If you’re moving long distance, you’ll probably have to start all over, and that means finding a new gym. But before you sign up for that gym down the street, think about starting something new. In a new town, you can try anything, and you might even find that a new activity is exciting and just what you were looking for. This might lead you to wondering about CrossFit, and wondering if a CrossFit gym is for you. Here’s how to find out.
CrossFit has largely become a popular sport due to backing by major companies like Reebok, and the surfacing of many different obstacle course races that tend to be populated by CrossFit members. Those that started the movement claim that it’s for anyone and everyone, but the truth is that some people might not love CrossFit, and others could find it very intimidating.
So, here’s how to figure out if you will love or hate this sport.
Beginner Weight Lifters
With all of those people lifting large weights, CrossFit can be very intimidating for first-time weight lifters. In fact, you might not get anything out of the program if you can’t hold a barbell above your head. If you can’t do a push up or lift anything (and have never tried), this is probably not the best place for you. You just might find a “box” that is very tolerant when it comes to beginners, though this is hard to do.
A Team Sport
CrossFitters tend to do everything together, and that includes hanging out together after work. If you really hate team efforts, this isn’t for you. On the flip side, if you love support and want to work with a community (great if you are moving long distance), CrossFit might just be what you want to do. The best advice is to try it out, see how cliquey the group is, and think about whether or not you can stand to be around those people all the time.
A Former Athlete
A lot of former athletes love CrossFit because it is both competitive and a group sport all rolled into one. If you are a former athlete of any kind, you may love the challenges that CrossFit includes. Plus, as a former athlete you may have some skills (jumping, swinging, lighting hard things, endurance) that other people may not have, so this will help you when it comes to competitions.
Take it from a girl that broke her ankle doing CrossFit – pick a CrossFit box that comes with really good and patient instructors. Also, make sure the people teaching you how to jump on a really high box know what they are doing. There is some danger that comes with any extreme sport, so keep this in mind at all times. Find out how long the people have been teaching, and don’t push yourself if you know that your body is exhausted – sometimes, pain is not gain.
How to Find a Box
Read reviews of the various CrossFit gyms in your area, and make sure to check out a few before you sign up for one. You’ll see that most are quite different!
Moving Long Distance
Are you ready for your move? If you are moving to Cherry Creek or anywhere else in Colorado, Exodus can help you get there. Call us if you are moving to Cherry Creek or Fort Collins or Denver or anywhere, and we’ll help you get all of your stuff to your new place — whether or not you should join a CrossFit box, well, that’s up to you!
Forbes has just created a list of the happiest and unhappiest jobs, and some of the top jobs on the happy side might surprise you. We’ll focus on the happy jobs here (in case you’re moving long distance and looking for a new job), but we will make sure to add the top unhappy jobs to the bottom too – just in case you’re tempted with one of those jobs after moving long distance! Take a look!
The Happy Side
- The Database Administrator: these people keep watch over sensitive information, but we think it’s the salary (not the stress level) that lands database admins at the top of this list. The average salary here is $79,000.
- Quality Assurance Engineers: once again, the salary takes the cake for those people testing software – starting at $70,000 isn’t bad.
- Recruiters: you know those people that might be contacting you through LinkedIn if you’re moving to Cherry Creek? Headhunters earn a respectable $51,000 on average, but they also get to meet new people all the time, travel, and are often rewarded for their efforts.
- Insurance Underwriters: no, these aren’t writers (those are on the sad list). Underwriters are the ones that decide whether or not you get the insurance coverage you need, and they are paid around $70,000 to do it.
- Executive Assistants: these people research all day, schedule meetings, and are basically the right-hands of executive – they are also paid around $50,000.
Most of the jobs on the Forbes happy list are of the engineering sort, which requires a special degree and lots of experience. So, let’s now look at the unhappy list, in case you are moving to Cherry Creek, and aren’t sure what kind of job to pick.
