Moving inevitably will cause stress under any circumstances, but one of the most important ways to combat it is exercising 20 minutes a day.
Exercising just 20 minutes a day can benefit your physical and mental health. Here’s how:
- Exercise increases the flow of the blood to the brain, just as it improves circulation to the heart and the rest of the body.
- Increased core temperature during exercise may lead to reduced muscle tension.
- Activity also stimulates the growth of nerve cells in the part of the brain involved in memory. When we’re stressed, cortisol and adrenaline are surging and we forget things. In the brain, cortisol is binding with receptors in the hippocampus, the seat of memory formation and learning. If stress is left unchecked over time key connections between nerve cells in the brain won’t function as well, impairing memory and ability to take in new information and raising the risk for depression and anxiety.
- Exercise produces neurohormones like norepinephrine that are associated with improved cognitive function, elevated mood and learning. It improves thinking dulled by stressful events.
- Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your bran’s feel-good neurotransmitters, serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which can affect mood and anxiety levels.
- Blood flow drains metabolic waste products away.
- Exercise pumps blood containing oxygen, fluids and nutrients to active muscles.
Relocating can be expensive, so here are some ways to save money and exercise at the same time:
- Go for a walk! If you have a dog, take them because they need it just as much as you do! Go to a park or around the block. It’s always good to get fresh air.
- You don’t have a buy a workout DVD’s anymore (you can if you want). You can find workout and instructional videos all over the internet and they are free! Find something you would like and keep up with it. Some places to find these at youtube.com or Pinterest. Learnvest.com posted the best free workouts online: http://www.learnvest.com/2013/01/10-free-workout-sites-youll-love/
- Put together a routine. For example: 10 pushups, 20 sit ups, 25 squats, 20 lunges (10 per leg), 80 jumping jacks and 60 second wall sits. Repeat three times or when 20 minutes is up.
- Do you love playing sports? Join a recreational league and play your favorite sport. You might even make new friends!
- If you sit most of the day, take a walk on your break or leave some time for your lunch. Sitting all day is not good for your health, so the more you move throughout the day, the better.
Remember certain exercises aren’t for everyone. Know your limits. Start small and work your way up. It’s better to be doing something than nothing! Get exercising!
References: Community Health Network, Learnvest
Want to get away after a move across the country or just need a vacation? You are not alone! About 89 percent of people in the United States are planning a summer trip this year, according to a survey by TripAdvisor. These are the top destinations around the United States.
Key West, Fla. – The Southernmost city in the continental U.S. is a 120-mile long island chain connected to mainland Florida by US 1. Obviously, the main attraction is the beach but there is a lot to do and see, such as the John Pennkamp Park (the nation’s first underwater park), Duval Street, Theater of the Sea, the Everglades, Dry Tortugas National Park, just to name a few.
San Diego, Calif. – San Diego is known for their extensive beaches, mild climate year-round and natural deep water harbor. Things to do include Balboa Park, Belmont amusement park, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld San Diego. San Diego hosted 32 million visitors in 2012. Between Coronado, the Ansa-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains, there is plenty to do whether it’s relaxing by the beach or spending a day hiking and exploring.
San Francisco, Calif. – The City by the Bay is known for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic culture, architecture and, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and Alcatraz Island. Every neighborhood in San Francisco has its own personality, but the most popular is the Marina District that has perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, sample cheese at the Ferry building, and Delores Park across from Ocean Beach. Fisherman’s Wharf is San Francisco’s most popular attraction where you can visit Pier 39 and watch sea lions lounge on the rocks all day.
Virginia Beach, Va. – The city is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the longest pleasure beach in the world. Virginia Beach is a resort city with miles of beaches and hundreds of hotels, motels and restaurants along its oceanfront. It is also home to several state parks, several long-protected beach areas, three military bases, a number of large corporations and two universities. The Virginia Beach boardwalk is three miles lined with hotels and restaurants with lanes for walkers, bicycles, roller blades and surreys.
Orlando, Fla. – What else can you say about the city that has Disney World – aka “the Most Magical Place on Earth”? Orlando is one of the leading tourism destinations in the world, boasting 59 million visitors a year. The resort is 42,000 acres, with 24 resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks and four golf courses. Other non-Disney parks in Orlando, include SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort.
