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Rodent illustration by Nicole Salazar for 360 MAGAZINE.

CITY RATS × STREETS

By Althea Champion

Thirty-four years after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant meltdown, lush greenery and wild wolves freely inhabit the landscape, uninhibited by the burden of human life’s presence. Nine months after the first reported case of COVID-19 in the U.S., another lifeform—one much less beautiful and romantic—roams the comparatively barren city streets of the U.S.: rats.

In East Coast cities, from New Orleans to Boston to New York City, residents are reporting sightings of rats swarming, scouring the city, capitalizing on the valuable real estate human beings recently left behind in pursuit of the safety of their homes.

The swell of rat turn-out is not simply because the once busy streets they cowered in the shadows of are now empty, but because they are starving and in dire straits. It seems that hard times are not unique to humans during these past few months, but are actually falling on rats, too.

“Community-wide closures have led to a decrease in food available to rodents, especially in dense commercial areas,” the CDC reported in a May update of rodent-control guidelines in respect to COVID-19. “Some jurisdictions have reported an increase in rodent activity as rodents search for new sources of food. Environmental health and rodent control programs may see an increase in service requests related to rodents and reports of unusual or aggressive rodent behavior.”

According to the Boston Herald, Boston is currently handling an impressive rat problem of their own, with the Allston/Brighton neighborhoods reporting a whopping 88% increase in rodent activity in comparison to last year.

“Boston is experiencing an unusually large surge in rodent complaints during the coronavirus pandemic,” reported Meghan Ottolini of the Boston Herald. “With residents reporting massive infestations in gardens and rats ‘the size of cats’ scurrying down the street in broad daylight.”

The waste that rats once prospered on is no longer available as a result of much frequented restaurants and bars closing their doors. Scraps can no longer be found without extensive searches. Thus, city rats, motivated by their acute distress and changing landscape, are resorting to desperate measures. 

In New York City, where restaurants are permitted to serve patrons outdoors as of June 22, rats are also showing up to dine at the literal heels of customers bating for crumbs, according to The Guardian.

In cities more than ever, the line between wildlife and the human race is slimming. Unlike those who live in more rural areas, animals are not something city folk come in contact with on a daily basis—aside from a dog, cat, and the occasional hamster. 

Perhaps this is changing. Linda Rodriguez McRobbie of The Boston Globe suggests that the urban wildlifes—the coyotes in Chicago and San Francisco, mountain lions in Boulder, and the groundhog in Philadelphias—are perhaps lessening the “artificial division between ‘man’ and ‘nature,'” and maybe that isn’t a bad thing. Perhaps, humans do not have to be separate from nature, and rodents do feature in nature.

It is, after all, the year of the rat.

Dentistry illustration for 360 MAGAZINE by Rita Azar

Doug Disraeli, D.D.S. Engages Local Economy

With the dental industry accounting for roughly two million jobs and contributing over $200 billion to the national economy annually, Doug Disraeli D.D.S. has proudly kept all seven staff members as part of the team throughout 2020, without interruption, while also complying with all new local, county, state, and federal guidelines.

As part of the Hillcrest, San Diego community for over 35 years, “Dr. D.,” as his patients affectionately call him, is among the practicing dentists estimated by the Journal of American Dental Association to positively impact his local economy.

Says Disraeli, “Our community is everything. I am deeply committed to San Diego where I’ve lived my whole life. I know that our community engagement is even more important now and I’m honored to be a small business that supports our local economy and community members.”

Since 2020 began, in addition to employing seven local team members, the office of Doug Disraeli D.D.S. regularly supports and collaborates with local businesses and contributed to four local Hillcrest, San Diego nonprofits related to LGBTQIA+, homelessness, COVID response and veterans.

ABOUT DR. DOUG DISRAELI: Dr. Disraeli is a general and cosmetic dentist with a degree from the University of Southern California, one of the top dental schools in the world. In practice for over 35 years, he participates throughout the United States in continuing education dentistry courses and is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the San Diego County Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Pacific Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists. Since 2008 and every year since, Dr. Disraeli has been awarded, “Top San Diego Dentist”, as voted by other dental professionals in San Diego County.

