While some second-property owners seek warm beach houses in Florida or a home tucked away in a Colorado mountain, most seem to gravitate toward the Northeast. 

The top three vacation home destination spots are in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, according to a study from Digital Third Coast

The data set was found by surveying 29,000 different census-designated places across all 50 states and ranking the top three locations with the most vacation homes in every state. See the map below of vacation homes by state. (Photo courtesy of IPX103; click to enlarge.)

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It turns out, 19% of homes in Maine are vacation homes, as are 17% of homes in Vermont and 12% of homes in New Hampshire. 

Midwestern states held at the very bottom of the list, with 1% of homes in Illinois categorized as vacation homes.

Other states hovering around the bottom include Ohio (1.1%), Iowa (1.6%), Indiana (1.7%) and Kansas (1.4%). 

Earlier this month, LendingTree revealed that 39% of people they surveyed said they bought their vacation property as an investment. The second greatest motivation was to own a vacation home (36%), while the desire to rent the property came in third (26%). 



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The early days of basketball often seen slow fan-unfriendly low scoring matches that often left spectators bored. Games often only got into the 40’s and many of the best players averaged less than 15 points a game. Many early basketball games looked more like a glorified version of the children’s game of keep-away than an action packed professional sport. This style of play culminated in a game between Minneapolis and Fort Wayne, where the Pistons of Fort Wayne held the ball most of the second half nursing a 1 point lead over the Lakers. The Pistons would win 19-18 in the lowest scoring game in NBA history. Prior to that the fewest points ever score 33 points, just 4 fewer than both teams scored, and that game was one the opening night of the NBA, or BAA as it was called back then.

This pace bored fans, many of whom were promised an action packed fun experience and attendance and interest in the new league had begun to dip. The NBA needed a solution and needed it fast. The solution was an ingenious one and one that would revolutionize the game as we know it. A simple clock, with just 24 seconds on it would forever change the game.

The clock was the brain child of Syracuse Nationals general manager Leo Ferris, a man that the NBA has long forgotten in one of the biggest travesties in the games history. Ferris, is as important to the early days of the NBA as anyone and one could argue that without Ferris there would be no NBA today; and there definitely would be no Atlanta Hawks, or Philadelphia 76ers. The NBA would look much different today without Ferris’s input all those years ago.

Ferris got his start with basketball not in the NBA but in the NBL when in 1946 he helped found the Buffalo Bisons. The Bisons were pretty much a failure in upstate New York and after only 13 games the Bisons picked up and left the shores of Lake Erie and heated to the American Heartland in Molina, Illinois. Technically, the team played in Molina and Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa but most of their games were played in Molina. The team was called the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and while they struggled the foundation of one of the longest tenured NBA teams was laid. The Blackhawks would eventually move to Milwaukee, where they took on the moniker Hawks, and than move to St Louis and finally to Atlanta.

Shortly after the team moved to Tri-Cities Ferris would go on to make one of his first major shake ups of the basketball world when he signed Pop Gates for the all-black New York Ren’s to a contract. African-American players had played in the NBL before, but only during the early 1940s when World War II had taken a lot of the white players from the NBL. Gates was the first black player signed to a contract when there was not a necessity for them, and the first one signed because of his skill and talent and not because the league needed players. Gates would re-join the Rens when they joined the NBL as the Dayton Rens two years later.

After only a season with the Blackhawks, Ferris returned to his native upstate New York and began as the general manager of the NBL’s Syracuse Nationals. As manager of the Nationals he scored a huge coup for the Nationals and the NBL when he lured highly coveted big man Dolph Schayes away from the New York Knicks of the upstart BAA.

The BAA and NBL rivalry only got worse, with the BAA stealing away most of the best players from the NBL and starting in 1948 the BAA started taking the best teams as well. In 1947 the Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals and Indianapolis Kautskies left the NBL for the BAA. The Nationals were now in an uncertain league and they and the NBL desperately needed to find a solution, and Leo Ferris would find that solution.

