September 20, 2019

Top 5 Health Benefits of Golf


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Golf is a beloved sport around the world. With a rich history dating back to the 15th Century, it has evolved to become one of the most popular sports, played by millions. With over 34,000 golf courses around the world to choose from, golf enthusiasts have a variety of extraordinary places in which to practice and harness their skills. From the Wigwam golf course in the mountain ranges to the Reflection Bay Golf Club in the desert, the possibilities are endless.

Whether you are a golf aficionado or you are just getting into the world of golf, it’s important to know what the health benefits are. From reducing stress and anxiety to maintaining physical fitness, there are many advantages you can reap from heading out on the green:

It Burns Calories

Did you know that you can burn over 1000 calories in a round of golf? 

As mentioned above, golf is great for your physical fitness. Especially when you play it regularly and when you play a full round at a time. Despite it not being a fast-paced sport, the amount of walking you do around the golf course, along with the swinging motion can boost your activity levels. So next time you are at the course, ditch the golf cart and get walking!

It Will Help You Sleep Better

With the amount of exercise and fresh air that you get whilst playing golf, you will be able to sleep better. The perfect remedy to a restful night, you will be able to go to sleep feeling relaxed. As it is more of a peaceful sport than say, football or rugby, you will be able to take your time and enjoy the course – making you feel more at ease and rested.

It Helps With Heart Function

You know what they say – a healthy heart is essential to a long life! Golf with help to stimulate this vital organ, giving the benefit of reducing your cholesterol, lowering the risk of heart disease and helping with the prevention of cancer, strokes and type 2 diabetes.

Exercise For The Brain

Often, people can get reliant on technology. Spending their days watching TV, brain function starts to dwindle. With golf, you can give your brain the exercise it needs as it requires a certain level of memory and concentration. Helping to prevent degeneration and reducing cognitive decline, it will keep your mind sharper for longer! It can also help to delay forms of mental illness – due to the amount of increased blood flow to the brain from the exercise.

It Can Help With Social Esteem

One health benefit that’s often forgotten about, is that golf can help with social esteem. Giving you the opportunity to interact with others on the course, it will boost your confidence in the long term. Golf is an incredibly social game with plenty of opportunity to bond with other keen players – so if you want to make new friends and socialize, get out on the course!

August 25, 2019

Chipotle Queso Blanco: Test Market Review

So excited to walk into our San Diego Chipotle today and learn that San Diego is one of three cities doing market testing for Chipotle’s new queso, Queso Blanco. The all-new recipe contains aged Monterey Jack cheese, white cheddar, and an assortment of serrano, poblano, and chipotle peppers.

I loved Chipotle's original queso. Growing up in Chicago, I have no Velveeta nostalgia or sentimentality. So, I was very curious to try this new version...

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August 05, 2019

Top Adventure Holidays For Your Bucket List


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It's possible that you're already thinking about and planning next year's holidays and if you're not sure where to go or what to do then how about something a little different? There are so many choices when it comes to travel, and while relaxing holidays are often needed, sometimes you also need a bit of adventure and to do something different, out of your comfort zone and a new experience. Take a look at this list for a bit of inspiration and start planning the trip of a lifetime:

Run The Great Wall Marathon
If you like a challenge, you love to run and are either already a marathon runner or would like to run one, then why not go to China and do it there along the Great Wall. One of the world's most challenging marathons, it includes 5,164 steps and passes through the lower valley and into the neighboring villages. 

Swim With Endangered Species In Australia
In Western Australia, you will find the Ningaloo Reef which attracts 500 species of fish and some endangered species such as hawksbill and loggerhead turtles. Take a trip and try snorkeling along the reef and you might see some humpback whales too. 

Fish In The Zambezi River
The Zambezi River is the 4th largest river in Africa behind the Nile, Congo, and Niger Rivers. Flowing through six countries, the water is pure with some of the best wildlife the world has to offer, including crocodiles, hippopotamuses, elephants, lions, buffaloes, and an array of birdlife. People from all over the world go Fishing the Zambezi River due to the quality of the fish species on offer but nothing compares to the Tigerfish of the Zambezi.

