Expert Author Kasia Lanucha

Walking is one of the finest forms of exercise available. It is easy on our joints and it allows us to explore our environment in ways that more strenuous forms of exercise would not allow. The gentle nature of walking also encourages more consistency than other activities. This resolve, however, is tested during the winter months for those who live in the Northern latitudes. For people who live in colder regions winter signals a difficult challenge for their walking exercise program. If you would like to continue walking when the temperatures drop to frigid levels, here are a few tips to help you in your quest.

Before starting any walking program indoors or outdoors, it is always important to first get your doctor's approval before you move to the next step

Many people are aware of the recommendations on how to dress when running in cold temperatures. Experts tell us that it is better to dress in layers of clothing so that we can better regulate our temperature by removing layers when we get too hot.

Walking in the winter is different from running in the winter. Running is a more vigorous activity and there's a tendency to sweat a great deal. This is a why the recommendation is always to wear several layers of moisture absorbing clothing such as cotton and not to wear warm winter jackets because you will sweat too much as your body temperature rises. When walking the same heat is not generated as with running so it is possible to wear a few layers and then top it off with a winter jacket

In all situations it is necessary to cover up exposed areas of skin when the temperatures are very cold and when there is also a high wind chill factor.

A high wind chill factor is a good reason to pack up and take your walking indoors, in a mall or in a gym. Risking exposure to extreme temperatures is simply not worth the trouble. After all, you have to remember that you are doing this for your health.

If there is no windchill warning but it is still very cold you can continue walking outside if you remember to keep well covered with warm clothing. You should start by choosing warm headgear that gives you the option to cover up your face. After taking care of your head, you will also find that it is the extremities that are most susceptible to cold, so it is best that you wear mitten gloves to limit the heat loss that occurs between each finger with regular gloves. It's also important that you wear good shoes with a double layer of socks.

Whenever you walk outside in cold weather it is always crucial to have quick access to public bathrooms and shelter close to the route. In this way you will always have access to aid if an emergency arises.

Walking outside should be avoided in situations where there is a lot of ice on the ground. Ice storms occur during the winter months, in particular on the Northeast coast of the United States. These storms can leave a sheet of ice on the ground and in these circumstances it is best to avoid walking outside as the terrain can become incredibly slippery and the danger of falls is very high.

When the conditions are right, however, walking in the winter comes with unexpected pleasures. Walking through your favorite park you will often see far fewer people than during the summer and you can appreciate how the snow will change the landscape in so many interesting ways.


Expert Author Kasia Lanucha

For people who have led sedentary lifestyles and wish to start a new exercise program, walking is the best exercise program currently available. As long as you can put one foot in front of the other, you are able to start a walking program. It is important, however, to always first check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. Once you have received the go-ahead it is best to plan out your walking program.

Here are a few tips to help you start and keep up a consistent walking program.

Most people make the mistake of doing too much when they initially start out. When you start exercising the first time you should keep your goals focused on achieving consistency. With consistency you will get long-term results. It is more a matter of changing your habits so that walking becomes a natural part of your lifestyle.

Start out your walking program by walking for 10 minutes per day at whatever pace feels most comfortable for you. Try to do this earlier in the day so that your body has some time to unwind over the course of the day. Exercising regularly later in the evening may prevent you from sleeping as your body is still too stimulated by the exercise you've just completed.

A good way to start your exercise program is to walk 10 minutes per day three times a week. The day of rest between days and the two-day break over the weekend will allow your body to adapt to the stresses of the exercise.

On week two maintain the same schedule but increase the duration of the exercise by 5 minutes to 15 minutes and continue in this way increasing by 5 minutes every week so that by the fifth week you are walking for half an hour a day, three times a week.

Upon completion of the fifth week of the program you have two options. If moderation is to your liking then just continue walking 30 minutes three times a week and that will be enough to keep up a basic level of fitness. If you would like to build up to walking for an hour three times a week you should follow the next program. After completion of the fifth week on the sixth week walk as you please but do not feel the need to follow a schedule. This is a week of rest.