The Unhappy List
- At the top of the Forbes unhappy list is the security guard: security guards are often put in danger, but they only earn an average of $27,000.
- Bank branch managers: These people incur a lot of stress, and the medium income is around $50,000.
- Accountants: Managing people’s money is really stressful, and you have to worry about governments too! The average salary is around $71,000 for an accountant.
- Customer service representatives: Dealing with unhappy people all day isn’t fun for anyone. The next time you call a customer service rep, remember this! These people are paid an average of $20,000 per year.
- Retail general manager: If you’re the general manager at a retail store, this means that you are dealing with returns, mad people, and general angst all day – yikes! General managers make around $42,000.
Moving to Cherry Creek
Cherry Creek is a really nice area with a lot of great jobs, so scope out the marketplace before you find one that you are going to settle on. You may want to pick a job from the happy list and avoid the sad list, unless you know how to handle stress well. Most of the time, people are unhappy with their jobs because they do not allow enough freedom, and because they have to deal with unhappy people and low pay. Those things combined do not add up to happy professions!
When it comes to moving long distance, call your friendly and always happy Exodus moving company team. We will make sure that your move is an easy one, and that all of your stuff arrives where you want it to go on time. If you have any questions for us, feel free to give us a call, or ask us a question on our Facebook page.
Are you moving long distance? You might want to take a few minutes to explore your town (okay, days, and maybe weeks) before you start a new job. That could mean going without pay for a while, but you don’t have to do that – you can actually turn exploring your new town into a job if you play your cards right! Here are some ways that you can check out your new town after moving long distance, and get paid for sight-seeing.
Be a Dog Walker: Do you notice that a lot of people in your area have dogs? Put up some dog walking signs if you like dogs, and you don’t mind walking them, and you could have a new business in no time. Plus, dogs don’t mind where you wander each day, so go where you feel like it – and enjoy the scenery.
Be a Bike Messenger: While we don’t recommend this if you don’t have any really good bike skills, if you know how to ride like a pro, you can do this job. Most bike messenger companies provide cyclists with GPS systems, so you can easily get around while delivering items.
Consider an app like Uber: Sign up to drive people around, and use a GPS system to get where you need to go. You’ll see all kinds of new places, and you can even meet some new people this way.
Lead a running team: Love to run? Got credentials? Put up some fliers to help other people learn how to run, and start heading outside. You’ll see all kinds of great things by exploring running paths.
Enter into a contest or two: So, you may not get any money doing this, but you could win a cash prize, and meet some new friends while you do it. Whatever it is that you do best, there’s bound to be some kind of competition out there for it.
Think about driving a taxi: If Uber isn’t your thing, hook up with an official licensed taxi company and work the day or night shift. If you are moving long distance to a new small town, you could find a cab company that only employes a few people, and this would be a great opportunity to learn the roads.
Be a personal assistant: Running around all day doing errands and picking things up is the best way to get to know your city quickly. A personal assistant with skills also gets paid decently, so think about this line of work for a temporary career.
Work with kids: If there are a lot of stressed out moms in the park and you have kid skills, tell those moms about your babysitting resume. You never know where kids might take you in a day – the playground, schools, museums — you’ll see the whole town before you know it.
Check out a site like Vayable and sign up: Vayable lets people give tours to tourists, and if you are moving to Cherry Creek or another part of town, you could create something really fun for visitors to do – and this would give you a good reason to get out there and explore.
Moving to Cherry Creek
Whether you are moving to Cherry Creek or anywhere else in Colorado, it’s best to get out and explore when you first arrive – and you can make money doing it too. If you need help with your move, call Exodus today, and let us take care of all the small things while you focus on exploring your new town.
Whether you’ve just moved into a home with a fireplace or whether you’re moving out of a home with a fireplace, you’ll have to clean this space before you use it (and after every season). Cleaning a fireplace isn’t hard to do, but you will need a few things to prepare for this cleaning chore.
