QUICK Workouts for Better Health

For those who are out of shape or out of time, 30-minute exercise sessions can be daunting.

If your muscles and your schedule aren’t up to it all, three or fourteen-minute sessions will do beginning exercisers just about as much good.

In one test by Stanford University, overweight people were divided into two groups. One group exercised for 40 minutes a day, 5 days a week. The other exercised in 10-minute sessions four times a day, 5 days a week. After20 weeks, both groups boosted their aerobic capacity and experienced similar weight loss (15 to 20 pounds).

But those assigned to short periods stuck to their schedule better than the other group. This suggests that beginning exercisers may find it easier to break up their workouts into small, manageable segments.

Try 10 minutes of brisk walking be-fore work, 10 minutes of stair-climbing or a quick run at noon, and 10 minutes of cycling in the evening, or any other schedule or activity that suits your time and preferences.

Chili-Lime Chicken Kabobs

Keep the grill going all through the fall with this quick dinner.

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil1 – ½ tablespoons red wine vinegar – 1 lime, juiced – 1 teaspoon chili powder – ½ teaspoon paprika – ½ teaspoon onion powder – ½ teaspoon garlic powder – 1 pinch cayenne pepper to taste – 1 pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste – 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces – 8 each on each skewer.

Directions: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, and lime juice. Season with chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Place the chicken in a shallow baking dish with the sauce, and stir to coat. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 1 hour.

You can also add any vegetables with the chicken to add color and flavor.

Preheat the grill for medium-high heat. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade. Lightly oil the grill grate. Grill skewers for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the chicken juices run clear.

7 Practical Methods to COMBAT Stress

Take Control Over Your Time and Schedule. Get a handle on your job, relationships, and other activities. Plan your time wisely. Leave room for unexpected events. Avoid procrastinating. Say “no” to requests that you cannot accomplish.

Work Out. Strive and get some habitual exercise such as brisk walking, swimming, or whatever appeals to you. Working out reduces stress, improves sleep, and promotes the release of natural soothing chemicals in your body.

Search Out For A Support Group. Having other people helping and supporting you will help you manage stress. Choose positive friends. Don’t hold grudges. Remember, perfectionism is not a means to happiness.

Take Breaths Deeply and Slowly. Deep breathing calms down your tense muscles and relieves stress and anxiety.

Consume Healthy Foods at the Appropriate Time. Never skip meals, especially breakfast. A nutritionally balanced diet is essential to your overall health.

Live Optimistically. Count your blessings. Learn to enjoy life’s blessings. Live one day at a time.

The Benefits of Carpet

For many years and even today, carpet remains very popular with homeowners all across the U.S. Carpet is the most practical, fashionable, and versatile choice of flooring out there, and it accounts for more than half of all flooring purchases made every year. It is still used in bedrooms, on the second level of a home, and to cover stairs. The fact is, carpet has outsold every other type of flooring for more than 60 years. Carpet offers you several advantages that other flooring options can’t compete with.

Below you will find many of the features that carpet will add to your home. Warmth –Carpet is the best choice you can make for your bedroom, family room, and other areas where you need warmth underfoot.

Insulation –Both carpet and carpet padding will provide an extra layer of much-needed insulation between the floors of your home. Depending on the density and weight of the carpet, it contributes to the R-value of your home, which adds to the energy efficiency as well.

 Safety –Carpet offers a slip-resistant surface that will prevent accidents along with a natural cushion in the event of someone falling. For young children and the elderly, this is very important.

Reduction in sound –Carpet will also reduce noise better than any other type of flooring. Carpet works to dampen noise in three ways:1. Reduces surface noise from foot traffic 2. Absorbs airborne sound 3. Blocks transmission of sound. These qualities are valuable on upper levels of a home and apartment.

Surface –Adding carpet to a room can also disguise any existing damage to the floor and hide any other problems such as warped floors. The thicker density the carpet is, the more problems it will be able to cover up. Easy to care for –The carpets of today are more stain-resistant than they have ever been in the past, which makes cleaning even the worst possible spills easier than ever. No matter type of spill it may be, there is always a way to clean it up.

Clean air –Research has proven that carpet can indeed improve the quality of air by trapping allergy-causing dust and allergens if it is properly cleaned and maintained.

Variety of use –Carpets aren’t only for floors anymore, which is a really great thing. You can easily add carpet to steps, stairs, walls, posts, and other non-level surfaces, without having to worry about it slipping, lifting, or buckling.

Flexibility –Carpet is the primary foundation in almost any room. Because it is available in a variety of different colors and textures, it helps to create an unlimited number of possibilities for decorating.

