Cynthia Madison 's Entries

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  • 28 Feb 2022
    Going on a road trip and being on the road can be fun and exciting. It can even be therapeutic at times, listening to your favorite music with the wide-open road in front of you. But the long hours and having to stay alert at all times can be exhausting. Not to mention that if you have to drive long distances quite often for work purposes, it can also become tedious and a lonesome activity. Regardless of whether you go for business or pleasure, safety can be affected when negative feelings arise. And this should be avoided as much as possible, so ensuring a safe driving experience is a must. Driving safely is highly important, almost a requirement from when you get your driver’s license. Besides learning defensive driving and safety tips to remain alert, it is also a matter of common sense that you should ensure your and your passengers’ safety when you are on the road. Doing this will also provide other drivers’ safety, given that your driving style doesn’t include any reckless behavior. While it is highly necessary for government officials to implement and enforce safety regulations and provide high-quality roads that do not represent a danger for drivers, drivers can also practice safety on their own. The best way to guarantee road safety is a combination of both, but, unfortunately, the former is out of our control. For this reason, it is essential to learn the ways in which you can ensure road safety, as that is part of your responsibility. From understanding and applying defensive driving techniques to installing new technologies that can support a safer driving experience, there are various things you can do.  This being said, we have compiled a comprehensive list of things you can apply to ensure you have a safe and incident-free driving experience, whether it is for short or long distances.   Avoid distractions at all times. Distracted driving is among the most common causes of road accidents. Texting or looking at your smartphone while driving shifts your attention and makes you take your eyes off the road. An accident can happen in a split second, and if you are not focusing on your driving, it makes it harder and even impossible to avoid it.  Whether it is an obstacle on the road, another driver, or a bystander, not paying attention forces you to react too late and in a forced manner, putting your and others’ lives in danger. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to avoid any distractions while driving. If you must speak on the phone, opt for a wireless earpiece or connect your phone with Bluetooth, making use of this helpful technology.    Practice defensive driving. Whether you are an experienced or novice driver, learning defensive driving is never too late or unnecessary. Essentially, this consists of various safe driving techniques and strategies that help you identify a possible hazard and teach you how to react beforehand safely. So, practicing defensive driving means you will considerably reduce risks on the road, learn to anticipate a dangerous situation, and make an informed decision promptly. Some of the defensive driving techniques include always being aware of your surroundings and putting safety first when you are behind the wheel. This includes only engaging in specific actions when you are sure you have excellent visibility and never allow any distractions.   Make use of transport technology. Road safety can be better-guaranteed thanks to technologies being developed and emerging on the market much faster than before. Improved technologies for vehicles include advanced driver assistance systems or automatic emergency braking that support the driver in maintaining defensive driving techniques, staying alert, and avoiding any incoming hazards.  Another excellent example of transport technology you could install in your car for ensuring safety on the road is sensor systems of front-facing cameras, in case your vehicle doesn’t already have one. For more reliable technologies, you can check www.trafficangel.co.uk.   Make sure you have an emergency kit. Unfortunately, some accidents can still happen, as much as you try to avoid them. Tough weather conditions can damage the road if government officials do not take appropriate actions, or another reckless driver may cause an accident involving other innocent ones. For this reason, it is crucial to be as prepared as possible with a first aid kit.  An emergency kit is just as essential. If you ever get a flat tire, you must stop the car on the side of the road so that you aren’t an obstacle for other drivers. If this isn’t possible, a warning triangle is necessary to signal the incident to everyone else. Therefore, you should always make sure you have an emergency kit containing a flat tire repair kit, fire extinguisher, warning triangle, and flashlight.    Provide regular car maintenance. Regular car maintenance checks ensure road safety. You may wonder why this is the case. Essentially, if your car is in good shape and maintained in a proper condition, the risks of it breaking down unexpectedly and risking causing an accident are significantly decreased. Not only is car maintenance an effective way to increase safety, but it also helps your car to perform well for an extended time. This is also beneficial because it can save you money in the long run.  Therefore, to guarantee road safety, you must take good care of your personal vehicle. Depending on what your car needs, you can either go to your trusted mechanic or do it yourself. For instance, changing the oil regularly can be easily done without going to the auto shop. But if your car needs engine checkups, it is highly recommended you let a professional do this.    Never drive when feeling tired. Tiredness can be dangerous. So, whenever you are behind the wheel, and especially when you have to drive for long hours and distances, it is of the utmost importance to be rested. This means that you should plan regular breaks every couple of hours for longer road trips. It is recommended to adjust this, taking into account your energy levels and how far away your destination is.  However, under no circumstance should you rush and speed just because you want to reduce your time on the road and reach your destination faster. It is better to drive slower and stop frequently or stay someplace overnight than to risk driving when you feel exhausted.
