Cardio Chronicles: Why Strength Just Isn’t Enough

Cardio Chronicles: Why Strength Just Isn’t Enough

In recent years, there has been a big shift away from cardio and towards strength training. Sure, there is a new niche for long-distance running and other cardio-related activities, but these athletes usually forego strength training altogether. In a world where bodybuilding and strength-related training such as powerlifting and strongman dominate the fitness landscape, is there room for cardio?

Strength Training in the Limelight


Social media websites have made strength training a mainstay of the fitness world. People of all demographics and backgrounds have found a newly-kindled fire that is fueled by Instagram and other visual apps where people are sharing photos and videos of their physiques and accomplishments in the gym.

Although there may be a pinch of vanity in all this, the fact that people are finding the drive to engage in strength training is a positive thing. However, in the pursuit of a better, more muscular physique, cardiovascular activity has been left by the wayside by many. 

Empirical Evidence


The best place to start is with our experiences and observations. Bodybuilding competitions have been around for decades. The sport of bodybuilding has evolved from the pursuit of aesthetic and athletic physiques to packing on as much muscle mass as possible.

Bodybuilders from the so-called golden era of the sport, namely the 70s and 80s, included cardio in their workouts several days a week. As a result, not only could they train for hours but also get through an entire competition with ease.

Today, we see bodybuilders running out of breath mid-competition just from hitting a couple of poses. This happens as a result of the compounds they use in order to achieve their physiques combined with the lack of cardio when compared to their golden-era counterparts.

You might ask: isn’t that an extreme example to use in proving the necessity of cardio? After all, a strength training workout involving weights, when programmed correctly, can provide our heart with the activity it needs in order to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. So, why do cardio at all?

While the effects of different types of training on our health have surprisingly eluded scientists for years, new findings are beginning to shine a light on how our bodies react to cardio and strength training. Hypotheses that were the products of gym-bro discussions are now being proven or rejected by scientific data.

A 2018 study on the differences between cardio and strength training presented an important distinction. Their research showed that participants that performed cardiovascular training on an exercise bike produced three times the amount of FGF21 than their weight-training counterparts.

Fibroblast growth factor, or FGF21, is a hormone that positively affects metabolism. FGF21 also seems to play a role in cell growth and tissue repair, both of which are instrumental in muscular development and strength gains.

Synergy of Cardio & Strength


The aforementioned study seems to connect cardio to strength training via the FGF21 link. Achieving a higher metabolism means that you can burn more calories at rest. Strength gains and muscle growth require the consumption of adequate protein from your diet. On the other hand, achieving an aesthetic physique requires that you burn excess calories so that you can get to a desirable body fat percentage. This means that by doing cardio, you can boost your metabolism more than by strength training alone.

Another benefit of cardio on your strength regimen is that it can reduce the effects of delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Besides hydrating and getting enough sleep, cardio will mitigate the effects of a hard workout with weights. The boost in circulation from a light cardio session will help deal with the lactic acid build-up and inflammation that results from an intense strength training session. 

Finding a Balance

The research is overwhelmingly supportive of strength training for people of all ages. Besides an increase in muscular strength, the benefits of such a regimen include stronger joints, lower risk of diseases such as diabetes, higher self-esteem and lower occurrences of mental issues. The physical and psychological benefits of a program centered on strength training can only be magnified by incorporating some cardio into your fitness regimen.

As with anything in life, your fitness goals are achieved through a balanced approach. Find the right amount of cardio to support your strength training pursuits. If you find equilibrium between cardio and strength training, you will watch your health, strength, muscle mass and endurance gains increase hand-in-hand.

Partner Workouts: A Fast Track to Heart Health

Partner Workouts: A Fast Track to Heart Health

If you’re looking to improve your heart health, working out with a partner may be one of the easiest ways to do it. It requires little to no change to your workout routine, yet offers tons of heart healthy benefits. Accomplish your health goals while spending quality time with someone who motivates you to be your best self!

