Home Exercise for Expats

lunges at homeExpats have  a lot of reasons of becoming an expat. Living in a different country from where we grew up can be challenging. But whether it’s for career opportunities, wanderlust to dreams of a better life at your own destination, one of the challenges of being an expat is getting the right comfortability in a foreign land.

It takes a lot of determination and perseverance to leave one’s old life behind. Expats are as diverse as their reasons for wanting to live in a foreign country. So, aside from the challenges of learning a new language, culture and other forms of living, starting a healthy routine is another thing to consider.

Most expats will need to work extra hard when living in a different country. With that said, exercise or going to the gym can become a problem. So, here are few home exercises that would suit expats perfectly!

Exercises with no equipment

Calf Raises

This move strengthens your gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. In short, it helps your lower legs; perfect for people who work sitting for long hours each day. There are a lot of different ways to do this move so it’s not as simple as it sounds.

Chair Dips

No equipment needed! Chair dips are great for triceps and this can be done anywhere. Sounds easy enough but it also has varying techniques that can either increase or decrease resistance.

Lunges and Squats

An easy enough exercise that strengthens both lower body while increasing overall flexibility. It can also be done anywhere; perfect for someone living in a small apartment. Squats is another go-to exercise for those working out at home. Proper form is important in this exercise but it has a lot of benefits.

Exercises using home equipment

The treadmill is the most common exercise machine that people purchase for home use. Running around a foreign country can be a challenge to expats. Which is why buying a treadmill and having it easily accessible whenever you have free time makes a lot of sense. You can read reviews for the latest treadmills in the market, read http://homefitnessintel.com/best-treadmill-reviews/

They have different versions and incline treadmills are for people who want to increase the challenge. Read on product reviews and find what could work best for you. VIsit http://homefitnessintel.com/incline-treadmill-reviews/

Driving with Kids in China

babytransitFor expats who are travelling, it’s common to forget a thing or two about your personal belongings. With all the travelling that you have on your plate, you would always think that you can just improvise. But all of these changes when you take your children with you on your trips—especially if they are infants and toddlers. If you have these children on board with you, you have to remember to bring all the essentials from strollers to feeding bottles and, of course, the car seats.

When you travel to different countries like Southern China with your children, it is easy enough to overlook the importance of car seats. You’d think that you can just easily secure one when you rent your private vehicle in the country that you’re going to but most of the time, these car companies do not have car seats to offer. Car seats are bulky and heavy so it may not be good to carry them around while travelling, but you have to ask yourself, “Is it worth it?” If you are still unsure, here are some of the benefits of having your baby car seats when you travel with your kids.

Child Safety

When you’re driving around a foreign country, it’s hard enough to navigate your way through the street maps or GPS that you might have. Imagine having to carry your baby or watch over them from time to time while driving. On the road, there is a possibility of getting into an accident at all times, would you want to risk having your child hurt in case this happens? It’s all about prevention and children are very fragile, so it’s good to make them feel secure and safe at all times.

Baby Nursing

If you have an infant with you, expect that you have to nurse them from time to time. When you are inside a car and travelling, a car seat will make this so much easier for you than doing it the traditional way. Most moms pump their milk the night before they travel to make it easier for them to nurse their babies on the road. Having a car seat will ensure that your baby is comfortable while nursing and will not put him confused.

Keep them on their seats

Everyone knows that children are all about playing around and having fun—especially with their siblings. When you are driving around, you don’t want to have this kind of rowdiness happening in the backseat and buckling them down on their car seats is the way to solve his problem. Imagine not having car seats and just letting them play around and mess with each other while you’re trying to find a restaurant to eat in—isn’t that a nightmare? Car seats will help you keep your children at bay and not having to worry about them pulling your hair while you’re driving and will keep you less worried and stress-free throughout the whole trip.

Another great type of stroller to bring when travelling is a sit and stand stroller. It gives your child more comfort. Also, should you find yourself in a place with limited seats, your child can comfortable stay in the stroller and serve as a chair.