Low cost –Carpet offers an economical alternative to the other types of expensive flooring, even with professional installation. And, unlike hard surfaces, carpet is comfortable even if you decide to lay down on it.

Life span –The carpets of today are very durable and can outlast most other types of flooring available on the market if it is properly cleaned and maintained. All you have to do is select a type of carpet that has a lifespan of 5 – 30 years or more, which is very common nowadays.

Warranty –With most manufacturers, you can get great warranties with your carpet purchase. Once installed, all you have to do is enjoy it – as the warranty will ensure that you are very well protected.

AVOIDING The Payday Loan Trap

In today’s financial climate, you might find yourself short of cash towards the end of the month. A payday loan may seem like the easiest and sometimes the only answer to make ends meet. Payday loans often cost around 25% of the amount borrowed in fees, and are repayable within 30 days.

If you need a loan to cover a credit card payment or another bill, you may be able to contact your creditor and arrange a repayment program that gives you enough breathing space to avoid the payday loan.

Look for a credit union in your area. These non-profit organizations will advance funds at an extremely low rate.

Make use of a credit card cash advance, which although expensive, will allow you to spread the cost over several months and be less costly than a few months of payday fees.

Finally, only use payday loans in a genuine financial emergency. Just make sure you never use them to live above your means and don’t fall into the trap of having to take out a new loan every month to cover basic living expenses

Dealing with Pet Accidents

Whether it’s chewing, begging, or jumping, our pets’ actions are a part of their unique personalities, for better or worse. However, there is one undesirable habit that most pet owners would agree causes the most embarrassment: urine. To animals, urine is an important social tool, used as a calling card, mate attraction, or territorial warning. To us, it is odor and stain.

If you are lucky enough to catch the animal in the act, you can pour salt liberally onto the deposit while it is still wet. Use enough salt to completely cover the spot. The salt will absorb the urine. Let it dry and simply vacuum it away. But most animals are secretive about peeing on the carpet; most of the time it is dry by the time you discover it. Single, light urine deposits may be treated by applying a neutral carpet cleaning agent, gentle agitation, and a thorough rinse. Finish the job by placing a folded white towel on the area. Set a weight on it and leave overnight; the remaining moisture and residue will wick into the towel.

Once urine has reached the point that it has penetrated the carpet and the cushion, removal of the odor becomes more difficult. Most cleaning and deodorizing methods are designed to treat the carpet face fibers, not the carpet backing and cushion. If you don’t get out all of the urine, changes in humidity and temperature will result in reactivation and the odor will eventually return. Due to the chemistry of urine, old, heavy deposits are much more difficult to treat and you will need the help of a professional.

Why? Because urine undergoes a dramatic chemical change as it ages.

The water in the urine evaporates leaving behind organic compounds that become more concentrated. Bacteria begin to consume the urine, breaking down the proteins, sugars, and other organic compounds. Once the contamination has reached this point, it also becomes a potential health threat to humans. During the process of bacterial digestion, bacteria secrete ammonia and a strong, pungent odor develops. The urine turns from a mild acid to a strong alkali.

This strong alkaline deposit attacks the dyes in some carpets. Over time, the dyes can be weakened causing permanent color loss and yellowing. The adhesives used in the carpet backing can be dissolved, and the carpet can literally fall apart. Permanent damage to wood subfloors will also result from deep penetration of concentrated urine deposits, requiring additional repairs.

Acidic cleaning agents neutralize alkaline residues and make the urine deposits easier to remove during normal cleaning. One urine contamination treatment available contains an enzyme called urease which is effective at breaking down the organic components of urine. Pairing agents are specialized deodorizers that bond to odor-causing molecules and create a new odorless or pleasant-smelling molecule. Oxidizers use the power of oxygen to eliminate urine odor and help remove staining. Oxidizershave the additional benefit of killing bacteria and often help in removing the yellow stain. But care is required when using oxidizers since these cleaning agents are not compatible with all types of carpet.

The decision of which method to use will depend on several factors. The amount of contamination present, the depth of penetration, the construction of the carpet, the fiber content, the installation method, the sub-floor type, and the size of the affected area must all be considered.

Contact Hansen Steam Way today for more tips, help or to schedule your next appointment

Fresh Peach Trifle

In-season peaches and light angel food cake make this a delicious and light summer dessert.


6 large ripe peaches (peeled, pitted and sliced)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 (8 ounce) containers vanilla yogurt

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 (10 inch) prepared angel food cake


Place peaches in a large bowl, and gently toss with lemon juice.

Place 1 cup of peaches in a blender, set aside remaining slices, and blend until smooth.

Place yogurt into a bowl; stir in the peach puree and lemon zest until well blended.

