6 Tips on How to Choose the Right Beds|
Did you know that you spend a total of approximately 9,000 days in your bed in your lifetime? And that does not account for the naps and if you live beyond 75 years old. So itâs only fitting that you have the right bed. How do you choose the right bed? These six tips on how to choose the right bed can help.
Choose a bed together. If youâre a couple, itâs best that you choose a bed together. Remember that both of you should be comfy. If only one of you is comfy, itâs hard to co-exist on...
Sports Drinks: Good or bad? Is there an alternative?
Thereâs nothing like chugging a cold sports drink after an intense workout or game. Itâs refreshing, has lots of flavors to choose from and its good for you, right? Well, like anything else, there are pros and cons. Read on to know more.
When you get physicalâwhen working out, running or playing sportsâall that sweating causes you to lose lots of nutrients and minerals. Your muscles lose protein as well, since they are broken down. A quick pick-me-upper would be a sports drink. It...
Home Decorating Hacks You Should Know
Sometimes, a home, as cozy as it is already, needs a fixer-upper. But how do you fix a home which seems okay as it is? By using just a simple hacks, to up the ante so to speak. Here are a few home decorating hacks you should know.
Start with the door. Making a great first impression is always a good thing. And the best way to do that is to decorate the door. A decorated and well-painted door has that âwelcomeâ appeal. For example, orange and yellow colors convey warmth and joy. Skip the...
Thinking of gifts for a housewarming? Try these 7 suggestions
Ever get stumped while thinking of a gift you can give new house owners? Yeah, it can be difficult, especially if you do not know the house owner well. Donât worry, Laura Ashley can help you with that. Here are 7 suggestions for housewarming gifts.
1. Fresh plants. There is something welcoming about having a plant in a new home. After all, it is also another living thing. However, before you choose to buy a plat as a gift, check if the family has any allergies. A potted plant is best than...
Bathroom Mat Care and benefits from Laura Ashley
Bathroom mats are not just something you step on. They have so much more to offer, like aesthetics, safety and comfort. If you want to have the perfect mat for your bathroom, here are tips from Laura Ashley you can keep in mind.
Measure the floor space. Although it seems that itâs a bit much, but measure your bathroom floor first. This is important, especially if you have a small bathroom. You want a mat, not a carpet which will awkwardly cover the floor. As you measure, think about the...
Intermittent Fasting: What you need to know
Intermittent fasting has become immensely popular in the past few months. Popularly known as IF, people profess to its effectiveness when it comes to losing weight, cleansing the body and even getting more energy. But what is intermittent fasting and how does it work?
What is Intermittent Fasting?
IF is a dieting approach which cycles the periods of abstaining food and eating. It isnât just one method actually, its several methods adjust for the needs of an individual. For instance,...
Want to have an efficient work area?
Everyone wants to be productive at work. But whether you do your business in an office or at home, itâs not just hard work which will make you efficient. A few hacks can increase your productivity and efficient.
Foldable furniture. If you are just a startup and have small space, or itâs a home space, you may want to have a foldable furniture. Itâs as effective as usual furniture, but can be set aside when not in use. Pretty practical. However, these are not easily available. But if you...
7 Simple Tips to help you Decorate your Home
Decorating your home is not as difficult as it seems. It can be easy and fun as well. Just follow these 7 simple tips to help you decorate your home.
Good lighting. Good lighting can change how you perceive a room (and your electric bill). A spotlight for reading. A well-placed lamp, which you can purchase at Laura Ashley, LED light, or even candles can literally light up a space.
Restyled bookcase. Bookcases are not just for the library. They have been used in interior dĂ©cor in the last...
Simple Decorating Tips Using Accessories
Some people shy away from accessories because they think using them can be difficult. Intimidating even. But accessories can be great accents in a house, room or even a small space. You just know how to use it. Luckily. Laura Ashley is here to give you some simple decorating tips using accessories.
Combine colors and textures. This is the fun part about using accessories, mixing with colors and textures! Combining such elements create visual interest. What makes it fun is the variety of ways...
Running out of gift ideas? Try home accessories
When in doubt about what you can give to a friend, a gift for his or her home can be a good idea. Home accessories are artsy, practical and at times, even classic, which makes it a good option. Especially when you do not have enough time to buy a gift. Laura Ashley compiled a few gift suggestions you may want to consider.
A soap or lotion caddy. Every sink in each home has it, that bar of soap that keep slipping away from your hand, or that soap dispenser which falls repeatedly since itâs...