Increases Motivation

When you work out by yourself, it’s easy to let yourself off the hook when you don’t want to do it. But when you have a workout partner, there’s someone else counting on you to show up and give it your all. Plus, it’s much more difficult to skip a workout when you know someone is waiting for you.

It can also motivate you to work out harder or longer. Even if you’re not a competitive person, knowing that your partner is working harder than you or plans to work out for a few more minutes can motivate you to push a little harder.

Increases Heart Function
Oyxtocin is known as the “cuddle” or “love” hormone because it is released when we feel a strong connection with others. For example, many women have claimed that they don’t remember the pain associated with child birth because of that “feel good” hormone. It is also that heightened feeling of bliss associated with sex.

Oxytocin can affect your blood pressure and heart rate, improving both. These changes lead to better heart function, making the heart more efficient and less susceptible to heart problems. The effects of working out with a partner, double that impact.

More Fun

At first glance, fun might not seem to be a heart health benefit. But it is, in more ways than one.

First, if you’re having fun, you’ll naturally exercise longer without realizing it. The longer you exercise, the more efficient your heart will be at regulating its pace. 

Second, if you’re having fun, you’re also laughing. Laughter decreases stress hormones (as does exercise), increases good cholesterol, and makes artery inflammation better. 

Safety in Numbers
Depending on your specific heart health concerns, working out with someone else can give you a sense of safety. If you’ve had a heart attack or are at risk for having one, it can be reassuring to know someone is there to call 911 or operate an AED in the case of an emergency.

Trying New Things
It’s easy to fall into a routine with exercise. The problem is that our body stops responding to routine when it isn’t being challenged. When that occurs, the benefits of that exercise decline over time. By working out with a partner, you’re less likely to get stuck in a routine.

A partner can encourage you to shake things up and try something new. Doing new and different workouts will challenge your body’s muscles to draw oxygen from circulating blood. This removes some of the stress from your heart so that it doesn’t have to pump as much blood to reach those muscles.

Reduces Stress
We all know that both exercise and spending time with friends can reduce stress. But sometimes we can cause ourselves stress by trying to figure out how to fit in both. Working out with a friend accomplishes both activities. You’ll get all the heart health benefits of working out, plus all the heart health benefits of spending time with a friend.

TIP: You can work out with the same friend each time or different friends now and then, so you get to maximize the quality time you spend with friends.  As a bonus, you’ll have the benefit of working out with different levels of competition, further improving your heart health.

Working out with a partner has many advantages. Whether you work out with your significant other, a good friend, or a buddy you meet at the gym, give it a try. Your heart, and the rest of your body, will thank you. 

Top Reasons Why You Must Invest In A Smart Thermostat

Top Reasons Why You Must Invest In A Smart Thermostat

When we think of thermostats, we think of modern homes and the pursuit of efficiency but the idea of a thermostat has been around for centuries. Ancient Greeks invented central heating and the ancient Egyptians created the first primitive air conditioning unit. Of course, thermostats have evolved significantly since those first attempts but what’s clear is how important temperature control has always been for us to live more comfortably, especially when we are at home. 

So if ancient Greeks and Egyptians were looking for more comfort back when things weren’t as easy, shouldn’t we have it easier these days with so much advancement in technology? Enter the smart thermostat. While the mechanical thermostat has served us for many years, the smart thermostat is proving to be far more beneficial for homeowners. A smart thermostat will reduce your energy bill significantly. It will regulate your home’s temperature and create heating zones where you need them such as in your living room. 

A smart thermostat will let you create an automatic heating schedule and it is an ideal choice if you enjoy a specific temperature in your home. This technology will adapt to the changes in the weather and keep a constant sense of coziness, so you can always feel at ease the minute you enter your home. Once you install a smart thermostat, the technology is easy to use from home or with your cell phone or tablet. For more information about the smart thermostat, here’s an infographic depicting the fascinating history of this often-undervalued gadget.