Cut the angel food cake into squares and place half in the bottom of a glass dish. Spoon half of the peach slices over the cake. Cover with half of the yogurt mixture.

Place the remaining cake squares over the yogurt. Top with peaches, reserving 5 or 6 slices for garnish.

Cover with the remaining yogurt mixture. Garnish with peach slices. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Keep Your Family HEALTHIER

A United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study revealed that carpet actually helps to clean out the air in our homes and offices. The carpet acts as a filter, trapping soils, gases, and pollutants such as pet and human dander, pollen, and even air pollution. This is great news since nearly every home in America has wall to wall carpet installed in one or more areas.

Despite this study, some people still believe that carpet is bad for indoor air quality and causes health problems like allergies and asthma. The truth is that properly maintained carpets actually improve indoor air quality. The key to keeping the air in your home healthy is to have a maintenance routine for your carpet.

Periodic professional cleaning is a major part of an effective carpet and air quality maintenance routine, eliminating the contaminants that build up over time. Of course, every household has its own unique combination of factors such as environment, number of occupants, children, pets, and smoking or non-smoking, etc.

So how often should you have your carpets cleaned?

Fortunately, the EPA is there to help with some basic guidelines for a total carpet maintenance plan based on the kind of use that your carpet receives, as follow:

In a home with two people who do not smoke the EPA recommends that you have your carpets cleaned every6-12 months, more often if you have a particularly dusty outside environment or an extremely humid or cold environment.

If you smoke, the carpets should be cleaned at least every four months.

If you have kids or pets these numbers cut in half. In fact, a home with2 adults, a child, and pets should be cleaned at least every 3-6 months, but every month if you live in a very contaminated or dusty area.

Offices and restaurants, nursing homes, and daycare centers should be cleaned once a month or even more frequently.

“Wait a minute!” you may say. “It seems a little extreme to clean my carpet that often.” But think about the source of these recommendations. This is the environmental protection agency, created to help assure the health and safety of living things in a variety of environments, including outdoors and inside homes and buildings. So these recommendations are based on cleaning for health, not simply appearance.

Carpet is designed to hide soil, so it can hold a lot of dirt before it begins to look “dirty.” Unseen contaminants build up in the carpet over time to the point where they may have a negative effect on the occupants of the structure, especially those with underdeveloped, sensitive, or compromised immune systems. The key is to avoid letting the carpet get to the point where this happens.

Are we saying that if you don’t get all of your carpets cleaned according to these EPA guidelines that you and your family will get sick? Not necessarily. These guidelines are just that, a guide. There are things that you can do to reduce the frequency of professional cleaning. First, make sure that you vacuum often; the more the better. Also, be prompt about clean-ing up spots and spills. Use doormats at all entrances. Don’t wear street shoes in the house. Finally, avoid going barefoot because body oils get on the carpet and attract dirt.

Regardless of how neat and tidy you are, there comes a time when you need professional carpet cleaning. Call Hansen Steam Way to schedule your next cleaning or to help choose a cleaning program that fits your lifestyle. You and your family will breathe easier; your carpets will look better and last longer.

Activities for ACTIVE Kids

Keep kids active this summer by playing fun backyard games like balloon games, a create-your-own obstacle course, and water fun.
To set up the balloon volleyball, hang a jump rope across an area and use inflated balloons to make it easy for all age groups to join in. You could also place two jump ropes across each other to create a modified four square court to also use with balloons.
When creating an obstacle course, get creative with cardboard boxes, ropes, hula hoops, and lawn furniture.
Give everyone an opportunity to add something to the mix. Affordable pool noodles also make great obstacle course equipment.
Give it a refreshing spin by adding in sprinklers and inflatable pools. Always keep safety in mind, however.
Water balloons and water gun fights are always a classic form of summer entertainment. Save yourself some time by filling up buckets with water and placing them around the yard as quick fill-up stations for squirt guns. Follow up with some homemade popsicles.

Eating to HELP Arthritis

The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis,
psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and gout.

Arthritis, a catch-all term for numerous conditions and related diseases affect joints and connective tissues, usually involving joint pain and stiffness. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children are affected. While you should always consult your doctor, consider these foods, which help fight arthritis:

Tart cherries: With anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, tart cherries can help provide joint relief and lower the risk of flares in those with gout.

Colorful vegetables: Sweet potatoes, carrots, red or green peppers, and
squash. Peppers contain an abundant amount of vitamin C, which preserves bone and may protect cartilage.

Seafood: Salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel can help decrease inflammation and protect the heart.

Walnuts: High in ALA, a type of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid,
walnuts can also lower cholesterol, relax blood vessels, and help reduce high blood pressure.

Garlic: Use fresh garlic if you can to help fight pain, inflammation, and cartilage damage.