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ABOUT DOUG DISRAELI, D.D.S. DENTAL PRACTICE: Offering cosmetic dentistry, implant, restorative and general dentistry throughout San Diego, Doug Disraeli, D.D.S. is committed to providing its patients with comfortable, efficient and comprehensive dental care. Procedures offered include teeth whitening, bonding, veneers, cosmetic fillings, removable partial dentures, extractions, periodontics. Doug Disraeli, D.D.S. is located in the Uptown San Diego, Hillcrest community at 3645 Fourth Avenue.

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5 Tips for Staying Active at Home

Are you like the majority of people who are spending way more time at home than you usually would? With lockdown measures happening across the country in 2020, and then the slow return to the new normal, people just haven’t been out and active like they normally would. While it’s been an adjustment, there are ways you can stay healthy and active despite being home so much. In fact these may be habits you decide to keep up with even after the pandemic is under control. To get you started on your path to a more active lifestyle at home, here are five tips you can start using right away.

Make Use of Online Exercise Videos

One of the hottest trends to hit during lockdown was an interest in online exercise videos. YouTube is one of the best places to find this content, with thousands upon thousands of free videos to check out. In particular, you can use these videos for cardio workouts, Yoga, and Pilates. You can go about things at your own pace, choose the length of the workout video, and do them as often as you like during the week. Many of these don’t require any sort of special equipment or workout gear, just enough space in a room to move about and perform the various exercises.

Get Yourself a Golf Simulator

If you’re an avid golfer, why not take this time at home to brush up on your skills and therefore improve your game. You can buy your very own golf simulator like one of these that you can set up in your house. With these simulators, the weather outside never matters; you can enjoy a “game of golf” whenever the mood strikes. What’s really great about these simulators is the amount of information and feedback they provide, which you can use to better your game. You’ll get information on your swing, speed, stance, accuracy, and so much more.

Backyard Sports Games

If you happen to have yard space, you have access to a whole host of additional activities. Anything sports related that can be played in your own yard is a fabulous option. This could include activities like badminton, soccer, baseball, bocce ball, lawn darts, croquet, and so forth. If you have kids, these are also the kinds of activities they can get involved in. 

Invest in an Exercise Machine

If you plan to keep up with your at-home physical activity in the long-run, it can make sense to make an investment and purchase an exercise machine. Some of the more popular options include a weight machine, a treadmill, an elliptical, a stationary bike, and a rowing machine. The catch with these machines is that you need enough space to use them and store them, so they aren’t usually ideal for smaller sized homes and spaces.

Those House Chores are Exercise Too

Then there are the house chores that need to be done regularly. This includes both the indoor and outdoor chores. These act as their own form of physical activity as you can really work up a sweat and burn some calories doing them. Chores that are known for burning the most amount of calories are vacuuming, mopping, laundry, gardening/weeding, and mowing the grass. In order to get the best results from household chores make sure you do at least one strenuous chore daily.

No Need to Leave the House to Get Active

As you can very well see there is absolutely no reason to leave the house in order to be active and stay healthy. Each of these tips will help you to achieve your health goals.

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Road Trip Hotels

Three hotels around the country are ready to safely host road-tripping guests

The Shore Club Wisconsin, The Inn Hotel, and The Penn Stroud have recently joined Choice Hotels International, Inc.’s Ascend Hotel Collection,  a global portfolio of resort, boutique and historic hotels. All three hotels are just a few hours’ drive from major U.S. cities and bustling suburbs, making them optimal destinations for guests who are looking to hit the road and start exploring again.

“Research shows that more than two-thirds of consumers miss traveling and can’t wait to hit the road again, and many people will take more trips by car as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dianne Taylor, head of brand, Ascend Hotel Collection, Choice Hotels.

“The addition of these hotels to our Ascend Hotel Collection reaffirms that the road forward is paved with opportunity – both for guests ready to return to travel, and for the hotel owners who are ready to welcome them,” said Mark Shalala, senior vice president of development, upscale brands, Choice Hotels. “Guests value both the security of brands they trust as well as individuality, and the Ascend brand brings them the best of both. Backed by Choice’s industry-leading technology, robust distribution and reservation channels, and comprehensive Commitment to Clean initiative, Ascend hotels are poised for continued success in the months and years ahead.”