    4681 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Going on a road trip and being on the road can be fun and exciting. It can even be therapeutic at times, listening to your favorite music with the wide-open road in front of you. But the long hours and having to stay alert at all times can be exhausting. Not to mention that if you have to drive long distances quite often for work purposes, it can also become tedious and a lonesome activity. Regardless of whether you go for business or pleasure, safety can be affected when negative feelings arise. And this should be avoided as much as possible, so ensuring a safe driving experience is a must. Driving safely is highly important, almost a requirement from when you get your driver’s license. Besides learning defensive driving and safety tips to remain alert, it is also a matter of common sense that you should ensure your and your passengers’ safety when you are on the road. Doing this will also provide other drivers’ safety, given that your driving style doesn’t include any reckless behavior. While it is highly necessary for government officials to implement and enforce safety regulations and provide high-quality roads that do not represent a danger for drivers, drivers can also practice safety on their own. The best way to guarantee road safety is a combination of both, but, unfortunately, the former is out of our control. For this reason, it is essential to learn the ways in which you can ensure road safety, as that is part of your responsibility. From understanding and applying defensive driving techniques to installing new technologies that can support a safer driving experience, there are various things you can do.  This being said, we have compiled a comprehensive list of things you can apply to ensure you have a safe and incident-free driving experience, whether it is for short or long distances.   Avoid distractions at all times. Distracted driving is among the most common causes of road accidents. Texting or looking at your smartphone while driving shifts your attention and makes you take your eyes off the road. An accident can happen in a split second, and if you are not focusing on your driving, it makes it harder and even impossible to avoid it.  Whether it is an obstacle on the road, another driver, or a bystander, not paying attention forces you to react too late and in a forced manner, putting your and others’ lives in danger. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to avoid any distractions while driving. If you must speak on the phone, opt for a wireless earpiece or connect your phone with Bluetooth, making use of this helpful technology.    Practice defensive driving. Whether you are an experienced or novice driver, learning defensive driving is never too late or unnecessary. Essentially, this consists of various safe driving techniques and strategies that help you identify a possible hazard and teach you how to react beforehand safely. So, practicing defensive driving means you will considerably reduce risks on the road, learn to anticipate a dangerous situation, and make an informed decision promptly. Some of the defensive driving techniques include always being aware of your surroundings and putting safety first when you are behind the wheel. This includes only engaging in specific actions when you are sure you have excellent visibility and never allow any distractions.   Make use of transport technology. Road safety can be better-guaranteed thanks to technologies being developed and emerging on the market much faster than before. Improved technologies for vehicles include advanced driver assistance systems or automatic emergency braking that support the driver in maintaining defensive driving techniques, staying alert, and avoiding any incoming hazards.  Another excellent example of transport technology you could install in your car for ensuring safety on the road is sensor systems of front-facing cameras, in case your vehicle doesn’t already have one. For more reliable technologies, you can check www.trafficangel.co.uk.   Make sure you have an emergency kit. Unfortunately, some accidents can still happen, as much as you try to avoid them. Tough weather conditions can damage the road if government officials do not take appropriate actions, or another reckless driver may cause an accident involving other innocent ones. For this reason, it is crucial to be as prepared as possible with a first aid kit.  An emergency kit is just as essential. If you ever get a flat tire, you must stop the car on the side of the road so that you aren’t an obstacle for other drivers. If this isn’t possible, a warning triangle is necessary to signal the incident to everyone else. Therefore, you should always make sure you have an emergency kit containing a flat tire repair kit, fire extinguisher, warning triangle, and flashlight.    Provide regular car maintenance. Regular car maintenance checks ensure road safety. You may wonder why this is the case. Essentially, if your car is in good shape and maintained in a proper condition, the risks of it breaking down unexpectedly and risking causing an accident are significantly decreased. Not only is car maintenance an effective way to increase safety, but it also helps your car to perform well for an extended time. This is also beneficial because it can save you money in the long run.  Therefore, to guarantee road safety, you must take good care of your personal vehicle. Depending on what your car needs, you can either go to your trusted mechanic or do it yourself. For instance, changing the oil regularly can be easily done without going to the auto shop. But if your car needs engine checkups, it is highly recommended you let a professional do this.    Never drive when feeling tired. Tiredness can be dangerous. So, whenever you are behind the wheel, and especially when you have to drive for long hours and distances, it is of the utmost importance to be rested. This means that you should plan regular breaks every couple of hours for longer road trips. It is recommended to adjust this, taking into account your energy levels and how far away your destination is.  However, under no circumstance should you rush and speed just because you want to reduce your time on the road and reach your destination faster. It is better to drive slower and stop frequently or stay someplace overnight than to risk driving when you feel exhausted.
