Prevention and Recovery: How Resistance Bands Help

To the untrained eye, resistance bands just look like a strip of rubber. Don’t be fooled, this rubber strip could be the exact tool that you need to prevent injuries from exercise. There’s a plethora of advantages to using resistance bands, from improving your posture and strength, to increasing mobility. This makes resistance bands ideal for helping reduce the chance of injury.

One of the main benefits of using a resistance band is that it tightens and tones your core. Having a strong core is also very important in injury prevention. A weak core can put pressure on other areas of your body, which usually leads to sprains or worse injuries. No matter how fit or delicate you are, fitness bands are safe for everyone. 

Why are resistance bands a good option for preventing injuries? 

Resistance bands can replace many strength exercises, such as deadlifts and bench presses. However, while these exercises build strength, the amount of weights that people use can be unforgiving to the body. You can risk a ruptured tendon, torn meniscus, or something worse if you were to make a small error.

Resistance bands are quite the opposite. If you are dealing with an injury, overloading your body is a big no-go, especially for your muscles and tendons surrounding the injured area. This is where resistance bands come in handy. You can adjust exercises to target isolated muscles, without putting strain on other parts of the body. With traditional training, you can’t target specific muscles, which is something that each of us should be doing more frequently. 

Don’t be deterred by the term “body weight” movements, as most of us are. Body weight movements with a resistance band help target our smaller muscles that we typically overlook. Neglecting our smaller muscles results in weakness and injury. Resistance bands are perfect for strengthening and stretching isolated muscles. 

The key takeaways: 
The most vital part of exercising is maintaining control, rather than momentum to push you out of your comfort zone. Using resistance bands is the best way to do this, while keeping your muscles engaged. Prevention is much better than curing and resistance bands might just be the answer you’re looking for! Check out our resistance bands here.

BIDETS: What are they and how to use one

For hundreds of years, people all across Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East have used bidets. Yet, Americans are still a little late hopping on the bidet bandwagon. 

As an American, I was wary upon first hearing about a bidet as I am used to cleaning myself off with dry toilet paper. I kept hearing about how a bidet is considered the best way to clean up after a trip to relieve oneself but still… It seemed too foreign. However, after trying this innovative cleaning machine, I now realize how ineffective and old-fashioned toilet paper alone is! 

Now, let’s get to the “bottom” of all questions you may be too shy to ask! 

What is a Bidet? 

To put it simply, a bidet is a bathroom fixture used for cleaning yourself with water, after a “trip to the john”. It can take the place of toilet paper, however, some people still like to use TP afterwards. 

Fun fact: Bidet is a French word meaning “short legged horse,” referencing how you straddle a bidet toilet seat and also how French nobility used bidets back in the day, to clean themselves after long rides on their horses. 

Up until recently, a bidet was a separate porcelain fixture in the bathroom, often mistaken for a weird looking sink or maybe even a second toilet. In the 1980’s, Japan introduced the world to a space-saving design that made it easy (and cheap) to add a bidet to any bathroom, using an attachable bidet toilet seat. This seat replaces the existing toilet seat and with a simple connection below, the toilet’s fill valve delivers clean water to the bidet seat! No plumbers required. 

How Do You Use a Bidet Toilet Seat?

Step 1: Taking care of business 

One of the perks of a bidet toilet seat is you don’t need to move from one place to another to use the bidet; you’re already on it! The bidet nozzle remains inside the bidet seat until you press the wash button. Once you’ve finished your business, you can get ready for your wash. Keep in mind, the nozzle and spray are calibrated to automatically self-clean for every use! 

Step 2: Start your bidet wash 

When you’re ready to use your bidet, press the WASH button to activate the spray nozzle beneath you. Your wash will start after the nozzle cleans itself and the water heats up. 

If you are nervous for your first time, you can get a feel for it beforehand. Hover your hand over the toilet bowl and press the WASH button. You can watch the nozzle extend and test the temperature, pressure, and angles with your hand instead of your…

Step 3: Adjusting 

While the bidet is spraying you, adjust the settings so it’s comfortable and hitting the right spot. Customizing the spray settings is easy as 1, 2, 3. The water temperature, pressure, nozzle position, and width of the spray can all be adjusted on the control panel. Experimenting is the best way to have the full experience! 

Press STOP when you’re finished. The nozzle will clean itself and slide back into the seat. 

Step 4: Dry Off 

Some bidet toilet seats include warm air dryers. To start drying, press DRY. If you’re in a rush, using a bit of toilet paper will be your best option as the drying process can take a few minutes. Because of this, many people prefer to dry themselves with a designated cloth or towel, which are usually hung next to the bidet. 
Do you think you’re ready to give a bidet toilet seat a shot? Before you think I’m full of crap, try out the Veken Bidet for yourself and see how you feel. You can thank me later!

What are Pet Water Fountains and Why Do Pets Like Them? 

Hydration is key to any form of life, especially when it comes to our pets. So making sure they have a source of water is important. A popular product on the market now is the pet water fountain. But what exactly is it? 

A pet water fountain is a bowl that provides a constant flow of fresh, filtered water for your pets so they can stay hydrated in a way that they enjoy. The water fountains contain filters inside that ensure the water is always clean and safe. 

Here’s how a pet water fountain makes hydration a highlight of our pets’ days!

  1. Running Water is Natural 

There’s no doubt that animals love running water. Have you ever seen a dog playing with a sprinkler or a cat drinking from a tap? Our furry friends find moving water captivating and pet water fountains ignite their natural instincts to drink from rivers and streams. Having a source of running water in the house will surely grasp their attention and provide fresh water throughout the entire day. 