8 Best Foods to Help Control Your Blood Sugar
Maintaining a normal blood sugar is crucial if you already have diabetes. Both a low and high blood sugar is dangerous. If you donât have diabetes, a high blood sugar can cause several complications to your health. However, you donât have to grab your medicine stash, just chow down on these 8 best foods to help control your blood sugar.
1. Cinnamon. This sweet smelling spice has antioxidants. According to several studies, the spice, which is technically a tree bark, can improve insulin...
Still undecided about wallpapers?
Let Laura Ashley Help You
No decision is too small when it comes to your home. After all, you will spend a large part of your time inside your home. Having said that, some people are hesitant to use wallpapers in their homes. There are so many misconceptions about wallpapers, which is sad since itâs such a great product to use. Fortunately, Laura Ashley is here to give you sound advice.
Itâs actually durable. Most people think that wallpapers arenât durable, after all as its name indicates it is âpaperâ....
After 13 years, Adidas releases âZissouâ shoes, new shoes also on the way
The good news: after more than a decade, Adidas has finally produced âZissouâ shoes fans are clamoring for. The bad news: thereâs only around a hundred to go around. More good news though, variations of popular shoe models are going to be released soon.
In 2004, the film âLife with Steve Zissouâ, directed by Wes Anderson, was released. The movie, which starred Bill Murray and featured Portuguese versions of David Bowie songs, became iconic for its wardrobe. Aqua blue crew uniform...
Basketball: Why itâs a Good Sport for you
Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant. LeBron James. Your friends and your neighbors. Why is basketball so appealing to a lot of people? So many reasons, actually. If youâre thinking about taking up the sport, here are several reasons why itâs going to be good for you.
Itâs great for your Health
Lose weight. Whether youâre making shots or playing defense, basketball involves a lot of movement. And a lot of movement means more calories burned. Actually, if you play on both ends of the floor you...
7 Reasons Why Getting an Elliptical Is a Good Idea
Ellipticals are sometimes misunderstood. Some people think theyâre ineffective. Others think theyâre expense. A few donât even know what they are. Well, if youâre one of those people, itâs time to be âelliptically enlightenedâ. Ellipticals are a great option if you want to be fit. Here are several reasons why itâs a good idea to have an elliptical around.
Easy to use and not intimidating. When youâre a beginner, exercise machines can be so intimidating they can seem like...
Buzz Rack: how a âmosquitoâ, âspiderâ and âbeetleâ can help carry your bike
Whether youâre a biking enthusiast, a roadie, or just going on a tour around Qatar, you will eventually need to carry your bike on a car. Not inside, of course, since youâd be getting dirt inside your car and, chances are, it wonât fit anyway. Itâs also not advisable to hoist your bike on the roof of the car. Fortunately, Buzz Rack offers mounted car racks which are not only affordable, but comes in amusing names.
A âMozzquitoâ with a big bite
Mosquitoes are usually annoying, but...
Cream of the E-Commerce Crop in the Middle East
Camels, sand and online shopping. Wait, what? When people think about the Middle Eastâcomposed of countries like Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai, Oman, UAEâthey often think about the first two things. But online shopping? Yeah, itâs true, the Middle East loves to shop online. After all, locals as well as expats do have the spending power. What are the most popular online sites in the region? Hereâs the cream of the e-commerce crop in the Middle East.
If youâre looking for a...
To Eat or Not to Eat: Best & Worst Workout Foods
Youâre an hour away from your workout and you know you need to eat up. What do you do? Will you raid your fridge? Go to the nearest fast food chain and search for their healthiest foods? What do you eat in the first place? First, calm down. Second, think about your optionsâwhat you should eat and what you should avoid. Check out these best and worst workout foods.
Worst workout foodsâŠ and drinks
Pasta, white rice and potatoes. Itâs true you need carbs to give you energy. But...
7 Easy Tips to Improve Your Workout
You work hard at the gym, right? You want to see those gains, you know you truly deserve. But it seems like thereâs something missing. Like a good steak, lacking a pinch of spice to taste really great, or being a few hundred dollars short of paying for a dream car. Well, that final push may come from a few adjustments you need to make. Here are 7 easy tips to improve your workout.
Slow Yet Steady. You want a steady supply of energy throughout your workout and the day. The best way to do...
Sitting in the Office All Day: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The good: working eight hoursâor even moreâa day at the office can certainly fatten your wallet. Unfortunately, your waist can pack on some fat too. And thatâs just the start of it. Sitting in the office all day can go from bad to ugly. Because letâs face it, the work isnât that physical, right? Shooting a crumpled paper into a trash bin across the room doesnât count as exercise. However, if you do make that shotâcool! Nice Steph Curry impersonation.
Seriously though, hereâs...