Descend Into Thrihnukagigur Volcano, Iceland
Go below the earth's surface in Iceland and see the colorful cavern that has been drained of its magma in the Thrihnukagigur Volcano

Get Your Adrenaline Pumping in the Azores
Book yourself in for an action-packed holiday with activities such as  canyoning, whale watching, rock climbing, swimming with dolphins and cliff-diving all on offer and to top it off, the Azores experience warm to mild temperatures all-year-round, 

Motorcycle In The Isle Of Man
Home to the annual Isle of Man TT races and Festival of Motorcycling, the Isle of Man is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world for motorcycling. There's a number of different tours available for you to choose from and they're all pretty fantastic. 

Rio Futaleufu Rafting Holiday In Chile
The Rio Futaleufu runs from Argentina's Los Alerces National Park west through Chile to the atmospheric coastal fishing town of Chaiten so not only is this a beautiful place to visit but the rafting is awesome too. Your adrenaline will no doubt be pumping!

Take a ranch holiday in the USA
Experience life like a cowboy and stay on a cattle ranch for a holiday like no other. Check out the Dixie Dude Ranch in the Texas Hill Country, where you can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, and swimming and spend the evenings joining in campfire sing-a-longs and dancing.

May 31, 2019

Where To Buy Your Next Used Car

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If you’re thinking about purchasing your next car, then you may be wondering where is best to do this. Regardless of where you decide to purchase your new car, you still need to make sure you are wary and complete some research before committing to buy. It will help you to protect yourself from being caught out and give protection from a bad car or a bad deal. Have a look below at 4 places that you could look to purchase your next car. 

Through A Car Dealership
Buying through a dealer doesn’t always have to mean you are buying new. A lot of dealer offers used cars and some even specialise in them. So if you’re thinking about buying a used go you can go to a franchise dealership, independent dealership or a car supermarket that offers used vehicles. Here are a few pros and cons of buying through a dealer.

Pros:
  • Your rights as a consumer are much better as you rarely have any when buying privately.
  •  You will probably benefit from a warranty.
  •  Major faults will most likely be sorted before the dealer sells the car.
  • You are always able to negotiate.
  • They may have deals for you to take advantage of.
  • You could possibly get a better deal if you offer part exchange.
  • The finance options on offer to you will be much better and may include hire purchase and personal contract payment.
  • If you’re buying a relatively new car you may find that you get some manufactures warranty still included.
Cons:
  • There could be restrictions to the warranty such as no cover on an engine or over a certain amount of miles.
  • You need to be confident that you can barter and that you’re not paying over the odds at price.
  • Sometimes the prices can be higher.


Privately
It’s no secret that when you are considering purchasing a used motor privately it can be risky. If there are any problems afterwards then you will most likely be left to deal with it yourself and in most cases, they will be buying as seen, however, buying privately can be good when you’re looking for a quick, cheap car. Just beware not everyone is honest.

Pros:
  • You will probably pay a lot less.
  • You can often negotiate a seller down on their price, especially if you are eager to sell.
  • It’s always handy to meet the previous owner. It allows you to ask questions.

Cons:
  • You won’t receive any warranty unless you pay for an independent check. So insurance is an absolute must.
  • Car finance is not an option. It would have to be a loan.
  • You have next to no consumer rights, the car just needs to be ‘as described’ and road worthy
  • You should do a lot of research.
  • No part-exchange is available although sometimes you can fall on people wanting to swap.

Auctions
Although they can be seen as one of the riskier options looking for an auction company close by could be the way you look to purchasing your next car. They are a brilliant way of grabbing yourself a bargain but it’s definitely worth researching how to handle yourself at an auction.

Pros:
  • You can grab yourself a really good bargain, unbeatable prices compared to a dealership or privately.

Cons:
  • Once the hammer has gone down you are in a commitment and cannot back out of the sale.
  • You probably won’t have any consumer rights, it’s worth researching it on each auction site as with some you do.
  • It’s easy to get into a bidding war and overshoot your budget, especially if you’re a little competitive.

Do you have any other ways that you can purchase your next used car? Please share them in the comments section below.  

April 26, 2019

Baby Brain? Don't Go Insane! Being A Better Father When Anxiety Cripples You


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Becoming a parent, in many ways, is the shortcut to making you a better person. There's nothing more humbling and downright scary than being responsible for someone else in every aspect of their life. Naturally, this can pave the way for a lot of anxiety. While there's a lot of talk about postpartum depression in mothers, it happens in fathers as well. And when stress and anxiety rear its head, which is on a very regular basis, are there any simple things that we can do to keep a lid on this so we can be better parents?

