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Recent trends in dining table décor

Old-timey movies and sitcoms show families sitting together for dinner or breakfast. We don’t do that as much, because everyone has a TV in their bedroom and/or is glued to their videogames and smartphone screens. Plus, we consume so much take-out that home-cooked dinners are a myth. But in a recent podcast episode, Rebecca Lavoie talked about her family’s habit of eating together. She said it brought them closer. According to her, it’s such a warm bonding experience that her kids’ friends often stay over specifically for the family dinners.

They enjoy that cosy ‘communal meal’ feeling they don’t get at their own houses. Lavoie mentioned it as a ‘weekly fail’ though, a feature of the show where every host talksabout a parenting fail or triumph. Her ‘fail’ for that episode was they had inadvertently broken their family dinner tradition. They hadn’t eaten together in months, because their kitchen was being refurbished, the living room coffee table didn’t quite give them the same experience.

It’s all about the table

Lavoie says they don’t have a designated dining room – the dining table and coffee table are all in the same open plan living area. However, the very existence of a dining table shaped their feasting habits. That’s the power of a dining set – it can dictate the way you eat.So it seems if you want your household to spend mealtimes together, it goes past cooking the right food. After all, if you have a large table you enjoy sitting around, then you can still make valid memories over a box of pizza or Chinese take-out.

The secret – it turns out – is in the table, not the dish. Start by confirming how many people you’ll regularly be seating. These are daily diners, or maybe you have a weekly joint meal so you need enough room to accommodate them all. The average family table can seat six or eight diners, though if you’re a single or a couple, you could do with a three to four-seater, or a small, round table like the Vortex, with its glass/ceramic top and its gorgeous, spiralling helical base. The table gets its name from this metal ‘leg’ coiled like a little indoor tornado.

If your home is only the smaller side, assign a corner of the living room or kitchen as a dining room. You might even use the patio, balcony, or deck, though you probably need bug zapping light fixtures to pull that off. On the other hand, if you have fewer weekday diners and a bigger group on weekends, you could get an extending table like the Eminence Square. Lots of models can fold to seat three to four, then expand to accommodate extra eaters. The extension mechanism could be a manual slider, a shielded lever, or an electronic switch.

Light it right

Of course there are other aspects that influence your dining experience. Décor, for example. Chandeliers have always been a marker of elegance and class as they hang over dining sets. But modern style can give your light fixtures a quirky touch. If you’re good with your hands and enjoy crafting activities, you could make a chandelier of your own. You want it to be one of a kind, a true depiction of you, so use pieces that have meaning or express your character.

Contemporary chandeliers have been designed using oddities like spray-painted feathers, coloured bottles, or bits and bobs from the attic. There’s one made of shiny forks and spoons that refractsraysof light for some extra shine and sparkle. They glint even better in candlelight, so it’s a good excuse to turn on the romance by turning off the light switch. You can also make eccentric dining area lamp-shades out of bronze drums and junk yard brass.

Reflections of style

You know what else you can find at a junk yard? Cute chairs. They don’t have to match the table or resemble each other. That odd mix of styles, shapes, and colours can make your dining ‘set’ really stand out. You could combine a carved lawn chair, a stone pedestal, and an upholstered antique. Just be careful they’re all the right height for your table, and ensure there’s method to your madness. You want the effect of a tasteful potpourri, not a hoarder with random bits of furniture picked off the street.

Alternatively, you could opt for benches instead of high-backed chairs. Throw pillows can soften the look, and if comfort is an issue, have your benches customised with seat padding and back support panels. Finally, for the illusion of wide space and natural light, accessorise your dining space with decorative mirrors. They open up your room, making it seem larger and brighter. You can stick pieces of mirrored glass to your chairs and tables too.

The true meaning of friendly rivalry

The true meaning of friendly rivalry

Sports has often been described as a religion. As Kenyan writer Wahome Mutahi once put it, ‘When my team wins, I rise to the heavens in joy, but when we lose, I possess the very ire of the devil.’ The late writer was referring to football (soccer matches) where a lifelong rivalry between Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards would often end in riots and property damage. In recent years, the rivalry has turned friendly, with their matches locally branded Mashemeji Derby (shemeji is Swahili for in-law).

