Category: Lifestyle

February 26th, 2017 by SWS Magazine

Do you have old upholstered indoor or outdoor furniture that could use a little TLC? Maybe you have a piece that has some stains or fading that needs some love and you need a cost-effective and the simplest delivery method of repair.

Did you know you can spray paint your upholstered furniture?

Imagine using simply spray fabric paint to revitalize your upholstered furnishings around the house. You can literally spray paint your way to a whole new look for your old furniture.

Simply Spray is non-toxic, environmentally-friendly, kid-safe, not sticky or stiff after it dries, and is efficient and effective for bringing new life to old or faded furniture.

You can turn an old, stained RV seat into a whole new RV seat like this:


It’s not just great for RV seating. You can use Simply Spray fabric/upholstery paint on virtually any kind of fabric or upholstery.

For instance, this beautifully designed old wingback chair needed a new look.



Which turned into this new, updated, elegant look:


Outdoor patio furniture, automobile seating, sofas, loveseats, rugs, and other types of fabric covered furnishings can all benefit from a few coats of Simply Spray fabric spray. These pictorial examples are from real customers who used our products.

People across the globe are discovering how it’s easy and more cost-effective to use Simply Spray fabric spray to renew and update their upholstered home furnishing inside and outside.

It costs hundreds to reupholster furniture and thousands to replace it when it becomes stained or you simply get tired of looking at it. Furniture covers are okay, but they are often quite costly and they don’t stay on well. You will find yourself constantly tucking it corners, between cushions, and basically trying to make them look presentable all the time.

Home improvement projects using Simply Spray fabric spray allows you to spray paint your furniture faster, easier, and more conveniently than any other method of revitalizing your furnishings. You can also do this kind of project with you kids, spending some much-needed quality time together and teaching them a new skill.

There are many benefits of using Simply Spray fabric pain for a wide variety of projects in and around the home. Whether you enjoy arts and crafts, you’re just getting started doing your own home décor and renovations, or you just love a new challenge, spray painting upholstered furniture is a fun project. The sense of accomplishment when you see the end results makes the time and effort you put into it well worth it.

Another benefit of using Simply Spray is the ranges of colors you will find in this brand. Plum, lavender, burgundy, bright red, coral peach, burnt orange, saddle brown, camel, sage green, hunter green, hot lime (fun color), Caribbean blue, navy, periwinkle, midnight black, and charcoal grey. Some people get creative with stencils and color contrasts on their furniture designs.

Almost any upholstery in your home can be updated or covered with Simply Spray. Learn more about our products, at the home of Simply Spray here:


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October 7th, 2016 by SWS Magazine

Boxing has elements that teach you more about fighting than you think possible. Some people who have never tried it think that because boxing only involves using the hands that it’s too limited. Those who have tried boxing know that it’s tough sport that involves strict training and tough competition, and it’s genuine fighting that requires speed, stamina, and power. Your reflexes in boxing need to be quick and that involves fast reaction time on the part of the boxer.

All mixed martial arts fighters should learn to box, because it will improve your athletic performance, speed, stamina, and your reflexes and reaction time.

Here are 5 viable reasons why every fighter should get some boxing skills.

  1. Speedy Reflexes are important in boxing. Boxing matches are faster paced than other fighting/combat sports. The opponents are closer in proximity with both attacking and defending at the same time. You don’t hear the bell, walk out and walk around in boxing. You step out and start fighting. Sure, that’s great for hand-to-hand, but what about with weapons or kicking? The techniques used in boxing improve your reaction time and reflexes, which helps you be faster when you need to be, and teaches you how to use your hands when you’re without a weapon or unable to kick.
  2. Master the Art of Slickness by learning to box. You can master the art of slickness known as the sweet science of boxing: Art + Efficiency = Slickness. Being slick helps you overwhelm and shutdown your opponent. While it’s a rare occurrence, slickness looks like a beat down with all the boxing combinations being thrown rapidly in a continuous flow. It also allows you artistic expression.
  3. Punching Performance, or functionality is crucial in boxing, but it’s also useful in other forms of martial and fighting arts. Punching is a basic boxing term, but it comes with so many variations of punches and techniques, that it will surprise you. Various angles and the amount of power behind the punches are part of that. Punching performance gives you more power, speed, angles, versatility, efficiency, and better timing, precision, and overall punching functionality that you can bring to almost any sport.
  4. A Collaborative Skills Atmosphere is what you can expect in the training arena in boxing. It’s more than a place to train. It’s a factory that teaches you to punch and to fight through boxing techniques. You also get to collaborate with fellow boxers and spar with them to learn more. Most people in boxing training are willing to help you, which also helps them.
  5. Fully Intense Combat is the cornerstone of boxing. It’s one of the top fighting arts that will teach you full-intensity combat. That means you fight at full speed, with full force, and with full brutality. Some martial arts use bare hand fighting, which doesn’t allow them to use full force or brutality in most instances. Consider judo and wrestling where you really don’t worry about or fear getting a punch in the face. Boxing is a sport where you have to defend yourself against that kind of brutality. While protective gear is used in boxing, it won’t deter your performance, speed, or technique.

