Hibernating, or cocooning as we used to call it, may seem to be self-indulgent and luxurious, but there are sound reasons to listen to our bodies and give in to it. Winter is an intrinsic part of nature’s cycle, designed to restore us and prepare us for the renewal of spring. Rather than fighting the urge to be lazy, it’s healthier to go with the flow. We’re much better off viewing winter as a gift -- a chance to lounge around in an inside environment that feels safe, comfortable, and nurturing. How do we make our home interiors winter-ready? A cushion-y sofa and, soft and cozy chairs that invite us to sink in and never leave are a good start. Complete your lair with plush pillows, throw blankets, warm and muted colors, lamps and candles (flameless for safety) that create soft lighting for the extra hours of darkness this season brings. For more ideas, check out this article on hibernating from House and Home. If you’re investing in new upholstered furniture, remember that indoor air quality matters – and never more so than in the winter, when our homes are sealed tight against the cold. Be sure that any [...]
This is a good season to find creative ways to exercise. “Every hour-long television program contains approximately six commercial breaks that last three minutes each, so you can get a total body workout without missing a scene,” according to Sarah Robertson writing about couch potato exercises in Prevention magazine. Love that! Robertson divides her routine into exercise you can do during commercial breaks, but if you do a search for couch potato exercises, you’ll get plenty of guidance. Here are two: A Couch Potato Workout video from Dr. Oz’s personal trainer, Donovan Green. Seated scissors, tricep dips, calf and toe raises, arm extensions, and pillow rotations are among the suggested exercises in TotalBeauty’s workout for slackers. Need pics for motivation and guidance? Darebee.com offers a slew of one-page flyers you can print out and put on your coffee table with step-by-step exercises for sofa workouts, including sofa abs, cardio sofa and exercises for the sofa-bound.