company will shoulder all the medical expenses. Amazing, isn’t it?

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The Benefits of Hiring Professional Dating Services

July 19th, 2016 by author | Permalink

Many people are aware of what professional dating agencies are. There are also some who only know a few about it. Nonetheless, whether you are already familiar with this kind of agency or not, you will immediately get an idea once you heard it. It is because the service offered by this agency is very apparent in its name. It offers to get a date for its client in order to find his or her lifetime partner.

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The Dating Agency

Are you one of those people who are feeling so alone and lonely? Are you among those people who are looking for a partner in life? If you are, then you might need the help of a dating agency. It is an agency that takes good care of the dating activities of its client.

No, they do not find a girlfriend or boyfriend for you. What they do is that they look for people who have passed the qualifications you indicated. Then, they will schedule you on a date with these people. It will be up to you if you like the person they have matched for you or not. If not, then they will look for another one until you find someone worthy to spend your whole life with.

Most often than not, clients of dating agencies are very satisfied with the result of the matchmaking service. It is because they were able to find not just a lifetime partner, but the best lifetime partner for them. Well, we should not be surprised. Considering the very keen process of selecting individuals, it is already given that there is a higher chance that the client will definitely find his or her match in this activity.

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Why Hire A Dating Agency?

While there are a lot of people who trust and patronise professional dating services, there are also some people who doubt the effectiveness of this kind of service. These people usually cannot see the point of hiring a dating agency. This is why we have a prepared a list of reasons on why we should hire this dating service:

Take the Pressure Away

There are a lot of single professionals who are much pressured in finding the love of their life. By hiring a professional dating agency, they will no longer feel the pressure. They can focus on their career or personal growth. Why? It is because they do not have to think about their love life. The agency will be the one to take care of it. They will be busy themselves in finding the perfect pair for you.

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Online Classes worth Taking to Boost Your Career

April 29th, 2016 by author | Permalink

Regardless of where you’re at in your career, learning new things will surely help you. But like most things, learning a new and unique skill is easier said than done – unless all the resources are given to you. Today, we’re doing just that. To ensure that you no longer spend hours searching for what to learn and where to learn it, we listed down six online classes from some of the amazing resources across the web.

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1.       For Social Media Marketing – Social Media Superhero (The Nectar Collective)

  • Cost: $37 (S$50.25)

Whether you’re aiming to take your own business to the next level on social media, or you’re managing the social networking pages of your employer, this course is the right choice for you. Big social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Periscope will be covered in this course, and you’ll be taught some impactful strategies on how you can use each outlet. In this course, you’re sure to walk away with useful information other than a detailed description of how you can login to your Twitter page.

2.       For Programming – Introduction to Web Development: HTML (Udemy)

  • Cost: $9 (S$12.22)

Programming is one of the skills most of us wished to have bothered learning earlier on. Luckily, it’s never too late to get started. This course provided by Udemy is designed for beginners, so you don’t have to worry about feeling lost as soon as you start learning. Although you won’t immediately learn how to design flawless websites, these lessons will surely arm you with the basics that you’ll need to take the more advanced steps in programming.

3.       For Project Management – Project Management: The Basics for Success (Coursera)

  • Cost: Free

Whether you’re running your own business or working full-time, knowing how to effectively manage projects is crucial. This course will help you develop the skills to efficiently handle the moving parts involved in a project, as well as how to successfully manage and lead a team. Just ensure that you choose the “Audit Only” option to access course materials for free.

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4.       For Photography Basics – The Photography Starter Kit for Beginners (CreativeLive)

  • Cost: $39 (S$52.97)

Although it seems impossible to learn something as creative as photography online, CreativeLive offers a course that allows you to do just that. In this beginner’s course, you’ll be taught how to get familiar with your camera, while learning all the basics of photography (including composition and lighting). It’s a perfect starting point for aspiring photographers before moving on to the more advance courses offered in the site.

5.       For Communication Improvement – Introduction to Public Speak (edX)

  • Cost: Free

Even the best of us get shaky-kneed and sweaty-palmed at the thought of speaking in front an audience. Fortunately, this course will teach you how to develop, and present clear and informative presentations and arguments. The best part? The course also offers an interactive practice for the students!

6.       For Writing Skills Development – Secret Sauce of Great Writing (Udemy)

  • Cost: Free

Writing isn’t as easy as what some people think it to be. In fact, we’re willing to bet that you’ve had moments where you just sit in front of your computer, and stare at the blinking cursor for half an hour. Throughout this course, you’ll learn all the essentials to a clear and solid writing including simplicity, clarity, and elegance.

Whether you’re working full-time or running your own business, learning new expertise and additional skills are never bad things. So, go ahead and give one or two of the aforementioned courses a try.

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How to Choose a Work-Appropriate Perfume

April 26th, 2016 by author | Permalink

Perfume has the magical ability to refresh the senses and transport the spirit. Getting the right perfume offers comfort during stressful times, and makes you feel like the best version of yourself. In fact, keeping a mini-bottle at hand is like having an emergency aromatherapy on stand-by. However, not all perfume formulas are suited for the workplace. Here, we’ve listed down five important tips on how to choose and apply work-appropriate perfumes.

