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In our American culture people who make their living in sales professions are frequently the subject of jokes and even criticism.  In the Vail Valley being in the real estate profession is a bit different.

The extremely competitive attitude generally associated with sales is softened by a more cooperative spirit, and Realtors often work together to help  make a prospective client feel more comfortable.  Realtors are more than just salesmen, they are parents, grandparents, and members of the community.  They raise families, build homes, and support local businesses.

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Realtors are involved with school boards, city and county governments, volunteer committees, and virtually every form of community activity.  Many real estate companies are often the most active groups in fundraising, cultural activities, and civic improvement projects.

Realtors have helped bring countless thousands of individuals and families to the Vail Valley, and they are the greatest source for helping to establish new businesses in the area.

Those in the real estate profession are proud of the community in which they live and work, and are eager to share that pride with everyone they encounter.

The next time you see your Realtor – or any realtor – thank them for their contribution to helping to make the Vail Valley one of the best places in the world to live.

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For information about real estate or any aspect of living in or visiting the Vail Valley contact Don Galgan :  (970) 331-4190 or dhgalgan@yahoo.com.

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In the Vail Valley the visual arts are thriving. As a community we can proudly say that we stand along with almost any other resort community in the quality and quantity of galleries, resident artists, shows, exhibit venues and visiting artists from all round the world.

In the Vail Valley there are dozens of fine art galleries, several groups and coalitions of artists, poster galleries, and more and more vacationing visitors are beginning to recognize our artistic place among resort areas.

What makes Vail Valley different? The following story was told to me by two different gallery owners – both of whom have businesses in more than one resort as well as in cities.

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Their stories are very similar: Bill and Betty (fictitious names) walk into a gallery and decide they like a work. They debate where to place the piece in their home or office. They may purchase the piece – or they may return home and than call and have it shipped to them. In another well-known resort Bob and Helen (also fictitious) debate a work and decide they like it. They then tell the gallery owner or artist that they will ask their decorator if they can buy it…

In any case, the Vail Valley Arts scene is alive and doing very well. Take time on your next visit and look through the Galleries. You will be delighted with what you find.

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For information regarding real estate in the Vail Valley – or about the visual arts in the area, please contact Don Galgan: (970) 331-4190 / dhgalgan@yahoo.com.

When searching for a new canine companion, it’s easy to fall for the energy and adorableness of a puppy. But remember, youth comes with challenges—chewing, housebreaking and obedience training.

If you’re looking for a well-mannered mutt that still has a lot of love to give, consider taking home an older dog. In honor of Adopt a Senior Pet Month, which encourages the adoption of dogs age 7 or older each November, we’re sharing 10 reasons senior pets make wonderful additions to the family. Tracey Stewart, wife of comedian Jon Stewart and well-known animal lover, shares 10 tips from her new book Do Unto Animals.

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She says many senior pets were raised in loving homes and have since lost their guardians due to divorce, illness, or death—none of which changed the love between them and their guardians. Seniors are simply looking to share their loving nature with a new family.

1. They come with few surprises. There’s no need to wonder how big they will grow, how often they will need to be groomed, or what their personality will be like. What you see is what you get!

2. Bye-bye, potty-training manuals! Seniors are likely to have already been house-trained—or if they haven’t been, they are physically and mentally ready to pick it up in no time.

3. It’s nice to say things just once. Seniors have been around humans long enough to understand our language. They often know what we are asking or can quickly learn to do as we ask. You can teach an old dog new tricks, and fast!

4. They fit right in. A senior dog or cat has been around the block a few times and has come into contact with many other dogs, cats, and people. Seniors usually know what it takes to effortlessly fit in with a family and can do it with ease.

5. You can relax! Unlike a puppy or kitten being introduced to a home, a senior animal usually isn’t constantly getting into trouble. You don’t have to puppy-proof or kitten-proof your house for months on end.

6. They enjoy brisk walks and don’t ask for much. Older dogs do not require being taken on three runs daily, and they will tire of playing fetch after a short while! Although they do need exercise, seniors are often fine with a nice walk in the morning, aside from potty breaks.