5 Activities to Make Bonding Time with Kids Healthier
Kids seem to have all the time in the world. As a parent you want that time to count as quality, meaning bonding + learning + fitness. Donât worry, your kids will love it as long the equation doesnât say â= boringâ. Here are suggestions on how you can make your bonding time with kids healthier.
Walk, Run, Bike
An activity you can have with your kids is walking. The good thing about walking is itâs a simple cardio activity. And when your kids get bored, they can just run. You can...
Awesome Things to Do When Youâre Stuck at Home
Although itâs pretty much a guessing game on how the weather in Qatar will be this weekend, a lot of people will most likely choose to stay home. Wouldnât that be boring? Well, it does not have to be. Family, friends and neighbors can still bond, have fun and sneak in some fitness activities despite staying in close proximity to their homes.
Go Have a Pool Party!
Hot and humid weather + pool + people = fun. Easy equation to understand. A dip in the pool can certainly be a refreshing. A...
7 Surprising Ways to Become a Better Runner
You donât have to go to great lengths to be a better runner. However, thereâs no ala-Captain America super serum either, just a bit of work and some nice tricks on the side. Here are 7 surprising ways to become a better runner.
In order to become a better runner, you have to recover stronger after a run. Your muscles are inflamed from all that work, so eating fish rich in Omega-3 helps. Omega-3 decreases inflammation and protects you from heart ailments too. You can also pop...
5 Easy Swimming Tips for Summer
Summer is the perfect time for a swim. And while youâre at the beach or the pool, why not improve your swimming technique? You donât need extra swimming lessons or to be buddies with Aquaman, there are simple ways to make you a better swimmer. Whether you swim for sport, fitness or as a hobby, take note of these easy swimming tips.
Redefine your Swim Kit
If your swim kit includes just any other swim wear, aqua shoes or slippers, most likely youâll be âjust any other swimmerâ....
Watch Out for the 9 Signs of Dehydration
Our bodies are composed of a lot of water. For adult males, its 60% while for the ladies, its 55%. Imagine if the water levels go down significantly, all sorts of problems can set in. Whether youâre physically active or just going about your everyday routine, you can get dehydrated. But how do you know youâre already lacking fluids or just being affected by the summer heat? Watch out for the 9 signs of dehydration.
Always Hungry. Most of the time, thirst is mistaken for hunger. People...
Turn Family Bonding Time to Fitness Time
Summer is has arrived. This means more family bonding time. For many families, a trip to the mall is the likely destination. However, you can take family bonding to another levelâa healthier level. Here are suggestions on how to turn family bonding time to fitness time.
Forget about the malls, there are so many places you can go to and so many things to do than just hang around the shopping mall. Families can bike together. Parents can teach their kids how to ride a...
Why Women Should Wear the Right Running Stuff
Women can sometimes find it hard to search for sports stuff designed especially for them. Even runners, who basically require shoes and clothes, may have trouble finding their needs. For this reason, some women settle for other alternatives. However, just like finding a partner, if Mr. Right is elusive, you donât settle for Mr. Right Now. So here are important reminders why women should wear the right running stuff.
Shoes: Leave the Men Shoes Alone!
Do you know the saying âif the...
Running: How to Start With A Bang
Often, getting started in any endeavor is the hardest part. Itâs the same with running. As simple as running seems, getting ready and beginning the fitness routine can be difficult for some people. However, if youâve already made up your mind about running, here are ways you can effectively start.
Reading about running helps you get mentally ready for what you are about to do. You will be able to know what to expect, injuries to avoid, as well as set the record straight on...
7 Ways to Encourage Kids to Be Active
Did you know that 70 percent of overweight kids, become overweight adults as well? Here in Qatar, nationals and expats, including kids, are encouraged to try to be fitter. Itâs important that kids, at their early age, develop healthy habits they can carry into adulthood. The best way to do this is to encourage kids to be active. But thatâs easier said than done, especially if kids have become couch potatoes or digital zombies thanks to all those gadgets. Here are 7 ways to encourage kids...
9 Ways to Make Your Runs Easier
Runs, as wonderful as they are at times, seem to be more difficult for some people. If you are one of those people, check out these 9 ways to make your runs easier.
Do you feel pain on your feet mid-run? Or does your feet feel hot and get tired easily? Most likely, the problem is with your shoes. Running becomes harder when your feet either gives up on you or is being subjected to a lot of stress. Worn-out, as well as incorrect shoes, can definitely do that. Let your feet be as...
6 Fitness Commandments to Remember
When it comes to fitness, there are certain rules which seem to be carved in stone, like commandments, so to speak. Itâs best to know these commandments to help make sure you wonât have trouble reaching your fitness goals.
