Smith Wallis & Scott September 2018


Jump Back in With These Strategies

2. Set yourself up for success. You would go to that 5:30 p.m. boot camp class, but it’s right in the middle of your daughter’s dance practice. Getting to the gym is half the battle, so make it easier on yourself by preparing in advance. Find a facility with a schedule that easily fits yours. If you’re planning to work out in the morning, set your clothes out the night before, and choose an energetic song for your alarm. If there’s a class after work, consider leaving an extra set of gym clothes at your office so you’ll never have an excuse not to go. 3. Make your workout an unavoidable part of your day. It’s tempting to join your coworkers for happy hour, especially when that outdoor patio is just around the block from your office. But what if it were that easy to get to the gym? Look for facilities that are on your commute, near your work, or close to home. If it’s easy to get to, you’ll be more likely to go and still have time for that drink afterward. It may take time to make your workout routine a seamless part of your life, but implementing some of these strategies will make it easier and more enjoyable. You might even find yourself looking forward to back-to- the-gym season!

With barbecues, trips to the pool, and indulging in refreshing beverages on the patio, summer is full of relaxation and fun. But those heart-pumping, muscle-building trips to the gym may have become less frequent during the warmer months. If your workout routine went on its own summer vacation, here are three strategies to get back to it. 1. Find something you like to do. Maybe part of the reason your fitness routine took a break was because you didn’t enjoy doing it. If that’s the case, re-evaluate your options. There is no superior form of exercise, and there are plenty of options to align with your preferences. If you couldn’t get enough of hiking in national parks over the summer, join a hiking group in your community. If you prefer being on a team, look for a local adult league for your favorite sport. The accident was surprising. Out of nowhere, the car hit you. Fortunately, you’re on the road to recovery, but your car? Not so much. As you consider your next vehicle, you might be ready to buy the same make and model, but it’s worth considering your options. With new technology, updated safety ratings, and added features, there are important things to be aware of when it comes to the safety of you and your family on the road. Here are some things to keep in mind as you look for your next vehicle. LOOK AT UP-TO-DATE SAFETY RATINGS. Just as cars are constantly updated, safety ratings change and can even vary between years for the same make and model. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) frequently gives out an updated list of safety information, and it’s a good place to start when choosing a new car. Look for cars with a five-star NHTSA rating. You can also check out the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for additional guidance. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY. In addition to the safety features that protect you in the event of a collision, active safety features are there to prevent an accident from happening in the first place. Features like lane departure warnings, blind spot detection, a backup camera, and forward collision warnings can all help warn you of an unseen threat to your safety. TIME FOR A NEW CAR? Evaluating Vehicle Safety After an Accident

SIZE MAY MAKE A DIFFERENCE. While smaller vehicles do get you better mileage, if they’re small and light, they may not prove to be as protective in the event of a crash. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that lighter vehicles can be susceptible to a higher crash force, potentially providing less protection. Do your research to find out the ratings for smaller cars, and consider if a midsize or large car would be a better fit. While technology and good ratings can help, it’s always important to remember that you are the person in control of the vehicle. Ultimately, you shouldn’t rely on technology alone to keep you safe. Use your best judgment, and be safe on the road. If you’ve been in an accident, the lawyers at Smith, Wallis & Scott, LLP have more than 80 years of combined experience in looking out for the interests of injured people and making sure they get all the benefits they deserve. Give us a call at 770-214-2500.


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