  1. Improves Taste and Smell 

Dogs and cats have an impeccable sense of smell – far superior to humans. There are chemicals in tap water that can be quite smelly to our pet pals, yet undetected by us. Depending on where in the world you live, sometimes you can’t even drink the tap water. If we can’t drink it, why would we give it to our pets? The chemicals found in tap water give off a certain unpleasant smell which animal noses pick up almost immediately. Pet water fountains include filters that remove impurities in water, thus improving the taste. This will encourage our animals to drink more and stay hydrated. 

  1. Keeping Things Cool 

Pet water fountains can keep water colder than a traditional water bowl. This is because the water is constantly flowing rather than sitting stagnant. By keeping water cool, flowing and full of oxygen, your best buddy will have no problem savoring a sip. 

The hottest days of the year are usually when our four-legged friends become hydrated the most. The cool water provided by pet water fountains will coax them to hydration and save you arduous vet visits in the future. Regular water intake aids in digestion and helps to flush out toxins that build up inside the body. 

  1. Saving Time 

Pet water fountains can hold multiple liters of water. Depending on your pet’s size and diet determines the amount of water intake they need. By offering a constant flow of water, your pet will never go thirsty. This also saves you time as you won’t have to refill the bowl every ten minutes! 

  1. More Hygienic Than a Water Bowl 

Constant circulation of water stops any nasty and unwanted build-ups, which keeps the water clean and fresh. Honestly, stagnant water can get really nasty, especially in the heat! The filters in pet water fountains trap dirt, hair, and toxins. Owners understand all too well how much dogs and cats SHED. By introducing a filtered fountain to your pet’s life, they can now drink water without that extra serving of fur! 

If you think you’re ready to change your pet’s life for the better, check out the Pet Water Fountain and replaceable filters by Veken today! Your furry friends will thank you. 

How to Brew a Good Cup of Coffee with a French Press

As a coffee drinker, I didn’t realize the numerous ways you could brew a cup of coffee. I had heard about a few, but it was all too complicated and intimidating to me. So, I stuck with my trustee coffee pot. I woke up every morning, prepared the materials, and waited – sometimes not so patiently – for the coffee to brew. 

It wasn’t until I was gifted with a French press that I realized what I was missing out on all these years. Despite a rough start with this tool, I fell head over heels for the french press and the coffee it produces. 

If you don’t quite know what a french press is, or how to use it, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re a coffee aficionado or a newcomer to the wonderful world of coffee, this quick guide will have something you can use! 

What is a French Press? 

Before we get started, let’s quickly go over what a French press is. The french press is one of the simplest tools for brewing coffee. It’s a type of coffee maker that steeps coarsely ground coffee (or tea) and uses a filter to keep those pesky grounds out of your cup. This method is well known for drawing out a coffee’s oils, capturing flavors and pulling aromas from the beans (or tea leaves). This is mainly because the French press doesn’t use a paper filter, so the flavors and oils do not get stuck in the filter. 

There’s several variations of the general design, but there’s always three main components present; the beaker, the plunger, and the filter. 

Fun fact: Despite the name, the french press was actually invented by an Italian! 

How to Make French Press Coffee? 

Now that we have a brief background on what a french press is, the next question is: how do we make a cup? 

  1. Heat Water 

The first step is the easiest because all you need to do is heat up your water to around 195-205 degrees F (–C). Using filtered water for this process is recommended. Remember, your coffee is primarily made up of water. If the water you use has impurities, it could affect the taste of your coffee/tea. If the heat isn’t right (too high or too low), you could also end up with improperly brewed coffee/tea. 

  1. Measure the Coffee and Grind It

Look at the amount of coffee you’re looking to brew and the strength you desire to help you decide how much coffee grounds to put into your French press. The best way to measure out your coffee is to use a scale. If you’re like me, however, a few tablespoons will do. (Tip: If you grind up your coffee too fine, you’ll end up with grounds in your finished cup of coffee which is not how you want to start your day). 

  1. Combine Coffee and Water 

Pour your ground coffee into the bottom of the empty beaker and make sure it is leveled out. You can level it out by shaking the beaker gently, rather than pushing the grounds down to the bottom. Next, add your hot water. (For a 34 ounce pot of coffee, you’ll aim for 30 ounces of water. For 12 ounces of coffee, aim for 10 ounces of water). 

  1. Stir and Steep 

It’s time to stir your coffee and water! Once you’re sure all of the grounds have been saturated, place the top on the beaker with the plunger pulled up. This will keep the temperature level with the beaker. Allow your coffee to steep for around 3-4 minutes in order to get the full flavor. 

  1. Deal with that top layer 

When you remove the lid from the beaker, you will find a thin layer of coffee grounds on the top. For a heavier coffee, simply use a spoon to stir those grounds back into the mixture. For a lighter coffee, remove as many of those grounds as you can with a spoon and throw them away. 

  1. Press and Pour 

Press time! After dealing with the grounds, put the top back on your beaker and slowly yet firmly  push the plunger down. Once the plunger has reached the bottom, you can pour your coffee! Keep that plunger down to hold those grounds where they should be. 

We hope this brief guide has helped in some form or fashion with your current or future coffee endeavors. When it comes to enjoying your next “cup o’ joe”, the French press will definitely be a good way to go! You’ll get the maximum amount of flavor, without the hassle of time or extra cost! To try one out for yourself, Veken and Bayka offer a range of options on quality French presses! Try one out and taste the difference!