Ocean City, Md. – Ocean city stretches along 10 miles of beach from the inlet to the Delaware State line. It offers a three-mile classic wooden boardwalk lined with hotels, food, games and shopping. Ocean City is visited mostly by people living in the Mid-Atlantic region, which hosts eight million visitors annually.
Destin, Fla. – Who wouldn’t want to go to a place that has beautiful, clear green water and beaches with the whitest, softest sand in the world? Destin is located on Florida’s Emerald Coast and sees 4.5 million visitors each year. One of the most popular activities in Destin is chartering fishing vessels. You can visit the two-year old Destin boardwalk that has water attractions, restaurants, zip lining and amusement rides.
New York, N.Y. – Home to more than 8 million people and the most populated city in the United States, the Big Apple hosts around 55 million visitors annually. The many districts and landmarks will keep you busy the entire time, with the most popular being Times Square, Broadway Theater District, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and the list goes on. No wonder why they call it “the city that never sleeps.”
Las Vegas, Nev. – Leave the kids at home and head to the Entertainment Capital of the World, which hosts the best casinos, shopping, fine dining and nightlife in the country. Stay and walk on the Las Vegas strip, which is 4.2 miles long and has 15 of the world’s largest hotels. The most popular, free attractions are the fountains at the Bellagio, the volcano at the Mirage and Festival Fountain at Caesar’s Palace. If you have any money left over after hitting the numerous casinos, go see one of the many shows Las Vegas has to offer.
Myrtle Beach, S.C. – The Grand Strand stretches 60 miles of the South Carolina coast, making Myrtle Beach a vacation destination for 14 million visitors in the spring, summer and fall months. With 87 golf courses in the area, Myrtle Beach is a golfer’s paradise. There is plenty to do, such as visiting Broadway by the Beach, Carolina Opry, Barefoot Landing, Legends in concert as well as countless restaurants and bars.
Where do you and your family like to go on vacation? We would like to know!
References: TripAdvisor.com, Disney.com, Wikipedia.com, Chamber of Commerce Sites for each city
Are you considering downsizing to a new home? Sometimes downsizing comes by choice, sometimes by constraint. No matter the reason, downsizing has some serious upsides.
- A Simpler Life: Downsizing means you can sort through your things and decide what you really do or do not need. This will make life easier, since you’ll only be living with the things that you actually use or that truly make you happy. You won’t be constantly wading through needless items.
- Cash: You probably won’t have room for everything when you move into your new home. Many downsizers hold yard sales prior to their move. You can also sell your extra items on the internet. For any antique items, consider contacting a professional dealer to help you assign value and sell your items. This can mean extra cash for you and fewer things to pack and move.
- Easier Maintenance: Having a smaller (and less cluttered) home means that cleaning and maintenance becomes so much easier–vacuuming the house is no longer an all-day chore, and you don’t have to wade through a sea of litter just to scrub the kitchen counters.
How to Prepare and Pack
Downsizing’s main benefits come from de-cluttering your home and your life. This will require preparation before you move in order to decide what you’re taking with you and what you’ll be giving away, selling, or throwing out. As you sort through your things room by room, put items in separate piles. These piles can be given labels like keep, sell, donate, trash.
Deciding which pile each item belongs to can be difficult. When you look at a pile of your belongings, you may not see clutter, but a lifetime of memories. And even for practical, household items, you may not realize what you really need and what you’re just storing needlessly. For help determining what you do and don’t need, ask yourself these questions:
- What is the purpose of this item?
- Do I have another item that serves the same purpose?
- When was the last time I used it?
- How often do I use it?
- Do I love this item?
- Does it have sentimental value that is irreplaceable?
- Is it in good shape?
- Is there someone else I know who would benefit from this more than I would?
- Is there a place or need for it in my new home?
When you’ve decided what to do with each item, take action as soon as possible. Donate your donation items. Sell the items you want to sell. Getting rid of your items quickly means you won’t end up deciding unnecessarily to keep them later and will make it that much easier when moving day arrives.
For more helpful tips or questions about downsizing or moving, contact us.
When you’re moving, it’s difficult to figure out how to safely transport your piano. Whether your piano is a family heirloom or you bought it brand new, it is a prized possession that requires great care.
You can move your piano yourself, or you can hire professional movers to move it for you. To plan for either scenario, you should know what to do for each.
If You’re Moving a Piano Yourself
- Ask for help. Pianos are extremely heavy. The most important thing you need to do if you’re moving a piano yourself is to enlist other people in the process. Ask friends, family members, or neighbors to assist in lifting and maneuvering the piano down stairs, up ramps, and into the truck. Do not even attempt to do this by yourself.
