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John F. O'Hara
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Designing Your Own Outdoor Oasis

March 26, 2015 2:24 am

(Family Features) Creating a perfect outdoor oasis requires careful planning for the entire space. While the arrival of spring is the perfect time to start thinking about landscape elements, don't overlook the details that truly bring an outdoor space to life. Whether you're looking to create a family-friendly space for entertaining, a serene poolside retreat or a secret garden that showcases your green thumb, have a clear idea of how you’d like your finished space will look and feel.

Though tastes and trends may change from one season to the next, selecting the right furniture pieces from the start will let you bring fresh new looks to your outdoor space in other ways. Sectional seating is an attractive option because it allows you to redefine your space in minutes. Hosting a party? Strategically placed sectional seating can open up your space and encourage an evening of mingling. Prefer a more intimate arrangement for poolside conversations or a date-night in? The sectional can be rearranged into a closer configuration.

To round out your furniture, consider the highly functional but often underrated garden stool. Place one in a quiet corner for meditative moments, pair them to create a one-of-a-kind coffee table, or pull one up when you need an extra seat. As an added bonus, when cooler weather returns, you can pull your garden stool indoors for a sweet reminder of summer.

Investing in the right pieces will save you time and money in the long run. When you're ready for a new look, you can easily change the feel of your patio with accessories or a new brightly colored accent piece, such as a tiled bistro table or outdoor Papasan chair.

Once your furniture is in place, you've got a blank slate to play with and most importantly, to accessorize! Accessorizing is where the decorating happens and your personal style shines through.

Add pillows, cushions, umbrellas, outdoor rugs and even outdoor curtains to your space, and what started as a dull patio will begin to transform into an extension of your home. To mix patterns like a pro, choose pillows and rugs in the same color family, vary the scale of your patterns and introduce textures to ensure that they don't compete with each other.

Be sure to layer in treasures that are uniquely you -- lanterns, wall decor, statues and wind chimes -- to establish a space bursting with personality.

Remember, small changes can make a big impact. Refresh last year's patterns with the new trends, or simply add a few new accessories into your existing decor for a budget-friendly way to satisfy your urge to update.

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Jump into Spring 'Fitness New Year'

March 25, 2015 12:24 am

As spring begins and outdoor temperatures rise, Americans are more inclined to get on track with their fitness goals. Celebrated as a time of renewal, experts say that many Americans renew waning physical fitness resolutions as spring arrives in anticipation of warmer months ahead.

"After more than forty years of practicing medicine and helping patients commit to fitness regimens, I've seen time and again that the start of spring marks 'Fitness New Year,'" says renowned cardiologist and fitness expert, Dr. James Rippe, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. "Warmer weather and longer days, combined with motivation to get in shape for summer activities and vacations, are now only weeks away, and people are more conscious of their appearance as they want to shake off winter fat, layers of clothes and cabin fever."

For those looking to "celebrate" Fitness New Year by renewing their exercise goals and committing to maintain personal health and wellness, Dr. Rippe recommends the following:

1. Set your motivation. Use spring and summer social events as "deadlines" for your goals. Whether it's a dress you want to wear to a wedding or a waist size you want to achieve before vacation or family reunion, setting a date will help keep you motivated and on-schedule.

2. Walk before you run. Be smart in how you start your path to fitness. Walk before you run or try pushups before lifting weights. Taking on too much too quickly risks injury that can derail your routine and discourage you from meeting your goal.

3. Joint health is essential. Joint health is key to overall health and wellness. Remember to properly stretch and nourish your joints, so your knees, elbows and back are strong enough to help maintain your activity level.

4. Make a plan.
Before embarking on a new fitness journey, seek resources on which supplements can best support an active lifestyle. Consult a physician about your physical health and conduct further research on ways to keep motivated and kick-start a daily fitness routine.

Fitness New Year marks the beginning of spring and renewal of fitness goals. By focusing on activities that fit individual lifestyles, nourishing the body with a proper balance of food and supplements and becoming knowledgeable about the benefits of physical activity, people of all ages can kick-off and maintain their Fitness New Year resolutions for many springs to come.

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