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Devany Dentistry

If you recently had an emergency dental procedure done, your dentist has probably advised that you take a bit of a rest for the next few days depending on the severity of the procedure you needed. Because of the fact that you might be dealing with a little pain or discomfort, it is not advised to do anything strenuous such as working out of cleaning the house. Instead, you should focus on other activities that will take your mind off of any discomfort but also not slow your recovery down. Here are a few ways you can fight boredom when you are stuck at home after sedation dentistry.

  • Get immersed in a good book- In this day and age people rarely have the time to read for pleasure, so while you are stuck at home healing, it is a great time to dive into a book you have been trying to finish or even starting a new one that has been on your list. Find a comfortable spot like your bed or a big couch and curl up with a book. This will help take your mind off any boredom.
  • Binge watch a show- Have your friends ever suggested a show to you that they say you would like but you just have not had time to watch it? Now is a perfect time to browse your preferred streaming app such as Netflix or Hulu to find a show to watch. You can watch a bunch of episodes in a row without any guilt because you are supposed to be relaxing to help speed up your healing process.
  • Do a puzzle- Puzzles are a relaxing way to fight boredom and keep your mind engaged. Depending on how difficult the puzzle is, you might be surprised to find that it can take up a few hours of your day. Time will pass quickly and you will have fought off boredom.
  • Invite a friend over- If you are in the latter part of your healing process and want to be around people, invite one of your friends over to chat and hang out. Sometimes when you are home alone healing after getting dental implants, you can go a little stir crazy without any conversations. Use this time to catch up with a friend. An added bonus is that it won’t cost any money like a normal meal out with a friend might.
  • Call a relative you have not talked to in a while- If you are not quite ready for physical company but still want to have a conversation, try calling a relative you have not talked to in a while. It will bring them joy to hear from you and it will also strengthen the bond you have with them. Both of these are fantastic bonuses to doing this while you heal.

Healing from dental work does not have to be boring. In fact, there are a lot of things you can do to help you have fun while you recover.

boot camp classes
So, you registered for boot camp classes and now you are little unsure about what to expect. Don’t worry, that’s normal. In fact, many people aren’t entirely sure what takes place during a boot camp class, especially if they have not real knowledge of the military drills that inspire this style of fitness. For many, boot camp conjures an image of being out in a field and fatigues with a drill sergeant yelling in their face. In reality, however, boot camp classes are far more fun and inclusive than this. Yes, they are made to push your limits and feel a bit of pressure, much like the military boot camps that inspire them, but the goal is to provide a full body workout that keeps your muscles in a state of muscle confusion (which is good for overall toning) and keeps you coming back for more.
Here are a few of the basic-training style exercises you can expect in boot camps Colorado Springs:
  • Jump rope: An excellent for of cardio, jumping rope is a great way to get your heart rate up at the beginning of a workout. In many classes, this might be a warm up activity or even something peppered in throughout the entire class to keep participants heart rates up throughout.
  • Jumping jacks: This classic military move is another great cardio activity that can be done both as a warm-up and as an activity between other exercises. There is no denying that jumping jacks feel particularly appropriate for a military style boot camp class, and quite honestly, they are a largely underrated form of cardio. They are easy to do, require no materials or equipment and can provide quite a bit of fitness benefits.
  • Sit ups: The ultimate ab sculptor, sit ups are often thought to be a bit more difficult than its cousin, the crunch. While crunches may also be included in the workout, they focus more heavily on the upper abs, whereas the full range of motion required in a sit up engages the lower abs and the back as well.
  • Sprints: Often used in high intensity interval training, or HIIT, sprints are good for both heart health and overall toning. While the quick stops can be a non-starter for those with knee problems, many have found that sprints are a great way to increase endurance and amp up calorie burn during a workout.
  • Push-ups: Another somewhat stereotypical military drill, push-ups are used because they are so effective. They not only provide core strengthening, but also tone shoulders, arms and back.
  • Planks: Planks are the ultimate total body workout because a plank engages every part of the body from back to core to arms to quads and glutes. With a few modifications such as transitioning to side planks or mountain climbers, the plank is a near-perfect workout.

If this all sounds good to you, you should be prepared to take your first group fitness classes with a boot camp style. Now that you know a bit about what to expect, you can go to class with confidence and motivation.