All Choice-branded hotels are participating in Commitment to Clean, which is the company’s global, holistic approach to supplying franchisees and their employees with the tools to address health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative enhances existing best practice guidance for deep cleaning, disinfecting, hygiene and social distancing.

About The Shore Club Wisconsin:

Located at 276 Victorian Village Dr. in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, this recently renovated hotel provides guests with convenient access to charming attractions surrounding the shore and boasts 600 feet of private beach. Guests can lounge lakefront or try out a number of entertaining watersports, such as paddle boarding, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding or tubing. The Cottonwood Social and world-famous Tiki Bar are also on-site for guests seeking a drink or bite to eat.

About The Inn Hotel:

Found at 15 Dam Rd. in Arnolds Park, Iowa, this hotel channels the storied history of the building’s predecessor, which was an epicenter for social life along Lake Okoboji from the late 19th century until 2018. The new hotel leans into an Art Deco style that transports guests back to the Roaring ’20s, while still delivering the modern amenities that today’s leisure travelers seek. Embraced by tranquil lakes on three sides and quaint attractions and eateries to the south, The Inn Hotel is a true midwestern gem.

About The Penn Stroud:

Located at 700 Main St. in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, this hotel reflects nearly 200 years of history while offering guests upscale amenities in a premium location following a multi-million-dollar renovation. The Penn Stroud, nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, is close to the Appalachian Trail – one of the country’s most traversed hiking routes. Downtown Stroudsburg is home to several art galleries, cafes and historic sites, and the hotel is also close to attractions including Mountain View Vineyard and Alpine Mountain Skiing.

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NasalGuard® Airborne Particle Blocker®

A Topical Gel that Reduces Inhalation of 

Harmful Airborne Contaminants 

NasalGuard® launches ‘Breathe Easier Healthcare Donation’ Program

Airborne Particle Blocker® is an electrostatic topical nasal gel that prevents airborne particles from entering the nose. The product is drug-free and safe for children, the elderly, pregnant or nursing women, and those concerned about potential drug interactions with other medications. During these uncertain times, NasalGuard is a unique product that can help people protect themselves from harmful airborne particles!

Healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic, physicians and other medical personnel, are in desperate need of creative solutions amidst the lack of personal protective gear and supplies that help block harmful airborne pathogens. To help support healthcare workers on the front lines, NasalGuard Airborne Particle Blocker is launching the “Breathe Easier Healthcare Workers Donation Program.” Through the program, NasalGuard is offering free donations to any health care professional that would like to try NasalGuard gel for themselves, their hospital or office. All requests are considered and all that is needed is a statement of profession, doctor office/hospital, and quantity needed. Requests can be emailed to Shaheda at sashtekar@nasalguard.com.  To date NasalGuard Airborne Particle Blocker has donated product upon request for use by staff at RWJ Barnabas Health, Hackensack Meridian Health, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, University Radiology Group and Lenox Hill Hospital.  NasalGuard has long been a supporter of actively giving back and has donated thousands of units of NasalGuard Airborne Particle Blocker nationally and internationally through well-known charitable organizations. 

“We at NasalGuard are proud to support the frontline healthcare workers as well as anyone else in need of preventative products,” says Kanika Wahi, a biomedical engineer and Co-inventor of NasalGuard microfiltration technology. “As people continue taking protective measures to help themselves during this time, NasalGuard is another tool in their arsenal of prevention. Many of our customers, including healthcare professionals, have been applying NasalGuard prior to wearing a mask for their own benefit,” adds Kanika.

NasalGuard protects against virtually all types of airborne contaminants in any location. Users can count on it to work in their homes, airplanes, offices, hospitals and other environments where airborne particles may present a health hazard. “NasalGuard has been proven to reduce the inhalation of airborne particles, including virus-sized particles and contaminants, when applied outside the nasal passages prior to exposure,” says Ashok Wahi, Co-inventor of NasalGuard. ‘Hospital workers also told us that using Nasalguard blocks unpleasant odors when on the job.  We are delighted to support our Healthcare Heros with any product donations to make life a bit more pleasant,” adds Ashok. A pin-sized drop of the preventative product is applied around the nostrils and above the upper lip and lasts up to six hours. Patented NasalGuard gel uses a cationic (positively charged) polymer that creates a safe electrostatic field around the nasal passages that traps oppositely charged particles and repels similarly charged particles to reduce inhalation of most harmful airborne particles before they enter your body. NasalGuard gel can be purchased online at https://nasalguard.com/ and https://amazon.com/nasalguard or by calling 855-627-2545. NasalGuard gel tube retails for $14.85.

