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4 Unusual Hotel Perks Coming Your Way

goldfishIf you’re interested in a rather unique hotel stay, here are a few choices for your pleasure:

  1. Kimpton Hotels: Are you missing your pet? Wish you had brought your fish along for the ride? No problem. With this US chain’s “Guppy Love” program you can have a goldfish put in your room during your stay. Hotel staff are responsible for the care of the fish and you can relax next to your aquarium and lower your stress levels.
  1. The Benjamin in New York has a sleep specialist on staff who offers guidance through the “Rest & Renew” program. Part of this program includes special pillows that guests can order off of the “pillow menu” and includes a power nap kit.
  1. At Provence Hotels your pet will be taken care of. This hotel has an in-room massage package that includes Reiki treatments and more. They have an in-house pet psychologist, pet grooming, dog walking and more.
  1. Finally, for guests who need a fragrance pick-me-up, the Vancouver Hotel Georgia offers a fragrance butler. Yes, this is true. He will come to your room with ten fragrances on a silver platter and you can select from the high-end brands to smell your best.
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Running for Heart Help

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While some people hate running, they just might want to start. Scientists at Iowa State University who analyzed 55, 137 adults aged 18-100 found that healthy exercise doesn’t have to be extensive or time-consuming. They have published their findings in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

They actually followed participants for 15 years, during which more than 3000 died. The findings were as follows. Runners, who only made up 25% of the study’s population, had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes and a 45% lower risk of death from heart disease and stroke than did non-runners. They also lived three years longer.

Even more surprising was the amount that you need to run. These found these results for people who ran less than 51 minutes a week – only seven minutes a day. This was true for people who ran slower than six miles an hour and fewer than six miles a week.

As lead scientist Dr Duck-Chul Lee explained, “Since time is one of the strongest barriers to participate in physical activity, the study may motivate more people to start running and continue to run as an attainable health goal for mortality benefits. Running may be a better exercise option than more moderate intensity exercises for healthy but sedentary people.”

He goes on to explain, “[This is because] it produces similar, if not greater, mortality benefits in five to 10 minutes, compared to the 15 to 20 minutes per day of moderate intensity activity that many find too time consuming.”

So how long do you have to keep running? Study participants who ran on a regular basis for six year experienced the biggest benefit. This amount of activity reduced their risk of death from heart disease by 50%.

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Saying Goodbye to Tattoos

tattDo you hate that daisy you had put on your arm when you were a teen? Do you regret emblazoning “Jason” on your forearm? Are you having issues with the lion’s tail you put on your shoulder blades?

Tattoos have been quite the rage for years now, but people are actually starting to regret those ink jobs more now than ever. Revenue for tattoo removal has actually surged a whopping 440% in the last decade, according to Marketwatch. This amounts to an estimated $75.5 million.

Hollywood paves the way in so many trends, and this may certainly be one of them. Those who have removed their body art in recent years include Eva Longoria, Megan Fox, and even the famously tattooed Angelina Jolie.

The good news in the tattoo removal world is that it no longer requires pain, surgery and scaring. Laser technology now allows users to break down the ink work in the skin using several colors of laser light. Red light is used, for instance, on blue, black and red inks; green light is used for red and orange.

As San Francisco-based plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Kulick said, “What is attractive in your 20s is not so attractive in your 30s. The ideal color for removal is black because that tattoo will be at the same depth in the skin and the same wavelength for the laser to remove the ink. Now it’s very fashionable to have pastels and yellow, which is very difficult to remove.”

 

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History of Bimini and the Resorts World Bimini

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Bimini actually has quite a history to it, in addition to offering a beautiful vacation spot these days. Certainly, anyone who wants a great vacation spot will want to enjoy the Bimini cruise from Miami that allows them to get to Bimini in close to two hours. Once there, they can enjoy the majestic sands with the Resorts World Bimini and enjoy everything that the island has to offer today.

As the video below explains, Bimini has a rich history to it as well.