Starting in the spring of 1949 Ferris started meeting with executives of the BAA, at first it was an attempt to possible get the Nationals into the growing league, but would soon expand to merging the two leagues. The talks ended in August of 1949 when an agreement was reached to merge the NBL and BAA and form the NBA. The BAA only wanted to absorb two teams; the Nationals, and the upstart Indianapolis Olympians; who would replace the Jets. Ferris managed to talk the BAA into accepting both of those teams, as well as the Denver Nuggets, Sheboygan Redskins, Anderson Packers and the Blackhawks. He originally wanted the merger to include Oshkosh, Hammond and Dayton, but financial backing ruined Oshkosh’s attempt to relocate to Milwaukee and Hammond was thought too close to Chicago where the BAA already had a team. The Rens of Dayton were not allowed to join because their players consisted of black players. In addition to the Rens not being allowed to join, black players on Syracuse also had to be let go.

The merge proved successful as the 17 team NBA seen initial success, but the old NBL teams had given up too much power in the merger and despite Ferris’s best efforts the league kicked out 5 of the former NBL teams the next season.

The 1950 season saw the Lakers continue their dominance and the Pistons thought the only way to stop them was to hold on to a one point lead and the ball. This was the event that usurer in Leo Ferris’s clock or more commonly known as the shot clock. Ferris had always liked math and had been good at it, and he used math to come up with the 24 second clock. He took the number of seconds in a 48-minute game (2,880) and divided that by the average number of shots in a game (120) to get to 24 seconds.

It took 4 more years for the league to implement the shot clocks and when they did the league seen a jump in scoring by nearly 20 points a game and gone were the days of games ending up in the 40s. In fact, since the introduction of the shot clock there has been only 20 regular season games were a team has scored less than 60 points, and only one were a team scored less than 50 and only one playoff game were a team scored less then 60 points.

The introduction of the shot clock caused the game to enter into an era of frenzied paces, with teams scoring what were once thought of as impossible number of points. In 1954-55 Neil Johnston lead the NBA in scoring with 22 points a game, seven years later Wilt Chamberlain would set the NBA record by averaging 50 points a game.

Ferris would only stick around the NBA for one season after his clock was introduced before permanently leaving the league and the game to develop real-estate. It was a shockingly short career for someone who would have such a profound impact on the game.

Despite all that he accomplished, Ferris has yet to be introduced into the Naismith Hall-of-Fame. He has been a finalist a couple of times but never made it to the enshrinement portion. This is likely due to the utter and complete disregard and disdain that the NBA has often shown towards the NBL and its former players and staff.

Excluding Ferris has been one of the worst tragedies that the NBA has done in its 70 plus years of existence. Many people are in the Hall-of-Fame who have lesser resumes than Ferris and yet Ferris gets overlooked time and again. Maybe, hopefully, 2018 will be the year for the man who may have saved the NBA.



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Sports movies have a long history of capturing the imaginations of audiences and inspiring them like few other genres can. Movies about football are no exception. Many films based on America’s most loved game have entertained audiences and brought new meaning to the game by showing how it can bring people together and make them better. The following films are some of the most popular and highly regarded football movies of all time.

“Brian’s Song”

The original “Brian’s Song” was made in 1971. The film was remade in 2001, but it could not match the greatness of the original. This film is based on true events and follows two teammates, Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers, as they overcome obstacles to become close friends. However, things take a turn away from football when Piccolo discovers he has cancer. This film is one that will stay with you long after your viewing.

“Remember the Titans”

This film stars Denzel Washington as the coach of a high school football team in Virginia. He is hired to replace a highly successful white coach at a newly integrated school. The story follows him and the team as they work through their first year. This film is also based on a true story and shows how the team became a unifier in a divided community.

“Rudy”

“Rudy” is another inspiring football movie. It stars Sean Astin before his days playing a hobbit in “Lord of the Rings.” In the film, Astin plays Rudy, who wants nothing more than to play football at Notre Dame and faces several challenges in achieving that goal. He is too small, and his grades are not up to the level of the university. However, Rudy has more drive and determination than the other players. Nothing will keep him from achieving his goal.

“Jerry Maguire”

While many people might not view “Jerry Maguire” as much of a football movie, it does reveal much of what the business side of the game has become. It stars Hollywood heavyweights such as Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Renee Zellweger. The story follows Jerry Maguire, a successful agent representing NFL players. One day he has an epiphany and loses his job when he expresses it, but he proceeds to continue his career with the only player who remains loyal to him. There is not a great deal of football action in the film, but the slight look into what goes on behind the scenes in the NFL is fascinating.