Crucial Rules Regarding Film and Television Set Etiquette

If you’re a professional within the film industry, whether in Hollywood or beyond, chances are good you have spent quite a lot of time on hectic film sets. Moving from the sometimes years’ long slog of pre-production to the speed and intensity of active production can be confusing and overwhelming for many, not matter how experienced or professional they are. 

Luckily, no matter how seemingly chaotic and kinetic the set may seem, there are some simple and straightforward rules you can look to follow in order to make sure that you are behaving professionally, respectfully and productively. 

To help with your way around, whether this upcoming production is your first or 100th, here are some crucial and unwritten rules of etiquette for any film to television set. 

Walk don’t run, whisper don’t shout 

There is essentially no instance in which you should be running on a movie set. No matter what needs to be done, what your responsibility is and how much pressure you are under, the fastest you should be moving at one set is at a brisk walk. Make sure you are in control. The reason? People running on a film or television set are likely to generate a certain amount of discomfort amongst the people who are around them. 

Remember that while your job is surely crucial to the film, the main focus should always be on what is going on directly in front and directly behind the camera. Drawing attention to yourself by running from place to place is not something you want to do. 


Beyond that, with countless heavy and expensive machines and devices on many sets, running can put yourself, others and the expensive devices on set at risk. 

When it comes to the volume of your voice, you would be wise to always consider the camera to be rolling, even if you know for a fact that it is not. You have no idea who needs to focus at any time on a film set and it is wise to actively try not to disturb anyone while you go about doing your daily work. 

Understand who you should communicate with and who is in charge of you

Over the past 100+ years, the film set has been designed and refined to make sure that scene transitions and issues that arise during production can be processed and solved as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Whether it’s a massive scene with hundreds of extras, a stunt that can only be done once, or an emotional scene that requires top-tier acting, you have to know exactly what is expected of you so that you can serve as the most productive cog in the fast-moving wheel. When it comes to working efficiently, one of the best things producers and directors can do to make sure everything is ship shape is plan for everything and anything. Ideally, all factors can be considered alongside one another. One of the best ways to do that is through Setwerks, a brilliant program that allows producers to schedule and manage everything and anything involved with a successful film set. 

On top of this, it is always important for you to know who you report to. Knowing who you report to and what they need of you is the best way to ensure that you are doing your part to keep the film set working. Failure to follow these important hierarchies can lead to miscommunications and can get in the way of the smooth and upbeat film set. 

Listen to the director 

This shouldn’t be too difficult of a concept to grasp, but you would be shocked by how many professional film sets have that one person who thinks it is their responsibility to tell others what to do. NEVER be that person. 

Remember, that even though you may have bosses on set other than the director themselves, the director is the singular person responsible for setting the tone of the set. If they say something, you listen. 

Beyond listening, you need to respect the wishes of those superior to you on set even if it may go against what you think is right. Likely, you are not being paid to offer your opinions on how a set should run. Because of that, even if you disagree with something your boss – or their boss – says, you should respect their wishes and do the tasks that are expected of you. 

Hands off! 

Unless you are on set to be working on any of the expensive and delicate machinery that is being used there, remember to keep your hands off and keep your distance at all times. Some devices that are regularly on film sets can cost tens of thousands of dollars, or more! It simply does not matter if something is in the way or you need to get somewhere fast, touching the equipment of other departments on set is not only ill-informed, it is downright taboo. 

That being said, if you are in dire need of moving something, always make a point to ask either permission, or for someone in that department to do it for you. Ultimately, everyone on a film or television set is there for the same reason and all share a unified goal. Making sure that you go through the correct avenues when you need something or need something moved is the best way to make sure that you are keeping both yourself, and the others around you, safe. 

