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How To Choose The Proper Exercise Apparel For Your Workouts

One of the most important aspects of working out is choosing the appropriate workout attire that will be comfortable during the exercise you are doing. A lot of this is personal preference depending upon what is comfortable to you. You can not just look at your workout buddy's gym attire and then buy the same things they have otherwise you really know that those same clothes will be okay for you. There are a few things that will help you keep from having to go through the hassle of returns.

One of the first things you want to look at is fabrics that will move moisture out away from your body which will keep you dry and comfortable for long and sweaty workouts. If you are doing high impact aerobics or running you will want a fabric that will remove moisture as well so that you will stay as dry as possible. This type of apparel will be more expensive but it will be well worth it. If you are not going to be working out so hard that you sweat a lot then you can go with a blend of polyester, cotton, and spandex.

The next thing we want to look at now that we know the appropriate fabrics is how to choose the right cuts that will be good for the activities you are doing. If you live in an area where it is cool and you will be exercising outdoors you will want to buy the exercise apparel in layers that you can remove as you heat up and tie them around your waist or place in a light backpack. The clothing layer that is next to your skin should be either long sleeve or a tank top hanging upon the weather and temperature. You may choose to wear a sweatshirt over the first layer which can then be topped off with an all weather jacket if you are going to be in rain, sleet, or snow.

As far as pants go there are a great number of choices in pants that wick moisture and some of them even come in thermal styles to help keep you warm which can be worn by themselves or with another layer. If you are training in the cold be sure to wear a cap or hat to keep your head warm, much of our body heat is lost through the head when it is cold.

If you are training or exercising in a commercial gym or in your own home it is also smart to dress in layers so that you can remove clothing as you warm up. When weightlifting or doing aerobics especially a t-shirt can become tight and rigid due to being wet and will give you some skin irritation. If you dress in layers you will always be comfortable no matter what climate you are in.

Source by Gregg Hall

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Speeding Up Your RC Car

Ever wonderred what is going on on your RC car or truck every time you try to make it go forward, turn and stop? These types of objects may be small but there are a lot of actions happening at the time you try to make it move. How about what the things that are involved when you want to make your car go faster? What does it take really?

If you want for your RC car to go faster during a race or simply during an afternoon practice, the best and very economic answer to that would be to use shims. What are shims anyway? A shim is a thin metal or a wedge which can also be made of wood. It is placed in between your RC parts to help the RC car maintain its level just in case it goes over rough roads, large stones and the like. An RC car with shims reduces sloppiness while it runs.

The area where you can put a shim is in between the rear hub and axle pin since there is an obvious gap between the two materials. You have to first disassemble the parts starting from the rear hub and then the axle pin. Then, assemble again the rear hub but this time, place the shim next (the shim could be plastic made, wood or metal) followed by the bearing.

Take note that the shim you will be putting should match the same dimension of the ball bearing to ensure that it will work properly. What the shim does is it minimizes the gap in between the axle pin and the bearing. This should do the trick in making your RC car run faster.

There is one downside to shimming though. If there is too much shim, it's possible for the tires of your car to bind. True that it will not slop any longer but binding then is going to be your next problem. So make sure that you do not use too much shim on your bearings.

Source by Shareen Aguilar

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Fun School Activities For Young Children

The following is a discussion about the shopping experience.

Q: What does a supermarket look like?
A: Supermarkets have many isles with tall shelves. The food is stacked on the shelves. You push trolleys or carry a basket to put the food in. There's a cash register at the front of the shop. The people at the cash register swipe the barcode on the food to add up how much it will cost. Then the person at the cash register puts the food into a bag so you can take it home.
Q: What food do you buy at the supermarket?
A: You can buy breakfast cereal, jam, honey, vegemite, tinned food, spaghetti, rice, pasta, sauce …. And heaps more.

Craft – Threading Pasta
You will need: string with one piece of pasta tied to the end, pasta of different colors.
Step 1: The children thread the string through the pasta
Step 2: The carer then ties the ends to make a necklace

Optional extra – Patterned Pasta
Show the children a pasta necklace that has a pattern in it, such as two green, two blue, two green etc, and ask them what comes next. Make the pattern more challenging by including more colors such as one green, one blue, one yellow, one green … then to again ask the children what comes next. Once the children understand this concept, encourage them to make a patterned pasta necklace.