Every day, people are exposed to millions of airborne particles.  In these unprecedented times, and as the world attempts to loosen social distancing rules, it is important to arm yourself with tools when entering public spaces such as airports, airplanes, transportation centers, homes and offices, hospitals, doctor’s offices, and movie theaters. Using NasalGuard regularly will help protect against the immediate and long-term risk of breathing harmful contaminated air.

There is a growing public health concern globally regarding the adverse health effects caused by the inhalation of microscopic airborne particles. In response to this widespread problem, Trutek Corp., the parent company of NasalGuard, has successfully advanced their technology which was originally focused on blocking allergens from entering the nose for preventing allergy symptoms. This breakthrough provides a greater electrostatic blocking effect that is effective against a much wider spectrum of sub-microscopic indoor and outdoor contaminants including mold, pollen, pet dander, pollution, and virus-sized particles.

NasalGuard technology was invented by Ashok Wahi, the founder and President of Trutek Corp., an R&D product development company and his daughter Kanika Wahi, both engineers by training, Ashok was inspired to create this technology to aid his other daughter, Aikta, who suffered from severe allergies.  “I developed this product because of the vital need to have some kind of personal air filter that was drug free, non-invasive and easy to use,” says Ashok Wahi. 

About Trutek Corp.

Trutek Corp. is a privately held intellectual property and product development company which has been manufacturing and marketing patented NasalGuard® globally since 1995.  Over 18 million units have been sold worldwide with no reports of any adverse effects. NasalGuard gel can be purchased online at https://nasalguard.com/, https://amazon.com/nasalguard or by calling 855-627-2548.  For more information go to www.nasalguard.com.  Follow us on https://www.facebook.com/NasalGuard/

Frontline Healthcare workers at Hackensack Meridian Health at Old Bridge Hospital in Old Bridge, New Jersey with their NasalGuard Airborne Particle Blocker

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WHY YOU NEED DO WOOL DRYER BALLS TO DRY YOUR CLOTHES

Many of us find dry balls strange to use; we see others use them, but never get to use them ourselves. Why can’t I just dry my clothes on the line? Logical, right? However, we can’t just limit our minds to just one procedure. There are other ways we can dry our clothes easily. Besides, what if it decides to rain all through the day… how would you dry your clothes? There is the washer dryer of course. But, what if there is a way you can improve the drying process of your clothes, would you opt for it? For this reason, we have the dryer balls (no-pun-intended). But, do they work? For the record, wool dryer balls are 100% effective. They can improve the drying time of your clothes, get rid of static, and they are made from natural materials.

How Do Wool Dryer Balls Improve Drying Time?

Wool dryer balls play a very important role in drying your clothes in a short time. Once you have placed the balls along with your washed clothes in the dryer and turn it on, the balls get in-between your clothes and help separate them as they tumble. As this process goes on, air easily circulates within the dryer, allowing moisture to quickly evaporate from your clothes. Using this product can save you 20% in drying time, thereby saving you energy and cost.

Are Wool Dryer Balls Effective In Preventing Static In Clothes?

Do wool dryer balls work in eliminating static in clothes and towels? Yes, they do. Static results from drying clothes that gather electric charge due to different clothes gliding against one another. This problem is commonly faced by individuals that place their clothes in tumble-dryers. The good news is that static clothing can be eliminated by using dryer balls. Here is an experiment for you to try out. Get your washed clothes out, separate them into two portions, place one portion without dryer balls in the tumble-dryer and afterwards place in a separate laundry basket. Put the second portion, this time with dryer balls, in the dryer and place them in another laundry basket. Check out both clothe sections and note the portion with static. You will obviously find static in the clothes without dryer balls, and none in the other portion.

