How Veterans Can Stay Healthy and Active Despite Their Disability

Many veterans suffer from physical and mental disabilities, but that’s no reason why they can’t live healthy, active lives after their military service is done. In fact, staying active can help veterans deal with conditions like chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and even PTSD. Here are some ways vets can maintain a fit lifestyle, even with a disability.

 

 

Adaptive sports

Adaptive sports are a great, non-limiting, and incredibly fun way for veterans to stay active. Adaptive sports are simply sports — most commonly currently existing sports — that have been adapted in some way to accommodate those with certain disabilities.

The accessibility of adaptive sports has grown significantly over the past decade with the advent of new technology specifically designed to help those with physical and visual impairments participate in sports they know and love. A variety of wheelchair sports exist, including basketball, volleyball, handball, soccer, and tennis (though not all places are great for wheelchairs). Spotters can be used for the visually impaired in sports like cycling and skiing. Many vets like to get into air rifle, trap shooting, and archery, all of which can be adapted to your needs.

 

Adaptive and low-impact exercise

While playing sports and participating in group exercise is fun and rewarding, you also need to have a plan to get exercise in other ways. Your adaptive basketball league may only play twice a week, for instance. You still need to find ways to get your physical activity quota filled on a daily basis.

Many disabled persons turn to lower-impact exercises like swimming, cycling, and yoga. “The wonderful thing about most activities in the water is that in many cases, mobility issues as a result of a disability are often hugely reduced, sometimes almost completely eradicated. The increased freedom of movement is a fantastic experience for anyone who struggles with mobility on solid ground,” notes DisabilityHorizons.com.

Stretching and flexibility exercises are also popular among those with disabilities, as almost anyone — despite any limitations — can easily perform them.

 

Why it’s so important to stay active

As a vet with a disability, you’re more susceptible to a variety of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.

“The links between anxiety, depression and exercise aren’t entirely clear — but working out and other forms of physical activity can definitely ease symptoms of anxiety or depression and make you feel better. Exercise may also help keep anxiety and depression from coming back once you’re feeling better,” says the Mayo Clinic.

Exercise releases brain chemicals that promote happiness and well-being. It also gives you a distraction from your worries and gives you a healthy way to cope. Without physical activity, some vets can turn to substances to help them deal with their disabilities, which can lead to addiction.

Exercise can even help vets cope with the symptoms of PTSD. “Exercise in moderation can help those with PTSD. Exercise may give you a break from difficult emotions. It may distract you from painful memories or worries. Perhaps most important, exercise can improve self-esteem. It may create feelings of personal control,” says the National Center for PTSD.

 

How to stay motivated

 Many people find working out with a partner can keep them motivated and hold them accountable. Others find that fitness trackers make their workouts more enjoyable and that tracking their progress can get them excited about their fitness routine. Today’s fitness trackers and smartwatches can measure calories burned, distance traveled, steps taken, heart rate, and many other metrics. For instance, the Apple Watch Series 4 has a large display, altimeter, and heart rate sensor. If you’re looking for a more affordable fitness tracker, the Fitbit Inspire is reasonably priced and has five-day battery life and automatic exercise recognition.

Sometimes, having a disability makes it seem like getting enough exercise and staying active is more stress than it’s worth. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Staying active is one of the best ways to prevent the complications of your disability, and can help you cope with many of the mental problems associated with having a disability.

 

Credit : Kris Louis of Parentingwithkris.com

 

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Posted on November 22, 2019 at 3:23 pm
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4 Steps to Help Your Family Relocation Go Smoothly

Relocating your family is a lengthy process. You first must sell your home and find a reputable real estate agent to help you navigate the house-hunting experience. Then you have to plan the move (and possibly find a moving company), pack up all your things, and make the trek to your new city.

But relocating is also an exciting time. Months of anticipation builds up, and then it hits you, as you’re surrounded by boxes, that this is your new home. It’s finally come. But now what? Here are some tips on how to settle into your new home and adjust smoothly.

  1. Switch Registrations and Insurance

After a move, the focus tends to be on unpacking and decorating, but certain changes need to be made to important policies and registrations, such as:

  • Applying for a new license or changing your address on your current license.
  • Switching your contact information with your health insurance, bank accounts, retirement accounts, investment accounts, phone provider, etc.
  • Switching your address with your car insurance provider or, if in a new state, switching your auto insurance coverage.