7. Your favorite new shoes will be safe from doggy damage. With their teething years behind them, destructive chewing is usually a thing of the past.

8. Age is just a number. Age doesn’t always mean health problems and expensive medical bills. Young animals can develop health issues as well, and medical bills are usually par for the course throughout an animal’s life. Each animal is an individual and deserves to be viewed without judgment.

9. They give your heartstrings an extra tug. There is something incredibly powerful about providing sanctuary, love, care,
snuggles, and ultimately peace to a senior pet in his or her final years.

10. Short but sweet time spent together. Kids go off to college, people retire, and situations change. Sometimes we might have a more limited period of time to devote to the care of a special animal. You can still benefit from the companionship of a super senior.

Vail, Colorado and the entire Vail Valley are famous for world-class mountain recreation, and the abundance and variety of year-around activities will set your vacation apart from any other you’ve ever had!

Summer brings sunny days and boundless fun, from leisurely nature walks to hard-core mountain biking, from scenic horseback trail rides to exciting rafting, combined with cultural and music events nearly every week.

Take a peek at our Vail Valley events calendar. You’ll be amazed at what’s happening while you’re here. Our events are world-class, and many are FREE!

Summer & Fall Activities

Discover what Vail Valley locals know: we came for the winters, but stayed for summer and fall. With our superb climate, you’ll want to spend the long days outdoors. Whether your idea of fun is active or idle, the choices are plentiful. Here are some of our favorite things to do in summertime in Vail and Beaver Creek:

  • Biking, both road and mountain bike. Vail’s bike path is extensive, and of course, Eagle County is a mountain biking mecca!
  • Ballooning. Gorgeous views in a colorful balloon!
  • Rafting. From the Eagle River to the mighty Colorado, our waters are prime for river rafting and kayaking.
  • Fly Fishing. Clear, pure and predictable! (the water, not the fish!)
  • Golf. With 16 courses here in the Vail/Beaver Creek area, you’ll find challenges on every hole.
  • Jeeping. Go with the professionals for an out-of-resort, blow-your-mind experience.
  • Horseback riding. Enjoy the Western side of Vail and Beaver Creek resorts.
  • Camps & Classes. Most of our local camps and classes are in an outdoor setting.. guaranteed smiles!
  • And so much more!

Check out all Vail and Beaver Creek Summer Activities right here!

 For more information, please contact Greg Peterson at 970-331-1333 and have a blessed summer.

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail is a non profit charitable organization that was founded in 1964 to provide training and competition for aspiring young ski racers.  The mission of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail is to provide opportunity for character growth and excellence through athletic programs that are available in Alpine, Freeskiing, Freestyle, Nordic and Snowboarding for all ages, abilities and interests.

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For the second year in a row, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail was named the top ski racing program in the United States.  In 2014, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail was awarded Club of the Year, Freeskiing Club of the Year, Alpine Club of the Year at the United States Ski and Snowboard Association Congress.  Ski and Snowboard Club Vail has qualified more athletes than any other club in the United States.

Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.

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Grab a leash and be part of Canine Companions DogFest Walk ‘n Roll! It’s a community dog walk that supports the mission of Canine Companions for Independence. Put together a team of friends, family members and coworkers. Then fundraise to earn a cool DogFest prize. If you raise $100, you’ll get a DogFest bandana to sport at DogFest. Then come to DogFest for a tail-waggin’ good time!

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If you are interested in being a part of DogFest in any way please email Greg Peterson at greg@gatewayland.com or visit his website.

 

 

The GoPro Mountain Games are the nation’s largest celebration of mountain sport, lifestyle and music featuring top professional and amateur athletes from around the world.  The environmentally-friendly adventure sporting event hosts approximately 3,500 outdoor athletes, along with an estimated 53,000 spectators.
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Athletes converge on Vail’s mountains and rivers to compete in 26 sports for over $110,000 in prize money.  Events include kayaking, rafting, stand up paddling, mountain biking, road cycling,World Cup Bouldering, amateur climbing, fly-fishing, trail running, the slackline world championships, mud runs, dog runs, and a half marathon.
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Additional events at the GoPro Mountain Games include: a film series, Outdoor Reels; aphotography competition, Mountain Click; an interactive expo area, Gear Town; DockDog canine competitions and free concerts at Mountains of Music.
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To register for events, or for more information, please visit www.gopromountaingames.com.

