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4 Tips to Make an Early Morning Run a Routine

Most of us who are conscious of our health realise that waking up early in the morning and going for a run is beneficial for us. Staying fit means making sacrifices, but the result is in your favour alone. However, fitness goals never bear fruit for the majority, as we feel too lazy to hit the snooze button and get out of bed in the morning.

Getting out in the fresh morning air not only gives our lungs a fresh breather, but gives us a fresh start to the day. Putting our body into physical action early in the morning clears the head, gets the blood running, and prepares us for the day ahead. So what must you do to turn this once-a-week habit into an everyday ritual?

4 Tips to Make an Early Morning Run a Routine | UK Lifestyle Blog

Sleep Early

This sounds like basic advice but it’s also the most important to rule to waking up early and on time in the morning. As long as you are pushing your sleep late into night and devoting that time instead to the internet or television, you will never find yourself changing your habits. As the saying goes – early to bed, early to rise – it’s time to really follow it up now.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

In order to wake up fresh in the morning, it’s important that you’ve had a comfortable sleep at night, which means there would have to be no distractions. Turn off all electronics as they seriously disrupt the quality of sleep, and if you’re not too accustomed to sleeping in pitch dark, leave the curtains open. This way, when the early morning sun shines in your room, it gives you a reason to wake up.

Get Organized

Waking up for a run and making it a routine isn’t as easy as it sounds because it essentially means that now you should be putting your life into perspective. You may have a cheat day where you don’t have a schedule, but most days, you should have a set sleep routine and a time for everything so that no task is left unattended.

Befriend Someone for a Run

If you don’t have anyone from home who is willing to accompany you on the run, then try to befriend someone at the park you go to. Having someone to share an early morning run will be motivational in itself and reason enough for you to wake up and show up. It creates a challenge and you’ll realize whether you are better off at changing your habits or not.

Setting goals for yourself, investing in comfortable running gear and choosing a pleasant location are all things that can help you make early morning running a routine. However, be mindful that unless you are willing to change your own habits for the better and realize that the benefit of it is only to you and to your health, no one can motivate you to make the change.

2018-01-08T03:34:21+00:00 July 28, 2015|Health|

These Amazing Ideas Have Made Cleaning My House So Much Easier

Don’t get me wrong here, I love owning a home of my own, but what I don’t enjoy is the cleaning that comes with it. I hate mess and dirt, but the problem is that I also dislike cleaning.

You probably think that if that’s the case, why don’t I hire a cleaner – am I right? While hiring a cleaner is a great idea, I would feel funny about someone else doing my cleaning. I know I would be paying them, but even so, hiring a cleaner just isn’t for me. I may not like cleaning, but it is an important part of taking care of your home, so I guess I am going to have to learn to love it.

A friend of mine used to suffer from the same problem, how she got around it was by making cleaning easier for herself. So I thought I would ask her to share her top tips for making chores and cleaning easier, and this is what she said:

Invest in good-quality cleaning supplies

Don’t make the mistake of skimping when it comes to cleaning supplies, you will find it much easier with the right equipment. The essentials for cleaning your home properly include a good vacuum cleaner and a mop.

When it comes to choosing a mop, the only way to go is with a steam mop, they are amazing. To read up more about steam mops and how you can use them, have a look at You will also need some cleaning products, such as antibacterial spray, bathroom cleaner, and kitchen cleaner.

Clean as you go

Don’t let the mess in your house get out of control, as this will just make cleaning ten times harder. Instead, clean as you go, so as soon as you make a mess, clean it up. By cleaning as you go, you won’t have lots of cleaning to tackle at once, just small amounts throughout the day.

For instance, if you cook dinner while the food is cooking clean up the mess. Put rubbish in the bin, wipe the surfaces and wash up anything that you have used – it isn’t hard. You will find it much easier to keep on top of the housework if you do this, as there will rarely be large amounts of mess for you to deal with.

Do one chore each day

As well as cleaning up the mess you make on a daily basis, you also need to tackle things like the floors, windows, and washing. You will find it easier to deal with each of your cleaning tasks if you assign each task to a day, instead of trying to do everything at once.

For instance, on Mondays you could vacuum, Tuesdays wash the floors, and Wednesdays do the laundry. On Thursdays, you could clean the windows and bathroom, on Fridays vacuum again, and on Saturdays dust and do more laundry. On Sundays, give yourself a day off of cleaning. By assigning a couple of chores to each day, you will find it easier to manage your time and keep your house clean.

Cleaning your home might be an annoying job, but unless you want to live in filth, it’s necessary. I have found that by making cleaning easier for myself, that it is more enjoyable. You may not like cleaning, but trust me on this, if you make it easier, it won’t seem as bad.

2015-10-29T20:24:39+00:00 July 25, 2015|Home Decor|

Banish sleepless nights with these tips

There are only a few things I am fussy about, and my bed is one of these. I don’t care about every scratch on my sofa or how stylish my table is, but what I do care about is how comfortable my bed is.

I’m a busy gal, and so, I need as much sleep as I can get. That’s why when it comes to choosing a new mattress, I always make sure that I take my time. I never rush the mattress buying process because I want my bed to be as comfortable as possible.

Banish sleepless nights with these tips | UK Lifestyle Blog

The problem that I always find when it comes to mattress shopping is that each mattress is different, so it’s hard to compare them. I always used to think that all I needed to do was find a mattress that was as firm as my old one, and I would be fine. But, that isn’t the case, as each mattress differs slightly.

However, that being said, there are lots of tricks you can use to predict whether a mattress right for you. To find out more, keep reading, below:

Do lots of research

The first thing you need to do is lots of research, the more you can find out about each mattress firmness, the better. Have a look online at sites like Back and Neck Bed Shop and find out what the pros and cons are of each type of mattress, from firm to soft.

Then start researching each brand of mattress that you are interested in, to find out as much as you can about them. The more information you have, the easier you will find it to choose the perfect mattress.

Understand that the firmest mattresses aren’t alway the best option

Many people believe that opting for a hard or firm mattress is the best option, as it is better for your back. However, research has shown that actually, that isn’t always the case. According to a recent study, the best mattress for your back is a mattress that is medium to firm, not firm.

What you don’t want is a firm mattress with a firm feel to it, what you want is a firm mattress that is comfortable. The best option for getting this is choosing a medium firm mattress, as it gives you comfort and the firmness your back needs.

Opt for a mattress with at least a five-year warranty

Mattresses are expensive, and so they should come with a warranty. If you are going to pay a lot of money for something, you want to know that it is covered if anything should go wrong, right?

All good mattress suppliers, such as John Ryan By Design, will offer at last a five-year warranty on all mattresses. Look out for this, as this warranty indicates that the mattress that you are choosing is of a good quality.

If a company doesn’t offer you a warranty, look elsewhere for your mattress. There is no point paying out a lot of money for a mattress that isn’t covered by the company that made it.

Try before you buy

Never buy a mattress without testing it out first, make sure to try it out in the store. Don’t just lay on it for a minute or two and then get up, lay down for between 10 to 15 minutes and see how you feel.

If you are buying online, make sure to opt for a company that allows you to test out your chosen mattress before agreeing to have it. While choosing a new mattress for your bed can be tricky, you can make things easier for yourself by following these tips.

2018-01-08T03:34:21+00:00 July 23, 2015|Home Decor|
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