When the camera is rolling, don’t move 

The steps that lead up to the camera finally rolling follow a clear structure in almost every film and television set. To start off, the director will announce which camera shot they want to film. The next step is to rehearse. After that, shooting finally occurs until the director is satisfied with what has been shot. If you want to make life as easy for yourself and those around you during this process, make sure to stand still and out of the way. Of course, this rule changes if you are directly responsible for working while the camera is rolling or are asked to do something in between takes. If you are not, however, it is always a good bet to stay as out of sight and out of mind as possible. 

After all, there have been some pretty infamous moments on film sets when someone decides to move and distract in between takes. 

Don’t make corrections right before rolling 

This is sort of an extension of the previous rule, but it should be emphasized on its own because it is just so important. The rehearsal period is taking place and you realize that some kind of correction needs to be made. So, when is the time to go in and make the necessary changes? Certainly not right before the camera begins to roll! As rehearsal begins to wind down, the actors, director, and other individuals tasked with working while the camera is rolling are working to get into the right focused headspace in order to perform at their best. The last thing any of them need is a long break right before the first take. 

Keep in mind, the sooner you notice that something needs to be changed or fixed the better. Nothing is more annoying on a film set than when the director is satisfied with a take, but something has gone wrong that is under your responsibility that forces another take to be done. If you spot something, announce it immediately and get it taken care of as quickly as possible in order to avoid becoming a nuisance to any of the performers or creative individuals on set.

Behave as you would off set

Just because a film set is a less-than traditional work environment does not mean that any of the rules of manners and social etiquette do not apply there. Every single job on a film set requires a high degree of responsibility and pressure. They are also all essential for the film to run as smoothly as possible. All that to say, whether you are near the bottom of the totem pole on a film set, or reporting directly to the producers of the project, treat everyone around you with the same level of respect that you would want them to treat you. No one likes to be yelled at, and while sometimes harsh words must be said in any work environment, it is always best to keep it as positive as possible. 

Finally, remember to enjoy the experience. There are thousands of people who dream of working on a film set. And you’re lucky enough to do it! Whenever you are feeling down, or wondering why you put yourself through all the hardships to begin with, remember what the ultimate goal is and what you are passionate about. While you may not be the famous actors or director on set, you are just as important when it comes to getting the work done from day to day.

Your Guide To Aromatherapy Pens

The world had developed many things over the years, and now as the different ideas are conceptualized there are many trends also, especially those that may be beneficial and fascinating in nature. This guide will help you understand what Aromatherapy Pens are and how can it affect your life. 

The Forms Of Aromatherapy

There are many alternatives in medicine that has been in trend for how many years. Aromatherapy is one of the examples of traditional medicine that has been practiced now by many people. It is an essential oil therapy that is also known as alternative or complementary therapies that use essential oils. These oils came from aromatic plants that have different benefits in the body. As many people are interested in this kind of healing, there are also many possible ways to enjoy aromatherapy. The essential oils can be used in a massage under the topical applications and the other one is inhalation. Read more about it on this website: https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-aromatherapy.

You might have an idea that oils are essentially used in massaging a person. It is one way of giving them relaxation with the said material. During the process of massage, it is used to ease the tension in the body as well as applying pressure to it. Although in a typical and simple process there are no essential oils involve. It is still practiced by people who prefer to use it. For them, it is one way of adding some cooling sensation and feel the ease in their bodies. Topical applications also used in bath and skincare products, but many people recognized it in the oils used in massage.

The other type of aromatherapy is through inhalation, in which the oil used is put in a diffuser container to release air and that evaporated air is a product of the oil. The different ways would be using a spray or oil droplets, and for the most trend nowadays is personal diffuser. It is breathed in and believed to have healing properties that can enhance and reduce the uncomfortable feeling in your respiratory part and other parts of your body.

Personal Diffuser – And What You Need To Know About It

As I mentioned earlier there is an inhalant form of aromatherapy which is also known as a personal diffuser. The trend circulating nowadays is using aromatherapy pens that can be substituted for real cigarettes but there is another reason for it. For those people who don’t have an idea about it, the structure of the aromatherapy pens is a look-alike of a normal cigarette. But it is smaller and it is also called e-cigarettes because of its different purpose. 