    Feb 28, 2022 4681
  • 30 Sep 2018
    Dancing is a form of physical activity that has been proven to bring enormous health benefits for everybody practising it. In children, dancing boosts physical development and brings numerous physical and mental development advantages. In adults, dancing establishes better physical functions and improved mental state, especially in overly-stressed adults. Until recently, although the benefits were obvious in seniors as well, no research papers focused on proving those. However, recent studies and data show the amazing advantages brought by dancing for seniors.\ The Ageing Process The ageing process causes a series of health-related issues, starting with lower muscle tonus and continuing with joint issues and bone fragility. Our bones lose their density when we age, as many research papers have shown. In women, ageing causes osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become porous and fragile. However, men are also subjected to bone-density concerns. Men and women face severe joint issues when ageing, arthritis being one of those. The heart doesn’t remain unaffected by the ageing process. Being an organ that constantly works to pump blood through our circulatory system, in time, it losses its tonus, just like any other muscle in our body. However, it has been proven that exercising can improve cardio-respiratory functions in people of various ages. The only difference is that elders need a lighter form of exercise that doesn’t impact that fragile bones and joints. As we age, our blood vessels lose their elasticity as well. In these conditions, your heart has to increase the necessary effort to pump blood through your circulatory system. Your brain and nervous system are also affected by the ageing process, as we will shortly see. The ageing process naturally leads to losing cells. This is also true for your brain as well. By losing cells, we also lose our cognitive functions, slowly. Last, but not least, the change is noticeable in our appearance. Besides gaining some wrinkles, as we age, our metabolism also slows down. This means that we are more likely to gain weight rapidly, especially in the context in which we also decrease our physical activity levels. Although the ageing process seems to have serious effects on our bodies, we can combat all the above through dancing. Below we will present some of the most important health benefits offered by dancing for seniors. Physical health benefits of dancing for seniors As you age, you will start to notice how your balance worsens, how your muscle tonus disappears and how your coordination begins to decay. Luckily, our favourite judge is back with some great news! You can dance away some of these ageing symptoms, quite easily, in fact. This way, you will decrease the chances of accidental injury, a problem many elders face. Numerous research papers claim that dancing is a type of activity that improves strength and muscle tonus, without having a negative impact on the elder’s fragile bones and joints. Dancing is proven to improve balance and coordination as well, which makes elders less likely to injure themselves while performing their daily normal tasks. Another study has shown that older adults who took part in a six-week dancing class had an improved posture at the end of the course. Besides, their motor functions and reaction times were analysed and surprisingly, those were better than previously, too. Unlike what many are tempted to believe, the dance style that you choose doesn’t change the health benefits offered by this type of activity. So, when seniors cannot engage in soliciting dancing styles, they can always choose a slower and less soliciting class. Besides, dancing seems to diminish the physical discomfort caused by pains and aches, especially bone-related ones. Muscle stiffness is also lower in elders that dance regularly. Mental and Social Benefits of Dancing for Seniors Besides offering a variety of physical health benefits, dancing offers an array of social and mental health benefits, too. A team of researchers interviewed a group of women over 60 about the changes they noticed after attending dancing classes. All women in the group showed high levels of enthusiasm regarding their dancing hobby. As the women claimed, dancing offered them the opportunity to become more socially involved, improved their self-expression abilities and boosted their self-esteem. These are things that people of all ages struggle with and apparently, dancing creates the necessary context to lower anxiety, depression and intrusive thoughts that normally appear after a certain age. Dancing may be the best method to combat mental health challenges and boost social interaction after a certain age. Cognitive Benefits of Dancing for Elders We mentioned previously how cognitive function decay after a certain age, mainly due to a loss of brain cells. Mental and physical advantages aren’t the only ones offered by dancing, as many research papers and studies show that dancing may slow down the ageing process of the brain. In fact, the increased neural activity that takes place while dancing helps the brain and nervous system bond new connections. As we age, this is a rare occurrence. Because we have to constantly remember what move comes after the previous one, dancing is proven to bring enormous cognitive advantages, boosting brain flexibility. Contemporary dance, especially, is proven to improve concentration and the analytical side of the brain. Researchers believe that this phenomenon occurs because contemporary dance is mainly based on improvisation and creativity. Parkinson’s Disease sufferers also seem to enjoy improved physical abilities after a number of dancing sessions. Turning and backwards walking are things that these patients usually find especially difficult, but as the dance classes evolve, seniors struggling with this health concern become capable of those.   Elders usually face a series of mental, physical and cognitive impairments as they age. However, multiple studies show the enormous benefits and improvements in all the areas presented above. As many people say, dance your way to a healthier self when you age. This will make you happier, more confident and more likely to enjoy your life at its fullest! Make sure to do this in organised classes, for the added social benefits!
