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Choosing A Home Office Chair

Choosing A Home Office Chair

 aeron-chair-diagramMany places offer a wide range of office chairs in a variety of shapes, sizes, comfort levels and purposes and it can be a little overwhelming to chose a new chair. Some stores actually offer a buyers guide but sadly it’s quite rare and most places will try to sell you any chair just to make a quick sale.

  1. Ergonomics

Making sure the chair you purchase has good back support is important, a chair that offers very little can lead to problems later down the road, especially if you work long hours. Comfort is a must have during working hours or over various periods of time as certain studies have shown that it can lead to spinal problems and even arthritis.

Cushioning is also an important factor, you don’t want to have a chair with great back support but very little support for seating, it should be cushioned enough to support you as you are seated but firm enough as to not wear down quickly.

  1. Pricing

It is true that you get what you pay for and there are some budget chairs out there that offer great support but in most cases, if you pay cheap you are going to receive a cheap chair that either won’t last long or leave you in pain after just a short while.

  1. Environmental Properties

This might not seem like too much of a big deal but choosing a chair with the right wheels isn’t too much of a factor but let’s be honest, you don’t want to try and get up and go flying across the room.

You can choose chairs with different wheels for different types of flooring which are mostly for safety purposes.

The chair size comes into this also, as you don’t want to purchase a chair that is too big for your workspace or too small for you to be comfortably seated on.

  1. Adjustments

I would advise against purchasing a standard stationary chair with no possibility of adjusting, there should be room to adjust your chair with height and tilt functions. It will give you the appropriate movement to adjust the chair to fit your own body instead of having to stay stationary in one position constantly.

  1. Style

Some chairs are designed to look amazing, elegant and stylish but don’t be fooled by how the chair is presented! Just because the chair looks good doesn’t mean it is suitable for you, looks don’t count for much when purchasing a chair.

Yes, you may want to have one that looks good but these chairs that are designed to look amazing can sometimes run into the 1000’s price range just because they are styled to look fancy.

A chair purchased for your home office should be practical and comfortable as to alleviate any future pain problems and health issues, some people don’t believe that something as simple as a chair can cause so many problems.

Any office chair you decide to buy should promote good posture with the correct amount of support and adjustability to get the best use from it.

Sharpening a Spade With an Angle Grinder

Sharpening a Spade With an Angle Grinder

It is easy to work with sharp tools or devices than with round ones. There is a misconception of sharpened cutting, trimming or digging tools being dangerous. But the fact is – blunt tools are more menacing than the sharpened ones. It is not easy to work with blunt tools. You have to put in additional effort to cut, dig, trim or do any such similar tasks. There’s a high risk of slipping or missing a move while using a blunt tool – which might lead to getting cuts and bruises in the process. Thus, it is equally important to sharpen every type of device that has sharp edges.

Sharpening a spade will make it easier for you to cut through roots, sod, and soil. You can use a sharpening stone or file to stimulate the edge of a spade, but the process is time-consuming. Also, it is a daunting task to use a sharpening stone or file. The best and a more convenient option is an angle grinder.

Sharpening a spade with an angle grinder will save you time, as well as, effort. It does a quicker job than a sharpening file or stone. Furthermore, an angle grinder is the best option for sharpening a spade than a stone or file because the edge of a shovel is round and does not require being as sharp as a knife or other chopping and cutting tools. So, using an angle grinder is convenient, comfortable and efficient.

How to sharpen a spade with an angle grinder? Ten steps to sharpening a spade with an angle grinder:

First, you need to fit the blade or edge of a tool that requires grinding into a vice or clamp. It will prevent the device from being unstable or wobbly.

Ensure that the grinder wheel does not spin away when sharpening the tool.

Adjust the guard of the angle grinder to divert spark from you.

Make sure that the wheel meets the angle of the blade.

After you have determined these two key criteria, start the angle grinder.

First, increase the speed and then allow the wheel to contact the blade of the spade.

Once in contact with the spade, slide the angle glider in slow motion that across the sharpening edge and move it in a single direction.

Do not change the angle of the sharpening process. Avoid moving back and forth; else you will miss a move and abrupt the entire procedure.

Keep a bucket filled with cold water, along with a piece of cloth.