- Secure the keyboard lid before lifting or moving the piano. You don’t want the keys to get damaged. Lock the lid if you can.
- Wrap the piano in blankets or protective tarps. You can also add padding if you like. Make sure the corners are protected and there aren’t any exposed surfaces that could get scratched. Be careful when securing the coverings that you don’t get any tape on the piano’s surface.
- Use either a furniture dolly or heavy duty straps to lift and move the piano. A dolly is preferable. You will still want to use straps to fasten the piano to the dolly.
If You’re Hiring Piano Movers
- Check that your moving company is capable of moving pianos. If you’re hiring a moving company to handle your entire move, don’t assume pianos are something they can manage. Not every moving company is equipped to handle large instruments.
- Consider hiring specialists. Some moving companies dedicate themselves to moving pianos and other large instruments. If you don’t need a full-service moving company, then piano-specific movers are worth looking into.
- Understand that damage may still happen. No one is perfect. However, movers are much less likely to damage your piano while moving it than you are.
- Pianos should never be moved by their legs. The legs are delicate and break easily.
- If you’re moving from one climate to another, you may need to re-tune your piano after it has acclimated to the change.
For experienced and reliable piano movers, contact us today for an estimate!
Relocating from Oklahoma to Indiana was a stressful experience for me and my family. Our relocation was prompted by my husband’s job transfer. Essentials had been packed and taken with us on our drive to get us through a few days until the professional relocation company delivered our furniture. We arrived in Indiana to an empty house. The first few days were a little like camping. After a long car ride and sitting in an empty house, the family was starting to get a little stir crazy.
New to the city and neighborhood, we decided to get out and about. So, we leashed up our dog, Ripley, and went to the local farmers market. It was a great experience! We met lots of locals and several of our neighbors as well as many local farmers. I even met a local rancher and purchased some meats to grill that evening. Our dog enjoyed exploring and meeting new canine friends, too. Many people stopped to chat with us because Ripley helped break the ice. It was a win-win and made us feel at home more quickly.
If you just moved to a new community, get out and explore by taking a trip to the local farmers market. The markets are free to roam, many have live entertainment and most have some prepared foods and snacks, which are perfect if your appliances haven’t arrived yet. Just being outside around other local people and the fresh, brightly colored fruits and veggies makes you feel more welcome.
Our family has gone to the local farmers market every Saturday it’s open. I love having the option to take my dog shopping for groceries!
Click here for a list of farmers markets in your area.
According to your standards, is leaving your shoes on the dining room table unacceptable? What may seem obvious to you may not be to a roommate.
Recent studies suggest that roommates are replacing spouses in the 20th Century. As a Millennial who has successfully lived with the same roommate for three years, I’m here to tell you successfully living with a roommate is possible.
Talk, talk, talk
Communication is a little detail that can make a BIG difference when living with others. Open and honest communication between roommates is crucial. This is especially true for roommates with a strong history of friendship. Confronting your roommates about a problem will be worth it in the long run. Allowing it to fester will only allow passiveness to pry its way into your living space.
Start with chores
As silly and elementary as it may sound, having a chore chart can save a lot of drama. Get as creative and cute with your chore chart as you want. Visit the craft store and decorate your chore chart to your heart’s desire then simply list each roommates’ name with the rotating chore(s) for which they are responsible. Understanding who is to do what around the house will establish expectations.
In a perfect world, one could assume that everyone would have common courtesy when it comes to ‘rules of the house’. However, that’s not always the case. Clearly communicating one another’s expectations is a must. Here are some conversation starters:
- Are we going to allow pets in the house? Who will be responsible for them?
- Will we divide up the cost for food? Or will this remain separate?
- What boundaries will we have for the common areas?
- Any rules for visitors: family, friends, significant others, etc.?
- Will there be a quiet time? Ex: During the week days after 11:00 p.m.
I am certain that with these tips, some cheap wine and good laughs, living with roommates can be some of the best years of your life!
Relocating is a unique experience for everyone. It’s exciting for some and dreadful for others. One of the best ways to understand the process is by seeking advice from those who’ve experienced it first-hand.
Sales and Marketing Project Manager, Rhonda Baker joined the Wheaton World Wide Moving team this spring. Prior to her job and life in Indiana, she lived in Oklahoma City with her two sons and husband. When her husband’s job required relocating, they packed up their life and headed to Fishers, Ind.