Overall, boxing is more competitive than other fighting arts. When you learn to box, you get the true, full fighting experience. You can take the techniques, slickness, speed, stamina, and other things you learn from boxing into any other fighting art you choose.



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staph mma
October 3rd, 2016 by SWS Magazine

Examples of staph infections are found within the MMA arena. Goyito Perez suffered a severe staph infection in his leg. According to Dr. Michael Kelly, sports medicine specialist, staph infections are common in MMA. It’s not uncommon for doctors to encounter MMA grapplers, wrestlers, and fighters with skin staph infections. This happens due to all the skin-to-skin contact that is part of the sport. Some fighters try to heal staph with natural remedies with varying degrees of success. Some people say garlic works because it is a natural antibiotic, and some say the back pain relieving, anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric also help.

It’s perplexing that MMA fighters, grapplers, boxers, and wrestlers don’t realize the importance of getting every little rash, skin issue, and cut checked out. They don’t seem to understand the importance of ruling out staph and/or getting early treatment for it. It propagates so quickly through unclean equipment, skin-to-skin, and other related contact, that fighters need to realize how important it is to get it in check, fast. They can take these infections home to their wives, children, and family members.

According to Dr. Kelly, he has had to shut down teams due to staph infection outbreaks. The New Jersey regulations in MMA state that when two or more individuals are diagnosed with staph, the whole program has to be shut down and evaluated. The facilities they use have to be cleaned, the athletes have to be treated and cleared, and the locker room has to undergo a thorough cleaning before they are able to start up the program again. The goal is to prevent it from spreading and to clear the facilities and athletes.

MMA fighters don’t like to take time off from their training and competitions, but it’s all on them when they fail to recognize how important staph infections are and how they can not only shut down their program, but affect other fighters and their families. If they were to pay attention to skin rashes and cuts, make sure the equipment they are using is clean before and after use, and raise awareness of the importance of understanding staph, maybe things will change in MMA.


Article contributed by London Fight Factory.

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August 27th, 2016 by SWS Magazine

Remember when it was common to read about how bad the effects of coffee were? Now, just like it did with dark chocolate and wine, the tables have turned in a positive direction for the health benefits of coffee. Just like anything you eat or drink, moderation is the key. Even too much of a healthy food can cause problems, so keep that in mind when you are drinking coffee.

Did you know that coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world? Until now, coffee was blamed for a variety of health problems from high blood pressure and cholesterol to cancer of the pancreas and bone loss. Newer, broader, and better research studies have changed how caffeine and coffee is seen by science. The previous belief that coffee is bad for your health has been refuted by these studies suggesting that coffee, in moderation has many health benefits.

How is coffee good for you?
Coffee beans actually come from red berries, making coffee a plant-based food. All plant foods contain some kind of naturally occurring chemicals that are beneficial to the human body. As a matter of fact, coffee beans contain over 1,000 of these beneficial natural chemicals, and that’s only the ones that have been identified. Many of these chemicals become active during the roasting process.

While some of the chemicals could potentially be less healthy, many have potentially good and healthful benefits. For instance, polyphenols, which are antioxidants that cause the acidic and bitter taste of coffee are healthy chemicals. Coffee is considered the number one source of antioxidants in the United States, mostly because so much is consumed there.

What about caffeine?
Most people get concerned when they hear the word ‘caffeine”, the most common ingredient in coffee. What you might not know is that caffeine acts as a natural pesticide that protects coffee plants from predators.

Brewed coffee using a coffee maker contains between 60 to 120 milligrams of caffeine per six ounces of the rich and delicious hot stuff. Caffeine is considered a mild psychoactive chemical that can stimulate the central nervous system in animals and humans.

Studies show that it improves mental acuity, reaction time, elevates mood, staves off fatigue and drowsiness, and makes you feel more alert. BJM recently published an Australian study of long-distance Outback truckers related to how crashes have been reduced from drinking coffee due to its caffeine content.

Something else you probably don’t know about coffee is that it is known as an ergogenic aid that boosts certain types of athletic performance. You will also see caffeine in some over-the-counter pain relievers because it has an analgesic effect.

Potential Coffee Benefits – There’s More
New controlled and extensive coffee studies are coming out monthly or bi-monthly. While most of the research is performed using regular, caffeinated coffee, some studies are also including decaffeinated coffee. Here are some recent findings.