“Friday Night Lights”

“Friday Night Lights” is based on a best-selling novel of the same name and became a television show as well. The film is centered on the town of Odessa, Texas. The town is divided and has a struggling economy, but there is something that brings everyone together: high school football. The town’s high school team, the Permian Panthers, has a long history of successful games. The new season looks bright, but the school’s star running back suffers a horrible injury in the first game of the season causing everyone to lose hope. The coach manages to rally his team and leads them to an improbable victory.

“We Are Marshall”

Yet another film based on a true story, “We Are Marshall” tells the story of what happened after a plane crash took the lives of many of the football players and several fans from Marshall University. Obviously, the following season is threatened by this tragedy, but a player who was ill and missed the flight, along with students, tries to persuade the university’s leaders to play the season. The school must find a coach willing to take the job. The coach must then find enough players to field a team. This film shows us what football can do to help lift people up above what they believe they are capable of.

“Invincible”

Another football film based on a true story, “Invincible” lets us all live the dream that we could be playing in the NFL too. Mark Wahlberg stars as Vince Papale. He is down on his luck and has just learned that he is being laid off from his job due to budget cuts. His wife leaves him. He takes work as a bartender, but his life changes when he hears that his hometown team, the Philadelphia Eagles, will be holding open tryouts. At first, he is reluctant, but he tries out and makes the team, which leads to a three-year career in the NFL.



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Real estate technology startup Curbio has raised $7 million in a Series A funding round, bringing its total capital raise since its 2017 launch to $13.6 million. 

Led by Camber Creek and Brick & Mortar, the capital will be used to accelerate Curbio’s technology development and expand into new cities, the company said. 

Curbio describes itself as a “renovation partner” that uses its proprietary technology to plan and complete a home renovation quickly and cost-effectively so that home sellers can list their property as soon as possible.

Its services include project management, material selection and renovation choices designed to maximize profits, and homeowners are informed throughout the process with real-time updates, photos and videos.

Importantly, clients don’t have to pay Curbio until the sale of their home closes. 

The company says it aims to help Realtors and home sellers re-invent the way they approach pre-sale renovations. Its model accelerates project completion time by as much as 60%, the company says, adding that its end-goal is to maximize listing prices and minimize days spent on the market.

So far, it’s model appears to be finding traction.

In the second quarter of 2019, Curbio says its number of projects grew 650% from last year. It also said itplans to complete more than 1,000 renovation projects in 2020 while doubling its footprint.

Right now, Curbio is available in Washington, D.C., and in surrounding suburbs in Maryland and Virginia; in Baltimore, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Orlando; as well as parts of Philadelphia and New Jersey. The company said it plans to launch operations in Chicago, Tampa, and Miami before the end of the year.

“Curbio is transforming the home renovation, general contracting and home flipping markets by offering homeowners a novel way to capture the full potential value of their homes,” said Casey Berman, managing partner at Camber Creek. “We are thrilled to be working with Curbio as they expand across the U.S.”

 



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Real estate flipping is a popular way to make some fast money in real estate, especially for a new investor with a limited budget. The beauty of it is that it is a business with unlimited potential, but it can be achieved starting with virtually nothing more than drive, motivation and a willingness to think outside the box.

These are only a few of the marketing ideas about flipping properties. However they all have a common goal – building a buyer's list. Once the investor has a buyer's list in place, it is easier to sell the properties in a timely manner, and for a wholesaler / flipper, time is of the essence.

1. Craigslist / Backpage

Free online classified advertising with great exposure. Just by placing an ad like "For the latest list of properties at Wholesale Prices (short sales, preforeclosures and distressed owners), which include single family houses, multifamilies and commercial, please sign up at yourlandingpage.com." You can create a free landing page on webs.com.

2. Bandit Signs

Bandit signs can be purchased online very inexpensively. The best ones are yellow corrugated 18 by 24 inches. Also you should buy the wire stakes in order to plant them in the ground. A dozen of signs with the stakes should not cost you more than $ 24. Write the signs yourself with a black permanent marker and place them in strategic locations: intersections, Home Depot exit points, property for sale. The best time to place them out there is Friday evenings, since the "sign police" is usually not out on weekends, so you will at least get a few days of exposure.