Then, the following week start by walking 15 minutes per day three times a week and build up incrementally, adding 5 minutes per week until by the fifth week you have reached 35 minutes. This will signal the end of the second cycle and again you take a pause for one week and start the following week at 20 minutes and continue on for five weeks until you reach 40 minutes. In this way after seven cycles you will have reached one hour of walking. At this point keep up the schedule for the future. By cycling in this way you will build up strength in a natural and gradual way.


Expert Author Kasia Lanucha

Learning a new language is a highly rewarding activity. It opens the door to a whole new world of possibilities: a new culture and a new way of looking at the world. New research is also demonstrating the unexpected benefits of taking on another language.

In recent years researchers have discovered that learning another language helps children in their other scholastic activities. Interestingly researchers have also revealed that continued use of a second language also slows the onset of dementia in the elderly. Learning a new language will then clearly leave people with great benefits at both ends of the age spectrum.

Here are a few general tips to help you when you start your language program. These can apply to any language but in the United States it seems that Spanish is fast becoming one of the most popular languages to learn.

Theories of language learning offer contrasting ideas of what is the best way to learn a new language. For a long time language specialists believed that total immersion in a new language with no reference to the students first language was the best way to learn.

This is a theory based on how children learn a new language which as most people have observed is almost automatic. The problem with this theory is that it tends to ignore the essential difference between the brains of children and those of adults.

Children's brains are more flexible than those of adults. Up to a certain age children are able to pick up languages without any effort. For adults it is a different story. New research is revealing that adult learners fare better when they use knowledge they already have to process information. This means that in many cases adults do better when they are allowed to refer to the knowledge of their first language to learn the new language. They cannot simply absorb it in the way that children seem to do.

So apart from relying on their knowledge of their original language to acquire a second language what else should adult learners do when they approach a new language?

Students should expose themselves to the language in as many ways as possible. This means listening to the language, it means reading and it means speaking the language so that all three modalities will enhance their comprehension and ultimately their performance of the new language.

It is necessary to study grammar to grasp the fundamental rules of the language but the student should be encouraged to read as soon as possible. There is more benefit in reading the organic language than just endlessly repeating grammar drills with no reference to how the language is used in written and spoken form.

Perhaps the most important thing is to take action and not be afraid of making mistakes. Mistakes are natural and normal and you will be surprised how soon you start to become aware of your own mistakes and correct them. If you take the initiative and push forward you will quickly see results.

Kasia Lanucha is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and finding new ways to improve our inner potential. A mother of three children she also loves to share and exchange ideas


Expert Author Rebecca Shelly

The Best UTI or urinary tract infection treatment for cats starts with urinary tract health. How do you help your cat achieve a healthy bladder and kidneys? If your cat doesn't have kidney or bladder stones (struvite and oxalate) or an obstruction in the urethra, parasites or a metabolic illness, then it may be safe to assume the cause of urinary tract problems could be from diet.

Symptoms of a UTI appear rapidly with certain behaviors such as peeing often, not using the litter box (behavioral problems sometimes cause this), meowing as if in pain or not knowing what to do because of the discomfort, licking their urethral opening after trying to pee because it is irritated, drinking more water than usual, and sleeping more. Cats that don't feel well tend to hide or sleep continuously.

The best diet for cats and hence the best UTI treatment for your cat is to always make sure he or she has plenty of fresh water available at all times. The urinary system does the hard work of filtering out waste products and water flushes the "system" free of bacteria that virtually cling to the bladder walls and also helps your cat avoid dehydration, which further irritates the bladder. Cats should get most of their moisture from the food they eat; this is their natural diet from years of being in the wild.

Cats are meat eaters and should not be feed dry cat food. It contains many products that are not only unhealthy for your cat but can cause many other health problems in the future including diabetes. Meat should be the number one ingredient on the can. There are many fine products available and they don't have to be bought at the vet's office. Fancy Feast is available at any store and has high meat content; the first three ingredients (not just the first one) listed on the can are fish or meat.