Indoor game – Food Memory Game
The children are to sit in a circle and each person repeats the food item mentioned by the previous child and adds a new one. For example:
"I went to the shop and bought some eggs," the next child would say
"I went to the shop and bought some eggs and honey," the next child would say "I went to the shop and bought some honey and weet-bix" "I went to the shop and bought some weet-bix and rice" And the game continues. This memory game encourages children to share the familiar food items with the other children. It also helps to develop listening skills and retaining the information and being able to vocalize the information they understand.
Indoor activity – Role Play a Supermarket
You will need: Cereal boxes, tins, tissues boxes, empty milk bottles, a cash register, strips of colored paper for prepare money, baskets to place food in, plastic bags

Optional extra
Draw or stick the numbers 1, 2 and 3 on the shopping items so the children can try to work out basic counting. For example, if bought 2 items that cost 1 dollar how much does it cost in total? Talk about the different shapes of the food items, such as how the cereal box is a rectangular prism. Count the sides of each food item so the children can see how each shape is different. You may even like to talk about the difference between two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional shapes. The shapes that are flat and drawn on paper are called two-dimensional, and the shapes that you can hold and stick your hand in are three-dimensional.

Outdoor activity – 'Cooking' in the Sandpit
You will need: Muffin tins, cake tins, wooden spoons, mixing bowls, sandpit
Step 1: Show the children each cooking utensils, and ask them what each one is used for. For example, the wooden spoon is used for mixing cake, the muffin tins are used for baking muffins. Ask the children what they need to buy at the supermarket to make a cake. For example to make a chocolate cake you need eggs milk, sugar, butter and coco powder.
Step 2: Place the items in the sand pit
Step 3: Let the children prepare to cook using the items in the sand pit.

Book suggestion
At the Supermarket
by David Hautzig
This book displays the process of how the food gets onto the shelves at the supermarket.

Song – "Ten Milk Bottles"
You will need: 10 milk bottles
Step 1: Place the milk bottles in a row along a table or a shelf.
Step 2: On an A4 sheet of paper write the numbers one to ten in large print. Stick each page in order under the appropriate milk bottle.
Step 3: For the first chorus of the following song nominate one child to knock the number ten. For the second chorus nominate one child to knock the number nine. Continue knocking the milk bottles in chronological order until there are none left.

"Ten milk bottles standing on the wall,
Ten milk bottles standing on the wall,
And if one milk bottle should accidentally fall
There would be nine milk bottles standing on the wall.
Nine milk bottles standing on the wall …. "
(repeat until there are no milk bottles standing on the wall)
This activity asserts the children in recognizing numbers and how they are sequenced. It also makes the use of numbers a tangible concept.

Source by Eileen Simoni

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Build Wooden Gear Clocks – A Hobby For All Times

Shelf clocks of the pillar and scroll type were made by a number of American clock makers in the early 1800s. Prior to that long case grandfather clocks were quite commonly made in the 1700s. The long case allowed for a greater drop distance for the weights which drive the clock movement. Shelf clock and wall clock with wooden works were also made and were more popular in the 1800s.

In the late 1700s and early 1800s there was a shortage of metals due to the British embargo. This led to the production of wood gear clocks by some makers. If you want to purchase one of these wooden works clocks from this period be prepared to spend thousands of dollars.They are now prized antiques and much thought after. Several thousand dollars is commonly the asking price which is beyond the means of many clock fanciers.

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has on display a very fine wood gear clock which was made in the early 1800s. This clock is still in good running order after 200 years. Detailed drawings and plans have been made from this clock and these are available for those who would like to build a reproduction of this fine old time piece.

You can build your own version of this beautiful antique clock in your woodworking shop. A wonderful clock with, excellent time keeping capability, can be made from these plans with careful workmanship. To build a wooden works clock is not difficult but it does take time and careful workmanship.

Hundreds of years earlier wooden clocks of more primitive design were commonly made. You can also build a fifteen century wooden gear clock from available plans. This is a wall clock and is weight driven. This is a much simpler clock building project which has fewer moving parts. The clock will always keep time and looks great on your wall.

Building wooden works clocks is a wonderful hobby. Craftsmanship and wood working skills are involved.You do not even need an array of power tools. The original makers of these clocks used only simple hand tools and the modern craftsman can do so also. The individual parts of the clock are of simple design and quite easy to make. The skill comes in finishing the parts accurately and fitting them together properly so that the clock will run smoothly and keep good time.

Today there are a few makers of wooden gear clocks which are mostly sold in the form of kits and plans. The average home workshop can even quite build a really beautiful wooden clock from a plan. With attention to detail and careful workmanship the end product is a fine time piece which will be a center of attention in any home.The tick tock of your own wooden gear clock which you yourself created is sweet music to the ears.