How to Get a Destination Photographer in Southern China

south chinaThere are many beautiful and exciting destinations and landscapes to shoot when you visit the Southern part of China. Most people want to have their pictures for special occasions taken with amazing infrastructures like the Canton Tower as their backdrop. There are also those who want to take pictures to document their trip for business or personal use. The wonderful Zhangjiajie’s Rock Column Forest is one of the most popular destinations where tourists want to have their pictures taken because of the calming and serene effect that it gives. The main attraction is still the Southern part of the China’s Great Wall that is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Because of the great places, restaurants and accommodation that Southern China has to offer, most people choose to hold special events in these places. Some couples decide to have their pre-nuptial pictures and videos taken in different places found in Southern China. For these types of event, it’s important to make sure that you are working with a professional photographer to handle your pictures. It’s not very hard to get a professional photographer that is known to deliver quality pictures but what you need to concentrate on is how you are going to get him to the location—Southern China. If you’ve already decided to take your photo shoot all the way to this magnificent part of China, here are ways on how you can get a good photographer ready to capture your memories for you.

Check the local Advertisements

Most photographers have their ads out in the local newspaper, bulletin board or internet postings. You can try to check these sources and hire a professional that is based in Southern China. The perks of choosing this option include having the photographer that you hired tell you about secret spots that you might have missed when you did your research. Keep in mind to check their portfolios or ask them about a specific shoot that they did that is similar to what you have in mind. This way, you will know if you like who you’re hiring.

Word of Mouth

If you have friends that lives in Southern China, it might be best to ask for their opinion of who they think the best candidate for your shoot is to be. There should be a handful of popular photographers that live in the Southern part of China and your friends might know about them and their works. If you already had friends who accomplished this idea, you might want to ask them about the photographer they hired and how you can get in touch with them.

Send out an Ad

There are many ways to send out advertisements and listings—especially online. Try to send the word out that you are looking for a photographer and list all of the details that you want including the location. Most photographers are willing to give you a package deal where they will show up on the location with everything that they need for a good price.

Why Expats should Use Psychics and Mediums

As an expat, there are so many questions we have about our lives. We may be in a long distance relationship, struggling with family issues or wondering when we should come back to the states. Often times, expats can feel stressed out being apart from their closes friends and loved ones and wish they had someone who could just tell them what to do. But what if there was someone better than your best friend to tell you what you should do?

We’ve all heard of psychics, the fortune tellers who stare into their crystal balls until they see your future and tell you exactly where you will end up. Unfortunately psychics have been given a bad reputation by today’s society. They have become a joke that people like to dress up on Halloween and mock. Psychics can be very useful when you are in the position a South China expat is in. When you need answers, psychics can you lead you to the right direction.

One common misconception about psychics are that they can tell you the exact future (or claim to, at least). The truth is, psychics can tell you what is going to happen if you continue on the path you are on. A single change in action can alter the future immensely. So why are psychics helpful? They can help you decide if the decisions you are making are bringing you to the future you are hoping for. What are the best psychic sources?

What many people do not realize is the psychics actually have a gift called Extra Sensory Perception, allowing them to hear and see things from things from paranormal sources. Using this gift takes a huge amount of focus and this is why psychics use things like tarot cards or crystal balls to focus on the spirits around them in order to read your future.

Although you can find many psychic services online that claim to give you your future with merely internet tactics, it may be a better idea to see an actual psychic. The reason being, everywhere you go, you bring your loved ones spirits. The spirits that follow you can help the psychic focus on your future and give you an accurate reading.

Many psychics also work as mediums. This means they can speak to deceased loved ones (sometimes even pets!) and tell you if they are with you and what they think of your current actions and life. This can help many people with self-growth and understanding and allow people to complete the process of mourning.

When going to see a psychic you should take it serious and keep an open mind. Chances are that a psychic can really help you with your life decisions and better understand why certain things are happening to you in life. There are online free readings you can try to get an idea on what you can expect.