For one, there are no such things as nicotine or tobacco in the pens, even artificial flavors or chemicals that may harm you is not added. It is purely beneficial and as what many users acclaimed, the result of using this product has been characterized as wondrous and experimenting – check this out.

Although there is no scientific data that could pinpoint a specific illness that it can cure. The testimonies of hundreds of people contradict the idea of it. Using this personal diffuser as a substitute or even a source of vitamins and relaxation has produced results that change their life. But let’s go back to the main question, maybe your confused about whether it really does work? Can anyone use it? 

Well according to reviews and feedbacks there are still a restriction towards who can use it. Of course, you can’t let your child at a young age use a product that is not familiar with them. Besides people who tend to use these products are the kind of people who deal with stress and problems. They claim that using an aromatherapy pen lessens their stress level, fatigue, and other health problems.

The components of an e-cigarette or pens are mainly a mix of essential oils, glycerin, and water. It is heated inside when a person inhales at the end of the pen, in that way it warms the mixture and turns to vapor. See that’s just easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy right! You don’t have to worry about how to use it or how you could make it work it is simple as that. Plus the ingredients used in aromatherapy pens are not as harmful as using a cigarette with chemicals that you’re not even familiar with. In this way, you can save yourself from trouble and results that are not very admiring.

The Benefits of Aromatherapy Pens

Now that you already have an idea of what it is and how it works, it’s time to get to know the additional benefits of it can enlighten you more of its effect in your body. Some may differ in your own experience but these are common opinions that are shared by people who diligently used this product. But a quick reminder before we start is that the product that you might purchase is not the type that can really do wonders. There is still left in the online market which has the chemicals in their product that is not good for you. So it is better to check the ingredients and the heating temperature for you to know what kind of product you own.

Then after those reminders, let’s start with the benefits of the essential oil that is used. These have been proven by many people that it can reduce stress, fatigue, and insomnia – a few examples of disturbances that bother people the most. Scientifically speaking the way it can stimulate the brain as you inhaled it is that it can also affect the other parts of your body. Such as control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, some say it enhanced their memory and others have balanced hormone. With those benefits in mind, you will be encouraged to try this product because there are witnesses that can assure you of its effectiveness. Companies like Be MOXE are sure to help you out.  

But what about the aromatherapy pen itself, it is beneficial and accessible for you.  If you are a person who worries a lot and tends to have moments that need an alternative cure then it is highly recommended. Prior to its pleasant smell that can eventually change your mood because let’s be real, who doesn’t want to smell something nice right? It can definitely change your feeling. But don’t forget that the respiratory disinfection and decongestant is a major plus for it also. After all, this product is quite handy and worth the price.

3 Healthy Island Smoothies

3 Healthy Island Smoothies

A healthy smoothie makes for a great snack or dessert. You can combine your choice of ingredients into a meal that is portable and delicious.

If you are looking to make a tropical smoothie, you will want to incorporate exotic flavors. Here are some recipes for healthy island smoothies that will provide you with a tropical taste you’ll love.

Island Dream Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  •  1-2 tbsp. raw virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. organic spirulina powder
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 packet natural Stevia
  • Handful or ice cubes

Directions: Blend and serve.

Coconut Acai Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1 frozen packet of acai pulp
  •  2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 packet Stevia powder
  • Optional: Dash of vanilla or coconut flavoring

Directions: Blend and serve.

Coconut Almond Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp raw almond butter
  • 1 tbsp raw virgin coconut oil
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • Optional: 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder
  • Handful of ice cubes

Directions: Blend and serve.

One thing these recipes have in common is that they all use coconut oil. Not only will coconut oil give your healthy island smoothies and great tropical flavor, but it is also beneficial to health.

