Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Many Health Benefits of Using a Hot Tub

Did you know that almost 80% of Americans suffer from some sort of back pain?

From an increasingly lethargic lifestyle to foods that are making us more sick then healthy, the human body and our backs are suffering.

After stretching,  which is my #1 recommended way to keep your body fit and healthy, relaxing in a hot tub might be my second favourite.  Here is Canada, the Winters are quite long, sometimes the Spring and Fall combine to create one giant winterfest, so being able to relax the body in a nice hot body of water definitely helps.

Relaxation is an often overlooked health benefit.  We are so used to a go go go mentality with work, family and play that we often forget to stop sometimes and unwind.  A hot tub is a great way to stop the clock and recharge the body and mind.  It’s a great way to relieve stress and to relax the muscles in your body.

Jane McMillan of International Pool and Spa, one of Ontario’s largest hot tub dealers, says that most of their sales come from older couples that are looking for a way to relax and unwind without having to go to a gym or other public place.  She says that the initial costs are outweighed by the ongoing benefit of having a health spa right in your back yard.

Check out the infographic below that gives some visual representation on the health benefits of using a hot tub.

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5 Steps to a Zero Waste Home

When it comes to helping the planet, every little helps and whilst attitudes have changed in recent years with the use of household recycling bins and the rise of the reusable bag, there is still much work to do in order to achieve a ‘waste less’ society. Here we reveal the five steps every household can take to cut waste…

 1. Love food, hate waste

Food waste puts a huge burden on our landfill sites, and a recent survey showed that over a quarter of waste thrown away by UK households is food. With rising food costs, you’d think that everyone would take on a ‘waste not, want not’ approach, however as a nation we are still buying and throwing away too much food.

Being savvier when it comes to food shopping is the best step to reducing food waste and the amount that you spend at the checkout. Take a look in your cupboards before you leave to see what you need and write a list concentrating on creating meals for the week ahead.

2. A bag is for life…

Talks are still underway regarding enforcing a charge for the plastic bags found in the supermarket, and whilst the reusable ‘bag for life’ has risen in popularity, many people still rely on using plastic bags. We understand that it’s not always easy to remember your bag for life every time you hit the shops but by carrying one in your car, you will always have a bag for life to hand. Cloth bags also work too!

3. Recycle or reuse

As well as household waste, many individuals throw their household furniture and fixtures in the trash too. Instead of visiting your local tip, aim to recycle or reuse these items. There are many ways in which you can recycle household goods, kerbside recycling schemes pick up unwanted items or you could give something back by donating to charity.

4. Profit from your recycling prowess

There’s even an opportunity to earn a quick buck from unwanted household goods, salvage yards pay good money for good quality items. These items will then be sold on to their customers, who are certain to repurpose and breathe new life into products that you find tired or unusable in your own home.

5. Say ‘no’ to junk mail

Whilst many of us have become pros at recycling paper goods, there is still 550,000 tonnes of paper used to create unsolicited mail in the UK alone. If we all work together to say ‘no’ to junk mail, we could save over 9 million trees and 16.5 billion litres of water! Use a ‘No Junk Mail’ sticker to tell your postman and other visitors that your home is no place for junk mail.

This post was written by the UK’s leading salvage and reclamation specialist Cheshire Demolition. Their Macclesfield-based yard is the perfect place to buy and sell unwanted household items.