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Urban Biking: A New (Old) Way to Get Around on City Streets

Urban Biking: A New (Old) Way to Get Around on City StreetsThere’s a new focus on biking in many cities. And you might say the experience is as familiar as, well, riding a bike. Cities across the nation are embracing green transportation options, and one of those is perhaps the greenest of them all. Bicycles allow city-dwellers to get around with relative ease, as long as they are energetic and careful – and all without burning fossil fuels. This tried, true and tested mode of getting around – ok, it’s a little tiring, too -- just might revolutionize cityscapes.

join a community garden

Community gardens: When to hoe your row and when to slow your roll! If you’re a green-thumbed apartment renter, you probably don’t have a patch of yard to call your own. That can be frustrating for people who want to grow their own plants outside, but don’t worry! There’s an easy solution that’s probably not too far away: Join a community garden. A community garden is a communal piece of land on which many people plant vegetables or flowers in divided plots. It’s a way to beautify a community, improve your diet, get some exercise, connect to the environment and save money on grocery bills, all at the same time. If there’s a community garden near you that you’re interested in joining, go for it! But there are a few things you should know before you get your hands dirty. Read on for our dos and don’ts of community gardening.

e-cigarette

e-cigaretteBans on smoking have drawn both controversy and congratulations in varying degrees across the country. In many apartment communities, there are rules are in place restricting smoking. Now, the introduction of a new technology that looks and feels like smoking -- without actually being tobacco smoking -- is reigniting the debate about where and when it’s appropriate to "light up." Should electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, be restricted along with other nicotine products to protect nonsmokers? Here’s the latest information we found for those who share apartment spaces.

smoke-free apartments

no smoking in my apartment

Cigarette smoking is still a very common habit in the U.S. According to the latest findings from the American Lung Association nearly 50 million adults over age 18 are smokers.

So what does this have to do with you?

Whether it’s summertime, the holidays or spring break, it’s likely that you’ll welcome visitors into your apartment. Whether they’re staying for a day or a week, you may run into a very uncomfortable issue: how do you ask them not to smoke in your apartment?

You should not feel intimidated in your own home. Your house, your rules! If they can't deal with not being able to smoke inside, they can find somewhere else to crash.

If being blunt isn't your style, here's something to consider. Even if you've never lit up yourself, you would still be in harm’s way says the Centers for Disease Control. More than 40,000 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke each year.

So, what can you do?

Overeating in your apartment?

[caption id="attachment_64648" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Chicken leg in bed? Messy, messy! Has late-night snacking at home in your apartment become the norm, rather than the exception? We offer suggestions to help you curb after-hours eating.[/caption] Are evening hours a dangerous time for your diet? Has after-hours snacking at home in your apartment become the norm, rather than the exception? Eating behaviors can be some of the most challenging to change. For many of us who relate to the pleasures of food, it’s a long road. Failure, at times, is all but a guarantee. This is true of my personal experience. I can’t say that I have successfully engaged any of the behavioral suggestions that follow for any length of time, though all have worked for me in moments. Snacking success comes on a sliding scale. You’ll win some, and you’ll lose some. Think of snack control as a mental exercise, in addition to a physical one. You can hone how you think, especially when you understand why you eat when you do. Think about why you like to snack in the evening, and consider these tips to keep your mind off-menu.

lose weight

[caption id="attachment_61121" align="aligncenter" width="600"]If you're looking to get healthy this year, why not make use of your apartment community's fitness center? It's cheaper and closer than the gym! If you're looking to get healthy this year, why not make use of your apartment community's fitness center? It's cheaper and closer than the gym![/caption] A new year means a healthy new you, right? One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, but like so many pledges that people make to themselves when the calendar turns to January, those weight-loss goals often are abandoned in favor of the couch potato lifestyle. It’s hard to commit to going to the gym – while it may help you keep your goals, it also costs you time and money. So if you’re really serious about losing weight this year, why not use the tools already at your disposal? Your apartment can help you achieve the healthy new you that you’re after this year – and most of these tips won’t cost you a dime.

prevent spreading the flu

[caption id="attachment_70805" align="aligncenter" width="607"]If you or your roommate has the flu, wash your hands often to keep the germs at bay as much as possible. If you or your roommate has the flu, wash your hands often to keep the germs at bay as much as possible.[/caption]

Flu season has officially begun, folks. That high fever, coughing, sniffling, and fatigue are not manifestations of the common cold. Nope. It’s something far more serious.

Seasonal flu usually debuts in the fall and peaks shortly after the new year. Children, seniors and those with chronic health conditions are most at risk because they have weaker immune systems. But keep in mind that the flu is very contagious. We’re all susceptible to the respiratory illness if exposed to it. So if your apartment is home to multiple generations, get ready!

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