Coconut oil is considered to be a superfood due to its high content of fatty acids that have a positive effect on health. Here are some of the benefits it can provide:

  • Support burning fat 
  • Satiates cravings
  • Helps raise good HDL cholesterol
  • Protects healthy-looking skin, hair and teeth

If you are interested in adding more coconut oil to your diet, you want to buy it from a reliable source. That way you can feel confident that the oil you’re using is pure and chemical free.

NOW Foods is recommended as a great source for coconut oil as well as other types of natural foods and supplements.

NOW Foods got its start back in the 1940s when the natural food and supplement industry was just beginning to evolve. Since then, it has grown with the industry to provide the very finest in health products targeted to boost wellbeing. The coconut oil the company sells is chemical and solvent free and designed to provide optimal health benefits to consumers.

Healthy island smoothies can provide a relaxing siesta during your busy day. Coconut oil is the secret ingredient when it comes to adding an exotic flavor and a healthy kick. How will you be using this superfood to improve your quality of life?

3 Perks of Using Corporate Event Planners

3 Perks of Using Corporate Event Planners

It is true you can pull off a great event. However, the only problem is that you may not possess the right skills and what it really takes to manage that. You see, it involves a lot. For your event to be full of flair, you need to have a booking agency to take care of the most crucial parts of your event. 

Aspects of entertainment are usually very critical when it comes to event planning. This is because not all entertainers can make your event a hit. For it to be memorable enough, you need to have the best artist, corporate speakers, comedians, and other talented guys. But do you know why you must hire a corporate event planner? Hire the perks associated with that. 

Timely Planning

You can decide to plan an event by yourself. However, due to tight job or office schedules, you may not be able to achieve a lot. If you hire a corporate event organizer, they will create a successful event in a timely way. You see, it is their job to plan events. This means no other commitments that may arise and destruct them from achieving their goals. Even when things take an unfortunate quick turn, the event planners have special skills on how to go about it. 

You Can Save a Lot

You might have heard that event organizer is damn expensive. That is not true. You see, when you do it yourself, chances of getting better venue charges and discount on certain packages are minimal. 

But an event planner has the skills to negotiate for better charges because they already have a network of professionals and people have partnered with to achieve their goals. That way, you will have saved a lot. This could have been different from having done it all by yourself. You could end up using more cash than it had been allocated. 

Marketing Services

One of the crucial perks of using corporate event planners is that they offer marketing services for your upcoming event. So, if you intend to launch new branches on that occasion, you will probably need to have the message received by as many as possible. 

Also, you would want to market your event so that many people will be aware of the new outlets where they can do their shopping. Therefore, instead of doing it yourself, consider seeking the services of event planners. They will offer marketing services for your event. This is an offer to leverage. 

Bottom line

You have to be certain the event you want to organize is going to be successful. One of the ways to achieve success is to hire an expert to handle all the relevant aspects s you pursue your daily endeavors. Do not be swayed away by those that say event organizers are expensive to hire. 

They can even help you save a lot on your event. Also, since they have a wide network of the guys they work with, they will negotiate for reasonable prices, and your event will be successful.

Getting Your SweatZone Glow On

Getting Your SweatZone Glow On

If you aren’t a big fan of sweating, you’re in good company. After all, it causes your skin to become clammy, and you might not feel very fresh.  It even smells at times, but it also makes you feel like you have accomplished something big.

You might be surprised to find out that sweating is actually a good thing. It can help your body rid itself of excess chemicals, including heavy metals, chemicals and bacteria. Sweat also can help wounds, scrapes and burns heal faster. Sweating also helps release endorphins, which can improve your mood. It’s also natural; sweating is nature’s way of cooling your body. 

But sweating earns the highest marks when it comes to physical fitness. In fact, it’s critical to a good workout. It can make you work harder, recover faster, and lose more weight.

Let’s take those one by one.

Getting A Harder Workout: Sweat helps your body maintain a healthy temperature. Because it keeps your core temperature from getting too high, you can work harder. A prevalent study of cyclists found that the hotter they were, the faster they cycled.