“I grew up in Oklahoma,” said Rhonda. “It’s all I had known my entire life.”
Adjusting to such a major change is no easy task. Rhonda’s advice – Don’t overlook the milestone. In the weeks leading up to the move, be intentional about spending time with friends and family for a proper goodbye.
“Relocating definitely makes you appreciate friends and family,” said Rhonda. “You won’t take any time together for granted. It inspired me to make more of an effort to get together with close friends and family.”
Rhonda said she looks forward to planning several trips to visit her two sons, lifelong friends and family who still live in Oklahoma.
“I was most surprised about the amount of planning involved,” said Rhonda.
Rhonda attributes a great deal of the success of her move to the attention to detail in planning prior to relocating. She went as far as measuring their current furniture and comparing it to measurements of the new house. This saved time, money and space when it came to deciding what items to move.
“Downsizing and adjusting to a new home was definitely a challenging aspect of moving.”
She suggests diving into your favorite hobbies soon after relocating. For Rhonda, it is gardening and sprucing up her outdoor space. This made the new house feel like a home and took her mind off the move.
She also suggests asking a friend to ‘dog-sit’ for moving day. The last thing you want is your precious pooch running away on moving day.
“Having Ripley running around the new house made it feel more like home. Pets can play a huge emotional role in moving.”
Heed the advice of someone who has seen moving from the professional standpoint as well as personal.
Wheaton agent’s located all over the country store unique items in their warehouses. This giant practice field bubble, which belongs to the University of Cincinnati (UC), is definitely different than most household goods stored in agent’s warehouses. From running a successful play to serious coaching moments to teammates creating lasting memories it’s safe to say that this University of Cincinnati practice field bubble has seen its fare share of incredible moments. But where do you store a bubble that stands 75 feet high and stretches nearly 370 feet long?
Who stores it?
Bell Moving & Storage, located in Fairfield, Ohio, has accepted the challenge. Bell Moving & Storage has provided relocation services for the University for more than 15 years. Bell’s warehouse space, which totals nearly 15,000 square feet, is managed by owners Tamara and Bill Kissel. The Kissel’s customer-first philosophy has led the University of Cincinnati to call this Wheaton agent its official mover.
What does the storage process look like?
Bubble roofs grace many sports arenas and practice fields across the United States. Have you ever stopped for a minute to consider how on earth this giant bubble appeared overhead? As one would assume, it is a very involved process. Lucky for you, we caught up Tamara who gave us the inside scoop.
“This is our second year storing the bubble for UC’s practice field,” said Tamara. “The take down, which took place a few weeks ago, included 200 people onsite that helped roll the giant bubble. It’s quite the process. My husband, Bill, jumps right in the action assisting with rolling and loading.”
Once rolled, it takes a combined effort of cranes and flatbeds to transport to the moving vans. From there, it’s distributed to the necessary location within the warehouse until the Bearcats take on their next season.
Want to see some live footage of the deflation of the bubble?
Check it out for yourself, compliments of UC:
Wheaton Employees Get Moving
Let’s just say Wheaton employees ‘get moving’ on many levels. When they are not focused on relocating household goods with intricate care, they are on the move training for half marathons such as the 2014 Indy Mini-Marathon that will take place on May 3, 2014.
Five employees from the corporate office out of Indianapolis, Ind. will be participating in the Mini-Marathon. Of course signing up and committing to some 13 miles does not happen overnight. It takes motivation, endurance, and for some, extensive training. So kick your feet up and enjoy the stories of these dedicated ‘Mini-Marathoners’.
Meet the Group
From left to right.
Ron Borkowski, Damodara Yemme, Emmalee Strait, Jerrod Carter. (Not Pictured: Gary Reynolds)
CIO, Jerrod Carter has worked at Wheaton for some six years working within the Information Technology Department. With a history of running, this will be Jerrod’s seventh Indy Mini-Marathon and ninth half-marthon overall. In addition, he has run three full marathons.
“I just genuinely enjoy running marathons,” said Carter. “I ran three last year and hope to set a personal record this year.”
More confident than ever, Jerrod feels that this race is sure to be a success after maxing out on miles per week ran during his training.
“My advice to someone considering running a mini-marathon is to stick to a training plan,” said Carter.