Cats, as you know, are very fastidious and do not like an unclean litter box. My cats actually wait around in the morning for me to empty their litter box so they can use it after breakfast. Also they love to have plenty of privacy to go potty and prefer unscented litter, it's also a good idea to have an extra litter box located somewhere else in the home. If the box is not cleaned often, bacteria can accumulate to the point that contact with the litter will contaminate their urethra opening causing infections.

Some of the best UTI treatments for cats are the homeopathic remedies which can improve not only bladder health, but urinary tract health as a whole. These remedies combined with a healthy diet can quiet bladder distress to stop frequent urination, plus boost the immune system for overall health. Homeopathic remedies for our animals are safe and effective and do not have any side effects.


Expert Author Rebecca Shelly

There are many feline herbal supplements on the market but the tricky part is deciding exactly what the supplement is going to achieve? Will this supplement be for general health, or a specific ailment such as a urinary tract infection, diabetes, energy, immune system function or for general health? You can even find supplements for your pets stress and aggression! The choice is overwhelming.

If you are buying a feline herbal supplement for general health or, if your cat is ill, your mind will be put at ease because there are no side effects with a true natural feline supplement. Also, the dosages are designed in therapeutic amounts for pets taking the guesswork out for you. On the other hand if your cat is using prescription medications and eating a deficient diet there can be side effects, but the startling fact is that health care professionals and animal breeders alike are exposed to hundreds or thousands of animals during their careers and they have seen how diet, the overuse of antibiotics and vaccinations have not helped decrease certain diseases, but how they have increased chronic health conditions. That's pretty much mimicking the medical problems facing humanity, which are mainly due to diet, exercise and over medication. In a sense, we are doing to our pets what we are doing to ourselves.

Yearly vaccinations and cat foods filled with unnatural products that animals are not meant to eat are the main cause of increasing rates of chronic illness in our pets according to many holistic veterinarians who are now switching to feline natural supplements, none or less vaccinations, and a more natural diet that cats have eaten before commercial products took over the market.

Most feline herbal supplements made for pets can be used alone or with prescription medications but always check to be safe. Homeopathic supplements can replace the need for harsh drugs and have shown to be just as effective. Prevention is always better of course, using feline supplements along with diet and exercise can save hundreds, thousands of dollars down the road when many illnesses start to surface.

Whether you are looking for feline herbal supplements or any type of natural supplement for your cat either in sickness or health it can be an added benefit for a long and healthy life, with less vet visits and also less anxiety and worry for you.

Expert Author Rebecca Shelly

There is an important question that you must ask yourself; why is my cat having urinary tract infections? It is even more important to ask this question if your cat is having repeated urinary tract infections or cystitis, especially after a round of antibiotics. The main reason why this could be happening is because the root of the problem is not being addressed by the veterinarian.

This guide for treating UTI in cats will help cover the reasons cats have UTIs, the conventional and the alternative treatments that can help, plus, how to finally get rid of UTI's once and for all.

What Can Cause UTI's in Cats

--Kidney stones

--Bladder stones (Struvite and Oxalate)

--Some type of obstruction, other than bladder stones


--Metabolic illnesses

--Bacteria, especially e coli contamination

Symptoms of UTI's

--Urinating often

--Not using the litter box

--Meowing in pain

--Licking the urethral opening trying to soothe the pain

--Drinking an above average amount of liquids and not urinating as much

--Sleeping or hiding more

Treating UTI in Cats, the Conventional Treatment

If none of the above listed causes for a bladder infection or cystitis is found, the conventional treatment is to administer antibiotics, creating a vicious cycle. Other than not working to eliminate the root problem, antibiotics are harsh and your cat can develop a resistance to them, so when the medicine is needed for an injury or more serious infection they will not work.

Treating UTI in Cats, the Alternative Treatment

The alternative treatment on the other hand works to boost your cat's health including the immune system; it will strengthen the bladder and kidneys. The cat's whole body will improve and will be better equipped to fight off bacteria, thus eliminating UTI's once and for all.