Healthier Recovery: Because sweating increases blood flow to your muscles, it can reduce the time it takes to recover from muscle strains. 

More Weight Loss: That’s what we all show up to the gym for, right? Whether sweating more actually makes you burn more calories is a hotly debated subject, but you can’t ignore the statistics. Typically, for every pint you sweat, you will lose one pound of body weight. According to a recent story in a running magazine, you will lose about 17 ounces during an hour run.

Long story short: The sooner you sweat, the sooner you reap the benefits. That’s why we created SweatZone, a topical gel that enhances your workout by insulating the sweat near your skin and creating a sauna effect. In other words, it helps you sweat more while you work out.

Here’s how it works: you apply the gel to your skin before any type of exercise. This helps insulate the sweat you produce in those areas, which allows your body to sweat even more. It’s great for everyone who want to work out and maximize their time. It’s great for every type of activity: running, walking, cycling, CrossFit and weightlifting. 

Although the product has been on the market for less than a year, it’s getting rave reviews. One recent client review pointed out that SweatZone “not only increased sweating, but it also created a slimming effect.” When applied it before a yoga session, the reviewer found that it was easier to achieve better pose postures. It also resulted in less joint clicking and restriction.

You can get SweatZone almost anywhere—including: www.shopsweatzone.com www.gomedzone.com or in the Sports section of Walmart.

Gyms and fitness centers, along with additional retailers, will be selling SweatZone shortly.

The Social Cloud Improves Your Communication And Your Productivity

The Social Cloud Improves Your Communication And Your Productivity

The cloud is everywhere and there’s no escaping it – not that we want to.  The cloud was created as a centralized management system for data; however, today, almost everyone uses it for a multitude of reasons.  Because of the cloud, we communicate differently, share data differently (whether that is visual or text-based), and so much more. Using the cloud means that, not only is our data protected, but also that it is accessible anytime, from anywhere. Whether it’s part of your personal technology strategy or just there because you are stuck with it, at the end of the day, we are all using it at home and at work.  No matter how many users you have accessing your information, storing it in the cloud means keeping it safe. Everyone from business owners (of every size) to individuals with huge iCloud storage files understands that the cloud makes our lives easier and far more secure.

When we use the cloud properly, we are enhancing our productivity for two reasons: first, because our data is stored in one unified location and secondly, because we are able to access it “on the fly” as needed.  And if you are one of the few people that don’t realize they are using the cloud, it’s easy to demonstrate that you probably are. For example, if you are using a Microsoft or Apple product, you’re using the cloud.  If you have an online accounting or even an online gaming program, you guessed it, you’re using the cloud. 

What you may not realize though is that each user modifies how they use the cloud themselves.  Every cloud experience is different, just as every person is different. And, each of us processes information differently as well.  Some of us are more visual, while others are more textual. By understanding this, we can begin to understand how using the cloud to our advantage is not only a time-saver, but also a productivity enhancer!   In fact, with the right attention to detail and setup, the cloud is actually the best insurance money can buy for our data stores. And yes, this even includes pictures and videos!

What you may also not realize is that the cloud enhances our security and reduces the risk of losing our data.  CIO.com and multiple publications have regularly reported that, “20% of cloud storage users recover from a site disaster in four hours or less. For those outside the cloud, a mere 9% of storage users can typically restore their information. For those that don’t use the cloud, this can be disastrous.”

This may not seem like a lot to you at first, but just think how it would be to lose pictures, graphics, documents and other files that cannot ever be recreated.  It is impossible to put a number on the value of those lost files. And it is partially for this reason that the cloud was created in the first place. Since its launch, the cloud has changed significantly.  Today, it’s a natural part of our everyday lives. In the beginning it was a purely a means of data and file storage. Today, there is Social Cloud Storage.