Blinds N Shades

Living rooms are a special place because they are generally part of the home where lots of gathering takes place. Perhaps it’s a birthday or a holiday get together or a baby shower or a graduation party or simply a relaxing Sunday with the family. Whatever the event is, it is important for a living or family room to feel inviting and comfortable. An important part of the look and feel of the room is lighting. Lighting can provide numerous different moods. For example, bright, sunny lighting may feel energetic, happy and lively, dim lighting may feel moody, relaxing and quiet and warm lighting may feel romantic or cozy. The type of lighting in a room is a big part of the overall decor. One of the best ways to take control of the lighting in your living or family room is by making sure that all windows in the living room or family room are equipped with the appropriate blinds.

Knowing the appropriate blinds means that you have complete control over the way they let in or block out light. The right blinds will allow you to truly customize your lighting and set the tone of the room exactly the way you want it. Here are a few ways to choose the right shades for your living or family room:

  • Take stock of your furniture. Is it modern? Vintage? Eclectic? Colorful? All of these different moods will help you figure out exactly what kind of lighting is appropriate for the space. If you have lots of bold prints and interesting shapes, more streamlined or simple blinds may be best so as not to take away from the other pieces. Conversely, if you have simple, streamlined furniture, you could probably add shades with a bit more visual interest and texture.
  • Think of the plants- If your space is home to lots of plants, it is important that you factor in what kind of light they will need to grow and thrive. While some plants do well in low light, many need more sunlight to grow to their full potential. If this is the case, make sure to find a style from Blinds N Shades that will allow for the right amount of light.
  • Wallpaper and wall color can be enhanced by proper lighting. The color of your walls is important to note when picking shades for a living room. For example, bright colors and prints look great in bright light while deeper tones and textures benefit from moodier lighting. Take a look at the color story of a room to help you decide what kind of lighting would make it look its best.
  • Pay attention to electronics. If you keep a television in your family room, it is important to get the right window coverings so that you do not have to deal with glare that makes it impossible to see the screen. This can be avoided by getting blinds that block out all light, or, if you have your heart set on a different style, position your television so that the light does not directly hit it.

By using some of these tips, you can create a living room where the lighting becomes part of the decor.

vape pens

Vaping is a trend that is growing rapidly in popularity with more and more people jumping on the bandwagon and deciding that it might be a good lifestyle choice for them. Curious what exactly vaping is? Vaping is when you inhale and exhale the vapors from a vape pen, which is actually truly an aerosol. This aerosol, unlike a traditional cigarette, does not create tobacco smoke, so vaping is generally accepted to be a better alternative than smoking.

So why do people decide to start vaping? There are a few reasons that always seem to be cited when people are asked. They are as follows:

  • Vaping is better for me than smoking- Studies show that traditional cigarettes contain about 5000 different chemicals where as the liquid in vape tanks has only about five. While there are still issues with vaping, it is arguably a much cleaner substance to inhale when compared with traditional tobacco cigarettes.
  • I am trying to quit smoking or lower my dependence on cigarettes- A lot of people come to find vaping after they decide that they no longer want to smoke traditional cigarettes. Many find it difficult to quit smoking cold turkey, so vaping is a good way to still get the benefits they felt they were getting from smoking but without many of the added negative side effects.
  • I have a lot of anxiety and stress- Many people have found that vaping can help manage the symptoms of anxiety and will often use a vaporizer pen with the goal of calming down and being able to better cope with stressful situations.
  • Vaping is cheaper than smoking traditional cigarettes- Purchasing potentially multiple packs of cigarettes a week can get expensive quickly while buying a vaporizer will save money in the long run. How is that the case? It is because a vaporizer can be recharged over and over again and the liquid you buy to use with the atomizer generally takes longer to get through. Because you can recharge the vape pen, you are saving money. When added up, vaping can save someone a few thousand dollars a year when compared to how much is spent to smoke traditional cigarettes.
  • Vaping helps with my oral fixation- Some people start smoking because they like to  be doing things with their mouths as often as possible. Smoking traditional cigarettes, however, is bad for your health and that is where vaping comes into play. Those with an oral fixation can vape instead of smoke traditional cigarettes and it will allow them to alleviate the oral fixation while also protecting themselves from the harmful features of traditional cigarettes.

As vaping continues to grow in popularity, so too will the list of reasons for why people decide to start adding vaping into their lifestyle. So far it has been a helpful way for smokers to transition away from traditional cigarettes and to find alternatives to the habits that have controlled them. Vaping continues to be a better choice for health reasons than traditional smoking and is doing a lot of good in the ways it is helping people reduce their dependence on tobacco cigarettes.

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