3. Real Estate Investors Clubs

Attend local investors clubs and network with other investors. Pass your business cards around freely and your business card should state that you are an investor and wholesaler, with your landing page url address and email.

4. Research Cash Investors

Have a real estate agent run an MLS search in the immediate area of ​​the property that you are trying to sell and locate "sold" properties in the previous 6 months, which sold for cash. Contact these cash buyers via mail or phone call, and ask them if they are interested in buying more properties in the area and if they would like to be included on your mailing list. They can register via your landing page or by giving you their email address over the phone.

5. Google Local

List your business and landing page for free on Google Local. Great exposure and by building reviews by clients, will move the landing page and your business to the top of the Google searches.



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Do you have a lake house or home in the mountains that you don’t make enough time to go to? You’re not alone.

Or, let’s try that again… 

Do you wish you had a lake house or a home in the mountains? Don’t worry, you probably wouldn’t use it anyways. 

In a study from LendingTree, it turns out that 53% of vacation home owners said they feel guilty about owning a second home. 

Owners of vacation homes say they had intended to make good use of their property, but haven’t gotten around to doing so. 

Some have also felt the pressure, with 40% of vacation home owners saying they felt pressured from family and friends to visit the property. 

When it comes to buying a second home, the study revealed a sizable number of homebuyers were looking to park their cash in a place that might bring a notable return, with 39% of respondents saying they bought the property as an investment. The second greatest motivation was to own a vacation home (36%), while the desire to rent the property came in third (26%). 

Almost half of homeowners said they feel guilty about not using their home as much as they intended, while 37% said they use their vacation home once a year or less. 

Those who didn’t use their additional home very often, 31% to be exact, said they sold it because of that. 

Here are the other reasons why respondents ultimately decided to sell their second homes:



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It’s been a brutal year for the luxury real estate market, but it looks like things may finally calm down. Maybe.

High-end home sales signaled a recovery in the second quarter of 2019, according to the latest report from Redfin, which showed that prices rose a mere 1% to $1.64 million. While the gain is nominal, it could be a sign that the bleeding has stopped after several quarters of falling sales.

Certainly, the second quarter’s performance was a boost from the first quarter of the year, which saw luxury prices decline 1.7%. 

In Q1, prices declined for the first time in almost three years, and sales saw their largest decline since 2010 as supply increased by double digits. 

But of course, things aren’t all that rosy.

According to Redfin, sales of homes priced at or above $1.5 million declined 4.6% year over year last quarter. That’s the third consecutive quarter of dropping sales in the category, though the decline was much smaller than the 13.8% dip in the first quarter. 

The situation is causing inventory to spike, with the supply of homes priced at or above $1.5 million increasing 18.7% in Q2, the fifth-straight quarter of rising luxury inventory and the biggest increase in two years.

While Q1’s stats represent a rebound of sorts, Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather said the minor price gain, coupled with a dip in sales and an uptick in supply, suggests the market for luxury homes will continue to be tepid.

“Luxury home sales have been relatively soft since early 2018 when the tax code overhaul made it so that people with big mortgages and those living in high-tax states and counties couldn’t deduct as much from their annual tax bill,” said Fairweather. “But wealthy Americans who would otherwise be considering a multi-million dollar home purchase may now be a bit spooked that the economic expansion they’ve been enjoying for the past decade could soon be nearing its end.”  

Fairweather said talk of a looming recession might deter high-end buyers from making an investment, and rate cuts aren’t likely to help much.

“The Fed’s rate cut is unlikely to have a big impact on the course of the economy and especially on the luxury housing market, where buyers are the least rate-sensitive,” Fairweather said. “As a result, I expect to see continued caution in the high-end market as the future of the economy becomes more clear to those whose wealth is most closely tied to it.”