Elsewhere in the world, rivalry in tennis is far from friendly, especially the infamous one that pits Serena Williams against Maria Sharapova. While pop culture frequently cites this trope, statistics suggest it’s not quite an even match – seeing as Serena has defeated Sharapova in 18 of their 21 encounters (as at June 2018). True rivalry requires a balanced result that could go either way, and that sets relatively equal players in terms of skill, experience, and wins.

 

Cubism vs Fauvism

Sometimes, the comparison is drawn from a cultural standpoint. For example, artists Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse are often cited as friendly rivals. Being the two top art creators of their time, they regularly attended each other’s shows and visited one another’s studios even though they were in direct competition. Matisse called their rivalry a ‘boxing match’ and it continued even after he died. The artists inspired each other to better work even as their respective fans sparred over who was the bigger talent. Picasso admits it was Matisse showing him an African sculpture that put him onto cubism.

In the sporting world, rivals don’t necessarily make each other better, though they can. They will often follow one another’s careers and perform a kind of one-up-man-ship. Because of modern media, this friendly competition will play out in TV interviews and social media digs. Pundits and commentators fan the flames by constantly comparing the rivals, often in minute detail. They highlight similarities and differences that make the story juicier. Why? Rivalry sells tickets, as both sets of fans try to outdo the other side.

 

Growl for the camera

The boxing word is driven by passion and bravado. Opponents aim to intimidate each other right from the weigh-in, with shows of dominance and macho shoving – even among female fighters. So boxing rivalries rarely look friendly, regardless of the individual boxers’ feelings towards each other.  Back in the early 1900s, one such rivalry was between Jim ‘The Boilermaker’ Jeffries and Jack Johnson, the Galveston Giant. Jeffries was the world heavyweight champion, and he was white. Johnson was a star in the black boxing circuit who wanted a go at the title.

Unfortunately, many white fighters – Jeffries included – wouldn’t get in the same ring with blacks, not even to spar. Jeffries didn’t agree to fight Johnson until five years after he (Jeffries) had retired undefeated. Heavyweight champion Tommy Burns lost his title to the Giant in 1908. In 1910, Jeffries finally agreed to a bout in Reno, Nevada. He lost after 15 bloody rounds, and said “I could never have whipped Johnson at my best. I couldn’t have hit him. No, I couldn’t have reached him in 1,000 years.” Jeffries’ acceptance of Johnson’s boxing superiority could be seen as ‘friendly’ acquiescence of defeat, and recognition of skill.

 

Beauty and the beast

Race doesn’t always play apart. One popular rivalry that was far from friendly was the Muhammad Ali – Joe Frazier dichotomy. These two were opposites in every way, which made their rivalry all the more delicious – for the fans at least. Ali was known for being ‘pretty’ and he frequently called Frazier ugly, gorilla, or Uncle Tom, insults that would hold a whole different meaning if they came from across race lines. Their styles were polar as well. Ali preferred head shots and antics that entertained the crowd. He was a real performer. Frazier favoured body punches and power over speed and showboating.

They had three bouts in total. Frazier won the first, while Ali won the other two, including the Thrilla in Manilla. On their first meet, both boxers were undefeated, and it was billed as the Fight of the Century. It lasted 15 rounds. Despite their seemingly violent enmity, Frazier said Ali brought out the best in him, describing him as, “…one helluva man, God bless him. He is the greatest fighter of all times, next to me.” Meanwhile, Ali described fighting Frazier as, “… the closest I’ve ever come to dying.”

 

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Marble floor tile size options

The interior design of a house is only as good as its floor. A poor selection of your flooring installation is certain to ruin your interior design. The floor takes up a lot of space,and it’s therefore hard to miss. Interior designers recommend investing in great flooring options that will lay the foundation for your choice of interior design. Stone tiles have always been a safe selection when it comes to flooring. They offer an array of color options,and some have beautiful patterns that are a work of art. Some of the most popular stone tiles include limestone, granite, and marble tiles.