Are Wool Dryer Balls Better Than Dryer Sheets And Plastic Dryer Balls?

When comparing wool dryer balls to dryer sheets, it is glaring which of them is more effective and safe – the wool dryer balls, obviously. Dryer sheets are mostly filled with perfumes and chemicals which makes them not safe in drying your clothes. Besides, wool dryer balls have a faster drying time than dryer sheets. Wool dryer balls make less noise than plastic dryer balls that are well-known for their clattering noise. Additionally, they are made from natural products, which makes them safe to use.

What To Do While Purchasing Wool Dryer Balls

Wool dryer balls are worth the try. Also, they come in different qualities, so you need to check out customers’ reviews about the product before making a purchase. Personally, wool dryer balls by Tru Earth are 100% organic and effective in leaving your clothes dry and fresh. These dryer balls contain no chemicals or synthetics as they are made from sheep wool.

5 Most Recommend Ways to Brighten Your Smile

Whiten with chemicals? There are any number of at-home teeth whitening systems. These often involve very strong chemicals and adverse side effects like increased sensitivity in the teeth and inflammation in the gums. Unfortunately, the same side effects can be caused by professional whitening treatments your dentist might use. 

The five best ways to get your teeth as white and bright as they can be, without the use of harsh chemicals, starts with simple, consistent dental hygiene.

1) This is the boring stuff

Brush your teeth gently and thoroughly for at least five minutes twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning. The dentist’s cleaning will remove the tartar and buildup that can become discoloration and staining over time. Your dentist can also advise you about any other whitening methods you might want to try.

2) Start your mornings off right!

Drink hot tea made from ginger and lemon. Ginger helps kill bacteria in the mouth, and the acidity of the lemon will begin to break down stains, especially if used daily over time.

3) Whiten with COCO Lab!

Fortunately, for those who want the best at-home teeth whitening, with none of the sensitivity, Coco Lab has developed a unique line of products. The active ingredients include activated charcoal made from coconuts, with fair and responsible coconut cultivation practices in the supply chain.

Coco Lab teeth whitening products also use soothing aloe vera for happy gums, and grapefruit oil to strengthen the tooth enamel. Peppermint kills bacteria and keeps breath fresh as you whiten. These are not just teeth whitening products, they are a step up for all of your dental health and hygiene needs. The whitening kits come with a six-day supply of whitening gel, and a gel-activated, battery powered LED light mouth tray that ensures it only takes 10 minutes a day to achieve your brightest smile.

4) Snack healthy!

Crunchy, raw fruits and veggies like celery, radishes, carrots, strawberries, and apples are best eaten whole. They are more nutritious in their whole form, and the action of biting and chewing these foods takes advantage of their texture and enzymes to polish and strengthen teeth. Keeping a healthy lifestyle this season is also very important to prevent coronavirus.

5) Rinse!

Most people are not going to be giving up coffee or red wine. If you love these, or other dark colored, staining foods and drinks, rinse with water or mouthwash after you finish. You’ll get extra whitening power if your mouthwash contains hydrogen peroxide. You can even use plain hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash.

Finally, if you’re looking for deeper stain removal and more dramatic whitening, first check with your dentist about the overall health of your teeth. Most teeth whitening products are best for healthy teeth with healthy gums and no fillings. If you have had dental restoration work with tooth-colored fillings or crowns, you also might not get the safest or best results from commercial teeth whitening. 

Coco Lab offers powerful, natural teeth whitening in only 10 minutes a day, without causing sensitivity. It’s a step up for your daily dental health routine!

Korean Skin Care Beauty Products Availability During COVID-19

Due to the alarming situation of COVID-19, almost everything has been stopper in the world. Every sector of human life has greatly infected with this disease. The fashion industry is also infected but still, there are numerous online shopping stores and fashion brand websites which are helping the people to make sure about the availability of their products and enabling the interested people to deliver their interests relevant products at their doorsteps with fell precautions and following the basic principles of products delivery. Many fashion shops are encouraging the people to place online orders to book their requiring products so that they can deliver the chosen products with full safety by acting upon the safe product deliveries. 

