Saturday, 9 May 2015
Do you fancy a formal garden? Make sure you choose design elements based on structure rather than ornamentation alone. The features and accents you pick for your garden should have clean lines, a sleek form, and simple yet classy details. You need trimmed hedges or angular garden beds, smooth and straight fences, rectilinear decking, and minimalist furniture. Another way to highlight the formality of the space is to use a classical or symmetrical layout. You could have parallel lines of similar shrubs that are marked by identical statues or fountains at opposite ends. You could highlight paths with lighting or a neat row of perennial plants. Make sure the whole look is balanced and complementary to your home to create harmony that’s quite pleasing to the eyes.
Friday, 8 May 2015
Are your kids an active bunch? If not, and they’re just lying around in your living room browsing their smartphones or confined in their bedroom playing computer games, would you like them to be more active? There are several ways you can get them moving and help them adapt a healthier lifestyle, and you could start with your backyard. You can set up an outdoor sports area (for soccer, basketball, or cricket pitch, perhaps) or even a gym for teens. You can even engage them in climbing if you can find a climbing wall that can fit in your backyard. For younger kids, a large jungle gym or a flying fox setup would be a great place to have fun whilst working up a sweat. Aside from keeping extra weight off and preventing childhood obesity (and its nasty health effects), these activities can help enhance muscle strength, coordination and balance, flexibility, and even psychological well-being.
Thursday, 7 May 2015
For the longest time, swimming has been associated with physical and mental health benefits. When you’re not busy doing laps to lose weight, you can bask under the sun while lying on your pool air mattress without a care in the world. Lounging in the pool can’t solve all your problems, but it does refresh your mind and helps you face things with a clearer perspective. Scientific data regarding the psychological benefits of swimming may be scarce, but you need only look at related theories to arrive at a logical conjecture. For one, you need total body coordination and utter focus to swim even a single lap in good form, and this means you will have to take your mind off other things. Even when you’re not swimming laps, staying afloat requires a proper mind-body connection.
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Pool culture is strong in Perth, with 18 percent of roughly 16,000 households in the 2014 survey owning a pool. Perth managed to outnumber pool owners in the entire state of Queensland, which came second at 17 percent. Pool ownership in all of Western Australia, meanwhile, is pegged at 9 percent, at par with the City of Adelaide. According to Angela Smith, group account director of Melbourne-based research firm Roy Morgan Research, climate conditions and household demographics fuel Perth’s pool culture. The region’s Mediterranean climate ensures warm and sunny days throughout most of the year, as well as temperatures of up to 32°C. Even the autumn months of March to May are considered an extension of summer.