It was an offshore speak-easy and liquor store location in the 1930s during prohibition, allowing those in Miami a way to enjoy themselves during difficult times.

Bimini was one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite getaways and was the inspiration for his book Islands in the Stream.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Bimini a number of times. He wrote part of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech while at Bimini. His visit impacted the people of Bimini a great deal. There is a memorial bust to him in Bimini at the crafts center.

Al Capone was also known to come to the island.

Learn more about Bimini, the Bimini Superfast and so much more here.

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Winter Baby Borns More Likely to be Lefties?

left handHere is a bit of interesting news. Baby boys who are born in the winter are more likely to be left-handed than are those born in the summer. Psychologists at the University of Vienna conducted a study with 13,000 adults and found that, in general, 7.5% of women are left-handed and 8.8% of men are. Their findings were published in the scientific journal Cortex.

However, they found that 8.2% of the left-handers were born during the period from February to October, while from November to January, the number rose up to 10.5%. Researchers have thought that if an embryo is exposed to higher levels of testosterone in the womb, this might increase the chance that the baby will be left-handed. More daylight increases the levels of testosterone, and babies that are born in the winter were in embryo during the spring and summer.

As Ulrich Tran, the lead author of the study, said, “Presumably, the relative darkness during the period November to January is not directly connected to this birth seasonality of handedness. We assume that the relative brightness during the period May to July, half a year before, is its distal cause.’

This theory, The Geschwind-Galaburda hypothesis, named after the neurologists who devised it, suggests that testosterone delays the left brain hemisphere’s maturation in the embryo.

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Shock Your Way Towards Better Excercise

Now here is a good way to get yourself motivated to exercise. When you wear this wristband and you don’t reach your exercise goals, you’ll get a bit of a shock. Really.

Called Pavlok, it is supposed to offer you reinforcement to get moving. The firm has already raised $100,000 in investments and will soon have a crowdsourcing campaign as well, according to founder Maneesh Sethi.

As Sethi told Boston.com, “It’s not about the shock as much as it is about training your brain to do the things you say you’re going to do.”

According to their website, “Pavlok offers a simple, wearable device that helps consumers form better habits. Using psychologically proven and user tested algorithms, the Pavlok wristband enforces users’ commitments to fitness, productivity, and more — even if that means ‘sparking’ their commitment by delivering a mild (but jolting) electric shock.”

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Great Product When Soaking Up The Rays

tanningIt’s a problem when you go to the beach to know what to do with your valuables. Now, a clever new device just might be the answer. It’s called Tansafe and it looks like a brand of sunscreen – but it is actually an empty case that can hold your important things.

It has enough room to store keys, cash and credit cards and is even large enough to hide a smartphone. It’s small enough to carry along with you and the lid is water-tight.

Online retailer Firebox is selling the item for £7.99 and they describe it as ‘an essential traveling companion for canny sunbathers everywhere’.

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Exercise Linked to Performance in School Says New Study

exerciseGetting your kids out the door for some fresh air and exercise just might help improve their test scores. This is the latest idea discussed in a new study published in the Journal of Paediatrics. Researchers looked at the links between physical fitness and academic performance.

As Irene Esteban-Cornejo, of the Autonomous University of Madrid, said: “Because these physical fitness components are highly associated with each other, it is important to differentiate which physical fitness components are important in relation to academic performance.” The study included more than 2000 Spanish children and teenagers from 6-18 and looked at their physical fitness, their body composition and their academic achievement.

They found that both cardio-respiratory capacity and motor ability were related to academic achievement. The link was strongest for speed, agility and coordination.

As Dr Esteban-Cornejo said: “Having high levels of cardio-respiratory and motor fitness may, to some extent, reduce the risk of school failure.”

Of course, more studies may be necessary since this could certainly be a chicken-egg situation. Children who exercise more and are more motivated physically may also be more alert in class and more interested in reaching their potential. More studies will help to elaborate on the cause-effect relationship.

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