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5 Simple Ways to Get Back Into Exercise

by Carla Griffin on May 4, 2021


Have you taken a break from working out?

Maybe seasonal weather has kept you from getting outside, or you haven’t found an at-home workout you like. No matter the reason, now is the perfect time to get your body moving again.

Staying active is an essential part of maintaining your overall health. Just remember to stretch, warm up and cool down to prevent injury.

Here are five tips to help you get back into exercise.

1. Take it slow. 

Start with daily walks or low-intensity workouts such as swimming, biking or gentle chair yoga. If a longer session feels overwhelming, set your timer for five to 10 minutes just to get moving again.

2. Schedule your exercise. 

It’s easier to finish your workout when it’s part of your routine. You can start by going for a walk at the end of your day or taking a midday break to do some light stretching.

3. Find movement you enjoy. 

Do you usually put off exercising? Experiment until you find something you like or try working out with a friend to make the time more fun. Together, you can share an online yoga practice or take a socially distanced walk.

4. Set realistic goals. 

Early success is important to keep you motivated — but remember to be patient with yourself. Can you commit to three short workouts this week? If so, that’s a great place to start.

5. Reflect on your progress. 

How does exercise make you feel? Jot down a few adjectives on a piece of paper and keep it in sight. Reflection helps you remember the benefits you get from movement so you’re encouraged to keep going.


What Makes an Active Lifestyle Community?

by Carla Griffin on April 30, 2021

What a 55+, or age-targeted community is not, is a retirement facility. In fact, most of the people who buy homes in these communities are far from retiring, yet find the lifestyle, and amenities the perfect fit for their active lives. Basically, you get to pick your flavor whether you’re a serious golf enthusiast, a nature lover, or a gym rat. These communities are scattered throughout the country with a variety of geographic locations from urban to rural. Some provide lavish resort-style amenities, and others are simpler offering only exterior home maintenance. Age-targeted or age-restricted, active lifestyle communities are made for today’s on-the-go boomers, and empty nesters wanting less maintenance and a peer community atmosphere.


Choose Your Lifestyle. Imagine living in a community where your passion is a way of life? Niche communities such as Shanti Niketan in Tavares, Florida a cultural celebration of Indian-Americans, or the Burbank Senior Artists Colony in Burbank, California devoted to 55+ artists, have created communities where like-minded residents share a common interest or culture. Golf is probably the most popular activity within any community, and those that feature a sprawling putting green as a primary feature are why so many choose this lifestyle. Many of these championship courses were designed by big names such as Tom Fazio, and Robert Trent Jones, and some are equipped with gift shops, and their own bar and grill.

It’s not all about single-family homes. 55+ homebuyers can find a variety of options, including manufactured, apartments or condos, and townhouses. For the affluent 55+ crowd, estate, and luxury communities on sprawling acreage offer lavish amenities such as parking for private jets and luxurious on-site spas. Reputable 55+ community builders like Del Webb, Toll Brothers, and Shea Homes know exactly what today’s active adult is looking for, and have seamlessly incorporated thoughtfully laid out floor plans, within communities rich in exciting amenities.

Other considerations when choosing the ideal lifestyle community are whether you prefer the company of age peers or an all-age environment shared with younger generations. Some communities are maintenance-free where you’ll never worry about mowing the lawn or shoveling the driveway again. Before making the move to an active lifestyle community, find a realtor familiar with neighborhoods in your area, and make a list of features that are important to you. These are the best years of your life, and making dreams come true should begin at home.

#activeadult #55+  #realtor   #lifestyle


Does Removing Popcorn Ceilings Increase Home Value?

by Carla Griffin on April 27, 2021

We’ve all seen popcorn ceilings before, and while they were popular through the ’80s, they’ve since fallen out of favor. Removing popcorn ceilings will almost always increase a home’s value. Not only is the design trend no longer desirable, but it also poses safety concerns for home buyers.