Last year, Carter ran enough that he was able to join the ‘Half Fanatics’ group. So watch out for ‘Half Fanatic’ #5163 at the Mini-Marathon this year!
Damodara Yemme has been working at Wheaton’s corporate office for eight years within the Information Technology department. Yemme’s motivation behind running is to fulfill his New Year’s resolution. In addition, he feels that it is a great way to stay active, a social outlet and hobby. Yemme has run two races prior to the Indy-Mini, including Sam Costa Quarter Marathon and Carmel Half Marathon. He contributes a great deal of his preperation to both of these races.
“ Running is a great way to maintain my health and physical condition,” said Yemme. It is also refreshing after a long day at work. “
Yemme is a big fan of the Run Keeper App that he has downloaded onto his phone. This app allows several functions that will make tracking your run simple. It is also the ‘keeper’ of his playlist of ‘pump-up’ songs to finish each run stronger than the last.
Look out for this determined ‘First-timer Indy-Mini Runner’, it might just be the first of many for him!
Catch up with Gary:
Vice President of Operations, Gary Reynolds has been employed at the corporate office for 12 years. Reynolds has particpated in nine Indy-Mini Marathons prior to this one. Primarily a walker, he is dedicated to keeping in shape by walking for the half marathon. “ Advice on completing a half marathon,” said Reynolds, “just get out and do it.” Reynolds suggests that walking is a ‘futile attempt to escape advancing age’. He also suggests that instead of plugging into some great tunes, walking is a great time to be alone with your thoughts.
Catch this swift walker among the pros come May 3rd at the Indy-Mini!
Getting up to speed with Ron:
Assistant Vice President of Operations and Director of Traffic, Ron Borkowski has a long history with Wheaton. Starting with the company in 1986 as a traffic planner and has held a number of positions throughout the years.
In addition to a long history with Wheaton, he also holds a long running history. Borkowski has successfully completed somewhere between 15-20 full-marathons, including the Boston Marathon last year. This will be his 16th Mini-Marathon.
Jogging with Emmalee:
Content Development Specialist, Emmalee Strait just came on board with Wheaton in November of 2013 in the Sales and Marketing Department. After taking on a new job, she also decided to take on the task of running the Indy-Mini Marathon for the first time.
Motivated by staying in shape and healthy throughout the winter months, she has been training with some close friends for the race.
“I am anxious and excited for the Indy-Mini,”said Strait. “I am running the half marathon with my college roommates, so the memories being made mean the most to me!”
She attributes accountability from training with friends to be one of the best preperations for the race. Like Borkowski, she joined the Blue Mile running club which has helpd prepare her. With good friends, a good playlist, and some good training – she is ready to hit the road running on May 3!
Hey, soon- to- be college grads, this post is for you! In a few months you will walk across a stage, receive a diploma and go off to purse bigger and better things. This is an accomplishment that will open many doors of opportunity. Where will the opportunities take you? Whether it’s across the country, or around the world, Wheaton is prepared to relocate your life. The possibilities are limitless and relocating is an involved process. So where should you start?
Best Cities for Job Seekers
Be realistic in your relocation process. It might sound awesome in theory to pick up and move to Hawaii, where life’s a beach. But it might not be the most practical move, so to speak. Search for jobs before you relocate to your favorite city, simply because it’s your favorite. Where are the best cities for job seekers? Let us help you out:
Get a little guidance with this list of top 10 best cities for job seekers.
If you’re like most recent grads, you are living on a budget. The last four years of school did not come free. When selecting a location you want to be sure it’s an affordable place where there will be plenty for you to do.
Just for Fun
Okay, now you’ve got the practical part out of the way. Start researching the fun stuff. What are the best cities to fit your personality? Is it the city with an awesome night life? A location rich in history? It’s equally important that the quality of life in the city will be fulfilling to you. Consider your hobbies and interests and whether or not they are comparable with the city. Take this quick BuzzFeed quiz, just for fun, to find out what city you should actually live in. Hey, you never know what you might learn.
Moving Tips (we are a moving company after all)..
As a young twenty-something, you probably do not have many household goods that have piled up over the years. Lighten up your move even more by getting rid of unnecessary items before the move. Make a little extra cash by hosting a garage sale. You can get a fresh start with new or refurbished items when you arrive at your new destination. Wheaton has provided you with a few starter lists that are great for first time movers, including:
No matter where your bright and successful future takes you, Wheaton is ready to handle your move. Finding a local agent is one click away.