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December 20th, 2010 - Staff

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How to succeed with home fitness gear

December 16th, 2010 - By Marilynn Preston, The Bryan Times

At some point—perhaps when I was busy planting organic basil in my window box—shopping became our nation’s No. 1 patriotic activity. It’s the economy, goofball: When U.S. consumer spending is up, our economy is growing. When we stay home, grill turkey burgers and play Monopoly in comfy old jeans, we’re just not doing our part.

OK. I get it. So this week I’m encouraging you to join the tens of thousands of consumers who spend an estimated $4 billion annually on home exercise equipment. There are huge end-of-year sales now on treadmills, elliptical cross trainers and, my personal favorite, the stationary bicycle. Do it for Uncle Sam. Better yet, do it to improve your health, drop some pounds and reclaim your energy without a shot of Red Bull.

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A Recipe for Clean

February 24th, 2010 - By Heather Augustyn

Since 1959, the legendary “Hints from Heloise” column has been turning housewives across America into McGyver by teaching them how to use everyday household items, such as vinegar, sugar or essential oils, to do miraculous things like remove stains, freshen upholstery and repel insects.

Especially in today’s economy when money is tight, turning to those materials we have in our cupboard or closet anyway not only makes good fiscal sense, but it also gets the job done without the use of hazardous chemicals. According to the Clean Water Fund, Americans use an estimated 40 pounds of unsafe household cleaners each year, disposing of those chemicals into our water and air supplies, and depositing those chemicals into our bodies through our lungs and skin. Chlorine, phosphates, petroleum and other toxic compounds are common in these products.

Home gyms must be fun, functional

January 27th, 2010 - By Kim Cook, For The Associated Press

This product image released by Gaiam shows their Core Advantage Stability Ball which provides fun exercise tools to give you a full-body workout. (AP Photo/Gaiam)

This product image released by Gaiam shows their Core Advantage Stability Ball which provides fun exercise tools to give you a full-body workout. (AP Photo/Gaiam)

Choosing a room to function as a home gym or personal workout space is just as important as finding the right equipment. The key is to make the space inviting, experts say.

“Paint’s inexpensive, but it can really make a difference,” says Ruth Tara, a New York-based home gym designer and former trainer. “Pick a color you love that isn’t white or off-white. Add good lighting so you can see what you’re doing.”

Put the gym in an area that will keep you active, engaged and coming back for more.

Do you like fitness videos, or Wii? Invest in a good, well-positioned TV, and an equally good sound system, so you can play what will motivate you to keep exercising. Have remote controls accessible for everything.

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Healthy Products—Smoke be gone

October 21st, 2009 - By Casandra Riddle

Smoke has a tendency to linger long after its welcome, if it was even welcome in the first place. Whether you’ve got lingering smoke from a campfire, fireplace or tobacco, you can nix the odor from your home, hair, clothes or car with GoneSmoke. Available in a variety of sizes—including two separate travel sizes—it’s a nearly dry aerosol that’s safe to use on most fabrics, including silk. Find it at gonesmoke.com.

My place or yours? When couple’s styles clash

October 9th, 2009 - By Marni Jameson

Before: This guy den lacks color and all the seating faces the television. It’s not likely to woo a woman. (Photograph courtesy of Lisa LaPorta.)

Before: This guy den lacks color and all the seating faces the television. It’s not likely to woo a woman. (Photograph courtesy of Lisa LaPorta.)

Good thing love transcends bad taste or a lot more people would live alone.

This occurred to me after I read the latest Roller Report, an annual survey by Kilz, a primer and paint company. This year, Kilz asked more than 1,000 U.S. and Canadian homeowners about gender differences in home design, including what turns men and women off. (Ask me! Dirty shower grout, filthy barbecues, sports jerseys thumb-tacked to the wall, mufflers in the sink!)

Nearly two thirds of men (62 percent) and women (63 percent) said a prospective partner’s decor revealed a lot about their personality and maturity. The survey took me back to when Dan, my husband, and I started dating. Before my first visit to his place, he rearranged the furniture to hide the carpet stains. Endearing, but the stains were the least of my worries. The carpet was lime green! And the rearranging didn’t hide the wood-laminated furniture. Now I like wood and laminate, but wood laminate should be illegal. He also had a five-gallon aquarium with one dinky fish! Does anyone else think that’s peculiar?

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