1. Thou shall eat right before and after
The right diet is as important as the fitness routine itself, maybe even more. Whether you want to lose weight, maintain it or bulk up, you have to eat right. If youâre going to eat a heavy meal, do it two hours before an...
New Breed of Clothing: Choosing and Caring for Technical Wear
Exercise clothing has certainly evolved from the usual baggy pants and oversized sweat shirts. Nowadays, you have a better option in the form of technical wear. These specialized clothes help keep you more comfortable during your active moments, and even help enhance your performance. Know more about technical apparel, including how to choose and care for them.
What makes technical wear different from other clothing?
Technical clothing is differentiated from other clothes because...
6 Simple Ways to Choose the Right Tennis Shoes
If you want to be the next Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or even Serena Williams, itâs going to take a lot of practice and hard work. However, one thing you can automatically rely on is a good pair of shoes. Check out these 6 simple ways to choose the right tennis shoes.
Stabilize Your Heel
Tennis puts a lot of pressure on your heels. Choose footwear, like Diadora shoes, which has secure but soft cushioning at the heel. Unlike other parts of your feet, the heel has to be...
Guide to Choosing the Right Shoes
The search for the right shoes can feel a lot like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Whatâs the perfect shoe for running? How about for a workout at the gym? What about football shoes? These are just some of the questions which may be floating inside your head. And thereâs also the question: where can I find it? Well, you might find the following information helpful.
Running: Know Your Gait
When it comes to running, check your gait. Knowing your gaitâneutral,...
5 Hacks to Build More Muscle
Go big or go home! Itâs the likely motto of people who want to get bigger muscles. But you canât get bigger overnight, not even after a few days. And it will take a lot of hard work. However, there are hacks which can make the process faster, as well as a bit easier. Here are 5 of those hacks.
Go for compound exercises
Multi-tasking is big when it comes to the workplace. Itâs also a big hit in the gym. But it does not mean youâll be doing multiple exercises at the same time. You...
7 Tips to Get a Beach Body This Summer
Summer is just around the corner, and like most people in Qatar and around the world, you want that beach body to flaunt. However, that is easier said than done, especially if youâve been neglecting your health during the previous seasons. But donât worry, there are tips to get you the beach body you want this summer.
Water the fat down
Water is hands down the best drink on the planet. It rehydrates and refreshes your system. Energizes you even. According to studies, drinking more...
Maximizing the fitness benefits of walking
Walking is a simple but great way to get fit. It wonât cost you and you can walk just about anywhere and anytime. Even if youâre in a busy city, like in Doha, or any other area. Despite its simplicity, you have to do it properly to reap its maximum fitness benefits. Check out the ways to make walking work for you.
Watch your Posture
You should have listened to your mom when she scolded you for bad slouching. Bad posture, like slouching, can result in aches and pains after a walk. On...
4 Benefits of a Morning Run and How to Keep It Up
Starting the day can be very difficult for most people, including Qataris and expats. Who wouldnât love to just stay in a comfy bed? Unfortunately, for most of us, we have to start the day, and start it early. Thatâs why itâs so difficult for lots of people to schedule their runs in the morning. However, a morning run can be a good idea, even if you are not a morning person. If you can manage to squeeze in an early run in your schedule, youâll be sure to get the 4 benefits of a morning...
Tips to Keep Cool This Summer
Summer is a great season to get a good tan, go to the beach and have your fill of activities. However, it can get really hot sometimes, especially when youâre in places like Qatar and the Middle East. Unfortunately, you canât just stay in your air-conditioned room all day like a hermit, right? So donât let the heat put you down. You can still have fun, get fit and keep the summer heat away by using some clever tricks. Check out these tips to keep you cool this summer.
Level up your...
8 healthy eating tips to live by
Healthy eating isnât as hard as it seems. Itâs just a matter of knowing which foods are good for you. Donât be surprised how many varieties of tasty foods are actually nutritious. Here are eight healthy eating tips you can live by.
1. Go big on vegetables. Green leafy vegetables are usually the choice of many healthy people because of its high level of fiber, iron and vitamins. But you canât really go wrong with any type of vegetable. Just donât overcook them. Also, covering...
Ways to Protect Your Eyes This Summer
Summer is knocking at the door and itâs only a matter of time before it enters, grabs you by the hand and takes you outside. More often than not, people wear sunscreen for their skin, totally forgetting that their eyes are vulnerable to the sunâs rays too. Obviously, you canât put sunscreen on your eyes, but there are ways you can keep your peepers safe. Follow these simple ways to protect your eyes this summer.