Here's a list of things you can do to help treat UTI's using the alternative method of treatment for your cat:

--Always have fresh water available to help flush waste and bacteria out of kidneys and bladder.

--Don't feed dry cat food which dehydrates and can cause other health issues. It also has ingredients not meant to be eaten by animals, especially cats.

--Use high moisture, high protein (meat or fish) cat food.

--Offer a clean unscented litter box. Many times the scented products have ingredients that irritate their urethra opening. Also, bacteria in an unclean box can contribute to infections.

--Treating UTI in cats should also include a homeopathic remedy which works on the entire urinary system and to strengthen the immune system. An added plus is the fact that they are safe and very effective.

--D-mannose can also help to keep the e coli bacteria from clinging to the urinary tract walls. Try 1/8 tsp in 1 tsp water every couple of hours (or every hour if the symptoms are extreme) until the UTI symptoms settle down, and then give your cat 1/8 tsp in 1-2 tsp of water with every meal for 7 days to make sure the bacteria have been eliminated. If your cat is not urinating increase the water to 2 tablespoons. You can also give kitty a little D-mannose in the water bowl as a preventative measure once a week.

 لهذه الاسباب أعجبني NOTE 5  و Gear S2 من شركة سامسونغ

كنت سعيد يوم الجمعة الماضي بتلقي هديتين من طرف شركة سامسونغ بالدارالبيضاء المغرب . حيث كانت الهدية الاولى عبارة عن الساعة الذكية samsung gear s2 والتي تم الإعلان عنها غشت الماضي ليتم تسويقها إبتداء من شهر اكتوبر ، والتي ابهرتني بإمكانياتها الجد عالية خصوصا وان هذه الساعة الجديدة تعمل على نظام تايزن والذي يظهر انه جد مرن وسريع في الإستعمال .  بالإضافة إلى شكلها العام والكلاسيكي الراقي جدا والذي يجمع بين ماهو تقني وماهو كلاسيكي ، إندماج رائع خلق معه ساعة جميلة جدا تتابعون مراجعة شاملة لها في هذه الحلقة . غير ذلك فقد كانت الهدية الثانية هي عبارة عن هاتف سامسونغ نوت 5 samsnung galaxy note 5  ، هاتف أقنعني صراحة يجمع بين قوة المعالج وسخاء الرام . 4 جيغا رام ومعالج 64 بت هنا يحصل التناغم في قوة هذا الهاتف ، فكما تعلمون ال 64 بت يشتغل بشكل جيد مع مساحة رام 4 جيغا . لنقول مرة اخرى ان هذا الهاتف الجديد يجمع بين القوة والاناقة كذلك فبلونه الذهبي الساطع قد تلمح هذا الهاتف من بعيد . قطعة فنية جميلة تجمع بين القوة وكذلك الاناقة تتابعون تفاصيلها في هذا المقطع والذي حاول ان اترك فيه إنطباعي عن كلا القطعتين . فرجة ممتعة
جوجل تحضر مفاجئة لمنافسة فيسبوك
من المعروف أن جوجل فشلت بشكل كبير في منافسة فيسبوك على مستوى تطبيقات التواصل الاجتماعي، خصوصا عبر تطبيقها Hangouts لكن يبدو أن جوجل لم تستلم بعد، حيث أشارت مصادر صحفية أن جوجل تعمل على تطوير تطبيق جديد للتراسل الفوري.

الصحيفة الشهيرة "وول ستريت جورنال" أكدت فعلا أن جوجل تعمل حاليا على تطوير تطبيق جديد للتراسل الفوري شبيه بـ واتس آب أو فيسبوك مسنجر و غيرهما و مبني على تطبيقات تكنولوجيا الذكاء الاصطناعي الذي بدأ شيئا فشيئا يكسب مساحة كبيرة في العالم الرقمي.

و أشارت وول ستريت جورنال أن جوجل تعمل فعليا على هذا التطبيق الجديد منذ ما يقارب السنة، حيث سيأتي بعدد من المميزات الجديدة و التي لم يتم الكشف عنها بعد.