Blood Pressure: High blood pressure has been a concern when it comes to drinking caffeinated coffee. In 2011 there were some studies that reported coffee is okay for people with controlled high blood pressure. Short-term studies show that two cups of coffee can raise blood pressure by about 7 points on average for a few minutes up to three hours. However, long-term studies that lasted two weeks the daily consumption of coffee didn’t increase blood pressure. It seems the human body may build up a tolerance for caffeine and not raise blood pressure.

Diabetes: In long-term studies, it has been found that the consumption of caffeine/coffee may help slow down the release of glucose. What does that mean? Mostly this relates to reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The polyphenols in coffee help with insulin resistance. Studies done with people who already have type 2 diabetes have no findings related to any benefits to drinking coffee related to their condition.

Other studies have shown that it may reduce the risk of certain cancers like colon, endometrial, and prostate cancer. Coffee may also help reduce cognitive decline, protect against liver disease, enhance life expectancy, help with depression, protect against Parkinson’s disease, and prevent stroke and heart disease.

It’s okay to have a cup or two of coffee every day as long as it doesn’t have any adverse effects on you. It’s not recommended that you go out and buy coffee just for these benefits since there is no way to know if it will adversely affect you. However, if you already drink coffee, make sure you do so in moderation.

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July 28th, 2016 by SWS Magazine

Winning in the boxing ring means being able to pack a more powerful punch than your opponent. Some people believe that famous knockout boxers like George Foreman and Rocky Marciano were born with that kind of power. That may be, but anyone can build a more powerful knockout punch with just a few changes in their workout routine.

Where does your punching power come from?

Some power may come from deep inside you, where certain emotions have grown and can be accessed as needed, but what about the physical aspect of your power? Did you know that your power doesn’t start where it ends? In other words, your punching power is found only in your fists. A powerful punch starts in the hips and/or legs where you get leverage in order to throw the strongest punch you have.

Since power is weight times speed, a person who is heavier than you can usually punch harder if they put their whole body behind it. However, weight is only one aspect of packing a powerful punch. It takes some level of speed to help develop more power. Therefore, when you’re choosing workouts and training for boxing (or any sport where you need more power), you have to develop not only your muscle mass, but your speed. The following will discuss five ways you can improve your athletic power and performance.


5 Ways to Develop Your KO Power

  1. Learn how to transfer your body weight – Using your whole body to throw a knockout punch is powerful. The late Rocky Marciano was the king of transferring weight to throw an effective knockout punch. Watch old Marciano fights on video and pay close attention to how this great boxer used his whole body to throw each and every punch. Watch as he puts more weight on his back foot as he pushes off and transfers that weight to the front foot and unleashes knockout punches through his fist. If you can master that and start using your whole body for at least half of your punches, you are improving your punching power.
  2. Get fit – If you’re carrying around excess fat weight, it’s time to get rid of it. Part of your training should include fat-burning exercises like walking or running so you can improve your lung capacity as well as your muscular endurance. Doing that makes your power last longer, therefore allowing you to save it up for the later rounds if necessary.
  3. Add weight to your training– Any exercise you’re doing for weight training will benefit from adding more weight as you go. For instance, if you’re not increasing the weights used in your deadlift, you won’t boost the power in your punch.
  4. Use plyometrics – Increasing your power isn’t just about weight training. Add plyometrics to your workouts to help you with resistance training. Plyometrics, or plyos, is also known as jump training. These exercises exert the maximum force in short intervals. The goal of plyometrics is to increase power, which equates to both speed and strength.
  5. Choose your exercises wisely – Deadlifts, bicep curls, pushups, pullups, and other weight training workouts, are good, but it’s time to ramp up your training with something else. If you haven’t been doing Olympic lifts, you aren’t going to boost your power. If you want that KO punch power, add this and other exercises that improve your speed and power.

These tips have been written primarily for those who box, but they also apply to all athletes. All kinds of athletes from boxers to football players need to improve their speed, performance, and power.

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June 12th, 2015 by SWS Magazine

When you think of yoga, you might envision some interesting pretzel-like contortions where people put their body and limbs in positions that make you cringe, but it’s more than that. Yoga is also used to stretch muscles and tendons to improve flexibility and to alleviate back and neck pain. If you want to enjoy these benefits of yoga, you should learn more about it, but you should also look beyond the new age stigma attached to it.

The positions you see when people practice yoga are called asanas. Asanas encompass a range of stretches, poses, and stances that have been used for thousands of years in eastern countries, especially India. Thousands of years ago yoga was more than an exercise. It was a spiritual quest for balance. Today, many people only focus on it’s ability to relieve muscle, ligament, tendon, and joint pain. It also boosts your flexibility and range of motion. If you practice yoga on a regular basis, you will also find that it reduces stress and allows you to relax.