To understand further, it helps to learn more about why popcorn ceilings were once a popular design choice—as well as why they no longer are.

Why Were Popcorn Ceilings Popular?

One of the main reasons popcorn ceilings were popular is because they disguise imperfections. Contractors and DIYers didn’t have to spend hours fixing every crack, hole, or bump. Instead, they could just add the popcorn texture, paint, and call it a day.

Another reason popcorn ceilings were popular (and still are in multi-family housing) is because they dampen sound.

With these great benefits, why did popcorn ceilings quickly become one of the most despised design trends of all time?

Why Are Popcorn Ceilings No Longer Popular?

Safety concerns were the primary driver behind this design trend’s fall from favor. Before the late 1970s, many popcorn ceilings used asbestos to create the bumpy texture. While asbestos is safe when it’s left undisturbed, if it becomes airborne, it can lead to cancer and other diseases.

Modern popcorn ceilings are made with materials like Styrofoam, but the negative association with asbestos remains.

Of course, it’s not just about safety. Another reason popcorn ceilings’ popularity declined is because of their aesthetic. Most people simply don’t like the look of popcorn ceilings. They also tend to collect dust and dirt, and can be difficult to clean.

Unsafe materials, a divisive look, and difficult upkeep have all contributed to popcorn ceilings’ fall from grace. But will removing them add value?

Will Removing Popcorn Ceilings Help My Home Value?

We know popcorn ceilings are unpopular, but will removing them increase your home’s value?  In the majority of homes, yes.

Popcorn ceilings are easy to notice, and make homes look and feel dated. Removing them is a quick fix, but it’s recommended to leave the work to a pro to ensure there’s no asbestos contamination in the home. Modern home buyers are looking for move-in ready homes that won’t require any projects. By removing them, you’ll not only attract more buyers, you’ll also be able to increase your listing price and profits.

Don’t Stop There

80% of Americans say they’d prefer to buy a move-in ready home over one that needs work, which is why removing popcorn ceilings is a great place to start to get a house market-ready.


The Benefits of Water Aerobics for Seniors

by Carla Griffin on April 22, 2021

The Benefits of Water Aerobics for Seniors

While exercise is a good thing for seniors, it can also be dangerous. Falls and injuries are common with various forms of exercise. The risk of falls increases with jogging, aerobics, and riding bicycles. However, water exercise, such as; water aerobics can be extremely beneficial while being risk-free. Here are some benefits of water aerobics for seniors.

Protects the Joints

Running and various other high-impact exercises can put stress on the joints. This can be very difficult for seniors. The impact of your feet landing on the ground, after high-impact exercises, can put undue strain on your joints. This does not happen with water aerobics. The buoyancy of the water does not put undue strain on your joints as half your weight is supported by the water. Plus, the resistance experienced while in water also prevents you from moving your joints too quickly, which can also cause injury.

Prevents Falls and Injuries

If you are worried about falling while doing exercises, you should not be so if doing water aerobics. Falls are extremely common among seniors due to reduced balance and fragile bones. This is minimized with water aerobics. Once again, the buoyancy of the water protects you from falls. Even if you were to lose your balance and fall, the water will protect you from any injury.

Improves Mental Health

Your mental health will also improve with water aerobics. Exercise in any form is beneficial for your mental health. Water aerobics is extremely beneficial as you are a part of a group and you get to socialize with the members of the group. Seniors face the grave problem of loneliness which leads to depression. Three days of water aerobics classes mean more time to interact with other people and have fun. This prevents the onset of depression.

Stay Fit and Healthy

Exercise is vital for all seniors. It helps them stay fit and live longer. Water aerobics provides the ability to exercise safely without any worries about the injury. Water aerobics, at least three times a week, helps you to stay fit and healthy.

Water aerobics is highly recommended for seniors. This is a great way to exercise and enjoy spending time with others while reaping its benefits.

#Healthyexercise  #Wateraerobics


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