Products Selection Criteria Which Can be Bought Online

Range of fashion products are many and it depends upon the interests fashion lovers to which they want to purchase and how to proceed online orders to get fast and safe order deliveries. Korean Skin care Routine, Facial Masks, Body lotions, Scrubs, beauty glowing creams, skin tones, body massage, Moisturizing creams and lotions, beauty enhancements products and so many skin improvement and skincare products which can be bought at any time after visiting the reliable shopping store. Removing all traces of makeup and other signs from your body especially face by best-recommended skincare products. Makeup and clearing away other impurities, require personal interests and deep analysis to meet with the challenges to solve the skincare issues and then to proceed further to select the best-recommended items from the authentic and reliable shopping web store.

Online Order Placement with Safe and Secure Delivery Service Guarantee

Don’t feel hesitation to choose the offering products from the famous stores because they are making sure the interested communities are interested to place online orders to get the fast and secure shipping services for their valued client’s safety. If still need to know anything before preceding any order to buy your favorite shipping items and then feel free to ask them to inquire about anything for which you need to clarify your confusion. Show your interests to decide where to buy your best demanding fashion beauties and accessories then proceed further to pass online orders to get fast and secure fashion products with 24/7 service. Show your interests and chose the best-recommended beauty and fashion accessories and products to glow your beauties by paying your proper concentration and focus on your health. 

Varieties in Fashion Products on Online Stores

In best-recommended skincare products, there are Makeup remover and oil cleanser, branded toners, Korean skincare, Face scrubs and peels, Water-based cleanser, Serum, booster, ampoule, Essence, Face Cream, Sheet Mask, Moisturizer and numerous other famous beauty products which can be bought anytime from authentic reliable resource store. Make sure which type of products do you need and how to get influence to make sure about the best demanding products on behalf of the best reliable resources. There is a huge collection of beauty and cosmetics products with simple and easy order guidelines to book their favorite products on behalf of the best reliable resources. Find a massive range of ideas and plans and discount offers to show your interest levels and to take immediate decisions to buy from online instead to go personally. Find the latest updates and new product arrivals news, as well as great discounts, offers to save your money and travel distance. 

Safety Measurements by Delivery Services During COVID-19 Situation

Massive range of products is formulated with skin-supporting ingredients to satisfy the interested communities and then to resolve almost all types of issues to place online orders to get the fast and secure service deliveries by following all the basic principles for consumer protection. There is no chance to ignore the values and beliefs for which people are frustrated to get safe products by delivery services. Everybody knows the situation and current atmosphere to book online fashion products and then to proceed further by reducing the risks of COVID-19. Show your interests and find your products with safe and secure deliveries and improve your lifestyle by shopping your favorite fashion and beauty products which you need to improve your personalities and health as well. 

Sara Sandman, illustration, fitness, 360 MAGAZINE

How fitness clubs are using social media to engage members

By Michaela Auger – TrainAway

There’s no doubt that a brand’s social media strategy can make or break it. And in recent years, we’ve seen that social media is an important part of representing a business and communicating to different audiences. 

Most people get their news and updates through social media platforms. In fact, active social media users account for 2.89 billion people. 

For fitness clubs, social media is an invaluable and influential tool to reach audiences – especially during difficult times like the current COVID-19 outbreak, when people cannot go to the gym in-person. 

In response, these are a few of the methods fitness clubs are adopting to engage members via social media. 

How gyms and health clubs use social media to establish their online brand

Sharing daily workouts 

In the fitness world, people love workout videos. They like to have a general idea of what they will be doing before they commit to joining a club on a full-time basis. For example, ELBGYM, who are located in Germany – are offering tailored workouts on their Instagram feed, encouraging their members to stay active within their daily lives. It’s especially important for fitness clubs to offer a different workout each day to appeal to all their members. Non-members can see and enjoy what ElbGym has to offer, and potentially sign-up once the fitness club reopens.

Sharing recipes for healthy eating 

Eating right isn’t easy, and people can feel overwhelmed when trying to find healthy recipes that taste good and are easy to make. Some fitness clubs, such as Neoness – located in France – are sharing their favourite healthy recipes on Instagram to motivate members to eat nutritious meals. 
Whether it’s a superfood salad, the perfect pre-workout smoothie or a guilt-free snack, members definitely appreciate the fitness clubs doing their homework for them and helping plan daily meals.