Marble is a popular flooring option in many Australian homes. It offers unique patterns that are a great addition to any living space. When combined with the perfect wall paint, the results are always breathtaking. The natural streaks on a well-polished marble tile are nature’s artwork on a stone canvass. Marble tiles can have a polished finish or a honed finish, depending on personal preference. Moreover, the tiles can be made to complement table tops and bathroom fittings. Getting the right size option for your marble tiles is equally as important as picking out the best color or the best design. Size determines the layout of the tiles and the final look.

Although marble is available in slab form, marble slabs are rarely used for flooring. The slabs require one to dig deep into their wallet and unique designs are even more expensive. The installation process is another intricate step. The slabs have to be well laid to prevent the floor from cracking. Moreover, it is practically impossible to repair marble slabs or replace them. Due to the extensive size of the marble, a professionally installed slab has a matchless look that represents a class. The installation is guaranteed to revamp the interior design of any living space.

The rule of thumb is that small rooms need large tiles. Marble is a fine choice for flooring and the tiles come in different sizes. Choosing the right size depends on which feel you want to achieve in a room. If you want a small room to look bigger, large tiles are the best selection. Unfortunately not all marble tiles have an option for large tiles. The New Alba marble tiles are a popular selection for those who need large tiles. The tiles can measure up to 812mm × 406 mm. The marble tiles are usually honed as a standard finish,but other sizes and finishes are available on demand.

Small mosaic tiles add texture to any floor space. Despite the frequent grout lines, the tiles can make the room flow well. Small tiles have the advantage of fitting easily around fixed installations like toilets, baths,and sinks. Mosaic tiles act like carpets in that they create a harmonized look. More often than not, marble tiles are sold in a standard size. However, the tiles can be designed to any size as requested by the client. Small mosaic marble tiles bring out the character of a room. The Castile Ice tiles come in a 200mm × 50mm size. This is what makes them a popular selection for bathrooms. The tiles have a depth of color with a blend of subtle greys, swirls and veins that make its beauty unique. Bigger size options the 610mm × 305mm option, are a wonderful selection for rooms other than the bathroom.

Have you ever entered a room and it looks wider than it actually is? That effect was probably as a result of the tiles installed in the room. If a room has a rectangular floor, it might feel narrow across the width. To subdue this feeling, rectangular tiles can be installed across the room. The idea is to lay the tiles plank-style across the room to create an illusion that the space is wider than it is. Such flooring options come in handy in particular room designs like a galley kitchen. Although, marble tiles come in a standard square size, rectangular options are available and they can pull off such an effect. Chincilla tiles,for example, come in a rectangular design of 610mm × 305mm.

Sometimes all a room needs is a bit of texture. Using the same colour and finish of marble tiles, you can combine square and rectangular sizes set in a random pattern to bring out the texture. The randomness of the layout is key to preserve the sense of space in the room. Marble tiles can deliver various looks in a room. The tiles have an elegant feel coupled with beautiful natural patterns.  The size of the tiles can be manipulated to design different looks in an interior space. The next time you are looking for flooring options, consider marble tiles and the infinite possibilities they can achieve.

 

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How Big Does Your Yard Need to Be Fit A Water Tank?

There are many things to consider when it comes to purchasing a water tank, key among them being “Do you have the space to fit it?” As with most external home fixtures, your yard space generally determines that tank size that you can have. While this is true to some extent, there are a number of solutions that can be used to circumvent the yard space issue. Other factors need to be considered before deciding on the size of the water tank to purchase.

 

How big does your water tank have to be?

The simple answer to this question is that your needs determine the size of the water tank that you will require. If you require a water tank to store water that will be used to irrigate your greenhouse or to fill your pool, your water tank will have to be much larger than someone who requires a tank for simple domestic use. Take the time to understand your water needs before deciding on the type, and size, of tank to purchase. If you are connected to the water mains, average your monthly usage (as provided in your water bill) to have a more accurate estimate of your water needs.