 For more information on living the mountain lifestyle, call Greg Peterson at 970-331-1333.

Front, side, reverse, hands or forearms, knees or toes—whichever way you choose to plank, this simple, stationary position is an essential exercise in your weekly fitness routine. When performed correctly, planking strengthens all the muscles that run up and down your spine, which helps you to stand, rotate, bend and lift with ease. And let’s not forget the bonus benefits of strengthening your arms, shoulders, glutes and legs. There’s no better way to multitask than to perform plank exercises.

Planks have endless variations. Subtle changes such as lifting an arm or adding movement can change the degree of difficulty of the exercise, keeping your body challenged and your workouts fun. Ready to fire up your core? These five plank variations focus on lifting the legs and adding rotation to intensify the work.

Plank Set-up

All exercises, except for the last one, should begin in one of the positions described below. Setting the foundation ensures that your alignment is correct and your entire body is connected and engaged so you’ll be ready to tackle these fun and highly effective plank exercises.

High Plank

Position the body face down with hands underneath the shoulders and inner arms close to the body. Tuck the toes and contract the quadriceps and glutes so the knees come slightly off the floor. Engage the abdominals, inhale, and on the exhale press the body up in one unit to high-plank position. You should be in a straight line from head to heels.

Forearm Plank

Position the body face down with the elbows bent underneath the shoulders and the forearms and palms firmly planted into the ground. Tuck the toes and contract the quadriceps and glutes so the knees come slightly off the floor. Engage the abdominals, inhale, and on the exhale press the body up onto the forearms. You should be in a straight line from head to heels.

Forearm Plank With Repeater 3 Taps

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-Begin with forearm plank set-up (see above).

-Raise the right leg off the ground and tap the right toes onto the left ankle.

-Raise the right leg again and tap the floor to the outside of the left foot.

-Raise the right leg again and tap the left ankle.

-Return back to center and repeat the sequence with the left leg.

-Repeat this repeater 3-tap pattern for eight to 10 reps. Perform two sets.

Side Riser Plank

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This plank variation is a hybrid of a side forearm plank and a high plank.

-Begin with the high-plank set-up (see above). Lower down onto the right forearm and spin the legs so they are stacked with weight on the outer edge of the right foot. Reach the left arm up toward the ceiling.

-Place the left hand down and push the body back up to high-plank position.

-Lower down onto the left forearm and spin the legs so they are stacked with weight on the outer edge of the left foot. Reach the right arm up toward the ceiling.

-Place the right hand down and push the body back up to high-plank position.

-Repeat this alternating pattern for 10 reps. Perform two sets.

Marching Side Plank

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Keeping a rhythmic marching pattern is the challenge in this side-plank variation.

-Begin with the high-plank set-up (see above). Roll to the right arm and position the legs in a scissors stance, with the left leg to the front with weight on the bottom of the foot, and the right leg to the back with weight on the outer edge of the foot.

-Lift the right knee toward the chest and release back down. Lift the left knee toward the chest and release back down. Repeat this pattern in a rhythmic fashion for 10 reps.

-Roll back to high plank and then release to the ground to rest. Repeat on the other side, rolling to the left arm, with the right leg to the front with weight on the bottom of the foot, and the left leg to the back with weight on the outer edge of the foot.

-Performing 10 reps on each side is one set. Perform one to two sets.

Fallen Triangle Switch

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Inspired by yoga, this plank variation challenges stability and engages the abdominals, arms, and inner and outer legs.

-Begin with the high-plank set-up (see above). Roll to the right arm and stack the legs with weight on the outer edge of the right foot. Reach the left arm up toward the ceiling.

-Kick the left leg forward and hold.

-Draw the left knee in toward the chest and spin the knee underneath the body, rolling to the left side plank, kicking the left leg forward. Reach the right arm up toward the ceiling.