Use the cold water and cloth to cool the blade. Make sure the blade does not get overheated, else it will become blunt at a rapid speed.

An angle grinder is an appropriate sharpening device. It comes with multiple grinding wheels, which further makes the sharpening process easy, convenient and super useful. You can use the wheels not just to sharpen a spade or other cutting and digging devices, but also for removing grime, dried cement, rust and paint from various metallic objects and surfaces.

However, it is also crucial to use an angle grinder wearing the necessary safety gears – like, gloves, guard and face mask. Change the wheels after unplugging the grinder. These are a few safety measures you should consider before using an angle grinder for sharpening a spade or any other tool.

Spring Mattresses: What To Look Out For

Spring Mattresses: What To Look Out For

If you want a bouncy, romantic and a cool feeling in bed, you should definitely go for a spring mattress. Needless to say that with their widespread popularity, spring mattresses come in various qualities and warranty periods. Whether you go for an expensive one or a cheap one, there are always certain things to look out for when purchasing one. This is because certain spring mattresses are less durable and can wear off in no time, only to disappoint you and the money you put in. So here’s what’s important to look for during your purchase.

the best memory foam mattress

Decide on the type:  The most popular spring mattresses are innerspring and pocketed coil mattresses.

  • Innerspring: Innerspring is known for its cheap prices and therefore is very popular. The high-quality innerspring mattresses are usually comfortable and responsive to sleeping positions at night. When you test these types of mattresses make sure you don’t feel the spring units pressing against your back. Such poor quality ones can lead to health problems and restless sleep.
  • Pocketed coil: These are much efficient since springs are individually encased in pockets which avoid coils contacting and end up tangling with each other. It’s proven to be more comfortable avoiding motion pressure. So, it’s recommended for people with back pains and spine problems. The concern regarding this type is the fabric and the quality. Make sure the mattresses have come off with a good finishing so that the borders won’t get ripped off easily.

Check it on your own: It’s perhaps the easiest way to purchase a good spring mattress. Take your time looking for options and when you feel like you have found a good one, experience it. Most outlets will let the consumers lean on mattresses and decide on their purchase. This is because you will know it better if you lie on it and check for its comfort. It shouldn’t be too firm or too soft. Check whether the springs are too bouncy or less bouncy for you. It is your call!

The type of coil: The coils used to assemble the spring mattress decide the durability of the whole mattress. This is because low-quality coils will sag in no time due to your body pressure causing the mattress to shrink very easily. So make sure to check on its durability.

The materials used: Remember to look out for the materials that are used to see if they make the mattress much easier to maintain and don’t wear off easily. Today, pillow top mattresses have caught most of the market since this adds extra comfort by reducing the firmness caused by the springs. So, if you are going to purchase one, remember to look out for its fabrics too.

Look for the warranty: As sophisticated most spring mattresses look, they are less durable. Usually, luxury mattresses are high priced with a longer warranty period where ordinary ones have less. So, it’s vital that you get a good warranty period for the money you spend on your spring mattress.

Don’t go cheap: If you are looking for the cheapest spring mattresses, chances are that you will end up buying another very soon. Therefore be cautious and cut back unnecessary disappointments.

Quality. Warranty. Price. They play a huge role when purchasing any product. Same goes with a mattress. Last but not the least, make sure to purchase it from a trusted store since they are usually the best at guiding you to make the best choice.

An Honest and Detailed BodyMedia Fit Armband Review

An Honest and Detailed BodyMedia Fit Armband Review

I received a BodyMedia Fit armband in a little over two months ago. I mentioned my armband briefly in a past blog entry of mine. I have to say as the days and weeks go by, I keep loving this armband more and more! So I wanted to share with my readers a little information about my BodyMedia Fit armband, since I am asked so many questions about what it is, what it does and if it is worth buying.

The BodyMedia Fit Armband is a compact armband that the user wears on their left arm on a daily basis (about 23 hours a day). This armband tracks how many calories your body burns each day and also tracks your sleep. In addition to that the armband also counts the steps you take each day and records how long you are lying down down. In addition to that, there is an online tracking system that you can enter your calories consumed each day, so you can come up with your calorie deficit each day. This device is highly accurate and intuitive and it becomes more and more precise the longer you wear it.