You should also focus on your average rainfall when deciding on the water tank size. If you get regular rainfall, you can opt for a smaller tank since it will be refilled more often. With a less dependable rainfall cycle, even with minimal water needs, you will need a bigger tank in order to store water for use during the drier spells.

Finally, you need to consider the yard space that you have. The most popular option when it comes to water tanks is above ground tanks. These will be placed on your property at ground level. This means that if your yard space is limited, then you might have to settle for a much smaller water tank. But your yard space shouldn’t be the only deciding factor when it comes to deciding on the size of water tank to use. There are many options that you have to choose from when deciding on your water tank placement.

 

How can you fit a larger tank with limited yard space?

 

Underground water tanks

While your yard space might be otherwise occupied, you can opt to place your water tank(s) underground. This option only works if your yard space is not occupied by permanent structures. Most (if not all) permanent structures will require some sort of foundation to be dug into the ground which will make the space unusable for an underground tank. If your yard space is taken up by furniture, a small deck and other knick-knack, then you can dig below them and place your water tank. You will need a pumping system to push the water from the underground tank and into your plumbing system but the water pump costs have significantly reduced over the past few years. Most people prefer to have an underground water tank anyway due to the pleasant aesthetics. Unlike an above ground water tank, an underground water tank stays out of sight and leaves your yard free for other purposes.

 

Roof top water tank

Another option for those with limited yard space is a roof top water tank. As the name implies, the water tank will be placed on your roof thus bypassing the issue of yard space. The main problem with this type of placement is that it is more suitable for smaller tanks that will not affect the structural integrity of your roof once they are filled. Another drawback is that most people don’t like the ‘cluttered’ look on your roof that might affect the overall property aesthetics that you were going for. An advantage of a roof top tank is that you won’t need a pumping system since gravity will handle all the heavy lifting required to push the water into your household plumbing system.

 

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Why it’s better to get help when you install a water tank

If you spend about five minutes on YouTube or WikiHow, you’ll be convinced you can do anything via DIY. They have tutorials on everything from pronouncing foreign words to replacing toilets and moulding scented candles. Those videos and how-to’s make everything look really easy. What they don’t tell you is they probably shot the video in 73 takes and that editing is magic. With good lighting, the right music, and lots of splicing, everything looks do-able. The same applies to installing underground water tanks in Sydney.

The videos and articles make it look super simple. Just dig a whole, drop your tank in, and cover it up, hey presto! The reality is a little different. So yes, while it IS possible to put your own tank in, it’s not as straightforward as it seems online. Let’s look at some of the finer points you might need help with before you start something you can’t finish. After all, incorrect installation could cost a lot of money, and time too.

Pipes and plumbing

This is the bit that really needs an expert, and web tutorials are oddly quiet about it. They’ll be quite detailed on excavation and measurements, but then they’ll put one line about ‘calling a plumber to help install your gauges.’ Your underground tank needs a significant amount of plumbing work, both on the roof and under the ground. First, you need a system of roof gutters and down pipes to guide rain water into your tank.

It should include a run-off diversion mechanism so the first rain water doesn’t go directly into the tank. These first sheetsof rain will soak up the dust and debris on the roof, so you want it sent elsewhere, then the cleaner water can get into the tank. You also need a filter at the top of the tank to keep out leaves and surface debris, and a structure that prevents ground-level run-off from splashing into the tank.

Then you need water pressure gauges so you can check the level of water in your underground tank. You need a pump to push the water up, and a rain switch so your water supply can automatically convert from mains to the underground tank, depending on usage requirements and water levels. None of that can be done using a YouTube tutorial, so be sure to call in a roof plumber and electricals specialist for that portion of your installation.