If you don’t know about it yet, you should! Social Cloud Storage, when used personally or professionally, offers a significantly higher rate of data engagement.  It enables the user to organize and personalize their files as they see fit. It also enables the sharing of files and information in a curated manner never seen before.  Between individuals or between departments in a company, Social Cloud Storage makes the cloud adaptable and shareable. The four cornerstones of Social Cloud Storage are: organization, access, control, and customization.

Now that you, the reader, have a better understanding of the cloud, and of Social Cloud Storage as well, it’s time to turn our attention to the two most commonly asked questions about it: bandwidth and cost.   Cost comes in two forms: inherent cost and bottom-line cost. Because Social Cloud Storage is user-friendly and easy to set up, the only inherent cost comes with the time spent setting it up the way you want your data and files archived. 

The real bottom-line cost, according to Arvind Raichur, CEO and Co-Founder of, MrOwl, comes with no cost and low-cost options. After studying the cloud industry and other related ones closely, Raichur and his team literally invented a new category for cloud-based technology applications called Social Cloud Storage™. 

Social Cloud Storage “enables the sharing of content directly out of your cloud storage to a community beyond your contacts. Users can share information, while creating communities of curated information through their own personal cloud storage.”

Raichur notes, “it’s all about enhancing communications and building a wider community where individuals feel heard, understood, and above all, connected.  And, it’s never been easier to share knowledge and resources because MrOwl offers unlimited storage for public content as well as 10GB’s of free private storage.”  Today, MrOwl enables users to store free, unlimited files in public branches, up to 20MB per file. As your files increase in size, moving to the company’s private storage offering is your best bet.

Choose The Right Type of Thermostat for Your Home

Choose The Right Type of Thermostat for Your Home

Your HVAC system is capable of doing a good job of keeping your home warm or cold, but it would really not be able to work at its best without a thermostat. The thermostat is the main control for your HVAC system and it goes a long way to influence its efficiency. 

Different thermostat models have additional features like energy reports, maintenance notifications, and the capacity to link with other devices in your home. You can always call in a professional who will be able to help you with the installation and repair of the thermostat for your HVAC system. In this article, you will learn about the various types of thermostats you can choose from for your HVAC system.


The Different Types of Thermostats

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The different basic types of thermostats for your HVAC system are as follows:

  • Wi-fi Thermostats
  • Smart thermostats
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Non-programmable thermostats


Wi-Fi Thermostats 

Wi-Fi thermostats run on wireless networks. You can use your smartphone or computer to gain access to a wireless network. The wi-fi thermostat is perfect for those who want to control the temperature setting in their homes when they are not at home. You can adjust the thermostat and control temperature remotely via a wireless network.


Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats fit in with various automation equipment and tools in your home. After some time, it will be able to adjust the temperature in your home autonomously after learning the various living routines in your home. After learning when you come home, it will adjust itself based on these recorded conditions and gives your home the right cooling and heating conditions.

You can have access to smart thermostats via your smartphones, computer, or tablet connected to a wireless network. If you are tech savvy, smart thermostats can be a good addition to your home. Though the price can be on the high side, smart thermostats help you reduce energy costs; moreover, the comfort you receive will go a long way to making it feel worth it.


Programmable Thermostats

Most programmable thermostats have both daily and weekly settings. They can be preprogrammed to adjust the temperature in your home during the day or at night. You can also set it to a moderate temperature on days when you are away from home.

Climates with drastic temperature changes will find programmable thermostats very useful. They provide the convenience of not having to manually set the temperature for your home every morning and night.


Non-Programmable Thermostats

For those who are always at home, non-programmable thermostats can be a good option for their HVAC systems. You can always manually adjust the temperature to your choice. Unlike the programmable thermostat, you can’t pre-adjust the thermostat temperature setting.

Choosing a good and appropriate thermostat for you HVAC system will depend on a lot for factors. With the information above about the different types of thermostats that are available, you’ll have an easier time making the right choice for your home and lifestyle.