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Pilates or Yoga [Infographic]

Originally Published on northwestpharmacy.com

Which Practice is for You?

Pilates and yoga are two popular workouts that, to the untrained eye, may appear like the same thing. Although they do have some similarities their difference make them two separate workout styles. Pilates’s slow and controlled movements vs. the held positions of yoga are just one way these two workouts differ.

If you’re looking to increase your muscle strength and tone, yoga may be the workout for you. If you’re looking for a workout that improves core strength and stability, then try out pilates. Take a look through this infographic to figure out which one is right for you.

Recycling & Upcycling Design Fair 2014 in Freiburg

FREI-CYCLE-logoLast weekend we had the opportunity to go to the Upcycling Design Fair in Freiburg, Germany hosted by Frei-cycle Deutschland. And here below we will show you some of the amazing projects designed and made out of recycled materials from aluminium bottle caps to cement sacks or parachutes!!! Amazing projects, incredible products! The only thing you need is an idea and there you go! There is plenty of material that usually end up in the landfill, so resistant to temperature changes or weight that lasts ages to be decomposed! Why not give it a try and start reusing from our homes in order to reduce the waste?

Check the links from the exhibitors, most of them have online shop. There are so many incredible products! Continue reading “Recycling & Upcycling Design Fair 2014 in Freiburg”

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Saving the Earth with Sustainable Cities [INFOGRAPHIC]

Originally published on Sustainable Cities Collective via CityTownInfo.com

This infographic is worth your attention. It may not be breaking news that the global urban population is set to increase over the coming decades, but did you know about the green tech hub being built in Tianjin, China or the predicted boom in job opportunities for sustainable cities professionals?

 

Community Clean-Up in Heidelberg 2014

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Photo 23.03.14 10 04 19What comes to your mind, when you hear the term “spring cleaning”? Cleaning your house or apartment more thoroughly than usual, e.g. also behind the cupboard? At least that’s what came to my mind when I first heard about Spring Cleaning a.k.a. “Community Clean-Up” in Heidelberg.

What it turned out to be was that you meet moderately early (10am is early on a weekend, isn’t it?) with a bunch of locals at an announced location, get a warning vest, gloves, a plastic bag and a gripper. And then you set off and collect garbage. We did this twice during this year’s clean-up (it almost seems to be a tradition here for at least a couple of years): first up in the locals woods around Köningstuhl and the second time in the new district next to our own.

Photo 29.03.14 11 17 07When we were out there picking up cigarette butts (smokers really aren’t tidy people, are they? Seriously, there were so many of those “bastards”, as my wife called them … we’re talking about the cigarette butts 😉 ), glass bottles and trash from the local fast food restaurant, people asked us if we were workers from the town council or – half joking? – if we were doing community service. True, it looked very much like the tasks you would have to do as a punishment. And we were very much tempted to say something like “Yeah, I got caught throwing a cigeratte butt on the street … it was either this or paying a big fine …”. We didn’t but well, next year maybe … Anyway, just to avoid any misunderstanding: we were volunteers!

It is definitely a good exercise – it opens your eyes to the trash flying around on the streets. And that way, one is more aware of the garbage on the streets. Looking on the ground for about two hours and scanning it for candy wrappers and the ever present cigarette butts does that to you.

All in all, it was definitely a lot of fun and I’m sure we’ll be taking part again next year!

Photos from slideshow taken from Heidelberg city website.
Source: Frühjahrsputz 2014 in Heidelberg

Do you have something similar in the area where you live?
Have a look in your area, help keeping the streets clean and join the fun!