Jump in on the World Cup Action and Start Scoring Goals!

Once every four years during the massively popular World Cut, America turns its televisions on and thoughts toward the world’s favorite sport: soccer.  It is a myth that Americans don’t play soccer; for years soccer has been the second most popular team sport among US youths.  Soccer is a sport that provides an all-around workout. It challenges your body, your heart, and your brain.  Running the field for 90 minutes provides your legs with an excellent workout, but it requires more than strong legs to make a great soccer player – kicking, heading, and defending the ball exercises your chest, upper back, core, and arms.  The combination of all those movements at the high speed of game-play revs up the heart rate to sky-high levels. So, naturally, the health benefits of playing soccer at least one to two times a week include a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and can be used to supplement a physician’s regimen to treat hypertension.  Also, as a high impact sport, soccer improves bone density, which reduces the risk of fracturing bones.

As great as the physical benefits of playing soccer can be, soccer is also excellent training for the brain and for the mind. Research has proven that excellence at soccer requires more than physical fitness – elite-level players are among the top two to five percent in the world in “executive functioning” – the ability to deal with sudden problems, and a key aspect in memory, multitasking and creativity.  Additionally, team soccer relies on extensive communication between teammates, communication that is proven to enhance social skills.  Finally, soccer is a game that induces “flow,” a deep state of focus that allows you to forget time, fatigue, and worries and to feel motivated and happy.

So, start playing soccer today! Perhaps the simplest game to set up, all you really need to play soccer is a ball – the rest can be improvised.  Rabbit Air and Uncle Sam encourage you to take up the spirit of the World Cup and start playing soccer today!

Staying Healthy Over the Holidays

The holiday season is in full swing, and while we love this festive and fun time of year, we also know that colds and allergies can get worse during the winter months.  Since no one wants to miss out on quality time with family and friends because of a stuffy nose, there are ways that you can keep smart about staying healthy during the winter months.

Having visitors for the holidays can be a merry treat, but friends and family bring more than just their luggage when they come to your home – they carry in germs and bacteria as well.  Keep yourself from getting sick by washing your hands frequently and making sure that anyone with a cough or stuffy nose covers their mouth.

If you celebrate Christmas with a real pine tree, be wary of mold that may sneak in on the needles or bark, and make sure to dispose of any fallen needles right away.  If you prefer an artificial tree to keep the pollen and mold at bay, remember to clean the tree frequently, as the needles provide a lot of surface area for dust to settle and collect.

Rain and snow are great when you’re inside sipping on hot cocoa, but they also create a moist environment where mold loves to thrive.  Keep humidity levels below 50%, and make sure to plug up any leaky windows or places where moisture can seep in.  You may also want to add an air purifier, such as our MinusA2 with the Germ Defense Customized Filter, that can tackle any dust, mold, or germs that make it into the air.  With an air purifier in the home you can worry less about airborne allergens and germs, and focus on the important things – the people you love!