Source by John Mowatt

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Benefits of Tracing Your Family Tree

Tracing your ancestors has rapidly increased in popularity over the last decade, partly due to the internet, and programs such as Who Do You Think You Are? If you have not tried it yourself, it's likely that someone you know will be. So what exactly are the benefits of tracing your family tree, and why is it so addictive?

There are many reasons why people might start to trace their ancestors. It could be that they are trying to find out something about a grandparent, find out about inherited diseases, an interest in history or (most likely) just a curiosity about who their ancestors were and if they had had inherited any characteristics or skills.

For many people, however, it is not until they start working on their family history that they realize just how it can have very positive effects on their lives and how they feel about themselves.

Here are just a few of the benefits that people have described as a result of tracing their family history:

> A sense of identity
> A sense of pride
> A greater understanding of history
> Finding distant cousins ​​you did not know you had
> Having an interesting hobby that keeps you occupied for many years

Let me take each one of these and look at them in more detail:

A sense of identity
This is one of the most popular benefits – yet often unexpected – that people express about tracing ancestors. People often find that once they have discovered several lines of their ancestral tree that they feel a strong sense of belonging to a family community. It is a particularly powerful and satisfying feeling to know that you are part of your family's ongoing history, and that you yourself are a product of the ancientors who have been before.

A sense of pride
Most of us will find ancestors who have had to struggle to survive, or who have achieved something remarkable. Much of our research will put our own lives in perspective, making us realize just how easy our lives are compared to that of our ancestors. Knowing what our ancestors had to deal with in their every day lives often produces a strong sense of pride in their ability to survive or achieve.

A greater understanding of history
Many of us found school curriculum history fairly boring, but family history brings general history to life because you suddenly realize that you are personally connected to historical events through your direct ancestors who lived through them and were often involved in them. It is a brilliant way to introduce anyone to history.

Finding distant cousins
Many ancestor website enable you to publish your family history, and it is more than likely that someone else descended from one of your ancestors is also tracing their ancestry and will find you through these websites. Personally I have been in contact with several distant cousins ​​through Genes Reunited and Ancestry, and it is really delightful to expand your family and share your common ancestors with them.

Having an interesting hobby
Once you start tracing your ancestors you may find that it becomes completely addictive – you have been warned! As well as being fascinating, interesting and educational, it also can encourage you to travel (to your ancestor's homes or to local archives) and find out about historical events and places. A family tree is never complete – so it will keep you occupied for many, many years.

If you want to know how to get started, please visit my website and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Source by Rosamunde Bott

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Getting Started With Cat Care

It's easy to think that cats do not need much care because most people believe they are independent. While true to some expensive, cats still need proper care from their owners. Some are more "low maintenance" than others, but they all need attention to meet their needs.

It helps to think of them as being in the same category as a small child. You'll need to "cat proof" your home in much the same way as you would child-proof it. This means putting things out of reach that might harm them. It's easy to set small items on a high shelf to keep toddlers from eating them, for example, but cats are great jumpers and even love high places, so you will need to put those things inside a drawer, cabinet or another room.

Learning about your cat's personality goes a long way toward understanding her needs, too. Watch for signs of distress, discomfort, and even how she walks. Note any changes in behavior, appetite, or sleeping habits. If you see something she's never done before, or appears uncoordinated or in pain, it's time for a visit to your vet for a professional evaluation.

Also watch for signs of dental problems. If she is eating only on one side of her mouth, for example, there may be a bad tooth, or a gum infection on that side, or possibly even a tiny object that has lodged between the teeth or into the gum. If she will not let you look, take her to someone who can … such as the vet!

Providing a proper diet is critical to health and longevity. Be sure to buy appropriate food that it is formulated for your cat's age and health. Some companies even make breed-specific foods, as some breeds may have unique needs. Your vet may be able to advise in this area. But be careful … not all vets are well-versed in pet nutrition, often selling a certain brand in their office because they get a commission on it.

Avoid feeding your cat dog food. It's not balanced for feline nutritional requirements and will, over time, result in malnutrition, even if they eat a lot. Use dog food (if you have some) only in an emergency … such as when you are out of cat food and can not get to the store because you're trapped in a snow storm. Well, you know what I mean.

Keep dangerous household items and chemicals completely out of reach. Since some cats are quite adept at opening cabinets and you may have no other place to store kitchen supplies, put child-proof latches on the cabinet doors.

Grooming is another critical need for cats. The short hair breeds usually do not need much help from you, as they lick themselves often. But cats with longer hair will need daily brushing to prevent matting. Keeping them fur to mat can lead to "hot spots" on their skin, a type of painful rash that develops because air can not get to it and oils, dirt, and possibly fleas will get stuck in there and irritate the skin.