Finding the Perfect Crossbow in South China

Many South China expats are looking to purchase great crossbow for either hunting in China or when they come back to the states. Although there is a ton of important information online for finding out what to look for in a crossbow, I am going to go through the basic things to look for so you can successfully purchase a great crossbow while expatriating in South China.

Since 2013, the popularity of the crossbow has increased immensely. Because of this growth in popularity there are many options for crossbows on the market today. Although almost all of them are great options for hunting, it can be intimidating to decide on which one is the best crossbow option for you.

The Barnet Ghost 410 is a high quality crossbow great for hunters. It shoots at a speed of 410 FPS which makes it one of the most powerful crossbows on the market. I would not suggest this bow to beginner hunters due to its unbelievable power, but if you are an advanced hunter this bow is great for hunting prey that moves quickly when frightened.

This bow also has a draw weight of 180 pounds which is suggested for an average or strong male. This draw weight helps the bow be very powerful, however may be difficult to use for young hunters or woman. Even though this crossbow is incredibly strong, it only weighs 7.3 pounds making it great for long hunting trips that will require a lot of walking and carrying your bow around. This bow sells for around $850 and comes with many great features like 3 bows, a 3×32 scope, talon sling and quiver.

Don’t forget there are many other things you will need to purchase besides just the crossbow. You will also need to purchase bows, a cocking device, and a practice target. Many people spend their entire budget on the bow before realizing there are other costs associated with buying a crossbow.

Besides considering your budget when buying a crossbow you need to make sure all of the features of the bow fit your needs. Although it may be a great bow for some people, you want to find the bow that will work perfect for you. The draw weigh, speed of the shots and the power of the scope it comes with is all very important to consider before purchasing that bow you have your eyes on.

The right crossbow can make or break your hunting trip. You want a bow you can aim perfectly with and hit the target before they hear it coming. The perfect bow is out there so don’t settle for less than what fits all of your needs.

How to Remove the Pet Hair from Your South China Home

Are you a South China expat dealing with issues of pet hair on your furniture, carpets and clothing? For many pet owners, it feels as if the shedding pet hair is an unavoidable torture that can never be solved. However, this is not true. There are many great vacuums that do an unbelievable job at picking up pet hair with very little time and effort. These vacuums are guaranteed to put those lint rollers to shame. Are you ready to solve this tortuous issue? Then keep reading, because I am going to tell you how to find the best vacuum to rid all of the pet hair in your South China home.

There are many factors and vacuum options to consider before you can fully decide what vacuum is the best one for your home. The flooring types you have in your home, the types of pets you have that shed hair, do you prefer a bagless vacuum or a compact vacuum over an upright version are all things to consider before purchasing your vacuum. Of course, the budget you have for your vacuum is also a very important deciding factor.

My first choice in a pet hair vacuum is the Hoover T-Series Wind Tunnel Pet vacuum. The one I own is a bagged, upright vacuum. The best part of this vacuum IS the amazing bags it uses. The bags are made with activated carbon HEPA material which reduces pet odors and helps with allergies. This is great because every pet owner loves to eliminate the odors there pets can leave behind. The bags also release into the trash at a press of a button. This means no touching the bags or dropping them onto the floor. The wind tunnel technology reduces blowback onto your carpet and works deep down into the carpet to remove all pet hair. This vacuum only costs you $130.

Many other vacuums can cost up to $600, it all depends on the brand name and the features. Both the Kenmore Intuition and the Kenmore Progressive are also great options for pet hair removal. Although they come in at slightly higher prices they offer different features that may appeal to people more than those of the Hoover vacuum. The Progressive model features similar allergy removal technology, and eight-foot hose and a LED light to better see what you are vacuuming.

When shopping for the perfect vacuum as a South China expat make sure to keep in mind what will work best for your home. While a vacuum may do a great job vacuuming dog hair off of hardwood and tile you may need a vacuum that works better on cat hair that is stuck deep in your carpet. Many vacuums on the market work just as well as they claim, they just need to fit what you are looking for.

