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How to Survive a  Long Haul Flight 

I am quiet a regular traveler and have been fortunate enough to visit over 50 countries in the last decade alone. During that time I have learned an awful lot about travel and whilst I’m aware that I’ll never learn everything there is to know, I have my travel routine down to a fine art. Last month my biddy Stephen Buzzi was heading from Mexico City to Amsterdam, a 12 hour flight, and had asked me what I recommended he do, to ensure that it went as comfortably as possible. It thought then, that I would share my thoughts on long haul travel with you, in the hope that you can get some tips on how best to manage it.

Upgrade

The first thing I would say is that you should definitely try to get an upgrade, or at least enquire about prices for an upgrade for your flight. I think that if you are traveling for 9 hours or more, having the extra space and comfort is worth every penny, as long as it isn’t overly expensive of course.

Walking

The biggest problem I often find with long haul flying is that my legs and feet can get swollen which can make for an uncomfortable flight. The key to reducing the inflammation is to make sure that you take the chances to have a walk about the plane to keep the blood moving around. Try to get up at least once per hour and have a wander, do some calf raises or something similar so that you can stimulate your muscles too.

Drinking

There can be a temptation to take advantage of the alcoholic drinks which you’ll get on a long haul flight, especially if you want to sleep. With this being said, it is really important that you either keep this to an absolute minimum, or avoid it altogether. Drinking in flight makes you feel pretty bad when you wake up again or when you land, you will be dehydrated and feel worse for wear, even after just a couple. The best advice is just to drink water throughout the flight, keep your body fully hydrated.

Eating

The airplane food is what it is, filling and necessary, but it probably won’t do you any favors from a health point of view. I always like to keep my vitamin intake up when I’m traveling long haul and so I’ll usually take some dried or fresh fruit in my bag with me, as well as taking a few small bags of nuts to snack on throughout the journey. Take a little bit of food with you during the flight so that you can stay at your best.

Remember that the idea to not feeling bad after your flight is to make sure that you are giving all of your body the hydration, rest and vitamins that it needs to function at its best, in an unnatural situation, do that and you’ll feel great after the flight.

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Effective Ways To Save For Your IRA

Retirement is a very important goal to save for. You need to make a call as to how to save your funds for retirement, whether it be in dedicated account like an IRA or in a 401K through your job or some combination. The potential for growth in compound interest is great, so that means that you need to be able to put as much money into them as possible.

Which is why you need a monthly budget and you need to stick to it. Budgets are great tools for keeping track of your monthly cash flow, income and investments. And once you get past the psychology of not being able to think about money, it can really help your spending habits. Because it provides a chance to prioritize what you value and what you need to spend money on.

First of all, pay yourself first. You need to have money in savings in order to invest in an IRA or some other account. So you need to be disciplined about saving money for yourself and your family. Bills, food, cars and entertainment all have their place, but paying yourself first needs to come first. And it is great to be able to automate it. When you create a regular transaction from your regular account to a savings account, that means it happens without thinking about it. You can also automate savings straight to your IRA.

Use multiple savings accounts. You need to have places to put money for emergencies, major purchases and regular expenditures. That way you always have a place to save your money.

How do you get that extra money? Look for a raise at work. You need to be able to talk to your boss about getting more money when you think you deserve it. It can be a hard conversation at first, but you can really increase your income the more you do it and the better you get at asking for raises. Keep an eye out for bonuses as well. If you budget correctly, found money like that can go straight into your IRA.

Then you need to look at your expenses. Do you need both a cleaning service and a landscaping service? Figure out which one you can live without and cut that one. How much do you spend on groceries each month? Where are ways you can cut that down? You can cut coupons out of the newspaper and figure out more economical ways of getting proper nutrition. Cheap protein, like eggs and beans are always a good solution.

Look at your local library. There are always great books there, but you can also find movies, TV shows and documentaries that you can borrow for free. That might provide a chance to break down your cable bill and allow you to cut the cord.

The ability to save for your IRA can be learned. You don’t have to be a natural saver. You can change your habits if you put the effort in. Learn how to cook more and learn where you can invest wisely to replace your job income with passive income. That will allow you to make more money, have more time and save for your IRA.

Kimberly Dey’s Top Tips to Staying Fit and Healthy

Everybody knows that we need to focus on getting and staying fit and healthy, but very few of us seem to actually be able to do it. The reality is that it is difficult. We live unhealthy lifestyles that are based on convenience and speed. If we want to become fit and healthy again, that means that we have to make some significant lifestyle changes, and that is hard to do. But the desire is clearly there. Kimberly Dey, for instance, has noticed that between $40 and $50 billion is spent on losing weight alone each and every year. The problem is that much of that money is spent on scams and products that promise the world but deliver nothing.

Kimberly Dey on Realistic Health and Fitness

Diet and lifestyle are the two key things that will determine how fit and healthy you are. It is said that there is an 80/20 rule, meaning that how you look is 80% down to what you eat and 20% down to what you do in the gym. This shows just how hugely important what you eat every day actually is. And one of the things we all seem to get way too much of as of late, is red meat. Red meat isn’t just steak (steak can be very healthy, actually). Rather, it is found in burgers and various other snack foods. It is high in fat and high in purine, leading not just to weight gain but also to gout. Your meats should be white, and they should be boiled, broiled, grilled, or baked. Additionally, the focus should be mainly on fruits and vegetables, leaving the high calorie dressings away.

Other types of lifestyle changes also have to be implemented, however. That 20% exercise is still an important 20%. Once you have reached your target weight, the percentage actually shifts a little bit, because you then start to work out to modify your shape. Either way, exercise is vital to a healthy, fit body. The great thing about exercise is that there are so man different options out there. For instance, you can go to a gym and lift weights, you can take an aerobics class and dance about for an hour, you can go swimming or cycling, and so on. Whatever you decide to do, however, you must start by warming up and finish by cooling down. Without it, you will produce excessive lactic acid, which causes pain the muscles and will make you give up. Similarly, doing the same thing over and over again gets very boring.

Last but not least, you have to be willing and ready to give up on your vices. Smoking is an absolute no-no, as it can lead to heart disease, arteriosclerosis, various other vascular conditions, and, of course, cancer. Similarly, you need to curb your alcohol consumption and never drink to excess. That said, some alcohol consumption is good, because it can lead to vasodilation, which helps to protect your heart. A healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be completely boring, in other words.