Bathing a cat can be an adventure, but do not worry about neglect in this area. Without they are show cats, they seldom need to be bathed anyway. As long as they are healthy and grooming themselves, they never go outside, and you are able to brush them regularly, they will be clean enough.

Last but not least is to have important phone numbers on hand, preferably near the phone. If you just got the cat, keep the previous owner's number ready so you can ask questions or get help if needed. Other numbers to have ready are your vet's, the poison control center for animals, and a friend, should you need some assistance with driving or holding the cat. Also, if your cat gets out, be sure to call your local animal control department so they do not pick him up as a stray and take him to the pound. Find out what their policies are and be sure to check with them to see if he's there.

Source by Dr.

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Choose a Good Dog Breeder & Avoid Puppy Mills and Pet Stores

Many people looking for a new puppy have nothing but good intentions. They buy from a good breeder, or at least what they think is a good breeder. But how can you really tell where your puppy is coming from?

The Truth about Puppy Mills, Pet Stores and Backyard Breeders

The definition for puppy mill is the "breeding operations in which dogs are repeatedly bred for financial gain and are kept in substandard conditions" (SPCA). Sounds pretty straight forward but the reality is much harsher than this.

Dogs from puppy mills and backyard breeders are:

· Kept in dark enclosures with very little lighting
· Unable to escape extreme heat and cold
· Rarely see sunlight
· Live among their own feces and other dead dogs
· Sick; their eyes ooze, their legs full of soars, their coat full of ticks
· Always hungry as they are only fed the bare minimum to keep them alive
· Are bred every single time the female goes in heat
· If lucky, are euthanized humanely, otherwise, cheaper methods are used

It is important to note that pet stores that sell puppies are included in this category because they buy their "stock" from puppy mills and backyard breeders so making them equally guilty.

Do you really want to support this type of inhumane treatment towards dogs?

While you might not actively support this cruelty, many people are often mislead when it comes to purchasing their puppy. Pet stores are deceiving! They are usually the number one carrier of dogs from puppy mills. They rely on impulse shoppers who see a cute young puppy through a window and make a quick decision to get one. You might think that you are saving a puppy but the reality is that you are condemning a mother to producing another litter in unimaginable conditions.

Source by Peter Madrid

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Sugar Gliders – Pocket Pets

Many people are searching for different means to have pets. Dogs and cats are not always the best choice of pets for everyone. Here is an amazingly different type of pet. A Pocket Pet! A Sugar Glider.

The Sugar Glider is a popular pet because of its sweet, lively, inquisitive nature, but is illegal in certain jurisdictions, such as California.

Do gliders make sounds?

Sugar gliders are very social creatures and make many sounds, including barking, crabbing, clicking, and chattering.

Are gliders rodents?

No. Sugar gliders are marsupials (mammals that carry their young in a pouch); they are in the same family as the koala bear and the kangaroo.

I have gathered some information, and done some research. Perhaps this will be the answer for many wishing to own a different kind of a pet.

Sugar Gliders make excellent pets. They adapt very capable to captivity and can develop very strong relationships with their human keepers. This is why they would be great for people who can not have big pets. They are small in size, are very intelligent and love to play. They are much smarter than a hamster or rat and have a much longer life-span, most living to be 10 or older if taken care of properly. Although nocturnal, this can be of benefit.

Sugar Gliders love human attention. And they really are so cute. They also develop very strong bonds with their owners.

An adult sugar glider is approximately 11 inches long from his nose to the tip of his tail, but most of that (6 or 7 inches) is tail. They have similarities with our flying squirrel. The fur is very soft. Here is more information I have reviewed.

It is around 16 to 20 cm (6.3 to 7.5 in) in length, with a slightly longer tail, and weighs between 90 and 150 grams (3 to 5.3 oz). The fur is generally pearl gray, with black and cream patches at the base of the pink ears. The tail tapers only moderately and the last quarter of it is black, often with a white tip. The muzzle is short and rounded. Northern forms tend to be brown colored rather than gray and, as predicted by Bergmann's Rule, smaller.

The most noticeable features of its anatomy, however, are the two skin membranes called "patagium" s which extend from the fifth finger of the forelimb back to the first toe of the hind foot. These are inconspicuous when the Sugar Glider is at rest it merely looks a little flabby, as though it had lost a lot of weight recently but immediately when it takes flight. The membranes are used to glide between trees: when fully extended they form an aerodynamic surface the size of a large handkerchief.