What to Gather
- Rubber gloves
- Towel that can be used as a rag
- Spray bottle that contains water
- A bucket of cleaning solution
- Scrub brush
- Commercial fireplace cleaner (can be found at most hardware stores)
- The fireplace tools that come with a fireplace (brush, etc.)
Cleaning Around The Fireplace
Clean the bricks using a few sprays from the water bottle, and wipe the area clean with a rag. After that, use the commercial fireplace cleaner to get rid of any soot buildup inside of the fireplace area. Use the cleaning solution to clean the inside area around the fireplace, and get rid of any burnt bits of wood or other debris that might be visible. You can also use the cleaning solution to get rid of any buildup that’s on the inside of outside of your fireplace gate, and just wipe that area with a clean cloth following the application of the solution.
If you have bricks that surround the outside of your fireplace, I’m going to caution you against using any harsh chemicals on this area until you know how old the bricks are. Bricks that are more than fifty years old could actually start to disintegrate with today’s harsh chemical cleaners, so do keep this in mind. The best way to clean any older bricks is with a gentle solution of soap and warm water (dish or laundry soap works well).
The Inside of Your Chimney
While it’s okay to clean both the outside and inside of your fireplace, you should not attempt to clean the inside of your chimney on your own. If you do not know when the last time that the chimney was cleaned was, try and figure this out by asking the old owners, or hire a chimney cleaning company to make sure that the area is cleaned out properly. You don’t want to make the mistake of using the wrong cleaner, or of not cleaning the chimney properly, since this could cause a soot fire.
If you’ve just moved into a place, have the chimney cleaned before you start a fire. As tempting as it might be to cozy up to a fire, it’s a lot safer if you know that the area has been cleaned first! Once that’s done, enjoy your fireplace all winter long – and consider yourself lucky, since fireplaces are a rare thing these days!
Hiring Denver Moving Companies
When it comes to hiring Denver moving companies, make sure to choose one that you can trust. Exodus has been around for many years, and we pride ourselves on being one of the best Denver moving companies in the area. Are you moving to Cherry Creek? Whether you are moving to Cherry Creek or to any other area in Colorado, we’d love to help. Contact us today for rates or for more information, and find us on Facebook to connect with us directly.
At Exodus, we take pride in moving Colorado. As an internationally capable full service moving company, we see a lot of places. But with our main offices in Ft Collins and Denver, we can honestly say, there is no place like home. The people and culture of this area are what make it so lively and special. In an effort to highlight yet another great place to live in the Denver Metro area, this week we are talking about one of its most up and coming neighborhoods, Denver’s Cherry Creek.
In 1858, gold was discovered at the “Cherry Creek diggings” changing the area forever. This Front Range plateau giving way to a powerful creek, was not only a central point to the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, but soon became a vibrant center for trade. In 1950, the Cherry Creek damn was completed, forming Cherry Creek State Park and its Reservoir, creating more structure and form to its natural surroundings.
Today the neighborhood of Cherry Creek is still known for its “gold”. Located in South Central Denver, this posh and up and coming area is well known for its combination of natural beauty, breathtaking real estate and dynamic commerce.
Boasting an exemplary school system, Cherry Creek is known for its commitment to the education of its young people. Believing that students are the future of the community, the workforce and the progress of the world, the school district carries a high standard of excellence. A guiding quote of the administration is “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.” – Aristotle
In addition to a top of the line school system, Cherry Creek boasts a thriving real estate market and an innately beautiful landscape. But Cherry Creek is perhaps best known for its shopping. Two major highlights within the area include the Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Cherry Creek North. While the shopping center is a highly acclaimed high end mall, the Cherry Creek North shopping and dining district covers 16 blocks and includes over 300 eateries, galleries and stores. Hosting both shopping and community events such as cinema festivals and recreational activities, it’s no wonder why Cherry Creek is fast becoming one of the most popular places to live and work in Denver Colorado.