Calories Burned details on activity manager


Physical Activity details on activity manager

So how do you actually get the information? I wondered the same thing before I got my armband. I quickly learned that it was not very complicated to get the information. I have the BodyMedia Fitarmband without the display. I also do not have the blue tooth enabled version (my phone at the time of order was not compatible). With my model of the armband I wear the armband and then when I want to sync it with my computer to get information (calories burned, time slept, etc) I simply plug the armband up to my computer using the USB that is included with the purchase of the armband.

Sleep Activity details on activity manager

It then pulls up the Body Media software (you must make a small download to your computer when you connect for the very first time). When your armband connects and you log in to the BodyMedia activity manager you will get to see all kinds of awesome and detailed information about your daily activity.

Downloadable Detailed Reports

If the user wants more information about a certain time period when it comes to average calories burned, consumer, etc then there is a great feature that lets you pick 7 days, two weeks or a month of information to download and view at your own leisure. I really love this feature of the activity manager. I am a huge information junkie so it helps a lot!

As I mentioned previously, I have the version of the BodyMedia Fit armband that has to be plugged in each time to see the calorie burn, steps and other information. They do sell display units so the user can see what their current daily burn is! I do not have one of the display units so I am unable to review that option. Also if you purchase a blue tooth enabled version of the BodyMedia Fit armband you are able to see your current burn when you use blue tooth to link it up to a compatible phone. The phones that are capable of this are some Android phones and iPhones. Also some iPod touches are able to be used with the blue tooth enabled armband. There is a list on the BodyMedia website of which phones are compatible and have been tested. Again, I do not have the blue tooth enabled device, so I am not able to give a fair review of all of the features, although it is the same when it comes to accuracy as the non blue tooth model! Although I do know that the blue tooth model does have a shorter battery life (you charge your armband by the USB included in purchase by plugging it up to your computer)!

Even if you have a non blue tooth enabled armband you are still able to download an app on your android or iPhone that will let you view some of your activity information that has already been uploaded to your computer. I like having this feature. With the blue tooth enabled armband the user is able to get more up to the minute information.

There is also a new model of the armband out that just became available. Accuracy wise it is the same. It is not blue tooth enabled. So it is a smaller and sleeker version of the armband I have. It is called the CORE armband. It is a great deal more petite! I have never felt that my armband was too large, but after seeing the new CORE armband, I have found myself really liking the look of the smaller armband! Again, I can not give a full review on this specific armband, because I do not have one to review. But I did want to let readers who may be put off by size or appearance that a newer, slimmer version has been released!

Overall, I have been extremely happy with my BodyMedia Fit armband. It provides accurate information that has really been helping me understand more about my body during my weight loss journey. The information that the armband provides the user with could be helpful not only for weight loss but also for help with maintaining a current weight or even gaining weight. It is a very versatile item when it comes to what the user uses the information collected for! The only thing that I think could use improvement is the food diary portion, it is user friendly, but I am partial to using MyFitnessPal for logging my calories, I just feel it is easier to log my foods as so much is already in the database. So I do copy my calorie count from MyFitnessPal each day and enter it into my BodyMedia Fit activity logs. With that said, it is a personal preference, I know many people that love the BodyMedia Fit food database. I think that I am biased because I used MyFitnessPal to log food intake for eight months before I got the armband!

Just a few other thoughts… One thing I would recommend is buying an extra strap for your armband, as it is nice to have an extra after an super sweaty workout! There are skins you can buy and even design from your own picture to place over the armband display to make it look more like “your own”. Keep in mind that when you receive the armband the online activity manager is free for a trial period but after that the use of the online activity manager does cost on a monthly basis. With that said, the information you collect is invaluable and the subscription price is very reasonable. The customer service reps that staff BodyMedia Fit’s Facebook page and Twitter account are very helpful and nice whenever you have a question. They also run contests from time to time!

The BodyMedia Fit armband is a great tool when it comes to weight loss, weight maintenance or even just for the person who likes to know more information about their body, calorie wise, activity wise and sleep wise! I have found this weight loss item to be invaluable in terms of weight loss success. Sure, weight loss can be accomplished without this device and by putting it on your arm does not mean you will magically lose weight, but the information the device provides certainly takes a lot of guess work out of the process!