It's All About The Practice
We have to practice being calm. This can be quite difficult to achieve if we are forever wound up. This means that you need to focus on the quality of mental downtime. When we are stressed and fit to explode this heightened state can deplete us of energy that is better used in other aspects of our lives. But when you don't know where to begin, this can prove to be a difficult road to embark on. The best approach for anybody that's looking to be calmer is to switch off your fight-or-flight. You can do this easily, but it does take a lot of practice. There's a lot of talk about mindfulness and meditation these days. But the best place to begin is to practice our breathing. A lot of us, when we are stressed, tend to shallow breathe. By focusing on our breath and breathing deeper, ensuring that our diaphragm fills up as well as our lungs, and doing this whenever we have a spare 20 seconds throughout the day, we can slowly take control over our state.

Don't Over-Rely On Stimulants
You wake up in the morning and you need that first coffee. You feel that you can't do anything without it. But what we tend to do, if we feel that we've had a particularly bad night, is over-rely on these stimulants. We may have a second or third cup, and depending on our own individual tolerance to caffeine, this might tip you over the edge. It's about finding that veritable sweet spot when it comes to caffeine. It's always best, after your first coffee, to wait at least 20 minutes for it to enter your system. Remember, caffeine stays in our bodies for at least 12 hours, so if you have a cup of coffee at 2 pm, it's still going to be in your system in the middle of the night!

Remember, You're Not Alone
Maybe you don't sleep, or life is just getting on top of you, and you feel like you never have a moment to yourself. You're not alone. And if you are spending a lot of time to yourself, there are some excellent resources out there, even in podcast form, that can help. Abiding Fathers have a podcast for fathers that are looking to fine-tune themselves. And when we feel these peaks and troughs of emotion, the most humbling thing that we can do for ourselves is realize that we're not in it alone. There is no need for us to feel like we've got to push through because this is what will help us. Support, especially for fathers and men who aren't particularly keen on discussing their emotions, is out there in abundance! When you feel stressed, remember, this is a normal sensation.

April 20, 2019

How to Enhance Your Spirituality for a Calmer Life


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A moment of peace and quiet it very hard to come by nowadays. Everybody seems to be wrapped up in the excitement of their mobile phones or staying at work late to finish that important deadline. Have you ever considered what it would be like to have a more serene outlook on life? If you want to become a better person and show kindness to others there are a few life changes you can make right now. Connecting with your inner spirituality will help you to start a lifelong journey to happiness and calm. Consider some of the following ways to reconnect with yourself and find happiness from other elements in life.

Join a Church

Even if you aren’t a religious person, you might feel overwhelmed by the love and support that will great you from the moment you walk in. Look into the services offered by Universal Church and their door will always be open to you. The Universal Church is driven by the love its pastors, volunteers and faithful congregants have for the God of the Bible Who rescued them and for the people around them. Those who are part of this amazing work make all efforts necessary to take the good news of deliverance, family restoration and salvation to the minds and hearts of those near and far. By joining this family you will start to feel a new appreciation for life and the little things around you.
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Meditate Often

You should never underestimate the power of meditation. If you have a particularly stressful job or you have a lot of personal issues going on in your life, this process will help you to connect with your breathing and relax. Even if you can only spend ten minutes meditating before you go to work, you will find it helps you to clear your head when you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed.

Practice Gratitude

It is true that many of us take our lives for granted; we can combat this by practicing gratitude every single day. Write down three things that you are grateful for every morning and you will start to see life in a whole different way. Whether you’re grateful for the birds singing outside your window or a hot cup of coffee in the morning, these are all things in life we should never take for granted. Many people strive to be more compassionate, but practicing gratitude will help you towards a kinder way of thinking. You never know what somebody is going through in their life so treat everybody with forgiveness whenever possible.

It can be very easy to pass judgement on others in this day and age, especially when you have no idea what their background is. However, spirituality will help you to become more forgiving and kind to those around you. Whether you are considering joining a local church or you want to make a conscious effort to show compassion to others, all of these improvements will help you to live a calmer and happier life.

April 02, 2019

The Key Habits That Will Make You A Better Person


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Viewed in one respect, our lives are the product of an accumulation of habits. Of course, these can be either positive or negative, but over time, the things we do begin to shape who we are. Our habits are literally the foundation of our characters and our destinies. 