 

Site preparation

Again, online guides just say ‘dig a hole’. But if your tank capacity is anything over 5,000 litres, you need a really big hole. Sometimes, the hole will reach the rock table. Other times, the soil is sticky clay or crumbly loam, and both are difficult to work with. You need a bulldozer (and someone that knows how to operate it). You might need some drills, possibly a few sticks of dynamite once your tank exceeds the 20,000 litre mark.

And this is before you have to level out the base and smoothen the sides of your tank hole. You can do this on your own if you have experience in the construction sector, but even there, those skills are fairly specialised. The crane driver doesn’t lay or cure concrete, so if you have one of those abilities, you’ll probably need to outsource the other. If your concrete tank is being poured on-site, you’ll also need a cement mixing truck.

Before excavating your tank  site, you need permission from your neighbourhood council. They’ll tell you if there are any sewer pipes or utility lines to avoid, and if there are, you’ll need expert help doing so. If your yard has any mature trees, they may have to be extracted down to the root. Tree roots have destroyed house foundations, so image what they can do to your tank. And because it’s underground, you wouldn’t spot the damage until it’s too late.

 

Positioning

The kind of tree that can break through concrete isn’t one you can lop on your own. Call in a consultant landscaper to advise you on the best approach. The last test of your ‘DIY skill’ is putting the tank in place. Polyethylene tanks and pre-assembled concrete tanks are slightly simpler than pouring concrete on-site. Still, your underground water tank installation requires precision. The tank will be positioned by crane, and if you’re not careful, the tank can crack and break on its way into the hole. The refilling process needs care as well. You have to pack in the filler carefully, and alternate back-filling with water-filling inside the tank. On your own, it could take hours to get the balance right, while experienced installers can do it much faster, so save yourself the drama and call the experts.

 

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The Benefits Of Hiring A Professional Car Detailer

The look of your vehicle is important because it reflects its value. If your vehicle is attractive, this is a sign that you value it. In order for your automobile to remain in good condition, you should use car detailing services. Car detailing involves more than just enhancing the quality and appearance of the vehicle. It also helps to maintain a vehicle in the best possible state so that it can retain its value. Hiring a professional car detailer is beneficial in many ways.

Automotive detailing involves thoroughly cleaning both the exterior and interior parts of a vehicle. When working on the exterior parts, car detailers focus on cleaning, correcting and protecting the surface of the paint. The professionals start by washing the vehicle and drying it to eliminate dirt and grime. They then inspect the vehicle for dings and dents. If they notice a ding or dent that has not damaged the paint, the professionals will perform a paintless dent repair.

Professional automotive detailers may also choose to apply a clay bar to your vehicle. The clay bar eliminates contaminants such as metallic particles, tar and dirt from the clear coat of the paint. If they notice that your automobile has fine scratches and swirl marks, they will polish the paint thoroughly and then apply a wax sealant.

Most automobile detailers apply a polishing substance on the taillights and headlights that have signs of oxidation. Nevertheless, it is vital to seal the headlights and taillights later using a special plastic sealant. After auto detailing experts clean the exterior parts of a vehicle, they dress it with a protective layer to prevent cracks and fading.

Interior detailing involves the cleaning of seats, carpeting and most of the interior surfaces. Professional automobile detailers may choose to use the steam cleaning or shampooing method to clean your vehicle. The interiors of vehicles have different materials like carpeting, soft plastics, hard plastics, wood trims, fabrics and leather among others. Automobile detailers choose the substances and techniques to use depending on the materials used to make the interior components of a vehicle.

Professional auto detailers offer customized services. They provide a variety of detailing packages tailored to meet the needs of their clients. It is important to ask the professionals the about the kind of services they offer in order to choose a package that suits your needs. Most of these professionals offer washing and polishing of the exterior parts of a vehicle, cleaning and vacuuming the interiors, scratch and dent removal and full interior detailing among other services.

Automobile detailing professionals also have the skills and equipment required to detail vehicles properly. It is changing to detail your car yourself because you may lack the tools and skills required to perform the task appropriately. By enlisting the services of a professional detailer, you can rest assured that your vehicle will be detailed in the best way possible.