Wear a cap or visor. That protruding part of a cap or visor is there...
5 beach activities to do this summer
Summer is here and thereâs nothing like going to the beach for some fun under the sun. Of course, you can do a lot of things besides swimming. Be adventurous! Be bold! Thatâs what summer is all about right? Try these following summer activities to add spice to your next beach getaway.
Skim boarding. You know when you want to go surfing but not ready to take on a giant wave? Go skim boarding. Just kidding. Well, maybe thereâs some truth in that for some. Skim boarding is like surfing...
5 Tips to Keep Fit in Your 30s
Thereâs a misconception that fitness declines when people reach the age of 30. So itâs such a dreaded number for many people who wish to keep fit. But is it really too late to turn things around when youâve reached the big 3 and O? Scientific studies show that itâs not really the case. Muscle and bone mass is not lost during your 30s. However, when youâve been busy at work, with stuff at home and you havenât been living a healthy lifestyle, thatâs when it all goes downhill. But...
5 Things You Should Know About Cardio Exercise
Cardiovascular exercise is a staple in many workouts and training routines. But what is cardio and what makes it an indispensable part of fitness programs? Here are 5 things you should know about cardio exercise.
What is cardiovascular exercise?
Cardiovascular exercise, known as cardio or aerobic exercise, is a type of training which helps increase your heart rate and improve your conditioning.
What are common cardio exercises?
Walking, including brisk walking, running and...
7 Simple Ways to Guard Your Health
Your health is an investment, and like all investments, you have to protect it to reap the benefits. Most people think itâs a complicated to actually do that, but in reality itâs a matter of minor adjustments. Here are 7 simple ways to guard your health.
Soak up some sunâŠ but with limits
Soaking up the sun during the early morning allows you to get some much needed vitamin D, which help protect you from certain diseases. However, too much can increase the risk of cancer and skin...
4 training tips to strengthen your legs
The legs are usually one of the most under-trained body parts among people who work out. Almost everyone wants washboard abs, a big muscular chest and ripped arms. But great looking legs? Not so much. However, a great workout includes balance, which means you should improve your legs as well. Here are 4 training tips to strengthen your legs.
Target a combo of muscles
If you do leg exercises which only target one particular muscle, chances are youâll be burned out before even completing...
5 workout mistakes beginners should avoid
As a beginner, itâs perfectly normal to be excited about your workout. However, you canât let your excitement get the better of you. You still have to watch out for slipups which can negatively affect your workout. Here are some of the workout mistakes beginners should avoid.
Not having a plan
In war, soldiers have a battle plan. In sports, teams follow a play. You need the same system when youâre going to work out. Itâs the same principle. A plan includes a system to help you make...
Short but sweet: 10-minute or less workouts for busy people
Even the busiest bee needs to get a workout now and then. But how can you squeeze a fitness routine in your schedule when all you have available is just several minutes? Donât fret, there are 10-minute or less workouts for even the busiest people.
Go for high intensity
High-Intensity interval training, or sometimes called high-intensity intermittent exercise, is an exercise technique which alternates intense aerobic activity with short recovery periods. It can last from 5 to 30...
6 fitness tips to keep you in top form
Everyone wants to keep fit. The problem is, it can be difficult for some to get the fitness momentum, as well as keep it. Whether youâre already going to the gym, or trying to include fitness in your routine, you always want to be motivated to strive to be in tiptop shape. Here are 6 fitness tips to help keep you in top form.
Make a schedule
Work and responsibilities at home can put a damper on your desire to be fitter. Itâs hard to motivate yourself for a jog or a visit to the gym if...
Reebok CrossFit: go for elite fitness
CrossFit has become synonymous with elite fitness. But what is CrossFit and why is it often partnered with Reebok?
CrossFit is a fitness regimen, created by Coach Greg Glassman, which seeks to promote overall fitnessâphysically and mentally. The regimenâs difference with other workouts or even sports, is that it is performed at a very high level of intensity. Thus, its âelite fitnessâ nickname. It also has a particular target exercise, known as a Workout of the Day or WOTD. Another...
Keep warm and stylish with Reebokâs âThe Pumpâ
Whenever anyone mentions Reebok Pump, most people usually think of the brandâs iconic sneakers. After all, the shoes revolutionized athletic performance by giving the wearer an extra boost. However, Reebok the Pump is another product altogether. Itâs a hoodie, which is perfect for this seasonâs cold weather.
As the temperature continues to drop in Qatar, youâll need comfortable apparel which will keep away the chills. Reebok the Pump, which can be found in online shops like Sports...