Sugar Gliders can occupy any area where there are tree hollows for shelter and sufficient food. Their diet varies significantly with both geography and the changing seasons, but the main items are the sap of acacias and certain eucalupts, nectar, pollen, and arthropods. They are difficult to see in the wild, being small, wary, and nocturnal, but a sure sign of their presence is the striking of bark and tooth marks left in the soft, green shoots of acacia trees.

Sugar gliders love human attention and they love to play. This is what makes them special. Make sure you bond with the little ones when you bring them home. Since they sleep in the daytime, you can bond with them by letting them sleep in your pocket, but do not sit on your glider! Sugar gliders will form very strong bonds with their owners. One article says that they love to play hide and go seek.

They love it when you come home at night; they are so excited to see you!

Please buy them from a reputable breeder. You can expect to pay from $ 200 to $ 400 for them. I recommend starting with a baby since they do form much stronger bonds with you. And as always, study and gather the right information to have a safe and healthy pet.

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Target Markets of the Hand Bag Business

Have to try shopping online? Take a look at the products being promoted in there. Take note that there are a lot of gadgets and fashion items being sold in there. Well, we know very well that the fashion world is one of the fast changing, versatile, and trendy sections in the society. The trends of clothing and accessories vary every season of the year.

There are a lot of businesses and shops around which is in line of fashion trends. Hand bag, for example, is one of the most specific businesses in line with fashion. However, we might wonder about the target market of these hand bag products. Well, we might think there is a minimal number of target consumers. However, if you notice the kinds of business in hype today, most of the consumers prefer specific, personalized, and detail-oriented goods. This article will be dealing more about the basic market for hand bags and the prospect market it is trying to penetrate.

Women of all ages are one of the targets. Women are known to have a great inclation to fashion and they think of everything that is color coordinated. What they wear should match with their shoes and their bags. Well, for those who have more in life if they shop for a particular colored dress, they also shop for matching shoes and bags with the same color as the dress so that it will be color-coordinated. The market for hand bag relatively increased as the fashion world busts to the maximum of promotion and advertisements. Thus, keeping your hand bags advertised will really do you good.

If we can not go directly to the consumers, we can target the distributors and dealers around. We can offer them great discounts and freebies if they will tie up with us. In the same account, they will promote our product, at the same time we promote their product as well. This is one way for us to be known and to have some kinds of connection. At some point, we consider it a healthy competition since there are times where their products are out of stock and they have to get ours, and some of their products are what we need. It is a give and take relationship.

On the other hand, besides reaching the higher market, we could also target the small scale ones. The masses are also one of the target markets that could bring us maximum profit. It is not just for the elite. The masses can purchase hand bags if they want to. The designs should not be limited to those who have more in life, since everyone has an equal right to purchase any goods or product they want. Masses can be a very huge target market that could expand and expand as long as they are satisfied with the product.

These are just some of the target markets of hand bag business. There are other sectors that can be considered although these are the basic ones who contribute most in the mystery boost of the handbag market.

Source by Nuche Villaneuva

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Wired Systems Hold Little Advantage Over a Home Security Wireless System

Most people opt for hardwired home security systems because of the peace of mind that point-to-point wiring provides. Knowing that physical wires provide power and communication to security devices gives homeowners an elevated sense of security and confidence in their systems. However, the continuing advancement of technology means that a well-built home security wireless system is now equal to, or even more advantageous than similar wired setups.

Any good home interior security system operates with multiple transceivers connected to a base unit or alarm panel. These transceivers can be built to scan for passive infrared, the frequencies of breaking glass, or movement through photo-electric beams. Alternatively, they can use ultrasonic waves that use the Doppler principle of sensing frequency changes due to object motion, or microwaves that respond to Doppler shifts, frequency phase shifts or any motions that can cause a reduction in the energy that a receiver sees.

A home security wireless system expands on the idea of ​​having several of these satellites linked to a base unit by eliminating the physical wiring between all of these elements, employing a good amount of battery power for the transceivers instead. The number of satellites, or what some companies would consider 'zones,' can vary according to different base units' capacities, but the better systems can handle up to 64 individual zones of responsibility.

A home security wireless system is a great option for homeowners looking to install a security system in a pre-existing structure, since it completely sidesteps the issue of opening walls up to put wires in. New technology born of stringent research and manufacturing standards means that a current home security wireless system will be just as robust and vigilant as an equivalent wired setup, and can even be more flexible since transceivers can be moved around to find the perfect unit-coverage area ratio. Wired systems are good in themselves, but to get the most bang for a buck, home security wireless systems are the best way to go.

Source by Jack M Patterson