How to Get Into Cosmetology After Being a South China Expat

Are you an expat in South China looking to come back to the United States and pursuing cosmetology?

There are many things you need to be aware of before going into the cosmetology field such as the education options and what area of expertise is best suited for you. You may feel like you should wait until you are back in the states before looking into your options but that is not the case. I can provide you with all of the research you need to start thinking about your future in the beauty field.

Cosmetology school is not as extensive to get into as a university for other fields, however there are some requirements and costs that come with it you should be aware of. Most beauty schools require you to be at least 16 years old, for most South China expats this is not an issue. Although many only require you to be 16, they also require a high school diploma or equivalent such as a GED.

One thing to consider before entering any field of work is how much you can make. As an entry level cosmetologist, you can expect to earn somewhere around $23,000 a year. This is a very good amount when you live in South China, but in the United States it doesn’t go as far. However, as you become more known and pick up clients you will notice an increase in your salary almost every year. Cosmetology is a very rewarding and competitive career. Your salary very much depends on your experience, relationship with clients and skills.

The first step is to find a school you want to go to. There are many great beauty schools all over the country and you should look at many of the options available near where you are planning to relocate too. Most beauty schools follow the same procedures, learning plans and exams so any school you decide to go to will be a great choice. Next, you have to figure out how to afford beauty school. You can pay out of pocket, with student loans and should always apply for student aid.

The average program is about 375 hours of training. This is to ensure that the students of a beauty school will be prepared to pass their state board exams and be successful in the real world. Often you can fit all of your hours of training into one year of schooling, if you are planning to work or have something else to do while studying, it is common to also split this training into two years.

The most important thing to remember in beauty school is although it can be a lot of fun, you also must focus on the rules and techniques your teachers are discussing with you. All of this information will be on the state board exams which are the deciding factor on if you graduate cosmetology school or not. Have fun, focus on your studies and pass the exams and you are ready to enjoy the beauty field for years to come.

Losing Weight in South China

dietIf you are an expat in South China you may have not heard about the newest, successful diet trend. The General Motors diet was actually created 30 years ago by General Motors to keep their employees healthy and happy while working for them. The diet helps most people lose an average of 10 to 17 pounds per week. While many people are very skeptical of these numbers, they are realistic when you follow the basis of this diet which is to eat foods that burn more calories than they have.

Many people worry that this diet is just a “quick fix,” and the good news is that it is a quick fix. However, the weight you lose will not come back after a week or so of bad eating after the diet like many other diets that only help you lose water weight only. People have continually found that they lose real weight that stays off.

The reason people lose so much weight that stays off with the GM diet is because the combination of foods you are eating actually put your body into a detoxification process. It can actually cleanse your entire body this week and last you a lifetime. Many people stop craving junk food after the GM diet because their bodies start to want the healthy food options that keep it clean and running well.

Many people who do the week long GM diet notice a huge improvement with their bowel movements. This is due to the increase in fiber from the foods they are eating and the amount of water you are drinking. Six to eight glasses of water today can regulate your digestion and keep weight off by allowing your body to not store excess water.

When on diets many people complain of a loss of energy. This is quite the opposite with the GM diet, as the foods you are eating and staying so hydrated will actually cause you to have more energy and stay more active even while you are eating healthier and less. The amount of weight you lose on this diet keeps people motivated versus the average of one pound a week most other diets will allow you to lose.

The GM diet has many alternative options that work great for people who are vegetarian or vegan or even people of other ethnicities, like Indian. The Indian version of GM diet as a little changes. Although it is recommended to only drink large quantities of water, you can also drink black coffee, tea and club soda. You can also find all of the needed food items for the meal plan in South China.

Many people love this diet and have had success because it is flexible, logical and keeps you motivated and energized. You can find the day to day meal plans for the GM diet online and also find all the alternative options.