If you’re still thinking that yoga poses, stances, and stretches are out of your reach, you’ll be happy to know that’s not how it works. Not every pose is something you can achieve as a beginner or even as an intermediate user of yoga. Since this form of exercise is designed to stretch tight and shortened muscles, over time you will find you’re able to do more of the poses and stances that once had you baffled.

The beginner’s goal is to learn the proper way to engage the pose, stance, or stretch first. You don’t have to be able to stretch as far as someone who has been practicing yoga for months or years. You aren’t to overdo it. Only go as far as is comfortable and let it happen as you gain flexibility. Your body will heal and adapt as you go.

It’s wise to make sure you are healthy enough and that you don’t have any spinal irregularities or health conditions that would be worsened by yoga. It’s not for everyone. Consult with your physician, chiropractor, or physiotherapist before diving into yoga for back and neck pain. You may be able to perform some asanas, but not all, or you may have to find other avenues for treating your back and neck pain.

Find a qualified instructor in your local area before you try to jump into practicing yoga on your own. A good instructor helps you learn the proper way to do the asanas and will help you progress as you should without overdoing it. They are there to encourage and support you, but they won’t let you doing anything that you aren’t physically or mentally prepared for or able to do.

If you truly want to reduce your neck and back pain, help your body heal, find a way to relax, and/or enhance your flexibility, try yoga. As long as you’re physically able to do this, you will reap the benefits of this practice. It’s perfect for people who sit or stand a lot for their jobs, or are in high-stress careers.

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June 2nd, 2014 by SWS Magazine

What’s a coffee maker? If you’ve even had a cup of coffee, you know it takes a machine of some kind to make it. Coffee makers are these machines. Coffee machines are categorized as small appliances and are a staple appliance in many homes across the globe.

How do they work? Every coffee machine has a different type of internal mechanisms designed to make coffee. The general idea is to have a filter where you place coffee grounds and then boiling hot water is poured/dispensed from the maker through the filter or funnel where liquid coffee drips into a carafe, coffee pot, or a cup. This kind of machine is referred to as an automatic drip style of coffee maker.

How was coffee discovered? No one knows where the discovery of coffee actually began. The most popular story is a legend out of Ethiopia where a goat herder recognized his flock getting more energetic after eating some read berries from a bush. He picked the berries and reported what was happening to a local monastery.

The monk didn’t like the concept of what the berries were doing to the goats and tossed them into the fire. The fire roasted the berries, which created a pleasant fragrance, we now know as roasting coffee beans. The roasted beans were gathered, grinded, and dissolved in hot water. That is where the first cup of coffee came from according to this legend.

It didn’t take long for the word to spread about these energizing little berries. It soon reached the Arabian Peninsula and traveled all over the globe from there. Today, it’s a staple beverage that is wildly popular, second only to water.

Who invented the coffee filter? The first coffee filter was invented by a woman named Melitta Bentz, a German housewife. Her goal was to make coffee taste less bitter by filtering the boiled coffee through a filter. After much trial and error, she finally used blotting papers from her son’s school workbook.

What types of coffee makers are there? Coffee makers have been around since the 1700s when the pumping percolator was invented. The 1800s brought ingenuity to the appliance with the vacuum brewers. By 1889, the coffee percolator was the popular device used to brew coffee. Percolator style coffee makers were popular until the invention of the electric drip machines in the 1970s. Today we have the following types of coffee makers.

  • Single-Serve Machines: The single-serve coffee maker has only become popular in the past 24 years when Keurig manufacture its first model in 1992. Today, single-serve makers are in many homes all over the world. Most of them require a prefilled pod or a small permanent filter pod you put grounds in and place in the container where the hot water flows through and dispenses coffee into a single cup. These coffee makers often allow for more than one size and now also offer the larger carafe size in some models.
  • Automatic Drip: The automatic drip coffee maker, designed in the 70s became popular quickly with housewives across America. These are still made and used to brew coffee. They come in a variety of styles, cup capacities, models, colors, and prices. You put a filter in the attached funnel, add coffee grounds, turn it on, and the hot water dispenses and drips into a carafe.
  • French Press: The French Press is one of the most sustainable ways to make coffee. It requires that the grounds be coarser than what you need for automatic drip or single-serve makers. The water and coffee grounds are placed into the same glass container and left to brew for several minutes. It has a plunger you press to trap the grounds and release the coffee liquid. It is considered the purist and cleanest way to make coffee.
  • Espresso Machines: Espresso is yet another form of coffee that is stronger than regular brewed coffee. The first espresso machine was patented in 1884. Today, espresso makers are much like coffee makers with the exception of a step that creates the higher concentration of coffee known as espresso.

Coffee makers have evolved over the years from merely adding ground fire-roasted coffee berries to a cup of hot water to machines that drip hot water through a filter. Coffee machines like espresso makers, cappuccino makers, latte makers, and multi-function coffee makers are readily available and are mostly affordable for almost anyone to own.

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