It is important to enlist the services of a reputable auto detailing expert. Ensure that you are dealing with a licensed and insured professional. This way, you can be confident that a competent person is handling your vehicle. You will not worry that your vehicle may get damaged during the detailing process.

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How long can I expect a water tank to last for?

Water tanks are a common fitting in many homes. They come in different types varying in size, design and thickness. When it comes to installation, you can either have an above-ground tank or an in-ground water tank. Most in-ground water tanks are made from concrete, but a few are buried poly tanks. In-ground tanks tend to have a larger capacity than above ground tanks. However, above ground tanks are easier to repair and install. The lifespan of water tanks varies depending on the type of the tank and also the installation process.

On average an above ground polyethylene water tank lasts around 10 to 20 years. High density crosslinked polyethylene tanks last around 40% longer than linear polyethylene tanks. This translates to around 15-20 years of service. Underground water tanks, on the other hand, have a longer lifespan when compared to above- ground tanks. Considering most of them are made from concrete, they can give you a whole lifetime of service. Buried poly tanks are the ones that are limited due to their low durability. Despite the long lifespan of water tanks, other factors determine how long a tank would last.

 

The type of water you store

More often than not, the water in our water tanks is not fresh water. Most tanks harbour water collected from roof gutters or borehole water. Acid rain is a popular occurrence and sometimes the water collected in the tanks is equally as acidic. Acid rain can leach the interior coating of a tank and leave the tank vulnerable. Acids are harsh on polyethylene tanks due to the chemical attack on plastics. Other impurities can also cause serious chemical damage to water tanks. However, the degree of damage is dependent on the construction of the tank. Some tanks are built to be resilient and hold even the harshest impurities in water. High temperatures also augment the chemical reactions in water tanks causing damage.

 

Installation

Where you install your tank determines how many years it will last. Above ground, tanks are vulnerable to damage. UV rays from the sun can damage poly tanks. The rays cause physical and chemical changes that damage the tank. However, most polyethylene tanks have UV stabilizers compounded into the resin to offer protection against harmful UV rays. Moreover, most tanks have a uniform thickness from top to bottom. This means the top of the tank gets adequate protection from direct light. Some tanks are usually installed in a shed or inside the frame of the roof. Such tanks are protected from direct sunlight and they tend to last longer.

 

Protection from physical damage

Above ground, tanks are prone to physical damage. It is recommended to install a barrier around the tank to prevent vandals from damaging it. Moreover, a perimeter fence also ensures safety around buried tanks. Vandalism causes physical damage that reduce the lifespan of a tank. With a perimeter fence around the tank can last for years. Moreover, branches from trees and poor weather can also damage your tank if it’s left exposed.

 

The climate.

Above ground, tanks are exposed to harsh weather conditions. At the event of a hail storm, your tank can sustain numerous damages. Strong winds can also topple an empty tank. Unlike underground tanks, above ground tanks undergo temperature variations. Since the tanks are mostly made from polyethylene they expand on hot days and contract on cold days. This cycle of expansion and contraction caused physical stress on the tank and this can lead to damage. Moreover, when water freezes it starts expanding as the temperatures reduce. Since the tank is simultaneously contracting, pressure builds up in the tank causing damage. Therefore, if you are in an area with weather extreme weather conditions that vary, your tank may not last for too long.

 

Piping

The piping system is often overlooked when it comes to storage tanks. Polyethylene tanks change in size due to simple outdoor temperature changes. Therefore, the use of flexible expansion joints is necessary for all sidewall connections. When a rigid pipe is used, the tank’s expansion and contraction are limited leading to stress build up and leaks. Moreover, the process piping has to be supported in a manner that will prevent stress on the tank. Unnecessary weight hanging from the water tank will cause undue stress and damage to the tank. Expansion joints protect your tank from pump vibration, the weight of process piping and expansion issues.