If you need to switch your auto insurance coverage, do some research to determine your state’s minimum requirement and whether it’s best to extend coverage based on underinsured and uninsured statistics. Also, look at the cost of different policies. This way, you can determine whether you should opt out of unnecessary coverage, purchase full coverage, or get personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. PIP coverage covers you and any passengers in your car. Some policies even cover and lost wages and other types of damage.

 

  1. Begin Unpacking and Organizing

During your first week in your new home, you will want to give your home a thorough deep cleaning and start unpacking your belongings. Children often have a difficult time adjusting, so it can help to make their rooms your first priority. It can also help to involve the kids by having them unpack some of their belongings. That way, it’s a family activity, and you can even have rewards each evening, such as game nights or dinner out.

Unpack one room at a time and organize the items as you go. Seeing your belongings in the new home will help you to envision any new decor you may need to add later down the road.

 

  1. Get to Know Your Neighborhood

Exploring your new neighborhood and getting the lay of the land is an activity for the whole family, and it will make adjusting to the new home easier. Make a new-neighborhood bucket list that requires you to find some spots everyone loves. Your list could look something like:

  • Locate the best parks.
  • Get a library card at the local library.
  • Visit all the coffee shops and find a favorite drink.
  • Attend one community event a month.
  • Check out the town visitors center.
  • Take one tour.
  • Ask five people for their favorite places and visit those places.
  • Shop local and find locally made goods.
  • Host a housewarming party and invite the neighbors.

Even if your home isn’t fully unpacked or decorated, getting your bearings around town will help your family to start building familiarity.

 

  1. Socialize

This is actually one of the most challenging parts of relocating for many families. Amid the busyness of settling into your new residence, it can be tempting to stay cooped up. However, the quickest way to get comfortable in your new environment will be to meet your neighbors and make friends with people in the community who share your interests. Start by seeking out local events, go to locally owned establishments, and look online for community groups.

Doing a little planning will help your relocation go smoothly. Remember to get all your family’s registrations and insurance policies in order, and strategize your unpacking process. Leave the house to explore your new neighborhood and meet people. Most importantly, try to enjoy the journey with your family, and allow time to get settled in.

 

Credit : Kris Louis of Parentingwithkris.com

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Posted on September 20, 2019 at 1:53 pm
Meagan Griesel | Category: Real Estate Tips, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , ,

Property Tax Notification coming soon!

You probably don’t need a reminder that this is tax season.

Not only because tax returns are due in two weeks but also because you will soon receive your property tax notification in the mail.

Every two years your County re-assesses the value of your property and then sends that new value to you.

When this happens, many of our clients:

  • Don’t agree with the new assessed value
  • Aren’t sure what to do
  • Are confused by the process
  • Want to save money on property taxes

Good news! We have a webinar that will help you. On the webinar we will show you:

  • How to read the information from the County
  • What it means for you
  • How to protest the valuation if you want
  • How to get an accurate estimate of your property’s value

You can listen to the webinar live or get the recording. In any case, you can sign up at www.WindermereWorkshop.com

The webinar is April 17th at 10:00. If you can’t join live, go ahead and register so you can automatically receive the recording.

This is a complimentary online workshop for all of our clients. We hope you can join!

Posted on March 29, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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Posted on June 13, 2018 at 3:28 pm
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All About Rates

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All About Rates

Most likely you read the news that the Federal Reserve raised their discount rate by 0.25% this week.

You may not have read the news that average 30-year mortgage rates went down this week.

What gives?! How could this be?!

What you need to know is that 30-year mortgage rates are not directly tied to the Federal Funds rate. Mortgage rates follow the 10-year treasury rate

You also need to know that rates today are essentially half of thier long-term avereage.

The average rate on a 30-year loan today is 3.91%. The 40-year long term average is a little above 7%.

Even though rates are higher than one year ago, they are incredibly low when looking at the long term.

We frequently are asked “when do you think rates will go up?” We made a short video which shows you our answer.

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Posted on June 16, 2017 at 9:47 pm
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The 1% and the 10%

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The 1% and the 10%

Did you know that in most Northern Colorado communities, $1,000,000-plus sales make up about 1% of all transactions?

For example, so far this year in Fort Collins, 897 homes have sold and 9 of those were for at least $1,000,000. In Windsor, there have been 274 total sales and 2 over $1,000,000.

But, there is one place that drastically bucks this 1% trend. Can you guess where it is?

Timnath!