    6448 Posted by Cynthia Madison
  • Dancing is a form of physical activity that has been proven to bring enormous health benefits for everybody practising it. In children, dancing boosts physical development and brings numerous physical and mental development advantages. In adults, dancing establishes better physical functions and improved mental state, especially in overly-stressed adults. Until recently, although the benefits were obvious in seniors as well, no research papers focused on proving those. However, recent studies and data show the amazing advantages brought by dancing for seniors.\ The Ageing Process The ageing process causes a series of health-related issues, starting with lower muscle tonus and continuing with joint issues and bone fragility. Our bones lose their density when we age, as many research papers have shown. In women, ageing causes osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become porous and fragile. However, men are also subjected to bone-density concerns. Men and women face severe joint issues when ageing, arthritis being one of those. The heart doesn’t remain unaffected by the ageing process. Being an organ that constantly works to pump blood through our circulatory system, in time, it losses its tonus, just like any other muscle in our body. However, it has been proven that exercising can improve cardio-respiratory functions in people of various ages. The only difference is that elders need a lighter form of exercise that doesn’t impact that fragile bones and joints. As we age, our blood vessels lose their elasticity as well. In these conditions, your heart has to increase the necessary effort to pump blood through your circulatory system. Your brain and nervous system are also affected by the ageing process, as we will shortly see. The ageing process naturally leads to losing cells. This is also true for your brain as well. By losing cells, we also lose our cognitive functions, slowly. Last, but not least, the change is noticeable in our appearance. Besides gaining some wrinkles, as we age, our metabolism also slows down. This means that we are more likely to gain weight rapidly, especially in the context in which we also decrease our physical activity levels. Although the ageing process seems to have serious effects on our bodies, we can combat all the above through dancing. Below we will present some of the most important health benefits offered by dancing for seniors. Physical health benefits of dancing for seniors As you age, you will start to notice how your balance worsens, how your muscle tonus disappears and how your coordination begins to decay. Luckily, our favourite judge is back with some great news! You can dance away some of these ageing symptoms, quite easily, in fact. This way, you will decrease the chances of accidental injury, a problem many elders face. Numerous research papers claim that dancing is a type of activity that improves strength and muscle tonus, without having a negative impact on the elder’s fragile bones and joints. Dancing is proven to improve balance and coordination as well, which makes elders less likely to injure themselves while performing their daily normal tasks. Another study has shown that older adults who took part in a six-week dancing class had an improved posture at the end of the course. Besides, their motor functions and reaction times were analysed and surprisingly, those were better than previously, too. Unlike what many are tempted to believe, the dance style that you choose doesn’t change the health benefits offered by this type of activity. So, when seniors cannot engage in soliciting dancing styles, they can always choose a slower and less soliciting class. Besides, dancing seems to diminish the physical discomfort caused by pains and aches, especially bone-related ones. Muscle stiffness is also lower in elders that dance regularly. Mental and Social Benefits of Dancing for Seniors Besides offering a variety of physical health benefits, dancing offers an array of social and mental health benefits, too. A team of researchers interviewed a group of women over 60 about the changes they noticed after attending dancing classes. All women in the group showed high levels of enthusiasm regarding their dancing hobby. As the women claimed, dancing offered them the opportunity to become more socially involved, improved their self-expression abilities and boosted their self-esteem. These are things that people of all ages struggle with and apparently, dancing creates the necessary context to lower anxiety, depression and intrusive thoughts that normally appear after a certain age. Dancing may be the best method to combat mental health challenges and boost social interaction after a certain age. Cognitive Benefits of Dancing for Elders We mentioned previously how cognitive function decay after a certain age, mainly due to a loss of brain cells. Mental and physical advantages aren’t the only ones offered by dancing, as many research papers and studies show that dancing may slow down the ageing process of the brain. In fact, the increased neural activity that takes place while dancing helps the brain and nervous system bond new connections. As we age, this is a rare occurrence. Because we have to constantly remember what move comes after the previous one, dancing is proven to bring enormous cognitive advantages, boosting brain flexibility. Contemporary dance, especially, is proven to improve concentration and the analytical side of the brain. Researchers believe that this phenomenon occurs because contemporary dance is mainly based on improvisation and creativity. Parkinson’s Disease sufferers also seem to enjoy improved physical abilities after a number of dancing sessions. Turning and backwards walking are things that these patients usually find especially difficult, but as the dance classes evolve, seniors struggling with this health concern become capable of those.   Elders usually face a series of mental, physical and cognitive impairments as they age. However, multiple studies show the enormous benefits and improvements in all the areas presented above. As many people say, dance your way to a healthier self when you age. This will make you happier, more confident and more likely to enjoy your life at its fullest! Make sure to do this in organised classes, for the added social benefits!
    Sep 30, 2018 6448