Are you a gym guy? Have you ever thought about how much you’re spending on that gym membership? I bet it’s a lot. I know mine used to be. That is, before I started building my own home gym.
Now, you may be thinking – why would anyone in their right mind build a gym in your home? Well, I have two pretty great answers: money, and time.
Let’s start first with money, since this is everyone’s pain point. My wife and I used to each have a membership at our local gym, paying $75 per month, each. That was the going rate in our neighborhood, and I bet a similar amount to what most people pay. Now, when you view it from a monthly basis, perhaps it’s not too bad – “only” $75 per person. But let’s add it up, combined, on a yearly basis: $150 per month (again, for two people) x 12 months = $1,800! Whoa, bet you never knew it was that much. Just think what you could do what that kind of money every year.
The second reason to build a home gym is time. We all know the hardest part of maintaining a gym lifestyle isn’t actually performing the exercises, but the simple act of going to the gym. Many people are leading incredibly busy lives, and finding even just one hour per day is a lot. You have to get dressed, drive to the gym, do your workout, shower, and drive back home. It’s a lot of effort, when you think about it.
Well, a home gym changes all of that. Yes, there is an upfront cost – you need to buy some equipment. A treadmill, rowing machine, and some free weights will set you back more than $1,000. But that’s still less than one year of gym membership fees, right? And just think – after your initial investment, there are NO MORE payments. You’re not paying any monthly fees!
And, of course – the best part of a home gym is that it’s in your home! Most people build them out in your basements. So instead of having to hop in the car and get thru traffic just to get in your workout, all you know to do is walk down a couple of flights of stairs, and you’re ready to roll.
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Are you in the housing market, like a lot of people right now? Are you trying to sell your home, but you’re just not getting the offers you like, or you think your home could be a lot more. Well, there are a couple of tips you can follow that will greatly increase the value of your home – it just requires a little time and investment on your end.
Install hardwood floors If you don’t have hardwood floors throughout your home, you should install them immediately. Wood flooring adds and elegant and classy touch to any house, and will greatly increase its value – guaranteed. It is a huge selling point that almost all home-buyers are looking for. It does cost some money to have them put in, and it will require some time to have it finished, but you will see a return on capital at least 5x what you put into it.
Think about adding a pool Talk about an added cost! Yes, this would be extremely expensive – so you have to be smart about it. However, if you live in a part of the country where it is warm nearly all year round – say, Florida or California – then this could certainly be an option. A lot of people in warmer states almost expect to have a pool when they’re house shopping – so don’t let them down. This will make your house much more attractive.
Put in another bathroom You can never have enough bathrooms in your house when you’re trying to sell it! Seriously, has a buyer EVER complained that there were too many bathrooms? No. In fact, I’d bet that one of the top reasons that people won’t buy a home on the market is because there aren’t enough bathrooms. So put one in. It may cost you $10,000, but you can then increase your selling price by $15,000.
So there you have it, a couple of tips to increase the value of your home if you’re putting it on the market.
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If you guys are fans of streaming movies then you must definitely have heard about Netflix. They are pretty much the go-to-guy when it comes to watching movies (legally) online, and have been around for quite some time now. Established in 1997, Netflix has slowly grown and expanded its service into what we have today. They do not only offer a vast range of movies, but also episodes from series which are very popular nowadays. If you are a US customer, you can also buy DVDs from them at a flat rate. Working based on a subscription payment model, Netflix offers its service over many different counties for just a small payment each month; the problem however arises when one compares these different services.
Taking Canada as an example, they have less than 50% of the titles which are available in the US version even though they pay roughly the same amount of money, which is absurd! Now Netflix doesn’t do this out of pride; there are legal reasons behind the blocking of titles but this hasn’t stopped people from bypassing said block. It is said that over one third of all English-speaking Canadian Netflix users resort to shady techniques in order to access the US library, so the practice is pretty common.
All you really need, as is explained on the usnetflixguide, is a US-based proxy. What this does is it tricks Netflix into believing that you are residing in the United States, causing all of the titles to become available. Note that your account has nothing to do with the library so it is not required to create a US based account as well. Although it works, this practice is not 100% safe and can cause your account to get banned. In order to reduce your chances of this happening make sure you buy a dedicated proxy which costs money but is a lot better than a free one. I normally buy a set of 10 proxies for about $10 which is quite cheap; just make sure they are dedicated, have unlimited bandwidth, and of course reside in the United States. Once the proxies are in your hands all you have to do is incorporate them into your chosen access medium, such as for example Firefox. This is done through addons which are available for free over the internet.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this article, and possibly also learned something new.
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When giving a review to a company that is determined to help its customers achieve the healthy feel within themselves, it is always difficult to tell exactly how they go about it. But one of the brilliant things about this Phuket Fit review is that they are totally open and honest about their highly successful techniques.
PhuketFit isn’t obsessed with getting skinny, but getting fit and healthy, and this shines through all of their programmes. Their weight loss course are personally tailored to every individual person that comes to them, ensuring that they can lose weight safely and permanently without starving themselves or pushing themselves through exercise hell. Every person is different, and is given a different treatment to help them succeed.
The detox and cleanse programme created by PhuketFit aims to respond to both the body and the mind’s toxins and stresses. Without a healthy mind, the body cannot totally be balanced, and by recognising this, PhuketFit perfectly address the issues that each and every customer bring to them. Their detox and cleanse is not based on celebrity fads, but nutritional fact, and scientific evidence. By taking a whole approach to your sleep, exercise, diet, and thought-cycle, PhuketFit offer a wonderful way to restore yourself to the best that you can be.
Whether you already consider yourself pretty fit, or you need to start getting into shape, a review of PhuketFit’s fitness boot camp programme reveals a clever understanding of our bodies. They utilise experts to give each person a one-to-one review to assess exactly what their fitness needs are. Everyone is then guided through the process of challenging your body to increase its strength and endurance.
PhuketFit’s emphasis on healthy living and personally tailored programmes makes it one of the best places to go to revitalise your body and mind.
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Imagine you’re busy watching your favorite television show in the comfort of your home, after a hard day at work, while you children are upstairs playing video games. While you sip on a warm cup of coffee you hear an awful sharp sound echo from upstairs, followed with a scream from one of your children.
Through instinct and adrenaline you rush upstairs and see one of your children crying as they point hysterically at their sibling who lays face down. As you reach for your fallen child you notice the safe is open, and the gun is gone. It is important to have a dependable safe based on several features.
The first feature is to make sure that you have a dial lock as opposed to an electronic lock. It may seem more convenient to have an electronic lock in that all you have to do is punch in a code to access; however, the problem with such a lock is that it doesn’t have a long life relying on batteries that must be replaced every so often.
The dial or combination lock is mechanic and requires no maintenance, but the con is that it takes much longer to access, which keeps intruders frustrated enough to quit and move onto something else.
The second feature is the strength of steel. While all gun safes are enforced with steel inside out, it’s vital to have one with a strong design of steel that’s hard to drill into. A safe with a 10 gauge wall has more security than a safe with a 14 gauge wall.
The beautiful thing about investing in a gun safe is that they don’t have to be feature-rich. Just think about it; all you really need out of a reliable gun safe is that it be 1) well-constructed, and 2) secure enough with a good, reliable locking system. Of course, you would concern yourself with the price, so that is another thing to keep in mind. But really, that’s all there is to it.
I’m an avid gun owner, and I love to go out shooting on the range and deer hunting, and I also keep my firearm in my home in case of an intruder. But first thing’s first – and that’s safety.
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