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1.       Ditch Solid Perfume and Fragrance Oils

Fragrance oils, such as those sold at perfume shops and health food stores, have the potential to smell beautiful and complex. However, these perfumes might require persistent reapplication – and who has the time for that? Fragrance oils also present the same problem as wax-based perfumes – careless application of oily and waxy formulas might leave stains on your work ensemble.

2.       Opt for Eau de Cologne, Eau de Toilette, or Eau de Parfum

With concentrations of five percent, 10 percent, and 15-20 percent, these formulations are less concentrated than the actual perfume. EDP is the favourite among perfume aficionados because of its affordable price, and how its fragrance lasts throughout the day. EDC and ETC, on the other hand, are lighter and requires occasional reapplication, but are the perfect choice if you’re only thinking of applying a sheer layer of fragrance.

3.       Reserve Your Sexy Scents for Date Nights

Save your Opium and Shalimar scents for your date nights, since musk-laden and heady scents isn’t suited for the workplace. Instead, opt for perfumes with unobtrusive scents like apple, cinnamon, citrus, cucumber, green tea, mint, white florals, and wood. Try My Daughter Fragrances’ Joyful Eau de Parfum for a crisp blend of jasmine, creamy sandalwood, lime blossom, orange flower, and rose.

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4.       Choose a Scent That Helps You Focus

Since scent preferences differ among individuals, the type of perfume that’ll keep you energized will depend on your taste. Still, there are certain fragrances that offer specific benefits to some people.

Some perfume notes may help improve your work performance. Fragrances like jasmine and floral can increase your reaction time, peppermint may serve as natural memory booster, and eucalyptus might help in waking you up and feeling empathy towards others. Perfume notes of cucumber and green apple can even make a cramped space seem larger. So ensure that you choose fragrances that also suits your focus and relaxation needs.

5.       Be Mindful of How You Spray

If you get used to your perfume over time, there’s a chance you’ll develop the habit of over spraying. You’d want to avoid that at all costs, especially at your workplace since strong fragrances can invade the personal space of others. A touch at the base of the throat, or behind the ears is already enough to retain your perfume’s scent, and keep you smelling fresh throughout the day.

Although perfumes are refreshing to senses, not all formulations can be worn at the workplace. So keep the aforementioned tips in mind to help you in choosing a fragrance that’s work-appropriate.

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How to Continue Breastfeeding Once You Resume Work

March 19th, 2016 by author | Permalink

You have probably lost count of the number of times you’ve heard about how breastfeeding is the best. Sure, it was a bit easy while you were enjoying your maternity leave. But what happens when you come back to work? In Singapore, eligibility and entitlement of maternity leave is dependent on employment status. It is of utmost importance to know what is applicable to you as soon as possible. This will prepare you for the breastfeeding journey long after the maternity leave is over, should you choose to continue.

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In the recent years, different techniques of expressing breastmilk while the mother is at work are being explored. When you are armed with these guidelines, giving breastmilk to your child even when you are not at home is possible:

1. Prepare your breastmilk storage paraphernalia. Most moms use electric or manual breastpump to express milk.  Recently, some moms have been doing the marmet method, known as hand expression. Tutorials are readily available in the internet. Choose and try practicing what’s convenient for you. Likewise prepare your storage containers, ice pack and insulator bag. Read up on proper storing and transporting of milk.

2. Express around the clock. Set and follow your schedule of expressing milk to maintain your supply. Manage your time especially in the office so that you can express milk during break time. Squeezing in sessions at home while your baby is asleep will also make room for more stash. Be sure to label the containers with time and date of expression. Remember the “first in-first out” rule.

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3. Teach the babysitter about proper handling of expressed breastmilk. Your breastmilk is liquid gold. Nothing, not even a single drop, must be put to waste. Orient your caregiver or whoever will take care of your little one while you’re at work, on the swirling of breastmilk, on how to thaw it and on giving just enough milk for one feeding; otherwise, the leftover milk which you painstakingly expressed will be spoiled.

4. Spend time with your baby as much as possible. If you are determined to continue giving breastmilk to your baby while you are working, this should come easy. Nurse your child whenever you are together. Reserve your stash only for those days that you will be at work so you will have enough left. Avoid unnecessary trips away from home when you haven’t built your stash yet.  Maximize time with your child. After all, they are just babies for a short time. Before you knew it, they will be toddler already, exploring the world on their own.

The moment you decide to continue giving breastmilk to your child even if you are at work clearly shows how willing and determined you are. Rest assured that your sacrifices will be rewarded by your little one as he continues to grow healthy, filling your heart with the joys of motherhood!

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How to Keep Yourself Sun-Protected

March 15th, 2016 by author | Permalink

As Singapore experiences tropical climate, mostly being hot and humid throughout the year, it is important to keep yourself protected from the sun. Recent study shows that Ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun can cause eye damage and skin cancer. The 15-minute walk from the train to your apartment without any protection is harmful in the long run. Before it’s too late, take note of these tips on how to be sun-protected while doing your daily activities:

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1. Apply sunscreen. This applies to your body and to your face as these easily get exposed to the sun. Most body lotion and facial creams are now incorporated with sun protection factors (SPF). All sorts of lip creams also have SPF. Check the label and use what suits you. Nowadays, you can lather on your favorite scented-lotion and still get the needed sunblock. Make sure your beauty regimen prevents you from getting sun-burnt while giving you young-looking skin!

