When the days are short, the snow is falling, and the apartment gym is just a little too far away, it can be hard to motivate yourself to work out. However, as a wise post on Pinterest proclaims, “Excuses don’t get results!” Luckily, there are plenty of workouts you can do from the comfort of your own (warm and convenient) apartment. Get your sweat on with these easy workouts you can do in your living room, bedroom, and even shower. Read the rest of this entry »
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Summer’s been swingin’ and so has swimsuit season. You know what they say: suns out, guns out. Skies out, thighs out. Heat’s off…A/C is ON. Definitely ON. While summer is a great time to keep up with your workouts, the heat can be a definite turn off when you want to get outside and be active. Luckily, we’ve found some awesome indoor alternatives to turning yourself into “hot stuff” without melting in the great outdoors. Check out these easy indoor workouts for keeping up with that summer beach bod year round! Read the rest of this entry »
Have you taken a good look at your apartment’s kitchen lately? Chances are, it’s not as clean as you think. Your kitchen is just one of many areas in your apartment that may be harboring germs. That’s because there are lots of places in apartments we don’t think twice about that could definitely benefit from a good scrubbing. You should regularly vacuum, mop, and dust your apartment, of course, but there are plenty of unlikely culprits remaining.
Take some sanitizing wipes or a good cleaning spray and go over these things in your apartment to eliminate inconspicuous germs and stay healthy.
Purses, Laptop Bags and/or Backpacks
Your bag goes with you everywhere, and is set on all manner of chairs and floors over the course of the day. Give the outside a quick cleaning with a wipe or a washcloth, and be sure you clean it out regularly. You never know what might be lingering in the bottom of that bag.
If you use your apartment’s gym, be sure you wipe down the gym equipment after you use it. Most apartments’ gyms have a spray bottle of cleaners and some paper towels handy for this surface. Wipe down anything you touched, including the dashboards of any cardio equipment and the seats of weight machines. If your apartment has no gym, be sure you clean any home gym equipment or yoga mats you may have.
Sponges and Dishrags
Your apartment’s kitchen cleaning implements spend so much time cleaning dirty dishes and surfaces that they become culprits for harboring germs themselves. Wash them out every day, and put your sponges in the microwave for two minutes on high to dry and disinfect them. Replace your sponges every month to help keep your apartment’s kitchen germ-free. You can also throw your scrub brush in your dishwasher with each load of dishes, and let the machine do the work for you!
Clean your cutting boards after every use, and be extra thorough if you have used them to cut raw meat. Use two cutting boards, if you have them; one for meat, and one for fruits and vegetables.
Think about the last time you blew your nose, and then think about everything in your apartment’s living room that you touched afterward. Those are the kinds of surfaces that could benefit from a quick spritz of disinfectant. Pay attention to your apartment’s doorknobs, remote controls, light switches, computer keyboards, and faucet knobs.
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Want to add a little more greenery to apartment living? You already know how plants on an apartment patio can beautify apartment living. But did you know that indoor plants can be just as beneficial to apartment life? Plants don’t just spruce up your apartment; they’re actually good for you, as well! Apartment living with plants can improve the air quality of your home, since there are many plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds from the air you breathe. Top contenders include Gerber daisies, chrysanthemums, red-edged dracaenas, weeping figs, azaleas, English ivy, and heart leaf philodendrons.
Here are some more top tips from ApartmentSearch for keeping plants in your apartment to improve your apartment living.
Take Care of Your Plants
There are a lot of plant-keeping basics that many apartment-renters forget when tending to their houseplants. First, find out how much water each particular plant requires, and how frequently it needs it, then remember to water them regularly. (This includes spritzing the leaves, not just watering the roots.) Next, add rocks to the bottom of your plants’ pots for better drainage, so the excess water won’t rot your roots. Last, make sure your plants get the right amount of sunlight, and once you give them a home in your apartment, let them stay in the same place.
Plants in the Bathroom
Plants thrive in moisture-rich environments, so your apartment bathroom is a natural choice for a houseplant. Try orchids, which are great tropical plants, or low-maintenance plants like bamboo or spider plants.
Clean Your Plants
You might not think of houseplants as things that need cleaning, but they can get just as dirty as the rest of your apartment. Living plants like ficuses have waxy leaves that can collect dust, dirt, and allergens, making them both unhealthy and unsightly. Take some time approximately every two months to prune dead leaves, dust the rest, and wipe down their leaves with water.
Keep Your Pets Safe
If you are a cat or dog owner, be wary of certain plants; some plants are actually toxic to animals if ingested! If your pets don’t tend to nibble at your possessions, you ought to be safe by simply keeping your plants out of reach. However, if you have a rambunctious puppy or an overly-curious cat, you should avoid these plants, and other poisonous plants, altogether:
- Aloe vera
- Asian lily
- Asparagus fern
- Baby’s breath
- Calla lily
- Jade plant
- Pencil cactus
- Ribbon plant
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While you can easily stay fit in apartments with no gym, plenty of people prefer to have a separate facility on the premises with specialized equipment. It can be nice not to have to drive to a gym which, while possibly bigger, is not within walking distance and requires steep sign-up and monthly fees. That’s why living at an apartment complex with a gym is both a time-saver and a convenient way to exercise regularly! Read the rest of this entry »
Trying to stay fit while living in an apartment with no gym can be frustrating. While many apartments come equipped with gym facilities, those that are without them pose a real problem to the health-conscious. You want to exercise regularly, but paying to go to a gym that requires a membership can get pricey, fast. So what’s a healthy apartment-dweller to do? There are actually plenty of measures you can take to stay fit and healthy without ever setting foot in a gym!
Here are five easy ways to exercise in apartments without a gym.
Take a Walk
Stroll around the apartment’s complex, walk to a nearby pharmacy, take the dog for a jog—time spent moving outside is great exercise. Just be sure to wear sunscreen during the summer!
Take advantage of your apartment’s pool to get some exercise! Water workouts are easy on your joints, and keep you cool while you burn calories. You can swim laps, engage in some water aerobic exercises, or just play a spirited game of “Marco Polo” with friends, family, or your neighbors.
Cardio It Up
Lose the elliptical and the treadmill and take care of your cardio needs right in your apartment’s living room. Do jumping jacks, run in place, or fake jump rope to get your heart rate up in no time. If you’re not on a ground floor and are concerned about disturbing your downstairs neighbors, take your cardio outside, by running up and down your apartment’s stairwell or jogging around the block.
Practicing yoga requires a 71” x 24” space… and that’s all! (That’s about the size of the average yoga mat.) That’s why yoga is ideal for a small-apartment renter in particular. Yoga increases flexibility and strength, and is also great for peace of mind.
Use Bodyweight or Free Weights
You don’t need a full home gym to get a well-rounded workout in your apartment’s living room. Do squats, lunges, wall sits, push-ups, crunches, planks… there are dozens of ways to fill your strength training quota using bodyweight. If you have free weights, utilize those, as well. In fact, you can turn on the TV and do reps while you watch! It’s just one of the benefits of working out at home.
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