 



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You know how hot it was. You really had to WANT to be out there. And they did, on baking playing fields which sprawl for about half a mile to the west of the enormous indoor complex south of Rt 30 near Coatesville. Nearly a dozen games on this Tuesday evening, all but one are girl’s matches. A freshly-defeated team files off the field, their coach leading them up an embankment to a vacant spot, where he chides them for lackluster effort. “We have our next shot on Thursday,” he tells them. “Blow it off this way again and you can forget about getting those letters from the colleges. They’ll be using the backs of our programs to write down the names of other teams…”

United Sports Center, mid-February, 8pm:

Three of the indoor matches feature pre-teen girls’ teams. In the adjacent gym of Lightning-Fast, speed-training consultants to professional and amateur teams alike, a petite master-trainer named Shannon Grady, who is also a professional runner, is closing the pro shop when a woman walks in with her daughter, asking to sign her up for the next Speed Clinic. The girl is ten. I ask Shannon how young she’s gotten them. Eight.

Blame Title IX if you wish. NEWSWEEK did, but for other reasons, its venerable George Will echoing a lament that the initiative was a “train wreck” which had shoe-horned female athletes into college sports at the expense of established men’s programs. Boo-hoo! The Women’s World Cup 1999 triumph would have happened without Title IX, the threnody went on, because application of the 1972 legislation wasn’t codified and enforced for well over a decade, by which time women’s sports had already blossomed on their own. NEWSWEEK subsequently balanced their spin on Title IX, putting a dumbbell-curling Michelle Kwan on the cover, and in their “Gamma Girls” cover-story, correctly crediting Title IX for facilitating the emergence of well- adjusted teen girls who weren’t back-stabbing clique-queens or basket-cases. Go ahead, blame Title IX for the legions of Type A parents eyeing sports-scholarship dollars. But if you look a little deeper you’ll realize that this is a small price to pay for the bounties of the girls’ soccer-mania unfolding around us.

Like many of us of above a certain age, I can recall when soccer was an autumn boys’ sport, grudgingly included as a sidelight to football in private schools. You didn’t see “pick-up” soccer games they way you do with basketball or football. And girls played field hockey. As the growth of soccer in this country parallels the growth in women’s sports altogether, it seems as though a junction was unavoidable: no other sport offers all girls the same wide-open opportunities and possibilities.

ALYSSA- my niece, was far less outgoing than her twin older sisters. Small, but solid, she had no team-sport experience at age 10 when I enrolled her in Lionville Youth League soccer in an attempt to open her up. As she’d signed up late, her first time on the field they put her into a game. She didn’t know anything about positions and rules (“What position are you playing?” I asked, just before she went in. “I’m a captain.” she said), but made up for it with such agility and aggressiveness the coach was near tears when I moved her on to a traveling team a year later.

She needn’t be big. Or tall. Or strong. She needn’t possess the natural gifts which separate the Mary Lou Rettons and Michelle Kwans from their peers early on. There are no expensive lessons, equipment, clothes or facilities. Give her a few yards of space and a ball, and she can stay busy for hours. It’s democratic, equal-opportunity as can be. Her sport’s not a “girls’ sport” or some other segregated subset, but a universal game, the biggest in the world. And now, like generations of boys before her, she has idols of her own. Some, like Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain, are icons, household names, drawing crowds wherever they go. Some, like Philadelphia’s own Heather Mitts and Lorrie Fair (both of whom are models), are gorgeous enough to be sex symbols. And tough? Oh yes, feminine, but at the same time, tough. Best of all, tough.

FELICIA- another tiny, shy girl, younger and far less physically-aggressive than Alyssa, this dark-eyed beauty had a tendency to shrink from soccer’s inevitable collisions. But she’s on the Phoenixville United team, coached by Stassi Theodoropoulos, himself something of a local legend in youth soccer training. A former professional club player in Europe, Stassi, 54, lives the sport and has an excess of excited energy which he spends in drilling several teams, including the girls’ varsity at the Villa Maria Academy. His work with the Phoenixville United grew them into a machine which thrashed most of their opponents, including some older girls’ teams. And Felicia? She’s grown too, her timidity a distant memory as she now tears into any opponent who comes her way.