2. Put sunglasses on. Eyes are sensitive to the sun’s rays. Squinting your eyes when there’s sun is not enough for protection.  Always make sure you wear sunglasses. Some eyeglasses can be ordered with polarized lenses, reducing the amount of UV rays that pass through. Have fun choosing the eyeglasses that highlights your facial features. By wearing glasses, you will keep your eyes healthy and fabulous at the same time!

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3. Avoid going out during the hottest time of the day. The sun’s rays are at the peak during mid-day. Do not go out in the open if it’s possible. Schedule your walks and trips when the sun is not too high anymore.  This will save you unnecessary sun exposure and excessive sweating. Maximize errands during your most comfortable time.

4. Always bring an umbrella, hat or scarf. Accessorizing is a creative way to deflect UV rays. Bring umbrella wherever you go. This will protect you both from the sun and from the rain too. Hats and scarfs are also accessories which can prove useful in keeping you sun-protected.  Collect scarfs and hats with different prints so you can mix and match these with your clothes. Include these in your outfit for the day. After all, being fashionable while keeping healthy is the new trend!

Like any other, too much of sun’s exposure is bad for the health. Only a 30-minute sun exposure for Vitamin D is recommended during early morning. Beyond that, it is equally important to include the sun-protection tips in your daily routine. Be conscious of ways to shield your body from the harmful rays of the sun for a healthier you!

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Tips to Losing Weight Without Disrupting Your Regular Schedule

February 20th, 2016 by author | Permalink

Being busy is an understatement. Nowadays, you barely have time to meet friends, to have your nails done or to go to the gym. You are often caught in the hustle and bustle of life from the moment your alarm clock sets off down to the time you doze off to dreamland. You pay almost no attention to your weight until one morning you cannot completely button your blouse anymore or that you feel like your pants have shrunk one size smaller.

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The digit on the weighing scale has confirmed your suspicion. You have indeed gained weight for the past month! You feel alarmed and disheartened because no matter how you would have loved to spend some training hours in the gym, your schedule won’t allow it. Worry no more because there are various tips on how to lose weight without really disrupting your routine:

1.       Maximize physical activities in your routine

If your workplace is a walking distance from your apartment but you still ride the cab every morning, try ditching the cab! It is called a walking distance for a reason. Think of the advantages of this newly-incorporated routine. It will help you save on fare and will definitely help you in getting that slim figure back. Chores at home are also good activities of exercise.

Mopping the apartment floor or cleaning the bathroom will make you lose unnecessary fat and will give you a cleaner apartment at that! At work, try to use the stairs in getting to do the not-so high floors. Or you could take the elevator two floors short than your destination. Not only will this exercise your legs but it will increase your stamina to face the day as well!

2.       Have healthy bite-size snacks in between meals

Yes you read it right. Having frequent light meals around the clock will consistently fill your tummy up. This will make you less hungry during the important meals of the day, causing you to eat less than your regular intake. Studies show that this is a more effective way of getting fewer calories. And on top of that, you will not have that uneasy feeling of food deprivation. These healthy bite-size snacks are actually available in the local grocery stores. Don’t forget to put these in your cart the next time you do your grocery!

3.       Hydrate yourself

A daily intake of eight glasses of water is recommended to everyone. Sadly, not all are consciously following this health advice. Track the amount of water you are taking in every day. When you drink at least eight glasses of water, the toxins in the body will be easily flushed, giving way to a healthier you.  Also, drink water first before taking your meals. This works wonders as this will again lessen the amount of food you regularly eat.

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4.       Choose the relatively healthier option

In ordering food and drinks, one is often presented with various options. Always, always choose the relatively healthier one. Losing weight must not be too sacrificial to the point of dread wherein you do not enjoy eating anymore. There is no harm in indulging yourself in your favorites.

You can still dine-in anywhere you want. Do you like pizza in general? Choose the pizza with healthier toppings. Do you often order soda? Why not try the equally refreshing lemon juice? You do not need to be a slave to dieting when you have healthier options. Food is always meant to be celebrated!

5.       Tuck yourself in early

Being stressed out is usually the culprit for binge eating. Some people use this as justification to cheat days which stretch from weeks to months.  Sufficient hours of sleep are needed to revitalize the mind and the body.

Examine your night routine. What keeps you up until the wee hours of the morning? Are you losing sleep with the excitement of playing games from your phone? Or like most people, do you browse and refresh your social media page over and over again for updates? Do away with these activities that hinder you from getting enough sleep. Put your phone out of your reach, if necessary. Devise ways and strategies which will give you the good night’s rest you well deserve.

Being out of shape often happens when you lose sight of the importance of caring for the health. Do your best to take care of your body. Keeping yourself healthy is the best reward to your body after a job well done every day!

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