-Draw the left knee in toward the chest and spin the knee underneath the body, rolling back to the right side plank and kicking the left leg forward. Reach the left arm up toward the ceiling.

-Return back to side plank and repeat the sequence.

-Perform one to three reps on the right side and then one to three reps on the left.

Quadruped Hover With Leg Kickbacks

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This quadruped plank variation looks easy, but it is very intense for the core.

-Begin in quadruped position, aligning the hips over the knees and shoulders over the wrists.

-Tuck the toes under, engage the core and lift both knees about 2 inches off the floor.

-Extend the right leg back, pointing the toes and hips toward the ground. Return to center and repeat with the left leg.

-Repeat this alternating pattern for 10 reps. Perform two sets.

By Stephanie Thielen

Morning, midday or midnight — when’s the best time to work out?

Well, that depends on when’s the best time for you.

“The best time of the day is when you will do it most consistently, because the benefits of physical activity are tightly linked to the amount you do on a consistent basis,” said Russell Pate, M.D., professor of exercise science in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

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Your best time is based on a “constellation” of factors:

  • location,
  • time of day,
  • type of physical activity and
  • social setting, among others.

“It’s not just what time, but what activity, with whom and where,” said Pate, who is also an American Heart Association volunteer. “This mix of factors for people come together to result in being consistent.”

Everybody’s Different

“Different people will have different preferences and predispositions with regard to how they respond to exercise at different times of the day,” Pate said.

For example, if you’re much more likely to work out consistently with a partner, “then you’re better off to opt for a social part regardless of the time of day,” Pate said. “On the other hand, some people like the solitude, the chance to get away.”

You might have heard that the best time to work out is early in the morning — to get your metabolism revving or to avoid unexpected distractions during the day that could derail your regimen. “Are there differences in working out at different times of the day? Maybe. But those differences would be minor compared to the overall effect of doing it consistently,” Pate said.

“If you’re not a morning person, it does no good for you to try to get up at 5 in the morning to work out,” he said. “Try to stack as many cards on your side of the table as possible by doing what’s most likely to work for you. The converse is, don’t make it as hard as it doesn’t have to be.”

Fit in Fitness

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity. But what if you’re tight on time? Then, be creative and break up your activity into daily bouts of 3-10-minute increments.

For example:

  • In the morning, park 10 minutes away from the job and walk briskly.
  • At lunch, walk 10 minutes in or around where you work.
  • In the afternoon/evening, walk briskly 10 minutes back to your vehicle.

The bottom of the feet are direct access points to some organs in the human body, which are also known as meridians in the Chinese Medicine. Nervous system is closely correlated with Meridian system. These meridians represent pathways to each organ of the human body.

The bottom of the feet have 7,000 (basically meridians) different nerve endings that are directly connected to different organs. A lot of electrical circuits in the body are dormant because we always wear shoes. This is the main reason why you should walk outside barefoot whenever you have a chance.

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To ground yourself with the earth’s negative ion filed and to stimulate the meridians of your feet, you have to walk barefoot as much as you can.

If purify your internal organs and to open up these electrical meridians without any diet related, you have to cut up garlic or onion and place them in your socks while you are sleeping (at the bottom part of the feet).

Garlic and onions kill bacteria and germs when applied to the skin topically. The substance from the onion that makes you cry enters the blood stream, kills any germ and bacteria and purifies the blood. The consumption of the veggies has a lot of beneficial effects to the human body.

Kill Germ and Bacteria and Purify Your Blood with These Simple Steps:

 

Step 1: Cut an Organic Onion into Slices (Red White Onions)

Organic onions do not contain pesticides and chemicals. You only have to slice and apply them to the bottom of the feet while you sleeping.

Step 2: Place the Onions on the Bottom of Your Socks

The healing power of the onion will work through your skins which will kill germs, bacteria and the absorbing toxins while you sleep.

The Amazing Benefits of Putting Onion in Your Socks

  • Purification of the Blood
  • Kills Pathogens, Germs and Bacteria – Garlic and onion have strong anti viral and anti bacterial properties.
  • Purify the Air – It will free your feet of chemicals and toxins and keep them smell better.