Motivating members with quotes

At some point, everyone hits a wall in their fitness regime. This is where gyms like EasyGym help their members to climb that wall, with a little motivation via an inspirational quote. Inspiring words on Facebook and Instagram push users to get out of bed and complete a workout. Plus, this content is extremely sharable, so followers repost the content, the gym gets a boost in brand awareness and maybe even new recruits.

Using hashtags to boost reach

Hashtags are a great way to grow fitness clubs’ social reach and engage with members or potential members. By putting using hashtags (#) users can see a stream of content related to the phrase and spend time exploring the topic online. 

For example, PureGym uses trending hashtags on their Twitter and Instagram posts around popular fitness topics. If #YogoFlow is trending, PureGym posts about specific yoga exercises to add value to the conversation. Many social media users post using trending hashtags, so fitness club owners like Puregym are sure to make their content stand out and not get lost in the noise. 

Overall, social media is a crucial part of any business, but it doesn’t have to be stressful to manage. Take the first step, create a profile, and start engaging with your members.

BALANCING SENTIMENTAL VALUE WITH DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING

Now that we are sheltering at home, many of us will start to tackle house related projects, including decluttering and organizing. But, letting go of things isn’t always easy. How much stuff do you have in your house that you keep around for purely sentimental reasons? Like that old t-shirt from a favorite vacation or the set of silverware that belonged to your grandparents?

While we all want to hold on to special memories, the impulse to “hold on to things” can quickly lead to clutter and mess if left unchecked. It’s important to balance the need to save with the need to streamline and get organized.

Admittedly, it can feel hard to have to give up precious family possessions. If you’re struggling with belongings of sentimental value while trying to declutter your home, try these tips:

1. CREATE A KEEPSAKE STRATEGY

If your sentimental belongings are starting to take over rooms in your home, it may be time to create a keepsake strategy and evaluate each item.

For example, if you recently lost a close family member, it can be tempting to want to hold on to so many of their possessions. But the truth is, even if your grandmother was the best knitter in the world, there’s no need for you to hold on to every blanket and sweater she made.

Divide your sentimental items into categories, and make a point to only keep a few from each category. For all your sentimental items, ask yourself:

  • Why is this specific item sentimental? If it’s because of the person you got it from, consider if you can remember the person and the special memory without this particular item.
  • Is this an item you’ll use?
  • Can you give it to someone who would get more use and value out of it?

Hopefully with this keepsake strategy, you’ll hold on to only a manageable number of sentimental belongings.

2. SAVE IT TO THE CLOUD

Rather than keeping large bulky physical items, can you take a photo and save it to the cloud? New research demonstrates that taking and keeping a digital photo can help you both preserve a memory (sometimes even longer than a physical item which may fade or grow moldy) while also decluttering your home.

You may even prefer to take digital photos of old family albums, as the digital photos will last longer without taking up space in your house.

3. KEEP THINGS IN THE FAMILY

While it may feel difficult to have to give up a precious family heirloom, ask yourself if it’s time to pass it on to someone else in the family who can now get better use from it.

 If it feels right, you might even want to give items to close friends, including them in the circle of your “wider family.” It might be the best way to keep family heirlooms and traditions going into the future.

4. DO GOOD

If there’s no one you know who might be able to use your old sentimental items, maybe you can give them away to someone in need.

While it can be hard to part with something you love, the knowledge that someone else can need it and appreciate it even more might help you feel better about your choice to give things away.

5. FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

While you certainly want to never forget where you came from, you also want to make sure you’re not stuck in the past.

It can be soothing and healing to spend some time in nostalgia. But don’t lose sight of your useful future goal to declutter and organize your home. Streamlining your possessions will help everyone in your home live calmly and more efficiently, and that’s definitely a worthwhile reason to declutter.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marty Basher is the design expert with Modular Closets. Marty regularly contributes on topics of home design, organization, improvement and more, helping home owners get the most out of the spaces in their home. Modular Closets are high-quality and easy-to-design closet systems made in the USA you can order, assemble and install yourself, in no time at all.