In Timnath, roughly 10% of all sales pass the $1,000,000 mark.

Maybe not surprising given that the beautiful Harmony Club community is located there.

To receive a detailed look at the $1 million-plus market, contact me at MeaganG@Windermere.com and I will send you a market report.



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Posted on June 12, 2017 at 6:57 pm
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Luxury Spotlight

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Luxury Spotlight

So how’s the luxury market? Let’s look…

Today there are 88 single family homes for sale in Larimer and Weld County priced at $1 Million and above.

Over the last year, 63 of these properties have sold.

This means it would take 17 months to sell all of these luxury properties at the current pace of sales.

Where do most of these sales occur? The most active city is Fort Collins with 18 luxury sales followed by Loveland with 13.

The most active neighborhood in all of Northern Colorado for luxury properties is the Harmony Club in Timnath with 8 sales.

Windermere Real Estate is proud to have represented the most expensive home to sell in Northern Colorado in the last two years – a $2,800,000 property in the Harmony Club which featured a gourmet French Kitchen, reclaimed barnwood floors and handmade peg wood beams.

Contact us to learn more about our Premier Properties program which is custom designed to sell luxury homes.


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Posted on March 8, 2017 at 5:46 am
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The Next Boulder?

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The Next Boulder?

The hottest question we get in Northern Colorado is this “do you think Fort Collins is the next Boulder?”

Let’s look closely at that question and start with what is similar. They are both beautiful college towns nestled against the foothills. They both have affordability issues which push real estate buyers to satellite communities (what is happening in Wellington is not unlike what happened in Louisville).

Yet there are differences at a fundamental level that will forever keep these two places very different from each other. For example, the average Household Income in Boulder is 60% higher than Fort Collins. Here is another big deal: Boulder is only half the size of Fort Collins (25 square miles versus 57 square miles). And get this, the City of Boulder owns 71 square miles of open space in and around the City.

Essentially Boulder is a small island surrounded by an ocean of open space inhabited by very high income-earners. That is why the average price of a single family home in Boulder is now over $1 million.

We put together a short video which shows you more detail about this hot question. You can watch it here:


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Posted on February 28, 2017 at 8:19 pm
Meagan Griesel | Category: Colorado Real Estate, Fort Collins Real Estate, Fun Facts, Loveland Real Estate, Northern Colorado Real Estate, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , ,

Love Loveland!

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Love Loveland

It’s Valentine’s Day and Loveland Colorado is the place to be.

Loveland has certainly been a hot place to own real estate over the last 5 years. The median price was $192,500 in 2012 and today it is $315,000. That’s a $122,500 increase. We love it!

It also looks like it will be the place to be in the future. One of the many exciting developments on the horizon in Loveland is The Foundry.

The Foundry will revitalize Loveland’s historic downtown. Three empty city blocks will soon transform into a movie theater, apartments, offices, retailers and parking to support the increased traffic coming to the new epicenter of entertainment in downtown Loveland. Exciting stuff!

Loveland and Northern Colorado is one of the Front Range markets featured in our latest real estate report. It is written by our Cheif Economist Matthew Gardner and you can get it by clicking here: The Gardner Report


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Posted on February 15, 2017 at 12:51 am
Meagan Griesel | Category: Blog, Colorado Real Estate, Loveland Real Estate, Northern Colorado Real Estate, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , ,

Limited Choices

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Pretend that customer walks into our office and tells us they are looking for a single family home in Fort Collins. We would tell them that there are 314 to choose from. But if they told us their price range is up to $300,000, their choices would be limited to just 10 homes.

Single family homes priced under $300,000 only represent 3.18% of the total inventory in Fort Collins. This is a big reason why buyers are opening up their search to communities that surround Fort Collins.

Here’s a snapshot of the major Northern Colorado markets:

  • Loveland: 176 Homes For Sale/15 Priced Under $300,000
  • Windsor: 151 Homes For Sale/6 Priced Under $300,000
  • Greeley: 98 Homes For Sale/33 Priced Under $300,000
  • Fort Collins: 314 Homes For Sale/10 Priced Under $300,000

What’s important to know is today’s market dynamics create an ideal scenario for the move up buyer to use the equity in their home, leverage the low interest rates, and buy the home of their dreams.


In our February issue of the Windermere Report, we will take a close look at what’s happening in Larimer and Weld County real estate.

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Posted on February 7, 2017 at 10:09 pm
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