There are the school teams. There are local clubs like the Lionville Youth Association and Phoenixville Area Soccer Club. There are bigger organizations like the Intercounty Soccer League and Philadelphia Area Girls’ Soccer (PAGS), which provide a framework for much of the league play throughout the region. All of this adds up to an impressive tapestry growing thicker by the week, and you don’t need to look very hard to see its evidence. New playing fields are popping up everywhere, and on any given weekend or evening you’ll likely to drive past a girls’ match.

Charlestown Park, Phoenixville, October:

Now with autumn, the fields get little rest. Be it Saturday or Sunday, before one game finishes, other teams arrive and are warming up at the sidelines. It’s the same way down the road at Lionville Youth Association. Not to mention at the schools. It’s the same way everywhere. And once the girls reach their teens many of them are playing for both their schools and their league teams. Even Stassi, with all his energy, can’t match that. With the main season in full swing, he’s had to hand off his beloved United team while he tends full-time to the Villa Maria girls. But they’re in good hands he assures me, and he’ll be keeping an eye on them all.

In an editorial I wrote for Women’s Physique World in 1999, I called our Women’s World Cup victory the finest day in women’s bodybuilding: “What else can you call it when the predominant image across America is an ecstatic young woman ripping off her shirt and flexing triumphantly before the entire world, and no one questions it?” A new paradigm of physical acceptability had been launched with these new heroines, I said, “and that’s significant to us because their prominence is forever tied to straining sweaty muddy-specked quadriceps, bone-crunching collision and all-out exertion. It’s raw muscle, shown in function. And thus needs no excuses. Lady-like? Ha! You tell Mia she’s not ladylike!”

Charlestown Park, Phoenixville, early April:

April? That’s right, it’s early April…a raw, rainy Saturday afternoon, but Stassi’s United girls are loving it. The rain and the mud are part of the fun. They’ve just shut out the other team four-zip, and despite the rain they happily kneel on a blanket, clowning for some post-game photos. It’s those other people huddling in the rain who don’t seem to be enjoying it. But that’s ok…they’re just grown-ups. What do they know about fun?

It can only get better. Our local heroines, the Philadelphia Charge, completed another stunning season last year where they lead the league until the final week. We head into this year’s Women’s World Cup with tens of thousands more devotees than were on-hand for the last, many destined for those same fields. They’ll be ramping up the volume on a new generation of superstars who ratchet the standards of physical possibility even higher. The young league-team girl amidst this growing swarm enjoys a freedom her mother only dreamed of, a future unfettered by antiquated notions of physical correctness, sports-conditioning and the limits of femininity. From the mud and dust of her local sward, through the scrapes and bruises of countless collisions, she can see. And she can soar.



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According to a study in Philadelphia, October, November, and December are the times of the year when seems to be at its highest levels. The researchers found that these months were the highest for hospitalization and an increase in asthma medication taken compared to the summer months which were a lot lower.

The reason they think for these findings is that, there seems to be a link to children putting off using their medication and then using it again when their asthma worsens.

But are there other reasons?

Personally speaking, I feel that there are other things also at play like…

1. Poor breathing techniques – breathing in colder air while through the mouth rather than breathing through the nose, which irritates the lining of the lungs.

2. Indoor Pollution – With more time spend indoors because of bad weather, more pollution from indoors is inhaled whether it’s from second hand smoke, gas stoves and dust.

Plus with colder temperatures outside the majority of homes are sealed shut with very little fresh air allowed in which allows these problems and gases to build up to higher levels than summer time.

Also, central heating in homes can also make asthmatic symptoms worse due to the drying effect it has on the air, making the airways dryer.

Of those 2 points above the most important one is breathing through the nose. By breathing through the mouth your child is losing out on the benefits the nose has to give. The nose apart from trapping debris and dust entering the airways also has the function of warming the air before it enters the airway.

If you don’t believe the difference this can make, try breathing a lung full of air on an icy morning 1) through your mouth 2) through your nose and you’ll see the ease the body has dealing with the air coming from the nose.

Nose breathing also has the added benefit of controlling the levels of carbon dioxide in the body (carbon dioxide levels help the body to control the size of the airways) but that’s for another article.

To help minimize your child’s asthma risk this winter, try above all things to get them to breathe as much as possible through their nose, it can be hard at first to do, but the benefits are really worth it.



Source by Barry J McDonald