There are some things you can do to ensure your tank maintains a long lifespan. A routine maintenance check-up helps to fix problems before they become grave. Leaks can be sealed and any undue stress on the tank can be relieved before causing damage. Moreover, it is recommended to clean your water tank at least once a year. This prevents the build-up of any toxic materials in the tank and prevents clogging of the pipes. If you cannot keep your tank out of the sun, you can paint the outside to prevent UV damage. Moreover, buying a high-quality tank guarantees years of service. If you are keen to prevent any damage to your water tank you will definitely enjoy years of service.

 

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Box Your Way Into a Healthy Life

Over the years, boxing has been the go-to all round fitness activity for many people. It is more than a competitive sport, with more people using boxing as a way to stay fit and remain healthy. This has led to a bunch of fitness clubs around Australia introducing boxing to their members, as an alternative to traditional conditioning exercises. They have created an atmosphere that is welcoming to people of all ages to try out boxing and with spectacular results. This is because boxing requires the utmost discipline, athleticism, speed, agility, and most of all, endurance. This means that the average person could learn all these skills, without having to get into the ring and actually fight.

To understand why boxing is quickly becoming Australia’s go-to fitness activity, here are the various health benefits associated with the sport:

 

You get your cardio in

The importance of getting cardio exercises has long been a focus of most health practitioners. It not only helps you get leaner by burning calories and helping you lose weight, but also helps protect you from certain lifestyle based heart diseases. Boxing provides an exciting alternative to spending your entire workout session on a treadmill logging in the hours.

The way this works is that during training, you are required to work with a punching bag, where you kick and punch it more hundreds of times. This requires that utmost focus, with your upper and lower body areas coming into play vigorously. Your core is also engaged at this point. These help your keep your heartrate up and stay healthy.

 

Increased strength

The normal boxing training requires that your strength be up there with the very best. This is simply on the premise that a normal punching bag weighs upwards of 35 Kilograms. Couple that with the fact that you are in gloves which you will have to use additional strength to ensure proper contact with the bag. Some of the boxing classes, depending on age and body size, will require that you undertake certain body strengthening exercises, such as squats, planks, planks, weightlifting, and weighted ball exercises. When you consider the cardio benefits of a proper bag session, then it is possible to see how your overall body strength will be increased. Your body over time begins making physiological changes to match the basic requirements to boxing and the strength demands of the actual sport.

 

Balanced mental health

It has been proven scientifically that physical activity helps in dealing with stress. In fact, people who suffer from depression and acute stress are encouraged to pick up one physical activity or another, to help with their condition. This is because exercise increases the levels of endorphins in the blood, increasing happiness and reducing stress. Exercise also acts as meditation especially during the cool down periods and even helps in improving your sleep cycle.

Boxing works in the sense that you are always see-sawing between high intensity workouts and recovery periods that are moderate to low exercise. During this cycle, you can feel the tension leave your body as you focus greatly on keeping rhythm and you spend less time worrying about the things in your life that are not going according to plan. During the low cycles, you are more focussed on catching your breath and getting ready for the next high intensity cycle. Another reason why boxing works is that the bag becomes your outlet for frustration, where you can literally visualise punching the daylights out of whatever is stressing you at the time.

 

Improved coordination

Boxing is increasingly beneficial to your hand-eye coordination, which is essential for both your fine and gross motor skills. You develop quicker reflexes, reaction times, and overall coordination. This aspect of boxing is particularly beneficial for middle-aged people and older since their motor skills become compromised with age. With boxing, when you are working with a speed bag, or when you are paired with a vigorous sparring partner, you are required to be at your best to be successful. This means you have to pay more attention to see the target, react and get your punch in on time. With enough practice, it is possible to make this hit.

 

Toning and body sculpting

With cardio, strength training and various other benefits to your body, you are guaranteed of a well-toned physique. When you are participating in a proper boxing program, your level of physical activity alone is enough, but it has the added advantage of getting you on a proper nutritional plan. Your shape will greatly improve with the weight loss and dietary improvements. With all the added benefits, boxing is one of the best ways to get your summer body. The results on your weighing scale, and the confidence that comes with it is worth all the work you will be doing in the gym.

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