So it's little wonder that we spend a lot of time and mental energy engaged in a struggle to make our habits better ones. From the age old tradition of New Year's Resolutions onto setting SMART goals at work, and even reflected in the popularity of charity challenges such as Stoptober or Dry January, our desire to makeover our habits, and so, makeover the person we are, is deeply ingrained in us. 

We all have our individual motivating factors - from wanting to live a healthier lifestyle to scaling the corporate ladder, or even just making our children proud of us. We want and need to do better for our own sake. So what habits should be top of the list to change in our lives? 

Find Your Tribe

Making connections is essential to us as social animals. We find fulfillment in the approval of others, in being accepted - and there's nothing wrong with that. Spending time around people who inspire and uplift us, and who have similar values really can make a huge difference to our quality of life. And when we don't feel that sense of connection and support? We fall prey to the epidemic of loneliness that is all around us in a digital age. So make it your mission to find your tribe in life - people with the same passions as you. This tends to get harder as we get older, when we aren't exposed to new people and ideas as frequently. The key is to keep challenging yourself and learning new things. This will bring a new energy and usually new people into your life, and this can only be a positive. Surrounding yourself with the right networks can lead to new opportunities and great things - you just have to put yourself out there and find the connection. Natural introvert? Take a look at how to make small talk for introverts to arm yourself with the tools you need to succeed. 

Never Pay More Than You Need To

Our consumerist society is tuned in 24/7 to give us messages that we constantly need more and never things. Yet we know in our hearts that objects don't have the power to make us happy. Over the past few years, there has been a massive backlash movement which quite rightly values experiences over possessions, and prefers to spend any disposable income on making memories rather than acquiring the latest designer fashion. Indeed, one of the best and simplest habits is to learn respect for our money. Sooner than racking up needless purchases at high interest on easy credit, it's much healthier mentally and financially to take a step back. You can do that in several ways. The most useful is to create distance between you and a purchase. Never buy something on impulse, or because it's on sale. When you look at an item, challenge yourself to decide how much you think it's worth before looking at the price tag. If it's over that amount, put it back. You could also try adding items to an electronic wishlist rather than clicking ‘Add to basket’ on auto-pilot. If it's still on the list a month later, you have carte blanche to purchase, but you'll be surprised how many bad purchasing decisions this simple tactic can prevent. And make it a point of pride to never pay more than you have to on any purchase. Say you fall in love with a pricey set of new golf clubs. Instead of maxing out your credit card in the first shop you see them in, get smart. Shop around to find the best deal with a shopping comparison site or a specialist outlet such as rockbottomgolf.com. Or browse local listings for a preloved set - not only are you doing an incredibly positive thing for your wallet and impulse control,  but you're also saving the planet! 

Say No To Multitasking

We're often sold the myth that multi-tasking is crucial if we want to get everything done. But when you try to complete more than one task at once, you aren't putting your full effort and mental ability into anything that you do. This can be especially destructive if you run your own business, where you rely more on the quality of your individual output. If you want to improve at anything - from your half marathon pace time to your presentation skills, you must give it one hundred per cent -  and that means focusing on one task, and one task only. Cut the mental clutter. Close all those browser windows. Switch off your incoming email notifications and put your phone on silent. Tackle the most important job on your list first and give it your complete attention. You'll be surprised how much quicker you get it done and how much better quality you can achieve. 

Commit To A Better Night's Sleep

It may sound like a minor thing to those who lead busy lives. But a night of quality sleep is the foundation of mental and physical health. When we don't get enough rest, our minds and bodies suffer. Our focus is gone, we have poorer impulse control, we are more likely to make mistakes at work or to not have enough energy to work out. Practicing great sleep hygiene is a crucial habit that can make all the difference in your life. Start by finally banning electronics from the bedroom. The constant disturbances and the melatonin-disrupting blue light they emit have really negative impacts on our sleep quality. Then make sure the room is dark enough - you ideally need blackout blinds or curtains fitted. You should also check the room temperature, and invest in a great quality mattress and bedding. If you're still finding it hard to drop off, an electronic aromatherapy diffuser or even a white noise machine could be helpful, or try a mindfulness app like Calm or Headspace if you can't ‘switch off’ after a busy day. Aim to get at least seven or eight hours - that means properly calculating when you need to be in bed by counting back from your morning alarm time, and making sure you are wound down and ready to sleep by then. It makes a big difference to what you can achieve in a day.

Top 5 Health Benefits of Golf

Note: This post has been contributed. Photo by Pixabay from Pexels Golf is a beloved sport around the world. With a ri...