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UDR Blog | A Part of Life

UDR Blog | A Part of Life

Apartment living is a lot more fun when you have a furry friend to share the experience with. Dogs can take a decent chunk out of your paycheck, so you need to make sure you budget for everything, including vet costs, food and more, before you bring a new pup home.

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6 Virtual Zoo Exhibits

6 Virtual Zoo Exhibits

The coronavirus may have us all safely social distancing and staying home, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop experiencing the world around us. Now you don’t even need to leave the house to check out some of your favorite zoo animals. Several zoos and aquariums around the country have put up live streams so you can still enjoy the animals from the comfort of your living room. You can visit the pandas in Atlanta then hop over to California and see the sharks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. All with the click of a button!

Panda Cam | Zoo Atlanta

Pandas are always fun to watch, quarantine or not, and Zoo Atlanta offers this live stream of the only panda twins in the United States, Ya Lun and Xi Lun.

Shark Cam | Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers ten live cams where viewers can sneak a peek at the sharks, do a little birdwatching in the aviary, and even check out an array of species in the open sea.

Penguin Cam | San Diego Zoo

Live stream the African penguins at the big, new Dan & Vi McKinney Penguin Habitat in Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks. You might also spot some of their pool mates, leopard sharks. But don’t worry, the two species get along swimmingly!

Elephant Cam | Houston Zoo

There are plenty of different animals you can check in on with this zoo’s live cam, but we highly recommend watching the playful elephants.

Lion Cam | Smithsonian National Zoo

Being royal can be a tough job. The National Zoo’s lazy lions are most active in the morning and late afternoon, but also enjoy a nice sunbake under the tree during the day.

Giraffe Cam | Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Experience the giraffe herd in their home, the African Rift Valley exhibit. Watch the largest giraffe herd at any zoo in North America “stampede” outdoors most mornings through a special drawbridge and spending the day grazing and relaxing in their savanna home.

Published at Sat, 04 Apr 2020 15:54:47 +0000

Free At-Home Workout Videos to Try During Quarantine

Staying healthy and in shape while quarantined is totally doable. Even if you have no equipment or very little time, there are many great options to help you exercise in your apartment. Here’s a list of some of our favorite at-home workout videos. They include yoga, Zumba, CrossFit, Bootcamp-style classes, kickboxing, and barre exercises.

Yoga with Adriene

Find a yoga practice that suits your mood with Yoga by Adriene. If you’re brand-new to yoga, check out the Yoga For Beginners and Foundations of Yoga series. For those of you experiencing back pain, she also features Yoga For Back Pain practices on her channel.

COREPower Yoga

COREPower Yoga is offering free access to a limited collection of online yoga and meditation classes on their website.


POPSUGAR Fitness offers an extensive library of fitness tutorials, workouts, and exercises with celebrity trainers on their YouTube channel, covering the most buzzed-about workout classes and trends, including the Victoria’s Secret workout, Tabata, P90X, Bar Method, and more.


A fitness-focused YouTube channel led by Maddie Lymburner, MadFit features free workout videos on everything from no-equipment workouts to apartment-friendly workouts to low-impact ones. Try a full-body HIIT workout or focus on just one area: Whatever your workout preference, MadFit has a heart-pumping video for you.

STRONG by Zumba

Torch and tone with STRONG by Zumba. This high-intensity workout combines cardio and muscle-conditioning moves to the beat of some fantastic music!


Cassey Ho, the fitness guru behind the hugely popular Blogilates YouTube channel and website
continues to offer a massive library of Pilates-style toning classes. In
response to the outbreak, she also created a 14-day quarantine workout plan, a great option
for those looking to add structure to their at-home workout schedules. 

Orangetheory Fitness

ORANGETHEORY is sharing a new 30-minute workout video each day, featuring some of its most popular coaches from around the world

305 Fitness

305 FITNESS is offering cardio dance live streams twice a day on their YouTube channel. The sessions are held at 12pm and 6pm ET.


YMCA launched on-demand exercise and youth programs called YMCA 360, including barre, boot camp, yoga and more to support the health and well-being of everyone staying home

Amazon Prime Video

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you
already have free access to a varied library of fitness videos, including
cardio programs such as 21-Day
Transformation from GymRa
. Just head to
Prime Video and search for “fitness,” then check the
“Prime” box in the left sidebar to see what’s available for

Published at Fri, 03 Apr 2020 16:51:07 +0000

4 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

4 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Let’s face it – there’s only so much coffee can do. We could all use a better night’s rest, so why not make dream-worthy sleep a reality with these four tips for a better night’s sleep.

1. Say “goodnight” to your phone

Catching up on emails and scrolling through Instagram just before bed? Our beloved electronics may be to blame, at least in part, for your tossing and turning. Exposure to the blue light emitted by our smartphones, computers, and other electronic devices can interrupt our internal clocks – preventing our brains from telling our bodies that it’s time to sleep. Reduce temptation by making your bedroom a phone-free zone or cutting your electronic usage one hour before you plan to go to bed. If that sounds too extreme, look into purchasing a screen filter or filter app that reduces the amount of blue light your device emits.

2. Find your bedtime

Your body doesn’t know when it’s time for bed if you’re up late binge-watching Netflix one night and passed out on the couch at 8 pm the next. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day helps in establishing your unique internal sleep/wake schedule. With some consistency, your brain will learn when to send sleep signals to your body, working to prepare you for bed.

3. Rise and shine on the weekends

If you want to sleep well during the week, it’s essential you get adequate sleep over the weekend. Sticking closely to your regular week-day sleep schedule on the weekends is important – and waking up at the same time is vital. Compensate for a late night out with a short nap the following day, but try to rise at the same time (Saturdays and Sundays included) no matter what time you went to bed.   

4. Treat yourself to new pillows

If you’re looking for a good excuse to buy new pillows, this is it. Your pillows should keep your neck in a neutral position, supporting the curve of your spine. If you’re comfortable when you crawl into bed but wake up tired and stiff, your pillow may be at fault. Invest in a pillow that supports your neck’s natural curve to wake up feeling refreshed.

Published at Mon, 03 Jun 2019 16:00:00 +0000

How to Budget for a New Dog

It may take new dogs a while
to adjust to apartment living, but it can be a wonderful experience for both
you and the pup. One thing you need to prepare for is the cost
of caring for a dog
. Between food, grooming, pet insurance and more,
you could easily spend thousands of dollars annually. Luckily, there are ways
to make the cost more manageable as long as you plan ahead of time.

Consider Adoption

A lot of people want a
pure-bred dog. Adoption centers typically have more mutts, but the cost of
adoption is significantly less than purchase a puppy outright. You can save even
more because dogs in adoption centers are usually already vaccinated,
neutered/spayed and microchipped.

Preventive Veterinary Care

Another way to cut pet costs
is to take your dog to the vet regularly for routine check-ups. These
preventive visits will be much more affordable than treating an actual problem.
When budgeting for this expense, you need to consider whether you live in a
small or big city. Veterinary costs tend to be higher in larger cities.

Get Pet Insurance

Between one
to two percent of this nation’s dogs have insurance
. It really is a
shame because pet insurance is a major asset when you are trying to budget for
a pet. On average, this insurance costs about $225 annually, which is
significantly less than if you had to pay out of your own pocket for every vet

Buy Nutritional Food

There are numerous options
for pet food at the supermarket, and you should really opt for the premium dog
food. Although it is more expensive, it has more nutritional value. That means
your dog gets all its nutrients without eating as much.

Dogs are expensive, but they bring years of love and happiness. Share your experiences of living with a dog in an apartment by commenting below.

Published at Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:00:00 +0000

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